CD-Adapco Star CCM 10.04.008-R8 double precision (Win/Linux) | 3.5 GB
CD-adapco, the largest privately held CFD-focused provider of Computer Aided Engineering software, announced STAR-CCM+ 10.04, the latest version of its flagship simulation tool, of new Colormaps and Customization.
STAR-CCM+ 10.04 Preview : New Colormaps and Customization
We know a good scientific visualization when we see one - colormaps are a big part of this and when used effectively, they can make all the difference. The ability to create your own colormap within STAR-CCM+ has been around for a long time and around this time last year, we delivered a full featured interactive colormap editor with the 9.04 release.
If this is news to you, guess what : Rogowitz & Treinish1 were calling attention to the shortcomings of the rainbow colormap twenty years ago. Since then, several well considered, provocatively titled articles like "How the Rainbow Color Map Misleads" , "Rainbow Color Map (Still) Considered Harmful" and even "Dear NASA: No more Rainbow Color Scales, Please" have further exposed the limitations of the rainbow colormap.
So, now that we know the rainbow colormap shouldn't be our first choice, what alternatives do we have?
Drawing from very well considered colormap requirements summarized by Moreland5, we've put together 22 new colormaps and added them into 10.04, ready to use. These new colormaps can be grouped into four categories: High-Impact, Perceptual, Diverging and Specialty.
One of the primary concerns for many of us, and equally to authors in this area of research, is that colormaps should be visually pleasing. We've balanced contradictory color selection best practices against aesthetics, delivering several High-Impact colormaps that are minimally distorted by lighting and are well suited to a wide range of applications. The Perceptual green-mauve, orchid-green, tropical and water colormaps are the easiest to interpret and are of particular benefit to individuals with color blindness such as deuteranopia, protanopia or tritanopia. Diverging colormaps highlight either large differences (purple-red & purple-red basic) with an unsaturated color at the center position of the colormap, or small differences (red-blue & red green) with nearly unsaturated colors placed at the ends of the colormap. Lastly, Specialty maps like the land elevation, land-sea elevation, casting and thermal ramps are designed for specific applications. We anticipate that these new colormaps will streamline your workflows by removing the need to create custom colormaps of your own. And, we've made it possible for you to specify your own default colormap through our Tools > Options > Visualization settings for everyday use.
The next topic for today: Customization. As you gain familiarity with STAR-CCM+, it's likely that you've authored a java macro (or two) to save you time on daily, routine, specialized tasks. But as new projects come in, it's easy to forget "where" these various java macros are and "what" they actually do. Even if your scripting efforts are well organized, you still need to be able to find and play these "time-savers". With v10.04, you will be able to run any one from up to 10 java macros, directly from any toolbar. You can even specify an icon and a hover tooltip to remind you what your macro does.
During the course of 10.04 development, I wrote two java macros that I came to rely on heavily.
With every STAR-CCM+ release, we pay close attention to all aspects of your productivity. The newly added colormaps should help you to quickly create high impact and effective scientific visualizations of your results and you can certainly use them as a starting point. I'm not sure how big a hint I am allowed to drop, but my suggestion is that if you want to win the 2016 Calendar Contest (open now) you should investigate using alternative colormaps in your submission. Finally, we need to appreciate that a java macro can be capable of saving us a tremendous amount of time with a little investment up front. Making your macros accessible has been a long standing feature request that we are pleased to be able to deliver this time around.
CD-adapco is the world's largest independent CFD focused CAE provider. Our core products are the technology-leading simulation packages, STAR-CCM+ and STAR-CD. The scope of our activities, however, extends well beyond CFD software development to encompass a wide range of CAE engineering services in fluid dynamics, heat transfer and structural engineering. Our ongoing mission is to "inspire innovation and reduce costs through the application of engineering simulation software and services."
A privately owned company, CD-adapco has maintained 17% organic year-on-year growth over the last 5 years. CD-adapco employs 850 talented individuals, working at 32 different offices across the globe.
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