February 2008

For all those Linux users out there who are keen to try Caedium, the wait is over. The latest release of Caedium is now available on both Windows and Linux. For everyone else, Caedium v1.2 contains a number of enhancements.

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Caedium v1.2

You'll find more details about the new features in "Caedium v1.2 Released for Linux and Windows" and an update for existing Caedium users in the Caedium forum.

Highlights of the new release include the ability to:

  • Arrange multiple geometry views alongside multiple plots with our new multi-pane window layout manager by simply dragging and dropping windows within the main Caedium workspace area.
  • Create avi movies from a sequence of time-dependent geometry views or plots using our new movie recorder using either Caedium Transient or Caedium Professional add-ons.

If you haven't yet tried Caedium Professional, and you are tempted by these new features, then we suggest you:

  1. Download the latest version of Caedium and its add-ons for your preferred platform
  2. Activate a 30 day free trial of Caedium Professional

You won't be disappointed.

New Article

We've added an article to our website about geometry exchange, which describes various ways to share geometry between Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) systems, such as Caedium.

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The Linux Desktop and Computer-Aided Engineering
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Virtual Wind Turbine Breaks Betz' Law
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Future of Commercial CFD
Having covered the Origins of Commercial CFD and the Evolution of Commercial CFD it seems only fitting that I stick my neck out and provide predictions on the future of CFD. Let's start by extrapolating from recent events and use the analogous CAD market as a reference.

Evolution of Commercial CFD
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