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New in Shape 4.5.0

Graphics engine

  • 3D visualization of various objects
  • 3D zooming, rotation and panning features

Reflector synthesis and simulation

  • Simulation and synthesis of rotational symmetric optical systems with finite light sources

Representation of project data

  • New views for 3D visualization implemented
  • The direct light distribution curve is drawn separately
  • The comparison mechanism for calculation results obtained in different projects improved

Documentation

  • User's Manual greatly improved: new screenshots, extended Quick Guide
  • The description of warnings and errors extended

Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

New in Shape 4.0.2

Graphics engine

  • The program’s graphics engine was ported to OpenGL, the redraw of objects was accelerated
  • Interactive data entry is implemented, i.e. the graphics objects control to specify initial parameters: reflector angles, initial radius-vector, boundaries of illuminated area and so on
  • Zooming and panning options were added

Reflector synthesis and simulation

  • The option of automatic calculation of points while solving reflector synthesis problems to smooth emissions near the profile boundaries linked with the non-uniqueness of normal positions was added
  • The emission filtration on the calculation light distribution curve when solving the reflector simulation problem was implemented
  • The algorithm of simultaneous calculation of luminous intensity and illuminance distribution when solving the reflector simulation problem was optimized

Representation of project data

  • The initial parameters of an optical system and the graphic output control parameters  are opened in the same window
  • The comparison mechanism for calculation results obtained in different projects was extended

Documentation

  • User's Manual was greatly improved
  • The description of warnings and errors was extended

Various small errors were corrected