Tecplot 360 2018 Release 2
New FVCOM loader. FVCOM is a popular ocean model used around the word. Our FVCOM loader is fast and memory efficient.
ROMS, WRF, Telemac loaders. Loaders for these popular models did not quite make the cut for this release. They will be available upon request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access to loaders for these models.
Sequential – Viridis & cmocean colormaps. Which colormap you use to represent your data makes a difference. Sequential – Viridis is the new default. Also, check out the new cmocean colormaps copyright (c) 2015 Kristen M. Thyng. Get more details on the cmocean colormaps: cmocean on GitHub.
Georeferenced images may now be imported into Tecplot 360. Georeferenced images can provide important context when viewing geographic model results and work with both 3D and 2D plot types. Watch the video: Georeferenced Images in Tecplot 360.
Shapefile converter. While it’s not part of the installation, we’ve recently developed a PyTecplot script which converts shapefiles to Tecplot binary PLT files. Like georeferenced images, shapefiles can provide important context when looking at your model results.
Handy PyTecplot scripts. PyTecplot makes the slow things fast and the hard things possible. In conjunction with this release, we’ve developed a few PyTecplot scripts to help you analyze your data. Check out our new GitHub page – Handyscripts for Python – for some scripts that will help automate your workflows and perform advanced analysis. Here are just a few:
- TimeAverage.py – Computes a time average of your transient data. Watch the video: Calculating Average Over Time.
- VerticalTransect.py – Computes a vertical transect (curved slice) from a set of defined XY point locations (requires a ‘siglev’ variable which exists in FVCOM data). Watch the video: Computing a Vertical Transect in Tecplot 360.
- VerticalProfile.py – Extracts a vertical line through time and plots the results in a new frame. This is useful if you want to view well data or understand what is happening in a water column.
- ImagetoPLT.py – Creates an IJ ordered zone from an image file. To view the results, you will have to use RGB coloring and ensure the RGB color range is from 0-255. This script can be useful if you have an image you want to drape over a topography – draping will require interpolation of Z values to the image. This script works with georeferenced images by looking for a paired world file.
Colormaps (and a new default!)
We’ve added 19 new colormaps to the selection in Tecplot 360, including using Sequential – Viridis by default. Over the past decade, research has revealed many negative aspects of the Rainbow colormap. That same research has suggested better colormaps which are perceptually linear or diverging. This change of default may affect the result of scripts. If you need to switch back to Small Rainbow, you can change the default by adding the following lines (for example) to your tecplot.cfg file:
$!GlobalContour 1 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 2 ColorMapName = 'Large Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 3 ColorMapName = 'Diverging – Blue/Red'
$!GlobalContour 4 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 5 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 6 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 7 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
$!GlobalContour 8 ColorMapName = 'Small Rainbow'
If you have your own custom colormap that you always want available, just drop a *.map file in the new ‘colormaps’ directory in the installation.
PyTecplot is faster! We’ve made significant improvements in the speed of PyTecplot. Running in connected mode will typically be 3-5 times faster. We have also cut the time it takes to import so your script will begin execution sooner.
Handy PyTecplot scripts. PyTecplot makes the slow things fast, and the hard things possible. In conjunction with this release, we’ve developed a few PyTecplot scripts to help analyze your data. Check out our new GitHub page for some scripts that will help automate your workflows and perform advanced analysis.
- New FVCOM loader. FVCOM is a popular ocean model used around the word. Our FVCOM loader is fast and memory efficient.
- ROMS, WRF, Telemac loaders. Loaders for these popular models did not quite make the cut for this release. They will be available upon request. Contact email@example.com to gain access to loaders for these models.
- Excel Add-In now includes the filename in Zone Auxiliary Data of each created zone, so you can more easily identify from which file the zone originated.
- CONVERGE Output file loader – CONVERGE users can now load the cell averaged output files (not the post*.out files) in a single step with this new loader. This loader is also available in Tecplot for CONVERGE.
Multiselect & Context Menus
Tecplot 360 now allows you to group select multiple items, such as text and geometries. We’ve also added brand new context menus for text and geometry objects. Give it a shot by right-clicking when you have a piece of text selected.
Tecplot 360 2018.2.1 Release
Release Date: 12/19/2018
Animation improvements highlight this release:
- Animate to individual images.
- High resolution and HTML 5-compliant MPEG-4 animations.
- New PyTecplot animation APIs.
For all the details, read the Tecplot 360 Release Notes »