Changes and Updates in Version 8.4.0
May 13, 2015 (See Changes and Updates in 8.3.0 for previous version information.)
Bug Fixes — The following bugs found in version 8.3.0 or earlier have been addressed
- Automated reports of a type “System.IO.FileNofFoundException” which were triggered in the Simulation Results Viewer when a project had abnormally interrupted simulations, or where external software had removed the “SimStatus.TMP” file from the directory where simulation results are kept. Without “SimStatus.TMP” the Viewer terminated with the error. In 8.4.0, the Viewer will not terminate, but will omit the simulation without SimStatus.TMP from the list of simulation results it can display.
- Certain license activation problems have been addressed in this release.
New Movie Creation Feature — The Simulation Results Viewer now has the capability to generate movies from simulation results. Note the changes to the user interface, adding a “Movie” icon, and, if movies are present, a flyout region to manage movies created for the results. The older 8.2.5 movie feature is still available in the model builder.
Set the movie name, time length, and fps setting. Then click “Create Movie”. The system will grey out the user interface, prevent resizing, and begin taking frame images. A progress bar counts down the work remaining over the window as well as the application bar at the bottom.
The buttons and slider at the bottom control the frame position visible on the screen. The Movie tab points to the compressed Movie MP4 file, while the Frames tab points to the frame files used to construct the movie, all of which are retained with the simulation until deleted.
Users have access through the icon buttons to adjust the position of the playback, the frame to examine, and they can copy what is visible to the clipboard or save a frame or the movie to a different location.