New release of leading CFD post-processing software simplifies how users load data and adds 3D mouse support.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (April 28, 2016) – Tecplot, Inc., developer of the leading data visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists, today announced the general availability of Tecplot 360 2016 Release 2.
The main theme of the new release is improved data loading. Tecplot developers focused on simplifying how data is loaded into Tecplot 360 and updating the available data loaders to handle evolving file formats, such as the FEA loader which has been updated to support data files from Abaqus 6.14, ANSYS 16.2, and CFX 16.2.
The software’s Load Data File dialog has new options that make it easier to load data and layout files. Specifically, an “All Files” drop-down option has been added to the software’s dialog box. The “All Files” option shows all files in the browser, regardless of type, for easier selection. If the selected files are associated with a unique data loader, Tecplot 360 will automatically decide what data loader is appropriate so the user doesn’t have to guess.
“For more than 30 years, the promise of Tecplot software has been increased productivity and efficiency,” Tecplot Product Manager Scott Fowler said. “Simply put, we provide tools that make work-life easier for engineers and scientists charged with making sense of very large technical datasets. The speed and ease with which our customers can load their data into Tecplot 360 and begin interacting with it greatly impacts their productivity. To that end, data-loading improvements highlight this release.”
Tecplot 360 2016 Release 2
Another new feature is support for SpaceMouse, the latest 3D navigation device from Boston-based 3Dconnexion, Inc. Use of the 3D mouse allows Windows users to interactively change the view of Tecplot’s work area.
SpaceMouse provides a comfortable, natural and consistent way to interact with digital content in the world’s most popular CAD and other technical software applications, making it easier for engineers to focus on their design rather than their software. SpaceMouse takes care of positioning the user’s model or view, and provides access to their favorite application commands, freeing the normal mouse to do what it was designed for – moving the cursor to select, edit and create.
About Tecplot 360
Tecplot 360 with SZL technology is the most memory-efficient CFD post-processor available for desktop computers, requiring 92% less memory than earlier versions when loading modern high-fidelity CFD solutions. CFD engineers are now able to load and analyze data once reserved for only the largest high-performance computing centers.
Tecplot 360, first released in 2014, is a substantial upgrade to earlier versions of Tecplot 360. Many customer-requested features from Tecplot 360 2013 are now incorporated into Tecplot 360, including triangulation, streamtrace seeding, conditional expressions in equations, Fourier transforms, probe sidebar, custom color maps, animation speed control, and interactive macro debugging.
Major user interface upgrades include native Mac and Linux look-and-feel, right-click context menus, dockable sidebars, a more flexible toolbar, easier file loading, and options for appending data.
Other enhancements include consistent Export Dialogs with vector and raster image formats, an improved Translate/Magnify Dialog, and various performance improvements.
Platforms and Pricing
Tecplot 360 2016 Release 2 supports 64-bit Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. Existing Tecplot 360 customers with current Software Maintenance Service agreements can upgrade to 2016 Release 2 at no additional cost. Special pricing is available for qualified academic users.
About Tecplot, Inc.
Founded in 1981 by former Boeing engineers Don Roberts and Mike Peery, who today serve as CEO and chairman of the board, respectively, Tecplot is the leading developer of Visual Data Analysis (VDA) software for engineers and scientists. Tecplot’s products allow customers using desktop computers and laptops to quickly analyze and understand information hidden in complex data, and communicate their results to others via brilliant images and compelling animations. The privately held company’s products are used by more than 47,000 technical professionals around the world.
Tecplot has been awarded numerous Small Business Innovation Research contracts from DOD, NASA, DARPA, and the National Science Foundation. In 2012, the company was named a Red Herring Top 100 Americas Award winner.
Since its founding more than 30 years ago, Tecplot has consistently delivered category-leading innovation to the engineering and scientific communities. Examples of this never-ending innovation include Tecplot RS for oil & gas reservoir simulation, Tecplot Chorus for analyzing multiple simulations of design-space exploration data, Tecplot 360 for lightning-fast analysis of massive CFD simulation data, and Tecplot Focus for automating routine data analysis and plotting tasks.