The 3D Viewer is currently a 32bit application. This really limits its use to smaller models.
This should be upgraded to 64bit to be inline with us only supporting 64bit platforms.
Often while checking the final meshcount I have to count the number of digits to make sure if the mesh is of the order of hundred thousands, millions or over 10 million. How about showing the number of elements by separating three digits with a comma? I know it's rather a trivial requiest but can come handy to quickly get the sense of enormity of mesh. There had been times where I have seen my colleagues submitting a job of 23 million mesh, thinking it was a 2.3 million mesh!
After using the current user interface for most of this year, I have compiled a list of suggestions that I believe would be improvements. Much of the list are features that I miss from the older interface. Although the items seem fairly minor, I believe they could increase the efficiency of the UI.
- Add Coordinate Axis to View Cube. I personally dislike viewing the axis in the middle of the model, and change the default setting for this axis to be off. It would be nice if an axis could be attached to the View Cube, as was in the classic interface. It would also be convenient if the colors of the x,y,z axes would match the colors of the x,y,z velocity curves in the convergence plot.
- "Show Outlines" for results planes off by default. When I work with results planes the first thing I do is turn off "show outlines." The outlines are useful on occasion, but most of the time I prefer not to see them. If I could change a setting such that the outlines are "off" by default, that would eliminate a lot of unnecessary mouse movements.
- Hot keys. Assigning hot keys to commonly used commands would be a convenient time saver. Although the classic interface did not have user assigned hot keys, it did have a hot key that I found very usefull ... the "f" key was Zoom (Fit All). I still find myself hitting the "f" key, expecting to zoom out.
- Selection List window default to on. I refer to the Selection List window a lot when creating a model, particularly when working with multiple entities. I'd like to be able to set to Selection List window to be open by default.
The efficiency of the UI can be greatly improved by added a few customization features that would allow the individual analysts to personalize the software to match their particular workflow. It wouild be good if others would post their suggestions, as well.
It is puzzling that while we are meshing, we have to give away a licence in solving, forcing us to stop the jobs running in the queue, just to be able to mesh. In most commercial CFD (or FEA) software packages that I know of, I see that meshing and solving are completely exclusive of each otherin a single licence.
Majority of time of every CFD engineer is occuppied in meshing at his workstation. At the same time, he can't finish his job unless these meshes are run, often in the remote cluster etc. Sorry if I sound rude, but is it me, or has Autodeksk really employed this unfair and unjust tactic to engage a solver licence in meshing, thereby indirectly forcing users to go for additional solver licences, so that they can continue both meshing and solving uninterrupted at the same time?
I know this may call for a major overhaul in code (or maybe not), but is it not reasonable to demand that "meshing" and "solving" be treated exclusive of each other?
I often find myself opening support files when I want to open the original simulation. This is due to several things:
1) When navigating to the location of the simulation, I always get to the support file first because it is on the level above
2) The icon is nearly identical
Speaking to colleagues, it's a fairly common problem.
The problem is that I've then got a support file for the support file created. When I was new to Autodesk CFD, I assumed that the support file was the main CFD file due to the above factors. This lead to many new support files being created.
Could you please either:
a) Put the support file within the main directory
b) Use a very different icon (preferably a different colour)
c) Only have .cfdst files shown by default when clicking 'open'. By all means have .cfz available as a separate option.
Could the option be made available to close the current file without quitting Autodesk?
Most bits of software will let you close the currently open document without quitting the software. The main advantage for me is that this would free up some memory without me having to quit the software. The other reason for this request is that I find that the software generally crashes if I try to open a file when I've got another open.