Tecplot 360 2020 R1
Release Date: July 15, 2020
Tecplot 360 2020 R1 is now based on the Qt 5 GUI toolkit, which provides better support for MacOS and high-dpi (4k) displays. In addition to the major items below there are over 25 minor enhancements and bug fixes.
- Evenly Spaced Vectors – Get a better understanding of flow by using the new evenly spaced vector capability. Access this feature via Plot>Vector Details… or via the new icon on the Plot Sidebar. Even vector spacing works in 2D and 3D plots and works on all objects: Zones, Slices and Iso-surfaces.
- Streamtraces on No-Slip Surfaces – Tecplot 360 will now auto-detect a no-slip surface and use the velocities from the neighboring volume to draw the surface restricted streamtrace. This feature also works with structured data in which the surface is represented by, for example, the K=1 plane.
- Faster Batch Mode Image Export – Linux in batch mode can now take advantage of hardware-accelerated graphics, yielding up to 4.6x faster image export. Even software-rendering speed has improved with up to a 2.3x speed improvement.
- Extract Blanked Zone – Go to Data>Extract>Blanked Zones… to create a new zone based on current Value-Blanking settings. This capability may also be automated via a new PyTecplot API: tecplot.data.extract.extract_blanked_zones().
- PyTecplot 1.3 – is now available on PyPi. See the changelog at: https://pypi.org/project/pytecplot/.
Platform Support Changes
Tecplot 360 2020 R1 release is supported on the following platforms:
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS, 20.04 LTS
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 15
- Windows 10
- RedHat 6.10, 7.5+, 8.0+
- CentOS 6.10, 7.5+
- Mac 10.13, 10.14, 10.15
Previously supported platforms that are not supported by Tecplot 360 2020 R1:
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 12 (end of life December 2019)
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11.4 (end of life March 31, 2016)
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (end of life April, 2019)
- Windows 7 (end of extended support, January 2020)
- Mac 10.12
This will be the last release for which PyTecplot is supported on Python 2. Please migrate Python scripts to Python 3.6 or newer.
New Graphics Card Requirements
The Qt 5 toolkit requires graphics cards that support Frame Buffer Objects (FBOs). Most modern graphics cards support this. However older machines and some remote display configurations may not provide support for FBOs. If you encounter rendering issues see Section E-1 Rendering and Export Troubleshooting in the User’s Manual.
Bug Fixes and Minor Enhancements
- VTU file loader now supports line data.
- Fixed crash with SZL file format when in a low RAM situation and data needed to be unloaded.
- Fixed drawing interrupted issue when double clicking on text.
- Fixed missing scroll bar for combo boxes on some Linux and Mac platforms.
- We now distribute the Mesa (software-rendering) libraries on Windows to support machine configurations that have insufficient hardware graphics support.
- Setting contour levels now correctly uses 0 instead 1e-17.
- Extract menu updated for consistency.
- Updated TecIO to build with g++ 9.2.
- CONVERGE HDF5 loader no longer crashes when final faces listed in the file are not unique.
- Fixed a performance regression of the Plot3D loader for data with lots of zones/stands.
- Reverse continuous colormaps now render correctly.
- Fixed crash when launching Text Details dialog for 3D text.
- Fixed crash when switching geometry draw order with 3D polyline.
- Resetting contour levels with only slices drawn no longer incorrectly reports “No Visible Style” error.
- Fixed crash when deprecated 2013 colormap macro commands are used.
- Disallow negative Text Box Margin values, preventing a crash.
- Switching vector plot from 2D to 3D now calculates the default vector length rather than setting the length to 0.
- Fixed crash when exporting postscript with polyhedron data and vectors plotted at Surface Cell Centers.
- Added missing macro commands for Max Value In Column Add-on.
- Fixed bug where Vector Details dialog would only update 2D or 3D frames but not both.
- Allow resetting of contour levels when only slices are displayed.
- Fixed loading of .lay files with Mac end of line (\r).
- Fixed crash in PyTecplot when setting plot type without setting a dataset.
- Fixed bug where contour levels were missing when saving a layout when recording PyTecplot.
- PyTecplot in connected mode now works with Python installations done by Homebrew and MacPorts.
Most recently used (MRU) files will not persist from earlier releases of Tecplot 360, all MRU files will begin fresh and be independent from Tecplot 360 2019 R1 and earlier. Window size & position is also now independent from Tecplot 360 2019 R1 and earlier.
Tecplot 360 2019 R1
Release Date: September 12, 2019
At Tecplot we know that open source simulation codes are an important component of product development and research. We are committed to providing high-quality support for the top open source CFD codes on the market. Tecplot 360 2019 R1 reflects that commitment.
Our OpenFOAM data loader has increased performance and improved usability.
We continue to expand our support of the geoscience community. The TELEMAC loader has been added to our list of compatible file formats. Loaders for ROMS and WRF are still in Beta form and are available upon request – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to access these loaders.
Users of codes like FUN3D and SU2 will enjoy performance improvements to our TecIO-MPI library. We’ve seen up to 15x improvement in write speed. Learn more and download the TecIO source code.
Speaking of SU2, we have worked closely with the SU2 team to include parallel writing of Tecplot SZL file format, utilizing the TecIO-MPI library. SZL improves write speed and collects parallel output into a single Tecplot .szplt file. Read about Parallel SZL Output from SU2. See other codes that have adopted the SZL file format.
Highlights of Tecplot 360 2019 R1
- PyTecplot 1.0
- Full coverage of main Tecplot Actions and Style. See PyPi release notes for full API history.
- Backward compatibility will be guaranteed for all documented APIs.
- APIs have been added for Frame Linking and Value Blanking.
- Native PyTecplot recording has been added for, Frame Linking, Value Blanking, Opening Layouts, Legends and Data Labels.
- OpenFOAM loader
- No longer loads procBoundary zones.
- Eliminated duplicate cells on volume boundaries.
- New TELEMAC loader.
- New CONVERGE HDF5 loader. CONVERGE 3.0 now outputs HDF5 files which may be read directly. Simply select any post*.h5 file to load the data directly, without having to first convert them using post_convert. This saves time and disk space.
- ABAQUS loader now supports 2019 odb files.
- ANSYS RST loader now supports sparsified files.
- TecIO-MPI write speed was improved by ~15x via output file caching and reducing data exchanges.
- TecIO now allows writing of polyhedral zones with up to 2 Billion cells. The previous functional limit was approximately 175 million cells (depending on the number of faces per element). See TECPOLYZNE142 in the Data Format Guide.
- Extracting slices over time is more tightly integrated. The Data > Extract > Extract Slices Over Time… menu option has been removed. Please use Data > Extract > Extract Slices… or the Extract Slices… button on the Slice Details dialog.
- Saving a layout after extracting primary slices no longer forces saving the data.
- Getting Started Guide now includes sections for working with CONVERGE (internal combustion engines) and FVCOM (ocean simulations) data.
- RLM license manager updated to 12.4.
Bug Fixes and Enhancements
- Layouts now load when there are apostrophes in .plt file’s variable names.
- FEA loaders now support Unicode characters in the file path.
- New macro preprocessor directives to allow macros to skip over newer instructions based on Tecplot revision for future backward compatibility.
- Fluent Additional Quantities are loaded by default when using Advanced Options.
- Removed OpenFOAM variables for particle zones which cause crashes.
- Fixed invalid connectivity producing an error when polyhedral slices where coincident with cell faces.
- Fixed crash with saving a multi-dataset layout with the IJK Blanking dialog open.
- Contour levels list in the Contour Details dialog now correctly displays lists for zero-contour-level groups.
- Added –help command line option.
- ROMS loader updated to read data for type double.
Tecplot 360 2018 R2
Release Date October 17, 2018
This release is largely focused on our users in the geosciences, but there are benefits for the broader community – such as new colormaps and handy Python scripts. Read on to see what’s new. If you do not see the improvement or bug fix you wanted, let us know what’s missing by contacting us at email@example.com.
New FVCOM loader. FVCOM is a popular ocean model used around the word. Our FVCOM loader is fast and memory efficient.
ROMS, WRF, TELEMAC loaders. Loaders for these popular models did not quite make the cut for this release. They will be available upon request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access to loaders for these models.
Sequential – Viridis & cmocean colormaps. Which colormap you use to represent your data makes a difference. Sequential – Viridis is the new default. Also, check out the new cmocean colormaps copyright (c) 2015 Kristen M. Thyng. Get more details on the cmocean colormaps: cmocean on GitHub.
Georeferenced images may now be imported into Tecplot 360. Georeferenced images can provide important context when viewing geographic model results and work with both 3D and 2D plot types. Watch the video: Georeferenced Images in Tecplot 360.
Shapefile converter. While it’s not part of the installation, we’ve recently developed a PyTecplot script which converts shapefiles to Tecplot binary PLT files. Like georeferenced images, shapefiles can provide important context when looking at your model results.
- Watch the video: Converting Shapefiles to PLT Using PyTecplot.
- Download the script: shapefile_to_plt.py on GitHub.
Handy PyTecplot scripts. PyTecplot makes the slow things fast and the hard things possible. In conjunction with this release, we’ve developed a few PyTecplot scripts to help you analyze your data. Check out our new GitHub page – Handyscripts for Python – for some scripts that will help automate your workflows and perform advanced analysis. Here are just a few:
- TimeAverage.py – Computes a time average of your transient data. Watch the video: Calculating Average Over Time.
- VerticalTransect.py – Computes a vertical transect (curved slice) from a set of defined XY point locations (requires a ‘siglev’ variable which exists in FVCOM data). Watch the video: Computing a Vertical Transect in Tecplot 360.
- VerticalProfile.py – Extracts a vertical line through time and plots the results in a new frame. This is useful if you want to view well data or understand what is happening in a water column.
- ImagetoPLT.py – Creates an IJ ordered zone from an image file. To view the results, you will have to use RGB coloring and ensure the RGB color range is from 0-255. This script can be useful if you have an image you want to drape over a topography – draping will require interpolation of Z values to the image. This script works with georeferenced images by looking for a paired world file.
Colormaps (and a new default!)
We’ve added 19 new colormaps to the selection in Tecplot 360, including using Sequential – Viridis by default. Over the past decade, research has revealed many negative aspects of the Rainbow colormap. That same research has suggested better colormaps which are perceptually linear or diverging. This change of default may affect the result of scripts. If you need to switch back to Small Rainbow, you can change the default by adding the following lines (for example) to your tecplot.cfg file:
$!GlobalContour 1 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 2 ColorMapName = 'Large Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 3 ColorMapName = 'Diverging – Blue/Red'
$!GlobalContour 4 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 5 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 6 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 7 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 8 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
If you have your own custom colormap that you always want available, just drop a *.map file in the new ‘colormaps’ directory in the installation.
PyTecplot is faster! We’ve made significant improvements in the speed of PyTecplot. Running in connected mode will typically be 3-5 times faster. We’ve also cut time it takes to import so your script will begin execution sooner.
Handy PyTecplot scripts. PyTecplot makes the slow things fast, and the hard things possible. In conjunction with this release, we’ve developed a few PyTecplot scripts to help analyze your data. Check out our new GitHub page for some scripts that will help automate your workflows and perform advanced analysis.
- New FVCOM loader. FVCOM is a popular ocean model used around the word. Our FVCOM loader is fast and memory efficient.
- ROMS, WRF, TELEMAC loaders. Loaders for these popular models did not quite make the cut for this release. They will be available upon request. Contact email@example.com to gain access to loaders for these models.
- Excel Add-In now includes the filename in Zone Auxiliary Data of each created zone, so you can more easily identify from which file the zone originated.
- CONVERGE Output file loader – CONVERGE users can now load the cell averaged output files (not the post*.out files) in a single step with this new loader. This loader is also available in Tecplot for CONVERGE.
Multiselect & Context Menus
Tecplot 360 now allows you to group select multiple items, such as text and geometries. We’ve also added brand new context menus for text and geometry objects. Give it a shot by right-clicking when you have a piece of text selected.
- Fixed loading of large poly or mixed element files with Ensight loader.
- Corrected Fluent loaders reading of wall shear variables which were off by -1.
- Updated vectors to ignore parent volume vector values if surface values are valid.
- Updated WMF export to use polygons which render more precisely in Microsoft Office products.
- Fixed crash when using the macro debugger to record a PyTecplot scripts.
- Fixed crash when double clicking on certain parts of the Quick Macro Panel.
- Fixed crash with SZL data when slicing across multiple zones where the slice variable is nodal in one and cell centered in the other.
- Enabled the ability to exclude Custom Labels when writing a dataset.
- Configuration file now obeys $!DefaultText assignments.
- Updated web license key URL in the Install License File dialog to point to new My Tecplot portal.
- Corrected Mass Flow Rate calculation for polygon slices.
- Fixed crash with polyhedral slices and isosurfaces.
- Improved performance of extracting a polyline from SZL data.
- Altering grid variables now updates face normals.
- Isosurface dialog now allows values larger than 2147480000.
- Switching image clipping in 2D updates the plot immediately.
- Fixed race condition when creating Tecplot’s initial temporary directory.
- Allowed layouts to contain zero contour levels.
- SZL Server is now able to handle file trees with permission errors.
- License expiration display is always available to the user.
Tecplot 360 2018.2.1
Released: December 19, 2018
Bug Fixes & Enhancements:
- Added option to export animations to a series of individual images.
- Updated MPEG-4 to support high resolution exporting, loading into HTML 5 websites and Windows Media Player.
- Fixed crash on Mac when exporting long or high supersample animations.
- Export region default changed to All Frames.
- Added Animation Speed parameter back to WMV export.
- Improved rotational rendering performance when exceeding limits in graphics hardware.
- Fixed crash loading Fluent files with zone names longer than 128 characters.
- TecUtilServer now gives error if attempted to run in batch mode.
Pytecplot Updates in 2018.2.1
- Released with PyTecplot 0.12.0.
- Transient animation export.
- Frame by frame animation export.
- Fetching zones and variables by name is now much
- faster for large datasets.
- Fixed recording of PyTecplot copy/paste frame.
- Added ability for PyTecplot to subsequently acquire a
- license if the first attempt failed due to contention.
- copy_zones() now copies all zones by default.
Tecplot 360 2018 R1
Release Date: March 15, 2018
- The OpenFOAM loader is much improved.
- The EnSight loader now has the ability to load CONVERGE data. Memory usage has been reduced for data nearing the 32-bit integer limit, and a fix was implemented when loading particle zones.
- VTK loader PVTU piece merging into a single zone was fixed.
- SZL Server had various fixes.
Slicing and Isosurfaces
- The original mesh of the source zone is preserved when slicing or creating an isosurface using the new “All Polygons” option of the Surface Generation Method.
- A new “Auto” setting for the Surface Generation Method selects the option best suited for the zones participating in the slice or isosurface generation.
XY Curve Fits
- Extended Curve Fits are available in the Mapping Style dialog and line context menus, including Akima Spline, General Curve Fit, and Stineman Interpolation.
- The Curve Fit Settings dialogs received an Update button to apply the setting changes without dropping the dialog.
- Probe on surface function to query locations on surfaces zones.
- Released with PyTecplot 0.9.4
Bug Fixes and Minor Enhancements
- Probe At dialog updated for easier re-probing when using Enter and Up/Down arrow keys.
- Allow loading of multi-grid Plot3D files to not auto assign strand IDs.
- Fixed excessive memory consumption when writing a polyhedral .plt file.
- Fixed TecIO TECFLUSH losing Aux data.
- Fixed context menus sometimes not displaying on Ubuntu running Unity.
- Remove requirement for initialized plot type when using CreateXXXZone macro/python functions.
- Remove startup Analytics from all products (in some cases caused a doConnect: Error: “Host not found” in the terminal).
- Recovered SZL slowdowns introduced in 2017 R3 for ordered data.
- Fixed issue that caused some dialogs to have duplicate application icons in Windows Taskbar.
- Fixed bad input error dialogs falling behind other dialogs.
- Fixed Number Format dialog Suffix field only applying to Contour Group 1.
- Fixed Line and Scatter legend size by units control not operating.
- Fixed TecUtilOpenLayout called from an add-on not depositing data load instructions to the journal.
Tecplot 360 2017 R3
Release Date: November 2017
In Tecplot 360 2017 R1 we introduced a new Python API, PyTecplot. In Tecplot 360 2017 R3 recording of PyTecplot scripts is available so that you can draft advanced scripts as easily as you record current Macros. We are incrementally adding commands which are recorded as pure Python. Commands that have not been added yet are recorded using tecplot.macro.execute_command.
As a part of increasing the functionality of our PyTecplot API, we are introducing the capability to control an interactive instance Tecplot 360 directly from Python. This ability coupled with the ability to record PyTecplot scripts allows you to utilize the power of Python in more of your workflows and perform complex analyses, faster.
LaTeX Syntax Support
Tecplot 360 2017 R3 can now use your installed LaTeX engine to create and render text within the Tecplot 360 environment. The LaTeX Engine must be registered with Tecplot 360 via the tecplot_latex.mcr file located in the Tecplot 360 installation directory. To add LaTeX elements, use the Text Details dialog (see Section 18-1.6 of the User’s Manual).
Slice and Iso-Surface Enhancements
- Iso-surfaces may now display vectors.
- Set up and extract slices before turning them on, which improves workflow speed.
- Extract slices to separate connected regions, allowing you to isolate, for example, the area of a slice within the nacelle. This is done using the new Extract Slices dialog.
- New Extract slices option to extract as logically ordered line zones (I-ordered).
- Extract slices per group in the new Extract Slices dialog.
- Extracting Start/End/Intermediate slices are now extracted in position order from start to end. If a primary slice is active, it will be extracted in position order as well.
- New VTK loader that supports .pvtu, .vtu, and .vtm file formats provide compatibility with COMSOL, Envenio, SimVascular and PyFR.
- Flow3D, VTK, and Fluent loaders were updated to allow import of data files in excess of 2Gb.
- Speed improvements for operations that change solution time compared to Tecplot 360 2017 R2.
- Reduced memory consumption when generating the initial plot.
- Bold and Italic font options have been added to the line legend, scatter legend, and label points and cells dialogs.
- Text Details Regular Text Angle now allows any value, previously only allowed 15-degree increments.
- Example data in the product installation has been streamlined and reorganized.
- Changed the MPEG-4 export default extension to .mp4.
- Probe At dialog will now re-probe when using Up/ Down arrows on the Index page.
- Added several line map related functions to the extendmcr add-on. See section 31 – 3.4 in the Tecplot 360 User’s Manual.
Bug Fixes & Minor Enhancements
- Plot3D loader
- Fixed issue in which auxiliary data was read incorrectly.
- Added .p3d and .qfile to list of recognized extensions.
- Removed incorrect limit on the number of blocks in a file.
- Fixed crash when data labels enabled in a layout but contour variable is not assigned.
- Fixed crash accessing curve points and curve details file dialog on Mac.
- Replacing zones when doing a second Fourier Transform no longer crashes.
- Fixed intermittent hang when doing a linear interpolation on SZL data.
- Improved gouraud shading between zones connected by global face neighbors.
- Fixed crash when turning off graphics caching with text.
- Fixed crash using text/geometry macro functions with $!NewLayout.
- Solution time slider no longer takes focus when adjusting geometries with arrow keys.
- Edge Details and 3D Orientation Axis dialogs now use whole numbers when applicable instead of scientific notation.
- Improved surface rendering for FE-brick data with multiple surfaces sharing the same node.
- Fixed context menu tool bars being displayed behind context menus or off screen.
- Fixed crash when using $!PromptForTextString macro command without supplying all arguments.
Tecplot 360 2017 R2
Release Date: April 2017
PyTecplot 0.8.0. New API coverage in PyTecplot 0.8.0 includes:
- 2D and 3D vectors
- View adjustments
- Contour and line legends
- 3D orientation axis
- Auxiliary data
- Node map, face map, and face neighbor information
- Solution time for transient data
- Slice extraction
The new included tec360-config script returns the paths required for setting LD_LIBRARY_PATHon Linux, simplifying the configuration of PyTecplot on Linux.
FLUENT Loader Improvements. Many updates to this frequently-used loader include:
- Significantly improved performance and reduced memory requirements for data with shared grids (typically time-dependent solutions).
- FLUENT Additional Quantities can now be loaded
- Variables in symmetry zones can now be loaded
- Variables that were previously imported as Variable#1234 are now given proper names
- Increased responsiveness and progress feedback while reading FLUENT data
Q Criterion Calculation. The Calculate Variables function (on the Analyze menu) can now calculate Q Criterion—faster and more memory-efficient than using macros or equations to calculate the quantity.
Extract Precise Line. The Extract Precise Line function has returned. It’s now in the Extract submenu of the Data menu, rather than on the Tools menu.
Axial Rotation and Duplication. 2D and 3D grids can be rotated, and zones may be duplicated by repeatedly rotating them around an axis. This feature is commonly used in turbomachinery applications (for example, to duplicate blade rows). A 2D version of the rotation feature was in the legacy (non-EX) version of Tecplot 360.
Easier Frame Deletion. It’s now possible to delete the active frame using the Frame menu, or the frame’s right-click context menu in the work area or the Frames sidebar.
Improved Font Support. Greek text is rendered better, and the bold and italic tags in text objects now work with system fonts.
Choose Surface Generation Method. When creating slices or iso-surfaces, you can now choose from two surface generation methods, to achieve smoother contours or to avoid holes in the surface. Look for this setting in the Other page of the Slice Details dialog and in the Style page of the Iso-Surface Details dialog.
Improved Animation Controls. All animation features now use VCR-style controls. Previously, only some animation dialogs had them.
Easier License Installation. The Licensing dialog now accepts a pasted single-user license key.
Incorporates Tecplot Chorus 2017 R2. In Tecplot Chorus, the Group By feature in line plots has been replaced with the ability to use variables to define line color and symbol shapes, providing two levels of line groupings to help you better understand the trends in your data.
Tecplot SZL Server Improvements. Our lightweight server for remote data access now:
- Has much better performance with data sets with large numbers of zones
- Supports two-factor authentication and password authentication for SSH connections
- Remembers the last-used directory
- Can load files from multiple directories
TecIO Improvements. The TecIO library, provided to allow third-party applications to write Tecplot-format .plt and .szplt data files (and read .szplt files), now includes an easier-to-use API for writing SZL files. The new API supports 64-bit indexing, allowing individual zones to exceed two billion nodes. This API is also more flexible in the order in which it accepts data, which can help lower the amount of memory needed to write files. Finally, the new API can write all supported Tecplot data types except bits, including integers of 8, 16, and 32 bits, instead of just 32-bit and 64-bit floating-point numbers.
Bug Fixes. The following bugs are fixed in this release.
- Sporadic Mac hang when double-clicking buttons
- Corruption of auxiliary data when using Plot3D loader
- Contour levels would always reset to a single value after encountering a variable with a constant value
- Image export would fail on Windows when using Remote Desktop to a remote machine with an older (c. 2008) graphics card that does not support PBuffers
- Various clipping issues when exporting EPS files
- Data files with only custom labels or geometries could not be loaded (introduced in Tecplot 360 2017 R1)
- Some Star-CCM+ and FLUENT files would not load properly using the CGNS loader
- Could not load EnSight .case files with trailing spaces
- CFD analysis did not always use calculate on demand
- Axis% text size option was sometimes unavailable
- Crash with Probe to Create Time Series macro
- Layouts were not being saved correctly after toggling off Time Stands in the strand editor
- Solution time grid marker was not updating when stepping through time steps
- Several issues using calculated variables with SZL data
- Inefficient lookup of SZL variable values from macros
- Crash plotting surfaces of volume data using transient SZL data
- Crash in primary value contour flooding using a cell centered variable that is different than the cell centered variable used to define the iso-surface (SZL data)
Platform Changes. Mac OS X 10.9 is no longer a supported platform. Mac OS X 10.10 or later is now required.
Tecplot 360 2017 R1
Release Date: January 2017
Tecplot 360 2017 R1 now includes* extended capability
- Design space exploration with Chorus.
- Workflow automation with our Python API PyTecplot.
- Remote data access with SZL Server.
*Available to customers with TecPLUS Maintenance.
Combine Datasets with Different Variable Names
The ability to combine datasets with different variable names was reintroduced in this release with the additional option to use an alias file. Now users can combine variables from the Variable Load and Combine dialog that is launched when appending a dataset with variables that do not match the existing dataset. Variable names that do match are automatically combined. Variables with different names between the datasets can be selected and combined or combined using an alias file. New variables can be added or removed. This capability is currently only supported by appending data using these loaders: Tecplot, Tecplot Subzone, CGNS, TRIX, EnSight, Excel, HDF5, HDF, General Text and Spreadsheet.
Flow3D Loader upgrade
The Flow3D data loader has been upgraded to use library version 18.104.22.168 to support the latest Flow3D data files.
Mac OS 10.12 support
Mac 10.12 introduced new application signing restrictions that prevented unsigned applications from running. This release, and now previous Tecplot 360 releases, have been signed so that they will be allowed to run. The initial launch of the application may trigger a dialog about an unidentified developer but the application will work normally afterward.
3 Points to set Arbitrary Slice Orientation
The Slice Details dialog allows the user to define the orientation of arbitrary slices by specifying 3 points, either by probing or manually entering the values.
CGNS/HDF5 Loader Improvements
CGNS data sets with adaptive mesh can now be loaded by unchecking the “Uniform grid structure” option in the advanced CGNS Loader dialog.
Linked CGNS files that use HDF5 can now be loaded due to upgrading to HDF5 1.8.17. This upgrade also applies to the HDF5 loader.
Bug fixes include, but are not limited to:
- Saving layouts that were opened via drag and drop, now preserves the journaled instructions like what data was loaded.
- Saving layouts with blanking and FFT instructions that obey blanking now requires the data to be saved to preserve the state of the plot instead of ignoring blanking in the FFT result.
- Vectors can now be shown on slices when initially turned on instead of only after making a change to the slice.
- Arbitrary slices with partitioned szplt data no longer crashes.
- Resizing the application window on Mac no longer gets stuck in resize mode.
- Copying line maps with dynamic names now preserves the dynamic name instead of the resolved name.
- Axis Details Range min/max fields now handle values smaller than 1E-12.
- The Fluent loader can now read files with data blocks > 2GB.
- Off-screen image export errors on remote displays have been largely attributed to a mismatch in the remote display settings. The error message now advises setting the remote display to use 32-bit color depth.
Tecplot 360 2016 R2
Release Date: April 2016
- Simplified Data Loading. New “All Files” and “All Supported Files” options in the Load Data dialog allow you to see all your files even if they’re in different formats. When you select a file to load, Tecplot 360 automatically chooses the loader for you if it can, or gives you suggestions as to what loaders can load it. We have also improved starting directory selection when opening files to make it quicker to navigate to the directory you need. Windows users may now optionally choose an extended Load Data dialog that allows files to be opened from multiple directories by selecting Options > Use Extended Load Data Dialog (this is the standard dialog on Linux and Mac OS X).
- 3D Mouse Support. Tecplot 360 now supports a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse for interactively changing the view in 3D plots, including translate, zoom, and rotate functions. Tip: assign one of the buttons on your 3D mouse to send the “o” key to make it simple to set the center of rotation. Windows only.
- Loader Improvements. The FEA loader has been upgraded to support data files from Abaqus 6.14 (2016), Ansys 16.2, and CFX 16.2. The General Text Loader can now be launched from the main Load Data dialog with or without a selected file, like most other loaders, and can now append to an existing data set.
- Contour Variable Performance Improvements. Assignment of contour variable levels is now deferred until requested instead of when the contour variable is assigned, and contour variables are not automatically assigned to contour groups that have not been used. These changes remove unnecessary requests to load data for contour variables that are not in use.
- Vector Improvements. Vector variables are no longer auto-assigned; instead, the Choose Variables dialog asks you to choose them the first time you turn on the vector or streamtrace plot layers, or when you choose a vector-related option from the Plot > Vector menu. You can adjust the appearance of vector arrowheads and add a reference vector to your plot in the new Vector Details dialog (Plot > Vector > Details), which also incorporates the settings from what used to be the Vector Length dialog.
- Translate/Magnify Dialog. The Translate/Magnify dialog has been reintroduced with a new look and feel, including translation using the arrow keys.
- Macro Functions for Text Objects. A retained macro function can once again be attached to a text object in the Text Details dialog, so that the function is executed when the text is control-right-clicked. This capability had previously been implemented only for geometries in Tecplot 360.
- Export Improvements. Image export dialogs have a more consistent layout and display the export dimensions for most formats. BMP and PostScript formats have also been restored.
- Return of the Getting Started Manual. New users of Tecplot 360 can turn to the Getting Started Manual included with the product to introduce them to frequently-used features in a real-world tutorial based on the Onera M6 wing.
- Improved Welcome Screen Notifications. The Welcome Screen now supports multiple notifications, so if your network license is due to expire and there’s a new Tecplot 360 release, you’ll know about both. In the future, we’ll also use this capability to send you information about Webinars, new tutorials, and other updates from Tecplot.com.
Tecplot 360 2016 R1
Release Date: January 2016
- Activation Pro License Manager. The license activation process has been simplified with our new license manager, Activation Pro. For single-users all you need to do is enter a license code, and Activation Pro will determine your machine ID and download a license key for you. And because the license key is stored it in a central location, your license will be instantly updated when you install a new version of Tecplot 360. Voilà!
- Animation Speed Controls. Control animation speed with easy VCR controls. You can animate zones, line maps, iso-surfaces and IJK planes.
- Scripting with the Macro Debugger. Overhauled Macro Debugger makes it easy for you to navigate and debug your scripts. You can interactively add breakpoints, jump in and out of sub-routines, and add watch variables.
- Polyhedral data rendering improvements. The CFD community is more and more gravitating to polyhedral element types largely due to their tendency to increase the rate of convergence. We’ve spent considerable time improving our algorithms and rendering to better support polyhedral cells. Early benchmarking indicates overall speed improvements of about 25%, with some operations being over 2 times faster.
- Improvements for Mac Users. Mac users can now easily launch a new Tecplot 360 window from the Dock (no more using the command line), as well as by double clicking on a layout, macro, or Tecplot data file. Also, modeless dialogs no longer drop behind the main window.
Tecplot 360 2015 R2
Release Date: May 2015
- Probe Sidebar. Tecplot 360 Probe functions now display their results in a sidebar. The Probe sidebar initially appears docked to the right side of the workspace, but can be positioned as desired like other sidebars.
- Custom Color Maps. Color maps can now be created, edited, renamed, deleted, exported, and imported in the Levels and Color page of the Contour & Multi-Coloring Details dialog.
- Network License Roaming. Users of network licenses can now choose to roam their license, allowing them to use Tecplot 360 for a limited time while disconnected from the license server (for example, while traveling).
- The Control-F keyboard shortcut is now available in all plot types, allowing you to easily get to a good starting point for your plot with a single, simple keystroke. (The actual View>Fit command activated varies depending on the plot type.)
- Toolbar Button for Equations.A new button on the toolbar opens the Specify Equations dialog in one click. Excel Loader End of Life The Excel loader is no longer included with Tecplot 360 nor is it supported with Tecplot 360 2015 R2. Use the Excel add-in (Windows only) or the Text Spreadsheet Loader (all platforms) instead.
Tecplot 360 2015 R1
Release Date: January 2015
- The Return of Triangulation and Advanced Streamtrace Seeding. By customer request, triangulation is again available for 2D zones, and the advanced seeding controls have returned to the Streamtrace Details dialog.
- Arbitrary Slice Improvements. It is now possible to adjust the orientation of arbitrary slices incrementally around any axis using buttons in the Slice Details dialog. The previous fields for orienting the slice by specifying a normal have been moved to a flyout in the dialog.
- Conditional Expressions in Equations. When using Data > Alter > Specify Equations, you may now write conditional expressions using the IF function. See the User’s Manual for more details.
- Improved Options for Appending Data. With many loaders, you can now choose to append the new data, or to replace the existing data in the existing frame or in all frames sharing that data, and can, in the latter cases, choose whether or not to retain plot style. The exact options available depend on the loader.
- Improved Drag-and-Drop. You can now drag any supported file type into the Tecplot 360 window or onto its icon to open it.
- Improved File Dialog Performance On Windows, native file dialogs are now used for better performance, especially on networks.
Tecplot 360 2014 R2
Release Date: October 2014
- Native Mac support allows Mac users to benefit from the full features in Tecplot 360.
- Context toolbars allow you to change zone layers by right-clicking on the zone(s) and accessing common layers including mesh, contour, shade, vectors, and translucency. The context tool bar dramatically reduces the time it takes to set common style attributes. Context toolbars are also available for isosurfaces and slices.
- The Fourier transform feature allows you to transform one-dimensional ordered linear data into the frequency domain for visualization and further analysis. You can control the size and location of frames resulting from the FFT. Fourier transforms can be directly accessed from the main context menus.
Tecplot 360 2014 R1
Release Date: June 2014
Launched in 2014 after more than two years of effort, Tecplot 360 is a substantial upgrade to previous versions of the product with improved performance and ease of use compared to Tecplot 360 2013 and earlier.
High Performance With Large Data Sets
Tecplot 360 2014’s subzone loading (SZL or “sizzle”) feature reduces the amount of data that needs to be loaded for common operations, providing much better performance and lower memory usage for typical workflows on large data sets, especially over networks. Using this feature requires that data files be stored in Tecplot’s new subzone loadable format (filename extension .szplt).
Native Look and Feel
The user interface has been revamped using a modern UI framework (Qt) to provide a native look and feel for all supported platforms. Linux and Mac OS X users in particular should be pleased with this change, though Windows users will also see benefits.
The high points include:
- Dockable sidebars that can be positioned outside the main Tecplot 360 workspace (e.g. on another screen)
Right-click context menus.
- A more flexible toolbar with redesigned icons Sidebars for managing frames, pages, and macros
Redesigned Zone Style and Mapping Style dialogs
- On Mac OS X, released as beta, an X window server is no longer required to run Tecplot 360 since it is now a native Mac application