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What’s New in Tecplot 360 2020 R1

Tecplot 360 2020 R1 is Here! Based on the Qt 5 GUI toolkit, Tecplot 360 2020 R1 provides native support for MacOS and high dpi (4k) displays. This release represents the most significant change to our graphical user interface architecture in six years. The addition of native support for high-resolution monitors gives users a whole new meaning to visualizing results!

New in Tecplot 360 2020 R1:

  • 4.6x Faster Batch Mode Image Export
  • Evenly Spaced Vectors
  • Streamtraces on no-slip surfaces
  • Extract Blanked Zones
  • Graphics Card Requirements
  • Platform Support Changes

Q&A from the Webinar

Where can I get the newest version of Tecplot 360?

How can I get an academic license for Tecplot 360 for graduate students and professors?

Will the PyTecplot libraries also be updated with the new release, and will there be a downward compatibility to the current version?

PyTecplot Version 1.3 was released at the same time as Tecplot 360 2020 R1. It is available on PyPI.org, so you can just do a simple pip install -U, which is upgrade. More PyTecplot information is here.

PyTecplot is tested against all supported releases of Tecplot 360. We support the current version, and the two previous releases.

Apple announced their movement away from the Intel CPU architecture and towards ARM. What are you doing about that?

We do have plans to look at the ARM processor. Apple is providing developer kits. It is something we are aware of and we are monitoring.

Will Tecplot continue to support Mac PCs on the Intel platform?

It’s too early to say, but like I said, we endeavor to support the current Mac OS release and two prior releases. So, we’ll just have to see how that evolution occurs with Apple.

Should we expect to see a difference in load time between Tecplot 360 2019 R1 and the 2020 R1 release?

No, because we haven’t done a lot of performance work in this release. The updates were mainly in the user interface and the new capabilities.

Performance does matter quite a bit, and different data loaders can have different load speeds. Speed depends a lot on the file formats you’re using and how fast your disk is. Tecplot PLT and SZL formats will provide the best performance.

How can I add more than eight slice groups at a time per frame, possibly up to 20 different slices?

Tecplot supports 8 slice groups and each group can have a different orientation. Within each group you can specify up to three unique locations, or you can use intermediate slices which are equidistant slices between specified start and end slices.

How do I load a different simulation and apply previous analysis work (easily)?

You can use Tecplot layouts. Go to File > Save Layout and choose to save either the layout only (.lay).

There are times after you do an analysis step where your layout can’t be saved without also writing the data. If you have a task like this that needs to be repeated, the best way to handle this is through macros or Python.

Many customers have asked for this capability, and we are making this a priority. The Tecplot 360 development team is working toward a single click to open a layout with a different dataset.

Can the Ansys Fluent .cas and .dat HDF5 format be loaded directly into Tecplot 360?

We do have plans to support ANSYS .cas and .dat HDF5 formats. At this point, we don’t have a lot of customer data to experiment with. If you are willing to share your data with us so we can use it for validation, that would be very, very helpful. But the loaders are on our roadmap. Look for the loader in Tecplot 360 2020 R2 release later this year. If you have data to share, please contact support@tecplot.com.

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