Feature Table  |  Quick Comparison

The right version of EnSight for you depends on the features you need. This table summarizes the differences in the versions of EnSight to help you make the right choice. Don’t worry, we have a generous policy if you need to upgrade or downgrade as your needs change.

See the “Which EnSight” table for a quick overview of the different versions and come back to this table for more details.

See the old Feature table for EnSight 10.0.

Type * in the Search field to see which features were added to EnSight Free and EnSight Desktop.

EnSight FreeEnSight DesktopEnSight StandardEnSight HPCEnSight VR
Data ImportCFD, FEA, Crash, OtherCFD, FEA, Crash, OtherCFD, FEA, Crash, OtherCFD, FEA, Crash, OtherCFD, FEA, Crash, Other
Windows, Linux, MacWindows, Linux, MacWindows, Linux, MacWindows, Linux, MacWindows, Linux, Mac
Windows, Linux
Floating and Nodelocked Licenses?YesYesYesYesYes
32-bit and 64-bitYesYesYesYesYes
Read DataYesYesYesYesYes
Explore DataYesYesYesYesYes
Plot DataYesYesYesYesYes
Print/Save ImagesYesYesYesYesYes
Export MoviesYesYesYesYesYes
Export 3D ModelsYesYesYesYesYes
Simple CalculatorYesYesYesYesYes
Particle Traces/StreamlinesYesYesYesYesYes
Volume RenderingYesYesYesYesYes
Session FilesYesYesYesYesYes
Support OptionsWebform Webform, email, phoneWebform, email, phoneWebform, email, phoneWebform, email, phone
User Defined ToolsYesYesYesYesYes
Run ScriptsYesYesYes
Scientific CalculatorYesYesYesYesYes
Keyframe animationsYesYesYes
Boundary LayersYesYesYesYesYes
Pathlines /
Transient Particle Traces
Surface Restricted TracesYesYesYesYesYes
Vortex CoresYesYesYesYesYes
Separation / Attach LinesYesYesYesYesYes
Shock SurfacesYesYesYesYesYes
Read Multiple Cases323232
Massed Particle TracesYes*Yes*YesYesYes
Profile PartsYes*Yes*YesYesYes
Elevated Surface PartsYes*Yes*YesYesYes
Material InterfacesYes*Yes*YesYesYes
Tensor GlyphsYes*Yes*YesYesYes
Context Template FilesYes*Yes*YesYesYes
POV-Ray ExportYesYesYes
SOS Parallel Post-processingYesYes
Remote Rendering using Cluster resourcesYes*

*with PC option
Head TrackingYes
Immersive Virtual Reality (CAVES)Yes
Tiled Displays (Walls)Yes
More InfoEnSight Free is for interactive, not batch operations. Best for students, long trials, and testing file format exports compatibility. It is limited in model size, see below.

Model size limits
Total elements 2000000
3D elements 2000000
2D elements 25000
0D (particles) 25000
Polyhedrals 200000

* improved versus product it replaces.
EnSight Desktop is for interactive, not batch, operations. It is a subset of EnSight Standard functionality. It is not model size limited.

Typical model sizes < 50 million cells.
EnSight Standard supports batch or interactive operations, local data or client-server, parallel client and parallel server with 4 threads for each. Its biggest limitations are not supporting Virtual Reality, and not supporting distributed post-processing. Typical model sizes 5 million – 100 million cells.Notes: EnSight HPC is necessary if you want to use cluster resources to post-process a very large model. Typical model sizes > 100 million cells.Notes EnSight VR is necessary if you are running in a Virtual Reality (VR) facility. Typical model sizes > 100 million cells.
ProductEnSight FreeEnSight DesktopEnSight StandardEnSight HPCEnSight VR