EnSight 10 Release Notes

EnSight 10 Release Notes


This document contains EnSight 10 release notes which explain modifications and enhancements between EnSight 9 and EnSight 10 releases.  If you have not used EnSight before you can safely skip the release notes section of this document.  If you are an old EnSight user – welcome to EnSight 10!

Help System

Under Windows the help system relies on Adobe Acrobat to view the documents.  CEI no longer distributes a version of Acrobat – you must install it.  Recommended is version X of acrobat.  Earlier versions do not necessarily pop up ( it’s iconified on the bottom icon bar of the windowing system) when you open the Help document from EnSight.


Under Linux the help system uses xpdf as the .pdf file viewer.  If you have something else that you would like to use you can set the environment variable CEI_PDFREADER to point to the pdf reader of your choice.


Capabilities for EnSight Desktop and EnSight Free

EnSight Desktop and Free were released with 10.0.2(c).  A chart comparing features can be found here:  http://www.ensight.com/feature-table/


Release notes from EnSight 9.2 to EnSight 10.0


As you can see, it’s a whole new user interface.  To assist you we have created a wiki page that has two purposes:

1.  Show you what is new

2.  Show you how to do in V10 what you used to do in V9.


Here is the wiki:  http://wiki.ensight.com/w/EnSight10Transition


We really really encourage you to take a look at it.  In just a few minutes you will be oriented to the new interface and you will eliminate a lot of frustration as you try using V10 for the first time.


Other than the interface (which is a big one), here is a list of new/improved functionality:


  • Plotter Enhancements

  • Added ability to plot two different variables on the same plotter

  • Added ability to swap the x and y axis

  • Added ability to copy and paste “styles” from one plot or curve to another.

  • And those styles can be saved off between sessions in the Style manager

  • By default the plotter is now “auto layout” which means that it will attempt to eliminate plotter overlap as you move/resize plotter attributes

  • Added ability to copy a query to the clipboard which can be pasted into other applications – for example Excel


  • N-faced Polyhedra with per element variables will use much less memory than in 9.2


  • The option to subdivide the n-faced polyhedra with a more robust algorithm has been added as an option.


  • Structured volume rendering has been added.  Which is much faster and uses much less memory than the previous unstructured volume rendering feature in V9 (which still exists).  This is “game changer” for this feature.  If you tried it before but failed, due to not having the resources to run it, try it again using the box volume clip tool.

  • Direct support for volume rendering of block structured rectilinear grids

  • Option to use the clip feature using the Box tool to create a structured block for volume rendering through unstructured grids


  • CeiShell now has a console window to collect error messages coming form the EnSight servers as well as the ability to use VPN to jump through multiple communication hops.


  • Added the Sandia element metric math functions for evaluating mesh quality


  • Gradient, Divergence, Curl and Vorticity are now calculated differently for per-element variables in order to fix some bugs in the calculation of these values. First, the input variable is converted to nodal and then the value is calculated, then the result is moved back to the elements.  You can get the same result in 9.2 by first moving your per-element input variable to the nodes using ElemToNode and then using one of these calculator functions, then moving the result back to the elements using NodeToElem.


  • The Keyframe animator has a VCR button interface for playing and a slider for displaying a specific frame of the animation.


  • Added the user defined tool for evaluating sum of forces and moments to the calculator


  • Ability to create groups in a hierarchical fashion.  Part groups as before.  But can also have groups of other entities such as variables, annotations, etc.


  • User defined tools written as panels can be docked in the EnSight user interface.


  • The Maximum number of concurrent Cases is now 32.  Up from 16


  • The Maximum length of a variable name is now 50 characters – up from 20


  • The old Flow3d reader from 8.2 is no longer in the release and is replaced by the newer, and more capable Flow3d Multiblock reader, which is not support on the Mac. To visualize Flow3d data on the Mac, run the client on your Mac and the server on Linux or Windows.



Incompatibilities and current limitations


  • Large part counts (> 1000) are updating the Parts list somewhat slower than in 9.2.

  • As is usually the case between major releases, archive files are not compatible between V9 and V10

  • Scenario files remain backwards compatible

  • The grouping capability is completely different in V10 vs. older versions.  Unfortunately this means that command and context files that use part groups will fail to restore in V10.

  • In earlier releases it was possible to use a grouped part as an emitter for particle traces.  This is currently not possible (initial release of V10) but will be fixed soon.

  • The creation of unstructured parts based on the iblank values for plot3d datasets has been removed.  If you need this capability please let us know.  The work around is to create the iblankvalues scalar in the calculator and use this variable to create an isosurface

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