WaveForms Mac OSX Installation

WaveForms is software developed by Digilent and intended for use with the Analog Discovery 2, Analog Discovery Legacy, the Electronics Explorer Board, and the Analog Discovery 2 NI Edition. WaveForms provides a user interface for a 2-channel oscilloscope, logic analyzer, arbitrary waveform generator, digital I/O, and more. It's free to download and compatible with OSX (Apple), Windows, and Linux.

To get a complete breakdown on all of the accessories and features of the Analog Discovery 2, check out our unboxing tutorial and video.

Download WaveForms
This tutorial will guide you through the steps involved in the installation process on OSX after downloading it from the website.
Installing WaveForms
Step 1: Open the DMG File
Expand your downloads and open the dmg file that you have downloaded.

dmg file.

Step 2: Open the Drive
A drive names WaveForms should have been created on your desktop. Click on it to open.

Open the drive.

Step 3: Drag the WaveForms Icon into Applications
In the window that opens, drag the WaveForms icon into the Applications folder icon.

This will install WaveForms in Applications.

Window open.

Drag icon to the applications folder.

Step 4: Open the FTDI Diver Install
Open FTDI driver install.

Double click the FTDI driver icon to start the installation process.

The FTDI driver is necessary for WaveForms to recognize the Analog Discovery 2.

Step 5: Allow the File to be Opened - Optional
Security settings.

Depending on your security settings, you may need to go in and allow the file to be opened.

Step 6: Click Continue

The FTDI driver installer will now open.

Click “Continue”.

Step 7: Click Continue

Follow the steps and select “Continue” again to proceed.

Step 8: Read and Accept the License Agreement
License agreement.

Read through the license agreement and select “I agree” to continue with the installation.

Step 9: Click Accept

Click “Accept” to confirm that you accept the license agreement.

Step 10: Pick the User for the Install
Pick user.

Pick the user that you want to install WaveForms for. Click “Continue”.

Step 11: Click Install
Click install.

Click “Install”.

Step 12: Click Close

Click “Close” to close the installer.

Step 13: Open the Applications Folder
Open Applications folder.

Open the Applications Folder.

Step 14: Open WaveForms
Open WaveForms.

Double click on WaveForms to open the software.

Step 15: Click Open
Click open.

Click “Open”.

Step 16: Click Okay
Click Okay.

When WaveForms first opens and you do not have an Analog Disocvery 2 connected, it will warn you that no device is connected. Go ahead and click “Okay” for now as we can still run the software in demo mode.

Step 17: Open Demo Mode
Open demo mode.

We can run demo mode to get a feel for the interface and capabilities of WaveForms without having a device attached.

Click on “Demo Mode” and then click “Select”.

Step 18: Open Oscilloscope in Demo Mode
Open oscilloscope.

Open the oscilloscope tool and select “Play”. You can see a square and sine wave being demonstrated.

Step 19: Plug in Analog Discovery 2 and Select Device
Plug in AD2.

When you plug in the Analog Discovery 2 it will appear in the Device Manager.

Select that and you are ready to go! And now that you have WaveForms installed, you can move on to calibrating your device.