Changes and Updates in Version 8.4.0

by / Wednesday, 13 May 2015 / Published in 8.4, Documentation, News

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.



1 — To use the feature, Configure a starting plot and plot it. Once you are happy with the starting plot, click the pyd6ta07 toggle button. This will change the plot configuration to:


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 window can be minimized to work in the background. Once complete, it will restore to normal operating state. Mouse over the 9i8cjjgt icon to view the flyout window. The movie will be an entry there.


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.

Movie frame files can potentially take up a very large amount of disk space. The Frames tab has a delete button ovfk06d2 in the lower right hand corner to remove the frames and recover the disk space.

Users have access through the icon buttons to adjust the position of the playback, the frame to examine, and they can copy 0x9s8s8xwhat is visible to the clipboard or save a frame or the moviepxvnfi7j to a different location.