Intelligent Light and FieldView

PDF3D Announcent: FieldView Released with First Ever CFD 3D PDF Exporter

Industry Partner Announcement

FieldView Released with First Ever CFD 3D PDF Exporter

Intelligent Light, the leader in 3D software for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has released the first CFD Post-processor with a built-in 3D PDF export feature using the powerful PDF3D system.

Click to try a 3D PDF file from FieldView! (Requires Adobe Reader 10 or later)

London, UK, December 15th, 2015 

Intelligent Light, the developer of FieldView 16 and provider of industry leading software and services for CFD workflows to engineering and research organizations, has joined forces with Visual Technology Services, developers of the renowned PDF3D Report Generation systems, to produce the first CFD tool with built-in 3D PDF interactive report generation features.

The flagship FieldView application is the most widely used CFD post-processing software for engineering and research. FieldView delivers scalable parallel visualization from laptops to high-performance computing (HPC), including unsteady flows, numerical analysis, extensive solver interfaces and advanced post-processing and visualization techniques.

"The FieldView 16 development team has been working tirelessly to deliver many valuable new features," commented Steve M. Legensky, General Manager and Founder of Intelligent Light. "The integration of the new 3D PDF publishing feature from PDF3D's technology will transform how our customers communicate and improve success in HPC engineering activities".

This latest software release allows 3D visuals created in FieldView to be converted into the universally, freely accessible 3D PDF format, enabling faster and easier sharing and distribution of reports to any customer, without them having to install specific software to view it. The reports enable interactive 3D review of surface contours, streamlines and legends. The report encoding methods use Visual Technology Services' highly compressed PRC (ISO 14739) technology, which can produce detailed images from large data files without sacrificing quality.

FieldView is used in a wide variety of markets including aerospace, automotive, energy and civil engineering. The popular CFD post-processor is used by engineering leaders in large organizations, by engineering consultants and by several top motorsports teams.

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About Intelligent Light

Intelligent Light (www.ilight.com), a US company based in Rutherford, New Jersey, has focused on advanced CFD post-processing and data management software for over 25 years, establishing FieldView as the most widely used post-processing software in CFD. The Advanced Research Group continues to innovate through pure research for real-world computational engineering simulations. With customer success its paramount goal, Intelligent Light is driving real-world solutions to the toughest challenges in CFD today.

About PDF3D

PDF3D (www.pdf3d.com) produce a suite of widely respected software products and plugins for engineers, scientists and developers who need to communicate complex data and 3D models to others in the universally accessible PDF format.PDF3D's technology provides the fastest and easiest-to-use, highly compressed 3D PDF conversion available for an ever-increasing range of formats and tools.From 3D CAD to GIS, DWG and LIDAR, PDF3D works closely with users and programmers within the engineering, geospatial, geology, aerospace, architecture, medical and product packaging communities worldwide.


Contact Details:

PDF3D, Visual Technology Services Ltd.

The Courtyard, High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7HP, UK

Tel: +44(0)7787 517529,

Contact: Ian Curington,

Email: info@pdf3d.com,

Web: www.pdf3d.com

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FieldView 16 and XDBview 2 Now Available

3D PDF export generated in FieldView and seen in Adobe Acrobat Reader® (left) and on a tablet (right). (DrivAer geometry courtesy of TU München, Mesh and simulation by VINAS with Pointwise and Helyx).

3D PDF export, faster data read, reduced memory usage and many more improvements

Just a little less than a year has passed by since our release of FieldView 15 and I am happy to announce that our new version, FieldView 16, is ready for download. While software users sometimes feel like installing a new version is not going to impact them much, I am confident that every single FieldView user will benefit from this release.

You will find that FieldView 16 is faster to read your data than previous versions and will also use less memory. Data read can easily be made even faster and more memory efficient by selecting the right Data Input option. When you don't need to perform Dataset Sampling or to compute a lot of streamlines, select "Less" Grid Processing for faster data input. In cases when you do need that kind of performance, select "More" right from the Data Input panel and you will use more memory to get better performance during you session.

FieldView 16 is the first CFD post-processor to introduce a built-in 3D PDF export. This standard format is a great way to present and share your results, allowing interactive exploration via rotation, zooming, panning and commenting in Adobe Acrobat Reader and in 3D PDF viewer apps.

Other highlights of this release include:

  • New Vertices and Shaded Vertices display types for better insight and fast performance
  • The ability to sweep surfaces coming from an XDB extract and to synchronize this operation between multiple datasets for easy animations and side-by-side comparison
  • More control over the location of Surface Flows
  • A new Growing display type for pathlines animation
  • 10x faster read times for AcuSolve users, compared to FieldView 15
  • The ability to read single-file transient data as steady-state
  • Support for results from FLOW-3D v11

We're also introducing the second version of XDBview. Our free, sharable viewer for XDB extracts, now includes the same sweep capability as FieldView 16 and can now read your CAD geometries in STL format.

To learn more about these new versions, I encourage you to read our What's New in FieldView 16 document (Japanese version).

FieldView 16 is a major release. You will need to request new passwords from Intelligent Light. FieldView 16 passwords will work for both version 15 and 16, but as of this release FieldView version 14 and earlier are no longer supported. If you need to test FieldView 16 with your data or workflows before upgrading, feel free to request additional temporary passwords and we'll be happy to provide them free of charge.

Please contact our FieldView Support Team  or your account manager for more information.


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3D PDF from FieldView – One click ease!

Native 3D PDF capability in FieldView 16 gives users the ability to export CFD results as 3D models for use in reports, presentations and on mobile devices with a simple click. FieldView's 3D PDF capability is easy, complete and reliable.

"The 3D PDF capability in FieldView 16 allows users to export accurate CFD results, including multiple legends, in order to share with customers and managers the knowledge gained from their valuable simulation efforts." 

Yves-Marie Lefebvre, FieldView Product Chief.
Click to try a 3D PDF file from FieldView! (Requires Adobe Reader 10 or later)

"Intelligent Light has invested significant development resources to make sure FieldView offers the easiest and most complete 3D PDF export," Lefebvre adds. "With the click of a button, your current FieldView window will be exported as it is, including its annotations and legends. No extra converter or translator is needed for your PDF documents to be generated with 3D content that allows easy interactive exploration."

View across devices and applications – Your 3D PDF files can be viewed with Adobe Reader 10 or later, with various readers on iOS and Android devices and Intelligent Light will soon release a plugin to insert them in Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

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FieldView Patch Release 15.1 Now Available

New Surface Flows seeding option, improved readers, growing pathlines and many more improvements


Surface Flows obtained with the new “From File” seeding option

The FieldView Development Team has been working hard on great new capabilities for FieldView 16, coming this fall. We’re halfway through our yearly release cycle: the perfect time to step back and package all the new capabilities and improvements already available so you can benefit from them now.

Our recently adopted Agile development method allows us to deliver this patch release quickly so we can spend more time working on FieldView 16.  Only some of the files in your FieldView 15 installation will be updated in the process. Our next full installation package will come with FieldView 16, which will be a new major release of the type our users are more familiar with.

Highlights of this patch release are:


  • More control over the location of Surface Flow lines with the new “From File” seeding option.
  • 4x faster read times for the AcuSolve Direct Reader.
  • Parallel post-processing and support for FLOW-3D v11 with the FLOW-3D Direct Reader.
  • Animate the full path followed by your particles over time, even in moving grids, with the new “Growing” display type for particles.
  • Save time on particle animation by reading a single time step and animating only your particles with the new “Read as Steady State” option for single-file transient results.
  • Increased maximum parallel partitions count.
  • Changing grid counts in PLOT3D Function files during transient sweep.
  • A more verbose mode for debugging corrupted arbitrary polyhedra from your solver export.
  • And over 20 additional fixes and improvements…

Check out the full details in the What's New in FieldView Patch Release 15.1 document.

The FieldView patch release 15.1 is an upgrade to your FieldView 15 installation. It will run with your current FieldView 15 passwords. It is available for download from the FieldView Customer Center.

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ANSYS® Fluent® 16.0 Enables FieldView HPC Capabilities

FieldView Parallel Export from ANSYS® Fluent® 16.0

ANSYS Fluent 16.0 provides the capability to export results to FV-UNS while maintaining the partitioning established for a FLUENT parallel solution.  The file is fully compatible with FieldView Parallel allowing for the substantial time savings from parallel processing.  Every FieldView license will support at least 8 processor cores.  FieldView Parallel will readily scale to 64 processors and beyond.  The export files can be automatically generated during the solver run.

Surface Export - From the ANSYS Fluent TUI a new option called “fieldview-unstruct-surfaces” creates a surface only FV-UNS export, where the user selects the exported surfaces from a list of boundary conditions and post-processing surfaces (iso-surfaces, planes…).

  • Surface export for Parallel FieldView - A surface export made from a parallel session of Fluent will maintain the partitioning of the surfaces, and the resulting file can thus be read in parallel by FieldView.

  • Interior surfaces may be selected for export in Fluent 16.0.  This is a longstanding request and is useful in applications like integrating flow rate or seeding streamlines on control surfaces.  Please contact our support team for information about how to use this new feature.

FieldView and FLUENT - Power for Unsteady Simulations

Unsteady simulations are often post-processed and reviewed using FieldView XDB files which are a fraction of the size of volume data.  Exporting surface data, reading into FieldView Parallel and then having FieldView post-process and produce XDB files can be entirely automated.  This workflow delivers lightweight XDB files for review in FieldView or by the free XDBview reader. When exporting from ANSYS FLUENT, the resulting file can be read into FieldView in parallel, dramatically reducing the read-in time.

Choose the right export for your data: Quick Start – Working with FLUENT16 data in FieldView (PDF).

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