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CEI Releases New 3D Geometry Player
Posted Mon September 18, 2006 @10:35AM
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Post Processing CEI has released Reveal, a new 3D geometry player for viewing, analyzing and manipulating complex visualization scenarios created in EnSight or other applications based on Apex, CEI’s framework for cross-platform graphics development.

Reveal spreads the power of extreme visualization across the enterprise. Engineers and scientists can import multiple scenarios from EnSight into Reveal to share selected visualizations with colleagues, partners, customers and others. The actual Reveal application can be embedded into the file, requiring no downloading or licensing for those receiving the visualization.

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A simple interface in Reveal acts like an on-screen DVD player, making it easy for anyone to view 3D models from different perspectives, manipulate them as allowed by the creator of the visualization, run a variety of 3D animations, and add notes for collaborative work over the Internet and through popular applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint. Models and animations can be viewed in full-screen and 3D stereo modes.

“Reveal underscores CEI’s strategy to make extreme visualization widely available as a vital tool to communicate data in new and enlightening ways,” says Darin McKinnis, CEI’s vice president of marketing and sales. “It’s also an example of how software developers can use Apex to build their own applications and data viewers.”

The underlying data structure in Reveal is based on the freely available Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). This enables developers to read and write Reveal files, and to look at the structure of scenarios created in Reveal. It also speeds data I/O.

Reveal provides the ability to work with multiple variables that can be changed within a scenario, and to take advantage of Python scripting, high-performance display-list rendering, and high-quality transparency. It includes support for VR display and CEI’s unique form of simplified distributed rendering.

As with all CEI software, Reveal can be used across multiple fields – including CFD, FEA, crash analysis, aerodynamics and scientific visualizations – and runs on Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac OS platforms.

Reveal is available today through CEI and its worldwide distributors. It is free when running on single-pipe implementations.

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