Focus Feature List
Tecplot Focus Feature Set
01. Line Plotting
02. Polar Plotting
03. 2D and 3D Plotting
04. Animations & Movies
05. Data Input
07. Web Support
08. Exploration & Analysis
10. Color Mapping
11. Cutomizing & Extending Tecplot
12. Outputting Plots & Data
13. Annotating Plots
14. Data Manipulation
15. Data Structures
16. Data Management
17. Saving/Restoring Files
18. Collaboration & Working in Groups
XY Features: Scatter plots, line plots, bar charts, semi-log plots, log-log
plots, error bar plots, splines, curve-fits, and more. Configure
tick marks, symbols, symbol properties, labels, grid spacing, axes,
colors, titles, legends, and fonts. Multiple horizontal and vertical
Polar Plot Features: Create polar line plots (r, Θ). Configure
angle in radians, degrees or arbitrary units. Select between linear
or logarithmic radius.
2D and 3D Plotting
Mesh Plots: Display 1-, 2D, and 3D grids connecting data points. Color
mesh lines by variable. Remove hidden lines. Configure line type
Contour Plots: On 2D and 3D surfaces, display contour lines, color flood
between contour levels, and color fill cells (or elements). Interactively
add and delete contour lines and levels. Automatically or manually label
contour lines. Configure legend, line type, color map, and contour labels.
Use multiple contour variables to view and analyze interrelationships
among several variables simultaneously.
Vector Plots: Display 2D and 3D vectors on planes, 3D surfaces, and
in volumes. Display 3D vector components tangent to 3D surface. Display
subset of vectors. Specify length, color, line type, and head style.
Color by variable. Create streamlines through vector field.
Scatter Plots: Display 2D and 3D symbols at data points. Color and size
symbols by variables. Display a subset. Configure color, size, fill type,
and symbol shape.
Shade Plots: Set color of surface.
Boundary Plots: Display the edges of data segments on 2D and 3D surfaces
and volumes. Configure color and line type.
Sketch Plots: Create drawings, word charts, and sketches without data
Lighting Effects: Set level of translucency and specular highlighting
on 3D surfaces and choose lighting model as uniform, paneled, or Gouraud.
Volume Attributes: Set display of boundary surfaces, internal grid surfaces,
and volume rendering options.
Combine Plot Types: Assign combinations of mesh, contours, vectors,
scatter, boundary, shade, lighting effects, and volume attributes to
various segments of data.
Animations and Movies
Animation Tools: Use built-in
functions to automatically create movies of contour levels, slices,
zones, streamtraces and more.
Manually: Interactively create movies by exporting an image, then repeatedly
changing and appending new images to the same movie file.
Macros: Use a macro to perform multiple, repetitive changes, and write
each image to a movie file.
Output: Export AVIs which play in most movie viewers. Export Flash (SWF)
and Raster Metafiles (RMs) viewed with Tecplot’s Framer movie player.
Data Formats: HDF4, HDF5, Excel (Windows
only), PLOT3D, FLUENT, CGNS, Gridgen, DXF, DEM, comma- or space-delimited
ASCII, native Tecplot ASCII, and Tecplot binary files.
General Text Loader: Scan ASCII data files for titles, variables and
data, set filters, and preview processed data.
Subset Data on Input: Read subset of variables, data blocks, and data
points to accelerate plotting.
Interactive Data Input: Enter XY plot data directly as two-column list
Custom Data Reader: Use the Tecplot Add-on Developer’s Kit to
create data readers for proprietary file formats.
Auxiliary Data: Attach supplementary information (name/value pairs)
to data sets, frames, or zones. Auxiliary data can be read from your
data file or set by a macro or add-on.
Image Import: Insert logos and bitmap images (BMP, PNG) and incorporate
them into your plots.
Tecplot ADK: Add your own specialized
functions, analyses, and data input/output to Tecplot using the included
Add-on Developer’s Kit (ADK).
Use C, C++, and FORTRAN. Customize the Tecplot menu and sidebar.
Configuration File and Start-Up Macro: Set new defaults and perform
initialization with configuration files and start-up macros.
Publish Directly to the Web: Output plots in PNG, AVI,
and HTML format.
Internet Connectivity: Read/write files directly from/to FTP and HTTP
Exploration and Analysis
Slicing Tool: Interactively
slice 3D data displaying mesh, contours, and vectors on the slice
plane. Display multiple slices. Move slice continuously or by steps.
Slice on X-, Y-, and Z-planes or grid planes.
Iso-surface Tool: Interactively change iso-surface values. Display as
paneled or Gouraud surfaces with translucency.
Probing Tool: Interactively click on surface and display interpolated
variable values and cell indices. Snap selection to nearest grid point.
Streamtrace Tool: Interactively insert streamlines, streamrods, and
streamribbons in 2D and 3D. Specify lines to terminate streamlines. Display
markers along streamlines spaced by vector magnitude. Integrate upstream,
downstream, or both directions. Place streamline rakes. Configure integration
parameters, color, shape, and translucency.
Data Labeling Tool: Display the values of a field variable or node indices
at data points.
3D Viewing Tools: Rotate, translate, and zoom into plot. Orthographic
and perspective projections. Fly through data.
Contour Tool: Interactively click on surface to add and delete contour
lines or levels.
Extraction Tools: Interactively define sets of points or polylines to
which 2D and 3D surface data is interpolated and extracted for display
as a separate plot.
Curve Fits: Least squares linear, polynomial, power, and exponential
curve-fits. Least squares curve-fit of linear combination of user-specified
functions. Create customized curve-fits with the Tecplot Add-on Developer’s
Data Blanking: Set multiple constraints (or masks) to clip the display
of data based on local field variables, functions of variables, grid
indices, or depth from viewing position. Cut-away blocks of 3D volume
to reveal internal variations.
Plot Approximation Mode: Reduce the number of grid points used to render
an image, while retaining its style. Control the threshold for activation,
and the percentage of the grid points to use. View changes can be orders
of magnitude faster.
Data Extraction: Extract iso-surfaces, slices, subsets, streamtraces,
polylines, and point sets from 3D data to new data segments (zones) for
further plot customization. Includes all variables from source data.
Extract 2D contour lines.
Outer-Surface Extraction: Extract the surface of 3D volume finite-element
Point and Click GUI: Use an intuitive
graphical user interface to create and arrange plots. No command
line entry or programming required. Primary plotting tools and settings
are conveniently located on the sidebar. Undo style, view and data
Page Layout Paradigm: Create up to 128 plots on a single page; each
plot contained in an adjustable frame. Interactively move and resize
frames. Set frame attributes like background color, border, and header.
Snap frames and plot objects to grid defined on page. Zoom into page.
Use page rulers for positioning.
Overlaying Frames: Stack frames on top of frames. Set frame background
to transparent to superimpose multiple plots.
Frame Linking: Link specific style attributes between and within frames.
Link slices, iso-surfaces and other attributes between frames. Link axis
styles, grid line styles and Zone/Map attributes within frames.
Plot Layer Buttons: With a click of the mouse, display mesh, contour,
vector, scatter, shade, and boundary plot attributes individually or
together in any combination.
Plot Type Selection: Quickly change between XY, 2D, 3D and Polar plot
Interactive Viewing: Zoom, translate, and rotate views using your mouse.
Use keyboard shortcuts. Revert to previous views. See fully rendered
plot during 3D view changes.
True Color Rendering: Image is
fully rendered in true color.
64 Custom Color Dialog: Customizable RGB color palette.
Continuous Color Flooding: Fill between contour lines with a smooth,
continuous variation of color in 2D and 3D.
RGB Color Flooding: Assign up to three variables to the red, green,
and blue channels. Use RGB color flooding with multi-phase and multi-component
flows to view concentrated and diluted regions.
Customizing and Extending Tecplot
plotting and analysis with macros. Create macros either by recording
an interactive session or with a text editor. Use embedded interactive
debugger to test macros.
Quick Macro Panel: Launch macros by mouse clicking Tecplot’s interactive,
customizable, multi-page Quick Macro Panel.
Batch Processing: Run Tecplot in batch mode to automatically process
data and create plots without displaying any graphics on the screen.
Animation: Create complex animations using macro language.
Outputting Plots and Data
Printing: Print a
plot directly to a printer, route to a file, or route to a print
spooler. Copy and paste to Microsoft Office.
Export Vector-based Plot Files: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), PostScript,
HPGL, HPGL/2, and Windows Metafile Format (WMF is available on UNIX and
Export Raster Plot Files: JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, PostScript bitmap, Sun
Raster bitmap, and X-Window bitmap. Image resolution is configurable
and independent of screen resolution.
Export Movies: Export to Flash (SWF), AVI and Raster Metafiles.
Text: Place text interactively
on plot. Set text color, angle, size, font, background box, and justification.
Greek letters, mathematical symbols, superscripts, and subscripts.
Create user-defined characters.
European Characters: Create annotation in European language characters
with the extended ISO-Latin1 character set.
Geometries: Interactively create polylines, rectangular boxes, circles,
and ellipses. Duplicate, reposition, and resize interactively. Fill and
outline with color. Create and modify (point-by-point) interactively
and read from a file.
Active Text and Geometries: Associate a macro function with text or
geometries. Select objects with a special keystroke to execute the macro
Create, Alter and Transform
Data: Alter your data or create new data using mathematical
expressions. Store expressions for reuse.
Interpolate: Interpolate data from one set to another. Choose from linear,
inverse-distance, and kriging.
Triangulate: Create set of triangles from data points defined in 2D
Convert Cell-Centered Data: Interpolate cell-centered data to cell-corner
Mirror and Subset: Create mirror images of existing data. Create new
data as a subset of existing data.
Gridded Data: Data points arranged
spatially as 1-, 2D, and 3D rectangular and curvilinear arrays; 2D
unstructured finite-element grids of triangles and quadrilaterals;
and 3D unstructured finite-element meshes of tetrahedral and 8-node
Gridless Data: Read data without grid structure or connections. Create
triangular mesh from gridless data. Interpolate data into gridded data.
Triangulate polylines in 2D and 3D.
Cell-centered Data: Read and display cell-centered data or a combination
of mixed node and cell-centered data. Point objects such as vectors and
scatter symbols can be plotted at the cell center, face center or node
Multiple Data Sets: Create and display plots from up to 128 different
sets of data simultaneously.
Multiple Zones: Each set of data can have over 32,000 segments (or zones).
Multiple Variables: Specify up to 32,000 variables (X, Y, Z, U, V, and
so forth) per data point.
Spreadsheet View: Display and
edit data displayed in scrollable rows and columns.
Data Journaling: Save layouts with a list of macro commands attached
to a data set, or save a new data set. View and modify data journaling
commands in any text editor. Data journal alterations are applied when
the file is opened.
Variable and Node Map Sharing: Improve performance by sharing variables
and node maps between zones. Define one grid definition for time-dependent
and iterative solutions.
Layout Files: Return to plots exactly as you created
them by saving a layout file with all the frames, plotting attributes,
and optionally the data. Apply layouts to same or different data sets.
Stylesheets: Save the style of a plot frame in a stylesheet, which includes
all aspects and appearances of the plot frame, but not the data. Restore
a stylesheet to recreate an old plot, or to create the same style of
plot using a different set of data.
Collaboration and Working in Groups
Cross-Platform Capability: Run Tecplot
on UNIX workstations and PCs running Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP, Mac
OS X, and Linux. Interchange Tecplot macro files, layout files, stylesheets,
color map files, and data files between all platform types.