The Main New Features of EnSight 10.1 are:

Comparing Cases  –  Native Polyhedrals  –  Filtering data  –  Streamline features  – HPC-sized datasetsSphere Rendering

read more about them below,  flip through a slideshow, or you can also see how to use them in the EnSight 10.1 Video Tutorials page.  The video below shows four of the new features in a quick preview.

EnSight 10.1 Sample of New Features with Narration from EnSight by CEI Software on Vimeo.

In EnSight 10.1 we focused on these areas:


We have renamed the product line. The product versions are now:

  • EnSight Free
  • EnSight Desktop
  • EnSight Standard
  • EnSight HPC
    (High Performance Computing)
    – replaces EnSight Gold
  • EnSight VR
    (Virtual Reality)
    – replaces EnSight DR

A chart comparing features can be found here.

Only customers who currently license EnSight DR will notice a significant difference from the product renaming. These customers should talk to their EnSight account manager to understand the changes.  EnSight HPC is essentially just renamed EnSight Gold, plus an added option, Parallel Compositing (PC), for really massive models, which was previously only available to EnSight DR.


Case Linking for Comparing Cases

EnSight’ capability to compare multiple dataset solutions simultaneously has been enhanced in EnSight 10.1. With “Case Linking” in this new release, operations performed on one dataset are automatically performed on all other linked datasets. This applies to both operations performed loading subsequent datasets, as well as to interactive operations within EnSight. Create a clip plane in one model, EnSight automatically creates the same clip plane in all of the other linked cases automatically; Move an isosurface in model, and EnSight will automatically move the isosurface in all of the linked cases. Create a variable in one case, and EnSight will automatically calculate the same variable in the other linked cases. Operating with multiple cases within an interactive session of EnSight is now much more powerful.

Case Linking (screencast)

Comparing Case by Reusing Context Files

Sometimes you’ve post-processed some data with EnSight and then you get some more similar data. You’d like to repeat the exact same steps you took on the first dataset. Just reuse the context files, a new feature of EnSight 10.1 and you can save yourself the work and you can simply do this by selecting the right option in the menus, no scripting or python required.


Streamline / Particle Trace Features (Screencast)

EnSight 10.1 includes several new usability and appearance changes to particle traces, streamlines and pathlines. Now traces can be recolored with a quick right-click so that you can easily follow a single trace. Or you can with a right-click remove a single trace so you can keep just the traces that help explain the data. And you can now display particle traces as tubes which makes them look nice for presentations.

Streamlines visualized as tubes

Coloring Traces with Random Colors

Hiding Particle Traces



Group Transform – An alternative GUI which makes it easier to create a coordinate Frame.  This can help you created exploded views of a complex model and other advanced animation and visualization techniques.

Batch Licensing – Its now much less expensive to use EnSight for running many EnSight python or command scripts

Reading LS-Dyna Data  – A new LS-Dyna reader with improved capabilities including reading FEMZIPPED data.

Part Cloning – A new way to make a duplicate part but with more flexibility to change it.

Force Summary Tool (Screencast)  – This tool will take all of the parts selected, and generate a tabular file (.csv) containing the forces on each part selected (rather than just the total from all selected parts). This greatly improves the direct access to quantitative information at the part level.   (to access this tool:  UserDefinedTools — > Analyze — > Force Pressure and Shear)

Plotting/Query Enhancements (Screencast) – EnSight 10.1 includes several ways to make plotting easier, for example automatically distributing plots, saving plots to files for easier creation of reports, and save the plots out to a CSV (spreadsheet) file.

Tags – A new way to quickly store and recall a selection of parts. Store your fluid parts in tag #1 and then just hit the right key command to make the fluid parts the new selected parts. Very handy for large models.

Easier Python Scripting – Python scripting now includes commands from the right-click menus that can be more easily edited.  And in EnSight 10.1.1(c ) there will be another improvement called part collections.


Part Groups and Part Collections and EnSight 9 Scripts

Some customers are having challenges upgrading from EnSight 9 to EnSight 10 because of the removal of part groups.

EnSight 10 Groups worked differently than EnSight 9 Groups. This created challenges in two particular areas. One problem was when running EnSight 9 scripts in EnSight 10, if EnSight 9 groups were used in the script. The second problem  showed up in EnSight 10, some places in the graphical user interface where a group number could be used instead of a part number, like in surface restricted traces, because EnSight 10 groups do not have numbers.  There are ways around this but it created some confusion for customers.  So we have created EnSight 10 part “Collections” (Edit -> Part -> Collect).

Collections are just a 9.2 transition tool for GUI and scripts mentioned above.  The stronger more flexible capability is new Groups.  But if you are using group numbers or EnSight 9 scripts with groups and want to run them in EnSight 10 then Collections is your friend. Collections in the present have very specific benefit. In the future, groups and the GUI will be more powerful so Collections won’t be necessary. We envision in the future merging Collections functionality into the new EnSight 10 Groups automatically for the customer.

Part Collections are not yet available in EnSight 10.1.1(b). We expect them to be available in Q3 2014 in EnSight 10.1.1(c.). We put this information into this release announcement so that customers working on upgrading from EnSight earlier versions will have the best possible information on when to make this transition.  


Native Polyhedra Support

EnSight 10.1 now handles polyhedron elements natively.  Previous versions of EnSight decomposed the n-faced elements into tetrahedrons.  Most of this native polyhedral work is not visible to you but shows up as better accuracy, better performance, lower memory, and greater robustness. Further improvements in performance and memory usage are expected as we continue working on polyhedra-based results.  Contact CEI technical support for more information.


EnSight Product Quality Program

Help CEI know what areas are most in need of further development.  More information



EnSight 10.1 – released July 2014