Tecplot 360 Scripting Guide - SCC

Tecplot 360 Scripting Guide - SCC
Scripting Guide
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2013
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Table of Contents
1
Introduction ...................................................................................................... 5
Tecplot 360 Macro Commands
2
Introduction to Macro Commands ................................................... 9
3
Managing Macros ........................................................................................ 11
Macros vs. Macro Functions vs. Macro Commands.............................................11
Running Macros from the Command Line..............................................................11
Running Macros from the Tecplot 360 Interface ....................................................11
Running Macros from the Quick Macro Panel .......................................................12
4
Writing Forward Compatible Macros ............................................ 13
5
Debugging Macros................................................. 15
6
Macro Command Syntax ....................................................................... 17
7
Macro Variables ............................................................................................ 19
Internal Variables .............................................................................................................19
System Environment Variables ....................................................................................22
Assigning Values to Macro Variables ........................................................................22
Assigning a String to a Macro Variable.....................................................................23
Replacement Text Use .....................................................................................................23
Macro Function Variables ..............................................................................................23
3
Using Formats in Macro Variables .............................................................................24
8
Macro Command Summary ................................................................ 27
9
Macro Commands ....................................................................................... 57
10
Macro Commands for the Analyze Menu ................................ 219
Summary of Analyze Macro Commands...............................................................219
Macro Command Description ...................................................................................220
Parameter Assignment Values ...................................................................................234
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Parameter Subcommands .................................................................. 235
12
Parameter Assignment Values, Expressions, and
Operators ........................................................................................................ 257
Assignment Value Table...............................................................................................257
Assignment Value Expressions .................................................................................266
13
Raw Data ......................................................................................................... 269
14
Macro Language Limitations ............................................................ 273
Python Scripting
15
Using Tecplot 360’s Python Interpreter .................................. 277
Using Python Scripts with Tecplot 360 ...................................................................277
Installation and Setup ...................................................................................................277
16
Python Syntax Rules .............................................................................. 279
Import Modules ..............................................................................................................279
Basic Syntax Rules .........................................................................................................280
Input Types.......................................................................................................................281
Output Types ...................................................................................................................285
Exceptions to the Rules ................................................................................................286
Convenience Functions ................................................................................................286
Tecplot 360 Macro Commands for Python Modules ..........................................290
Notes for Novice Python Users .................................................................................291
Index
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1
Introduction
Tecplot 360 is a powerful tool for visualizing a wide range of technical data. It offers line plotting, 2D and
3D surface plots in a variety of formats, and 3D volumetric visualization. The user documentation for
Tecplot 360 is divided into nine books:
• Scripting Guide (this document) - Provides Macro and Python command syntax and
information on working with Macro and Python files and commands.
• User’s Manual - Provides a complete description of working with Tecplot 360 features.
• Getting Started Manual - New Tecplot 360 users are encouraged to work through the tutorials
provided in the Getting Started Manual. The tutorials highlight working with key features in
Tecplot 360.
• Quick Reference Guide - Provides syntax for zone header files, macro variables, keyboard
shortcuts, and more.
• Data Format Guide - Provides information on outputting your simulator data into Tecplot 360
file format.
• Add-on Developer’s Kit - User’s Manual - Provides instructions and examples for creating
add-ons for Tecplot 360.
• Add-on Developer’s Kit - Reference Manual - Provides the syntax for the functions included in
the kit.
• Installation Instructions - Provides detailed instructions on how to install Tecplot 360 on your
machine.
• Release Notes - Provides information about new and/or updated Tecplot 360 features.
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There are several methods available to extend or automate Tecplot 360 functionality, including: macros,
scripting with Python and developing add-ons. Choose your method based upon your end goal and level
of technical experience:
™
Method
Macros
Python
scripting
General Usage
Common Use
Case
Limitations
automate Tecplot 360
processes
batch processing
cannot add
functionality to
Tecplot 360
automate Tecplot 360
processes and extend
capabilities
fast-fourier
transforms
not all of Tecplot
360’s functionality is
accessible
extend Tecplot 360’s
capability
writing a new data
loader
requires a compiler
and development
experience
Add-ons
Macro processing capabilities are included in your Tecplot 360 distribution. Macro language syntax and
usage are provided in Scripting Guide. Macros can be accessed loaded via the Scripting menu and from
the Quick Macro Panel (also accessed via the Scripting menu).
Your Tecplot 360 installation includes: a Python interpreter along with an interface connection, and a
Python library (version 2.7.2), as well as supporting Python files. Information on working with Tecplot 360
and Python is provided in Chapter 30: “Working With Python Scripts” in the User’s Manual. The syntax
for the Python commands can be found using the syntax rules provided in Chapter 16: “Python Syntax
Rules” along with the ADK Reference Manual.
To create add-ons for Tecplot 360, you need to have a compiler for C, C++ or FORTRAN. Refer to the ADK
User’s Manual for instructions for creating add-ons, along with sample add-ons.
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Part 1 Tecplot 360
Macro Commands
2
Introduction to Macro Commands
A Tecplot 360 macro is a set of instructions, called macro commands, which perform actions in Tecplot 360.
Macro commands can be used to accomplish virtually any task that can be done via the Tecplot 360
interface, offering an easy way to automate Tecplot 360 processes. The only things you can do interactively
that cannot be done with macro commands are those actions that have no effect on a final, printed plot
(such as resizing the Tecplot 360 process window). To augment this ability, there are macro commands
which have no corresponding interactive control, such as looping and conditional commands. These
commands typically go hand in hand with the execution of a macro.
You can create macros by recording them from the Tecplot 360 interface using the Macro Recorder
(accessed via the Scripting>Record Macro menu), or create them from scratch using any ASCII text editor.
In most cases, the most effective approach to creating a macro is the following hybrid approach:
1. Run Tecplot 360 and choose to record a macro to a file. Perform tasks similar to those you are
trying to capture in the final macro.
2. Close the recording session and examine the macro file. The commands generated by Tecplot
360 should be fairly readable and easy to understand.
3. Make minor modifications to the recorded macro. Typical modifications involve adding
loops, adding variables, or adding commands that, for example, prompt the user to enter a file
name.
One of the main reasons for using the approach above is the large number of commands and permutations
of parameters. This manual provides an exhaustive listing of the available macro commands. However, it
is often easier to have Tecplot 360 perform the action and record the relevant command than look up
individual commands and their required parameters.
An important feature of Tecplot 360’s macro command language is its Viewer/Debugger. Often, you will
have a well-developed macro that needs some modification. You can use the Debugger to step through the
macro to the point where you want the change to be made and then start recording to a new file. Using a
text editor, you can insert macro commands from a new file into an existing macro file.
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3
Managing Macros
Tecplot 360 macros are stored in files. These files are processed by loading them into Tecplot 360 and
running them.
3-1
Macros vs. Macro Functions vs. Macro Commands
A Tecplot 360 macro is a file containing one or more macro commands. These files start with the following
special comment line to notify Tecplot 360 that what follows is a Tecplot 360 macro:
#!MC 1120
Any number of macro commands or comments may follow.
Tecplot 360 macro functions are defined in Tecplot 360 macros by using the $!MACROFUNCTION$!ENDMACROFUNCTION commands. Between the $!MACROFUNCTION and $!ENDMACROFUNCTION commands you may
use any valid macro command (except $!MACROFUNCTION). When a Tecplot 360 macro is loaded, all macro
functions are extracted and the attached commands are not executed until a $!RUNMACROFUNCTION command
is encountered.
Macro functions may be retained if desired. A retained macro function remains defined in Tecplot 360
even if the macro in which it was defined is replaced by another macro. Retained macro functions may be
called by other macros that are loaded at a later time.
3-2
Running Macros from the Command Line
A simple way to run a Tecplot 360 macro is to include it in the command line with the -p flag. The
following command runs Tecplot 360 and plays a macro called a.mcr:
tecplot -p a.mcr
If you use the .mcr extension for the macro file name, then the -p flag is optional. If you want to debug the
macro, include the -z flag as well.
3-3
Running Macros from the Tecplot 360 Interface
You can run a macro file by going to Scripting>Play Macro/Script. A dialog appears; choose the macro to
play.
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If you want to debug a macro file, go to the Scripting menu and select the "View/Debug Macro" option.
The Macro Viewer dialog appears so you can load in a macro. When the macro is loaded, Tecplot 360
waits at the first macro command for you to step through the commands. See Section 28 - 3 “Macro
Debugging” in the User’s Manual for complete details on how to use the Macro Viewer.
3-4
Running Macros from the Quick Macro Panel
Macros that you use frequently or want rapid access to may be defined as macro functions within a special
file called tecplot.mcr in either the current directory, your home directory, or the Tecplot 360 home
directory. When Tecplot 360 starts it looks for this file in each of those directories in turn. If Tecplot 360
finds the file, it loads the macro definitions and associates functions to buttons on the Quick Macro Panel
dialog (in the Scripting menu). You can have Tecplot 360 load your own macro function file by using the qm flag on the command line. The following command runs Tecplot 360 and installs the macro functions in
the file myteccmd.mcr into the Quick Macro Panel:
tec360 -qm myteccmd.mcr
You can have a macro function add a button to the Quick Macro Panel dialog. By default, all macro
functions defined in the tecplot.mcr file will add a button to the Quick Macro Panel, those defined
elsewhere will not. See the $!MACROFUNCTION...$!ENDMACROFUNCTION command for more
information.
If the macro file does not contain any function definitions, it will not be loaded into the
Quick Macro Panel.
If you want Tecplot 360 to display the Quick Macro Panel at starting include the -showpanel flag on the
command line.
To see an example of a macro function file, look at the file tecplot.mcr located in the examples/mcr subdirectory below the Tecplot 360 home directory. If this file is moved to the Tecplot 360 home directory, the
Quick Macro Panel will have options that include 3D Rotation Animation and Reset Center of Rotation.
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4
Writing Forward Compatible Macros
In order to ensure forward compatibility of your macro commands, please keep the following guidelines
in mind. These guidelines will allow you to create macros that will work for years, on many machines and
platforms.
1. Begin your macro by opening a layout.
This will ensure that the final plot is consistent between versions of Tecplot 360 (even if the
default style settings for Tecplot 360 have changed).
An alternative to using a layout is to load data and then paste a frame style file in each
frame.
If your macro will be used for more than one layout, you can ensure forward compatibility by:
• Using the $!PromptForFileName command. This will allow the user to interactively
specify the layout file.
-or• Launching Tecplot 360 from the command line, specifying the layout and the macro:
tecplot mylayout.lay mydatafile mymacro.mcr
2. Store associated files and graphics in the same folder as the macro file.
If your macro loads files or inserts images without allowing the user to choose them, it is a
good practice to store them in the same folder as the macro file that uses them. After
recording, edit the macro, and replace the path to the file with the intrinsic macro variable
|macrofilepath|.
Example:
$!OpenLayout "|macrofilepath|\Density.lpk"
This allows the macro to work without editing in any location as long as the entire folder of
files was copied there.
3. Avoid using a $!Pick command in your macro.
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Changes to the aspect ratio can cause a recorded $!Pick command to fail when the macro is
run on another machine or in another version of Tecplot 360.
• In a plot with multiple frames, you cannot use $!Pick to change the active frame.
Instead, give each frame a meaningful name such as “Full View” and “Zoom Frame” in
the layout. Then use the command:
$!FrameControl ActivateByName Name = “Full View”
to access the frame you want. This will also simplify later changes to the macro.
• If you must pick an item, make the pick as precise as possible. For example, clicking on
the center, not the edge, of a zone or slice will increase the chances that the pick will be
successful when the macro is replayed.
When selecting text or geometries while recording a macro, click and drag in the widest
possible area around the objects to select. The command will be recorded as
$!PICK ADDALLINRECT
SELECTTEXT = YES
X1 = 1.56075949367
X2 = 3.97088607595
Y1 = 2.29556962025
Y2 = 3.91582278481
The x and y ranges can be expanded if needed.
4. Use plenty of comments in your macro.
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5
Debugging Macros
In general, the best way to debug a macro is to use the Macro Viewer, and find which command is causing
the problem. Here are some tips for specific problems:
Problem: The macro was created with a previous version of Tecplot 360 to make the plot needed. With a newer
version of Tecplot 360, the macro will run without error, but the plot looks different.
Solution: Run the macro with the old version of Tecplot 360, then save a frame style to a file. Begin your
macro by loading the data, then pasting the frame style from a file. This will ensure that the final plot
will be consistent from one version of Tecplot 360 to the next, even if the default style settings for
Tecplot 360 have been changed.
Problem: The macro gives you errors such as “File does not exist” or “Cannot open file”, but you can locate the file.
Solution: Copy the file to the same folder as the macro file that uses the file. Edit the macro, and replace
the path to the file with the intrinsic macro variable |macrofilepath|.
Example: $!Openlayout "|macrofilepath|\Density.lpk"
This allows the macro to work without editing in any location as long as the entire folder of files was
copied there.
Problem: Running the macro causes unusual error messages, such as: “No objects to cut or the objects
selected not allowed to be cut” or “Not allowed to adjust zones or mappings when the mouse mode is
set to SELECTOR”. When you run the macro in the Macro Viewer, you see that the problem occurs with
when a $!Pick command is run.
Solution: Avoid using a $!Pick command in your macro. Changes to the aspect ratio can cause a
recorded $!Pick command to fail when the macro is run on another machine or in another version of
Tecplot 360.
To fix the problem in an existing macro, follow these steps to make the coordinates more precise:
1. Run the macro on the machine where the error message is generated.
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2. Via the macro viewer or editor, identify the preceding $!PICK CHECKTOADD or similar select type
pick command. Note the X,Y coordinates of the command. A good way to do this is:
a. Run the macro until you get the “No Objects to Shift” error message.
b. Click Ok on the dialog.
c. Bring up the macro viewer: Scripting>View/Debug Macro.
d. Find the nearest $!PICK CHECKTOADD command above the current command and put a
break point on that command.
e. Press “Reset” to reset the macro and then run the macro.
If the problem only occurs when running in batch mode then try to determine the macro
command by examining the batch.log file.
f. Insert a $!Pause command in your macro just before the $!Pick Add command that
precedes the offending command. Now run Tecplot 360 interactively from the macro
viewer. You can then see the line number where you need to put the break.
3. Back in Tecplot 360, select the zoom tool.
4. Hold the shift key down and notice that the running coordinates in the lower right corner now
show “PX = xxxxx PY = yyyyyy". xxxxxx and yyyyyy are the paper coordinates of the hot
spot of the zoom tool. (If you see X and Y for grid coordinates, or FX and FY for frame
coordinates, you need to hold down the Shift key. Pick commands always use paper
coordinates.)
5. Move the zoom tool until xxxxx and yyyyy are close to the coordinates noted in step 2.
6. Note where the pick occurred. It is likely the pick occurred some distance away from the
actual edge of the object to pick. Move the zoom tool to a “better” location for the pick and
note the coordinates.
Edit the macro file and replace the old X,Y pick coordinates with those determined in step 6.
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Macro Command Syntax
A macro file consists of one or more macro commands. Comments may be inserted anywhere in the file,
except within a character string. Comments start with an “#” (octothorp) and extend to the end of the line.
The first line of a macro file contains a special comment that identifies the version number of the macro
file. For Tecplot 360, this line is: #!MC 1120.
A Tecplot 360 macro file has the form:
#!MC 1120
<macrocommand>
<macrocommand>
...
Each macrocommand, in turn, has the form:
$!commandname [commandspecificmodifiers]
[mandatoryparameters]
[optionalparameters]
where
commandspecificmodifiers
These are optional command-specific modifiers. An example of a command that uses this is the
$!FIELDMAP command. The $!FIELDMAP command can be followed by a “set.” If it is not
followed by a set, the $!FIELDMAP command applies to all enabled zones. A supplied set in this
case is used to limit the zones to which the $!FIELDMAP command applies.
mandatoryparameters
commandparameter commandparameter...
optionalparameters
commandparameter commandparameter...
commandparameter
parameterassignment or parametersubcommand.
parameterassignment
parametername op value.
op
= or -= or += or *= or /=.
parametersubcommand
parametername {optionalparameters}.
commandname
The name of a major command, such as REDRAW.
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parametername
The name of a valid parameter for the previously named major command. For example, the
$!REDRAW major command has an optional parameter called DOFULLDRAWING.
value
number, expression, or enumeratedvalue.
number
Any valid integer or double value representation.
expression
Any valid infix notation expression. The entire expression must itself be enclosed in parenthesis.
For example (3+5).
enumeratedvalue
A key word that is unique to the variable being assigned a value. For example, if the variable being
assigned a value is a basic color then the enumerated value can be one of the following: BLACK,
RED, GREEN, BLUE, CYAN, YELLOW, PURPLE, WHITE, CUSTOM1 through CUSTOM56.
Spacing and capitalization for macro commands are, for the most part, not important. The following
examples show different ways to enter the same macro command to set the width and height for the
custom1 paper:
Example 1:
$!PAGE
PAPERSIZEINFO
{
CUSTOM1
{
WIDTH = 3
}
}
Example 2:
$!PAGE PAPERSIZEINFO
{CUSTOM1
{WIDTH = 3}
}
Example 3:
$!PAGE papersizeinfo {custom1 {width = 3}}
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Macro Variables
Macro variables are identified by a sequence of characters surrounded by vertical bars (“|”). Some
examples are:
|myvariable|
|loop|
|1|
|$HOME|
Macro variables can be placed anywhere within a macro command. Upper case and lower case characters
are treated the same. For example |ABC| and |aBc| represent the same variable.
Macro variables will be expanded to their value at the time the macro statement is processed.
Example:
The following macro commands will result in a rotation of the data about the X-axis by 10 degrees:
$!VARSET |a1| = 10
$!ROTATE X
ANGLE = |a1|
7-1
Internal Variables
The following table lists variables maintained by Tecplot 360 that may be referenced by macro commands.
Since these variables are maintaned by Tecplot 360, you cannot assign values to them.
For internal variables that represent an attribute of a Tecplot 360 object of which Tecplot 360 supports
multiple instances (such as a frame, a dataset, or a zone), the variable by default refers to the current or
active instance: for example, to the active frame if the variable refers to an attribute of frames. If there is no
obvious default instance, the variable name by itself usually refers to the first instance.
For such variables, you may specify the desired instance of the referenced type of object by enclosing an
index in square brackets immediately following the variable name. For example, |AUXZONE[3]:BC| refers to
the zone auxiliary data named BC in the third zone.
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In most cases, the index may also be written as ACTIVEOFFSET=n to specify the nth active instance of an object
type. For example, |ENDSLICEPOS[ACTIVEOFFSET=2]| refers to the end position of the second active slice group.
Variables
Notes
|AUXDATASET:Auxname|
Retrieves auxiliary data named Auxname from a dataset For example,
|AUXDATASET:Reynolds| retrieves auxiliary data “Reynolds”.
|AUXFRAME:Auxname|
Retrieves auxiliary data named Auxname from a frame. For example,
|AUXFRAME:MyFrame| retrieves auxiliary data “MyFrame” from the active
frame.
|AUXZONE:Auxname|
Retrieves auxiliary data named Auxname from a specific zone. For example,
|AUXZONE[3]:BC| retrieves auxiliary data "BC" from zone 3.
|AXISMAXn|
Maximum value of the n-axis range, where n is one of: Aa, R, X, Y or Z.
|AXISMINn|
Minimum value of the n-axis range, where n is one of: Aa, R, X, Y or Z.
|BYTEORDERING|
Returns the byte ordering (INTEL or MOTOROLA).
|DATASETFNAME|
Returns the dataset file name.
|DATASETTITLE|
Returns the title of the dataset, or “No Data Set” if a dataset does not exist.
|DATE|
Returns the date in the form of dd Mmm yyyy.
|ENDSLICEPOS|
Returns the position of the end slice.
|EXPORTISRECORDING|
Returns YES/NO to help macros complete record commands in the proper order.
|FRAMENAME|
Returns the name of the active frame.
|INBATCHMODE|
Returns 1 if in batch mode, 0 if in interactive mode.
|ISDATASETAVAILABLE|
Returns 1 if a dataset exists, and 0 otherwise.
|ISOSURFACELEVEL|
Returns the current iso-surface’s iso-value.
|LAYOUTFNAME|
Returns the current layout file name.
|LOOP|
Innermost loop counter.
|MACROFILEPATH|
Returns the path to the directory containing the most recently opened macro file.
|MAXB|
Maximum value of the blanking variable.
|MAXC|
Maximum value of the contour variable.
|MAXI|, |MAXJ|, |MAXK|
[I, J or K]-dimension of the first active zone (2D or 3D Cartesian plots only). For
finite element zones, MAXI returns the total number of nodes, MAXJ returns the
total number of elements and MAXK returns the number of nodes per face
(cell-based) or total number of faces (face-based).
|MAXn|
Maximum value of the variable assigned to the n-axis, where n is one of: Aa, R, X, Y,
or Z.
|MAXS|
Maximum value of the scatter sizing variable in the active zones.
|MAXU|, |MAXV|,
|MAXW|
Maximum value of the variable assigned to the [X, Y, Z]-vector component of the
active zones.
|MAXVAR[nnn]|
Maximum value of the variable nnn.
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Internal Variables
Variables
Notes
|MINB|
Minimum value of the blanking variable.
|MINC|
Minimum value of the contour variable.
|MINS|
Minimum value of the scatter sizing variable for the active zones.
|MINU|, |MINV|,
|MINW|
Minimum value of the variable assigned to the [X, Y, Z]-vector component for the
active zones.
|MINVAR[nnn]|
Minimum value of the variable nnn.
|MINn|
Minimum value of the variable assigned to the n-axis, where n is one of: Aa, R, X, Y,
or Z.
|NUMFRAMES|
Number of frames.
|NUMFIELDMAPS|
Number of fieldmaps assigned to the active frame.
|NUMLINEMAPS|
Number of linemaps assigned to the active frame.
|NUMPROCESSORSUSED|
Number of processors that Tecplot 360 uses. This may differ from the total number
in the machine if the $!Limits MaxAvailableProcessors configures usage differently.
By default, Tecplot 360 uses all available processors in the machine.
|NUMVARS|
Number of variables in the current dataset.
|NUMZONES|
Number of zones in the current dataset.
|OPSYS|
Returns 1=UNIX/Linux/Macintosh, 2=Windows.
|PAPERHEIGHT|
The height of the paper (in inches).
|PAPERSIZE|
The size of the paper (e.g. Letter or A4).
|PAPERWIDTH|
The width of the paper (in inches).
|PLATFORMNAME|
Returns the type of platform (e.g. SGI or Windows).
|PLOTTYPE|
Returns the plot type of a frame. 0 = Sketch, 1 = XY Line, 2 = 2D, 3 = 3D, 4 = Polar
Line.
|PRINTFNAME|
Returns the file name of the last file sent for printing.
|SLICEPLANETYPE|
Plane type to which slices are assigned.
|SOLUTIONTIME|
The current solution time for the specified zone, fieldmap, or linemap.
|STARTSLICEPOS|
Position of the first slice in a group.
|STREAMSTARTPOS|[nnn]
Indicates the starting position in X, Y, Z coordinates of streamtrace number nnn. For
example, to indicate the starting position of the first streamtrace, use
|STREAMSTARTPOS[1]|.
|STREAMTYPE|
Returns streamtrace type, such as “Surface Line” or “Surface Ribbon”.
|TECHOME|
Path to the home directory.
|TECPLOTVERSION|
The version number of the Tecplot product.
|TIME|
The current time in the form of hh:mm:ss.
|VARNAME|
The name of a variable specified by index.
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Variables
Notes
|ZONEMESHCOLOR[nnn]
|
Returns the color of the mesh for zone nnn.
|ZONENAME[nnn]|
Returns the name of zone nnn.
a. where A represents the theta (or angle) axis variable in Polar Line plots.
7-2
System Environment Variables
System environment variables can be accessed directly from within Tecplot 360 by preceding an
environment variable name with a “$” and surrounding it with vertical bars (“|”). Using environment
variables within Tecplot 360 adds another degree of flexibility to macros by taking advantage of each
user’s customized environment.
If an environment variable is missing, an error is generated and macro processing is terminated.
7 - 2.1
Example 1
To compare a macro variable with an environment variable:
$!IF |SESSION_COEFF| == |$DEFAULT_COEFF|
# (perform some default processing here)
$!ENDIF
Where the DEFAULT_COEFF environment variable was set to some specified value of type double before
starting Tecplot 360.
7 - 2.2
Example 2
To create a string from an environment variable:
User Defined Variables
$!VARSET |AUTHOR| = "Author: |$LOGNAME|"
User-defined variables are written using the macro variable name surrounded by vertical bars (“|”). The
variable name can be up to 32 characters in length. If a macro variable is defined (using the $!VARSET
command) and it is named the same as an existing internal macro variable, then the user-defined variable
takes precedence and the internal value is not effected. The internal macro variable can be recovered if you
remove the user-defined variable using $!REMOVEVAR.
7-3
Assigning Values to Macro Variables
The $!VARSET command is used to assign a value to a macro variable. The $!VARSET command has the
following syntax:
$!VARSET <macrovar> <op> <double>
where <op> can be one of =, -=, +=, *=, or /=.
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Assigning a String to a Macro Variable
Examples:
Example 1:
Add 2 to the macro variable |ABC|:
$!VARSET |ABC| += 2
Example 2:
Set |ABC| to be equal to 37:
$!VARSET |ABC| = 37
Example 3:
Multiply |ABC| by 1.5:
$!VARSET |ABC| *= 1.5
7-4
Assigning a String to a Macro Variable
Macro variables can be assigned to strings as well as to values. When using strings, only the “=” operator
may be used.
Example:
Assign the string “myfile.plt” to the variable |FNAME|. Use |FNAME| in the $!READDATASET command:
$!VARSET |FNAME| = "myfile.plt"
$!READDATASET "|FNAME|"
Note that double quotes (") had to be used in the $!READDATASET command even though |FNAME| represents a string.
7-5
Replacement Text Use
You can assign replacement text to a macro variable. This is useful for handling cases where a macro
variable may not be initialized. A macro variable with |AAAA:=XXXXX| will produce XXXXX if AAAA is not
defined. This does not work with intrinsic variables.
Example:
Read in a data file assigned to the variable FNAME. If FNAME is unassigned, read in "t.dat":
$!READDATASET "|FNAME:=t.dat|"
"|FNAME:=t.dat|"
7-6
Macro Function Variables
Macro function variables are written using a number n, surrounded by vertical bars (“|”). The number
represents the nth parameter from the $!RUNMACROFUNCTION command.
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Examples:
Example 1:
The following commands define a macro function that uses two parameters and a command to run
the macro function. The first parameter to the macro function is the amount to rotate about the X-axis
and the second parameter is the amount to rotate about the Y-axis:
The command to run the macro function will cause a rotation of 10 degrees about the X-axis and 20
degrees about the Y-axis.
#!MC 1120
$!MACROFUNCTION NAME = "3D Rotation Animation"
$!EXPORTSETUP EXPORTFORMAT = AVI
$!EXPORTSETUP IMAGEWIDTH = 546
$!EXPORTSETUP EXPORTFNAME = "|1|AxisRotation.avi"
$!EXPORTSTART
$!LOOP |2|
$!ROTATE3DVIEW PSI
ANGLE = |3|
$!REDRAW
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME
$!ENDLOOP
$!EXPORTFINISH
$!ENDMACROFUNCTION
$!RUNMACROFUNCTION "3D Rotation Animation" ("Theta", 6, 30)
Example 2:
The following commands define a macro function that opens two layout files:
$!MACROFUNCTION
NAME = "OL2"
$!OPENLAYOUT "|1|"
$!OPENLAYOUT "|2|"
APPEND = TRUE
$!ENDMACROFUNCTION
.
.
.
$!RUNMACROFUNCTION "OL2" ("g1.lay","g2.lay")
7-7
Using Formats in Macro Variables
When a macro variable is expanded and the macro variable is a numeric value, it is expanded using a “best
float” format. It tries to make the number look as simple as possible while still retaining as much accuracy
as possible. If you want the number to be formatted in a specific way then you can include C-style number
formatting strings in the macro variable specification.
The syntax for including a format string is:
|macrovariable%formatstring|
The following formats are available:
• s - string of characters
• d - signed integer
• e - scientific notation with a lowercase “e”
• E - scientific notation with an uppercase “E”
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Using Formats in Macro Variables
• f - floating point
• g - use %e or %f, whichever is shorter
• G - use %E or %f, whichever is shorter
• u - unsigned integer, written out in decimal format
• o - unsigned integer, written out in octal format
• x - unsigned integer, written out in hexadecimal (where a - f are lowercase)
• X- unsigned integer, written out in hexadecimal (where A - F are uppercase)
Example 1:
Suppose you want to pause a macro and display the message "Maximum contour value is:
where xxxxxx only has two digits to the right of the decimal place. You would use:
xxxxxx"
$!Pause "Maximum contour value is: |MAXC%.2f|"
If |MAXC| currently has a value of 356.84206 then the dialog would show:
"Maximum contour value is: 356.84"
Example 2:
If, in the above example, you wanted to use exponential format you could use:
$!Pause "Maximum contour value is: |MAXC%12.6e|"
Here the result would be:
"Maximum contour value is: 3.568421e+02"
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Macro Command Summary
This chapter presents a brief list of the major macro commands in Tecplot 360. All major macro commands
are preceded by “$!” (dollar sign, exclamation mark).
$!ACTIVEFIELDMAPS.........................................................................................................................................57
A SetValue command that changes the set of active field maps (thus changing the active zones) considered
for plotting.
$!ACTIVELINEMAPS ...........................................................................................................................................58
A SetValue command that changes the set of line mappings considered for plotting.
$!ADDMACROPANELTITLE..............................................................................................................................58
Add a title to the Quick Macro Panel.
$!ALTERDATA........................................................................................................................................................58
The ALTERDATA function operates on a data set within Tecplot 360 using FORTRAN-like equations. See Section 21 - 1 “Data Alteration through Equations” in the User’s Manual for more information on using equations in Tecplot 360. The <zonelist> parameter specifies the set of zones on which to operate, where
zonelist is a list of zones or zone ranges separated by a comma (“,”). Zone ranges are separated by a
hyphen (“-”). If <zonelist> is omitted, all zones are affected. NOTE: the values for the <zonelist> parameter
must be enclosed in square brackets. (For example, use $!ALTERDATA [1,3] to apply ALTERDATA to zones 1
and 3).
$!ANIMATECONTOURLEVELS........................................................................................................................60
Produce an animation of a contour line plot by showing a single level at a time. The animation varies
according to the currently defined contour levels and is limited by the values in the START, END, and SKIP
parameters. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
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$!ANIMATEIJKBLANKING................................................................................................................................ 61
Produce an animation of different IJK-blankings in your plot. The animation starts at one IJK-blanking setting and marches through intermediate steps to a second setting. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP
commands before this command.
$!ANIMATEIJKPLANES ...................................................................................................................................... 62
Produce an animation that cycles through I-, J-, or K-planes in an IJK-ordered data set. To create a movie
file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
$!ANIMATEISOSURFACES................................................................................................................................ 63
The macro command $!ANIMATEISOSURFACES produces an animation of a series of iso-surfaces beginning
with the iso-surface defined by STARTVALUE and ending with the iso-surface defined by ENDVALUE. To create a
movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
$!ANIMATELINEMAPS....................................................................................................................................... 64
Produce an animation of one Line-mapping at a time. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands
before this command.
$!ANIMATESLICES .............................................................................................................................................. 65
The macro command $!ANIMATESLICES uses the currently defined start and end slice position. Use $!SLICEATTRIBUTES to set these positions; $!ANIMATESLICES then redefines how many intermediate slices are to be
used, then animates a sub-set of those slices. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before
this command.
$!ANIMATESTREAM ........................................................................................................................................... 66
Produce an animation of stream markers or dashes, moving along the currently defined streamtrace paths.
To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
$!ANIMATETIME.................................................................................................................................................. 66
Produce an animation of transient data. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this
command.
$!ANIMATEZONES .............................................................................................................................................. 67
Produce an animation showing one zone at a time. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands
before this command. This command will not work if the active frame contains a transient data set.
$!ATTACHDATASET ............................................................................................................................................ 68
Attach the active frame to the data set of another frame. Use PAGENUM, if the other frame is on a difference page. This command is usually found only in layout files generated by Tecplot 360. Note that the
$!PLOTTYPE command automatically executes an $!ATTACHDATASET command if a frame mode is requested in
a frame that does not have an attached data set. Tecplot 360 attaches the data set from the closest frame (in
drawing order) having an attached data set.
$!ATTACHGEOM .................................................................................................................................................. 69
Attach a geometry to the active frame.
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$!ATTACHTEXT .....................................................................................................................................................71
Attach text to the active frame
$!BASICCOLOR .....................................................................................................................................................73
A SetValue command that sets the red, green and blue components for any of the basic colors in Tecplot
360.
$!BASICCOLORLEGEND....................................................................................................................................74
A SetValue command that allows you to create and set the style of a legend for the basic colors in Tecplot
360. The legend can be used to display any attribute of the plot represented by a basic color (for example,
materials). Each frame maintains a mapping of basic colors to names. Each basic color actually used in
selected layers of the plot appears in the legend unless it is excluded.
$!BASICSIZE...........................................................................................................................................................76
A SetValue command that sets sizes of various objects like line thicknesses, line pattern length, font height,
and so forth. Sizes can be assigned when interacting with Tecplot 360 by either entering an exact value or
by choosing from a preset list of values. The $!BASICSIZE command allows you to change the values in the
preset lists.
$!BLANKING..........................................................................................................................................................77
A SetValue command that changes settings for IJK- or value-blanking.
$!BRANCHCONNECTIVITY..............................................................................................................................79
For zones where connectivity is shared, this command allows for branching of connectivity information
from the specified zone.
$!BRANCHFIELDDATAVAR...............................................................................................................................80
Allows for branching of specified variable in the specified zone for zones that share variables.
$!BREAK ..................................................................................................................................................................80
Jump out of the current $!LOOP-ENDLOOP or $!WHILE-$!ENDWHILE.
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] [Required-Control Option] ................................................80
The different commands in the COLORMAPCONTROL compound function family are described separately in the
following sections. Group number is an optional parameter ranging from 1 to 8, which defaults to 1 when
omitted.
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] REDISTRIBUTECONTROLPOINTS ..............................81
Redistribute the control points for the currently active color map so they are evenly spaced across the color
map. This is equivalent to clicking Redistribute Control Points in the Color Map dialog. This does not
change the RGB values assigned at each control point. Group number is an optional parameter ranging
from 1 to 8, which defaults to 1 when omitted.
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$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] COPYSTANDARD .............................................................. 81
Preset either the user-defined color map or the raw user-defined color map to be a copy of one of the standard color maps. Tecplot 360 must currently be using either the user-defined color map or the raw userdefined color map in order to use this function. Group number is an optional parameter ranging from 1 to
8, which defaults to 1 when omitted.
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] RESETTOFACTORY ........................................................... 81
Redistribute the control points and reset the RGB values for the currently active color map. This is equivalent to clicking Reset on the Color Map dialog. Group number is an optional parameter ranging from 1 to
8, which defaults to 1 when omitted.
$!COMPATIBILITY ............................................................................................................................................... 81
Allow datasharing access and setting, without warning.
$!CONTINUE.......................................................................................................................................................... 82
Transfer control back to nearest $!LOOP or $!WHILE.
$!CONTOURLABELS [Required-Control Option] ......................................................................................... 82
The different commands in the CONTOURLABELS compound function family are described separately in the
following sections.
$!CONTOURLABELS ADD................................................................................................................................. 82
Add contour labels to your plot.
$!CONTOURLABELS DELETEALL................................................................................................................... 83
Delete all currently defined contour labels.
$!CONTOURLEVELS [Required-Control Option] ......................................................................................... 83
The different commands in the CONTOURLEVELS compound function family are described separately in the
following sections.
$!CONTOURLEVELS ADD................................................................................................................................. 84
Add a new set of contour levels to the existing set of contour levels.
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETENEAREST........................................................................................................ 84
Delete the contour level whose value is nearest the value supplied in the RANGEMIN parameter.
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETERANGE............................................................................................................ 85
Delete all contour levels between a minimum and maximum contour value (inclusive).
$!CONTOURLEVELS NEW................................................................................................................................. 85
Replace the current set of contour levels with a new set.
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$!CONTOURLEVELS RESET..............................................................................................................................86
Reset the contour levels to a set of evenly distributed values spanning the entire range of the currently
selected contouring variable.
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESETTONICE..............................................................................................................86
Reset the contour levels to a set of evenly distributed, nice values spanning the entire range of the currently selected contouring variable, with a specified number of entries.
$!CREATECIRCULARZONE ...............................................................................................................................87
Create a circular (or cylindrical) IJ- or IJK-ordered zone.
$!CREATEBOUNDARYZONES ..........................................................................................................................87
When YES, boundary zones are created. Use this command when working with StarCCM data to preserve
backward compatibility. (StarCCM Loader ONLY)
$!CREATECONTOURLINEZONES ...................................................................................................................88
Create zones from the currently-defined contour lines. One zone can be created from each contour level in
that plot, or one zone for every polyline can be generated.
$!CREATEFEBOUNDARY....................................................................................................................................89
Zone edges for finite element data cannot be turned on or off using the edge plot layer in Tecplot 360. You
can, however, create a separate zone which is the boundary of a finite element zone. This new zone can
then be turned on or off.
$!CREATEFESURFACEFROMIORDERED ......................................................................................................89
A FE-Surface zone can be generated from two or more I-Ordered zones. To get the best possible output, it
is recommended that the source zones should have their nodes arranged in a similar manner so that the
connecting lines between points are as straightforward as possible. For this reason, indices from source
zones should increase in the same direction.
$!CREATEISOZONES ...........................................................................................................................................90
Create zones from the currently defined iso-surfaces. One zone will be created from each defined iso-surface. The iso-surfaces must be active and you must have at least one active volume zone.
$!CREATELINEMAP .............................................................................................................................................90
Create a new Line-mapping.
$!CREATEMIRRORZONES.................................................................................................................................90
Create new zones that are mirror images of the source zones
$!CREATENEWFRAME ........................................................................................................................................91
Creates a new frame.
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$!CREATERECTANGULARZONE..................................................................................................................... 91
Create a rectangular zone. If no data set exists when this command is executed, a data set is created with
variables X, Y (and Z, if KMax > 1). If a data set exists prior to this command, the non-coordinate variables
for the zone created are initialized to zero.
$!CREATESIMPLEZONE ..................................................................................................................................... 92
Create a new zone by specifying only a list of XY-pairs of data. If other zones exist prior to using this function and there are more than 2 variables, then the additional variables are also created and set to zero.
$!CREATESLICEZONEFROMPLANE............................................................................................................... 93
Create a new zone as a slice through existing 3D volume zones. Use $!GLOBALTHREED to define the slicing plane orientation.
$!CREATESLICEZONES ...................................................................................................................................... 94
Create a new zone for each slice defined on the Slice Details dialog. Only creates slices from volume zones.
$!CREATESPHERICALZONE ............................................................................................................................. 94
Create a spherical IJK-ordered zone.
$!CREATESTREAMZONES................................................................................................................................. 95
Create one or more zones out of the currently defined streamtraces. The new zones have the same number
of variables per data point as the other zones in the data set with all non-coordinate variables interpolated
at the positions along the streamtrace.
$!DATASETUP........................................................................................................................................................ 95
A SetValue command that sets miscellaneous parameters related to data.
$!DEFAULTGEOM ................................................................................................................................................ 96
A SetValue command that sets the attributes for the default geometry. When a geometry is created interactively, its color, line thickness, and so forth, are preset based on the default geometry. This command is
usually used only in the Tecplot 360 configuration file.
$!DEFAULTTEXT ................................................................................................................................................... 97
A SetValue command that sets the attributes for the default text. When text is added to a plot interactively,
its font, color, size, and so forth, are based on the default text. This command is usually used only in the
Tecplot 360 configuration file.
$!DELAY................................................................................................................................................................... 98
Delay Tecplot 360 execution for <integer> seconds.
$!DELETEAUXDATA ............................................................................................................................................ 98
Delete Auxiliary Data in the form of name/value pairs from zones, frames or datasets.
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$!DELETELINEMAPS ...........................................................................................................................................99
Delete one or more Line-mappings. If <set> is omitted then all Line-mappings are deleted.
$!DELETEVARS......................................................................................................................................................99
Delete one or more variables.
$!DELETEZONES...................................................................................................................................................99
Delete one or more zones.
$!DOUBLEBUFFER [Required-Control Option] ...........................................................................................100
The different commands in the DOUBLEBUFFER compound function family are described separately in the following sections.
$!DOUBLEBUFFER OFF.....................................................................................................................................100
Turn off double buffering; use this command once at the end of a sequence of using the double buffer.
$!DOUBLEBUFFER ON ......................................................................................................................................100
Turn on double buffering; use this command once at the beginning of a sequence of using the double buffer. While double buffering is turned on all drawing is sent to the back buffer.
$!DOUBLEBUFFER SWAP .................................................................................................................................100
Swap the back buffer to the front. In other words, copy the image in the back buffer to the front.
$!DRAWGRAPHICS............................................................................................................................................101
Turn on or off all graphics drawing. Turning off all graphics during preliminary portions of a macro file
can greatly increase the efficiency of the macro.
$!DROPDIALOG .................................................................................................................................................101
Drop a Tecplot 360 interface dialog. This command is mainly useful for the Tecplot 360 demo. To launch a
dialog use $!LAUNCHDIALOG.
$!DUPLICATELINEMAP....................................................................................................................................101
Copy attributes from an existing Line-mapping to another.
$!DUPLICATEZONE ...........................................................................................................................................101
Make a copy of an existing zone. You can assign index ranges to create a new zone which is a subset of the
source zone.
$!ELSE.....................................................................................................................................................................102
Conditionally handle macro commands. Used when an $!IF statement is FALSE.
$!ELSEIF .................................................................................................................................................................103
Conditionally handle macro commands. Used to create multiple options for statements should an $!IF
statement be FALSE.
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$!EXPORT .............................................................................................................................................................. 104
Export an image file from Tecplot 360. See the $!EXPORTSETUP command for details on setting up the
exported image type. The $!EXPORT command is not valid for animation formats.
$!EXPORTCANCEL ............................................................................................................................................. 104
Cancel out of the current export animation sequence. The animation file being generated is removed.
$!EXPORTFINISH................................................................................................................................................ 104
Signals the completion of an animation sequence and causes the animation file to be created. You must call
$!EXPORTSTART prior to using $!EXPORTFINISH. This command is only valid for animation formats. You may
use the |EXPORTISRECORDING| intrinsic variable to make sure that an animation sequence has been initiated.
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME .................................................................................................................................... 105
Records the next frame of an animation. You must call $!EXPORTSTART prior to calling $!EXPORTNEXTFRAME.
This command is only valid for animation formats. You may use the |EXPORTISRECORDING| intrinsic variable
to make sure that an animation sequence has been initiated.)
$!EXPORTSETUP ................................................................................................................................................. 105
A SetValue command that sets the attributes for exporting image files from Tecplot 360. Exporting is usually intended as a means to transfer images from Tecplot 360 to be imported by other applications. See
$!PRINTSETUP and $!PRINT for generating output intended for printers and plotters.
$!EXPORTSTART ................................................................................................................................................. 106
Signals the start of an animation sequence and records the first frame of the animation. This command is
only valid for animation formats.
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND................................................................................................................................ 107
Send a command to an add-on. The add-on registers the name of a function that will be called when an
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND is processed. Tecplot 360 knows which registered function to call based on the COMMANDPROCESSORID string. See the function TecUtilMacroExtCommandCallback in the ADK Reference Manual.
$!EXTRACTFROMGEOM.................................................................................................................................. 107
Extract data from a 2- or 3D field plot. The locations at which to extract the data come from a polyline
geometry that must be picked prior to issuing this command.
$!EXTRACTFROMPOLYLINE .......................................................................................................................... 108
Extract data from a 2- or 3D field plot. The locations of where to extract the data from come from a supplied polyline in the form of <xyzrawdata>.
$!FIELDLAYERS ................................................................................................................................................... 109
A SetValue command that turns field plot layers on or off, or sets the 2D draw order.
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$!FIELDMAP .........................................................................................................................................................109
A SetValue command that assigns zone attributes for field plots. The <set> parameter immediately following the $!FIELDMAP command is optional. If <set> is omitted then the assignment is applied to all zones.
Otherwise the assignment is applied only to the zones specified in <set>.
$!FILECONFIG .....................................................................................................................................................112
A SetValue command that sets file path information in Tecplot 360.
$!FONTADJUST ...................................................................................................................................................115
A SetValue command that sets character spacing and sizing for fonts in Tecplot 360. These parameters
rarely change.
$!FOURIERTRANSFORM .................................................................................................................................115
Performs a Fourier transform for each dependent variable for each source zone. A new zone containing the
resulting frequency, amplitude, and phase variables (three for each dependent variable) is created for each
source zone. If the independent variable is non-uniform, the resulting frequency is a modification of the
original data (see discussion below for the INDEPENDENTVAR and OBEYSOURCEZONEBLANKING
parameters). Resulting zones are assigned new time strands using the same groupings as the source zones
if they belong to time stands; otherwise, the resulting zones are static.
Fourier transform result zones are named "Fourier Transform" followed by a mixture of text indicating the
source zone, independent variable, and window function used. Similarly, the three variables created are
given the names "Frequency", "Amplitude", and "Phase" followed by the dependent variable used. Newlycreated zones are assigned passive variables for all variables that previously existed in the data set, and all
previously-existing zones are assigned passive variables for all new variables created by the Fourier transform.
Perform a Fourier transform on variables 2 through 11 of zones 1 through 10 obeying source zone blanking, applying the Hann window function and excluding conjugates from the output.
$!FRAMECONTROL [Required Control Option] .........................................................................................116
The different commands in the FRAMECONTROL compound function family are described separately in the following sections. When working with the FRAMECONTROL commands, it may help to realize that a command
containing "Activate" changes the active frame; a command containing "MoveTo" changes the frame drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATETOP.............................................................................................................117
Changes the active frame to the frame that is topmost in the frame drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATENEXT ..........................................................................................................117
Changes the active frame to the next one up in the frame drawing order, or to the bottom frame if the
active frame is at the top.
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEPREVIOUS ................................................................................................117
Changes the active frame to the next one down in the frame drawing order, or to the top frame if the active
frame is at the bottom.
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$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEATPOSITION ........................................................................................... 117
Activates the topmost frame at the specified position. X and Y are in paper coordinates.
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNAME ................................................................................................... 118
Changes the active frame to the specified frame. If no frame name is given, this will activate the bottom
frame.
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNUMBER.............................................................................................. 118
Changes the active frame to the specified frame.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPACTIVE ............................................................................................... 118
Moves the active frame to the top of the drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNAME ............................................................................................ 119
Moves the frame specified by name to the top of the frame drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNUMBER ....................................................................................... 119
Moves the frame specified by number to the top of the frame drawing order. If no frame number is specified, this command will move the bottom frame to the top of the frame drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMACTIVE..................................................................................... 119
Moves the active frame to the top of the frame drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNAME .................................................................................. 119
Moves the frame specified by name to the bottom of the frame drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNUMBER............................................................................. 120
Moves the frame specified by number to the bottom of the frame drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL DELETEACTIVE .......................................................................................................... 120
Delete the active frame.
$!FRAMECONTROL FITALLTOPAPER ......................................................................................................... 120
Resize all frames so that they fit inside the hardclip limits of the paper.
$!FRAMELAYOUT............................................................................................................................................... 120
A SetValue command that sets the position, border, and background attributes for the active frame. Use
the $!FRAMECONTROL action command to push and pop frames if you want to change the settings for a frame
other than the active frame.
$!FRAMENAME................................................................................................................................................... 121
Set the name for the active frame (Default = "Frame001").
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$!FRAMESETUP...................................................................................................................................................121
A SetValue command that sets parameters used to preset dynamic frame attributes when a frame is initialized.
$!GETAUXDATA ..................................................................................................................................................123
Retrieve Auxiliary Data in the form of name/value pairs and save it to the macro variable.
$!GETCONNECTIVITYREFCOUNT...............................................................................................................123
Fetch the count of how many zones share connectivity with the specified zone. Count includes specified
zone.
$!GETCURFRAMENAME..................................................................................................................................124
Query Tecplot 360 for the name of the active frame. The <macrovar> represents the macro variable to receive the
results.
$!GETFIELDVALUE ............................................................................................................................................124
Fetch the field value (data set value) at the specified point index and assign the value to <macrovar>. If the
zone referenced is IJ- or IJK-ordered, then the point index is calculated by treating the 2- or 3Dimensional
array as a 1-D array.
$!GETFIELDVALUEREFCOUNT......................................................................................................................124
Get the count of how many zones share the indicated variable with the specified zone. Count includes the
specified zone.
$!GETNODEINDEX ............................................................................................................................................125
This function only works for finite-element zones. Query for the node index in the specified location as
described by the ZONE, ELEMENT, and CORNER parameters.
$!GETVARLOCATION .......................................................................................................................................126
Returns the location of the variable in the zone as either CELLCENTERED or NODAL and saves in the
macro variable.
$!GETVARNUMBYNAME.................................................................................................................................126
Given a variable name, get the number for that variable. This variable number can then be used to assign
attributes, such as what variable to use for contouring.
$!GETZONETYPE ................................................................................................................................................126
Query for the zone type of the specified zone. The zone type will be assigned to <macrovar>.
$!GLOBALCOLORMAP.....................................................................................................................................127
A SetValue command that changes the settings for the global contour color map and the global light
source shading color map in Tecplot 360. Changes here affect all frames using these color maps. See
$!GLOBALCONTOUR COLORMAPFILTER for additional settings that can be applied on a frame-byframe basis.
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$!GLOBALCONTOUR........................................................................................................................................ 128
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with contour plots or contour levels. The
optional parameter <contourgroup> refers to the defined contour groups, 1-8, allowed in Tecplot 360, and
takes an integer value of one through eight. The <contourgroup> parameter is optional, and if omitted,
Tecplot 360 will use contour group 1. If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add
them to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory. The NUMBERFORMAT setting for LABELS also
controls the number format in the legend.
$!GLOBALEDGE.................................................................................................................................................. 131
A SetValue command that sets attributes which sets the minimum crease angle for edges.
$!GLOBALFRAME .............................................................................................................................................. 131
A SetValue command that sets attributes which apply to all frames. If you would like the settings in this
command to persist, add it to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory.
$!GLOBALLINEPLOT ........................................................................................................................................ 132
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with Line-plots. If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add it to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory.
$!GLOBALLINKING .......................................................................................................................................... 133
Set to YES to tie all colormaps together. If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add it to
your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory.
$!GLOBALPAPER ................................................................................................................................................ 133
A SetValue command that sets the paper size characteristics. If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add it to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory.
$!GLOBALPOLAR ............................................................................................................................................... 134
Allows polar plots to have curved lines that are interpolated along the R-Axis between data points.
$!GLOBALRGB .................................................................................................................................................... 135
Allows RGB coloring for plots which have RGB values specified at each vertex. This coloring option is
valuable for plots with entities such as Gas, Oil and Water. RGB Coloring can be assigned to field plot
objects such as zones, iso-surfaces and slices
$!GLOBALSCATTER .......................................................................................................................................... 136
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with scatter plots.
$!GLOBALTHREED ............................................................................................................................................ 138
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with 3D plots.
$!GLOBALTHREEDVECTOR ........................................................................................................................... 139
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with 3D vector plots.
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$!GLOBALTIME...................................................................................................................................................140
A SetValue command for frames (2D and 3D ONLY). Different frames can have different values of $!GLOBALTIME. If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located
in your installation directory).
$!GLOBALTWODVECTOR...............................................................................................................................141
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with 2D vector plots.
$!IF...$!ENDIF ........................................................................................................................................................142
Conditionally process macro commands.
$!INCLUDEMACRO ...........................................................................................................................................142
Insert the commands from another macro file. Because the $!INCLUDEMACRO command is processed when the
macro is loaded and not when the macro is executed, you are not allowed to reference macro variables
within the <string> parameter.
$!INTERFACE .......................................................................................................................................................142
A SetValue command that sets attributes related to the Tecplot 360 interface.
$!INVERSEDISTINTERPOLATE .....................................................................................................................151
Interpolate selected variables from one or more zones onto a destination zone using the inverse distance
method.
$!ISOSURFACEATTRIBUTES ..........................................................................................................................152
A SetValue command which changes attributes associated with iso-surfaces.The optional group parameter
can range from 1-8 and defaults to 1 when absent.
$!ISOSURFACELAYERS.....................................................................................................................................154
Turn iso-surfaces on or off.
$!KRIG....................................................................................................................................................................154
Interpolate selected variables from a set of source zones to a destination zone using the kriging method.
$!LAUNCHDIALOG ...........................................................................................................................................155
Launch a Tecplot 360 interface dialog; This command is mainly useful for the Tecplot 360 demo.
$!LIMITS................................................................................................................................................................155
A SetValue command that sets some of the internal limits in Tecplot 360. See Chapter F: “Limits of Tecplot
Focus” in the User’s Manual for additional information. The $!LIMITS command can only be used in the
Tecplot 360 configuration file.
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$!LINEARINTERPOLATE.................................................................................................................................. 156
Interpolate selected variables from a set of source zones to a destination zone using linear interpolation.
The source zones cannot be I-ordered. Values assigned to the destination zone are equivalent to the results
of using the probe tool in Tecplot 360.
$!LINEMAP ........................................................................................................................................................... 157
A SetValue command that assigns attributes for individual Line-mappings. The <set> parameter immediately following the $!LINEMAP command is optional. If <set> is omitted then the assignment is applied to all
Line-mappings, otherwise the assignment is applied only to the Line-mappings specified in <set>.
$!LINEPLOTLAYERS .......................................................................................................................................... 160
A SetValue command that turns on or off Line-plot layers.
$!LINKING............................................................................................................................................................ 160
Link attributes in two or more frames so that changes to attributes of one frame effect all linked frames.
$!LOADADDON.................................................................................................................................................. 161
Load an add-on into Tecplot 360. The <string> is the name of the add-on to load. See Section 33 - 1 “Add-on
Loading” in the User’s Manual for instructions on how to specify the add-on.
$!LOADCOLORMAP.......................................................................................................................................... 162
Load a color map file. The <string> is the name of the file to load.
$!LOOP...$!ENDLOOP......................................................................................................................................... 162
Process macro commands in a loop. Within the loop you may access the current loop counter using the
internal macro variable |Loop|. Loops may be nested up to 10 levels deep.
$!MACROFUNCTION...$!ENDMACROFUNCTION.................................................................................. 162
Define a macro function. All commands between a $!MACROFUNCTION and the $!ENDMACROFUNCTION are associated with the macro function NAME. These commands are not executed when they are defined but are executed when a $!RUNMACROFUNCTION command is processed. Parameters can be passed to a macro function.
Use |n| to reference the nth parameter. (See $!RUNMACROFUNCTION). In the user-interface, [Crtl]-M
must be pressed, before using the keyboard shortcut specified by the KEYSTROKE option. For example, if the
KEYSTROKE option is set to "P", the user must press [CTRL]-M-P.
$!NEWLAYOUT.................................................................................................................................................... 163
Clear the current layout and start again.
$!OPENLAYOUT .................................................................................................................................................. 163
Open and read in a new layout file. The <string> is the name of the file to open.
$!PAGE ................................................................................................................................................................... 164
A SetValue command that sets the paper characteristics.
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$!PAGECONTROL [Required-Control Option] ............................................................................................165
The different commands in the PAGECONTROL compound function family are described separately in the following sections.
$!PAGECONTROL CREATE..............................................................................................................................166
Create a new page. The created page will include an initial frame.
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTONEXT.................................................................................................166
Set the next page to be the current page.
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTOPREVIOUS.......................................................................................166
Set the previous page to be the current page.
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTBYNAME................................................................................................166
Set the current page to the page specified.
$!PAGECONTROL DELETE..............................................................................................................................166
Delete the current page. If the command is operated on the only page, then an initial page is created with
an initial frame.
$!PAGECONTROL CLEAR................................................................................................................................166
Clears all frames in the current page and creates a default initial frame.
$!PAGEGETNAME ..............................................................................................................................................167
Action command to get the name of the current page.
$!PAGENAME.......................................................................................................................................................167
Set the name of the page.
$!PAUSE .................................................................................................................................................................167
Stop execution of a macro and optionally display a dialog with a message. If <string> is set to "" then no
dialog is displayed and the user must click in the work area to continue.
Pause and display the message This is the first example plot:
$!PICK [Required-Control Option] ..................................................................................................................167
The different commands in the PICK compound function family are described separately in the following
sections.
$!PICK ADDATPOSITION................................................................................................................................167
Attempt to pick an object at a specific location on the paper. Does not pop or activate frames.
$!PICK ADDALL..................................................................................................................................................168
Add all objects of a certain type to the list of picked objects.
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$!PICK ADDALLINRECT .................................................................................................................................. 168
Add objects defined within a specified region to the list of picked objects. The region is defined in terms of
the paper coordinate system. Optional filters can be used to restrict the objects selected. The region is
defined by the two corner points (X1, Y1) and (X2, Y2).
$!PICK CLEAR...................................................................................................................................................... 170
Delete all objects that are currently picked. (These objects cannot be retrieved.)
$!PICK COPY ........................................................................................................................................................ 170
Copy all objects that are currently picked to the paste buffer.
$!PICK CUT........................................................................................................................................................... 170
Copy all objects that are currently picked to the paste buffer and then delete them.
$!PICK EDIT ......................................................................................................................................................... 170
Perform a global edit operation on the currently picked objects. Only one edit operation is allowed per
$!PICK EDIT command. Objects are edited only if the supplied parameter is relevant. Actions taken using
the Quick Edit dialog in Tecplot 360 generate these commands.
$!PICK MAGNIFY ............................................................................................................................................... 172
Magnify all picked objects. The objects will also be translated proportional to the distance between their
anchor position and the anchor position of the first object picked.
$!PICK PASTE....................................................................................................................................................... 173
Paste the currently picked objects from the paste buffer to the work area.
$!PICK POP ........................................................................................................................................................... 173
Change the order in which objects are drawn by popping the currently picked objects to the front. Only
frames, text, geometries, and the grid area for 2D plots are allowed.
$!PICK PUSH ........................................................................................................................................................ 173
Change the order in which objects are drawn by pushing the currently picked objects back. Only frames,
text, geometries, and the grid area for 2D plots are allowed.
$!PICK SETMOUSEMODE ............................................................................................................................... 173
Prepare to pick objects by setting the mouse mode to SELECT, ADJUST, or ADVANCEADJUST. ADVANCEADJUST is a
combination of SELECT and ADJUST that allows an object’s control points to be adjusted by dragging, or the
entire object to be selected by clicking away from the control points. This command also clears the list of
picked objects (that is, unpicks all picked objects).
$!PICK SHIFT ....................................................................................................................................................... 174
Shift the currently picked objects. Objects are shifted relative to their starting position. X and Y shift
amounts are in paper units (inches). If snapping is in effect then it is applied after shifting in X and Y. (See
the SetValue commands $!GLOBALFRAME SNAPTOGRID and $!GLOBALFRAME SNAPTOPAPER.)
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$!PLOTOPTIONS ................................................................................................................................................174
Change the plot option between subdividing all cells, or using a quicker algorithm.
$!PLOTTYPE .........................................................................................................................................................174
Changes plot types between valid Tecplot 360 modes such as XYLine and Cartesian2D. Valid options
shown below.
$!POLARAXIS ......................................................................................................................................................175
A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a polar frame.
$!POLARTORECTANGULAR...........................................................................................................................175
Treat the variables currently assigned to X and Y as referring to R and q and convert them to X and Y. In
3D, X, Y and Z refer to R, q, and y. Tecplot 360 has addition capabilities for transforming coordinates,
please see $!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES.
$!POLARVIEW .....................................................................................................................................................176
Sets the viewing style for polar plots in a layout.
$!PRINT..................................................................................................................................................................176
Print the current layout to a printer or send the print instructions to a file. Use the $!PRINTSETUP SetValue
command to configure printing.
$!PRINTSETUP ....................................................................................................................................................176
A SetValue command that sets the attributes for printing. Use $!PRINT to do the actual printing. See
$!EXPORTSETUP and $!EXPORT if you intend to create image files destined for desktop publishing programs.
$!PROMPTFORFILENAME...............................................................................................................................178
Instruct Tecplot 360 to launch a file selection dialog. The resulting file name will be placed in <macrovar>.
If the user cancels out of the dialog then <macrovar> will be empty (see the example below).
$!PROMPTFORTEXTSTRING ..........................................................................................................................178
Instruct Tecplot 360 to launch a dialog containing a single line text field and optional instructions. The user
enters text into the text field and the resulting string is assigned to <macrovar>.
$!PROMPTFORYESNO ......................................................................................................................................179
Instruct Tecplot 360 to launch a dialog containing two buttons, one labeled Yes and the other No. The
<macrovar> is assigned the string Yes or No depending on the selection.
$!PROPAGATELINKING...................................................................................................................................179
Link multiple frames, either within frame or between frames.
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$!PUBLISH ............................................................................................................................................................ 179
Create an HTML file displaying one or more images. A linked layout with packaged data may be
included. You must provide the file name.
$!QUIT.................................................................................................................................................................... 180
Terminate the execution of the Tecplot 360 program.
$!RAWCOLORMAP ............................................................................................................................................ 180
Assign the RGB values that define the Raw user-defined color map. This does not set the color map to use
the Raw user-defined color map. Use $!COLORMAP to set the current color map.
$!READDATASET................................................................................................................................................ 181
The $!READDATASET macro command has two separate uses. The parameters available for the command are dependent upon the intended use. It may either be used to load data in Tecplot 360’s file format
(*.plt or *.dat) or in a foreign data file format. To load data in Tecplot 360’s file format, use the parameters
listed in Table 9 - 2. To load data in a foreign file format, use the parameters listed in Table 9 - 1 along with
a set of name/value pairs. The name/value pairs are specific to the data loader and described in Chapter 4:
“Data Loaders” in the User’s Manual.
$!READSTYLESHEET......................................................................................................................................... 183
Read in a stylesheet file. The <string> is the name of the file to read.
$!REDRAW ............................................................................................................................................................ 183
Redraw the active frame.
$!REDRAWALL..................................................................................................................................................... 184
Redraw all frames.
$!REMOVEVAR.................................................................................................................................................... 184
Remove a user-defined macro variable. This frees up space so another user-defined macro variable can be
defined.
$!RENAMEDATASETVAR................................................................................................................................. 184
Rename a data set variable in Tecplot 360.
$!RENAMEDATASETZONE ............................................................................................................................. 185
Rename a data set zone in Tecplot 360.
$!RESET3DAXES.................................................................................................................................................. 185
Reset the ranges on the 3D axes.
$!RESET3DORIGIN ............................................................................................................................................ 185
Reposition the rotation origin in 3D to be at the specified location.
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$!RESET3DSCALEFACTORS............................................................................................................................186
Recalculate the scale factors for the 3D axes. Aspect ratio limits are taken into account.
$!RESETVECTORLENGTH...............................................................................................................................186
Reset the length of the vectors. Tecplot 360 will find the vector with the largest magnitude and set the scaling factor so it will appear on the screen using the length specified by $!FRAMESETUP VECTDEFLEN.
$!ROTATE2DDATA .............................................................................................................................................186
Rotate field data in 2D about any point.
$!ROTATE3DVIEW..............................................................................................................................................187
Do a 3D rotation about a given axis. The <rotateaxis> must be supplied.
$!RUNMACROFUNCTION ..............................................................................................................................187
Execute commands defined in a macro function. The <string> references the name of the macro function to
run. If the macro command requires parameters, then include them (within parentheses) after the macro
command name.
$!SAVELAYOUT ...................................................................................................................................................188
Save the current layout to a file. You must supply the file name.
$!SET3DEYEDISTANCE.....................................................................................................................................188
Sets the distance from the viewer to the plane of the current center of rotation.
$!SETAUXDATA ...................................................................................................................................................188
Add Auxiliary Data in the form of name/value pairs to zones, frames or datasets. The name must begin
with an underscore or letter, and may be followed by one or more underscore, period, letter, or digit characters.
$!SETDATASETTITLE ........................................................................................................................................189
Set the title for the current data set.
$!SETFIELDVALUE .............................................................................................................................................189
Specify a field value (data set value) at a specified point index. If the zone referenced is IJ- or IJK-ordered
then the point index is calculated by treating the 2- or 3D array as a 1-D array.
Note that the INDEX value was calculated using:
$!SETFRAMEBACKGROUNDCOLOR ..........................................................................................................190
Sets the frame background to the specified color and surveys all basic color assignments in Tecplot 360,
converting the all basic colors using the following rules to achieve the best contrast:
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$!SETSTYLEBASE................................................................................................................................................ 190
Instruct Tecplot 360 on how to initialize frame style values when a new frame is created. During normal
operation, Tecplot 360 bases the style of a new frame on the factory defaults plus any changes assigned in
the Tecplot 360 configuration file. Layout files and stylesheet files, however, rely on Tecplot 360 basing
new frames only on the factory defaults. This command is typically not used by the casual user.
$!SHARECONNECTIVITY................................................................................................................................ 191
Share the nodemap between the source and destination zones, presuming that the zones are FE and have
the same element type and number of nodes.
$!SHAREFIELDDATAVAR................................................................................................................................. 191
Allows sharing of the specified variable from the source zone to the destination zone. Zone must be of the
same type (ordered or FE) and dimensions. Cell centered variables in FE must have the same number of
cells. Sharing is not allowed if either zone has global face neighbors.
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOBOTTOM.................................................................................................................... 192
Shift a list of Line-mappings to the bottom of the Line-mapping list. This in effect causes the selected Linemappings to be drawn last.
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOTOP .............................................................................................................................. 192
Shift a list of Line-maps to the top of the Line-map list. This in effect causes the selected Line-maps to be
drawn first.
$!SHOWMOUSEPOINTER ............................................................................................................................... 192
The mouse icon may be deactivated within a macro to enhance the on-screen animation. It must be reactivated before exiting the macro.
$!SKETCHAXIS.................................................................................................................................................... 192
A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a sketch mode frame. Axes are rarely used in
sketch frames.
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES......................................................................................................................................... 193
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with slices.
$!SLICELAYERS ................................................................................................................................................... 196
Turn slicing on or off.
$!SMOOTH ........................................................................................................................................................... 197
Smooth data (reduce the spikes) for selected variables in selected zones.
$!STREAMATTRIBUTES ................................................................................................................................... 197
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with streamtraces.
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$!STREAMTRACE [Required-Control Option].............................................................................................199
The different commands in the STREAMTRACE compound function family are described separately in
the following sections.
$!STREAMTRACE ADD ....................................................................................................................................199
Add a single streamtrace or a rake of streamtraces to the active frame. The frame must be a 2D or 3D field
plot.
$!STREAMTRACE DELETEALL ......................................................................................................................201
Deletes all streamtraces in the active frame. If the frame mode is 2D, all 2D streamtraces are deleted. If the
frame mode is 3D, all 3D streamtraces are deleted.
$!STREAMTRACE DELETERANGE ...............................................................................................................201
Delete a range of streamtraces. Streamtraces are numbered sequentially in the order they were created.
$!STREAMTRACE RESETDELTATIME..........................................................................................................201
Reset the time delta for dashed streamtraces. The delta time is reset such that a stream dash in the vicinity
of the maximum vector magnitude will have a length approximately equal to 10 percent of the frame
width.
$!STREAMTRACE SETTERMINATIONLINE ..............................................................................................202
Set the position of the termination line for streamtraces.
$!STREAMTRACELAYERS ...............................................................................................................................202
Turn streamtraces on or off.
$!SYSTEM..............................................................................................................................................................202
Instruct Tecplot 360 to submit a command to the operating system. For security reasons, execution of the
$!SYSTEM command can be disabled to prevent unauthorized execution of system commands via macros.
Use the OKTOEXECUTESYSTEMCOMMAND option to the $!INTERFACE macro command.
$!THREEDAXIS....................................................................................................................................................203
A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a 3D frame.
$!THREEDVIEW ..................................................................................................................................................204
A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with the 3D view.
$!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES.....................................................................................................................205
Transforms all points in one or more zones from one coordinate system to another.
$!TRIANGULATE ................................................................................................................................................206
Create a new zone by forming triangles from data points in existing zones.
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$!TWODAXIS ....................................................................................................................................................... 207
A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a 2D frame.
$!VARSET .............................................................................................................................................................. 208
Assign a value to a macro variable. If the macro variable did not exist prior to this command, then it is
defined here. A macro variable can be assigned a value or a string.
$!VIEW [Required-Control Option] ................................................................................................................. 208
The different commands in the VIEW compound function family are described separately in the following
sections.
$!VIEW AXISFIT .................................................................................................................................................. 209
Reset the range on a specific axis so that it equals the minimum and maximum of the data being plotted. If
the axis dependency is not independent then this action may also affect the range on another axis.
$!VIEW AXISMAKECURRENTAXISVALUESNICE .................................................................................... 209
Reset the axis-line label values such that all currently displayed values are set to have the smallest number
of significant digits possible.
$!VIEW AXISNICEFIT........................................................................................................................................ 209
Reset the range on a specific axis so that it equals the minimum and maximum of the data being plotted,
but makes the axis values “nice” by setting labels to have the smallest number of significant digits possible. If the axis dependency is not independent then this action may also affect the range on another axis.
$!VIEW CENTER.................................................................................................................................................. 210
Center the data within the axis grid area.
$!VIEW COPY ....................................................................................................................................................... 210
Copy the current view to the view paste buffer. See also $!VIEW PASTE.
$!VIEW DATAFIT ................................................................................................................................................ 210
Fit the current set of data zones or line mappings being plotted within the grid area. This does not take
into consideration text or geometries.
$!VIEW FIT............................................................................................................................................................ 210
Fit the entire plot to the grid area. This also takes into consideration text and geometries that are plotted
using the grid coordinate system. In 3D, this also includes the axes.
$!VIEW FITSURFACES....................................................................................................................................... 211
Fits active plot surfaces to the grid area. 3D volume zones are excluded when surfaces to plot are set to
none. See $!FIELDMAP for more information on setting surfaces to plot.
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$!VIEW LAST........................................................................................................................................................211
Retrieve the previous view from the view stack. Each frame mode within each frame maintains its own
view stack. $!VIEW LAST will not reverse alterations to data.
$!VIEW MAKECURRENTVIEWNICE ............................................................................................................211
Shifts axis to make axis-line values nice without changing the extents of the window. Only works in
Sketch/XY/2D.
$!VIEW NICEFIT..................................................................................................................................................211
Change view to make the extents of the frame neatly hold the plot with integer values for axis labels. Only
works in Sketch/XY/2D.
$!VIEW PASTE......................................................................................................................................................211
Retrieve the view from the view paste buffer and assign it to the active frame.
$!VIEW PUSH .......................................................................................................................................................211
Instruct Tecplot 360 to push the current view onto the view stack. A view will not be pushed if the current
view is the same as the top view on the stack. Note that commands VIEW AXISFIT, VIEW CENTER, VIEW
DATAFIT, VIEW FIT, and VIEW ZOOM automatically push a view onto the stack. Tecplot 360 automatically
pushes the current view onto the stack when a $!REDRAW command is issued and the current view is different from the top view on the view stack.
$!VIEW RESETTOENTIRECIRCLE .................................................................................................................212
Reset the Theta-R Axis to initial settings. For Polar plots only.
$!VIEW SETMAGNIFICATION .......................................................................................................................212
Set the magnification for the data being plotted. A magnification of 1 will size the plot so it can fit within
the grid area.
$!VIEW TRANSLATE..........................................................................................................................................212
Shift the data being plotted in the X- and/or Y-direction. The amount translated is in frame units.
$!VIEW ZOOM .....................................................................................................................................................212
Change the view by “zooming” into the data. In Sketch, XY, and 2D frame mode plots, Tecplot 360 will
adjust the ranges on the axis to view the region defined by the rectangle with corners at (X1, Y1) and (X2,
Y2). For 3D orthographic plots, the view is translated and scaled to fit the region. For 3D perspective plots,
the view is rotated about the viewer and scaled to fit the region. X1 and so forth are measured in grid coordinates.
$!WHILE...$!ENDWHILE....................................................................................................................................213
Continue to execute a set of commands until a conditional expression is NO.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW [Required-Control Option].......................................................................................213
The different commands in the WORKSPACEVIEW compound function family are described separately in the
following sections.
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$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITALLFRAMES......................................................................................................... 214
Change the view in the workspace so all frames are fit just inside the edges of the workspace.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITPAPER..................................................................................................................... 214
Change the view in the workspace so the entire paper is fit just inside the edges of the workspace.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITSELECTEDFRAMES ........................................................................................... 214
Change the view in the workspace so the currently selected frames (that is, the frames with pick handles)
are fit just inside the edges of the workspace.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW LASTVIEW .................................................................................................................. 214
Return to the previous workspace view.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW MAXIMIZE .................................................................................................................. 214
Temporarily expand the work area as large as possible. The maximized work area occupies the entire Tecplot 360 process window.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW TRANSLATE ............................................................................................................... 214
Shift the view of the workspace. This has no effect on the local view within any frame in your layout.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW UNMAXIMIZE............................................................................................................ 215
Returns the workspace to its normal size after it has been expanded after $!WORKSPACE MAXIMIZE has been
used.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW ZOOM........................................................................................................................... 215
Change the view into the work area. This has no effect on the local view within any frame in your layout.
$!WRITECOLORMAP ........................................................................................................................................ 216
Write the current color map to a file. The <string> is the name of the file to write to.
$!WRITECURVEINFO ........................................................................................................................................ 216
Write out the curve details or the calculated data points for the equation(s) used to draw the curve for a
selected line mapping. The <string> is the name of the file to write to.
$!WRITEDATASET.............................................................................................................................................. 216
Write the data set attached to the active frame to a file. The <string> is the name of the file to write to.
$!WRITESTYLESHEET ....................................................................................................................................... 217
Write the style for the active frame to a file. The <string> is the name of the file to write to.
$!XYLINEAXIS ..................................................................................................................................................... 218
A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in an XY Line plot.
Set the axis mode to be independent for the XY-axes (note that this affects only X1 versus Y1):
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ANIMATESTREAKLINES .................................................................................................................................220
Animates previously calculated streaklines to the screen or to a file.
ATTACHINTEGRATIONRESULTS.................................................................................................................221
Attach the text results of the previous integration as a text field in the active frame.
CALCPARTICLEPATH .......................................................................................................................................221
Calculate particle paths or streaklines, starting from existing Tecplot 360 streamtraces.
CALCTURBULENCEFUNCTION....................................................................................................................224
Calculate a turbulence-related function from two variables in the current data set. Add the result to the
data set as a new variable using the function’s name, or overwrite the variable if it already exists.
CALCULATE.........................................................................................................................................................224
Calculate a Tecplot 360 variable using the specified function and add it to the current data set. If the variable already exists in the current data set, it will be recalculated.
CALCULATEACCURACY .................................................................................................................................225
Calculate the order accuracy of the solution contained in the listed zones. Optionally, plot the overall accuracy versus grid spacing and plot the accuracy at each grid node.
DISPLAYBOUNDARIES....................................................................................................................................226
Displays boundaries corresponding to a geometry and boundaries specification without actually setting
the geometry and boundaries. This macro is generally not useful for those writing macro files, but is
recorded when the user clicks the Display Boundaries button in the Geometry and Boundaries dialog in
order to duplicate the actions of Tecplot 360 that happen in response to that action. See Section “SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES” on page 232 for a description of the parameters for this macro.
EXTRACTFLOWFEATURE................................................................................................................................226
Extract and display shock surfaces, vortex cores, or separation and attachment lines. Shock surfaces are
displayed as iso-surfaces of a new variable, ShockSurface, while vortex cores and separation and attachment lines are displayed as new zones.
EXTRAPOLATESOLUTION..............................................................................................................................227
Perform Richardson extrapolation to estimate the true solution from three input solutions on grids of successively finer resolution. Two new zones are added to the current data set. The first contains the extrapolated solution, while the second contains the estimated error.
INTEGRATE..........................................................................................................................................................227
Perform an integration over the specified zones (or time strands, if INTEGRATEBY is set to
TIMESTRANDS). If <set> is not specified, the integration will be performed over all zones (or time
strands). If PLOTAS is set to TRUE, the integration results will be plotted in a new frame.
SAVEINTEGRATIONRESULTS .......................................................................................................................229
Saves the most recently calculated integration results to a text file.
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SETFIELDVARIABLES....................................................................................................................................... 230
Identifies variables in your data, such as velocity, pressure and temperature, for use in analysis.
SETFLUIDPROPERTIES .................................................................................................................................... 230
Set the fluid properties for use by other commands.
SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES............................................................................................................. 232
Specify whether the data represent an axisymmetric flow solution (2D Cartesian plots only), whether adjacent zones should be considered to be connected at coincident faces, and specify zone boundaries and
their corresponding boundary conditions. Each line of the RAWDATA describes one boundary, and appears in
the same format as on the Geometry and Boundaries dialog. For all boundaries, list the boundary condition and the set of zones, separated by a comma. The index range-type boundary follows this with the
boundary face, the first starting index, the first ending index, the second starting index and the second
ending index. All entries are separated by commas. The boundary condition is one of INFLOW, OUTFLOW, WALL,
SLIPWALL, SYMMETRY, EXTRAPOLATED. The boundary face is one of I=1, I=IMAX, J=1, J=JMAX, K=1, and K=KMAX. Refer
to Section 22 - 4 “Setting Geometry and Boundary Options” in the User’s Manual for more information on
boundaries.
SETREFERENCEVALUES .................................................................................................................................. 232
Specify the reference (free-stream) properties of the solution, identify two variables in the current data set
for use with other commands.
SETUNSTEADYFLOWOPTIONS.................................................................................................................... 233
Identifies time levels for unsteady flow, or specifies that the solution is steady-state. If the flow is
unsteady, the solution time levels are specified in the RAWDATA section. The first line of the RAWDATA section
must consist of a single integer indicating the number of solution time levels. This must be followed by the
time levels themselves. Each time level must be on a separate line and must consist of a floating-point
number (the solution time), as well as one or more integers (the zone numbers for that solution time).
<<anchorpos>>....................................................................................................................................................... 235
Assign attributes for positioning of objects.
<<areastyle>> ......................................................................................................................................................... 236
Change settings for the axis grid area.
<<axisdetail>> ........................................................................................................................................................ 236
Assign attributes for axes.
<<axisline>> ........................................................................................................................................................... 237
Assign attributes for axis lines.
<<axistitle>> ........................................................................................................................................................... 238
Assign attributes for titles.
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<<basiccolorcontrol>> ..........................................................................................................................................239
Assign name to a basic color .
<<basicsizelist>> ...................................................................................................................................................239
Assign basic sizes. The units for the values assigned here are dependent on the parent command. Assignments here do not affect the plot. These assignments are used only to configure drop-down menus in the
interface so the user can make quick selections.
<<colormapcontrolpoints>> ................................................................................................................................240
All contour color maps except the Raw user-defined color map make use of control points to determine
the color distribution. Each control point has a position and a left and right color. The <<colormapcontrolpoints>> subcommand can contain more than one CONTROLPOINT subcommand.
<<colormapoverride>> .........................................................................................................................................240
Change settings for a color map override. Color map overrides are used to replace a specific band in a contour color map with one of the 16 basic colors.
<<continuouscolor>> ............................................................................................................................................241
Change settings for continuous color.
<<dialogplacement>> ...........................................................................................................................................242
Describes the placement for a dialog.
<<gridarea>> ..........................................................................................................................................................242
Change settings for the axis grid area.
<<gridlinedetail>> ................................................................................................................................................243
Change settings for axis gridlines.
<<ijk>> ....................................................................................................................................................................244
Set an I-, J-, or K-index.
<<indexrange>> .....................................................................................................................................................244
Set an index range.
<<numberformat>>...............................................................................................................................................245
Set the format used to draw a number.
<<papersize>> ........................................................................................................................................................246
Change dimensions or hardclip offsets for LETTER, DOUBLE, A3, A4, CUSTOM1 and CUSTOM2 paper sizes.
<<precisegrid>> .....................................................................................................................................................246
Change settings for the precise dot grid.
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<<rect>>................................................................................................................................................................... 246
Change settings for a rectangle. The rectangle is defined using two points (X1,Y1) and (X2,Y2).
<<refscatsymbol>> ................................................................................................................................................ 247
Set the attributes for the reference scatter symbol.
<<renderconfig>> .................................................................................................................................................. 248
Set the attributes for OpenGL rendering.
<<rgb>> ................................................................................................................................................................... 249
Set a color value by assigning values to its red, green, and blue components.
<<shademap>>....................................................................................................................................................... 249
Map colors on the screen to shades of gray for monochrome hardcopy output.
<<symbolshape>> ................................................................................................................................................. 250
Set a symbol shape. Symbols can be a geometric shape (circle, square, and so forth) or an ASCII character.
<<textbox>> ............................................................................................................................................................ 251
Change settings for the optional box around a text label.
<<textshape>> ........................................................................................................................................................ 251
Change settings related to text font and character height.
<<ticklabeldetail>> ............................................................................................................................................... 252
Change settings for the text used to label axis tick marks.
<<tickmarkdetail>>............................................................................................................................................... 253
Assign attributes for axis tick marks.
<<volumeobjectstoplot>> .................................................................................................................................... 254
Specifies what volume objects are to be displayed.
<<xy>> ..................................................................................................................................................................... 255
Change settings for an (X,Y) position.
<<xyz>> ................................................................................................................................................................... 255
Change settings for an (X, Y, Z) triplet.
<<zebrashade>>..................................................................................................................................................... 255
Change zebra shading attributes.
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LOADPYFILE NAME..........................................................................................................................................290
Use this function to load a Python module via a macro file.
MODIFYPYPATH ................................................................................................................................................290
Use this command to temporarily modify your PYTHONPATH variable. The variable will be set for the
duration of the Tecplot 360 session using the macro command/file.
RUNPYFUNCTION.............................................................................................................................................291
Use this command to execute a Python function via a macro file. NOTE: Before executing a Python function, you must first load the module that contains it via the LOADPYFILE NAME command.
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Macro Commands
This chapter lists Tecplot 360’s macro commands alphabetically. Optional parameters are enclosed within
square brackets ( [ ] ). Items within double angle brackets (<< >>) represent parameter sub-commands
listed and described in Chapter 11: “Parameter Subcommands”.
A
$!ACTIVEFIELDMAPS
Syntax:
$!ACTIVEFIELDMAPS <op> <set>
[no optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes the set of active field maps (thus changing the active zones)
considered for plotting.
Examples:
Example 1:
Make only field maps 1, 3, 4 and 5 active for plotting:
$!ACTIVEFIELDMAPS = [1,3-5]
Example 2:
Add zones 33, 34, 35, and 36 to the set of active field maps:
$!ACTIVEFIELDMAPS += [33-36]
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Example 3:
Remove zones 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11 from the set of active field maps:
$!ACTIVEFIELDMAPS -= [1-3,9-11]
$!ACTIVELINEMAPS
Syntax:
$!ACTIVELINEMAPS <op> <set>
[no optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes the set of line mappings considered for plotting.
Examples:
Example 1:
Make only line-mappings 1, 3, 4 and 5 active for plotting:
$!ACTIVELINEMAPS = [1,3-5]
Example 2:
Add line-maps 33, 34, 35 and 36 to the set of active line-mappings:
$!ACTIVELINEMAPS += [33-36]
Example 3:
Remove line-maps 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11 from the set of active line-mappings:
$!ACTIVELINEMAPS -= [1-3,9-11]
$!ADDMACROPANELTITLE
Syntax:
$!ADDMACROPANELTITLE <string>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Add a title to the Quick Macro Panel.
Example: The following example adds the title “Bar Charts” to the Quick Macro Panel.
$!ADDMACROPANELTITLE "Bar Charts"
$!ALTERDATA
Syntax:
$!ALTERDATA [zonelist]
EQUATION = <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:The ALTERDATA function operates on a data set within Tecplot 360 using FORTRAN-like
equations. See Section 21 - 1 “Data Alteration through Equations” in the User’s Manual for more
information on using equations in Tecplot 360. The <zonelist> parameter specifies the set of zones
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on which to operate, where zonelist is a list of zones or zone ranges separated by a comma (“,”).
Zone ranges are separated by a hyphen (“-”). If <zonelist> is omitted, all zones are affected. NOTE:
the values for the <zonelist> parameter must be enclosed in square brackets. (For example, use
$!ALTERDATA [1,3] to apply ALTERDATA to zones 1 and 3).
Required Parameters
Parameter
EQUATION
Syntax
Default
= <string>
Notes
This assigns the equation to use to operate on the data.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
DATATYPE
= <datatype>
SINGLE
Assign the precision given to the destination variable (that is,
the variable on the left hand side of the equation). This only
applies if the equation creates a new variable. (See Example 2:)
IGNOREDIVIDEBYZERO
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, the equation will be processed even if it includes a
division by zero. 0/0 will result in 0, while other divisions will
return the largest or smallest possible result depending on the
sign of the dividend. If NO, an equation with a division by
zero will not be processed at all.
IRANGE
See Range Parameters, following, for information on
specifying range index values.
{
MIN
= <integer>
1
MAX
= <integer>
0
SKIP
= <integer>
1
}
JRANGE
See Range Parameters, following, for information on
specifying range index values.
{
MIN
= <integer>
1
MAX
= <integer>
0
SKIP
= <integer>
1
}
KRANGE
See Range Parameters, following, for information on
specifying range index values.
{
MIN
= <integer>
1
MAX
= <integer>
0
SKIP
= <integer>
1
= <valuelocation>
AUTO
}
VALUELOCATION
Assign the location to destination variable.
Range Parameters
The IRANGE, JRANGE, and KRANGE parameters limit the data altered by the equation. The specification of
range indices follow these rules:
• All indices start with 1 and go to some maximum index m.
• The number 0 can be used to represent the maximum index m. If the maximum index m = 15,
specifying 0 sets the range index to 15.
• Negative values represent the offset from the maximum index. If a value of -2 is specified, and
the maximum index m is 14, the value used is 14-2, or 12.
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Examples:
Example 1:
The following example adds one to X for zones 1 and 3 for every data point:
$!ALTERDATA [1,3]
EQUATION = "x = x+1"
Example 2:
The following example creates a new, double precision variable called DIST:
$!ALTERDATA
EQUATION = "{DIST} = SQRT(X**2 + Y**2)"
DATATYPE = DOUBLE
Example 3:
The following equations set a variable called P to zero along the boundary of an IJ-ordered zone:
$!ALTERDATA
EQUATION = "{P} =
IRANGE {MAX = 1}
$!ALTERDATA
EQUATION = "{P} =
IRANGE {MIN = 0}
$!ALTERDATA
EQUATION = "{P} =
JRANGE {MAX = 1}
$!ALTERDATA
EQUATION = "{P} =
JRANGE {MIN = 0}
0"
0"
0"
0"
Example 4:
By following a variable reference with brackets “[” and “]” you may designate a specific zone from which
to get the variable value. For example:
V3 = V3 -V3[1]
X = (X[1] + X[2] + X[3]) / 3
{TempAdj} = {Temp}[7] - {Adj}
V7 = V1[19] - 2*C[21] + {R/T}[18]
The zone number must be a positive integer constant less than or equal to the number of zones. The zone
designated must have the same structure (finite-element, I-, IJ-, or IJK-ordered) and dimensions (number
of nodes and so forth)
$!ANIMATECONTOURLEVELS
Syntax:
$!ANIMATECONTOURLEVELS
START = <integer>
END = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Produce an animation of a contour line plot by showing a single level at a time. The animation
varies according to the currently defined contour levels and is limited by the values in the START,
END, and SKIP parameters. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this
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command.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
START
= <integer>
Starting contour level number to animate.
END
= <integer>
Ending contour level number to animate.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands.
SKIP
= <integer>
1
Level skip.
Example: The following command animates the first four contour levels to an AVI file:
$!EXPORTSETUP EXPORTFORMAT = AVI
$!EXPORTSETUP EXPORTFNAME = "contourlevels.avi"
$!ANIMATECONTOURLEVELS
START = 1
END = 4
CREATEMOVIEFILE = YES
$!ANIMATEIJKBLANKING
Syntax:
$!ANIMATEIJKBLANKING
NUMSTEPS = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Produce an animation of different IJK-blankings in your plot. The animation starts at one IJKblanking setting and marches through intermediate steps to a second setting. To create a movie file,
add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
NUMSTEPS
Syntax
Default
= <integer>
Notes
Number of intermediate steps for the animation.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
IMINFRACT
= <dexp>
0.1
Minimum fraction for blanking at the start of animation for the
I-index. Actual I-index is equal to IMINFRACT*IMAX.
JMINFRACT
= <dexp>
0.1
Minimum fraction for blanking at the start of animation for the
J-index. Actual J-index is equal to JMINFRACT*JMAX.
KMINFRACT
= <dexp>
0.1
Minimum fraction for blanking at the start of animation for the
K-index. Actual K-index is equal to KMINFRACT*KMAX.
IMAXFRACT
= <dexp>
1.0
Maximum fraction for blanking at the start of animation for the
I-index. Actual I-index is equal to IMAXFRACT*IMAX.
JMAXFRACT
= <dexp>
1.0
Maximum fraction for blanking at the start of animation for the
J-index. Actual J-index is equal to JMAXFRACT*JMAX.
KMAXFRACT
= <dexp>
1.0
Maximum fraction for blanking at the start of animation for the
K-index. Actual K-index is equal to KMAXFRACT*KMAX.
IMINFRACT2
= <dexp>
0.8
Minimum fraction for blanking at the end of animation for the
I-index. Actual I-index is equal to IMINFRACT*IMAX.
JMINFRACT2
= <dexp>
0.8
Minimum fraction for blanking at the end of animation for the
J-index. Actual J-index is equal to JMINFRACT*JMAX.
KMINFRACT2
= <dexp>
0.8
Minimum fraction for blanking at the end of animation for the
K-index. Actual K-index is equal to KMINFRACT*KMAX.
IMAXFRACT2
= <dexp>
1.0
Maximum fraction for blanking at the end of animation for the
I-index. Actual I-index is equal to IMAXFRACT*IMAX.
JMAXFRACT2
= <dexp>
1.0
Maximum fraction for blanking at the end of animation for the
J-index. Actual J-index is equal to JMAXFRACT*JMAX.
KMAXFRACT2
= <dexp>
1.0
Maximum fraction for blanking at the end of animation for the
K-index. Actual K-index is equal to KMAXFRACT*KMAX.
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands.
Example:
The following example produces an animation showing a band of I-planes traversing the entire data field:
$!ANIMATEIJKBLANKING
NUMSTEPS = 6
IMINFRACT = 0.1
JMINFRACT = 0.0
KMINFRACT = 0.0
IMAXFRACT = 1.0
JMAXFRACT = 1.0
KMAXFRACT = 1.0
IMINFRACT2 = 1.0
JMINFRACT2 = 0.0
KMINFRACT2 = 0.0
IMAXFRACT2 = 1.0
JMAXFRACT2 = 1.0
KMAXFRACT2 = 1.0
$!ANIMATEIJKPLANES
Syntax:
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$!ANIMATEIJKPLANES
START = <integer>
END = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Produce an animation that cycles through I-, J-, or K-planes in an IJK-ordered data set. To create
a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
START
= <integer>
Starting plane index
END
= <integer>
Ending plane index
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands
PLANES
= <ijkplane>
I
Specify I, J or K
SKIP
= <integer>
1
Index skip
Example: The following example generates an animation of the I-planes 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9:
$!ANIMATEIJKPLANES
PLANES = I
START = 1
END
= 9
SKIP
= 2
$!ANIMATEISOSURFACES
Syntax:
$!ANIMATEISOSURFACES
STARTVALUE = <double>
ENDVALUE = <double>
[optional parameters]
Description:The macro command $!ANIMATEISOSURFACES produces an animation of a series of iso-surfaces
beginning with the iso-surface defined by STARTVALUE and ending with the iso-surface defined by
ENDVALUE. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
ENDVALUE
= <integer>
NUMSTEPS
= <integer>
STARTVALUE
= <integer>
Default
Notes
ENDVALUE is the value of the contour variable for the last isosurface in the animation.
2
Number of iso-surfaces to distribute between the start and end
iso-surfaces values.
STARTVALUE is the value of the contour variable for the first
iso-surface in the animation.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands.
GROUP
= <integer>
1
values 1- 8
LIMITSCREENSPEED
= <boolean>
No
MAXSCREENSPEED
= <double>
You may need to reduce the value to correlate with the speed
of your computer.
Go To, Loop, Bounce, Forward, and Backward are only used by the interface. Forward and Backward can be
simulated using appropriate values STARTVALUE and ENDVALUE. If ENDVALUE < STARTVALUE,
the animation goes 'backward'. If ENDVALUE > STARTVALUE, the animation goes 'forward'. Goto can be
simulated if ENDVALUE == STARTVALUE. That is, it can be simulated if the animation goes 'one step'.
Loop and Bounce can be accomplished by calling the file multiple times.
When recording, the macro recorded contains exactly the animation done in the
interface. So if you bounce three times through the data, you will record three sets of
forward and backwards commands. Similarly, if you use the "one step" options a lot,
you will record a lot of individual macro commands. If you interrupt part way through an
animation, you will record a partial animation macro of those steps you did animate
through.
Example: The following example creates an animation of iso-surfaces:
$!ANIMATEISOSURFACES
STARTVALUE = 1
ENDVALUE = 30
NUMSTEPS = 30
$!ANIMATELINEMAPS
Syntax:
$!ANIMATELINEMAPS
START = <integer>
END = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Produce an animation of one Line-mapping at a time. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP
commands before this command.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
START
= <integer>
Starting Line-map number
END
= <integer>
Ending Line-map number
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
SKIP
= <integer>
1
Line-map skip
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands
Example:
The following example creates an animation showing plots of Line-maps 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10:
$!ANIMATELINEMAPS
START = 2
END
= 10
SKIP = 2
$!ANIMATESLICES
Syntax:
$!ANIMATESLICES [Group]
START = <integer>
END = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:The macro command $!ANIMATESLICES uses the currently defined start and end slice position.
Use $!SLICEATTRIBUTES to set these positions; $!ANIMATESLICES then redefines how many
intermediate slices are to be used, then animates a sub-set of those slices. To create a movie file,
add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
START
= <integer>
START and END are measured in steps based on NUMSLICES
between the slice group's start slice value (at step=1) and end
slice values (at step = NumSlices).
END
= <integer>
START and END are measured in steps based on NUMSLICES
between the slice group's start slice value (at step=1) and end
slice values (at step = NumSlices).
NUMSLICES
= <integer>
Number of slices to distribute between the start and end slice
locations as defined by START and END in
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
GROUP
= <integer>
1
values 1- 8
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands.
LIMITSCREENSPEED
= <boolean>
MAXSCREENSPEED
= <double>
Go To, Loop, Bounce, Forward, and Backward are only used by the interface. Forward and Backward can be
simulated using appropriate values STARTVALUE and ENDVALUE. If ENDVALUE < STARTVALUE,
the animation goes 'backward'. If ENDVALUE > STARTVALUE, the animation goes 'forward'. Goto can be
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simulated if ENDVALUE == STARTVALUE, i.e. the animation goes 'one step'. Loop and Bounce can be
accomplished by calling the file multiple times.
When recording, the macro recorded contains exactly the animation done in the
interface. So if you bounce three times through the data, you will record three sets of
forward and backwards commands. Similarly, if you use the "one step" options a lot,
you will record a lot of individual macro commands. If you interrupt part way through an
animation, you will record a partial animation macro of those steps you did animate
through.
Example: The following example creates an animation of 3D slices:
$!ANIMATESLICES
START = 1
END = 30
NUMSLICES = 30
$!ANIMATESTREAM
Syntax:
$!ANIMATESTREAM
[optional parameters]
Description:Produce an animation of stream markers or dashes, moving along the currently defined
streamtrace paths. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands before this command.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
STEPSPERCYCLE
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
20
Number of steps to use for each cycle of the animation.
Increase this number to produce a smoother animation.
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands
NUMCYCLES
= <integer>
3
Number of cycles in the animation. Each cycle shows stream
markers or dashes, moving along a streamtrace path. If DT is
the streamtrace delta time, then at the end of the cycle, the
markers or dashes will have moved
(2*DT*(STEPSPERCYCLE-1))/(STEPSPERCYCLE) in time.
Example:
The following example animates streamtraces for five cycles with each cycle using ten steps:
$!ANIMATESTREAM
STEPSPERCYCLE = 10
NUMCYCLES
= 5
$!ANIMATETIME
Syntax:
$!ANIMATETIME
[optional parameters]
Description:Produce an animation of transient data. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP commands
before this command.
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Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands.
ENDTIME
= <double>
The last timestep
as defined by the
currently active
strands
If the SolutionTime entered does not exist, the nearest
SolutionTime less than the entered time is used.
LIMITSCREENSPEED
= <boolean>
NO
MAXSCREENSPEED
= <double>
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SKIP
= <integer>
1
STARTTIME
= <double>
first time step as
defined by the
currently active
strands
only works if LIMITSCREENSPEED is YES
If the SolutionTime entered does not exist, the nearest
SolutionTime less than the entered time is used.
Go To, Loop, Bounce, Forward, and Backward are only used by the interface. Forward and Backward can be
simulated using appropriate values STARTVALUE and ENDVALUE. If ENDVALUE < STARTVALUE, the animation goes
'backward'. If ENDVALUE > STARTVALUE, the animation goes 'forward'. Goto can be simulated if ENDVALUE ==
STARTVALUE, i.e. the animation goes 'one step'. Loop and Bounce can be accomplished by calling the file
multiple times.
When recording a macro, that macro animates exactly as done in the interface. So if
you bounce three times through the data, you will record three sets of forward and
backwards commands. Similarly, if you use the "one step" options a lot, you will record
a lot of individual macro commands. If you interrupt part way through an animation,
you will record a partial animation macro of those steps you did animate through.
$!ANIMATEZONES
Syntax:
$!ANIMATEZONES
START = <integer>
END = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Produce an animation showing one zone at a time. To create a movie file, add $!EXPORTSETUP
commands before this command. This command will not work if the active frame contains a
transient data set.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
START
= <integer>
Starting zone number
END
= <integer>
Ending zone number
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ZONEANIMATIONMODE
=
[STEPBYNUMB
ER,
GROUPSTEPBY
NUMBER,
STEPBYTIME]
STEPBYNUMBE
R
CREATEMOVIEFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must be preceded by $!EXPORTSETUP commands.
SKIP
= <integer>
1
Zone skip.
Example: The following example animates just the first five zones:
$!ANIMATEZONES
START = 1
END = 5
$!ATTACHDATASET
Syntax:
$!ATTACHDATASET
[optional parameter]
Description:Attach the active frame to the data set of another frame. Use PAGENUM, if the other frame is on
a difference page. This command is usually found only in layout files generated by Tecplot 360.
Note that the $!PLOTTYPE command automatically executes an $!ATTACHDATASET command if a
frame mode is requested in a frame that does not have an attached data set. Tecplot 360 attaches
the data set from the closest frame (in drawing order) having an attached data set.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
FRAME
= <integer>
First frame with
a data set
Within the page specified or implied, if FRAME is not
supplied, Tecplot 360 searches for a data set in a frame below
the topmost frame of the page to attach.
PAGENUM
= <integer>
current page
If PAGENUM is not supplied the current page is used.
Examples:
Example 1:
The following example attaches to the active frame the data set from the second frame drawn when doing
a Redraw All:
$!ATTACHDATASET
FRAME = 2
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Example 2:
The following example attaches to the active frame the data set from the frame drawn next-to-last when
doing a Redraw All:
$!ATTACHDATASET
$!ATTACHGEOM
Syntax:
$!ATTACHGEOM
[optional parameters]
<geometryrawdata>
Description:Attach a geometry to the active frame.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
<geometryrawdata>
This is the data which defines the size and relative shape of the
geometry. This must be at the end of the command after any
other parameters.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ANCHORPOS
<<anchorpos>>
ARROWHEADANGLE
= <dexp>
=
<arrowheadattachment>
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= <dexp>
= <arrowheadstyle>
5%
ARROWHEADSTYLE
ATTACHTOZONE
= <boolean>
NO
CLIPPING
= <clipping>
CLIPTTOVIEWPORT
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
DATATYPE
= <fielddatatype>
FLOAT
DRAWORDER
= <draworder>
AFTERDATA
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
WHITE
GEOMTYPE
= <geomtype>
LINESEGS
IMAGEFILENAME
= <string>
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
LINETHICKNESS
= <dexp>
0.1%
Set the line thickness in Y-frame units (0-100).
MACROFUNCTIONCOMMAND
= <string>
Null
Set the macro command to execute when you
hover over the geometry and press Ctrl-rightclick. For security reasons this command can
only be used in the Tecplot 360 configuration
file.
MAINTAINASPECTRATIO
= <boolean>
YES
NUMELLIPSEPTS
= <integer>
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Numbers of points to use when drawing
ellipses and circles.
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2%
Set the pattern length in Y-frame units (0-100).
POSITIONCOORDSYS
= <coordsys>
GRID
RESIZEFILTER
= <resizefilter>
SCOPE
= <scope>
ARROWHEADATTACHMENT
ARROWHEADSIZE
TEXTUREFILTER
ZONE
This assigns the anchor position of the
geometry.
Set the angle for arrowheads (in degrees).
NONE
Set the arrowhead size in Y-frame units (0-100).
PLAIN
LOCAL
If YES, must include ZONE.
Set the scope to GLOBAL to draw this
geometry in all “like” frames.
CUBIC
= <integer>
1
This is only used if ATTACHTOZONE = YES.
This geometry is disabled if the zone assigned
here is inactive.
Examples:
Example 1:
The following example creates a red circle, with a radius equal to 25 percent of the height of the frame, in
the center of the frame:
$!ATTACHGEOM
POSITIONCOORDSYS = FRAME
ANCHORPOS
{
X = 50
Y = 50
70
}
GEOMTYPE = CIRCLE
COLOR = RED
RAWDATA
25
Example 2:
The following example creates an L-shaped polyline with an arrowhead at the end:
$!ATTACHGEOM
POSITIONCOORDSYS = FRAME
ANCHORPOS
{
X = 20
Y = 80
}
GEOMTYPE = LINESEGS
ARROWHEADATTACHMENT = ATEND
RAWDATA
1
3
0 0
0 -60
40 0
$!ATTACHTEXT
Syntax:
$!ATTACHTEXT
TEXT = <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Attach text to the active frame
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Required Parameter
Parameter
TEXT
Syntax
Default
= <string>
Notes
Text string to draw.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
ANCHOR
ANCHORPOS
Syntax
= <textanchor>
<<anchorpos>>
Default
LEFT
Notes
Specifies what part of the text to anchor to the frame.
This assigns the anchor position for the text. Units are
dependent on POSITIONCOORDSYS.
ANGLE
= <dexp>
0.0
Text angle (in degrees).
ATTACHTOZONE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, must include ZONE.
BOX
{
BOXTYPE
= <boxtype>
NONE
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
WHITE
LINETHICKNESS
= <dexp>
0.1%
MARGIN
= <dexp>
20
CLIPPING
= <clipping>
CLIPTOVIEWP
ORT
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
LINESPACING
= <dexp>
1.0
Line spacing to use if text contains multiple lines.
MACROFUNCTION
= <string>
NULL
Set the macro command to execute when you hover over the
geometry and press Ctrl-right-click.
= <coordsys>
FRAME
values = FRAME, GRID or GRID3D
The margin is the space between the text and box. The margin
is measured in terms of the percentage of the text height.
}
COMMAND
POSITIONCOORDSYS
TEXTSHAPE
{
FONTFAMILY
= <string>
"Helvetica"
ISBOLD
= <boolean>
YES
ISITALIC
= <boolean>
NO
HEIGHT
= <dexp>
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SIZEUNITS
= <sizeunits>
POINT
The following combinations of SIZEUNITS and
POSITIONCOORDSYS are allowed: FRAME/FRAME, POINT
SCOPE
= <scope>
LOCAL
Set the scope to GLOBAL to include this text in all “like” frames.
ZONE
= <integer>
1
This is only used if ATTACHZONE = YES. This text is disabled if
the zone assigned here is inactive.
}
Examples:
Example 1:
The following example creates the text ABC and positions it in the lower left corner of the frame:
$!ATTACHTEXT
TEXT = "ABC"
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Example 2:
The following example creates the text TEXT AT AN ANGLE and places it in the center of the frame. The
text is drawn at an angle of 45 degrees:
$!ATTACHTEXT
TEXT = "TEXT AT AN ANGLE"
ANGLE = 45
ANCHORPOS {X=50 Y=50}
Example 3:
The following example creates the text TIMES-ROMAN using the Times Roman font. This text includes a
text box:
$!ATTACHTEXT
TEXT = "TIMES-ROMAN"
TEXTSHAPE
{
FONTFAMILY = "Times"
ISBOLD = NO
ISITALIC = NO
}
BOX
{
BOXTYPE = PLAIN
MARGIN = 20
}
ANCHORPOS {X=20 Y=20}
B
$!BASICCOLOR
Syntax:$!BASICCOLOR
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the red, green and blue components for any of the basic colors in
Tecplot 360.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
BLACK
<<rgb>>
See Notes
BLUE
<<rgb>>
See Notes
CUSTOM1...
<<rgb>>
Notes
R=0, G=0, B=0
R=45, G=45, B=255
The default varies.
CUSTOM56
CYAN
<<rgb>>
See Notes
R=0, G=255, B=255
GREEN
<<rgb>>
See Notes
R=0, G=210, B=0
PURPLE
<<rgb>>
See Notes
R=255, G=0, B=0
RED
<<rgb>>
See Notes
R=210, G=0, B=0
WHITE
<<rgb>>
See Notes
R=255, G=255, B=255
YELLOW
<<rgb>>
See Notes
R=255, G=255, B=45
Example: Set the CUSTOM8 color to be brown:
$!BASICCOLOR
CUSTOM8
{
R = 165
G = 42
B = 42
}
$!BASICCOLORLEGEND
Syntax:
$!BASICCOLORLEGEND
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that allows you to create and set the style of a legend for the basic colors in
Tecplot 360. The legend can be used to display any attribute of the plot represented by a basic color
(for example, materials). Each frame maintains a mapping of basic colors to names. Each basic color
actually used in selected layers of the plot appears in the legend unless it is excluded.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
ANCHORALIGNMENT
Syntax
Default
Notes
=
TOPRIGHT
<anchoralignment
>
BASICCOLORCONTROL
Name may include dynamic text variables (for example, to
incoproate auxiliary data)
{
BLACK
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
BLUE
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
CUSTOM1...
CUSTOM56
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
CYAN
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
GREEN
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
PURPLE
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
RED
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
WHITE
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
YELLOW
<<basiccolorcontrol See notes
>>
NAME = ’’, SHOW = YES
}
BOX
<<textbox>>
See notes
FIELDLAYERCONTROL
BOXTYPE = HOLLOW, MARGIN = 10, LINETHICKNESS = 0.1,
COLOR = BLACK, FILLCOLOR = WHITE
Determines which field layers’ colors are included in legend
{
USEMESH
= <boolean>
NO
USECONTOUR
= <boolean>
NO
USEVECTOR
= <boolean>
NO
USESCATTER
= <boolean>
NO
USESHADE
= <boolean>
NO
USEEDGE
= <boolean>
NO
}
HEADERTEXT
= <string>
HEADERTEXTCOLOR
= <color>
BLACK
HEADERTEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
See notes
LABELTEXTCOLOR
= <color>
BLACK
LABELTEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
See notes
May include dynamic text variables
LINELAYERCONTROL
FONTFAMILY = ’Helvetica’, ISBOLD = YES, ISITALIC = NO,
SIZEUNITS = FRAME, HEIGHT = 2.5
FONTFAMILY = ’Helvetica’, ISBOLD = NO, ISITALIC = NO,
SIZEUNITS = FRAME, HEIGHT =2.5
Determines which line layers’ colors are included in legend
{
USELINES
= <boolean>
NO
USESYMBOLS
= <boolean>
NO
USEBARS
= <boolean>
NO
USEERRORBARS
= <boolean>
NO
}
ROWSPACING
<op> <dexp>
= 1.2
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWSYMBOLOUTLINE
= <boolean>
YES
SORTBYLABELTEXT
= <boolean>
YES
SYMBOLHEIGHT
= <dexp>
2.5
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Parameter
Syntax
Default
SYMBOLLINETHICKNESS = <dexp>
0.1
SYMBOLWIDTH
= <dexp>
2.5
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X = 95, Y = 75
Notes
Example: Create a basic color legend for a fruity plot:
$!BASICCOLORLEGEND
SHOW = YES
LINELAYERCONTROL
{
USELINES = YES
}
XYPOS
{
X = 70
Y = 80
}
HEADERTEXT = '&(ZoneName[1])'
BOX
{
BOXTYPE = FILLED
}
BASICCOLORCONTROL
{
BLACK
{
SHOW = NO
}
RED
{
NAME = 'Apple'
}
GREEN
{
NAME = 'Bean'
}
BLUE
{
NAME = 'Blueberry'
}
CYAN
{
NAME = 'Kiwi'
}
YELLOW
{
NAME = 'Banana'
}
PURPLE
{
NAME = 'Grape'
}
}
$!BASICSIZE
Syntax:
$!BASICSIZE
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets sizes of various objects like line thicknesses, line pattern length,
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font height, and so forth. Sizes can be assigned when interacting with Tecplot 360 by either
entering an exact value or by choosing from a preset list of values. The $!BASICSIZE command
allows you to change the values in the preset lists.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ARROWHEADSIZES
<<basicsizelist>>
See Notes
FRAMETEXTSIZES
<<basicsizelist>>
See Notes
Tiny=1.5, Small=2.0, Medium=3.0, Large=6.0, Huge=10.0
LINEPATLENGTHS
<<basicsizelist>>
See Notes
Tiny=0.5, Small=0.8, Medium=2.0, Large=3.0, Huge=5.0
LINETHICKNESSES
<<basicsizelist>>
See Notes
Tiny=0.02, Small=0.1, Medium=0.4, Large=0.8, Huge=1.5
POINTTEXTSIZES
<<basicsizelist>>
See Notes
Tiny=8, Small=11, Medium=14, Large=28, Huge=50
SYMBOLSIZES
<<basicsizelist>>
See Notes
Tiny=0.5, Small=1.0, Medium=2.5, Large=4.0, Huge=8.0
TICKLENGTHS
<<basicsizelist>>
See Notes
Tiny=0.5, Small=1.2, Medium=2.0, Large=3.0, Huge=5.0
Tiny=1.0, Small=3.0, Medium=5.0, Large=8.0, Huge=12.0
Example: Change the medium line pattern length to be 2.5 percent:
$!BASICSIZE
LINEPATLENGTHS
{
MEDIUM = 2.5
}
$!BLANKING
Syntax:
$!BLANKING
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes settings for IJK- or value-blanking.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
DEPTH
{
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, draws only those portions at the plot with depth values
within the FROMFRONT and FROMBACK limits.
FROMFRONT
= <double>
0
FROMFRONT and FROMBACK are expressed as percentages
of the overall 3D depth.
FROMBACK
= <double>
0
FROMFRONT and FROMBACK are expressed as percentages
of the overall 3D depth.
NO
}
IJK
{
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
IJKBLANKMODE
<op> <boolean>
IMINFRACT
=
<ijkblankmode>
0
JMINFRACT
<op> <dexp>
=0
KMINFRACT
<op> <dexp>
=0
IMAXFRACT
<op> <dexp>
= 50
JMAXFRACT
<op> <dexp>
= 50
KMAXFRACT
<op> <dexp>
= 50
ZONE
= <integer>
0
Only one zone can be assigned to use IJK-blanking.
BLANKENTIRECELL
= <boolean>
YES
Set to NO to get precision-blanking.
CONSTRAINT nnn
nnn = <integer>
1
Use <integer> to specify which constraint to modify.
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
CONSTRAIN
TOP2MODE
=
<constrainintop2
mode>
USECONSTAN
T
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
NO
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
LINETHICKNESS
= <double>
0.4
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
RELOP
=
<valueblankrelo
p>
LESSTHANORE
QUAL
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
VALUECUTOFF
= <double>
0
VARA
= <integer>
None
VARB
= <integer>
None
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
NO
VALUEBLANKCELLMO
DE
=
<valueblankcell
mode>
ANY
CORNER
Minimum and maximum fractions are in terms of percentages
(0-100). Zero represents an index of one and 100 the maximum
index.
}
VALUE
{
{
}
}
Examples:
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Set to NO to turn off all value-blanking.
Example 1:
Set IJK-blanking to cut away the minimum index corner:
$!BLANKING
IJK
{
INCLUDE
IMINFRACT
JMINFRACT
KMINFRACT
IMAXFRACT
JMAXFRACT
KMAXFRACT
}
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
YES
0
0
0
50
50
50
Example 2:
Use value blanking to cut away all cells that have at least one node where variable 3 is less than or equal to
7.5:
$!BLANKING
VALUE
{
INCLUDE = YES
CONSTRAINT 1
{
INCLUDE = YES
VARA = 3
RELOP = LESSTHANOREQUAL
VALUECUTOFF = 7.5
}
}
$!BRANCHCONNECTIVITY
Syntax:
$!BRANCHCONNECTIVITY
ZONE = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:For zones where connectivity is shared, this command allows for branching of connectivity
information from the specified zone.
Required Parameters
Parameter
ZONE
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
Example:
Suppose Zones 2, 3 and 4 share connectivity. This command branches the connectivity of the second zone.
Zones 3 and 4 will still share connectivity.
$!BRANCHCONNECTIVITY
ZONE = 2
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$!BRANCHFIELDDATAVAR
Syntax:
$!BRANCHFIELDDATAVAR
ZONE = <integer>
VAR = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Allows for branching of specified variable in the specified zone for zones that share variables.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
VAR
= <integer>
ZONE
= <integer>
Default
Syntax
Example:
Assume Zones 1, 2 and 4 share variables 3 and 5. This command branches the third variable from the
second zone. Variable 3 will still be shared by zones 1 and 4, while variable 5 will still be shared by all
three zones.:
$!BRANCHFIELDDATAVAR
ZONE = 2
VAR
= 3
$!BREAK
Syntax:
$!BREAK
[no parameters]
Description:Jump out of the current $!LOOP-ENDLOOP or $!WHILE-$!ENDWHILE.
Example:
$!LOOP 5
$!BREAK
$!ENDLOOP
C
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] [Required-Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the COLORMAPCONTROL compound function family are described
separately in the following sections. Group number is an optional parameter ranging from 1 to 8,
which defaults to 1 when omitted.
The COLORMAPCONTROL compound functions are:
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] REDISTRIBUTECONTROLPOINTS
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] COPYSTANDARD
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] RESETTOFACTORY
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$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] REDISTRIBUTECONTROLPOINTS
Syntax:
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] REDISTRIBUTECONTROLPOINTS
[no parameters]
Description:Redistribute the control points for the currently active color map so they are evenly spaced
across the color map. This is equivalent to clicking Redistribute Control Points in the Color Map
dialog. This does not change the RGB values assigned at each control point. Group number is an
optional parameter ranging from 1 to 8, which defaults to 1 when omitted.
Example:
$!COLORMAPCONTROL REDISTRIBUTECONTROLPOINTS
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] COPYSTANDARD
Syntax:
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] COPYSTANDARD
CONTOURCOLORMAP = <standardcolormap>
Description:Preset either the user-defined color map or the raw user-defined color map to be a copy of one of
the standard color maps. Tecplot 360 must currently be using either the user-defined color map or
the raw user-defined color map in order to use this function. Group number is an optional
parameter ranging from 1 to 8, which defaults to 1 when omitted.
Required Parameter
Parameter
CONTOURCOLORMAP
Syntax
=
Default
LGRAINBOW
Notes
The color map to copy.
<standardcolormap>
Example:
The following example sets the current color map to be a copy of the small rainbow color map:
$!COLORMAPCONTROL COPYSTANDARD
CONTOURCOLORMAP = SMRAINBOW
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] RESETTOFACTORY
Syntax:
$!COLORMAPCONTROL [<groupnumber>] RESETTOFACTORY
[no parameters]
Description:Redistribute the control points and reset the RGB values for the currently active color map. This
is equivalent to clicking Reset on the Color Map dialog. Group number is an optional parameter
ranging from 1 to 8, which defaults to 1 when omitted.
Example:
$!COLORMAPCONTROL RESETTOFACTORY
$!COMPATIBILITY
Syntax:
$!COMPATIBILITY
[optional parameters]
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Description:Allow datasharing access and setting, without warning.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ALLOWDATASHARING
= <boolean>
YES
If NO, Tecplot 360 will not allow data sharing. This may be
necessary to use older add-ons that cannot handle shared data.
ALLOWOLDTEXT
= <boolean>
NO
If NO, allows Tecplot 360 to display text subscripts and
superscripts created with older Tecplot 360 versions without
automatically converting the text to the new formatting.
FORMATTING
Example: The following commands turn on datasharing:
$!COMPATIBILITY ALLOWDATASHARING=YES
$!CONTINUE
Syntax: $!CONTINUE
Description:Transfer control back to nearest $!LOOP or $!WHILE.
Example:
$!LOOP 10
$!CONTINUE
$!ENDLOOP
$!CONTOURLABELS [Required-Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the CONTOURLABELS compound function family are described
separately in the following sections.
The CONTOURLABELS compound functions are:
$!CONTOURLABELS ADD
$!CONTOURLABELS DELETEALL
$!CONTOURLABELS ADD
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLABELS ADD
[optional parameters]
Description:Add contour labels to your plot.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CONTOURGROUP
= <integer>
1
Defines which contour group is changed.
ISALIGNED
= <boolean>
YES
If YES then align the contour label along the contour line; if
NO, draw the label horizontally.
X-position for contour label.
XYZPOS
{
X
= <dexp>
0.0
Y
= <dexp>
0.0
Y-position for contour label.
Z
= <dexp>
0.0
Z-position for contour label (use Z only for 3D plots).
}
Example:
The following commands add labels at (0.5, 0.25) and (0.73, 0.17) in a 2-D field plot.
## The labels will be aligned:
$!CONTOURLABELS ADD
CONTOURGROUP = 2
XYZPOS
{
X = 0.5
Y = 0.25
}
$!CONTOURLABELS ADD
XYZPOS
{
X = 0.73
Y = 0.17
}
$!CONTOURLABELS DELETEALL
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLABELS DELETEALL
[optional parameters]
Description:Delete all currently defined contour labels.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
CONTOURGROUP
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Defines which contour group is changed.
Example:
$!CONTOURLABELS DELETEALL
CONTOURGROUP = 3
$!CONTOURLEVELS [Required-Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the CONTOURLEVELS compound function family are described
separately in the following sections.
The CONTOURLEVELS compound functions are:
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$!CONTOURLEVELS
$!CONTOURLEVELS
$!CONTOURLEVELS
$!CONTOURLEVELS
$!CONTOURLEVELS
$!CONTOURLEVELS
ADD
NEW
DELETENEAREST
DELETERANGE
RESET
RESETTONICE
$!CONTOURLEVELS ADD
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLEVELS ADD
<contourlevelrawdata>
[optional parameters]
Description:Add a new set of contour levels to the existing set of contour levels.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
<contourlevelrawdata
>
Notes
Supply a list of contour levels to add.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
CONTOURGROUP
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Defines which contour group is changed.
Example: Add contour levels 1.7, 3.4 and 2.9 to the plot:
$!CONTOURLEVELS ADD
RAWDATA
3
1.7
3.4
2.9
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETENEAREST
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETENEAREST
RANGEMIN = <dexp>
[optional parameters]
Description:Delete the contour level whose value is nearest the value supplied in the RANGEMIN parameter.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
RANGEMIN
Syntax
Default
= <dexp>
Notes
Delete the contour level whose value is nearest to this value.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
CONTOURGROUP
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Defines which contour group is changed.
Example: Delete the contour level whose value is nearest to 3.4:
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETENEAREST
RANGEMIN = 3.4
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETERANGE
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETERANGE
RANGEMIN = <dexp>
RANGEMAX = <dexp>
[optional parameters]
Description:Delete all contour levels between a minimum and maximum contour value (inclusive).
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
RANGEMIN
= <dexp>
Minimum contour level to delete.
RANGEMAX
= <dexp>
Maximum contour level to delete.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
CONTOURGROUP
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Defines which contour group is changed.
Example: Delete all contour levels between 0.1 and 0.7:
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETERANGE
RANGEMIN = 0.1
RANGEMAX = 0.7
$!CONTOURLEVELS NEW
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLEVELS NEW
<contourlevelrawdata>
[optional parameters]
Description:Replace the current set of contour levels with a new set.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
<contourlevelrawdata
>
Notes
Supply a list of contour levels to add.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
CONTOURGROUP
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Defines which contour group is changed.
Example: Replace the current set of contour levels with the levels 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0:
$!CONTOURLEVELS NEW
RAWDATA
3
0.5
0.75
1.0
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESET
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESET
NUMVALUES = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Reset the contour levels to a set of evenly distributed values spanning the entire range of the
currently selected contouring variable.
Required Parameter
Parameter
NUMVALUES
Syntax
Default
= <integer>
Notes
New number of contour levels.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
CONTOURGROUP
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Defines which contour group is changed.
Example: Reset the contour levels to use 150 levels:
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESET
NUMVALUES = 150
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESETTONICE
Syntax:
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESETTONICE
APPROXNUMVALUES = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Reset the contour levels to a set of evenly distributed, nice values spanning the entire range of
the currently selected contouring variable, with a specified number of entries.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
APPROXNUMVALUES
Syntax
Default
= <integer>
Notes
Approximate number of contour levels desired. Actual value
may be different.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
CONTOURGROUP
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Defines which contour group is changed.
Example: Reset the contour levels to use 150 levels:
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESETTONICE
APPROXNUMVALUES = 10
$!CREATECIRCULARZONE
Syntax:
$!CREATECIRCULARZONE
IMAX = <integer>
JMAX = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Create a circular (or cylindrical) IJ- or IJK-ordered zone.
$!CREATEBOUNDARYZONES
Syntax:
$!CREATEBOUNDARYZONES <boolean>
[optional parameters]
Description:When YES, boundary zones are created. Use this command when working with StarCCM data to
preserve backward compatibility. (StarCCM Loader ONLY)
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
IMax
= <integer>
Radial direction.
JMax
= <integer>
Circumferential direction, must be greater than 3.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
DATATYPE
= <datatype>
SINGLE
KMax
= <integer>
1
RADIUS
= <dexp>
1
X
= <dexp>
0
X-coordinate for center.
XVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
Y
= <dexp>
0
Y-coordinate for center.
YVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
Z1
= <dexp>
0
Z-minimum if a cylinder is created.
Z2
= <dexp>
1
Z-maximum if a cylinder is created.
ZVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
Bottom to top direction
Examples:
Example 1:
Create a circular 10 by 20 IJ-ordered zone centered at (5, 5) with a radius of 2:
$!CREATECIRCULARZONE
IMax
= 10
JMax
= 20
X
= 5
Y
= 5
RADIUS
= 2
Example 2:
Create a cylindrical 5 by 6 by 8 IJK-ordered zone with the bottom centered at (4, 4, 0) and the top centered
at (4, 4, 7) and a radius of 3:
$!CREATECIRCULARZONE
IMax
= 5
JMax
= 6
KMax
= 8
X
= 4
Y
= 4
Z1
= 0
Z2
= 7
RADIUS
= 3
$!CREATECONTOURLINEZONES
Syntax:
$!CREATECONTOURLINEZONES [group]
[optional parameters]
Description:Create zones from the currently-defined contour lines. One zone can be created from each
contour level in that plot, or one zone for every polyline can be generated.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
CONTLINECREATEMODE
= [ONEZONEPERCONTOURLEVEL or
ONEZONEPERINDEPENDENTPOLYLINE
Notes
YES
If set to YES, time strands are
automatically created for
transient data in the new
zone.
Select whether one zone per
contour lever will be created
or whether there will be a
zone for each polyline.
Example: Create a new zone for each contour line on an existing contour plot.
$!CREATECONTOURLINEZONES
CONTLINECREATEMODE = ONEZONEPERCONTOURLEVEL
$!CREATEFEBOUNDARY
Syntax:
$!CREATEFEBOUNDARY
SOURCEZONE = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Zone edges for finite element data cannot be turned on or off using the edge plot layer in Tecplot
360. You can, however, create a separate zone which is the boundary of a finite element zone. This
new zone can then be turned on or off.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
SOURCEZONE
Default
= <integer>
Notes
Zone to extract the boundary from.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
YES
Default
If set to YES, time strands are automatically created for transient
data in the new zone.
Notes
REMOVEBLANKEDSURFACES
= <boolean>
NO
Set to YES if you want the resulting zone to include only the
boundary adjacent to non-blanked cells.
Example: Create an FE-boundary zone from zone 3:
$!CREATEFEBOUNDARY
SOURCEZONE = 3
$!CREATEFESURFACEFROMIORDERED
Syntax:
$!CREATEFESURFACEFROMIORDERED
SOURCEZONES = <set>
[optional parameters]
Description:A FE-Surface zone can be generated from two or more I-Ordered zones. To get the best possible
output, it is recommended that the source zones should have their nodes arranged in a similar
manner so that the connecting lines between points are as straightforward as possible. For this
reason, indices from source zones should increase in the same direction.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
SOURCEZONES
Default
= <set>
Notes
Zones whose points will be used to create the new surface.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
YES
If set to YES, time strands are automatically created for transient
data in the new zone.
CONNECTSTARTTOEND
= <boolean>
NO
YES allows for closed surfaces.
Example: Create an FE-Surface zone from zones 3 and 4:
$!CREATEFESURFACEFROMIORDERED
SOURCEZONES = [3-4]
$!CREATEISOZONES
Syntax:
$!CREATEISOZONES
[optional parameters]
Description:Create zones from the currently defined iso-surfaces. One zone will be created from each defined
iso-surface. The iso-surfaces must be active and you must have at least one active volume zone.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
Default
YES
Notes
If set to YES, time strands are automatically created for transient
data in the new zone.
Example:
$!CREATEISOZONES
$!CREATELINEMAP
Syntax:
$!CREATELINEMAP
[no parameters]
Description:Create a new Line-mapping.
Example:
$!CREATELINEMAP
$!CREATEMIRRORZONES
Syntax:
$!CREATEMIRRORZONES
SOURCEZONES = <set>
[optional parameters]
Description:Create new zones that are mirror images of the source zones
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Required Parameter
Parameter
SOURCEZONES
Syntax
Default
= <set>
Notes
Zone(s) to create mirror zone(s) from.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
MIRRORVAR
= <mirrorvar>
MIRRORVARS
= <set>
Default
‘X’
Notes
This variable in the new zone is multiplied by -1 after the zone
is copied. (Mutually exclusive with MIRRORVARS.)
Set of variables in the new zone to be multiplied by -1 after the
zone is copied. (Mutually exclusive with MIRRORVAR.)
Example:
Create a mirror of zones 2-4 across the Y-axis (that is, mirror the X-variable) in 2D frame mode:
$!CREATEMIRRORZONES
SOURCEZONES = [2-4]
MIRRORVAR
= ’X’
$!CREATENEWFRAME
Syntax:
$!CREATENEWFRAME
[optional parameters]
Description:Creates a new frame.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
HEIGHT
= <dexp>
8
Units are in inches.
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X = 1.02 Y = 0.25
Units are in inches; relative to the top left edge of the paper
WIDTH
= <dexp>
9
Units are in inches.
The default position and size of the initial frame created when Tecplot 360 starts up can be changed in the
Tecplot 360 configuration file.
Example:
The following example creates a 5- by 5-inch frame with the upper left hand corner of the frame
positioned 2 inches from the left edge of the paper and 1 inch from the top:
$!CREATENEWFRAME
XYPOS
{
X = 2
Y = 1
}
WIDTH = 5
HEIGHT = 5
$!CREATERECTANGULARZONE
Syntax:
$!CREATERECTANGULARZONE
[optional parameters]
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Description:Create a rectangular zone. If no data set exists when this command is executed, a data set is
created with variables X, Y (and Z, if KMax > 1). If a data set exists prior to this command, the noncoordinate variables for the zone created are initialized to zero.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
IMax
= <integer>
1
JMax
= <integer>
1
J-dimension.
KMax
= <integer>
1
K-dimension.
X1
= <dexp>
0
X-minimum.
Y1
= <dexp>
0
Y-minimum.
Z1
= <dexp>
0
Z-minimum.
X2
= <dexp>
1
X-maximum.
Y2
= <dexp>
1
Y-maximum.
Z2
= <dexp>
1
Z-maximum.
XVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
YVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
ZVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
DATATYPE
= <datatype>
SINGLE
I-dimension.
Example:
Create a rectangular IJ-ordered zone dimensioned 20 by 30 where X ranges from 0 to 3 and Y from 3 to 9:
$!CREATERECTANGULARZONE
IMax
= 20
JMax
= 30
X1
= 0
Y1
= 3
X2
= 3
Y2
= 9
$!CREATESIMPLEZONE
Syntax:
$!CREATESIMPLEZONE <xyrawdata>
[optional parameters]
Description:Create a new zone by specifying only a list of XY-pairs of data. If other zones exist prior to using
this function and there are more than 2 variables, then the additional variables are also created and
set to zero.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
<xyrawdata>
Notes
See Chapter 13: “Raw Data” for details.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
DATATYPE
= <datatype>
Default
Notes
SINGLE
Example: Create a simple XY-zone that has the XY-pairs (1, 0), (2, 1), (3, 7) and (5 9):
$!CREATESIMPLEZONE
RAWDATA
4
1 0
2 1
3 7
5 9
$!CREATESLICEZONEFROMPLANE
Syntax:
$!CREATESLICEZONEFROMPLANE
[optional parameters]
Description:Create a new zone as a slice through existing 3D volume zones. Use $!GLOBALTHREED to
define the slicing plane orientation.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
YES
FORCEEXTRACTIONTO
= <boolean>
YES
= <slicesource>
VOLUMEZONES
Notes
If set to YES, time strands are automatically created for
transient data in the new zone.
SINGLEZONE
SLICESOURCE
Example: Create a slice zone at X=0:
$!GLOBALTHREED
SLICE
{
ORIGIN {X=0}
NORMAL
{
X=1
Y=0
Z=0
}
}
$!CREATESLICEZONEFROMPLANE
SLICESOURCE=VOLUMEZONES
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$!CREATESLICEZONES
Syntax:
$!CREATESLICEZONES
[optional parameter]
Description:Create a new zone for each slice defined on the Slice Details dialog. Only creates slices from
volume zones.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
Default
YES
Notes
If set to YES, time strands are automatically created for transient
data in the new zone.
Example:
$!GLOBALCONTOUR VAR = 4
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES ENDPOSITION {X = 1}
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES STARTPOSITION {X = 6}
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES NUMITERMEDIATESLICES = 6
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES SHOWBEGINENDSLICE = YES
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES SHOWINTERMEDIATESLICES = YES
$!REDRAW
$!CREATESLICEZONES
$!CREATESPHERICALZONE
Syntax:
$!CREATECIRCULARZONE
IMAX = <integer>
JMAX = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Create a spherical IJK-ordered zone.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
IMax
= <integer>
Psi direction.
JMax
= <integer>
Theta direction.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
DATATYPE
= <datatype>
SINGLE
RADIUS
= <dexp>
1
X
= <dexp>
0
X-coordinate for center.
XVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
Y
= <dexp>
0
Y-coordinate for center.
YVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
Z
= <dexp>
0
Z-coordinate for center.
ZVAR
= <integer>
Auto
Only needed when processing journal instructions.
Examples:
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Example 1:
Create a spherical 10 by 20 IJ-ordered zone centered at (5, 5) with a radius of 2:
$!CREATESPHERICALZONE
IMax
= 10
JMax
= 20
X
= 5
Y
= 5
RADIUS
= 2
$!CREATESTREAMZONES
Syntax:
$!CREATESTREAMZONES
[optional parameters]
Description:Create one or more zones out of the currently defined streamtraces. The new zones have the
same number of variables per data point as the other zones in the data set with all non-coordinate
variables interpolated at the positions along the streamtrace.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
YES
Default
If set to YES, time strands are automatically created for transient
data in the new zone.
Notes
CONCATENATE
= <boolean>
NO
Set to YES to create a single zone out of all common streamtraces.
The cell that connects the end of one streamtrace with the beginning
of the next can later be turned off using value-blanking.
Example: Create a single zone out of all common streamzones:
$!CREATESTREAMZONES
CONCATENATE = YES
D
$!DATASETUP
Syntax:
$!DATASETUP
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets miscellaneous parameters related to data.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
COMMANDLINE
{
AutoStrandDataFiles
= <boolean>
}
YES
This option allows you to autostrand data files in Tecplot 360. This
can be set to NO or commented-out
of the configuration file (tecplot.cfg)
to retain the Tecplot 10 compatibility
SCRATCHDATAFIELDTYPE
= <datatype>
Set the data type for scratch arrays
used for geometries line segments
and other lines. The default is
SINGLE for Windows and DOUBLE
for UNIX®. This parameter can only
be used in the Tecplot 360
configuration file.
PREPLOTARGS
= <string>
Arguments used to run the included
Preplot executable. Preplot is used to
convert ASCII datafiles when they
are read directly into Tecplot 360. See
Section B - 4 “Preplot” in the User’s
Manual for more information on
Preplot and its options.
Example:
Change the arguments used to Preplot ASCII files so only zones 1, 2, and 3 are processed:
$!DATASETUP
PREPLOTARGS = "-zonelist 1:3"
$!DEFAULTGEOM
Syntax:
$!DEFAULTGEOM
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the attributes for the default geometry. When a geometry is
created interactively, its color, line thickness, and so forth, are preset based on the default
geometry. This command is usually used only in the Tecplot 360 configuration file.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
ANCHORPOS
<<xyz>>
ARROWHEADANGLE
ARROWHEADATTACHMENT
<op> <dexp>
<arrowheadattachment>
ARROWHEADSIZE
<op> <dexp>
ARROWHEADSTYLE
<arrowheadstyle>
ATTACHTOZONE
= <boolean>
COLOR
= <color>
DATATYPE
= <fielddatatype>
Default
DRAWORDER
= <draworder>
AFTERDATA
DRAWORDER
= <draworder>
AFTERDATA
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
MACROFUNCTIONCOMMAND
= <string>
MAINTAINASPECTRATIO
= <boolean>
NUMELLIPSEPTS
<op> <integer>
PATTERNLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
PIXELASPECTRATIO
= <double>
POSITIONCOORDSYS
= <coordsys>
SCOPE
= <scope>
ZONE
= <integer>
Notes
Set the macro command to execute
when you hover over the geometry
and press Ctrl-right-click.
YES
0
A value of 0 allows Tecplot 360 to
select the aspect ratio.Use only if
your circles or squares due to the
aspect ratio of your monitor.
Example: Make the default geometry line thickness 0.2 percent:
$!DEFAULTGEOM
LINETHICKNESS = 0.2
$!DEFAULTTEXT
Syntax:
$!DEFAULTTEXT
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the attributes for the default text. When text is added to a plot
interactively, its font, color, size, and so forth, are based on the default text. This command is
usually used only in the Tecplot 360 configuration file.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
ANCHOR
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <textanchor>
ANCHORPOS
<<xy>>
ANGLE
<op><dexp>
ATTACHTOZONE
= <boolean>
BOX
<<textbox>>
CLIPPING
= <clipping>
COLOR
= <color>
LINESPACING
<op><dexp>
MACROFUNCTION
= <string>
COMMAND
POSITIONCOORDSYS
= <coordsys>
SCOPE
= <scope>
TEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
ZONE
<op><integer>
Set the macro command to execute when you hover over the
geometry and press Ctrl-right-click.
Example: Make the default text font Times bold with a character height of 14 points:
$!DEFAULTTEXT
TEXTSHAPE
{
FONTFAMILY = "Times"
ISBOLD = YES
ISITALIC = NO
SIZEUNITS = POINT
HEIGHT = 14
}
$!DELAY
Syntax:
$!DELAY <integer>
[no parameters]
Description:Delay Tecplot 360 execution for <integer> seconds.
Example: Pause Tecplot 360 for 3 seconds:
$!DELAY 3
$!DELETEAUXDATA
Syntax:
$!DELETEAUXDATA
AUXDATALOCATION = [zone/var/dataset/frame/linemap|page]
[optional parameters]
Description:Delete Auxiliary Data in the form of name/value pairs from zones, frames or datasets.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
AUXDATALOCATION
Syntax
Default
Notes
Default
Notes
= [zone/var/
dataset/frame/
linemap|page]
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
NAME
= <string>
NUM
= <integer>
VAR
= <integer>
ZONE
= <integer>
Only required if AUXDATALOCATION = zone
Example: Delete the selected Auxiliary Data from Zone 2.:
$!DELETEAUXDATA
AUXDATALOCATION = zone
ZONE = 2
NAME = VARIABLE DATA
$!DELETELINEMAPS
Syntax:
$!DELETEMAPS <set>
[no parameters]
Description:Delete one or more Line-mappings. If <set> is omitted then all Line-mappings are deleted.
Example: Delete Line-mappings 2, 3, 4 and 8:
$!DELETELINEMAPS [2-4,8]
$!DELETEVARS
Syntax:
$!DELETEVARS <set>
[no parameters]
Description:Delete one or more variables.
Example: Delete variables 4 and 10:
$!DELETEVARS [4,10]
$!DELETEZONES
Syntax:
$!DELETEZONES <set>
[no parameters]
Description:Delete one or more zones.
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Example: Delete zones 3, 7, 8, 9 and 11:
$!DELETEZONES [3,7-9,11]
$!DOUBLEBUFFER [Required-Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the DOUBLEBUFFER compound function family are described
separately in the following sections.
The DOUBLEBUFFER compound functions are:
$!DOUBLEBUFFER OFF
$!DOUBLEBUFFER ON
$!DOUBLEBUFFER SWAP
$!DOUBLEBUFFER OFF
Syntax:
$!DOUBLEBUFFER OFF
[no parameters]
Description:Turn off double buffering; use this command once at the end of a sequence of using the double
buffer.
Example: See $!DOUBLEBUFFER SWAP
$!DOUBLEBUFFER ON
Syntax:
$!DOUBLEBUFFER ON
[no parameters]
Description:Turn on double buffering; use this command once at the beginning of a sequence of using the
double buffer. While double buffering is turned on all drawing is sent to the back buffer.
Example: See $!DOUBLEBUFFER
SWAP
$!DOUBLEBUFFER SWAP
Syntax:
$!DOUBLEBUFFER SWAP
[no parameters]
Description:Swap the back buffer to the front. In other words, copy the image in the back buffer to the front.
Example:
The following example uses the double buffer to show the rotation of a 3-D object:
$!DOUBLEBUFFER
$!LOOP 10
$!ROTATE3DVIEW
ANGLE = 5
$!REDRAW
$!DOUBLEBUFFER
$!ENDLOOP
$!DOUBLEBUFFER
100
ON
X
SWAP
OFF
$!DRAWGRAPHICS
Syntax:
$!DRAWGRAPHICS <boolean>
[no parameters]
Description:Turn on or off all graphics drawing. Turning off all graphics during preliminary portions of a
macro file can greatly increase the efficiency of the macro.
Example: Turn off all graphics drawing:
$!DRAWGRAPHICS NO
$!DROPDIALOG
Syntax:
$!DROPDIALOG <dialogname>
[no parameters]
Description:Drop a Tecplot 360 interface dialog. This command is mainly useful for the Tecplot 360 demo. To
launch a dialog use $!LAUNCHDIALOG.
Example:
$!DROPDIALOG MACROVIEWER
$!DUPLICATELINEMAP
Syntax:
$!DUPLICATELINEMAP
SOURCEMAP = <integer>
DESTINATIONMAP = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Copy attributes from an existing Line-mapping to another.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
DESTINATIONMAP
= <integer>
The destination can either be the number of an existing map or
1 greater than the current number of maps. If you choose the
latter, a new Line-mapping will be created.
SOURCEMAP
= <integer>
Line-mapping from which to copy.
Example: Copy attributes of Line-mapping 3 to Line-mapping 7:
$!DUPLICATELINEMAP
SOURCEMAP
= 3
DESTINATIONMAP = 7
$!DUPLICATEZONE
Syntax:
$!DUPLICATEZONE
SOURCEZONE = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Make a copy of an existing zone. You can assign index ranges to create a new zone which is a
subset of the source zone.
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Required Parameter
Parameters
SOURCEZONE
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
Zone to duplicate (the source zone).
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
IRANGE
See notes Range Parameters for $!ALTERDATA action
command.
{
MIN
= <integer>
1
MAX
= <integer>
0
SKIP
= <integer>
1
}
JRANGE
See notes Range Parameters for $!ALTERDATA action
command.
{
MIN
= <integer>
1
MAX
= <integer>
0
SKIP
= <integer>
1
}
KRANGE
See notes Range Parameters for $!ALTERDATA action
command.
{
MIN
= <integer>
1
MAX
= <integer>
0
SKIP
= <integer>
1
}
Examples:
Example 1:
Make a complete copy of zone 2:
$!DUPLICATEZONE
SOURCEZONE = 2
Example 2:
Duplicate zone 3 creating a zone which uses only the I-index range from 2 to 7 from the source zone:
$!DUPLICATEZONE
SOURCEZONE = 3
IRANGE
{
MIN = 2
MAX = 7
}
E
$!ELSE
Syntax:
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$!ELSE
[no parameters]
Description:Conditionally handle macro commands. Used when an $!IF statement is FALSE.
Example:
$!VARSET |C| = 2
$!IF |C| == 5
$!CREATENEWFRAME
XYPOS
{
X = 2.5
Y = 1.5
}
WIDTH = 4
HEIGHT = 4
$!ELSE
$!CREATENEWFRAME
XYPOS
{
X = 3
Y = 2
}
WIDTH = 3
HEIGHT = 3
$!ENDIF
$!ELSEIF
Syntax: $!ELSEIF <conditionalexp>
Description:Conditionally handle macro commands. Used to create multiple options for statements should
an $!IF statement be FALSE.
Example:
$!VARSET |A| = 2
$!IF |A| < 5
$!CREATENEWFRAME
XYPOS
{
X = 1
Y = 1
}
WIDTH = 3
HEIGHT = 3
$!ELSEIF |A| > 5
$!CREATENEWFRAME
XYPOS
{
X = 2
Y = 1
}
WIDTH = 5
HEIGHT = 5
$!ELSE
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$!CREATENEWFRAME
XYPOS
{
X = 3
Y = 3
}
WIDTH = 9
HEIGHT = 9
$!ENDIF
$!EXPORT
Syntax:
$!EXPORT
[no parameters]
Description:Export an image file from Tecplot 360. See the $!EXPORTSETUP command for details on setting
up the exported image type. The $!EXPORT command is not valid for animation formats.
Example:
$!EXPORTSETUP EXPORTFORMAT = PNG
$!EXPORT
$!EXPORTCANCEL
Syntax:
$!EXPORTCANCEL
[no parameters]
Description:Cancel out of the current export animation sequence. The animation file being generated is
removed.
Example:
$!EXPORTCANCEL
$!EXPORTFINISH
Syntax:
$!EXPORTFINISH
[no parameters]
Description:Signals the completion of an animation sequence and causes the animation file to be created. You
must call $!EXPORTSTART prior to using $!EXPORTFINISH. This command is only valid for animation
formats. You may use the |EXPORTISRECORDING| intrinsic variable to make sure that an animation
sequence has been initiated.
Example:
$!EXPORTSETUP
EXPORTFNAME="rotate.avi"
EXPORTFORMAT=AVI
$!EXPORTSTART
$!LOOP 5
$!ROTATE3DVIEW X
ANGLE=5
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$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME
$!ENDLOOP
$!IF "|EXPORTISRECORDING|" =="YES"
$!EXPORTFINISH
$!ENDIF
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME
Syntax:
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME
[no parameters]
Description:Records the next frame of an animation. You must call $!EXPORTSTART prior to calling
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME. This command is only valid for animation formats. You may use the
|EXPORTISRECORDING| intrinsic variable to make sure that an animation sequence has been
initiated.)
Example:
$!EXPORTSETUP
EXPORTFNAME="rotate.avi"
EXPORTFORMAT=AVI
$!EXPORTSTART
$!LOOP 5
$!ROTATE3DVIEW X
ANGLE=5
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME
$!ENDLOOP
$!EXPORTFINISH
$!EXPORTSETUP
Syntax:
$!EXPORTSETUP
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the attributes for exporting image files from Tecplot 360.
Exporting is usually intended as a means to transfer images from Tecplot 360 to be imported by
other applications. See $!PRINTSETUP and $!PRINT for generating output intended for printers
and plotters.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ANIMATIONSPEED
= <double>
10
Sets the animation speed in frames per second.
AVICOMPRESSION
= <string>
COLOR
PRESERVING
Available values are LINEPRESERVING, COLORPRESERVING
(Windows only), or LOSSLESSUNCOMPRESSED
NO
Used for TIFF, BMP, and PNG formats.
CONVERTTO256COLORS
= <boolean>
EXPORTFNAME
= <string>
EXPORTFORMAT
= <exportformat>
WINDOWS
METAFILE
EXPORTREGION
=
<bitdumpregion>
CURRENTFRAM
E
FLASHCOMPRESSION
TYPE
SMALLESTSIZE
=
<compressiontype
>
FLASHIMAGETYPE
= <imagetype>
LOSSLESS
IMAGEWIDTH
<op> <integer>
= 512
JPEGENCODING
= STANDARD or
PROGRESSIVE
STANDARD
PRINTRENDERTYPE
VECTOR
=
<printrendertype>
QUALITY
= <integer>
SUNRASTERFORMAT
STANDARD
=
<sunrasterformat>
Only applies if EXPORTFORMAT is
SUPERSAMPLEFACTOR
= <integer>
3
This is the factor used in antialiasing while reducing the size of
an exported image. A larger size can improve the quality of the
image, but slows performance.
TIFFBYTEORDER
= <tiffbyteorder>
INTEL
USEMULTIPLE
= <boolean>
NO
= <boolean>
NO
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Range is from 1-100
SUNRASTER®.
Applies to AVI and Raster Metafile only.
COLORTABLES
USESUPERSAMPLE
ANTIALIASING
Example: Set up Tecplot 360 to export a Raster Metafile image to the file movie.rm:
$!EXPORTSETUP
EXPORTFNAME = "movie.rm"
EXPORTFORMAT = RASTERMETAFILE
$!EXPORTSTART
Syntax:
$!EXPORTSTART
[optional parameter]
Description:Signals the start of an animation sequence and records the first frame of the animation. This
command is only valid for animation formats.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
EXPORTREGION
Syntax
= <bitdumpregion>
Example:
$!EXPORTSETUP
EXPORTFNAME="rotate.avi"
EXPORTFORMAT=AVI
EXPORTREGION = CURRENTFRAME
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Default
Notes
$!EXPORTSTART
$!LOOP 5
$!ROTATE3DVIEW X
ANGLE=5
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME
$!ENDLOOP
$!EXPORTFINISH
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = <string>
COMMAND
= <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Send a command to an add-on. The add-on registers the name of a function that will be called
when an $!EXTENDEDCOMMAND is processed. Tecplot 360 knows which registered function to call
based on the COMMANDPROCESSORID string. See the function TecUtilMacroExtCommandCallback in the
ADK Reference Manual.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
COMMANDPROCESSOR
Default
String that identifies the add-on. This must match the
published ID string for the add-on.
= <string>
The command to be sent to the add-on.
ID
COMMAND
Notes
= <string>
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
<extendedcommandr
awdata>
Default
NULL
Notes
If the RAWDATA section is supplied then each line of the
RAWDATA section is appended to the COMMAND string. A
leading new line character is appended first, and each line in
the RAWDATA section will also be terminated with a new line
(except for the last line).
Example:
Send the command GO to the add-on that has registered a command processor with an COMMANDPROCESSORID
of XPROC:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = "XPROC"
COMMAND = "GO"
$!EXTRACTFROMGEOM
Syntax:
$!EXTRACTFROMGEOM
[optional parameters]
Description:
Extract data from a 2- or 3D field plot. The locations at which to extract the data come from a
polyline geometry that must be picked prior to issuing this command.
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Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
EXTRACTLINEPOINTS
ONLY
= <boolean>
NO
If NO, must include NUMPTS.
EXTRACTTOFILE
= <boolean>
NO
If NO, a zone is created. If YES, must include FNAME.
FNAME
= <string>
INCLUDEDISTANCE
= <boolean>
File name for extracted file. Required if
EXTRACTTOFILE is YES.
NO
VAR
NUMPTS
If YES, then Tecplot 360 includes an extra variable in the result
which is the distance along the line of points extracted and
EXTRACTTOFILE must also be YES.
Required if EXTRACTLINEPOINTSONLY is NO.
= <integer>
Example:
Extract 20 points from along the currently picked geometry. Send the result to a file called extract.dat:
$!EXTRACTFROMGEOM
NUMPTS = 20
EXTRACTTOFILE = YES
FNAME = "extract.dat"
$!EXTRACTFROMPOLYLINE
Syntax:
$!EXTRACTFROMPOLYLINE
[optional parameters]
<xyrawdata>
Description:Extract data from a 2- or 3D field plot. The locations of where to extract the data from come from
a supplied polyline in the form of <xyzrawdata>.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
EXTRACTLINEPOINTS
ONLY
= <boolean>
NO
If NO, must include NUMPTS.
EXTRACTTHROUGH
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, data is extracted from XYZ-coordinates in the polyline.
If NO, data is extracted from the surface.
NO
If NO, a zone is created. If YES, you must include FNAME.
VOLUME
EXTRACTTOFILE
= <boolean>
FNAME
= <string>
INCLUDEDISTANCE
= <boolean>
VAR
NUMPTS
= <integer>
File name for extracted file. Required if EXTRACTTOFILE is
YES.
NO
If YES, Tecplot 360 includes an extra variable in the result
which is the distance along the line of points extracted and
EXTRACTOFILE must also be YES.
Required if EXTRACTLINEPOINTSONLY is NO.
Example:
Extract 10 points from specific locations in a field plot. Create a zone with the extracted data:
$!EXTRACTFROMPOLYLINE
EXTRACTLINEPOINTSONLY = YES
RAWDATA
10
0 0 0
1 2 0
2 4 0
3 2 0
3 4 0
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4
4
4
5
6
4
5
6
7
9
0
0
0
0
0
F
$!FIELDLAYERS
Syntax:
$!FIELDLAYERS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that turns field plot layers on or off, or sets the 2D draw order.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
SHOWCONTOUR
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWEDGE
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWISOSURFACES
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWMESH
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWSCATTER
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWSHADE
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWSLICES
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWVECTOR
= <boolean>
NO
TWODDRAWORDER
=
<twoddraworde
r>
BYLAYER
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
YES
Notes
Vector variables must be defined. See
$!GLOBALTWODVECTOR or $!GLOBALTHREEDVECTOR.
Example: Turn on the scatter layer:
$!FIELDLAYERS
SHOWSCATTER = YES
$!FIELDMAP
Syntax:
$!FIELDMAP [<set>]
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that assigns zone attributes for field plots. The <set> parameter
immediately following the $!FIELDMAP command is optional. If <set> is omitted then the
assignment is applied to all zones. Otherwise the assignment is applied only to the zones specified
in <set>.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CONTOUR
{
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
CONTOURTYPE
= <contourtype>
FLOOD
FLOODCOLORING
= <contourcoloring>
GROUP1
LINECONTOURGROUP
= <integer>
1
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.1
PATTERNLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
EDGETYPE
= <edgetype>
BORDERSAND
CREASES
IEDGE
= <borderlocation>
BOTH
Applies for IJ-, IK-, and IJK-ordered
zones.
JEDGE
= <borderlocation>
BOTH
Applies for IJ-, IK-, and IJK-ordered
zones.
KEDGE
= <borderlocation>
BOTH
Applies for IJ-, IK-, and IJK-ordered
zones.
LINETHICKNESS
= <dexp>
0.1
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
USEBLANKING
= <boolean>
=2
}
EDGELAYER
{
}
EFFECTS
{
LIGHTINGEFFECT
= <lightingeffect>
GOURAUD
SURFACETRANSLUCENCY
<translucency>
50
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
YES
USEVALUEBLANKING
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to include value blanking
in the specified zones
USECLIPPLANES
= <set>
[1-6]
Use clipping planes specified to clip
zones specified in set for FIELDMAP,
or all zones if none specified. Possible
values include [ ] (none), or any
combination of the numbers 1 - 6,
enclosed in brackets.
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
= 0.1
MESHTYPE
= <meshtype>
OVERLAY
PATTERNLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
=2
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
<<ijk>>
I = 1, J = 1, K = 1
SURFACETRANSLUCENCY range
is one to 99.
}
MESH
{
}
POINTS
{
IJKSKIP
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Limits the number of vectors or
scatter symbols drawn.
Parameter
POINTSTOPLOT
Syntax
Default
Notes
<pointstoplot>
SURFACENODES
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
WHITE
FILLMODE
= <fillmode>
NONE
FRAMESIZE
<op> <dexp>
2.5
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
0.1
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
SIZEBYVARIABLE
= <boolean>
NO
Scatter sizing variable must be
defined before this can be set to YES.
See the $!GLOBALSCATTER
command.
SYMBOLSHAPE
<<symbolshape>>
See Notes
ISASCII = NO, GEOMSHAPE =
SQUARE
COLOR
= <color>
WHITE
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
IRANGE
<<indexrange>>
See Notes
MIN=1, Max=0, Skip=1
JRANGE
<<indexrange>>
See Notes
MIN=1, Max=1, Skip=1
KRANGE
<<indexrange>>
See Notes
MIN=1, Max=1, Skip=1
SURFACESTOPLOT
= <surfacestoplot>
NONE
ARROWHEADSTYLE
<arrowheadstyle>
PLAIN
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
ISTANGENT
= <boolean>
NO
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
LINETHICKNESS
= <dexp>
0.1
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
VECTORTYPE
= <vectortype>
TAILATPOINT
}
SCATTER
{
Size of symbols when
SIZEBYVARIABLE is NO.
}
SHADE
{
}
SURFACES
{
}
VECTOR
{
}
VOLUMEMODE
{
VOLUMEOBJECTSTOPLOT
<<volumeobjectstoplot>>
SHOWISOSURFACES=YE
S, SHOWSLICES=YES,
SHOWSTREAMTRACES=
YES
= <integer>
1
VOLUMEMODE applies to volume
zones, with the exception that
POINTSTOPLOT also applies to
finite-element surface zones.
}
GROUP
Assign a group number to the
supplied set of zones.
Examples:
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Example 1:
Change the contour plot type to flood for zones 1-12:
$!FIELDMAP [1-12]
CONTOUR
{
CONTOURTYPE = FLOOD
}
Example 2:
Change the mesh color to red for all zones (default mesh color is black):
$!FIELDMAP
MESH
{
COLOR = RED
}
$!FILECONFIG
Syntax:
$!FILECONFIG
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets file path information in Tecplot 360.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
ADDZONESTOEXISTING
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, Tecplot 360 will add the zones
from the appended data to any
existing strands in the dataset. If NO,
Tecplot 360 will append the strands
from the new data to any existing
strands in the dataset.
ASSIGNSTRANDID
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, Tecplot 360 will assign strand
ID's to zones (if time is supplied for
the zones but not strand ID's). If NO,
Tecplot 360 will not associate these
zones with any strands.
DATAFILEVARLOADMODE
= <varloadmode>
BYNAME
Set the default loading mode for
variables. BYNAME loads variables
based on their name. If set to
BYNAME, then VARNAMELIST
must be supplied as well.
BYPOSITION loads variables based
on their position in the file. To get
Tecplot Version 7.0 behavior, use
BYPOSITION.
DOAUTOFNAMEEXTENSION
= <boolean>
DOAUTOFNAMEEXTENSIONW
ARNING
= <boolean>
If YES a warning is displayed when
attempting to save with an extension
other than the default extension.
COLORMAPFILE
= <string>
Default extension for color map files.
EQUATIONFILE
= <string>
Default extension for equation files.
IMPORTIMAGEFILE
= <string>
Default extension for image files.
INPUTDATAFILE
= <string>
Default extension for Tecplot 360
input data files.
INPUTLAYOUTFILE
= <string>
Default extension for loading layout
files.
MACROFILE
= <string>
Default extension for macro files.
OUTPUTASCIIDATAFILE
= <string>
Default extension for ASCII output
data files.
OUTPUTBINARYDATAFILE
= <string>
Default extension for binary output
data files.
OUTPUTLAYOUTFILE
= <string>
Default extension for saving linked
layout files.
OUTPUTLAYOUTPACKAGEF
ILE
= <string>
Default extension for saving layout
package files.
STYLEFILE
= <string>
Default extension for style files.
STRANDS
FNAMEFILTER
{
}
LAYOUTCONFIG
{
INCLUDEDATA
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, layout packages are the
default format for layouts
INCLUDEPREVIEW
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, preview images are saved
with layout packages.
USERELATIVEPATHS
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, files will be referenced using
relative paths in layout files.
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, Tecplot 360 will use it's loadon-demand features for loading and
unloading variables.
}
LOADONDEMAND
{
ALLOW
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Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
DATASTORESTATEGY
= <dataloadstrategy>
AUTO
Set the data store strategy for loadon-demand. If set to AUTO, Tecplot
360 will use store large allocations in
the temporary directory and use
memory mapped I/O to read and
write to the regions when possible
otherwise it will use the memory
heap (usually this provides better
performance for large data). If set to
HEAP Tecplot 360 will not use the
temporary directory for large
allocations (this option is usually
slower when working with large
data).
UNLOADSTRATEGY
= <unloadstrategy>
AUTO
Set the unload strategy for load-ondemand. If set to AUTO Tecplot 360
will unload unused variables when
the amount needed RAM begins to
reach the maximum amount of RAM.
If set to NEVERUNLOAD Tecplot 360
will load variables on demand but
will never attempt to unload them
even if it is running low on memory.
If set to MINIMIZEMEMORYUSE
Tecplot 360 will aggressively unload
variables as soon as they are not
needed regardless of the amount of
memory available or in use.
}
TEMPFILEPATH
Set the directory where you want
Tecplot 360 to store its temporary
files.
= <string>
File Name Filters:Valid characters are upper or lowercase A-Z, and 0-9. Each filter should be
preceded by (*), or it will not filter properly. On Windows operating systems, to allow more than one
extension, separate them with a semicolon (;). On UNIX platforms multiple extensions will not filter
correctly unless they follow the standard UNIX shell filter format.
®
®
Windows Example:This example filters all four extensions when opening a layout file.
$!FILECONFIG FNAMEFILTER {INPUTLAYOUTFILE =
"*.wsf;*.dwr;*.lay;*.lpk"}
Windows Example:This example filters both extensions when writing a layout file. The default
extension is .wsf because it is the first extension presented in the list.
$!FILECONFIG FNAMEFILTER {OUPUTLAYOUTFILE = ".wsf;*.lay"}
Motif Example:This example filters .aek, .plt, and more.
®
$!FILECONFIG FNAMEFILTER {INPUTDATAFILE = "*.[ae][el][kt]"}
Motif Example:This example filters .dat, .cam, and more. The default extension is .dat because D
and T are the first letters presented within the brackets.
$!FILECONFIG FNAMEFILTER {OUTPUTASCIIDATAFILE =
"*.[dc]a[tm]"}
Example: Set the directory where Tecplot 360 stores temporary files to be /usr/tmp:
$!FILECONFIG
DATAFILEVARLOADMODE = BYPOSITION
TEMPFILEPATH = "/usr/tmp"
LAYOUTCONFIG {USERELATIVEPATHS = YES}
FNAMEFILTER
{
INPUTDATAFILE = "*.[pd][la]t"
COLORMAPFILE = "*.clr"
}
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$!FONTADJUST
Syntax:
$!FONTADJUST
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets character spacing and sizing for fonts in Tecplot 360. These
parameters rarely change.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
BOLDFACTOR
Default
Notes
Thickness of bold characters relative to normal.
INTERCHARSPACING
<op> <double>
<op> <integer>
STROKEFONTLINE
<op> <double>
Thickness (in frame units) of lines used to draw stroke fonts.
<op> <double>
Size of subscript and superscript characters relative to the font
height.
Increase or decrease inter-character spacing. Units are in pixels
on the screen.
THICKNESS
SUBSUPFRACTION
Example: Make superscript and subscript characters 1/3 the font height:
$!FONTADJUST
SUBSUPFRACTION = 0.333
$!FOURIERTRANSFORM
Syntax:
$!FOURIERTRANSFORM
INDEPENDENTVAR = <integer>
WINDOWFUNCTION = <windowfunction>
DEPENDENTVARS = <set>
SOURCEZONES = <set>
INCLUDECONJUGATES = <boolean>
OBEYSOURCEZONEBLANKING = <boolean>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Performs a Fourier transform for each dependent variable for each source zone. A new zone
containing the resulting frequency, amplitude, and phase variables (three for each dependent
variable) is created for each source zone. If the independent variable is non-uniform, the resulting
frequency is a modification of the original data (see discussion below for the INDEPENDENTVAR
and OBEYSOURCEZONEBLANKING parameters). Resulting zones are assigned new time strands
using the same groupings as the source zones if they belong to time stands; otherwise, the resulting
zones are static.
Fourier transform result zones are named "Fourier Transform" followed by a mixture of text
indicating the source zone, independent variable, and window function used. Similarly, the three
variables created are given the names "Frequency", "Amplitude", and "Phase" followed by the
dependent variable used. Newly-created zones are assigned passive variables for all variables that
previously existed in the data set, and all previously-existing zones are assigned passive variables
for all new variables created by the Fourier transform.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Notes
INDEPENDENTVAR
= <integer>
Independent variable used for the frequency domain. If the spacing is
non-uniform, this variable is used in conjunction with each dependent
variable for interpolation to create a uniform frequency domain for the
transform.
WINDOWFUNCTION
= <windowfunction>
Window function or tapering function applied to the dependent variables
before performing the transform but after performing the non-uniform
interpolation. For details, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Window_function
DEPENDENTVARS
= <set>
Set of dependent variables on which to perform a Fourier transform. The
variables must not be the same as the independent variable. This must not
be NULL or an empty set and must be a subset of the variables in the
source zones.
SOURCEZONES
= <set>
Set of source zones containing the dependent variables on which to
perform the Fourier transform. This must not be NULL or an empty set
and must be a subset of the data set’s available zones.
INCLUDECONJUGATES
= <boolean>
For purely real numbers, the Fourier transform output satisfies the "
Hermitian" redundancy where out[i] is the conjugate of out[n-i]. If this
parameter is YES, the conjugates are included, otherwise they are not, and
approximately half of the output values, n/2+1, are computed.
OBEYSOURCEZONEBLANKING
= <boolean>
If value blanking is active and this value is YES, value blanking is applied
to the data values of both the independent and dependent variables before
the data is interpolated for non-uniformity. If data values eliminated from
the independent or dependent variables cause the data to be non-uniform
the values are interpolated appropriately. Additionally, all blanked data
values up to the first non-blanked data value and all blanked data values
after the last non-blanked data value are ignored, providing a mechanism
to constrain the domain over which the Fourier transformation is
performed.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
REPLACEMATCHINGRE
SULTZONES
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, any existing result zones for the specified
combination of source zone, independent variable, and
window function are re-used. If NO, new result zones are
created.
REPLACEMATCHINGRE
SULTVARIABLES
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, any existing result variables for the specified
dependent variables are re-used. If NO, new result
variables are created.
Example:
Perform a Fourier transform on variables 2 through 11 of zones 1 through 10 obeying source zone
blanking, applying the Hann window function and excluding conjugates from the output.
$!FOURIERTRANSFORM
INDEPENDENTVAR = 1
WINDOWFUNCTION = HANN
DEPENDENTVARS = [2-11]
SOURCEZONES = [1-10]
INCLUDECONJUGATES = NO
OBEYSOURCEZONEBLANKING = YES
$!FRAMECONTROL [Required Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the FRAMECONTROL compound function family are described
separately in the following sections. When working with the FRAMECONTROL commands, it may help
to realize that a command containing "Activate" changes the active frame; a command containing
"MoveTo" changes the frame drawing order.
The FRAMECONTROL compound functions following are:
$!FRAMECONTROL ActivateTop
$!FRAMECONTROL ActivateNext
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$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
$!FRAMECONTROL
ActivatePrevious
ActivateAtPosition
ActivateByName
ActivateByNumber
MoveToTopActive
MoveToTopByName
MoveToTopByNumber
MoveToBottomActive
MoveToBottomByName
MoveToBottomByNumber
DeleteActive
FitAllToPaper
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATETOP
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATETOP
[no parameters]
Description:Changes the active frame to the frame that is topmost in the frame drawing order.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATETOP
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATENEXT
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATENEXT
[no parameters]
Description:Changes the active frame to the next one up in the frame drawing order, or to the bottom frame
if the active frame is at the top.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATENEXT
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEPREVIOUS
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEPREVIOUS
[no parameters]
Description:Changes the active frame to the next one down in the frame drawing order, or to the top frame if
the active frame is at the bottom.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEPREVIOUS
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEATPOSITION
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEATPOSITION
X = <xpos> Y = <ypos>
Description:Activates the topmost frame at the specified position. X and Y are in paper coordinates.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
xpos
= <dexp>
Specify X-coordinate of position.
ypos
= <dexp>
Specify Y-coordinate of position.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEATPOSITION X=0 Y=0
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNAME
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNAME
Name = <name>
Description:Changes the active frame to the specified frame. If no frame name is given, this will activate the
bottom frame.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Name
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <string>
Specify name of the frame to activate.
Example: Activate a frame named Topography.
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNAME NAME="Topography"
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNUMBER
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNUMBER
Frame = <number>
Description:Changes the active frame to the specified frame.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Frame
Syntax
= <integer>
Default
1
Notes
Specify number of the frame to activate.
Example: Activate Frame 4.
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNUMBER FRAME=4
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPACTIVE
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPACTIVE
[no parameters]
Description:Moves the active frame to the top of the drawing order.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPACTIVE
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$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNAME
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNAME
NAME=<name>
Description:Moves the frame specified by name to the top of the frame drawing order.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Name
Syntax
Default
= <string>
Notes
Specify name of the frame to move to the top of the drawing
order.
Example: Moves the frame named Topography to the top of the drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNAME NAME="TOPOGRAPHY"
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNUMBER
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNUMBER
FRAME=<number>
Description:Moves the frame specified by number to the top of the frame drawing order. If no frame number
is specified, this command will move the bottom frame to the top of the frame drawing order.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Frame
Syntax
Default
= <integer>
Notes
Specify number of the frame to move to the top of the drawing
order.
Example:Moves frame 4 to the top of the drawing order.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNUMBER FRAME=4
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMACTIVE
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMACTIVE
[no parameters]
Description:Moves the active frame to the top of the frame drawing order.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMACTIVE
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNAME
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNAME
FRAME=<name>
Description:Moves the frame specified by name to the bottom of the frame drawing order.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
Name
Syntax
Default
= <string>
Notes
Specify name of the frame to move to the bottom.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNAME NAME=<name>
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNUMBER
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNUMBER
FRAME=<number>
Description:Moves the frame specified by number to the bottom of the frame drawing order.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Frame
Syntax
Default
= <integer>
Notes
Specify number of the frame to move to the bottom.
Example: Move Frame 003 to the bottom.
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNUMBER FRAME=003
$!FRAMECONTROL DELETEACTIVE
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL DELETEACTIVE
[no parameters]
Description:Delete the active frame.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL DELETEACTIVE
$!FRAMECONTROL FITALLTOPAPER
Syntax:
$!FRAMECONTROL FITALLTOPAPER
[no parameters]
Description:Resize all frames so that they fit inside the hardclip limits of the paper.
Example:
$!FRAMECONTROL FITALLTOPAPER
$!FRAMELAYOUT
Syntax:
$!FRAMELAYOUT
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the position, border, and background attributes for the active
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frame. Use the $!FRAMECONTROL action command to push and pop frames if you want to change the
settings for a frame other than the active frame.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
BACKGROUNDCOLOR
Default
Notes
= <color>
WHITE
Only applies if ISTRANSPARENT = NO.
BORDERTHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
= 0.1
Value is in Y-frame units.
FRAMESIZEPOSUNITS
= <framecoordmode>
Whether frame sizes and positions are in absolute units
(paper) or relative screen units from 0 to 1 (workspace)
HEADERCOLOR
= <color>
RED
HEADERFONTAMILY
= <string>
"Helvetica"
HEIGHT
<op> <dexp>
=8
HEADERFONTISBOLD
= <boolean>
YES
HEADERFONTIS
= <boolean>
NO
ISTRANSPARENT
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWBORDER
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWHEADER
= <boolean>
NO
WIDTH
<op> <dexp>
=9
Value is in inches.
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X=1, Y=0.25
Position of upper left corner of the frame in inches from
left and top edge of the paper.
Only applies if SHOWHEADER = YES.
Value is in inches.
ITALIC
Example:
Place the active frame in the upper left corner of the paper (offset 0.5 inches from the top and left edges),
make the frame dimensions 3 by 4 inches, and turn off the frame border:
$!FRAMELAYOUT
SHOWBORDER = NO
XYPOS
{
X = 0.5
Y = 0.5
}
WIDTH = 3
HEIGHT = 4
$!FRAMENAME
Syntax:
$!FRAMENAME = <string>
[no parameters]
Description:Set the name for the active frame (Default = "Frame001").
Example:
$!FRAMENAME = "Pressure Contours for well 33"
$!FRAMESETUP
Syntax:
$!FRAMESETUP
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets parameters used to preset dynamic frame attributes when a
frame is initialized.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
ALIGNINGCONTOUR
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, the next interactively placed contour label is aligned to
the contour line.
= <boolean>
NO
If set to YES, the values set via $!FIELDMAP [nnn]
MESHLAYER {COLOR = <color>} are used for default zone
mesh colors (similarly for Edge colors).
FITINITIALFRAMETO
WORKSPACE
= <boolean>
YES
If set to NO, the new layout is shown as in V10 with the entire
paper fit to the work area. If set to YES, the new layout is
shown with the active frame fit to the work area.
This command changes the behavior of Tecplot 360 as it first
appears during a session and as it appears after a new layout
command. It has no effect on the current plot, but it can be
used in a macro to set the value for future new plots. It is
typically found in the tecplot.cfg file.
INITIAL3DFITTO
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, initial 3D plot shows a view equivalent to using
“$!View FitSurfaces” or the View->Fit Surface menu item, and
ignores the "$!FrameSetup Initial3DScale" parameter.
If NO, initial 3D plot is equivalent to using the value of
"$!FrameSetup Initial3DScale" in the View->Translate/Magnify
dialog or using the "$!View Scale=<double>" command.
This value defaults to YES for 360 and NO for Focus.
<op> <dexp>
<op> <integer>
= 1.1
Initial scale for 3D plots.
= 10
Number of points to place along streamtrace rakes.
<op> <integer>
=1
Number of points to place when seeding streamtraces on
surfaces.
LABELS
ASSIGNSEQUENCED
ZONECOLORS
SURFACES
INITIAL3DSCALE
NUMSTREAMRAKE
POINTS
NUMSTREAMSURFACE
POINTS
RODRIBBONDEFLEN
<op> <dexp>
= 0.06
Default width (in frame units) of a streamtrace or ribbon
SHOWAPPENDEDZONES
= <boolean>
YES
If set to NO, zones added via an append data operation will be
turned off initially.
SHOWNONWALL
= <boolean>
NO
If set to YES, any new zone that has a non-wall
BOUNDARYCONDITION defined will be turned off initially.
VECTDEFLEN
<op> <dexp>
= 0.06
When a vector plot is drawn for the first time the vector
magnitude is adjusted so the longest vector is
VECTDEFLEN units long. VECDEFLEN is in frame units.
VECTMINLEN
<op> <dexp>
= 0.0005
Minimum length in centimeters. Vectors shorter than this
length are not drawn.
BOUNDARYZONES
USECOMMON
YES
SORTSTACK
DEFAULT2D
BOTH
STREAMTRACESTREAM
DIRECTION
DEFAULT3D
BOTH
STREAMTRACESTREAM
DIRECTION
Example: Make the default length for the longest vector five percent:
$!FRAMESETUP
VECTDEFLEN = 5
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$!GETAUXDATA
Syntax:
$!GETAUXDATA <macrovar>
AUXDATALOCATION = [zone/var/dataset/frame/linemap|page]
NAME = <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Retrieve Auxiliary Data in the form of name/value pairs and save it to the macro variable.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
AUXDATALOCATION
= [zone/var/
dataset/frame/
linemap|page]
NAME
= <string>
Default
Notes
Name of existing auxiliary data
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
MAP
= <integer>
Only required if AUXDATALOCATION = linemap
VAR
= <integer>
Only required if AUXDATALOCATION = var
ZONE
= <integer>
Only required if AUXDATALOCATION = zone
Example: Get the Auxiliary Data from Zone 2, and store it in the macro variable |ABC|:
$!GETAUXDATA |ABC|
AUXDATALOCATION = zone
NAME = ’ABC.Aux.Data’
ZONE = 2
$!GETCONNECTIVITYREFCOUNT
Syntax:
$!GETCONNECTIVITYREFCOUNT <macrovar>
ZONE = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Fetch the count of how many zones share connectivity with the specified zone. Count includes
specified zone.
Required Parameters
Parameter
ZONE
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
Example:
Fetch the connectivity count from Zone 2, and store it in the macro variable |ABC|. If zones 2, 5 and 6 share
connectivity, |ABC| = 3.:
$!GETCONNECTIVITYREFCOUNT |ABC|
ZONE = 2
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$!GETCURFRAMENAME
Syntax:
$!GETCURFRAMENAME <macrovar>
[no parameters]
Description:Query Tecplot 360 for the name of the active frame. The <macrovar> represents the macro
variable to receive the results.
Example: Put the name of the active frame into the macro variable
|CFRAME|.
$!GETCURFRAMENAME |CFRAME|
$!GETFIELDVALUE
Syntax:
$!GETFIELDVALUE <macrovar>
ZONE = <integer>
VAR
= <integer>
INDEX = <integer>
Description:Fetch the field value (data set value) at the specified point index and assign the value to
<macrovar>. If the zone referenced is IJ- or IJK-ordered, then the point index is calculated by
treating the 2- or 3Dimensional array as a 1-D array.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
INDEX
= <integer>
VAR
= <integer>
ZONE
= <integer>
Default
Notes
Example:
A data set contains 2 zones and 3 variables. Zone 2 is dimensioned 5 by 3. Fetch the value from variable 3
at IJ-location (2, 2), and store it in the macro variable |ABC|:
$!GETFIELDVALUE |ABC|
ZONE = 2
VAR
= 3
INDEX = 7
Note: INDEX was calculated using:
INDEX = I + (J-1)*|MAXI| + (K-1) * |MAXI| * |MAXJ|
= 5*(2-1)+2
= 7
$!GETFIELDVALUEREFCOUNT
Syntax:
$!GETFIELDVALUEREFCOUNT <macrovar>
ZONE = <integer>
VAR = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Get the count of how many zones share the indicated variable with the specified zone. Count
includes the specified zone.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
VAR
= <integer>
ZONE
= <integer>
Default
Notes
Example:
A data set contains 5 zones and 3 variables. Zones 1, 2 and 4 share variable 3, and zones 3 and 5 share
variable 3.
$!GETFIELDVALUEREFCOUNT |ABC|
ZONE = 2
VAR
= 3
This returns |ABC| = 3, while
$!GETFIELDVALUEREFCOUNT |DEF|
ZONE = 5
VAR
= 3
returns |DEF| = 2 because the variable is not shared across all five zones.
$!GETNODEINDEX
Syntax:
$!GETNODEINDEX = <macrovar>
ZONE = <integer>
ELEMENT = <integer>
CORNER = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:This function only works for finite-element zones. Query for the node index in the specified
location as described by the ZONE, ELEMENT, and CORNER parameters.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ZONE
= <integer>
Zone must be greater than or equal to one.
CORNER
= <integer>
Possible values are 1-3, 1-4, or 1-8, depending upon the element
type.
ELEMENT
= <integer>
Must be greater than or equal to one and less than or equal to
|MAXJ|.
Example: Get the index for the node at corner 3 of the last element in zone number 1.
$!GETZONETYPE |ZONETYPE|
ZONE = 1
$!IF "|ZONETYPE|" = "FE BRICK"
$!GETNODEINDEX |INDEX|
ZONE = 1
ELEMENT = |MAXJ|
CORNER = 3
... Do something with |INDEX|...
$!ENDIF
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$!GETVARLOCATION
Syntax:
$!GETVARLOCATION <macrovar>
ZONE = <integer>
VAR = <integer>
Description:Returns the location of the variable in the zone as either CELLCENTERED or NODAL and saves
in the macro variable.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
VAR
= <integer>
ZONE
= <integer>
Default
Notes
Example: Get the variable location for the third variable in zone 1.
$!GETVARLOCATION |ABC|
ZONE = 1
VAR = 3
$!GETVARNUMBYNAME
Syntax:
$!GETVARNUMBYNAME <macrovar>
NAME = <string>
Description:Given a variable name, get the number for that variable. This variable number can then be used
to assign attributes, such as what variable to use for contouring.
Required Parameter
Parameter
NAME
Syntax
= <string>
Default
Notes
Name of the variable. If a variable has aliases, the name must
correspond to one of the aliases.
Example:
Get the variable number for the variable named PRESSURE and make it the contouring variable.
$!GETVARNUMBYNAME |PVARNUM|
NAME = "PRESSURE"
$!GLOBALCONTOUR
VAR = |PVARNUM|
$!GETZONETYPE
Syntax:
$!GETZONETYPE |<macrovar>|
ZONE = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Query for the zone type of the specified zone. The zone type will be assigned to <macrovar>.
The possible return values are:
"ORDERED"
"FELINESEG"
"FETRIANGLE"
"FEQUAD"
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"FETETRA"
"FEBRICK"
"FEPOLYGON"
"FEPOLYHEDRON"
Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
ZONE
Default
Notes
= <integer>
Zone must be greater than or equal to one.
Example:
$!GETZONETYPE |ZONETYPE|
ZONE = 1
$!IF "|ZONETYPE|" == "FETRIANGLE"
$!PAUSE "The zone is FE-Triangle."
$!ENDIF
$!GLOBALCOLORMAP
Syntax:
$!GLOBALCOLORMAP [<groupnumbers>]
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes the settings for the global contour color map and the global
light source shading color map in Tecplot 360. Changes here affect all frames using these color
maps. See $!GLOBALCONTOUR COLORMAPFILTER for additional settings that can be applied on a
frame-by-frame basis.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).I
Parameter
CONTOURCOLORMAP
Syntax
Default
SMRAINBOW
GRAYSCALE
= <colormap>
<<colormapcontrolpoints>>
GROUPNUMBER
= <integer>
1
LGRAINBOW
<<colormapcontrolpoints>>
MODERN
<<colormapcontrolpoints>>
SMRAINBOW
<<colormapcontrolpoints>>
TWOCOLOR
<<colormapcontrolpoints>>
USERDEFINED
<<colormapcontrolpoints>>
USERDEFINED
NUMCONTROLPOINTS
= <integer>
Notes
Group number must be between 1 and
8.
Example:
Make the third control point for the small rainbow color map for the 4th Color Map group to be positioned
0.44 of the way across the color map. Set the leading and trailing RGB red value to 90:
$!GLOBALCOLORMAP 4
SMRAINBOW
{
CONTROLPOINT 3
{
COLORMAPFRACTION = 0.44
LEADRGB
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{R = 90}
TRAILRGB
{R = 90}
}
}
$!GLOBALCONTOUR
Syntax:$!GLOBALCONTOUR
<contourgroup>
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with contour plots or contour
levels. The optional parameter <contourgroup> refers to the defined contour groups, 1-8, allowed
in Tecplot 360, and takes an integer value of one through eight. The <contourgroup> parameter is
optional, and if omitted, Tecplot 360 will use contour group 1. If you would like the settings in
these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory.
The NUMBERFORMAT setting for LABELS also controls the number format in the legend.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in your
installation directory).
Parameter
Syntax
Default
CONTOURLINESTYLE
Notes
This is used to assign a special line
pattern scheme for contour line plots.
{
CONTOURLINEMODE
= <contourlinemode>
LINESKIP
<op> <integer>
<op> <dexp>
PATTERNLENGTH
}
COLORCUTOFF
{
INCLUDEMAX
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDEMIN
= <boolean>
YES
RANGEMAX
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
= 0.75
RANGEMIN
= 0.25
}
COLORMAPFILTER
The global color map is defined using
the $!COLORMAP command.
COLORMAPFILTER allows each frame
to make adjustments to the global color
map that will only apply to the active
frame.
{
COLORMAPCYCLES
<op> <integer>
COLORMAPDISTRIBUTION
<colormapdistribution>
COLORMAPOVERRIDE
<integer>
<<colormapoverride>>
COLORMAPOVERRIDEACTIVE = <boolean>
<<continuouscolor>>
CONTINUOUSCOLOR
REVERSECOLORMAP
= <boolean>
USEFASTAPPROXCONTINUOU = <boolean>
SFLOOD
<<zebrashade>>
ZEBRA
}
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Use <integer> to choose which override
to operate on.
NO
CMIN=0, CMAX=1
Parameter
DEFNUMLEVELS
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
15
Sets the target number of contour levels
for situations where contour levels are
automatically reset. Tecplot 360 will
attempt to create levels where the start,
end and increment values are all
clipped floating point values.
ALIGNAUTOLABELS
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, automatic labels are aligned
with the contour lines, otherwise they
are horizontal.
AUTOLABELSPACING
<op> <dexp>
<op> <integer>
= 30
AUTOLEVELSKIP
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
WHITE
GENERATEAUTOLABELS
= <boolean>
YES
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
YES
LABELWITHVALUE
= <boolean>
YES
MARGIN
<op> <dexp>
=5
NUMFORMAT
<<numberformat>>
See Notes
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
TEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
FONTFAMILY=
"Helevetica", ISBOLD=NO,
ISITALIC=NO
SIZEUNITS=FRAME,
HEIGHT=1.5
ANCHORALIGNMENT
<anchoralignment>
TOPRIGHT
AUTORESIZE
= <boolean>
NO
AUTOSIZEMAXLIMIT
= <double>
0.5
BOX
<<textbox>>
See Notes
HEADERTEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
FONTFAMILY=
"Helvetica", ISBOLD=NO,
ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME,
HEIGHT=2.5
INCLUDECUTOFFLEVELS
= <boolean>
NO
ISVERTICAL
= <boolean>
YES
LABELINCREMENT
= <double>
1
LABELLOCATION
= <contourlabellocation>
CONTOURLEVELS
NUMBERTEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
FONTFAMILY=
"Helvetica", ISBOLD=NO,
ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME,
HEIGHT=2.5
OVERLAYBARGRID
= <boolean>
YES
ROWSPACING
<op> <dexp>
= 1.2
LABELS
{
=1
Value is in Y-frame units.
If YES, automatic labels are
repositioned on each redraw.
If YES, automatic labels show the
contour value otherwise they show the
contour level number.
FORMATTING=
BESTFLOAT, CUSTOMLABEL=1,
PRECISION=4, SHOWDECIMALSON
WHOLENUMBERS=NO,
REMOVELEADINGZEROS=NO,
SHOWNEGATIVESIGN=
YES, TIMEDATEFORMAT=
’yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.00’
Not allowed to change size units
parameter.
}
LEGEND
{
BOXTYPE=HOLLOW, MARGIN=10,
LINETHICKNESS=0.1,
COLOR=BLACK,
FILLCOLOR=WHITE
Thin line around each band in the color
bar.
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Parameter
Syntax
Default
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWHEADER
= <boolean>
YES
TEXTCOLOR
= <color>
BLACK
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X = 95, Y = 80
= <integer>
3
RANGEMIN
= <double>
-1 x 10150
RANGEMAX
= <double>
-1 x 10150
INCLUDEMIN
= <boolean>
NO
INCLUDEMAX
= <boolean>
NO
INVERTCUTOFF
= <boolean>
NO
= <integer>
1
Notes
}
VAR
Variable used for contour levels.
COLORCUTOFF
{
}
COLORMAPFILTER
{
GROUP
COLORMAPDISTRIBUTION
BANDED
CONTINUOUSCOLOR
{
CMIN
= <integer>
0
CMAX
= <integer>
1
= <boolean>
NO
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
NO
ISTRANSPARENT
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
= <integer>
1
}
REVERSECOLORMAP
ZEBRA
{
}
COLORMAPCYCLES
USEFASTAPPROXCONTINUOU = <boolean>
SFLOOD
NO
COLORMAPOVERRIDEACTIVE = <boolean>
NO
COLORMAPOVERRIDE
= <boolean>
NO
}
CONTOURLINESTYLE
{
CONTOURLINEMODE
= <contourlinemode>
USEZONELINETYPE
LINESKIP
= <integer>
4
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
}
Example:
This example does the following: Turns on the contour legend; Sets the flood cutoff to go from 3 to 5;
Reverses the color map; Inserts a color map override of yellow between contour level number 7 and level
number 9.
$!GLOBALCONTOUR 1
LEGEND
{
SHOW = YES
}
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COLORCUTOFF
{
RANGEMIN = 3
RANGEMAX = 5
INCLUDEMIN
= YES
INCLUDEMAX = YES
}
COLORMAPFILTER
{
REVERSECOLORMAP = YES
COLORMAPOVERRIDEACTIVE = YES
COLORMAPOVERRIDE 1
{
INCLUDE
= YES
COLOR
= YELLOW
STARTLEVEL = 7
ENDLEVEL
= 9
}
}
$!GLOBALEDGE
Syntax: $!GLOBALEDGE
Description:A SetValue command that sets attributes which sets the minimum crease angle for edges.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in your installation
directory).
Parameter
Syntax
MINCREASEANGLE
= <double>
Default
Notes
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$!GLOBALFRAME
Syntax:
$!GLOBALFRAME
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets attributes which apply to all frames. If you would like the
settings in this command to persist, add it to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation
directory.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in your installation
directory).
Parameter
FRAMEHEADERFORMAT
Syntax
Default
= <string>
Notes
The <string> contains the text that appears in each of Tecplot
360’s frame headers. This string typically contains dynamic
text. See also Section 18 - 1.5 “Dynamic Text” in the User’s
Manual. The default string is:
"&(FRAMENAME)|&(DATE)|&(DATASETTITLE)."
FRAMEHEADERHEIGHT
<op> <dexp>
= 0.2
Value is in inches.
SNAPTOGRID
= <boolean>
NO
Even if set to YES, Tecplot 360 may not allow snapping in some
situations.
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Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
SNAPTOPAPER
= <boolean>
NO
Even if set to YES, Tecplot 360 may not allow snapping in some
situations.
USETHICKERACTIVE-
= <boolean>
YES
When set to YES (which is the default behavior), the active
frame displays in the work area with a border one pixel wider
than specified, to make the active frame more visible. Set this
to NO to keep the active frame the same size as specified (but
still black while inactive frames are gray). This will not affect
printed or exported material unless the image is exported
directly from the workspace.
FRAMEBORDERON
SREEN
Example:
Customize the frame header text, and set the frame header height to be 0.25 inches:
$!GLOBALFRAME
FRAMEHEADERFORMAT = "My frame, the current date is &(Date), &(Time)"
FRAMEHEADERHEIGHT = 0.25
$!GLOBALLINEPLOT
Syntax:
$!GLOBALLINEPLOT
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with Line-plots. If you would like
the settings in these commands to persist, add it to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation
directory.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).
Parameter
Syntax
Default
DATALABELS
Notes
These are text values that can be added to a plot to show the
indices or values for the data points.
{
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
COLORBYZONEMAP
= <boolean>
NO
DISTANCESKIP
<op> <dexp>
=5
INCLUDEBOX
= <boolean>
YES
INDEXSKIP
<op> <integer>
=1
NODELABELTYPE
= <labeltype>
INDEX
NUMFORMAT
<<numberformat
>>
SHOWNODELABELS
= <boolean>
NO
SKIPMODE
= <skipmode>
BYINDEX
TEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
See Notes
CELLLABELTYPE
= <labeltype>
INDEX
Not allowed to change size units parameter.
FONTFAMILY="Helvetica", ISBOLD=NO, ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME, HEIGHT=3
}
LEGEND
Attributes for an optional legend added to a Line-plot. Entries
in the legend are determined dynamically by Tecplot 360
depending on which mappings are turned on.
{
ANCHORALIGNMENT
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=
<anchoralignme
nt>
TOPRIGHT
Parameter
BOX
Syntax
Default
<<textbox>>
See Notes
ROWSPACING
<op> <dexp>
= 1.2
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWTEXT
= <boolean>
YES
TEXTCOLOR
BLACK
TEXTSHAPE
= <color>
<<textshape>>
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X=95, Y=80
See Notes
Notes
BOXTYPE=HOLLOW, MARGIN=10, LINETHICKNESS=0.1,
COLOR=BLACK, FILLCOLOR=WHITE
Not allowed to change size units.
FONTFAMILY="Helvetica", ISBOLD=YES, ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME, HEIGHT=3
}
Example:
Turn on the data labels and show the Line-legend. Use boldface Times font in the legend:
$!GLOBALLINEPLOT
DATALABELS
{
SHOWNODELABELS = YES
}
LEGEND
{
SHOW = YES
TEXTSHAPE
{
FONTFAMILY = "Times"
ISBOLD = YES
ISITALIC = NO
}
}
}
$!GLOBALLINKING
Syntax:$!GLOBALLINKG LINKCOLORMAPS = <boolean>
Description:Set to YES to tie all colormaps together. If you would like the settings in this command to persist,
add it to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory.
Required Parameters
If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in your
installation directory).
Parameter
LINKCOLORMAPS
Syntax
= <boolean>
Default
Notes
YES
$!GLOBALPAPER
Syntax:
$!GLOBALPAPER
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the paper size characteristics. If you would like the settings in this
command to persist, add it to your tecplot.cfg file, located in your installation directory.
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Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
PAPERSIZEINFO
{
LETTER
<<papersize>>
DOUBLE
<<papersize>>
A3
<<papersize>>
WIDTH=11.693, HEIGHT=16.535,
LEFTHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
RIGHTHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
TOPHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
BOTTOMHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125
A4
<<papersize>>
WIDTH=8.2677, HEIGHT=11.693,
LEFTHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
RIGHTHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
TOPHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
BOTTOMHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125
CUSTOM1
<<papersize>>
CUSTOM2
<<papersize>>
WIDTH=8.5, HEIGHT=11, LEFTHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
RIGHTHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
TOPHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125,
BOTTOMHARDCLIPOFFSET=0.125
}
See also: Section “$!PAGE” on page 164.
$!GLOBALPOLAR
Syntax:
$!GLOBALPOLAR
[optional parameters]
Description:Allows polar plots to have curved lines that are interpolated along the R-Axis between data
points.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in your
installation directory).
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ANGLE
= <double>
5
Determines the angle for which lines will be approximated as
curves.
DRAWSTRAIGHTLINES
= <boolean>
YES
Alternates between straight and curved interpolated lines for
polar plots.
Example:
This example turns on curved lines and defines the maximum angle to be approximated as a curved line to
be 2.0 degrees.
$!GLOBALPOLAR
DRAWSTRAIGHTLINES = NO
ANGLE = 2.0
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$!GLOBALRGB
Syntax:
$!GLOBALRGB
RGBMode = <rgbmode>
[optional parameters]
Description:Allows RGB coloring for plots which have RGB values specified at each vertex. This coloring
option is valuable for plots with entities such as Gas, Oil and Water. RGB Coloring can be assigned
to field plot objects such as zones, iso-surfaces and slices
Required Parameter
Parameter
RGBMODE
Syntax
Default
= <specifyrgb>
Notes
SPECIFY
RGB
Sets whether the user specifies all three color variables for RGB
Coloring, or if Tecplot 360 calculates one variable while the user
specifies two.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
REDCHANNELVAR
= <integer>
Sets variable for the red channel.
GREENCHANNELVAR
= <integer>
Sets variable for the green channel.
BLUECHANNELVAR
= <integer>
RANGEMIN
= <double>
0.0
RANGEMAX
= <double>
1.0
TOPCENTER
Sets variable for the blue channel.
LEGEND
{
ANCHORALIGNMENT
= <anchoralignment>
BLUECHANNELLABEL
= <string>
BOX
<<textbox>>
GREENCHANNELLABEL
= <string>
HEIGHT
= <double>
REDCHANNELLABEL
= <string>
RGBLEGENDORIENTATION
= <rgblegendorientation>
RGB
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWLABELS
= <boolean>
YES
TEXTCOLOR
= <color>
BLACK
TEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
See Notes
USEBLUEVARNAME
= <boolean>
YES
USEGREENVARNAME
= <boolean>
YES
USEREDVARNAME
= <boolean>
YES
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X = 80, Y = 80
See Notes
BOXTYPE=NONE, MARGIN=10,
LINETHICKNESS=0.1,
COLOR=BLACK,
FILLCOLOR=WHITE
10
FONTFAMILY="Helvetica",
ISBOLD=NO, ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME, HEIGHT=2.5
}
Example:
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This example turns on RGB Coloring and defines variables for the Red and Green Channel, leaving
Tecplot 360 to calculate the Blue Channel values.
$!GLOBALRGB
RGBMODE = SPECIFYRG
REDCHANNELVAR = 1
GREENCHANNELVAR = 4
$!GLOBALSCATTER
Syntax:
$!GLOBALSCATTER
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with scatter plots.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).
Parameter
BASEFONTFAMILY
Syntax
= <string>
Default
Notes
"Helvetica"
DATALABELS
These are text labels that can be added
to a plot to show node or cell values.
{
CELLLABELTYPE
= <labeltype>
CELLLABELVAR
= <integer>
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
COLORBYZONEMAP
= <boolean>
NO
DISTANCESKIP
<op> <dexp>
INDEX
INCLUDEBOX
= <boolean>
YES
INDEXSKIP
<op> <integer>
1
NODELABELTYPE
= <labeltype>
INDEX
NODELABELVAR
<op> <integer>
NUMFORMAT
<<numberformat>>
See Notes
SHOWCELLLABELS
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWNODELABELS
= <boolean>
NO
SKIPMODE
= <skipmode>
<<textshape>>
TEXTSHAPE
FONTFAMILY=
"Helvetica", ISBOLD=NO,
ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME,
HEIGHT=3
}
ISBOLD
= <boolean>
YES
ISITALIC
= <boolean>
NO
<<anchorpos>>
TOPRIGHT
LEGEND
{
ANCHORALIGNMENT
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FORMATTING=BESTFLOAT,
CUSTOMLABEL=1, PRECISION=4,
SHOWDECIMALSONWHOLENUMBE
RS=NO,
REMOVELEADINGZEROS=NO,
SHOWNEGATIVESIGN=YES,
TIMEDATEFORMAT=’yyyy-mm-dd
hh:mm:ss.00’
Not allowed to change size units
parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
BOX
<<textbox>>
See Notes
ROWSPACING
<op> <dexp>
= 1.2
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWTEXT
= <boolean>
YES
TEXTCOLOR
= <color>
BLACK
TEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
FONTFAMILY=
"Helvetica", ISBOLD=YES,
ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME,
HEIGHT=3
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X=95, Y=80
Notes
BOXTYPE=HOLLOW,MARGIN=10,
LINETHICKNESS=0.1,
COLOR=BLACK, FILLCOLOR=WHITE
Not allowed to change size units
parameter.
}
REFSCATSYMBOL
{
COLOR
= <color>
RED
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
RED
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
NO
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.1
MAGNITUDE
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SYMBOLSHAPE
<<symbolshape>>
See Notes
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X=80, Y=80
RELATIVESIZE
<op> <dexp>
=0
Scaling factor for scatter symbols sized
“By Variable.”
RELATIVESIZEING
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, scatter sizing “By Variable” is in
grid units /magnitude otherwise
centimeters/magnitude.
=1
ISASCII=NO, GEOMSHAPE=SQUARE
}
RIDUNITS
SPHERESCATTERRENDER
QUALITY
VAR
HIGH
=
<spherescatterrenderquality>
Config file and stylesheet only option.
= <integer>
Scatter sizing variable.
Example:
This example does the following:
• Increases the relative size of scatter symbols that are sized by variable by ten percent.
• Turns on the scatter sizing legend.
• Turns on the reference scatter symbol and makes it red.
• Turns on data labels for nodes.
$!GLOBALSCATTER
RELATIVESIZE * = 1.1
LEGEND
{
SHOW = YES
}
REFSCATSYMBOL
{
SHOW = YES
COLOR = RED
}
DATALABELS
{
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SHOWNODELABELS = YES
}
$!GLOBALTHREED
Syntax:
$!GLOBALTHREED
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with 3D plots.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).
Parameter
Syntax
Default
AXISBOXPADDING
<op> <dexp>
=5
AXISSCALEFACT
<<xyz>>
X=1, Y=1, Z=1
Notes
The 3D axis must be INDEPENDENT for this option to work
properly. See $!THREEDAXIS.
LIGHTSOURCE
{
BACKGROUNDLIGHT
= <double>
25
INCLUDESPECULAR
= <boolean>
YES
INTENSITY
= <double>
75
SPECULARINTENSIT
Y
= <integer>
40
Range = 1-100
SPECULARSHININES
S
= <integer>
60
Range = 1-100
SURFACECOLORCONT
RAST
= <double>
100
XYZDIRECTION
<<xyz>>
X = -0.2, Y = -0.2,
Z = 0.959...
FORCEGOURADFOR3D
CONTFLOOD
= <boolean>
YES
= <boolean>
YES
LINELIFTFRACTION
<op> <dexp>
= 0.2
NEARPLANEFRACTION
<dexp>
0.1
PERFORMEXTRA3D
<boolean>
NO
FORCEPANELED
FOR3DCELLFLOOD
Always specify all three components here. Tecplot 360
normalizes X, Y and Z after processing the Z-component.
X, Y and Z represent a vector in the eye coordinate system.
}
Specify the position of the "near plane". In a 3D plot, the "near
plane" acts as a windshield: anything in front of this plane does
not display.
SORTING
PLACEMENTPLANE
Specify the coordinate of the placement plane.
POSITION
{
X
= <double>
Y
= <double>
Z
= <double>
}
ROTATEORIGIN
<<xyz>>
X=0.5, Y=0.5,
Z=0.5
<<xyz>>
X=0, Y=0, Z=0
SLICE
{
ORIGIN
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Parameter
NORMAL
Syntax
Default
<<xyz>>
X=0, Y=0, Z=1
<op> <dexp>
= 0.6
<op> <dexp>
= 0.7
Notes
}
SYMBOLLIFT
FRACTION
VECTORLIFT
FRACTION
Example:
$!GLOBALTHREED ROTATEORIGIN{X = 4.36052333891}
$!GLOBALTHREED
LIGHTSOURCE
{
XYZDIRECTION
{
X = 0.398226616447
Y = 0.435028248588
Z = 0.807567944438
}
}
$!GLOBALTHREED LIGHTSOURCE{INTENSITY = 80}
$!GLOBALTHREED LIGHTSOURCE{BACKGROUNDLIGHT = 25}
$!GLOBALTHREED LIGHTSOURCE{SURFACECOLORCONTRAST = 85}
$!GLOBALTHREED LINELIFTFRACTION = 7
$!GLOBALTHREED SYMBOLLIFTFRACTION = 0.5
$!GLOBALTHREED VECTORLIFTFRACTION = 6
$!GLOBALTHREED PERFORMEXTRA3DSORTING = YES
$!GLOBALTHREEDVECTOR
Syntax:
$!GLOBALTHREEDVECTOR
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with 3D vector plots.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your in installation directory).
Parameter
ARROWHEADANGLE
Syntax
Default
Notes
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
= 18
Angle is in degrees.
= 0.2
Head is sized as a fraction of the stem length.
<op> <dexp>
=2
Value is in Y-frame units.
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
MAGNITUDE
=1
ANGLE
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X=80, Y=80
HEADSIZEASFRACTIO
N
HEADSIZEINFRAMEUN
ITS
REFVECTOR
{
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.1
=0
MAGNITUDELABEL
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Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
TEXTCOLOR
= <color>
<<textshape>>
BLACK
TEXTSHAPE
FONTFAMILY=
"Helvetica",
ISBOLD=YES,
ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FR
AME,
HEIGHT=3
NUMFORMAT
<<numberformat>
>
OFFSET
= <double>
2
RELATIVELENGTH
<op> <dexp>
=0
RELATIVELENGTHIN
= <boolean>
YES
If YES and USERELATIVE is YES then vectors are sized in Grid
Units/Magnitude. If NO and USERELATIVE is YES then
vectors are sized in cm/magnitude.
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, HEADSIZEASFRACTION is used to size arrowheads
otherwise HEADSIZEINFRAMEUNITS is used.
Value is in Y-frame units.
}
}
GRIDUNITS
SIZEHEADBY
FRACTION
UNIFORMLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
=2
USERELATIVE
= <boolean>
YES
UVAR
= <integer>
Variable number for the X-vector component.
VVAR
= <integer>
Variable number for the Y-vector component.
WVAR
= <integer>
Variable number for the Z-vector component.
If NO, vectors are all the same size (UNIFORMLENGTH).
Example:
This example does the following:
• Makes all vectors be uniform in size; 5 percent in Y-frame units.
• Makes the arrowheads 0.2 times the size of the stems.
• Turns off the reference vector.
$!GLOBALTHREEDVECTOR
USERELATIVE = NO
UNIFORMLENGTH = 5
HEADSIZEASFRACTION = .2
REFVECTOR
{
SHOW = NO
}
$!GLOBALTIME
Syntax: $!GLOBALTIME SolutionTime
Description: A SetValue command for frames (2D and 3D ONLY). Different frames can have different values
of $!GLOBALTIME. If you would like the settings in this command to persist, add them to your
tecplot.cfg file (located in your installation directory).
Parameter
SOLUTIONTIME
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Syntax
= <double>
Default
0
Notes
If SolutionTime is not set to a solution time in set of solution
times from all zones of the active strand field-maps,
SolutionTime is adjusted to the closest value in that set.
$!GLOBALTWODVECTOR
Syntax:
$!GLOBALTWODVECTOR
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with 2D vector plots.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).
Parameter
ARROWHEADANGLE
Syntax
Default
Notes
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
= 18
Angle is in degrees.
= 0.2
Head is sized as a fraction of the stem length.
<op> <dexp>
=2
Value is in Y-frame units.
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
MAGNITUDE
=1
ANGLE
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
XYPOS
<<xy>>
X=80, Y=80
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
TEXTCOLOR
= <color>
<<textshape>>
BLACK
HEADSIZEAS
FRACTION
HEADSIZEINFRAME
UNITS
REFVECTOR
{
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.1
=0
MAGNITUDELABEL
{
TEXTSHAPE
See Notes
FONTFAMILY="Helvetica", ISBOLD=YES, ISITALIC=NO,
SIZEUNITS=FRAME, HEIGHT=3
NUMFORMAT
<<numberformat>
>
OFFSET
= <double>
2
RELATIVELENGTH
<op> <dexp>
=0
RELATIVELENGTH
= <boolean>
YES
If YES and USERELATIVE is YES then vectors are sized in Grid
Units/Magnitude. If NO and USERELATIVE is YES then
vectors are sized in cm/magnitude.
= <boolean>
YES
If YES, HEADSIZEASFRACTION is used to size arrowheads
otherwise HEADSIZEINFRAMEUNITS is used.
Value is in Y-frame units.
}
}
INGRIDUNITS
SIZEHEADBY
FRACTION
UNIFORMLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
=2
USERELATIVE
= <boolean>
YES
UVAR
= <integer>
Variable number for the X-vector component.
VVAR
= <integer>
Variable number for the Y-vector component.
If NO, vectors are all the same size (UNIFORMLENGTH).
Example:
This example does the following:
• Doubles the vector length (assume vectors currently drawn using relative length).
• Make the vector heads uniform in size; 2 percent in frame units.
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• Make the head angle 15 degrees.
$!GLOBALTWODVECTOR
RELATIVELENGTH *= 2
SIZEHEADBYFRACTION = NO
HEADSIZEINFRAMEUNITS = 2
HEADANGLE = 15
I
$!IF...$!ENDIF
Syntax:
$!IF <conditionalexp>
$!ENDIF
Description:Conditionally process macro commands.
Examples:
Example 1:
Process macro commands if the macro variable |myvar| is less than 73.2:
$!IF |myvar| < 73.2
$!ENDIF
Example 2:
Process macro commands if the macro variable |response| is YES:
$!IF "|response|" == "YES"
.
.
.
$!ENDIF
$!INCLUDEMACRO
Syntax: $!INCLUDEMACRO <string>
Description:Insert the commands from another macro file. Because the $!INCLUDEMACRO command is
processed when the macro is loaded and not when the macro is executed, you are not allowed to
reference macro variables within the <string> parameter.
Example: Include the macro file m2.mcr:
$!INCLUDEMACRO "m2.mcr"
$!INTERFACE
Syntax:
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$!INTERFACE
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets attributes related to the Tecplot 360 interface.
Optional Parameters
If you would like the settings in these commands to persist, add them to your tecplot.cfg file (located in
your installation directory).
Parameter
ALLOWDATAPOINTSELECT
Syntax
Default
= <boolean>
YES
Notes
If YES, Tecplot 360 allows you to use
the Adjustor tool to select and move
data points.
ALLOWDATAPOINTADJUST
= <boolean>
YES
ALWAYSPOPACTIVEFRAME
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, whenever the active frame
changes in the interface, Tecplot 360
moves the active frame to the top of
the draw order. This makes Tecplot
360 run like v.11.3 and earlier
versions, and may help older add-on
and macros to run correctly. Default
is NO.
AUTOREDRAWISACTIVE
= <boolean>
YES
Set to NO to turn Auto Redraw off.
BACKINGSTOREMODE
= <backingstoremode>
REALTIMEUPDATE
BEEPONFRAMEINTERRUPT
= <boolean>
NO
CACHELIGHTDISPLAY
= <boolean>
NO
LISTSONLY
CONSERVEDERIVED
When caching graphics in display
lists, only cache those objects which
use little memory. When this is on,
only approximated plots are saved.
Full plots are not saved. This only
has an effect if USEDISPLAYLISTS is
set to YES, and if
USEAPPROXIMATEPLOTS is YES.
= <boolean>
VARIABLESPACE
COLLECTTIME
= <boolean>
NO
SMOOTHBNDRYCOND
= <boundarycondition>
FIXED
NUMSMOOTHPASSES
=1
LINEARINTERPCONST
<op> <integer>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
LINEARINTERPMODE
= <linearinterpmode>
SETTOCONST
INTERPPTSELECTION
= <pointselection>
OCTANTNPOINTS
INTERPNPOINTS
=8
KRIGZEROVALUE
<op> <integer>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
KRIGDRIFT
= <krigdrift>
LINEAR
DERIVATIVEBOUNDARY
= <derivpos>
SIMPLE
TRIANGLEKEEPFACTOR
<op> <dexp>
= 0.25
VARIABLEDERIVATIONME
THOD
= [ACCURATE or FAST]
FAST
VOLUMECELLINTERPOLAT
IONMODE
= [TRILINEAR or
PIECEWISELINEAR]
PIECEWISELINEAR
EXTRACTSLICEFROMPLAN
ECOPYCELLCENTERS
= <boolean>
NO
STATISTICS
DATA
{
SMOOTHWEIGHT
INVDISTEXPONENT
INVDISTMINRADIUS
KRIGRANGE
= 0.5
= 3.5
=0
=0
= 0.3
=0
By default, volume interpolation is
piece-wise linear and calculates for
first-order accuracy. This tri-linear
interpolation option calculates for
second-order accuracy.
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Parameter
Syntax
Default
CONTLINECREATEMODE
=
[ONEZONEPERCONTOU
RLEVEL,
ONEZONEPERINDEPEN
DENTPOLYLINE]
ONEZONEPERCONTOU
RLEVEL
POLYCELLINTERPOLATIO
NMODE
= [USECCVALUE,
AVERAGENODES]
AVERAGENODES
Notes
This parameter only appears in the
tecplot config file. When using
contour flooding, contour lines, or
precise value blanking for polyhedral
and polygonal data, it chooses
between using the cell-centered value
or using the average of the nodes.
This parameter also applies to the
creation of iso-surfaces for cellcentered values in a polyhedral zone.
It does not apply to Primary Value
contour flooding.
}
DIALOGPLACEMENT
{
ADVANCED3DCONTROLDIA
LOG
<<dialogplacement>>
AXISEDITDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
COLORMAPDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
CONTOURDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
CREATE1DLINEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
CREATECIRCULARZONEDI
ALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
CREATERECTANGULARZON
EDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
CREATEZONEFROM
POLYLINESDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
CREATEZONEFROMVALUES
DIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
CURVEINFODIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
DATAINFODIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
DATALABELSDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
DATASPREADSHEETDIALO
G
<<dialogplacement>>
DELETEVARIABLESDIALO
G
<<dialogplacement>>
DELETEZONESDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
DEPTHBLANKINGDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
DUPLICATEZONEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EQUATIONDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXPORTDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTCONTOURLINESD
IALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTDISCRETEPOINT
SDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTFEBOUNDARYDIA
LOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTISOSURFACESDI
ALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTPOINTSFROMGEO
METRYDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
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The DIALOGPLACMENT parameter
may only appear in the tecplot config
file. You may specify the placement
of the indicated dialogs. Dialog
placement is relative to the main
Tecplot 360 window.
Parameter
Syntax
EXTRACTPOINTSFROMPOL
YLINEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTSLICEFROMPLAN
EDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTSLICESDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTSTREAMTRACESD
IALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
EXTRACTSUBZONEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
IJKBLANKINGDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
IMPORTDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
INVERSEDISTANCEINTER
POLATIONDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
IOFFSET
<<dialogplacement>>
JOFFSET
<<dialogplacement>>
ISOSURFACESDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
KRIGINGINTERPOLATION
DIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
LIGHTSOURCEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
LINEARINTERPOLATIOND
IALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
LINEMAPLEGENDDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
LOADDATADIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
MACROPLAYDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
MACRORECORDDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
MACROVIEWERDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
MIRRORZONEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
NEWLAYOUTDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
OPENLAYOUTDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
ORDERFRAMESDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
PAPERSETUPDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
POLARDRAWINGOPTIONSD
IALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
PRINTDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
RULERGRIDDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SAVEASDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SAVEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SCATTERLEGENDDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SCATTERREFERENCESYMB
OLDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SCATTERSIZEANDFONTDI
ALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SLICESDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SMOOTHDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
SPATIALVARSDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
STREAMTRACESDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
STYLELINKINGDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
THREEDAXISLIMITSDIAL
OG
<<dialogplacement>>
THREEDORIENTATIONAXI
SDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
THREEDVIEWDETAILSDIA
LOG
<<dialogplacement>>
THREEDVIEWROTATEDIAL
OG
<<dialogplacement>>
Default
Notes
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Parameter
Syntax
TRANSFORMCOORDINATES
DIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
TRANSLATEMAGNIFYDIAL
OG
<<dialogplacement>>
TRIANGULATEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
TWODDRAWORDERDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
VALUEBLANKINGDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
VECTORARROWHEADSDIAL
OG
<<dialogplacement>>
VECTORLENGTHDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
VECTORREFERENCEVECTO
RDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
VECTORVARSDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
WRITEDATADIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
ZONEMAPSTYLEDIALOG
<<dialogplacement>>
Default
Notes
}
ENABLEDELAYS
= <boolean>
YES
ENABLEINTERRUPTS
= <boolean>
YES
Enable or disable user interrupts.
ENABLEPAUSES
= <boolean>
YES
Enable or disable pause.
ENABLEWARNINGS
= <boolean>
YES
GLOBALPLACEMENTPLANE
Enable or disable delays in macro
commands.
Enable or disable warning dialogs.
Use a placement plane.
{
SHOW
Turn the placement plane on/off.
PLACEMENTPLANEORIENT
ATION
Specify the axis orientation of the
placement plane.
FONTPATH
<string>
IDOTSPERSQUAREINCH
= <double>
INTIALFIELDPROBE
= [NODALVALUES,
ZONECELLINFO,
CELLCENTEREDVALUES,
or FACENEIGHBORS]
NODALVALUES
INITIALPLOTFIRSTZONEO
NLY
= <boolean>
NO
INITIALPLOTTYPE
= <plottype>
AUTOMATIC
INTERRUPTCHECKING
= <integer>
Set the number of milliseconds
between checks for a key- or buttonpress by the user to interrupt
processing in Tecplot 360.
JDOTSPERSQUAREINCH
= <double>
This along with
IDOTSPERSQUAREINCH set the
size and aspect of the screen. If left
unspecified, Tecplot 360 will
determine the value for you.
LISTCOMMANDSINMACRO
= <boolean>
If NO, macro commands are
displayed in full one at a time.
DIALOGPAGE
The operating system’s
font folder(s)
This along with
JDOTSPERSQUAREINCH set the
size and aspect of the screen. If left
unspecified, Tecplot 360 will
determine the value for you.
FREQUENCY
VIEWER
LOADADDONSUSING
LAZYRELOCATE
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= <boolean>
One or more directories where
TrueType fonts can be found, e.g.
’"PATH1" "PATH2" "PATH3"’. Note
use of double quotes around each
path and single quotes around the
eniter string.
YES
If YES, only the first enabled zone is
activated. Default shows all zones
(except from within a layout).
If set to NO, all add-on symbols are
loaded immediately.
Parameter
MAXCUSTOMCOLORSIN
Syntax
Default
= <integer>
56
MAXNUMUNDOLEVELS
= <integer>
50
MINPIXELSFORDRAG
= <integer>
1
BUTTONCLICK
= <mousebuttonclick>
REDRAW
SIMPLEDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMDATA
CONTROLLEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMDATA
ALTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMVIEWER
SHIFTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMPAPER
CONTROLALTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMVIEWER
CONTROLSHIFTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMPAPER
ALTSHIFTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMVIEWER
CONTROLALTSHIFTEDDRA
G
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMPAPER
BUTTONCLICK
= <mousebuttonclick>
REVERTTOSELECT
SIMPLEDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
TRANSLATEDATA
CONTROLLEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ROLLERBALL
ROTATEDATA
ALTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
TRANSLATE
VIEWER
SHIFTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
TRANSLATEPAPER
CONTROLALTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMVIEWER
CONTROLSHIFTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
ROLLERBALL
ROTATEDATA
ALTSHIFTEDDRAG
= <mousebuttondrag>
TRANSLATEPAPER
CONTROLALTSHIFTEDDRA
G
= <mousebuttondrag>
ZOOMVIEWER
= <integer>
10
INTERFACE
Notes
UNIX only. Valid values are 1 to 56.
Some UNIX displays cannot allocate
enough colors for the Tecplot 360
interface. Use this option to limit the
number of custom colors displayed
in the Tecplot 360 interface.
Number of pixels to move the
pointer before it is considered a drag.
MOUSEACTIONS
{
MIDDLEBUTTON
{
}
RIGHTBUTTON
{
}
}
NUMCOLORCELL
STORETURN
NUMMOUSEBUTTONS
= <integer>
NUMPTSALLOWEDBEFORE
= <integer>
APPROX
This option is only for UNIX users
who are using
MIDDLEMOUSEBUTTONMODE or
RIGHTMOUSEBUTTONMODE.
500,000
When a frame’s active zones contain
this many points or less, the frame is
not approximated, but always drawn
in full. This applies to all frames
when
PLOTAPPROXIMATIONMODE is
AUTOMATIC, and to the active
frame only when
PLOTAPPROXIMATIONMODE is
NONCURRENTALWAYSAPPROX.
This setting has no effect when
PLOTAPPROXIMATIONMODE is
set to
ALLFRAMESALWAYSAPPROX.
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Parameter
OKTOEXECUTESYSTEM
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <boolean>
YES
Allow use of $!SYSTEM commands
in macros. This is a security issue. If
set to NO and the macro is run
intermittently you will be asked for
permission to execute the $!SYSTEM
command. If Tecplot 360 is run in
batch mode and this is NO an error
will be generated and the macro will
terminate.
RUNDISPLAYLISTSAFTER
BUILDING
= <boolean>
YES
Tecplot 360 defaults to building and
running display lists simultaneously.
Turn RunDisplayListsAfterBuilding
on if you want to run the display lists
after they are built. This may increase
display list performance on some
machines. The difference is often
times negligible.
ALLOWHWACCELERATION
= <boolean>
YES
Windows only. This will disable
hardware acceleration for Tecplot 360
without having to change the
Windows Display Properties.
Setting
ALLOWHWACCELERATION to NO
may fix errors caused by hardware
acceleration on buggy graphics card
drivers.
COMMAND
OPENGLCONFIG
{
SCREENRENDERING
<<renderconfig>>
Sets options for screen rendering.
IMAGERENDERING
<<renderconfig>>
Sets options for offscreen rendering
(for image exports or raster printing).
= <integer>
2
= <boolean>
NO
= <integer>
10
Sets the percentage of points to keep
in a frame when a frame is
approximated. See also Section “Best
Practices For Rendering
Performance” in the User’s Manual.
PICKHANDLEWIDTH
<op> <dexp>
= 0.1
Value is in inches on the screen.
PLOTAPPROXIMATION
=
<plotapproximationmode>
AUTOMATIC
Specifies the mode in which you
PRINTDEBUG
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, debugging information is sent
to the standard output.
QUICKCOLORMODE
= <quickcolormode>
LINECOLOR
Choose objects for color changes
made using the Quick Edit dialog
MAXFILTERMAGNIFICATI
ON
INCLUDEBACKBUFFERDUR
INGFRONTBUFFERDRAWS
Sets the maximum magnification by
non-texture resize filter before
textures are used. This keeps Tecplot
360 from creating textures which are
too large. Setting this above three is
not recommended. Setting below 1.0
will result in the use of a faster
texture algorithm.
}
PERCENTAGEOFPOINTS
TOKEEP
MODE
want the plots to be approximated.
See Section “Plot Approximation” in
the User’s Manual for a complete
description of each mode.
ROTATION
Settings for interactive rotations in
3D.
{
ROTATIONMODE
= <rotationmode>
XYAXIS
CURRENTANGLE
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
=5
SMALLANGLE
MEDIUMANGLE
LARGEANGLE
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=1
=5
= 15
Parameter
Syntax
ROTATEDEGPERFRAMEUNI
T
= <integer>
SHOWGEOMS
= <boolean>
Default
Notes
YES
}
ROTATEDEGPERFRAME
= <integer>
UNIT
RULERPADDING
<op> <dexp>
= 0.05
Distance between workarea ruler and
clipping edge for the paper and
frames. Units are inches.
RULERTHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
= 0.15
Value is in inches on the screen.
SCALE
Settings for interactive scaling.
{
STEPSIZE
SMALLSTEP
MEDIUMSTEP
LARGESTEP
ZOOMSCALEPERFRAMEUNI
T
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <double>
= 10
=1
= 10
= 20
=4
}
SCRBACKGROUNDCOLOR
= <color>
SECURESPOOLCOMMANDS
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWCONTINUOUSSTATUS
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWCOORDINATES
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWCOORDINATESWITH
= <boolean>
NO
Set the workspace background color.
SELECTORADJUSTOR
Set to NO to allow $!SPOOLER
commands outside the configuration
file.
When YES, running coordinates for
both X&Y are displayed in grid
coordinates in the status line for all
plot types except 3D. If
$!INTERFACE
SHOWCOORDINATES is off, the
value of
SHOWCOORDINATESWITHSELEC
TORADJUSTOR is ignored.
This command is available via the
config file (tecplot.cfg) only.
SHOWFRAMEBORDERS
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWSTATUSLINE
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWTEXTGEOMSIN
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWTOOLTIPS
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWWAITDIALOGS
= <boolean>
YES
SIDEBARSIZING
= <sidebarsizing>
MAXOFALL
WHENOFF
APPROXVIEWS
TRANSLATION
If YES, frame borders are drawn
using a dashed line when they are
turned off. This applies only to the
screen and does not effect the
hardcopy.
Set to YES if you want text and
geometries to show up in frames
using approximated plots
If NO, all "Please Wait" and "Percent
Done" dialogs will be disabled.
Settings for interactive translation.
{
STEPSIZE
<op> <dexp>
= 10
SMALLSTEP
<op> <dexp>
=5
MEDIUMSTEP
<op> <dexp>
= 10
LARGESTEP
<op> <dexp>
= 20
ZOOMSCALEPERFRAMEUNI
T
= <double>
}
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Parameter
TRUETYPEMINOUTLINE
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
19 on Windows
16 on other platforms
Tecplot 360 will use a bitmap font for
text smaller than this size.
= <boolean>
NO
Certain platforms have a problem
with the ALT key. Set to YES to
bypass the problem.
USECLASSICADJUSTORTOO
L
= <boolean>
NO
If set to YES, uses the old-style
adjustor tool that selects the closest
control point, rather than the whole
object, when clicking.
UNIXHELPBROWSERCMD
= <string>
$TECHOME/bin/
LaunchBrowser/
Sets the command used to launch a
browser for add-ons that use HTML
for their help file (UNIX only; the
Windows operating system
automatically connects to primary
browser). For security reasons this
command can only be used in the
Tecplot 360 configuration file.
TRYTOUSEDOUBLEBUFFER
= <boolean>
YES
USEINITIALPLOTDIALOG
= <boolean>
YES
UNIXTRUETYPEFONTPATH
= <string>
USEAPPROXIMATEPLOTS
= <boolean>
NO
YES
POINTSIZE
USEMOD2MASKFORALT
DETECTION
USEDISPLAYLISTS
= <boolean>
USEDOUBLEBUFFERING
= <boolean>
USEDOUBLEFORDISPLAY
= <boolean>
Path to where TrueType fonts are
stored.
Set to YES to use approximate plots. See
Section “Plot Approximation” in the
User’s Manual for further details.
YES
LISTS
USEFASTAPPROX
= <boolean>
CONTINUOUSFLOOD
USEDISPLAYLISTS
= <boolean>
USEOFFSCREENBITMAP
= <boolean>
YES
USEOPENGL
= <boolean>
YES
USESTROKEFONTSFOR3D
= <boolean>
YES
Use stroke fonts for data labels and
ASCII scatter symbols in 3D plots.
TEXT
USESTROKEFONTSFOR
= <boolean>
NO
= <boolean>
NO
XORCOLOR
<op> <integer>
=0
XPGONFILLOFFSET
= <integer>
0
YPGONFILLOFFSET
= <integer>
0
ZONEMAPNAMECOLUMN
= <double>
SCREEN
USETECPLOTPRINT
Set to YES to use Tecplot 360’s
internal stroke fonts, set to NO to use
True Type fonts. This option is only
available on Windows platforms.
When using True Type fonts, switch
to stroke fonts for small characters.
= <boolean>
SMALLSCREENTEXT
USESTROKEFONTSON
Set to YES to render images offscreen.
Set to YES to use Tecplot 360’s printer
drivers. Set to NO to use your default
printer driver.
DRIVERS
WIDTH
Color index to use for XORed lines.
Set to 0 to make Tecplot 360 calculate.
Range is 10-1000. Sets the width of
the Zone/Map Name column under
Plot Attributes.
Example:
This example does the following:
• Makes the frame borders show on the screen when they are turned off.
• Makes the middle mouse button be Redraw.
• Makes the right mouse button revert to Selector.
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• Makes the default number of passes for smoothing 20.
• Turns off the status line.
$!INTERFACE
SHOWFRAMEBORDERSWHENOFF = YES
MOUSEACTIONS
{
MIDDLEBUTTON
{
BUTTONCLICK = REDRAW
}
RIGHTBUTTON
{
BUTTONCLICK = REVERTTOSELECT
}
}
DATA
{
NUMSMOOTHPASSES = 20
}
SHOWSTATUSLINE = NO
$!INVERSEDISTINTERPOLATE
Syntax:
$!INVERSEDISTINTERPOLATE
DESTINATIONZONE = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Interpolate selected variables from one or more zones onto a destination zone using the inverse
distance method.
Required Parameter
Parameters
DESTINATIONZONE
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
Zone to which to interpolate.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
INTERPNPOINTS
= <integer>
8
INTERPPTSELECTION
= <interpptselection>
OCTANTNPOINTS
INVDISTEXPONENT
= <dexp>
3.5
INVDISTMINRADIUS
= <dexp>
0.0
SOURCEZONES
= <set>
All zones except
destination zone.
VARLIST
= <set>
All variables except spatial
variables.
Notes
Choose the variables to interpolate.
The spatial variables (X, Y and Z if
3D) are not allowed.
Example: Interpolate variables 7-10 from zone 4 to zone 2:
$!INVERSEDISTINTERPOLATE
SOURCEZONES
= [4]
DESTINATIONZONE = 2
VARLIST
= [7-10]
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$!ISOSURFACEATTRIBUTES
Syntax:
$!ISOSURFACEATTRIBUTES [<group>]
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command which changes attributes associated with iso-surfaces.The optional group
parameter can range from 1-8 and defaults to 1 when absent.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
SHOWGROUP
= <boolean>
YES
ISOSURFACESELECTION
= <isosurfacesselection>
ONESPECIFIC
VALUE
ISOVALUE1
= <double>
1 x 10150
ISOVALUE2
= <double>
1 x 10150
ISOVALUE3
= <double>
1 x 10150
Notes
MESH
{
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
LINETHICKNESS
= <double>
0.1
MESHTYPE
= <meshtype>
OVERLAY
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
CONTOURTYPE
= <contourtype>
FLOOD
FLOODCOLORING
= <contourcoloring>
GROUP1
LINECONTOURGROUP
= <integer>
1
COLOR
= <color>
LINETHICKNESS
= <double>
0.1
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
USEVALUEBLANKING
= <boolean>
YES
LIGHTINGEFFECT
= <lightingeffect>
GOURAUD
SURFACETRANSLUCENCY
= <translucency>
50
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
NO
USECLIPPLANES
= <set>
[1-6]
= <integer>
1
= [classic or classicplus]
CLASSICPLUS
= <boolean>
NO
= <boolean>
YES
}
CONTOUR
{
PRIMARYVALUE and
AVERAGECELL not allowed.
}
EFFECTS
{
}
DEFINITIONCONTOUR
GROUP
MARCHINGCUBE
Contour group from which isosurfaces are based.
ALGORITHM
OBEYSOURCEZONE
BLANKING
OBEYCLIPPLANES
Clip the iso-surface by any clipping
planes that intersect the iso-surface.
SHADE
{
COLOR
= <color>
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
}
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Example:
$!ISOSURFACEATTRIBUTE
ISOSURFACESELECTION = ONESPECIFICVALUE
ISOVALUE1 = 113.626812744
MESH{SHOW = YES}
MESH{COLOR = BLUE}
MESH{LINETHICKNESS = 0.4}
CONTOUR{SHOW = YES}
SURFACEEFFECTS{LIGHTINGEFFECT = PANELED}
SURFACEEFFECTS{SURFACETRANSLUCENCY = 60}
$!ISOSURFACELAYERS
Syntax: $!ISOSURFACELAYERS SHOW = <boolean>
Description:Turn iso-surfaces on or off.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWMESH
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWCONTOUR
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWSHADE
= <boolean>
YES
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
YES
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
Notes
Note
When iso-surfaces are activated, they are colored using the contour variable by default. When you activate
iso-surfaces via the macro language you must perform one of the following steps in order for the isosurfaces to be visible in your final plot:
• Set the contour variable by adding the following command to your macro file (prior to calling
$!ISOSURFACELAYERS).
$!GLOBALCONTOUR n VAR=m
where n is the contour group number and m is the number of the variable to use for
contouring.
or
• Set CONTOUR SHOW = NO via the $!ISOSURFACEATTRIBUTES command. If you choose
this option, you may want to turn on shading to improve the visibility of your slice.
K-O
$!KRIG
Syntax:
$!KRIG
DESTINATIONZONE = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Interpolate selected variables from a set of source zones to a destination zone using the kriging
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method.
Required Parameter
Parameters
Syntax
DESTINATIONZONE
Default
Notes
= <integer>
Zone to interpolate to.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
INTERPNPOINTS
= <integer>
8
INTERPPTSELECTION
= <interpptselection>
OCTANTNPOINTS
KRIGDRIFT
= <krigdrift>
LINEAR
KRIGRANGE
= <dexp>
0.3
KRIGZEROVALUE
= <dexp>
0.0
SOURCEZONES
= <set>
All zones except the
destination zone.
VARLIST
= <set>
All variables except spatial
variables.
Notes
Choose the variables to interpolate.
The spatial variables (X, Y and Z if
3D) are not allowed.
Example: Krig from zones 3 and 4 onto zone 2. Only interpolate variable 7:
$!KRIG
SOURCEZONES = [3, 4]
DESTINATIONZONE= 2
VARLIST
= [7]
$!LAUNCHDIALOG
Syntax:
$!LAUNCHDIALOG <dialogname>
[no parameters]
Description:Launch a Tecplot 360 interface dialog; This command is mainly useful for the Tecplot 360 demo.
Example: Launch Tecplot 360’s Macro Viewer dialog:
$!LAUNCHDIALOG MACROVIEWER
$!LIMITS
Syntax:
$!LIMITS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets some of the internal limits in Tecplot 360. See Chapter F: “Limits
of Tecplot Focus” in the User’s Manual for additional information. The $!LIMITS command can
only be used in the Tecplot 360 configuration file.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
LODTHRESHOLDMIN
Default
<op><double>
= 0.3
<op><double>
= 0.7
<op><integer>
=0
FRACT
LODTHRESHOLD
MAXFRACT
MAXAVAILABLE
PROCESSORS
MAXPTSINALINE
Notes
When Load on demand is set to auto-unload, set the minimum
and maximum memory thresholds. The values may be from 0
to 1, where .5 corresponds to a threshold of 50%. If Tecplot
360’s memory usage exceeds the maximum threshold, it
continues to unload variables until it either runs out of
variables or reaches the minimum threshold. These values may
also be set interactively via the Performance dialog. Refer to
Section 32 - 2.3 “Miscellaneous Preferences dialog” in the
User’s Manual for additional information.
Sets the maximum number of processors used by Tecplot 360.
Some tasks can be performed in parallel, so using all available
processors greatly increases performance of those tasks. By
default, Tecplot 360 uses all processors available on the
machine to provide the best performance in most cases. Assign
a value less than the total number of available processors to
limit the number of processors used by Tecplot 360 to the
assigned number.
<op><integer>
<op><integer>
Maximum number of points for geometry polylines.
<op><integer>
Maximum number of contour levels.
<op><integer>
<op><integer>
Maximum number of objects to pick.
MAXUSABLEMEMORY
PRELOADDATATIME
<integer>
Sets the maximum time in milliseconds to spend pre-loading
data.
MAXCHRSINTEXT
Maximum number of characters in text labels.
LABELS
MAXNUMCONTOUR
LEVELS
MAXNUMPICKOBJECTS
THRESHOLDINMS
Limit the amount of memory used by Tecplot 360 (units of
MB).
Example: Increase the maximum number of contour levels allowed to 1,000:
$!LIMITS
MAXNUMCONTOURLEVELS = 1000
$!LINEARINTERPOLATE
Syntax:
$!LINEARINTERPOLATE
DESTINATIONZONE = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Interpolate selected variables from a set of source zones to a destination zone using linear
interpolation. The source zones cannot be I-ordered. Values assigned to the destination zone are
equivalent to the results of using the probe tool in Tecplot 360.
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Required Parameter
Parameters
DESTINATIONZONE
Syntax
Default
= <integer>
Notes
Zone to interpolate to.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
SOURCEZONES
= <set>
All zones except
the destination
zone.
VARLIST
= <set>
All variables
except spatial
variables.
Notes
Choose the variables to interpolate. The spatial variables (X, Y
and Z if 3D) are not allowed.
Example:
Do linear interpolation from zones 2, 3 and 4 onto zone 7. Interpolate only variables 3-7:
$!LINEARINTERPOLATE
SOURCEZONES
= [2-4]
DESTINATIONZONE = 7
VARLIST
= [3-7]
$!LINEMAP
Syntax:
$!LINEMAP [<set>]
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that assigns attributes for individual Line-mappings. The <set> parameter
immediately following the $!LINEMAP command is optional. If <set> is omitted then the assignment
is applied to all Line-mappings, otherwise the assignment is applied only to the Line-mappings
specified in <set>.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ASSIGN
{
ZONE
= <integer>
1
XAXISVAR
=1
YAXIS
<op> <integer>
<op> <integer>
<op> <integer>
<op> <integer>
<op> <integer>
<op> <integer>
FUNCTIONDEPENDENCY
= <functiondependency>
XINDEPENDENT
SHOWINLEGEND
= [ALWAYS,NEVER,
AUTO]
AUTO
SORT
<sortby>
NONE
SORTVAR
= <integer>
YAXISVAR
THETAAXISVAR
RAXISVAR
XAXIS
=2
=1
=1
}
BARCHARTS
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
COLOR
= <color>
RED
FILLMODE
= <fillmode>
USESPECIFICCOLOR
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
RED
SIZE
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
= 2.5
CURVETYPE
= <curvetype>
LINESEG
EXTENDEDNAME
= <string>
Only used by the Extended Curve-fit
Add-on.
EXTENDEDSETTINGS
= <string>
Only used by the Extended Curve-fit
Add-on.
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.4
}
CURVES
{
USEWEIGHTVAR
= <boolean>
NO
NUMPTS
= 200
POLYORDER
<op> <integer>
<op> <integer>
WEIGHTVAR
= <integer>
0
INDVARMIN
<op> <dexp>
-1 x 10150
INDVARMAX
<op> <dexp>
1 x 10150
USEINDVARRANGE
= <boolean>
NO
CLAMPSPLINE
= <boolean>
NO
SPLINEDERIVATIVEATST
ART
<op> <dexp>
=0
SPLINEDERIVATIVEATEN
D
<op> <dexp>
=0
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
VAR
= <integer>
BARTYPE
= <errorbartype>
VERT
COLOR
= <color>
RED
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
= 0.1
=3
}
ERRORBARS
{
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Parameter
SKIPPING
Syntax
Default
<op> <dexp>
=1
SKIPMODE
= <skipmode>
BYINDEX
SIZE
<op> <dexp>
= 2.5
Notes
Skip can be by index or distance
depending on SKIPMODE.
}
INDICES
{
IJKLINES
= <ijklines>
I
IRANGE
<<indexrange>>
MIN=1, MAX=0, SKIP=1
JRANGE
<<indexrange>>
MIN=1, MAX=0, SKIP=1
KRANGE
<<indexrange>>
MIN=1, MAX=0, SKIP=1
The indices parameter is used to
restrict the range of data plotted (and
which lines are plotted if the data is
IJ- or IJK-ordered).
}
LINES
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
COLOR
= <color>
RED
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
PATTERNLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
=2
= <string>
’&DV&’
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
COLOR
= <color>
RED
FILLMODE
= <fillmode>
NONE
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
RED
SIZE
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
= 2.5
= <skipmode>
<<symbolshape>>
BYINDEX
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.1
}
NAME
SYMBOLS
{
LINETHICKNESS
SKIPPING
SKIPMODE
SYMBOLSHAPE
= 0.1
=1
Skip can be by index or distance
depending on SKIPMODE.
ISASCII = NO,
GEOMSHAPE = SQUARE
}
Examples:
Example 1:
Assign variable 1 to be on the X-axis and variable 4 to be on the Y-axis for Line-mapping number 7:
$!LINEMAP [7]
ASSIGN
{
XAXISVAR = 1
YAXISVAR = 4
}
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Example 2:
Make Error Bars red for all Line-mappings:
$!LINEMAP
ERRORBARS
{
COLOR = RED
}
Example 3:
Set Line-mappings 3-5 to draw a polynomial curve fit of order 5:
$!LINEMAP [3-5]
CURVES
{
POLYORDER = 5
CURVETYPE = CURVFIT
}
LINES
{
SHOW = YES
}
$!LINEPLOTLAYERS
Syntax:
$!LINEPLOTLAYERS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that turns on or off Line-plot layers.
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
SHOWLINES
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWSYMBOLS
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWBARCHARTS
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWERRORBARS
= <boolean>
NO
Notes
Line-mapping must have an error bar variable assigned for this
to have an effect.
Example: Turn on the symbols layer for line plots:
$!LINEPLOTLAYERS
SHOWSYMBOLS = YES
$!LINKING
Syntax:
$!LINKING
[optional parameters]
Description:Link attributes in two or more frames so that changes to attributes of one frame effect all linked
frames.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
BETWEENFRAMES
{
LINKCONTOURLEVELS
= <boolean>
NO
LINKFRAMESIZEANDPOSI
TION
= <boolean>
NO
LINKXAXISRANGE
= <boolean>
NO
LINKYAXISRANGE
= <boolean>
NO
LINKPOLARVIEW
= <boolean>
NO
LINK3DVIEW
= <boolean>
NO
LINKGROUP
= <integer>
1
LINKAXISPOSITION
= <boolean>
NO
LINKVALUEBLANKING
= <boolean>
NO
LINKSLICEPOSITIONS
= <boolean>
NO
LINKISOSURFACEVALUES
= <boolean>
NO
LINKSOLUTIONTIME
= <boolean>
NO
LINKAXISSTYLE
= <boolean>
NO
LINKGRIDLINESTYLE
= <boolean>
NO
LINKLAYERLINECOLOR
= <boolean>
NO
LINKLAYERLINEPATTERN
= <boolean>
NO
}
WITHINFRAME
{
}
Example:
The following example will set the link attribute for all frames in the layout to LINK3DVIEW.:
$!LOOP |NUMFRAMES|
$!LINKING BETWEENFRAMES LINK3DVIEW = YES
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMBYNUMBER
$!FRAMECONTROL ATIVATETOP
$!ENDLOOP
$!LOADADDON
Syntax:
$!LOADADDON <string>
ADDONSTYLE = <addonstyle>
Description:Load an add-on into Tecplot 360. The <string> is the name of the add-on to load. See Section 33 - 1
“Add-on Loading” in the User’s Manual for instructions on how to specify the add-on.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
ADDONSTYLE
Syntax
= <string>
Default
V7Standard
Notes
Style of the add-on to load. This can
be either V7STANDARD or
V7ACTIVEX.
Example:
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Load the Circle Stream add-on. It is a V7STANDARD add-on stored in a library named cstream.:
$!LOADADDON "cstream"
$!LOADCOLORMAP
Syntax:
$!LOADCOLORMAP <string>
[no parameters]
Description:Load a color map file. The <string> is the name of the file to load.
Example:
$!LOADCOLORMAP "mycolors.map"
$!LOOP...$!ENDLOOP
Syntax:$!LOOP
<integer>
$!ENDLOOP
Description:Process macro commands in a loop. Within the loop you may access the current loop counter
using the internal macro variable |Loop|. Loops may be nested up to 10 levels deep.
Example: Process macro commands 3 times over:
$!LOOP 3
$!ENDLOOP
$!MACROFUNCTION...$!ENDMACROFUNCTION
Syntax:
$!MACROFUNCTION
NAME = <string>
[optional parameters]
$!ENDMACROFUNCTION
Description:Define a macro function. All commands between a $!MACROFUNCTION and the
$!ENDMACROFUNCTION are associated with the macro function NAME. These commands are not
executed when they are defined but are executed when a $!RUNMACROFUNCTION command is
processed. Parameters can be passed to a macro function. Use |n| to reference the nth parameter.
(See $!RUNMACROFUNCTION). In the user-interface, [Crtl]-M must be pressed, before using the
keyboard shortcut specified by the KEYSTROKE option. For example, if the KEYSTROKE option is set to
"P", the user must press [CTRL]-M-P.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
NAME
Syntax
Default
= <string>
Notes
Name of the macro function.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
KEYSTROKE
= <string>
RETAIN
= <boolean>
NO
Set this to YES if you want Tecplot 360 to retain this macro
function when the macro in which this macro function was
defined terminates. If the macro function is retained then it can
be called when another macro is loaded at a later time.
SHOWINMACROPANEL
= <boolean>
YES
Used only for macro functions within the tecplot.mcr file. Set
this to NO if you do not want Tecplot 360 to include the macro
function in Tecplot 360’s Quick Macro Panel.
Allows keyboard shortcuts
Example:
Define a macro function that redraws the active frame n times when <Ctrl>+M is hit and then the ‘R’ key is
pressed, where n is passed to the macro function:
$!MACROFUNCTION
NAME = "ABC"
KEYSTROKE = "R"
$!LOOP |n|
$!REDRAW
$!ENDLOOP
$!ENDMACROFUNCTION
$!NEWLAYOUT
Syntax:
$!NEWLAYOUT
[no parameters]
Description:Clear the current layout and start again.
When a new layout is created, the following steps occur:
1. All pages are deleted.
2. A new page is created.
3. A new frame is added to the page.
$!OPENLAYOUT
Syntax:
$!OPENLAYOUT <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Open and read in a new layout file. The <string> is the name of the file to open.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
ALTDATALOAD
Syntax
Default
Null
Specify alternate data load instructions.
Tecplot 360 data files: This is a list of filenames to use as
replacements for data files referenced in the layout file. Use " to
enclose file names that contain spaces or the + symbol. By
default, separate file names listed in the
ALTDATALOADINSTRUCTIONS are assigned to successive
data sets that are referenced within a layout file. If you have a
data set that references multiple data files, use the plus symbol,
+, to group file names.
Non-Tecplot 360 formats (including data being input via a data
loader add-on): This is a list of instructions that are passed on
to the loader.
= <boolean>
NO
Set to NO if you want Tecplot 360 to delete the current layout
prior to reading in the new one.
INSTRUCTIONS
APPEND
Notes
= <string>
Examples:
Example 1:
Open a new layout file called abc.lay and replace the data file referenced in the layout file with t.plt:
$!OPENLAYOUT "abc.lay"
ALTDATALOADINSTRUCTIONS = "t.plt"
Example 2:
Open a new layout file called multiframe.lay and replace the first data set with t.plt and the second data
set with the two files, a.plt and b.plt:
$!OPENLAYOUT "multiframe.lay"
ALTDATALOADINSTRUCTIONS = '"t.plt" "a.plt"+"b.plt"'
P-Q
$!PAGE
Syntax:
$!PAGE
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the paper characteristics.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
PAPERATTRIBUTES
{
BACKGROUNDCOLOR
= <color>
WHITE
ISTRANSPARENT
= <boolean>
YES
ORIENTPORTRAIT
= <boolean>
NO
PAPERGRIDSPACING
= <papergridspacing>
HALFINCH
PAPERSIZE
= <papersize>
<<rect>>
LETTER
REGIONINWORKAREA
RULERSPACING
= <paperrulerspacing>
ONEINCH
SHOWGRID
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWPAPER
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWRULER
= <boolean>
NO
X1=1, Y1=0.25, X2=10,
Y2=8.25
Set the spacing for the tick marks on
the paper.
Specify rectangle that must fit within
the workarea. Units are in inches
(that is, in the paper coordinate
system).
}
USESOFTWARERENDERING
= <boolean>
Use the painter’s algorithm
(meaning, display graphics cell-bycell from front-to-back), instead of
using OpenGL.
NAME
= <string>
Name parameter is empty until
specified.
Example:
This example does the following:
• Turns off the paper grid.
• Makes the paper size CUSTOM1.
• Makes the dimensions for CUSTOM1 to be 4 by 5 inches.
$!PAGE
PAPERATTRIBUTES
{
SHOWGRID = NO
PAPERSIZE = CUSTOM1
PAPERSIZEINFO
{
CUSTOM1
{
WIDTH = 4
HEIGHT = 5
}
}
}
See also: Section “$!GLOBALPAPER” on page 133.
$!PAGECONTROL [Required-Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the PAGECONTROL compound function family are described
separately in the following sections.
The PAGECONTROL compound functions are:
$!PAGECONTROL CREATE
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$!PAGECONTROL
$!PAGECONTROL
$!PAGECONTROL
$!PAGECONTROL
$!PAGECONTROL
SETCURRENTTONEXT
SETCURRENTTOPREVIOUS
SETCURRENTBYNAME
DELETE
CLEAR
$!PAGECONTROL CREATE
Syntax:
$!PAGECONTROL CREATE
[no parameters]
Description:Create a new page. The created page will include an initial frame.
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTONEXT
Syntax:
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTONEXT
[no parameters]
Description:Set the next page to be the current page.
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTOPREVIOUS
Syntax:
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTOPREVIOUS
[no parameters]
Description:Set the previous page to be the current page.
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTBYNAME
Syntax:
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTBYNAME
NAME = <string>
Description:Set the current page to the page specified.
Example:
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTBYNAME
NAME = "BANANA"
$!PAGECONTROL DELETE
Syntax: $!PAGECONTROL DELETE
Description:Delete the current page. If the command is operated on the only page, then an initial page is
created with an initial frame.
$!PAGECONTROL CLEAR
Syntax: $!PAGECONTROL CLEAR
Description:Clears all frames in the current page and creates a default initial frame.
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$!PAGEGETNAME
Syntax: $!PAGEGETNAME |MACROVAR|
Description:Action command to get the name of the current page.
$!PAGENAME
Syntax:
$!PAGENAME <string>
[no parameters]
Description:Set the name of the page.
$!PAUSE
Syntax:
$!PAUSE <string>
[no parameters]
Description:Stop execution of a macro and optionally display a dialog with a message. If <string> is set to ""
then no dialog is displayed and the user must click in the work area to continue.
Example:
Pause and display the message This is the first example plot:
$!PAUSE "This is the first example plot."
$!PICK [Required-Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the PICK compound function family are described separately in the
following sections.
The PICK compound functions are:
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
$!PICK
ADDATPOSITION
ADDALL
ADDALLINRECT
CLEAR
COPY
CUT
EDIT
MAGNIFY
PASTE
POP
PUSH
SETMOUSEMODE
SHIFT
$!PICK ADDATPOSITION
Syntax:
$!PICK CHECKTOADD
X = <dexp>
Y = <dexp>
[optional parameters]
Description:Attempt to pick an object at a specific location on the paper. Does not pop or activate frames.
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Required Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
X
= <dexp>
X-location (in inches) relative to the left edge of the paper.
Y
= <dexp>
Y-location (in inches) relative to the top edge of the paper.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
COLLECTINGOBJECTS
Syntax
Default
= <boolean>
NO
Notes
If NO, the list of picked objects is cleared before the attempt is
made to add a new object.
CONSIDERSTYLE
= <boolean>
NO
DIGGINGFOROBJECTS
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, attempt to pick objects below any currently picked
objects at this location.
IGNOREZONEOBJECTS
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, pick operations will ignore zones and pick objects such
as slices, iso-surfaces and streamtraces.
Example:
Attempt to add to the list of picked objects by picking at paper location (1.0, 7.0). Do not clear the list of
picked objects before picking:
$!PICK CHECKTOADD
X = 1.0
Y = 7.0
COLLECTINGOBJECTS = YES
$!PICK ADDALL
Syntax:
$!PICK ADDALL
[optional parameters]
Description:Add all objects of a certain type to the list of picked objects.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
SELECTTEXT
= <boolean>
NO
Select all text objects in the active frame.
SELECTGEOMS
= <boolean>
NO
Select all geometry objects in the active frame.
SELECTFRAMES
= <boolean>
NO
Select all frames.
SELECT
= <boolean>
NO
Select all streamtrace objects in the active frame.
SELECTMAPS
= <boolean>
NO
Select all line map objects in the active frame.
SELECTZONES
= <boolean>
NO
Select all zone objects in the active frame.
STREAMTRACES
Example: Add all text and geometries in the active frame to the list of picked objects:
$!PICK ADDALL
SELECTTEXT = YES
SELECTGEOMS = YES
$!PICK ADDALLINRECT
Syntax:
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$!PICK ADDALLINRECT
X1 = <dexp>
Y1 = <dexp>
X2 = <dexp>
Y2 = <dexp>
[optional parameters]
Description:Add objects defined within a specified region to the list of picked objects. The region is defined
in terms of the paper coordinate system. Optional filters can be used to restrict the objects selected.
The region is defined by the two corner points (X1, Y1) and (X2, Y2).
Required Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
X1
= <dexp>
X-location (in inches) relative to the left edge of the paper.
Y1
= <dexp>
Y-location (in inches) relative to the top edge of the paper.
X2
= <dexp>
X-location (in inches) relative to the left edge of the paper.
Y2
= <dexp>
Y-location (in inches) relative to the top edge of the paper.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
COLORFILTER
= <color>
FONTFAMILYFILTER
= <string>
Not used.
ISBOLD
= <boolean>
NO
Only boldface text objects will be selected.
ISITALIC
= <boolean>
NO
Only italicized text objects will be selected.
GEOMFILTER
= <geomtype>
Not used.a
LINEPATTERNFILTER
= <linepattern>
Not
SELECTCONTOUR
= <boolean>
NO
Select all contour labels in specified region
Select all frame objects in the specified region.
a
Only objects of this color will be selected.
a
Only text objects with this font will be selected.
Not used.
used.a
Only geometry objects of this type will be selected.
Only geometry objects with this line pattern will be selected.
LABELS
SELECTFRAMES
= <boolean>
NO
SELECTGEOMS
= <boolean>
NO
Select all geometry objects in the specified region.
SELECTGRIDAREA
= <boolean>
NO
Select the grid area in specified region
SELECTMAPS
= <boolean>
NO
Select all line map objects in the specified region.
SELECT
= <boolean>
NO
Select all streamtrace objects in the specified region.
SELECTTEXT
= <boolean>
NO
Select all text objects in the specified region.
SELECTZONES
= <boolean>
NO
Select all zone objects in the specified region.
STREAMTRACES
a. There is no default for this parameter. If this parameter is omitted then the corresponding filter is not
used.
Example:
Pick all circles using a dashed line pattern within the rectangle bounded by the points (0, 0) and (3, 5):
$!PICK ADDALLINRECT
SELECTGEOMS = YES
LINEPATTERNFILTER= DASHED
GEOMFILTER
= CIRCLE
X1
= 0
Y1
= 0
X2
= 3
Y2
= 5
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$!PICK CLEAR
Syntax:
$!PICK CLEAR
[no parameters]
Description:Delete all objects that are currently picked. (These objects cannot be retrieved.)
Example:
$!PICK CLEAR
$!PICK COPY
Syntax:
$!PICK COPY
[no parameters]
Description:Copy all objects that are currently picked to the paste buffer.
Example:
$!PICK COPY
$!PICK CUT
Syntax:
$!PICK CUT
[no parameters]
Description:Copy all objects that are currently picked to the paste buffer and then delete them.
Example:
$!PICK CUT
$!PICK EDIT
Syntax:
$!PICK EDIT
[parameters]
Description:Perform a global edit operation on the currently picked objects. Only one edit operation is
allowed per $!PICK EDIT command. Objects are edited only if the supplied parameter is relevant.
Actions taken using the Quick Edit dialog in Tecplot 360 generate these commands.
Parameters
Must select one from this table.
Parameters
ARROWHEADANGLE
Syntax
= <dexp>
ARROWHEADATTACHMENT
= <arrowheadattachment>
ARROWHEADSIZE
= <dexp>
ARROWHEADSTYLE
<arrowheadstyle>
ASCIICHAR
= <string>
BARCHARTS
{
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Default
Notes
Angle is in degrees.
Value is in Y-frame units (0-100).
Only operates on XY line mapping
objects.
Parameters
Syntax
SHOW
= <boolean>
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
Default
Notes
}
COLOR
= <color>
CONTOUR
Only operates on 2D or 3D zone
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
CONTOURTYPE
= <contourtype>
}
CURVES
Only operates on XY line mapping
objects.
{
CURVETYPE
= <curvetype>
}
EDGELAYER
Only operates on 2D or 3D zone
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
SUBBOUNDARY
= <subboundary>
}
ERRORBARS
Only operates on XY line mapping
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
BARTYPE
= <errorbartype>
}
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
FONTFAMILY
= <string>
GEOMSHAPE
= <geomshape>
ISBOLD
= <boolean>
ISITALIC
= <boolean>
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
LINES
Applies only to scatter symbols or
XY-plot symbols.
Only operates on XY line mapping
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
}
LINETHICKNESS
= <dexp>
MESH
Value is in Y-frame units (0-100).
Only operates on 2D or 3D zone
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
MESHTYPE
= <meshtype>
Only operates on 2D or 3D zone
objects.
OBJECTALIGN
= <objectalign>
Only allowed if selected objects are
all text and/or geometries.
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
Value is in Y-frame units (0-100).
}
SCATTER
Only operates on 2D or 3D zone
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
FILLMODE
= <fillmode>
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Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
}
SHADE
Only operates on 2D or 3D zone
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
SHADETYPE
= <shadetype>
}
SHOWBORDER
= <boolean>
Only operates on frame objects.
SIZE
= <dexp>
Value is in Y-frame units. This
applies to things like symbols.
SYMBOLS
Only operates on line mapping
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
}
TEXTCOLOR
= <color>
TEXTHEIGHTBYPERCENT
= <dexp>
Value is in Y-frame units (0-100).
TEXTHEIGHTBYPOINTS
= <dexp>
Value is in points.
VECTOR
Only operates on 2D or 3D zone
objects.
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
VECTORTYPE
= <vectortype>
}
Examples:
Example 1:
Set all picked objects to use the color yellow:
$!PICK EDIT
COLOR = YELLOW
Example 2:
Set all picked objects to use the dashed line pattern:
$!PICK EDIT
LINEPATTERN = DASHED
Example 3:
Set all picked objects (which are zones) to use the contour plot type of flooding:
$!PICK EDIT
CONTOUR {CONTOURTYPE = FLOOD}
$!PICK MAGNIFY
Syntax:
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$!PICK MAGNIFY
MAG = <dexp>
Description:Magnify all picked objects. The objects will also be translated proportional to the distance
between their anchor position and the anchor position of the first object picked.
Example: Magnify all objects by 1.5:
$!PICK MAGNIFY
MAG = 1.5
$!PICK PASTE
Syntax:
$!PICK PASTE
[no parameters]
Description:Paste the currently picked objects from the paste buffer to the work area.
$!PICK POP
Syntax:
$!PICK POP
[no parameters]
Description:Change the order in which objects are drawn by popping the currently picked objects to the
front. Only frames, text, geometries, and the grid area for 2D plots are allowed.
$!PICK PUSH
Syntax:
$!PICK PUSH
[no parameters]
Description:Change the order in which objects are drawn by pushing the currently picked objects back. Only
frames, text, geometries, and the grid area for 2D plots are allowed.
$!PICK SETMOUSEMODE
Syntax:
$!PICK SETMOUSEMODE
MOUSEMODE = <mousemode>
Description:Prepare to pick objects by setting the mouse mode to SELECT, ADJUST, or ADVANCEADJUST.
ADVANCEADJUST is a combination of SELECT and ADJUST that allows an object’s control points to be
adjusted by dragging, or the entire object to be selected by clicking away from the control points.
This command also clears the list of picked objects (that is, unpicks all picked objects).
Required Parameter
Parameter
MOUSEMODE
Syntax
= <mousemode>
Default
Notes
Set to SELECT or ADJUST.
Example: Set the mouse mode so picked objects are adjusted:
$!PICK SETMOUSEMODE
MOUSEMODE = ADJUST
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$!PICK SHIFT
Syntax:
$!PICK SHIFT
X = <dexp>
Y = <dexp>
[optional parameters]
Description:Shift the currently picked objects. Objects are shifted relative to their starting position. X and Y
shift amounts are in paper units (inches). If snapping is in effect then it is applied after shifting in X
and Y. (See the SetValue commands $!GLOBALFRAME SNAPTOGRID and $!GLOBALFRAME
SNAPTOPAPER.)
Required Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
X
= <dexp>
Shift amount in the X-direction. Units are inches.
Y
= <dexp>
Shift amount in the Y-direction. Units are inches.
Optional Parameter
Parameters
POINTERSTYLE
Syntax
= <pointerstyle>
Default
ALLDIRECTIO
NS
Notes
Only frames and non-3D grid area objects can use a pointer
style that is not ALLDIRECTIONS.
Example: Shift the currently picked objects 1 inch to the right and 2 inches down:
$!PICK SHIFT
X = 1
Y = 2
$!PLOTOPTIONS
Syntax: $!PLOTOPTIONS = <boolean>
Description:Change the plot option between subdividing all cells, or using a quicker algorithm.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
SUBDIVIDEALLCELLS
Syntax
= <boolean>
Default
NO
Notes
If YES, divides all non-triangular, non-tetrahedral cells of all
zone types when contouring, probing and creating iso-surfaces
and slices. This option only affects IJ- and IJK- ordered plots.
If NO, uses quicker "marching cubes" style algorithm, but
generates holes in the iso-surfaces at certain saddle points.
Example: Use the following command to subdivide all volume cells:
$!PLOTOPTIONS
SUBDIVIDEALLCELLS = YES
$!PLOTTYPE
Syntax:
$!PLOTTYPE = <plottype>
[no parameters]
Description:Changes plot types between valid Tecplot 360 modes such as XYLine and Cartesian2D. Valid
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options shown below.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
PLOTTYPE
= <plottype>
Default
Notes
CARTESIAN3D
Example: Change the plot style to show a polar plot:
$!PLOTTYPE = POLARLINE
$!POLARAXIS
Syntax:
$!POLARAXIS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a polar frame.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
GRIDAREA
<<areastyle>>
PRECISEGRID
<<precisegrid>>
PRESERVEAXISSCALE
<boolean>
RDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
THETADETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
Default
See Notes
Notes
DRAWBORDER=YES, ISFILLED=NO, FILLCOLOR=WHITE,
DRAWGRIDLAST=NO
INCLUDE=NO, SIZE=0.0045, COLOR=BLACK
YES
THETAMODE
= <thetamode>
DEGREES
THETAPERIOD
= <double>
360
VIEWPORTPOSITION
<<rect>>
See Notes
X1=0, Y1=0, X2=100, Y2=100
VIEWPORTSTYLE
<<areastyle>>
See Notes
DRAWBORDER=NO, COLOR=BLACK,
LINETHICKNESS=0.4, ISFILLED=NO, FILLCOLOR=WHITE
Example: Set the Theta range, in Radians, from Pi to -Pi.
$!POLARAXIS
$!POLARAXIS
$!POLARAXIS
$!POLARAXIS
THETAMODE = RADIANS
THETAPERIOD = 6.28318530718
THETADETAIL{VALUEATORIGIN = 0}
THETADETAIL{RANGEMIN = -3.14159265359}
$!POLARTORECTANGULAR
Syntax:
$!POLARTORECTANGULAR <set>
[no parameters]
Description:Treat the variables currently assigned to X and Y as referring to R and  and convert them to X
and Y. In 3D, X, Y and Z refer to R, , and . Tecplot 360 has addition capabilities for transforming
coordinates, please see $!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES.
Example: Convert zones 1, 2 and 3 from polar to rectangular:
$!POLARTORECTANGULAR [1-3]
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$!POLARVIEW
Syntax:
$!POLARVIEW
[optional parameters]
Description: Sets the viewing style for polar plots in a layout.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
<<rect>>
EXTENTS
Default
X1=-1.29771,
Y1=-1.15352,
X2=1.29771,
Y2=1.15352
Notes
View extents of transformed X & Y in polar plots. Numbers
listed are in the form of grid units.
Example: Set the view of the polar plot to view the full extents of the plot area.
$!POLARVIEW
EXTENTS
{
X1=10
Y1=10
X2=90
Y2=90
}
$!PRINT
Syntax:
$!PRINT
[no parameters]
Description:Print the current layout to a printer or send the print instructions to a file. Use the $!PRINTSETUP
SetValue command to configure printing.
Example:
$!PRINT
$!PRINTSETUP
Syntax:
$!PRINTSETUP
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that sets the attributes for printing. Use $!PRINT to do the actual printing.
See $!EXPORTSETUP and $!EXPORT if you intend to create image files destined for desktop
publishing programs.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
DRIVER
Syntax
Default
=
<printerdriver>
FORCEEXTRA3D
Notes
Only applies if using the Tecplot 360 printer drivers. See
$!INTERFACE USETECPLOTPRINT.
= <boolean>
SORTING
JOBCONTROL
These strings contain characters to be sent at the beginning and
ending of a print file. These strings most often contain escape
sequences used to switch modes on the printer. Non-printable
characters can be inserted. Use ^nnn to insert a character with
ordinal value nnn. Use \ to force the character after the \ to be
inserted. Use $B for a Backspace, $E for Esc, $C for a carriage
return, and $X for the Delete key.
{
POSTMOPUPSTR
= <string>
LGMOPUPSTR
= <string>
POSTSETUPSTR
= <string>
LGSETUPSTR
= <string>
}
IMAGERESOLUTION
= <integer>
NUMHARDCOPYCOPIES
<op> <integer>
NUMLIGHTSOURCESHA
DES
= <integer>
Applies only when DRIVER = PS.
PALETTE
= <palette>
Must choose options valid for current DRIVER setting.
PRECISION
<op> <integer>
Applies only if EXPORTFORMAT is PS, EPS, or
RASTERMETAFILE.
Name of the file to write to if SENDPRINTTOFILE is YES.
PRINTFNAME
= <string>
PRINTRENDERTYPE
=
<printrendertyp
e>
RGBLEGENDOUTPUT
= <integer>
RESOLUTION
SENDPRINTTOFILE
= <boolean>
SPOOLER
{
PSMONOSPOOLCMD
= <string>
PSCOLORSPOOLCMD
= <string>
LGSPOOLCMD
= <string>
50
Determines the number of triangles which compose the bottom
layer of the RGB Legend. This option is only available through
macro language (for example, the config file)
If YES then PRINTFNAME is name of file to write to.
These strings contain the system command needed to send a
file to the print spooler on your computer. Use the @ symbol as
a place holder for where you normally insert the name of the
file to be printed.
For security reasons these commands can only be used in the
Tecplot 360 configuration file.
}
USEISOLATIN1FONTS
-INPS
= <boolean>
Use extended ISO-Latin1 fonts when generating PostScript®
output using Tecplot 360’s internal PostScript driver.
Example:
This example does the following:
• Instruct Tecplot 360 to send print output to the print spooler.
• Sets the spooler command for monochrome PostScript to be lpr @.
• Sets the print driver to be monochrome PostScript.
$!PRINTSETUP
SENDPRINTTOFILE = NO
DRIVER = PS
PALETTE = MONOCHROME
SPOOLER
{
PSMONOSPOOLCMD = "lpr @"
}
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$!PROMPTFORFILENAME
Syntax:
$!PROMPTFORFILENAME <macrovar>
DIALOGTITLE = <string>
DEFAULTFNAME = <string>
FILEFILTER
= <string>
Description:Instruct Tecplot 360 to launch a file selection dialog. The resulting file name will be placed in
<macrovar>. If the user cancels out of the dialog then <macrovar> will be empty (see the example
below).
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
DIALOGTITLE
= <string>
Null
Include a title at the top of the dialog.
DEFAULTFNAME
= <string>
Null
Make the dialog come up with a default file name.
FILEFILTER
= <string>
Null
Set the filter for the file selection dialog.
FILEMUSTEXIST
= <string>
YES
Example: Prompt the user for the name of a file to delete:
$!PROMPTFORFILENAME|filetodelete|
DIALOGTITLE = "Delete File"
FILEFILTER = "*.*"
$!IF "|filetodelete|" != ""
$!IF |OPSys| = 1 # UNIX/Mac
$!System "rm |filetodelete|"
$!Endif
$!IF |OPSys| = 2 # Windows
$!System "cmd /c del |filetodelete|"
$!Endif
$!Endif
$!PROMPTFORTEXTSTRING
Syntax:
$!PROMPTFORTEXTSTRING <macrovar>
INSTRUCTIONS = <string>
Description:Instruct Tecplot 360 to launch a dialog containing a single line text field and optional
instructions. The user enters text into the text field and the resulting string is assigned to
<macrovar>.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
INSTRUCTIONS
Syntax
= <string>
Default
Null
Notes
Include text at the top of the dialog to instruct the user
regarding the value to enter. On Windows platforms, this is
limited to three lines of text.
Example:
$!PROMPTFORTEXTSTRING |timestring|
INSTRUCTIONS = "Enter the time of the experiment"
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$!PROMPTFORYESNO
Syntax:
$!PROMPTFORYESNO <macrovar>
INSTRUCTIONS = <string>
Description:Instruct Tecplot 360 to launch a dialog containing two buttons, one labeled Yes and the other No.
The <macrovar> is assigned the string Yes or No depending on the selection.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
INSTRUCTIONS
= <string>
Default
Null
Notes
Include text at the top of the dialog with instructions.
Example:
$!PROMPTFORYESNO |goforit|
INSTRUCTIONS = "Do you want to go for it?"
$!IF "|goforit|" == "YES"
... code that goes for it....
$!ENDIF
$!PROPAGATELINKING
Syntax:
$!PROPAGATELINKING
[optional parameters]
Description: Link multiple frames, either within frame or between frames.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
FRAMECOLLECTION
= [ALL, PICKED]
LINKTYPE
= [WITHINFRAME,
BETWEENFRAMES]
Default
Notes
Example:
$!PROPAGATELINKING
LINKTYPE = BETWEENFRAMES
FRAMECOLLECTION = ALL
$!PUBLISH
Syntax: $!PUBLISH <string>
Description:Create an HTML file displaying one or more images. A linked layout with packaged data may
be included. You must provide the file name.
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Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
IMAGESELECTION
= <imagestyle>
ONEPERFRAME
Choosing ONEPERFRAME will
create one image per frame, selecting
WORKSPACEONLY creates one
image which includes all your
frames.
INCLUDELAYOUTPACKAGE
= <boolean>
No
Choose YES to create a linked layout
file.
Example:
$!PUBLISH "C:\TEC360\separate.html"
INCLUDELAYOUTPACKAGE = NO
IMAGESELECTION = ONEPERFRAME
$!QUIT
Syntax:$!QUIT
Description:Terminate the execution of the Tecplot 360 program.
Example:
$!QUIT
R
$!RAWCOLORMAP
Syntax:
$!RAWCOLORMAP
<colormaprawdata>
Description:Assign the RGB values that define the Raw user-defined color map. This does not set the color
map to use the Raw user-defined color map. Use $!COLORMAP to set the current color map.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
<colormaprawdata>
Default
Notes
This is a list of RGB values.
Example: Assign the Raw user-defined color map to a gray scale using 11 colors:
$!RAWCOLORMAP
RAWDATA
11
0
0
25
25
50
50
75
75
100
100
125
125
150
150
175
175
180
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
175
200
225
255
200
225
255
200
225
255
$!READDATASET
Syntax:
$!READDATASET <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:The $!READDATASET macro command has two separate uses. The parameters available for the
command are dependent upon the intended use. It may either be used to load data in Tecplot 360’s
file format (*.plt or *.dat) or in a foreign data file format. To load data in Tecplot 360’s file format,
use the parameters listed in Table 9 - 2. To load data in a foreign file format, use the parameters
listed in Table 9 - 1 along with a set of name/value pairs. The name/value pairs are specific to the
data loader and described in Chapter 4: “Data Loaders” in the User’s Manual.
Examples:
FLUENT Loader Example:
®
The following example loads one case file and one data file with the FLUENT file loader. Note that the
DATASETREADER parameter is at the end of the command call.
$!READDATASET
'"STANDARDSYNTAX" "1.0"
"LoadOption" "MultipleCaseAndData"
"FILELIST_Files" "2" "triangular.cas" "triangular.dat"
"UnsteadyOption" "ReadTimeFromDataFiles"
"AssignStrandIDs" "Yes"
"GridZones" "CellsAndBoundaries"
"IncludeParticleData" "Yes"
"AverageToNodes" "Yes"
"AveragingMethod" "Arithmetic"'
DATASETREADER = 'Fluent Data Loader'
Ensight Loader Example
The following example loads one Ensight case file. Note that the DATASETREADER parameter is at the
end of the command call.
$!READDATASET
'"STANDARDSYNTAX" "1.0"
"FILENAME_CASEFILE" "wing.case"
"ISkip" "1"
"JSkip" "1"
"KSkip" "1"'
DATASETREADER = 'EnSight Loader'
Table 9 - 1: Parameters for loading data in a foreign file format
Parameters
DATASETREADER
Syntax
Default
= <string>
Notes
Used to specify an alternate data reader for Tecplot 360.
Table 9 - 2: Parameters for loading data in Tecplot 360 format
Parameters
ADDZONETOEXISTING
Syntax
Default
NO
If YES, Tecplot 360 will add the zones from the appended data
to any existing strands in the dataset. If NO, Tecplot 360 will
append the strands from the appended data to any existing
strands in the dataset.
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, Tecplot 360 will assign strand ID's to zones if time is
supplied for the zones but strand ID's are not. If NO, Tecplot
360 will not associate these zones with any strands.
STRANDS
ASSIGNSTRANDID
Notes
= <boolean>
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Table 9 - 2: Parameters for loading data in Tecplot 360 format
Parameters
Syntax
Default
IJKSKIP
Notes
Use values greater than 1 to skip data points.
{
I
= <integer>
1
J
= <integer>
1
K
= <integer>
1
= <boolean>
NO
Renumber zones and variables if zones or variables are
disabled.
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to load in any custom labels in the data files.
}
COLLAPSEZONESAND
VARS
INCLUDECUSTOM
LABELS
INCLUDEDATA
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to load in any field data in the data files.
INCLUDEGEOM
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to load in any geometries in the data files.
INCLUDETEXT
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to load in any text in the data files.
INITIALPLOTFIRST
= <boolean>
Allows faster performance for files with multiple zones.
ZONEONLY
INITIALPLOTTYPE
= <plottype>
READDATAOPTION
=
<readdataoption
>
NEW
Set to APPEND to append the new zones to the zones in the
data set that existed prior to using this command. Set to NEW
to remove the data set from the active frame prior to reading in
the new data set. If other frames use the same data set they will
continue to use the old one. Set to REPLACE to replace the
data set attached to the active frame and to all other frames
that use the same data set, with the new data set.
RESETSTYLE
= <boolean>
YES
Set to NO if you want Tecplot 360 to keep the current style.
This only applies if READDATA OPTION is not APPEND.
VARLOADMODE
=
<varloadmode>
BYPOSITION
Set to BYPOSITION to load variables based on their position in
the file. Set to BYNAME to load variables based on their name.
If set to BYNAME, then VARNAMELIST must be supplied as
well.
VARNAMELIST
= <string>
Use this to list the names of the variables to load into Tecplot
360. Names separated by a ; or a + are joined together to form a
set of aliases for a given variable.
VARPOSITIONLIST
= <set>
All vars.
Use this to reduce the number of variables loaded.
ZONELIST
= <set>
All zones.
Use this to reduce the number of zones loaded.
Example 1:
Read in the data files t1.plt and t2.plt to form a single data set in Tecplot 360:
$!READDATASET "t1.plt t2.plt"
Example 2:
Read in the datafile t1.plt. Only read in zones 1 and 4. Skip over every other I-index:
$!READDATASET "t1.plt"
ZONELIST = [1,4]
IJKSKIP
{
I = 2
}
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Example 3:
Read in the data files t1.plt, t2.plt, and t3.plt. Append the new data set to the current one:
$!READDATASET "t1.plt t2.plt t3.plt"
READDATAOPTION = APPEND
Example 4:
Read in the data files t1.plt and t2.plt from directory, /users/john/testrun7/runb:
$!VARSET |BASEDIR| = "/users/john/testrun7/runb"
$!READDATASET "|basedir|/t1.plt |basedir|/t2.plt"
$!READSTYLESHEET
Syntax:
$!READSTYLESHEET <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Read in a stylesheet file. The <string> is the name of the file to read.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
INCLUDEAUXDATA
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to read auxiliary data.
INCLUDECONTOUR
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to read in all contour levels.
= <boolean>
NO
Set to YES if you want the active frame to be sized and
positioned exactly like the frame used to create the stylesheet.
LEVELS
INCLUDEFRAMESIZE
ANDPOSITION
INCLUDEGEOM
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to load in any geometries in the stylesheet file.
INCLUDEPLOTSTYLE
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to process commands related to plot style (mesh
color, vector type, and so on).
INCLUDESTREAM
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to read in streamtrace starting positions.
INCLUDETEXT
= <boolean>
YES
Set to YES to load in any text in the stylesheet file.
MERGE
= <boolean>
NO
Set to NO to reset all frame attributes back to their factory
defaults prior to reading in the stylesheet.
POSITIONS
Example: Read the stylesheet file t.sty. Do not read in any text or geometries:
$!READSTYLESHEET "t.sty"
INCLUDETEXT
= NO
INCLUDEGEOM
= NO
$!REDRAW
Syntax:
$!REDRAW
[optional parameters]
Description:Redraw the active frame.
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Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
DOFULLDRAWING
= <boolean>
Default
YES
Notes
Set to NO to draw only a “trace” of the data in the frame.
Example:
$!REDRAW
$!REDRAWALL
Syntax:
$!REDRAWALL
[optional parameters]
Description:Redraw all frames.
Optional Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
DOFULLDRAWING
= <boolean>
Default
YES
Notes
Set to NO to draw only a “trace” of the data in each frame.
Example:
$!REDRAWALL
$!REMOVEVAR
Syntax: $!REMOVEVAR <macrouserdefvar>
Description:Remove a user-defined macro variable. This frees up space so another user-defined macro
variable can be defined.
Example: Remove the macro variable |ABC|:
$!REMOVEVAR |ABC|
$!RENAMEDATASETVAR
Syntax:
$!RENAMEDATASETVAR
VAR = <integer>
NAME = <string>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Rename a data set variable in Tecplot 360.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
VAR
= <integer>
Specify the variable number.
NAME
= <string>
Specify the new variable name.
Example: Rename variable 1 to be Banana:
$!RENAMEDATASETVAR
VAR = 1
NAME = "Banana"
$!RENAMEDATASETZONE
Syntax:
$!RENAMEDATASETZONE
ZONE = <integer>
NAME = <string>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Rename a data set zone in Tecplot 360.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ZONE
= <integer>
Specify the zone number.
NAME
= <string>
Specify the new zone name.
Example: Rename zone 1 to be Banana:
$!RENAMEDATASETZONE
ZONE = 1
NAME = "Banana"
$!RESET3DAXES
Syntax:
$!RESET3DAXES
[no parameters]
Description:Reset the ranges on the 3D axes.
Example:
$!RESET3DAXES
$!RESET3DORIGIN
Syntax:
$!RESET3DORIGIN
[optional parameters]
Description:Reposition the rotation origin in 3D to be at the specified location.
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Optional Parameter
Parameter
ORIGINRESETLOCATION
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <originresetlocation>
Example:
$!RESET3DORIGIN
ORIGINRESETLOCATION = DATACENTER
$!RESET3DSCALEFACTORS
Syntax:
$!RESET3DSCALEFACTORS
[no parameters]
Description:Recalculate the scale factors for the 3D axes. Aspect ratio limits are taken into account.
Example:
$!RESET3DSCALEFACTORS
$!RESETVECTORLENGTH
Syntax:
$!RESETVECTORLENGTH
[no parameters]
Description:Reset the length of the vectors. Tecplot 360 will find the vector with the largest magnitude and
set the scaling factor so it will appear on the screen using the length specified by $!FRAMESETUP
VECTDEFLEN.
Example:
$!RESETVECTORLENGTH
$!ROTATE2DDATA
Syntax:
$!ROTATE2DDATA
ANGLE = <dexp>
[optional parameters]
Description:Rotate field data in 2D about any point.
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Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
ANGLE
Default
= <dexp>
Notes
Specify angle of rotation in degrees.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ZONELIST
= <set>
All zones.
Zones to rotate.
X
= <dexp>
0
X-origin to rotate about.
Y
= <dexp>
0
Y-origin to rotate about.
Example: Rotate zone 3 30 degrees about the point (7, 2):
$!ROTATE2DDATA
ANGLE
= 30
ZONELIST = [3]
X
= 7
Y
= 2
$!ROTATE3DVIEW
Syntax:
$!ROTATE3DVIEW <rotateaxis>
ANGLE = <dexp>
[optional parameters]
Description:Do a 3D rotation about a given axis. The <rotateaxis> must be supplied.
Required Parameter
Parameter
ANGLE
Syntax
Default
= <dexp>
Notes
Angle to rotate (in degrees).
Optional Parameter
Parameter
ROTATEORIGIN
Syntax
Default
Notes
LOCATION
=
<rotateoriginloc
ation>
VECTORX
= <dexp>
Required when rotate axis is ABOUTVECTOR.
VECTORY
= <dexp>
Required when rotate axis is ABOUTVECTOR.
VECTORZ
= <dexp>
Required when rotate axis is ABOUTVECTOR.
Example:
$!ROTATE3DVIEW PSI
ANGLE = 10
$!RUNMACROFUNCTION
Syntax: $!RUNMACROFUNCTION <string> [<macroparameterlist>]
Description:Execute commands defined in a macro function. The <string> references the name of the macro
function to run. If the macro command requires parameters, then include them (within
parentheses) after the macro command name.
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Example:
Run macro function XYZ and pass the value 7 as the first parameter and the value 3.5 as the second
parameter:
$!RUNMACROFUNCTION "XYZ" (7,3.5)
S
$!SAVELAYOUT
Syntax:
$!SAVELAYOUT <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Save the current layout to a file. You must supply the file name.
Optional Parameter
Parameters
Syntax
Default
Notes
INCLUDEDATA
= <boolean>
NO
INCLUDEPREVIEW
= <boolean>
YES
Applies only if INCLUDEDATA is YES.
USERELATIVEPATHS
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, all files referenced in the layout file will use relative
paths.
If YES, a layout package file will be created. The extension .lpk
is recommended.
Example: Save the current layout to a file called ex1.lay:
$!SAVELAYOUT "ex1.lay"
$!SET3DEYEDISTANCE
Syntax:
$!SET3DEYEDISTANCE
EYEDISTANCE = <dexp>
Description:Sets the distance from the viewer to the plane of the current center of rotation.
Example:
$!SET3DEYEDISTANCE
EYEDISTANCE = 13.5
$!SETAUXDATA
Syntax:
$!SETAUXDATA
AUXDATALOCATION = [zone/var/dataset/frame/linemap]
NAME = <string>
VALUESTRING = <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Add Auxiliary Data in the form of name/value pairs to zones, frames or datasets. The name must
begin with an underscore or letter, and may be followed by one or more underscore, period, letter,
or digit characters.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
AUXDATALOCATION
= [zone/var/
dataset/frame/
linemap|page]
NAME
= <string>
VALUESTRING
= <string>
Default
Notes
Default
Notes
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
MAP
= <integer>
Only required if AUXDATALOCATION = linemap
VAR
= <integer>
Only required if AUXDATALOCATION = var
ZONE
= <integer>
Only required if AUXDATALOCATION = zone
Example: Set the selected Auxiliary Data to Zone 2:
$!SETAUXDATA
AUXDATALOCATION = zone
ZONE = 2
NAME = "VARIABLE.DATA"
VALUESTRING = "WEST SECTOR"
$!SETDATASETTITLE
Syntax:
$!SETDATASETTITLE <string>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Set the title for the current data set.
Example:
$!SETDATASETTITLE "My data set"
$!SETFIELDVALUE
Syntax:
$!SETFIELDVALUE
ZONE
= <integer>
VAR
= <integer>
INDEX
= <integer>
FIELDVALUE = <dexp>
AUTOBRANCH = <boolean>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Specify a field value (data set value) at a specified point index. If the zone referenced is IJ- or
IJK-ordered then the point index is calculated by treating the 2- or 3D array as a 1-D array.
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Required Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
AUTOBRANCH
= <boolean>
FIELDVALUE
= <dexp>
INDEX
= <integer>
VAR
= <integer>
ZONE
= <integer>
Default
Notes
Affects shared variables only. If YES, the specified zone will no
longer share that variable with the other zones. If NO, the
variable will still be shared, and the change to the variable will
be shown for all zones where it is shared.
Example:
A data set contains 2 zones and 3 variables. Zone 2 is dimensioned 5 by 3. Set the value for variable 3 at IJlocation (2, 2) to be 37.5:
$!SETFIELDVALUE
ZONE
= 2
VAR
= 3
INDEX
= 7
FIELDVALUE = 37.5
AUTOBRANCH = YES
Note that the INDEX value was calculated using:
INDEX = I + (J-1)*|MAXI| + (K-1) * |MAXI| * |MAXJ|
= 5*(2-1)+2
= 7
$!SETFRAMEBACKGROUNDCOLOR
Syntax: $!SETFRAMEBACKGROUNDCOLOR <color>
Description:Sets the frame background to the specified color and surveys all basic color assignments in
Tecplot 360, converting the all basic colors using the following rules to achieve the best contrast:
1. For all line type basic colors that match the new basic frame color, set the basic line color to the
best show color of the basic frame color.
2. For all fill type basic colors that match the best show color of the new basic frame color, set the
fill color to the new frame color.
Exceptions:
1. For geometries and text boxes if the line and fill colors are the same and filling is active then
both lines and fill follow the fill rules above.
2. For zone, slice, iso-surface, and streamtrace object types the basic color shading (i.e. fill) only
follows the fill rules above if lighting effects are not being used.
$!SETSTYLEBASE
Syntax:
$!SETSTYLEBASE <stylebase>
[no parameters]
Description:Instruct Tecplot 360 on how to initialize frame style values when a new frame is created. During
normal operation, Tecplot 360 bases the style of a new frame on the factory defaults plus any
changes assigned in the Tecplot 360 configuration file. Layout files and stylesheet files, however,
rely on Tecplot 360 basing new frames only on the factory defaults. This command is typically not
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used by the casual user.
Example: Set the style base for frames to use the factory defaults:
$!SETSTYLEBASE FACTORY
$!SHARECONNECTIVITY
Syntax:
$!SHARECONNECTIVITY
SOURCEZONE = <integer>
DESTINATIONZONE = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Share the nodemap between the source and destination zones, presuming that the zones are FE
and have the same element type and number of nodes.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
DESTINATIONZONE
= <integer>
SOURCEZONE
= <integer>
Default
Notes
Example: Shares the connectivity of the second zone with the sixth zone:
$!SHARECONNECTIVITY
SOURCEZONE = 2
DESTINATIONZONE = 6
$!SHAREFIELDDATAVAR
Syntax:
$!SHAREFIELDDATAVAR
SOURCEZONE = <integer>
VAR = <integer>
DESTINATIONZONE = <integer>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Allows sharing of the specified variable from the source zone to the destination zone. Zone must
be of the same type (ordered or FE) and dimensions. Cell centered variables in FE must have the
same number of cells. Sharing is not allowed if either zone has global face neighbors.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
DESTINATIONZONE
= <integer>
SOURCEZONE
= <integer>
VAR
= <integer>
Default
Notes
Example: Shares the third variable from the second zone, with the fifth zone:
$!SHAREFIELDDATAVAR
SOURCEZONE = 2
VAR
= 3
DESTINATIONZONE = 5
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$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOBOTTOM
Syntax:
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOBOTTOM <set>
[no parameters]
Description:Shift a list of Line-mappings to the bottom of the Line-mapping list. This in effect causes the
selected Line-mappings to be drawn last.
Example: Shift Line-mappings 2 and 4 to the bottom:
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOBOTTOM [2,4]
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOTOP
Syntax:
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOTOP <set>
[no parameters]
Description:Shift a list of Line-maps to the top of the Line-map list. This in effect causes the selected Linemaps to be drawn first.
Example: Shift Line-maps 2 and 4 to the top:
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOTOP [2,4]
$!SHOWMOUSEPOINTER
Syntax:
$!SHOWMOUSEPOINTER <boolean>
[optional parameters]
Description:The mouse icon may be deactivated within a macro to enhance the on-screen animation. It must
be reactivated before exiting the macro.
Example:
$!SHOWMOUSEPOINTER NO
$!LOOP 36
$!ROTATE3DVIEW X
ANGLE = 5
$!REDRAW
$!ENDLOOP
$!SHOWMOUSEPOINTER YES
$!SKETCHAXIS
Syntax:
$!SKETCHAXIS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a sketch mode frame. Axes are rarely
used in sketch frames.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
AUTOADJUSTRANGES
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <boolean>
NO
AXISMODE
= <axismode>
XYDEPENDENT
Set to INDEPENDENT or
XYDEPENDENT.
DEPXTOYRATIO
<op> <dexp>
=1
AXISMODE must be XYDEPENDENT
to use this.
GRIDAREA
<<gridarea>>
DRAWBORDER=NO,
COLOR=BLACK,
LINETHICKNESS=0.4
PRECISEGRID
<<precisegrid>>
INCLUDE=NO,
SIZE=0.0045,
COLOR=BLACK,
ISFILLED=NO,
FILLCOLOR=WHITE,
DRAWGRIDLAST=
NO
PRESERVEAXISSCALE
= <boolean>
NO
VIEWPORTNICEFIT
= <double>
TONICEVALEUS
BUFFER
VIEWPORTPOSITION
<<rect>>
X1=0, Y1=0, X2=100, Y2=100
VIEWPORTTOPSNAP
= <double>
100
= <double>
10
TARGET
VIEWPORTTOPSNAP
TOLERANCE
XDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
YDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
Example: Change the axis mode to be INDEPENDENT for sketch mode in the active frame:
$!SKETCHAXIS
AXISMODE = INDEPENDENT
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES
Syntax:
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES [<slicegroup>]
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with slices.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CONTOUR
{
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
CONTOURTYPE
= <contourtype>
FLOOD
COLOR
= <color>
SMRAINBOW
LINETHICKNESS
= <double>
0.1
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
NO
FLOODCOLORING
= <contourcoloring>
GROUP1
LINECONTOURGROUP
= <integer>
1
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
}
EDGELAYER
{
EDGETYPE
BORDERS
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <double>
= 0.4
IBORDER
BOTH
JBORDER
BOTH
KBORDER
BOTH
}
EFFECTS
{
LIGHTINGEFFECT
GOURAUD
SURFACETRANSLUCENCY
= <integer>
10
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
YES
USEVALUEBLANKING
= <boolean>
YES
USECLIPPLANES
= <set>
[1-6]
X
= <double>
0.95
Y
= <double>
0.95
Z
= <double>
0.95
I
= <integer>
10
J
= <integer>
10
K
= <integer>
10
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
LINETHICKNESS
= <double>
0.1
MESHTYPE
= <meshtype>
OVERLAY
}
ENDPOSITION
{
}
MESH
{
}
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CORNERCELL and AVERAGECELL
options not allowed for
CONTOURTYPE.
Parameter
NUMINTERMEDIATE
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <integer>
1
OBEYSOURCEBLANKING
= <boolean>
NO
CLIPPLANE
= <clipplane>
NONE
Use slice as a clipping plane, with
one of the clipplane types.
OBEYCLIPPLANES
= <boolean>
YES
Clip slice by any clipping planes that
intersect it.
X
= <double>
0.5
Y
= <double>
0.5
Z
= <double>
0.5
I
= <integer>
5
J
= <integer>
5
K
= <integer>
5
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWGROUP
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWINTERMEDIATE
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWPRIMARYSLICE
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWSTARTENDSLICE
= <boolean>
NO
SLICES
PRIMARYPOSITION
{
}
SHADE
{
}
SLICES
SLICECONSTRAINT
{
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
BOXDIMENSION
<<xyz>>
ORIGIN
<<xyz>>
}
SLICESURFACE
= <slicesurface>
XPLANES
X
= <double>
0.05
Y
= <double>
0.05
Z
= <double>
0.05
I
= <integer>
0
J
= <integer>
0
K
= <integer>
0
STARTPOSITION
{
}
SURFACEEFFECTS
{
LIGHTINGEFFECT
= <lightingeffect>
SURFACETRANSLUCENCY
= <translucency>
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
}
VECTOR
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
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Parameter
Syntax
Default
ISTANGENT
= <boolean>
NO
LINETHICKNESS
= <double>
0.1
VECTORTYPE
= <vectortype>
TAILATPOINT
ARROWHEADSTYLE
= <arrowheadstyle>
PLAIN
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
Notes
}
Example:
$!GLOBALCONTOUR VAR = 4
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES ENDPOSITION {X = 1}
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES STARTPOSITION {X = 6}
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES NUMINTERMEDIATESLICES = 6
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES SHOWSTARTENDSLICE = YES
$!SLICEATTRIBUTES SHOWINTERMEDIATESLICES = YES
$!REDRAW
$!CREATESLICEZONES
$!SLICELAYERS
Syntax: $!SLICELAYER SHOW = <boolean>
Description:Turn slicing on or off.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWMESH
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWCONTOUR
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWVECTOR
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWSHADE
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWEDGE
= <boolean>
YES
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
YES
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
Notes
Note:
When slices are activated, they are colored using the contour variable by default. When you activate slices
via the macro language you must perform one of the following steps in order for the slices to be visible in
your final plot:
• Set the contour variable by adding the following command to your macro file (prior to calling
$!SLICELAYER).
$!GLOBALCONTOUR n VAR=m
where n is the contour group number and m is the number of the variable to use for
contouring.
or
• Set CONTOUR SHOW = NO via the $!SLICEATTRIBUTES command. If you choose this
option, you may want to turn on shading to improve the visibility of your slice.
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$!SMOOTH
Syntax:
$!SMOOTH
ZONE = <set>
VAR = <set>
[optional parameters]
Description:Smooth data (reduce the spikes) for selected variables in selected zones.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ZONE
= <set>
Zones to smooth.
VAR
= <set>
Variables to smooth. These cannot be X or Y if in 2D or Z if in
3D and they must be a dependent variable in XY-plots.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
NUMSMOOTHPASSES
= <integer>
1
SMOOTHWEIGHT
= <dexp>
0.8
SMOOTHBNDRYCOND
=
<boundarycondi
tion>
FIXED
Notes
Example: Smooth variable 3 in zone 2:
$!SMOOTH
ZONE = 2
VAR = 3
NUMSMOOTHPASSES = 5
SMOOTHBNDRYCOND = ZERO2ND
$!STREAMATTRIBUTES
Syntax:
$!STREAMATTRIBUTES
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with streamtraces.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ADDARROWS
= <boolean>
YES
ARROWHEADSIZE
<op> <dexp>
= 1.2
ARROWHEADSPACING
<op> <double>
= 10
Distance between arrowheads in
frame units.
CELLFRACTION
<op> <dexp>
= 0.25
Maximum fraction of the distance
across a cell a streamtrace moves in
one step. A streamtrace adjusts its
step-size between CELLFRACTION
and MINCELLFRACTION
depending on local curvature of the
streamtrace.
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.1
MAXSTEPS
<op> <dexp>
<op> <integer>
MINCELLFRACTION
<op> <dexp>
= 1 x 10-005
OBEYSOURCEZONE
= <boolean>
NO
= <boolean>
NO
Clip streamtraces by any clipping
planes that intersect the streamtraces.
<op><dexp>
<op> <integer>
= 0.01
Value is grid units.
=3
Number of points used to define the
streamrod cross-section.
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
COLOR
= <color>
LINETHICKNESS
<op><dexp>
= 0.1
MESHTYPE
= <meshtype>
OVERLAY
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
FLOODCOLORING
= <contourcoloring>
GROUP1
CONTOURTYPE
= <contourtype>
FLOOD
LINECONTOURGROUP
= <integer>
1
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
PATTERNLENGTH
= <dexp>
2
LINETHICKNESS
= <dexp>
0.1
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
COLOR
= <color>
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
= 10,000
Minimum fraction of the distance
across a cell a streamtrace moves in
one step.
BLANKING
OBEYCLIPPLANES
RODRIBBON
{
WIDTH
NUMRODPOINTS
MESH
{
}
CONTOUR
{
}
SHADE
{
}
EFFECTS
{
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YES
Parameter
Syntax
Default
LIGHTINGEFFECT
= <lightingeffect>
GOURAUD
SURFACETRANSLUCENCY
= <translucency>
50
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
NO
USEVALUEBLANKING
= <boolean>
YES
USECLIPPLANES
= <set>
[1-6]
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWDASHES
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWMARKERS
= <boolean>
NO
MARKCOLOR
= <color>
BLACK
MARKSIZE
<op> <dexp>
=1
DASHSKIP
<op> <integer>
=1
MARKSYMBOL
<<symbolshape>>
ISASCII=NO,
GEOMSHAPE=
SQUARE
TIMESTART
= <double>
-1 x 10150
TIMEEND
= <double>
1 x 10150
TIMEANCHOR
= <double>
0
TIMEDELTA
= <double>
1 x 10150
Notes
}
}
SHOWPATHS
STREAMTIMING
{
}
TERMLINE
{
ISACTIVE
= <boolean>
NO
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
COLOR
= <color>
BLACK
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
SOLID
PATTERNLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
=2
LINETHICKNESS
= 0.1
}
$!STREAMTRACE [Required-Control Option]
Description: The different commands in the STREAMTRACE compound function family are described
separately in the following sections.
The STREAMTRACE compound function family is:
$!STREAMTRACE ADD
$!STREAMTRACE DELETALL
$!STREAMTRACE DELETERANGE
$!STREAMTRACE RESETDELTATIME
$!STREAMTRACE SETTERMINATIONLINE
$!STREAMTRACE ADD
Syntax:
$!STREAMTRACE ADD
[optional parameters]
Description:Add a single streamtrace or a rake of streamtraces to the active frame. The frame must be a 2D or
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3D field plot.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
ALTSTARTPOS
Notes
This is required if NUMPTS is greater than 1 or if the
streamtype is a volume rod or volume ribbon.
{
X
= <dexp>
0.0
Y
= <dexp>
0.0
Z
= <dexp>
0.0
DIRECTION
= <streamdirection>
FORWARD
DISTRIBUTIONREGION
= <streamdistributionregion>
NUMPTS
= <integer>
}
If not present, use NUMPTS to decide whether to add
a single streamtrace or a rake of streamtraces.
1
STARTPOS
Use 1 to add a single streamtrace. Use n, n>1 for a rake
of streamtraces.
Z is necessary only if dealing with a 3D streamtrace.
{
X
= <dexp>
0.0
Y
= <dexp>
0.0
Z
= <dexp>
0.0
}
STREAMTYPE
=<streamtype>
Tecplot 360 determines the default STREAMTYPE
based on a number of factors. It is best to always
specify this parameter explicitly.
Example 1:
Add a rake of 5 streamtraces in a 2D field plot:
$!STREAMTRACE ADD
NUMPTS
= 5
STREAMTYPE = TWODLINE
STARTPOS
{
X = 0.5
Y = 0.5
}
ALTSTARTPOS
{
X = 0.5
Y = 1.5
}
Example 2:
Add a single volume ribbon. Start the ribbon oriented parallel to the Z-axis:
$!STREAMTRACE ADD
STREAMTYPE = VOLUMERIBBON
STARTPOS
{
X = 3.0
Y = 4.0
Z = 1.0
}
ALTSTARTPOS
{
200
X = 3.0
Y = 4.0
Z = 8.0
}
$!STREAMTRACE DELETEALL
Syntax:
$!STREAMTRACE DELETEALL
[no parameters]
Description:Deletes all streamtraces in the active frame. If the frame mode is 2D, all 2D streamtraces are
deleted. If the frame mode is 3D, all 3D streamtraces are deleted.
Example:
$!STREAMTRACE DELETEALL
$!STREAMTRACE DELETERANGE
Syntax:
$!STREAMTRACE DELETERANGE
[optional parameters]
Description:Delete a range of streamtraces. Streamtraces are numbered sequentially in the order they were
created.
Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
Default
RANGESTART
= <integer>
1
RANGEEND
= <integer>
1
Notes
Example: Delete streamtraces 3-5:
$!STREAMTRACE DELETERANGE
RANGESTART = 3
RANGEEND
= 5
$!STREAMTRACE RESETDELTATIME
Syntax:
$!STREAMTRACE RESETDELTATIME
[no parameters]
Description:Reset the time delta for dashed streamtraces. The delta time is reset such that a stream dash in
the vicinity of the maximum vector magnitude will have a length approximately equal to 10
percent of the frame width.
Example:
$!STREAMTRACE RESETDELTATIME
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$!STREAMTRACE SETTERMINATIONLINE
Syntax:
$!STREAMTRACE SETTERMINATIONLINE
<xyrawdata>
Description:Set the position of the termination line for streamtraces.
Required Parameter
Parameters
Syntax
Default
<xyrawdata>
Notes
In 3D, the termination line is defined in the eye coordinate
system.
Example: Set the termination line using 3 points:
$!STREAMTRACE SETTERMINATIONLINE
RAWDATA
3
4 0 7 0
5 0 9 0
5 0 3 0
$!STREAMTRACELAYERS
Syntax: $!STREAMTRACELAYERSSHOW = <boolean>
Description:Turn streamtraces on or off.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
SHOW
= <boolean>
NO
SHOWPATHS
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWDASHES
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWARROWHEADS
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWMESH
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWCONTOUR
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWSHADE
= <boolean>
YES
SHOWMARKERS
= <boolean>
YES
USETRANSLUCENCY
= <boolean>
YES
USELIGHTINGEFFECT
= <boolean>
YES
Notes
$!SYSTEM
Syntax:
$!SYSTEM <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Instruct Tecplot 360 to submit a command to the operating system. For security reasons,
execution of the $!SYSTEM command can be disabled to prevent unauthorized execution of system
commands via macros. Use the OKTOEXECUTESYSTEMCOMMAND option to the $!INTERFACE macro
command.
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Example: Submit the system command to copy the file t7.plt to xxx.plt (UNIX):
$!SYSTEM "cp t7.plt xxx.plt"
Example: Submit the system command to copy the file t7.plt to xxx.plt (WINDOWS):
$!SYSTEM "cmd /c t7.plt xxx.plt"
Optional Parameters
Parameter
WAIT
Syntax
= <boolean>
Default
Notes
YES
If YES, Tecplot 360 will wait until the execution of the system
command has completed before continuing.
T
$!THREEDAXIS
Syntax:
$!THREEDAXIS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a 3D frame.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
ASPECTRATIOLIMIT
Syntax
Default
Notes
= 25
Restrict the aspect ratio of the data.
=2
Set aspect ratio for the data to this
value when
ASPECTRATIOLIMIT is exceeded.
ASPECTRATIORESET
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
AXISMODE
= <axismode>
BOXASPECTRATIOLIMIT
<op> <dexp>
= 25
Restrict the aspect ratio of the axis
box.
BOXASPECTRATIORESET
<op> <dexp>
=2
Set aspect ratio for the axis box to this
value when ASPECTRATIOLIMIT is
exceeded.
DEPXTOYRATIO
<op> <dexp>
AXISMODE must be DEPENDENT
to use this.
DEPXTOZRATIO
<op> <dexp>
AXISMODE must be DEPENDENT
to use this.
EDGEAUTORESET
= <boolean>
Make Tecplot 360 automatically
choose edges to label.
Set to INDEPENDENT,
XYDEPENDENT, or
XYZDEPENDENT.
FRAMEAXIS
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
SIZE
<op> <dexp>
<op> <dexp>
LINETHICKNESS
COLOR
= <color>
<<xy>>
XYPOS
}
GRIDAREA
<<gridarea>>
PRESERVEAXISSCALE
= <boolean>
WHENRANGEISCHANGED
XDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
XYDEPXTOYRATIO
<op> <dexp>
YDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
ZDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
AXISMODE must be
XYDEPENDENT to use this.
Example:
This example does the following:
• Changes the variable assigned to the Z-axis to be variable number 2.
• Turns off auto edge assignment and make axis labeling for the Y-axis occur on edge 2.
$!THREEDAXIS
ZVAR = 2
EDGEAUTORESET = NO
YEDGE = 2
$!THREEDVIEW
Syntax:
$!THREEDVIEW
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that changes global attributes associated with the 3D view.
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Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
ALPHAANGLE
<op> <dexp>
=0
DRAWINPERSPECTIVE
= <boolean>
NO
FIELDOFVIEW
<op> <dexp>
Notes
Angle is in degrees.
PSIANGLE
<op> <dexp>
= 60
Angle is in degrees.
THETAANGLE
<op> <dexp>
= 240
Angle is in degrees.
VIEWERPOSITION
<<xyz>>
See Notes
X = 8.073, Y = 4.873, Z = 5.549
VIEWWIDTH
<op> <dexp>
= 1.74267
Example:
This example does the following:
• Switches to perspective.
• Changes the field of view.
• Rotates around psi by 20 degrees.
• Changes the viewer position.
$!THREEDVIEW
DRAWNINPERSPECTIVE = YES
FIELDOFVIEW = 100
PSIANGLE += 20
VIEWERPOSITION
{
X = 1.26
Y = 1.25
Z = 0.74
}
$!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES
Syntax:
$!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES
TRANSFORMATION = <transformation>
[optional parameters]
Description:Transforms all points in one or more zones from one coordinate system to another.
Tecplot 360 versions 2006 R2 and earlier incorrectly recorded the
$!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES command. In these versions, the variable number options
in this command were recorded as zero-based values instead of one-based values.
Macros or layout files created with any of these versions and containing
$!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES should increment each variable sub-command option by
“one” in order to operate correctly with Tecplot 360 versions 2008 and newer.
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Required Parameter
Parameters
TRANSFORMATION
Syntax
Default
= <transformation>
Notes
Transformation.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ANGLESPEC
= <anglespec>
RADIANS
Specifies whether data is in degrees or radians
CREATENEW
= <boolean>
NO
If YES, then new variables X,Y,Z will be created if converting to
rectangular coordinates, or R,THETA,PHI if converting to
spherical. If NO, then you must specify the output variables.
VARIABLES
PSIVAR
= <integer>
PSI variable number. REQUIRED if the transformation is
spherical to rectangular or if CREATENEWVARIABLES is NO.
RVAR
= <integer>
R variable number. REQUIRED if the transformation is polar to
rectangular or spherical to rectangular or if
CREATENEWVARIABLES is NO.
THETAVAR
= <integer>
XVAR
= <integer>
X variable number. REQUIRED if the transformation is
rectangular to polar or rectangular to spherical or
CREATENEWVARIABLES is NO.
YVAR
= <integer>
Y variable number. REQUIRED if the transformation is
rectangular to polar or rectangular to spherical or
CREATENEWVARIABLES is NO.
ZONELIST
= <set>
ZVAR
= <integer>
NONE
all zones
Theta variable number. REQUIRED if the transformation is
polar to rectangular or spherical to rectangular or if
CREATENEWVARIABLES is NO.
Set of zones to operate on.
Z variable number. REQUIRED if the transformation or
rectangular to spherical or CREATENEWVARIABLES is NO.
Example:
Transform data from rectangular coordinates to polar coordinates specifying angles in degrees and
creating new variables.
$!TRANSFORMCOORDINATES
TRANSFORMATION = RECTTOPOLAR
ANGLESPEC = DEGREES
CREATENEWVARIABLES = YES
XVAR = 2
YVAR = 3
$!TRIANGULATE
Syntax:
$!TRIANGULATE
[optional parameters]
Description:Create a new zone by forming triangles from data points in existing zones.
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Optional Parameters:
Parameters
Syntax
AUTOSTRANDTRANSIENTDATA
= <boolean>
BOUNDARYZONES
= <set>
INCLUDEBOUNDARY
Default
Notes
YES
If set to YES, time strands are automatically created for transient
data in the new zone.
= <boolean>
NO
Set to YES if you also want the boundary points to be used to create
triangles.
SOURCEZONES
= <set>
All zones.
TRIANGLEKEEP
= <dexp>
0.25
= <boolean>
NO
Required if USEBOUNDARY is YES.
PTS
FACTOR
USEBOUNDARY
Specify one or more I-ordered zones that define boundaries across
which no triangles can be created.
Example: Create a zone by triangulating data points from zones 1 and 2:
$!TRIANGULATE
SOURCEZONES= [1,2]
$!TWODAXIS
Syntax:
$!TWODAXIS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in a 2D frame.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
AUTOADJUSTRANGES
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <boolean>
TONICEVALUES
AXISMODE
<axismode>
Set to INDEPENDENT or
XYDEPENDENT
DEPXTOYRATIO
<op> <dexp>
AXISMODE must be
XYDEPENDENT to use this.
GRIDAREA
<<gridarea>>
PRECISEGRID
<<precisegrid>>
PRESERVEAXISSCALE
= <boolean>
WHENRANGEISCHANGED
VIEWPORTNICEFIT
= <double>
BUFFER
VIEWPORTPOSTITION
<<rect>>
VIEWPORTTOPSNAP
= <integer>
100
= <integer>
10
XDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
VARNUM = 1
YDETAIL
<<axisdetail>>
VARNUM = 2
TARGET
VIEWPORTTOPSNAP
TOLERANCE
Example: Set the X-axis to use variable 3 for a 2D plot:
$!TWODAXIS
XDETAIL {VARNUM = 3}
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V
$!VARSET
Syntax:
$!VARSET <macrovar> <op> <dexp>
[no parameters]
or
$!VARSET <macrovar> = <string>
[no parameters]
Description:Assign a value to a macro variable. If the macro variable did not exist prior to this command,
then it is defined here. A macro variable can be assigned a value or a string.
Examples:
Example 1:
Set the macro variable |myvar| to 3:
$!VARSET |myvar| = 3
Example 2:
Add 2 to the macro variable |myvar|:
$!VARSET |myvar| += 2
Example 3:
Set the macro variable |File1| to be myfile.plt:
$!VARSET |File1| = "myfile.plt"
Example 4:
Set the macro variable |F1| to equal |V2| + |V3|, where |V2| and |V3| are predefined variables:
$!VARSET|V2| = 4
$!VARSET|V3| = 5
$!VARSET|F1| = (|V2| + |V3|)
$!VIEW [Required-Control Option]
Description:
The different commands in the VIEW compound function family are described separately in the
following sections.
The VIEW compound function family is:
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
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AXISFIT
AXISMAKECURRENTVALUESNICE
AXISNICEFIT
CENTER
COPY
DATAFIT
FIT
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
$!VIEW
FITSURFACES
LAST
MAKECURRENTVIEWNICE
NICEFIT
PASTE
PUSH
RESETTOENTIRECIRCLE
SETMAGNIFICATION
TRANSLATE
ZOOM
$!VIEW AXISFIT
Syntax:
$!VIEW AXISFIT
[optional parameters]
Description:Reset the range on a specific axis so that it equals the minimum and maximum of the data being
plotted. If the axis dependency is not independent then this action may also affect the range on
another axis.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
AXIS
= <xyaxis>
‘X’
Default is ‘T’ for polar plot type.
AXISNUM
= <integer>
1
Only XY frame mode allows for this to be a number greater
than 1.
Example: Reset the range on the Y-axis to fit the data being plotted:
$!VIEW AXISFIT
AXIS =’Y’
$!VIEW AXISMAKECURRENTAXISVALUESNICE
Syntax:
$!VIEW AXISMAKECURRENTAXISVALUESNICE
[optional parameters]
Description:Reset the axis-line label values such that all currently displayed values are set to have the
smallest number of significant digits possible.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
AXIS
= <xyaxis>
‘X’
Default is ‘T’ for polar plot type.
AXISNUM
= <integer>
1
Only XY line plots allow for this to be a number greater than 1.
Example: Set the range on the Z-axis to have nice values for the axis labels:
$!VIEW AXISMAKECURRENTAXISVALUESNICE
AXIS = ’Z’
$!VIEW AXISNICEFIT
Syntax:
$!VIEW AXISNICEFIT
[optional parameters]
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Description:Reset the range on a specific axis so that it equals the minimum and maximum of the data being
plotted, but makes the axis values “nice” by setting labels to have the smallest number of
significant digits possible. If the axis dependency is not independent then this action may also
affect the range on another axis.
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
AXIS
= <xyaxis>
‘X’
Default is ‘T’ for polar plot type.
AXISNUM
= <integer>
1
Only XY frame mode allows for this to be a number greater
than 1.
Example:
Reset the range on the Y-axis to fit the data being plotted, with nice values on the axis-line:
$!VIEW AXISNICEFIT
AXIS =’Y’
$!VIEW CENTER
Syntax:
$!VIEW CENTER
[no parameters]
Description:Center the data within the axis grid area.
$!VIEW COPY
Syntax:
$!VIEW COPY
[no parameters]
Description:Copy the current view to the view paste buffer. See also $!VIEW
PASTE.
$!VIEW DATAFIT
Syntax:
$!VIEW DATAFIT
[no parameters]
Description:Fit the current set of data zones or line mappings being plotted within the grid area. This does
not take into consideration text or geometries.
$!VIEW FIT
Syntax:
$!VIEW FIT
[no parameters]
Description:Fit the entire plot to the grid area. This also takes into consideration text and geometries that are
plotted using the grid coordinate system. In 3D, this also includes the axes.
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$!VIEW FITSURFACES
Syntax:
$!VIEW FITSURFACES
[no parameters]
Description:Fits active plot surfaces to the grid area. 3D volume zones are excluded when surfaces to plot are
set to none. See $!FIELDMAP for more information on setting surfaces to plot.
$!VIEW LAST
Syntax:
$!VIEW LAST
[no parameters]
Description:Retrieve the previous view from the view stack. Each frame mode within each frame maintains
its own view stack. $!VIEW LAST will not reverse alterations to data.
$!VIEW MAKECURRENTVIEWNICE
Syntax:
$!VIEW MAKECURRENTVIEWNICE
[no parameters]
Description:Shifts axis to make axis-line values nice without changing the extents of the window. Only
works in Sketch/XY/2D.
$!VIEW NICEFIT
Syntax:
$!VIEW NICEFIT
[no parameters]
Description:Change view to make the extents of the frame neatly hold the plot with integer values for axis
labels. Only works in Sketch/XY/2D.
$!VIEW PASTE
Syntax:
$!VIEW PASTE
[no parameters]
Description:Retrieve the view from the view paste buffer and assign it to the active frame.
$!VIEW PUSH
Syntax:
$!VIEW PUSH
[no parameters]
Description:Instruct Tecplot 360 to push the current view onto the view stack. A view will not be pushed if
the current view is the same as the top view on the stack. Note that commands VIEW AXISFIT,
VIEW CENTER, VIEW DATAFIT, VIEW FIT, and VIEW ZOOM automatically push a view onto the stack.
Tecplot 360 automatically pushes the current view onto the stack when a $!REDRAW command is
issued and the current view is different from the top view on the view stack.
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$!VIEW RESETTOENTIRECIRCLE
Syntax:
$!VIEW RESETTOENTIRECIRCLE
[no parameters]
Description:Reset the Theta-R Axis to initial settings. For Polar plots only.
$!VIEW SETMAGNIFICATION
Syntax:
$!VIEW SETMAGNIFICATION
MAGNIFICATION = <dexp>
Description:Set the magnification for the data being plotted. A magnification of 1 will size the plot so it can
fit within the grid area.
Required Parameter
Parameter
MAGNIFICATION
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <dexp>
Example: Make the plot to be drawn one-half as big as when it fits within the grid area:
$!VIEW SETMAGNIFICATION
MAGNIFICATION = 0.5
$!VIEW TRANSLATE
Syntax:
$!VIEW TRANSLATE
X = <dexp>
Y = <dexp>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Shift the data being plotted in the X- and/or Y-direction. The amount translated is in frame units.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
X
= <dexp>
0.0
Amount to translate in X-frame units.
Y
= <dexp>
0.0
Amount to translate in Y-frame units.
Example: Translate the view 10 percent of the frame width to the right:
$!VIEW TRANSLATE
X = 10
Y = 0
$!VIEW ZOOM
Syntax:
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$!VIEW ZOOM
X1 = <dexp>
Y1 = <dexp>
X2 = <dexp>
Y2 = <dexp>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Change the view by “zooming” into the data. In Sketch, XY, and 2D frame mode plots, Tecplot
360 will adjust the ranges on the axis to view the region defined by the rectangle with corners at
(X1, Y1) and (X2, Y2). For 3D orthographic plots, the view is translated and scaled to fit the region.
For 3D perspective plots, the view is rotated about the viewer and scaled to fit the region. X1 and
so forth are measured in grid coordinates.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
X1
= <dexp>
Y1
= <dexp>
X2
= <dexp>
Y2
= <dexp>
Default
Notes
Example: Zoom so the rectangular region with corners at (1, 0) and (7, 9) are in view:
$!VIEW ZOOM
X1 = 1
Y1 = 0
X2 = 7
Y2 = 9
W-X
$!WHILE...$!ENDWHILE
Syntax:$!WHILE <conditionalexp>
.$!ENDWHILE
Description:Continue to execute a set of commands until a conditional expression is NO.
Example: Execute a set of commands until the macro variable |myvar| is greater than 1.0:
$!VARSET |myvar| = 0.0
$!WHILE |myvar| < 1.0
$!VARSET |myvar| += 0.01
$!ENDWHILE
$!WORKSPACEVIEW [Required-Control Option]
Description:The different commands in the WORKSPACEVIEW compound function family are described
separately in the following sections.
The WORKSPACEVIEW compound functions are:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
$!WORKSPACEVIEW
FITALLFRAMES
FITPAPER
FITSELECTEDFRAMES
LASTVIEW
MAXIMIZE
TRANSLATE
UNMAXIMIZE
ZOOM
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$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITALLFRAMES
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITALLFRAMES
[no parameters]
Description:Change the view in the workspace so all frames are fit just inside the edges of the workspace.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITPAPER
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITPAPER
[no parameters]
Description:Change the view in the workspace so the entire paper is fit just inside the edges of the
workspace.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITSELECTEDFRAMES
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITSELECTEDFRAMES
[no parameters]
Description:Change the view in the workspace so the currently selected frames (that is, the frames with pick
handles) are fit just inside the edges of the workspace.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW LASTVIEW
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW LASTVIEW
[no parameters]
Description:Return to the previous workspace view.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW MAXIMIZE
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW MAXIMIZE
[no parameters]
Description:Temporarily expand the work area as large as possible. The maximized work area occupies the
entire Tecplot 360 process window.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW TRANSLATE
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW TRANSLATE
X = <dexp>
Y = <dexp>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Shift the view of the workspace. This has no effect on the local view within any frame in your
layout.
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Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
X
= <dexp>
0
Value is in inches.
Y
= <dexp>
0
Value is in inches.
Example:
Shift the workspace view to the left by 2 inches (as measured by the workspace ruler):
$!WORKSPACEVIEW TRANSLATE
X = -2
Y = 0
$!WORKSPACEVIEW UNMAXIMIZE
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW UNMAXIMIZE
[no parameters]
Description:Returns the workspace to its normal size after it has been expanded after $!WORKSPACE
MAXIMIZE
has been used.
$!WORKSPACEVIEW ZOOM
Syntax:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW ZOOM
X1 = <dexp>
Y1 = <dexp>
X2 = <dexp>
Y2 = <dexp>
[no optional parameters]
Description:Change the view into the work area. This has no effect on the local view within any frame in
your layout.
Required Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
X1
= <dexp>
Y1
= <dexp>
X2
= <dexp>
Y2
= <dexp>
Default
Notes
Example:
Make the region in the lower left corner of an 8.5 by 11 paper be viewable in the work area. The paper is in
portrait orientation:
$!WORKSPACEVIEW ZOOM
X1 = 0
Y1 = 5.5
X2 = 4.25
Y2 = 9.75
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$!WRITECOLORMAP
Syntax:
$!WRITECOLORMAP <string>
[no parameters]
Description:Write the current color map to a file. The <string> is the name of the file to write to.
Example:
$!WRITECOLORMAP "mycolors.map"
$!WRITECURVEINFO
Syntax:
$!WRITECURVEINFO <string>
SOURCEMAP = <integer>
[optional parameters]
Description:Write out the curve details or the calculated data points for the equation(s) used to draw the
curve for a selected line mapping. The <string> is the name of the file to write to.
Required Parameter
Parameter
Syntax
SOURCEMAP
Default
= <integer>
Notes
This must be the number of a line mapping that does some
type of curve fit or spline.
Optional Parameter
Parameters
Syntax
CURVEINFOMODE
=
<curveinfomode
>
Default
CURVE
DETAILS
Notes
Use CURVE DETAILS or CURVEPOINTS.
Example: Write out the coefficients for XY line mapping number 3 to map3.out:
$!WRITECURVEINFO "map3.out"
SOURCEMAP
= 3
CURVEINFOMODE = CURVE DETAILS
$!WRITEDATASET
Syntax:
$!WRITEDATASET <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Write the data set attached to the active frame to a file. The <string> is the name of the file to write
to.
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Optional Parameters
Parameters
ASSOCIATELAYOUT
Syntax
Default
Notes
= <boolean>
YES
BINARY
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDEAUTOGEN
= <boolean>
NO
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDEDATA
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDEDATASHAREL
INKAGE
= <boolean>
NO
INCLUDEGEOM
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDETEXT
= <boolean>
YES
PRECISION
= <integer>
12
Only used if ASCII (that is, BINARY is NO).
TECPLOTVERSION
= <string>
TecplotCurrent
Optional designation of binary file version. Possible values are
TecplotCurrent, Tecplot2009, Tecplot2008, and Tecplot2006.
Only used if ASCII (that is, BINARY is NO).
WITHDATAFILE
If NO, you can include PRECISION and USEPOINTFORMAT.
FACENEIGHBORS
INCLUDECUSTOM
LABELS
TOWRITE
USEPOINTFORMAT
= <boolean>
NO
VARPOSITIONLIST
= <set>
All vars.
Use this to limit the number of variables written out.
ZONELIST
= <set>
All zones.
Use this to limit the number of zones written out.
Example: Write out only zone 3 to a file called zone3.plt:
$!WRITEDATASET "zone3.plt"
INCLUDETEXT
= NO
INCLUDEGEOM
= NO
INCLUDECUSTOMLABELS = NO
ZONELIST
= [3]
$!WRITESTYLESHEET
Syntax:
$!WRITESTYLESHEET <string>
[optional parameters]
Description:Write the style for the active frame to a file. The <string> is the name of the file to write to.
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Optional Parameters
Parameters
Syntax
INCLUDECONTOUR
Default
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDETEXT
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDEGEOM
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDEPLOTSTYLE
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDESTREAMPOSI
TIONS
= <boolean>
YES
INCLUDEFACTORY
= <boolean>
NO
Notes
LEVELS
DEFAULTS
USERELATIVEPATHS
= <boolean>
INCLUDEAUXDATA
= <boolean>
YES
Example: Write out a stylesheet for the active frame to
f1.sty:
$!WRITESTYLESHEET "f1.sty"
INCLUDEFACTORYDEFAULTS = YES
$!XYLINEAXIS
Syntax:
$!XYLINEAXIS
[optional parameters]
Description:A SetValue command that assigns attributes for axes in an XY Line plot.
Optional Parameters
Parameter
Syntax
AUTOADJUSTRANGES
Default
Notes
= <boolean>
NO
AXISMODE
<axismode>
INDEPENDENT
Set to INDEPENDENT or XYDEPENDENT.
DEPXTOYRATIO
<op> <dexp>
=1
AXISMODE must be XYDEPENDENT to use this. This applies
only to the X1- and Y1-axes.
GRIDAREA
<<gridarea>>
<<precisegrid>>
See Notes
DRAWBORDER=N0, COLOR=BLACK, LINE THICKNESS=0.4
See Notes
INCLUDE=NO, SIZE=0.0045, COLOR=BLACK,
ISFILLED=NO, FILLCOLOR=WHITE, DRAWGRIDLAST=NO
PRESERVEAXISSCALE
= <boolean>
NO
VIEWPORTNICEFIT
= <double>
TONICEVALUES
PRECISEGRID
Between 1 and 100.
BUFFER
VIEWPORTPOSITION
VIEWPORTTOPSNAP
See Notes
= <integer>
100
= <integer>
10
X1 = 13, Y1 = 11, X2 = 8, Y = 88
TARGET
VIEWPORTTOPSNAP
TOLERANCE
XDETAIL
<integer>
<<axisdetail>>
The <integer> option specifies which axis to operate on, 1  n 
5.
YDETAIL
<integer>
<<axisdetail>>
The <integer> option specifies which axis to operate on, 1  n 
5.
Example:
Set the axis mode to be independent for the XY-axes (note that this affects only X1 versus Y1):
$!XYLINEAXIS
AXISMODE = INDEPENDENT
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10
Macro Commands for the Analyze
Menu
All of the macro commands associated with the Analyze menu are embedded within Tecplot 360’s
EXTENDEDCOMMAND macro. The syntax of this macro is shown below:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = <string>
COMMAND = <string>
The first <string> is a text string should be set to CFDAnalyzer3. The second string is sent to one of the add-ons
listed below.
10 - 1
Summary of Analyze Macro Commands
ANIMATESTREAKLINES may be used following a streakline calculation to animate the streaklines, either to the
screen or to a file.
ATTACHINTEGRATIONRESULTS is used following an integration to create a text field and attach it to the current
Tecplot 360 frame. This macro has the same effect as clicking Make Text on the Integration Results text
dialog.
Note: It is not necessary to direct the macro to display the Integration Results dialog in order to attach or
save the results.
CALCPARTICLEPATH calculates particle paths or streaklines for steady or unsteady flow solutions, using the
location of any existing streamtraces as starting locations for the particles. Particles may have mass or be
massless.
CALCTURBULENCEFUNCTION calculates any of four turbulence-related functions, given any two in your data set.
CALCULATE calculates a PLOT3D function. The name of this function must be specified in the shortened
form listed in Section 10 - 3 “Parameter Assignment Values”.
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CALCULATEACCURACY uses Richardson extrapolation to estimate the order accuracy of the solution, given the
solution on three grids of successively finer resolution. If either of the plotting options are set to TRUE, the
resulting Tecplot 360 frames will be in front after executing this command.
DISPLAYBOUNDARIES displays zone boundaries in a new frame according to settings made by the
SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES macro. Each boundary of each 3D zone (in 3D Cartesian plots) or 2D zone (in 2D
Cartesian plots) is displayed and named according to the boundary condition applied to it. Boundaries
that are connected to the boundaries of adjacent zones are named as such.
EXTRACTFLOWFEATURE displays shock surfaces, vortex cores, or separation and attachment lines for 3D flow
solutions. Separation and attachment lines are only calculated on no-slip wall boundaries identified by the
SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES macro. Shock surfaces are displayed as iso-surfaces of a new variable,
ShockFeature, while the remaining features are displayed as new zones.
EXTRAPOLATESOLUTION performs Richardson extrapolation to estimate the true solution from three input
solutions on grids of successively finer resolution. It saves the extrapolated solution as a new zone in the
current data set. It also saves an additional zone containing the difference between this solution and the
original solution.
INTEGRATE performs an integration. All Integrate dialog options are available to this macro, including the
display options. If the PLOTRESULTS parameter is set to TRUE, then the Tecplot 360 frame showing the
integration results is the active frame following this command.
SAVEINTEGRATIONRESULTS has the same effect as clicking Save on the Integration Results dialog and selecting
a file. The results are saved to the file named by the FILE parameter.
SETFIELDVARIABLES identifies variables in your data, such as velocity, pressure and temperature, for use in
analysis.
SETFLUIDPROPERTIES sets the properties of the fluid, such as viscosity. These are used by some actions of the
CALCULATE and INTEGRATE commands.
SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES identifies boundaries of zones in a flow solution and the boundary conditions
applied to them. It also specifies whether zones with coincident boundary nodes should be considered
connected at those points, as well as whether 2D solutions should be regarded as axisymmetric.
SETREFERENCEVALUES sets the reference (free-stream) properties of the solution. This information is used by
other calculations.
SETUNSTEADYFLOWOPTIONS identifies solution time levels for unsteady flow solutions. This information is used
for particle path and streakline calculations.
10 - 2
Macro Command Description
The syntax, mandatory and optional parameters for each of the macro commands listed in Section 10 - 1
are described below. Items within single angle brackets (<>) are defined in Section 10 - 3.
The COMMAND strings below must be contained on a single line in your macro command
file, although they appear on multiple lines below.
ANIMATESTREAKLINES
Syntax:$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDANALYZER3’
COMMAND = ‘ANIMATESTREAKLINES
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Macro Command Description
[optional parameters]’
Description: Animates previously calculated streaklines to the screen or to a file.
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
DESTINATION
= <string>
SCREEN
FILENAME
= <string>
““
WIDTH
SPEED
= <integer>
= <double>
300
10.0
USEMULTIPLECOLO
R
= <boolean>
FALSE
= <boolean>
FALSE
Notes
Specifies the destination of the animation. May be SCREEN,
AVIFILE or RASTERMETAFILE.
The name of the file to which to save the animation. Must be
specified for DESTINATION values of AVIFILE or
RASTERMETAFILE.
The width of the animation when saved to a file.
The speed in frames per second of the animation. Only used
for animations saved to an AVI file.
Specifies whether animations saved to a file should include
one color table for each frame. The default is to use a single
color table.
TABLES
INCLUDEZONE
ANIMATION
ATTACHINTEGRATIONRESULTS
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘ATTACHINTEGRATIONRESULTS’
Description:Attach the text results of the previous integration as a text field in the active frame.
CALCPARTICLEPATH
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘CALCPARTICLEPATH
[optional parameters]’
Description:Calculate particle paths or streaklines, starting from existing Tecplot 360 streamtraces.
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Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
FUNCTION
= <particlefunction>
TIMESTEP
= <double>
1
MAXTIMESTEPS
RELEASEFREQ
= <integer>
1000
1
RELEASEOPTION
= <releaseoption>
HAVEMASS
= <double>
PARTICLEPATH
Notes
Can be PARTICLEPATH or
STREAKLINE.
The integration time step for the
calculation.
For steady-state calculations only.
For FUNCTION = STREAKLINE.
Indicates the number of particles to
release in the indicated time period
(see the next parameter).
TIMELEVEL
For FUNCTION = STREAKLINE. If
TIMELEVEL, indicates that
RELEASEFREQ particles should be
released every solution time level. If
UNITTIME, indicates that this
number of particles should be
released in a unit amount of solution
time.
= <boolean>
FALSE
If TRUE, particles have mass; specify
the particle mass options below.
CREATESINGLEZONE
= <boolean>
FALSE
For FUNCTION = PARTICLEPATH
only, specifies that all particle paths
should be combined into a single I-J
ordered zone.
STOREOPTION
= <storeoption>
PARTICLEVALUES
If PARTICLEVALUES, the particle’s
velocity, mass and temperature (if
calculated) will be stored in place of
appropriate fluid values in the
particle path’s zone. If
FLUIDVALUES, all fluid values the
particle passed through will be
stored in the zone.
COEFFS
= <coeffsoption>
GENERAL
If GENERAL, specify
BALLISTICCOEFF, plus
TEMPTIMECONST if calculating
particle temperature. If DETAILED,
specify MASS, RADIUS, and
DRAGCOEFF, plus SPECIFICHEAT
and NUSSELT if calculating
temperature. Only applies if
HAVEMASS = TRUE.
CALCTEMPERATURE
= <boolean>
FALSE
If TRUE, particle temperature will be
calculated. Only applies if
HAVEMASS = TRUE.
GRAVITYCONSTANT
= <double>
0.0
The acceleration due to gravity. Only
applies if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
GRAVITYDIRECTION
= <gravitydirection>
INITIALVELOCITYOPTI
ON
= <initialvelocityoption>
BALLISTICCOEFF
TEMPTIMECONST
MINUSX
The axis direction in which gravity
acts. Only applies if HAVEMASS =
TRUE.
LOCALFLUIDVELOCITY
The initial velocity of particles.
Options are LOCALFLUIDVELOCITY
and ZEROVELOCITY. Only applies if
HAVEMASS = TRUE.
= <double>
1.0
For GENERAL coefficients only, the
ballistic coefficient of the particle.
Only applies if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
= <double>
1.0
For GENERAL coefficients with
CALCTEMPERATURE = TRUE only,
the temperature relaxation factor of
the particle. Only applies if
HAVEMASS = TRUE.
MASS
= <double>
1.0
For DETAILED coefficients only, the
particle mass. Only applies if
HAVEMASS = TRUE.
RADIUS
= <double>
1.0
For DETAILED coefficients only, the
particle initial radius. Only applies if
HAVEMASS = TRUE.
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Macro Command Description
Parameter
Syntax
Default
DRAGCOEFFOPTION
= <specifyoption>
SPECIFY
DRAGCOEFF
= <double>
1.0
Notes
For DETAILED coefficients only. If
SPECIFY, specify DRAGCOEFF. If
CALCULATE, Tecplot 360 will
calculate the drag coefficient. Only
applies if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
For DETAILED coefficients only, with
DRAGCOEFFOPTION = SPECIFY, the
particle drag coefficient. Only applies
if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
SPECIFICHEAT
= <double>
1.0
For DETAILED coefficients with
CALCTEMPERATURE = TRUE only,
the particle specific heat. Only
applies if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
NUSSELTOPTION
= <specifyoption>
NUSSELT
= <double>
SPECIFY
For DETAILED coefficients with
CALCTEMPERATURE = TRUE only. If
SPECIFY, specify NUSSELT. If
CALCULATE, Tecplot 360 will
calculate the Nusselt number. Only
applies if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
1.0
For DETAILED coefficients with
CALCTEMPERATURE = TRUE and
NUSSELTOPTION = SPECIFY only,
the particle Nusselt number. Only
applies if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
TERMOPTION
= <terminationoption>
TEMPERATURE
For DETAILED coefficients with
CALCTEMPERATURE = TRUE only (is
always TEMPERATURE for general
coefficients), the particle termination
option. May beTEMPERATURE or
ABLATE. Only applies if HAVEMASS =
TRUE.
TEMPERATURE
= <double>
1.0
If TERMOPTION = TEMPERATURE, the
particle termination temperature. If
TERMOPTION = ABLATE, the
ablation temperature. Only applies if
HAVEMASS = TRUE.
LATENTHEAT
= <double>
1.0
For TERMOPTION = ABLATE only,
the latent heat of the ablative process.
Only applies if HAVEMASS = TRUE.
Example 1:Calculate streaklines with an integration time step of 0.1, releasing eight particles per
unit solution time:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘CALCPARTICLEPATH
FUNCTION=STREAKLINE
TIMESTEP=0.1
RELEASEFREQ=8
RELEASEOPTION=UNITTIME’
Example 2:Calculate particle paths, including temperature with ablation, in a steady-state flow for
particles with an initial mass of 3E-14, an initial radius of 1.5E-6 and a specific heat of 703. Use
a time step of 1E-6. Have Tecplot 360 calculate the drag coefficient and the Nusselt number.
Use an ablation temperature of 2,250 and a latent heat of 1.5E5:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘CALCPARTICLEPATH
TIMESTEP = 1.0e-6
HAVEMASS = TRUE
COEFFS = DETAILED
CALCTEMPERATURE = TRUE
MASS = 3e-14
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RADIUS = 1.5e-6
DRAGCOEFFOPTION = CALCULATE
SPECIFICHEAT = 703
NUSSELTOPTION = CALCULATE
TERMOPTION = ABLATE
TEMPERATURE = 2250
LATENTHEAT = 1.5e5’
CALCTURBULENCEFUNCTION
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘CALCTURBULENCEFUNCTION’
[optional parameters]
Description:Calculate a turbulence-related function from two variables in the current data set. Add the result
to the data set as a new variable using the function’s name, or overwrite the variable if it already
exists.
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
CALCULATEONDEMAND
= <boolean>
FUNCTION
= <turbulencefunction>
FREQUENCY
May be ENERGY, DISSIPATIONRATE,
FREQUENCY, or VISCOSITY.
ID1
= <turbulencefunction>
ENERGY
The turbulence quantity the first data
set variable represents.
VARIABLE1
= <integer>
ID2
= <turbulencefunction>
VARIABLE2
= <integer>
VALUELOCATION
= <valuelocation>
FALSE
1
The number of the first data set
variable.
DISSIPATIONRATE
The turbulence quantity the second
data set variable represents.
2
The number of the second data set
variable.
NODAL
The location of new variables added
to the data set. Can be NODAL or
CELLCENTERED.
Example:Calculate turbulent kinematic viscosity from turbulent kinetic energy, variable 5, and
turbulent frequency, variable 6:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘CALCTURBULENCEFUNCTION
FUNCTION=VISCOSITY
VARIABLE1=5
ID2=FREQUENCY VARIABLE2=6’
CALCULATE
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘CALCULATE FUNCTION = <functionname>
[optional parameters]’
Description:Calculate a Tecplot 360 variable using the specified function and add it to the current data set. If
the variable already exists in the current data set, it will be recalculated.
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Macro Command Description
Required Parameter:
Parameter
Syntax
FUNCTION
Default
=
<functionname>
Notes
Indicates the function to be used to calculate the variable. If it is
a vector function, the components will be stored as X name, Y
name, and Z name, where name is the function name
appearing in the interface.
Optional Parameter:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
NORMALIZATION
=
<normalizationo
ption>
NONE
VALUELOCATION
= <valuelocation>
NODAL
CALCULATEONDEMAND
= <boolean>
Notes
May be NONE, MAXIMUMMAGNITUDE or REFERENCEVALUES.
The location of new variables added to the data set. Can be
NODAL or CELLCENTERED.
FALSE
Example 1:Calculate the Jacobian for the grid of the current data set:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘CALCULATE FUNCTION = JACOBIAN’
Example 2:Calculate the pressure coefficient for the current data set. The freestream density and
speed of sound are 1.0 (the defaults):
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘CALCULATE
FUNCTION = PRESSURECOEF’
CALCULATEACCURACY
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘CALCULATEACCURACY ZONES = [<set>]
[optional parameters]’
Description:Calculate the order accuracy of the solution contained in the listed zones. Optionally, plot the
overall accuracy versus grid spacing and plot the accuracy at each grid node.
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Required Parameter:
Parameter
Syntax
ZONES
Default
= <set>
Notes
Indicates the three zones from which to perform the accuracy
calculation.
Optional Parameters:
Parameter Syntax
Syntax
Default
Notes
MAXACCURACY
= <double>
2.0
DATASETVAR
= <integer>
1
PLOTDETAILED
= <boolean>
FALSE
ACCURACY
PLOTOVERALL
If TRUE, a new frame will be created containing the accuracy
calculated at each grid node.
= <boolean>
FALSE
If TRUE, a new frame will be created containing the 1-norm and
max-norm of the estimated error for each solution zone plotted
versus grid resolution.
ACCURACY
The maximum theoretical accuracy of the solver which
generated the solution. Used to limit the calculated accuracy.
The data set variable with which to perform the accuracy
calculation.
Example:Calculate the accuracy using zones 3, 4 and 5, along with data set variable 7, plotting the
overall accuracy:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘CALCULATEACCURACY
ZONES=[3-5]
DATASETVAR=7
PLOTOVERALLACCURACY=TRUE’
DISPLAYBOUNDARIES
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘DISPLAYBOUNDARIES
[optional parameters]
[RAWDATA
<boundaryrawdata>]’
Description:Displays boundaries corresponding to a geometry and boundaries specification without actually
setting the geometry and boundaries. This macro is generally not useful for those writing macro
files, but is recorded when the user clicks the Display Boundaries button in the Geometry and
Boundaries dialog in order to duplicate the actions of Tecplot 360 that happen in response to that
action. See Section “SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES” on page 232 for a description of
the parameters for this macro.
EXTRACTFLOWFEATURE
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘EXTRACTFLOWFEATURE
[optional parameters]’
Description:Extract and display shock surfaces, vortex cores, or separation and attachment lines. Shock
surfaces are displayed as iso-surfaces of a new variable, ShockSurface, while vortex cores and
separation and attachment lines are displayed as new zones.
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Macro Command Description
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Feature
= <flowfeature>
VCOREMETHOD
= <vcoremethod>
EXCLUDEBLANKED
= <boolean>
Default
SHOCKSURFACE
S
EIGENMODES
FALSE
Notes
Can be SHOCKSURFACES, VORTEXCORES, or SEPATTACHLINES.
The vortex core extraction method. Can be VORTICITY or
EIGENMODES.
If TRUE, vortex cores and separation/attachment lines will not
be calculated in blanked regions.
Example:Extract vortex cores using the eigenmodes method:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘EXTRACTFLOWFEATURE
FEATURE = VORTEXCORES
VCOREMETHOD = EIGENMODES’
EXTRAPOLATESOLUTION
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘EXTRAPOLATESOLUTION ZONES = <set>
[MAXACCURACY = <double>]’
Description:Perform Richardson extrapolation to estimate the true solution from three input solutions on
grids of successively finer resolution. Two new zones are added to the current data set. The first
contains the extrapolated solution, while the second contains the estimated error.
Required Parameter:
Parameter
ZONES
Syntax
Default
= <set>
Notes
Indicates the three zones from which to perform the accuracy
calculation.
Optional Parameter:
Parameter
MAXACCURACY
Syntax
= <double>
Default
2.0
Notes
The maximum theoretical accuracy of the solver which
generated the solution. Used to limit the calculated accuracy.
Example:Extrapolate zones 3, 4, and 5, which were calculated with a second order accurate solver:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘EXTRAPOLATESOLUTION
ZONES=[3-5]
MAXACCURACY = 2
INTEGRATE
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘INTEGRATE [<set>] [optional parameters]’
Description:Perform an integration over the specified zones (or time strands, if INTEGRATEBY is set to
TIMESTRANDS). If <set> is not specified, the integration will be performed over all zones (or time
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strands). If PLOTAS is set to TRUE, the integration results will be plotted in a new frame.
Optional Parameters:
Syntax
Default
VARIABLEOPTION
Parameter
=
<variableoption>
SCALAR
Notes
XORIGIN
= <double>
0.0
For VARIABLEOPTION = FORCESANDMOMENTS, indicates the origin
X-location for moment calculations.
YORIGIN
= <double>
0.0
For VARIABLEOPTION = FORCESANDMOMENTS, indicates the origin
Y-location for moment calculations.
ZORIGIN
= <double>
0.0
For VARIABLEOPTION = FORCESANDMOMENTS, indicates the origin
Z-location for moment calculations.
SCALARVAR
= <integer>
1
For when VARIABLEOPTION = AVERAGE, MASSWEIGHTEDAVERAGE,
WEIGHTEDAVERAGE, MASSFLOWWEIGHTEDAVERAGE, or
VECTORAVERAGE. Indicates which variable’s average will be
calculated.
ABSOLUTE
= <boolean>
FALSE
If TRUE, the absolute value of cell volumes will be used for
integration.
EXCLUDEBLANKED
XVARIABLE
= <boolean>
If TRUE, integration will only include non-blanked regions.
= <integer>
FALSE
0
YVARIABLE
= <integer>
0
Only required for vector integrations. Indicates the Ycomponent of the vector variable to be integrated.
ZVARIABLE
= <integer>
0
Only required for vector integrations. Indicates the Zcomponent of the vector variable to be integrated.
INTEGRATEBY
=
<integratebyopti
on>
ZONES
Indicates whether the integration is performed by zones or by
time strands.
INTEGRATEOVER
=
<integrateovero
ption>
CELLS
Specifies cell volumes, planes, or lines.
Data set position of the scalar variable or X-component of the
vector variable to be integrated.
IRANGE
{
MIN
= <integer>
1
MAX
= <integer>
SKIP
= <integer>
0
1
= <integer>
1
= <integer>
0
1
}
JRANGE
{
MIN
MAX
SKIP
}
KRANGE
{
MIN
MAX
SKIP
}
PLOTRESULTS
PLOTAS
= <integer>
= <integer>
1
= <integer>
= <integer>
0
1
= <boolean>
FALSE
Indicated whether the results of the integration will be plotted
in a Tecplot 360 frame.
Results
The variable name used to plot integration results. If it contains
spaces, surround it with quotes preceded by a backslash (\’).
Ignored for forces and moments.
= <string>
Range Parameters: The I-range, J-range and K-range parameters are used to limit the data
altered by the equation. The specification of range indices follow the rules below.
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Macro Command Description
• All indices start with one and go to some maximum index m.
• Zero can be used to represent the maximum index m; specifying zero tells the command to go
to the very last position of the range, that is, the maximum index value m. If the maximum
index m = 15, specifying zero sets the range index to 15.
• Negative values represent the offset from the maximum index. If a value of -2 is specified, and
the maximum index m is 14, the value used is 14–2, or 12.
You can access your integration results in macros through a variety of specific
environment variables. For a list of the variables and how to access them, refer to
Section 22 - 7.2 “Accessing Integration Results in Macros” in the User’s Manual
Examples:
Example 1:
The following command calculates the mass for all zones by integrating density (variable 4) over cell
volumes:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘INTEGRATE SCALARVAR = 4’
Example 2:
Calculate the mass flux across a series of I = constant planes for zones 1, 2, and 3 and plots the results
as “Mass Flux.” Since the COMMAND string is surrounded by single quotation marks (‘), the quotes surrounding the PLOTAS parameter must be preceded by a backslash to avoid a syntax error:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘INTEGRATE [1-3] VARIABLEOPTION = MASSFLOWRATE INTEGRATEOVER =
IPLANES PLOTRESULTS = TRUE PLOTAS = \‘Mass Flux\’ ’
Example 3:
Calculate the “mass-weighted average” (actually the mass flow-weighted average) of total pressure,
variable 7:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘INTEGRATE [1-3] VARIABLEOPTION = MASSFLOWWEIGHTEDAVERAGE
SCALARVAR = 7 INTEGRATEOVER = IPLANES PLOTRESULTS = TRUE PLOTAS = \‘Mass
Weighted Avg Pt\’ ’
SAVEINTEGRATIONRESULTS
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘SAVEINTEGRATIONRESULTS
FILENAME = <string>’
Description: Saves the most recently calculated integration results to a text file.
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Required parameter:
Parameter
FILENAME
Syntax
Notes
= <string>
Indicates the name of the file to which to save the results. It
may be a new or existing file.
Example:Save the most recent integration results to file E:\users\dave\results.txt. The backslash
characters (\) must be escaped with a second backslash character, and the file name is
surrounded by quotes (“):
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘SAVEINTEGRATIONRESULTS
FILENAME = “E:\\users\\dave\\results.txt”’
SETFIELDVARIABLES
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘SETFIELDVARIABLES
[optional parameters]’
Description:Identifies variables in your data, such as velocity, pressure and temperature, for use in analysis.
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Default
Notes
CONVECTIONVARSA
REMOMENTUM
= <boolean>
Syntax
TRUE
Indicates whether the variables designated for Tecplot 360
vector plots are momentum variables (density * velocity). If
FALSE, then the vector variables must represent velocity values.
UVar
= <integer>
0
Specify the variable (by number) to use for the first Vector/
Momentum variable.
VVar
= <integer>
0
Specify the variable (by number) to use for the second Vector/
Momentum variable.
WVar
= <integer>
0
Specify the variable (by number) to use for the second Vector/
Momentum variable.
ID1
= <varid>
NOTUSED
Identification of the first data set variable from which the
function will be calculated.
ID2
= <varid>
NOTUSED
Identification of the second data set variable from which the
function will be calculated.
VARIABLE1
= <integer>
0
Position of the first variable in the data set.
VARIABLE2
= <integer>
0
Position of the second variable in the data set.
SETFLUIDPROPERTIES
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘SETFLUIDPROPERTIES’ [optional parameters]
Description:Set the fluid properties for use by other commands.
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Macro Command Description
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
INCOMPRESSIBLE
DENSITY
= <boolean>
= <double>
FALSE
1.0
SPECIFICHEAT
= <double>
2.5
USESPECIFICHEAT
= <boolean>
VAR
SPECIFICHEATVAR
= <integer>
1
GASCONSTANT
= <double>
1.0
USEGASCONSTANTV
AR
GASCONSTANTVAR
= <boolean>
FALSE
= <integer>
1
GAMMA
= <double>
1.4
USEGAMMAVAR
GAMMAVAR
= <boolean>
FALSE
1
VISCOSITY
USEVISCOSITYVAR
VISCOSITYVAR
= <double>
CONDUCTIVITY
USECONDUCTIVITY
= <double>
= <integer>
FALSE
Notes
If TRUE, indicates an incompressible fluid.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = TRUE, indicates the density of the
fluid.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = TRUE. The value of the fluid’s
specific heat.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = TRUE.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = TRUE and
USESPECIFICHEATVAR = TRUE. The data set variable that
holds the fluid’s specific heat.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = FALSE. The value of the fluid’s
specific gas constant.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = FALSE.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = FALSE and
USEGASCONSTANTVAR = TRUE. The data set variable which
holds the fluid’s specific gas constant.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = FALSE. The value of the fluid’s
ratio of specific heats. Must be between 1 and 5/3.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = FALSE.
For INCOMPRESSIBLE = FALSE and USEGAMMAVAR =
TRUE. The data set variable that holds the fluid’s ratio of
specific heats.
VAR
CONDUCTIVITYVAR
= <boolean>
= <integer>
1.0
FALSE
1
= <boolean>
1.0
FALSE
= <integer>
1
The value of the fluid’s dynamic viscosity.
For USEVISCOSITYVAR = TRUE. The data set variable which
holds the fluid’s dynamic viscosity.
The value of the fluid’s conductivity.
For USECONDUCTIVITYVAR = TRUE. The data set variable
which holds the fluid’s conductivity.
Example 1:Set the fluid properties to standard air values in meters/kilograms/seconds units:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘SETFLUIDPROPERTIES
GASCONSTANT=287
VISCOSITY=17.8E-6’
CONDUCTIVITY=2.48E-2
Example 2:Set the fluid properties to incompressible with density equal to 1.0 (the default) and
specific heat, viscosity and conductivity taken from data set variables 5, 6, and 7:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘SETFLUIDPROPERTIES
INCOMPRESSIBLE=TRUE
SPECIFICHEATOPTION=DATASETVAR
SPECIFICHEATVAR=5
VISCOSITYOPTION=DATASETVAR
VISCOSITYVAR=6’
CONDUCTIVITYOPTION=DATASETVAR
CONDUCTIVITYVAR=7
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SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES
[optional parameters]’
[RAWDATA
<boundaryrawdata>]
Description:Specify whether the data represent an axisymmetric flow solution (2D Cartesian plots only),
whether adjacent zones should be considered to be connected at coincident faces, and specify zone
boundaries and their corresponding boundary conditions. Each line of the RAWDATA describes one
boundary, and appears in the same format as on the Geometry and Boundaries dialog. For all
boundaries, list the boundary condition and the set of zones, separated by a comma. The index
range-type boundary follows this with the boundary face, the first starting index, the first ending
index, the second starting index and the second ending index. All entries are separated by commas.
The boundary condition is one of INFLOW, OUTFLOW, WALL, SLIPWALL, SYMMETRY, EXTRAPOLATED. The
boundary face is one of I=1, I=IMAX, J=1, J=JMAX, K=1, and K=KMAX. Refer to Section 22 - 4 “Setting
Geometry and Boundary Options” in the User’s Manual for more information on boundaries.
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
FALSE
Notes
AXISYMMETRIC
= <boolean>
SYMMETRYVAR
= <XorY>
SYMMETRYVALUE
= <double>
0.0
CONNECTZONES
= <boolean>
TRUE
NODETOLERANCE
= <double>
1.0E-6
Indicates how close two nodes must be before they will be
considered coincident for the purpose of matching zone faces.
DEFAULTBC
= <string>
EXTRAPOLATED
Indicates the boundary condition that will be applied to all
zone boundary faces not connected to adjacent zones or
covered by zone boundaries defined by the RAWDATA section.
Y
Can only be TRUE if the current plot type is 2D Cartesian. If
TRUE, indicates that the data represents an axisymmetric
solution.
For AXISYMMETRIC = TRUE. Can be X or Y. Indicates which
axis variable is constant along the axis of symmetry.
For AXISYMMETRIC = TRUE. Indicates the value of the
SYMMETRYVAR along the axis of symmetry.
If TRUE, indicates that adjacent zones should be connected
where boundary faces coincide.
Example:Specify that the solution data represents an axisymmetric solution about X = 1. Do not
allow adjacent zones to be connected. Identify two zone-type boundaries and one zone, face
and index-range-type boundary:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDAnalyzer3’
COMMAND = ‘SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES
AXISYMMETRIC = TRUE
SYMMETRYVAR = X
SYMMETRYVALUE = 1
CONNECTZONES = FALSE’
RAWDATA
WALL,[2-3]
INFLOW,[4]
OUTFLOW,[1],I=IMAX,1,10,1,20
SETREFERENCEVALUES
Syntax:
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$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
Macro Command Description
COMMAND = ‘SETREFERENCEVALUES
[optional parameters]’
Description:Specify the reference (free-stream) properties of the solution, identify two variables in the
current data set for use with other commands.
Optional Parameters:
Default
Notes
RVELOCITY1ID
Parameter
= <string>
Syntax
MACHNUMBER
Identification of the first free-stream velocity component. May
be UVELOCITY or
MACHNUMBER.
RVELOCITY1
RVELOCITY2ID
= <double>
= <string>
0.0
ANGLEOFATTAC
K
RVELOCITY2
= <double>
0.0
RTHERMO1ID
= <string>
DENSITY
RTHERMO1
RTHERMO2ID
= <double>
= <string>
1.0
SPEEDOFSOUND
RTHERMO2
= <double>
1.0
The value of the first free-stream velocity component.
Identification of the second free-stream velocity component.
May be VVELOCITY or
ANGLEOFATTACK.
The value of the second free-stream velocity component.
NOTE: RVELOCITY1 must be defined before using
RVELOCITY2.
Identification of the first free-stream thermodynamic variable.
May be PRESSURE or
DENSITY.
The value of the first free-stream thermodynamic variable.
Identification of the second free-stream thermodynamic
variable. May be TEMPERATURE or SPEEDOFSOUND.
The value of the second free-stream thermodynamic variable.
SETUNSTEADYFLOWOPTIONS
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = ‘CFDANALYZER3’
COMMAND = ‘SETUNSTEADYFLOWOPTIONS
[SteadyState=<boolean>]
[RAWDATA
<timelevelrawdata>]’
Description: Identifies time levels for unsteady flow, or specifies that the solution is steady-state. If the flow
is unsteady, the solution time levels are specified in the RAWDATA section. The first line of the
RAWDATA section must consist of a single integer indicating the number of solution time levels. This
must be followed by the time levels themselves. Each time level must be on a separate line and
must consist of a floating-point number (the solution time), as well as one or more integers (the
zone numbers for that solution time).
Optional Parameters:
Parameter
STEADYSTATE
Syntax
Default
= <boolean>
TRUE
Notes
If TRUE, indicates that the solution is steady-state, and the
RAWDATA, if any, is ignored. If FALSE, indicates that the
solution is unsteady, with time levels identified in the
RAWDATA section.
Example:The unsteady solution contains three solution time levels of two zones each, representing
solution times 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = CFDAnalyzer3
COMMAND = ‘SETUNSTEADYFLOWOPTIONS
STEADYSTATE = FALSE’
RAWDATA
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3
.5 1
2
1.0 3 4
1.5 5 6
10 - 3
Parameter Assignment Values
Parameter assignments referenced in the previous section using single angle brackets (<>) not defined in
the 12, are defined here. Note that case is not important.
Value Identifier
<coeffsoption>
<functionname>
<gravitydirection>
<integratebyoption>
<integrateoveroption>
<normalizationoption>
<particlefunction>
<releaseoption>
<specifyoption>
<storeoption>
<terminationoption>
<turbulencefunction>
<variableoption>
<varid>
<XorY>
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Allowable Values
GENERAL, DETAILED
IASPECTRATIO, JASPECTRATIO, KASPECTRATIO, ISTRETCHRATIO, JSTRETCHRATIO,
KSTRETCHRATIO, IFACESKEWNESS, JFACESKEWNESS, KFACESKEWNESS,
CELLDIAGONAL1SKEWNESS, CELLDIAGONAL2SKEWNESS, IJNORMALSSKEWNESS,
JKNORMALSSKEWNESS, KINORMALSSKEWNESS, MAXNORMALSSKEWNESS, IORTHOGONALITY,
JORTHOGONALITY, KORTHOGONALITY, MINORTHOGONALITY, INONPLANARITY,
JNONPLANARITY, KNONPLANARITY, MINNOPLANARITY, JACOBIAN, CELLVOLUME,
GRIDIUNITNORMAL, GRIDJUNITNORMAL, GRIDKUNITNORMAL, DENSITY, STAGDENSITY,
PRESSURE, STAGPRESSURE, PRESSURECOEF, STAGPRESSURECOEF, PITOTPRESSURE,
PITOTPRESSURERATIO, DYNAMICPRESSURE, TEMPERATURE, STAGTEMPERATURE,
ENTHALPY, STAGENTHALPY, INTERNALENERGY, STAGENERGY, STAGENERGYPERUNITVOL,
KINETICENERGY, UVELOCITY, VVELOCITY, WVELOCITY, VELOCITYMAG, MACHNUMBER,
SPEEDOFSOUND, CROSSFLOWVELOCITY, EQUIVALENTPOTENTIALVELRAT, XMOMENTUM,
YMOMENTUM, ZMOMENTUM, ENTROPY, ENTROPYMEASURES1, XVORTICITY, YVORTICITY,
ZVORTICITY, VORTICITYMAG, SWIRL, VELOCITYCROSSVORTICITYMAG, HELICITY,
RELATIVEHELICITY, FILTEREDRELATIVEHELICITY, SHOCK, FILTEREDSHOCK,
PRESSUREGRADIENTMAG, DENSITYGRADIENTMAG, XDENSITYGRADIENT,
YDENSITYGRADIENT, ZDENSITYGRADIENT, SHADOWGRAPH, DIVERGENCEOFVELOCITY,
SUTHERLANDSLAW, ISENTROPICDENSRAT, ISENTROPICPRESRAT, ISENTROPICTEMPRAT,
VELOCITY, VORTICITY, MOMENTUM, PERTURBATIONVELOCITY,
VELOCITYCROSSVORTICITY, PRESSUREGRADIENT, DENSITYGRADIENT,
VELOCITYGRADIENT
MINUSX, MINUSY, MINUSZ, PLUSX, PLUSY, PLUSZ
ZONES, TIMESTRANDS
CELLS, IPLANES, JPLANES, KPLANES, ILINES, JLINES, KLINES
NONE, MAXIMUMMAGNITUDE, REFERENCEVALUES
PARTICLEPATH, STREAKLINE
TIMELEVEL, UNITTIME
SPECIFY, CALCULATE
PARTICLEVALUES, FLUIDVALUES
TEMPERATURE, ABLATE
ENERGY, DISSIPATIONRATE, DYNAMICVISCOSITY, FREQUENCY, VISCOSITY
LENGTHAREAVOLUME, SCALAR, AVERAGE, MASSWEIGHTEDSCALAR,
MASSWEIGHTEDAVERAGE, WEIGHTEDAVERAGE, SCALARFLOWRATE, MASSFLOWRATE,
MASSWEIGHTEDFLOWRATE, MASSFLOWWEIGHTEDAVERAGE, FORCESANDMOMENTS,
VECTORDOTNORMAL, VECTORAVERAGE, VECTORDOTTANGENTIAL
PRESSURE, TEMPERATURE, DENSITY,
STAGNATIONENERGY, MACHNUMBER, NOTUSED
X, Y
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Parameter Subcommands
This chapter details secondary or common macro parameter subcommands in Tecplot 360. These
subcommands provide a means to access the lower level variables of commands defined in the previous
chapter of this manual. Each subcommand can expand to contain one or more parameters or
subcommands. All parameters within a subcommand are optional.
Items within single angle brackets (< >) are defined in 12.
<<anchorpos>>
Description:Assign attributes for positioning of objects.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
X
Y
Z
THETA
R
=
=
=
=
=
<double>
Sets X-value (and THETA-value)
<double>
Sets Y-value (and R-value)
<double>
Sets Z-value
<double>
Sets THETA-value (and X-value)
<double>
Sets R-value (and Y-value)
}
Example:
Make a square geometry and place it at a certain XY location:
$!ATTACHGEOM
GEOMTYPE = SQUARE
POSITIONCOORDSYS = FRAME
ANCHORPOS
{
X = 2.89124668435
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Y = 88.7359084881
}
RAWDATA
5.23430593312
<<areastyle>>
Description:Change settings for the axis grid area.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
DRAWGRIDLAST
= <boolean>
DRAWBORDER
= <boolean>
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
COLOR
= <color>
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
USELIGHTSOURCETO
FIL
= <boolean>
Not available in 3D frame mode.
Only available for 3D frame mode.
}
Example:Turn on the grid area border for a 2D plot and change the line thickness to be 2 percent:
$!TWODAXIS
AREASTYLE
{
DRAWBORDER = YES
LINETHICKNESS = 2
}
<<axisdetail>>
Description:Assign attributes for axes.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
SHOWAXIS
AUTOGRID
ISREVERSED
GRANCHOR
GRSPACING
RANGEMIN
RANGEMAX
COORDSCALE
CLIPDATA
VALUEATORIGIN
VARNUM
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
<boolean>
<boolean>
<boolean>
<double>
<double>
<double>
<double>
<coordscale>
<double>
<integer>
TITLE
<<ticklabeldetail>
>
<<gridlinedetail>
>
<<gridlinedetail>
>
<<gridlinedetail>
>
<<ticklabeldetail>
>
<<axistitle>>
AXISLINE
<<axisline>>
TICKLABEL
GRIDLINES
MINORGRIDLINES
MARKERGRIDLINE
TICKS
XY and Polar Line plots only.
<boolean>
Available for 2D and 3D plot types only. Refer to
“$!LINEMAP” on page 157 for information on referencing
variable number for XY and Polar Line plots.
}
Example:Turn on the axis line, reverse the axis direction, and set the range to go from 0.5 to 1.5 for
the X-axis in a 2D plot:
$!TWODAXIS
SHOWAXISLINE = TRUE
XDETAIL
{
ISREVERSED = TRUE
RANGEMIN
= 0.5
RANGEMAX
= 1.5
}
<<axisline>>
Description:Assign attributes for axis lines.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
SHOWBOTHDIRECTIONS
= <boolean>
FALSE
Non-3D only.
SHOWPERPENDICULAR
= <boolean>
FALSE
Non-3D only.
SHOWOPPOSITEEDGE
= <boolean>
FALSE
3D only
COLOR
= <color>
LINETHICKNESS
ALIGNMENT
= <double>
<axisalignment>
OPPOSINGAXISVALUE
= <double>
POSITION
= <double>
ANGLE
= <double>
OFFSET
= <double>
EDGE
= <integer>
}
Example:Change the thickness of the Theta-axis line to 0.8 and the color to red.:
$!POLARAXIS THETADETAIL{AXISLINE{COLOR = RED}}
$!POLARAXIS THETADETAIL{AXISLINE{LINETHICKNESS = 0.8}}
<<axistitle>>
Description:Assign attributes for titles.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
SHOWONAXISLINE
= <boolean>
TRUE
SHOWONGRIDBORDERMIN
= <boolean>
FALSE
Non-3D only.
SHOWONGRIDBORDERMAX
= <boolean>
FALSE
Non-3D only.
SHOWONOPPOSITEEDGE
= <boolean>
FALSE
3D only.
SHOWONALLAXES
= <boolean>
TRUE
Polar R only.
SHOWONVIEWPORTTOP
= <boolean>
TRUE
Polar only.
SHOWONVIEWPORTBOTTOM
= <boolean>
TRUE
Polar only.
SHOWONVIEWPORTLEFT
= <boolean>
TRUE
Polar only.
SHOWONVIEWPORTRIGHT
= <boolean>
TRUE
Polar only.
TITLEMODE
= <axistitlemode>
TEXT
= <string>
COLOR
TEXTSHAPE
= <color>
<<textshape>>
OFFSET
= <double>
PERCENTALONGLINE
= <double>
50%
}
Example:Create a R-axis title, saying “Harmonic Motion” in red, times, size 6 font.:
$!POLARAXIS RDETAIL{TITLE{TEXT = ’Harmonic Motion’}}
$!POLARAXIS RDETAIL{TITLE{OFFSET = -4}}
$!POLARAXIS RDETAIL{TITLE{COLOR = RED}}
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$!POLARAXIS
$!POLARAXIS
$!POLARAXIS
$!POLARAXIS
RDETAIL{TITLE{TEXTSHAPE{FONTFAMILY = “Times”}}}
RDETAIL{TITLE{TEXTSHAPE{ISBOLD = NO}}}
RDETAIL{TITLE{TEXTSHAPE{ISITALIC = NO}}}
RDETAIL{TITLE{TEXTSHAPE{HEIGHT = 6}}}
<<basiccolorcontrol>>
Description:Assign name to a basic color .
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
NAME
= <string>
‘’
May include dynamic text variables
SHOW
= <boolean>
YES
Controls visibility of the basic color in a basic color legend.
}
Example:Change the medium line pattern length for drop-down menus in the interface to be five
percent:
$!BASICSIZE
LINEPATLENGTHS
{
MEDIUM = 5
}
<<basicsizelist>>
Description:Assign basic sizes. The units for the values assigned here are dependent on the parent command.
Assignments here do not affect the plot. These assignments are used only to configure drop-down
menus in the interface so the user can make quick selections.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
TINY
<op> <dexp>
SMALL
<op> <dexp>
MEDIUM
<op> <dexp>
LARGE
<op> <dexp>
HUGE
<op> <dexp>
}
Example:Change the medium line pattern length for drop-down menus in the interface to be five
percent:
$!BASICSIZE
LINEPATLENGTHS
{
MEDIUM = 5
}
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<<colormapcontrolpoints>>
Description:All contour color maps except the Raw user-defined color map make use of control points to
determine the color distribution. Each control point has a position and a left and right color. The
<<colormapcontrolpoints>> subcommand can contain more than one CONTROLPOINT subcommand.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
CONTROLPOINT
<integer>
Use <integer> to specify which control point to modify.
COLORMAPFRACTION
<op> <dexp>
Positions the control point; 0 sets the position to the lowest
index and 1 to the highest index in the color map.
LEADRGB
<<rgb>>
TRAILRGB
<<rgb>>
{
}
}
Example:Change the lead RGB values for control point 2 in the small rainbow color map to be
100, 0, 0:
$!COLORMAP
SMRAINBOW
{
CONTROLPOINT 2
{
LEADRGB
{
R = 100
G =
0
B =
0
}
}
}
<<colormapoverride>>
Description:Change settings for a color map override. Color map overrides are used to replace a specific
band in a contour color map with one of the 16 basic colors.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
COLOR
= <color>
STARTLEVEL
<op> <integer>
ENDLEVEL
<op> <integer>
}
Example:Set the color used between contour level number 1 to number 3 to be purple. Use color
map override number 3:
$!GLOBALCONTOUR
COLORMAPFILTER
{
COLORMAPOVERRIDEACTIVE = YES
COLORMAPOVERRIDE 3
{
INCLUDE = YES
COLOR = PURPLE
STARTLEVEL = 1
ENDLEVEL
= 3
}
}
<<continuouscolor>>
Description:Change settings for continuous color.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
CMIN
= <double>
CMAX
= <double>
Default
Notes
Example:Set the continuous color.
$!GLOBALCONTOUR VAR = 4
$!FIELDLAYERS SHOWCONTOUR = YES
$!GLOBALCONTOUR COLORMAPFILTER
{COLORMAPDISTRIBUTION = CONTINUOUS}
$!GLOBALCONTOUR COLORMAPFILTER
{
CONTINUOUSCOLOR
{
CMIN = 0.5
CMAX = 2
}
}
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<<dialogplacement>>
Description:Describes the placement for a dialog.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
ANCHORALIGNMENT
=
<anchoralignme
nt>
ANCHORHORIZONTAL
INSIDE
= <boolean>
ANCHORVERTICALIN
SIDE
= <boolean>
MINVISIBILITYPER
CENTAGE
= <integer>
The MINVISIBILITYPERCENTAGE specifies the minimum
percentage of the dialog, between 1 and 100, that must be
visible within the desktop. This prevents a dialog from being
placed outside of the visible desktop. Note that not all window
managers allow dialogs to be placed so that the portions of the
dialog are not visible and in effect enforce a value of 100.
IOFFSET
= <integer>
JOFFSET
= <integer>
IOFFSET and JOFFSET are in pixels. They may be negative, but
will be truncated to the bounding rectangle of the Tecplot 360
main window.
POSITIONATANCHOR
=
<positionatanch
or>
{
ANCHORHORIZONTALINSIDE and
ANCHORVERTICALINSIDE control how the dialog window
is anchored in both the horizontal and vertical directions
relative to the Tecplot 360 main window.
POSITIONATANCHOR specifies when to place it at the
anchor, NEVER, ONCE (initial launch), or ALWAYS.
}
Example:Set the position of the Colormap dialog to always launch 10 pixels from Tecplot 360’s
bottom-right corner:
$!INTERFACE
DIALOGPLACEMENT
{
COLORMAPDIALOG
{
ANCHORALIGNMENT = BOTTOMRIGHT
IOFFSET = 100
JOFFSET = 100
POSITIONATANCHOR = ALWAYS
}
}
<<gridarea>>
Description:Change settings for the axis grid area.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
DRAWBORDER
= <boolean>
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
COLOR
= <color>
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
USELIGHTSOURCETO
FILL
= <boolean>
LABELSALLSIDES
= <boolean>
TICKSALLSIDES
= <boolean>
EXTENTS
<<rect>>
Not available in 3D.
Not available for 3D or Polar Line.
Only available for 3D.
Not available in 3D.
}
Example:Turn on the grid area border for a 2D plot and change the line thickness to be 2 percent:
$!TWODAXIS
GRIDAREA
{
DRAWBORDER = YES
LINETHICKNESS = 2
}
<<gridlinedetail>>
Description:Change settings for axis gridlines.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
COLOR
= <color>
SHOW
= <boolean>
LINEPATTERN
= <linepattern>
PATTERNLENGTH
<op> <dexp>
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
CUTOFF
= <double>
Theta only.
DRAWGRIDLAST
= <boolean>
Drawing last places the grid at the front of the plot; drawing
first places it in the back
POSITIONMARKERBY
= <markerpos>
Marker gridline only
CONSTANTVALUE
= <double>
Marker gridline only; valid only when POSITIONMARKERBY
is CONSTANT
}
Example:Set the line pattern for minor gridlines for the X-axis in a 3D plot to be dashed:
$!THREEDAXIS
XDETAIL
{
MINORGRIDLINES
{
LINEPATTERN = DASHED
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}
}
<<ijk>>
Description:Set an I-, J-, or K-index.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
I
<op> <integer>
J
<op> <integer>
K
<op> <integer>
}
Example:Set the I- and J-index skip for vectors to 2 for all zones:
$!FIELDMAP
VECTOR
{
IJKSKIP
{
I = 2
J = 2
}
}
<<indexrange>>
Description:Set an index range.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
MIN
<op> <integer>
MAX
<op> <integer>
SKIP
<op> <integer>
}
Example:Change the plot so the data set shows I-planes 3, 5, and 7 for zones 1 to 3:
$!FIELDMAP [1-3]
SURFACES
{
SURFACESTOPLOT = IPLANES
IRANGE
{
MIN = 3
MAX = 7
SKIP = 2
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}
}
<<numberformat>>
Description:Set the format used to draw a number.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
FORMATTING
= <valueformat>
CUSTOMLABEL
= <integer>
DYNAMICLABELNAME
= <string>
PRECISION
<op> <integer>
SHOWDECIMALSONWH
OLENUMBERS
= <boolean>
FALSE
= <boolean>
FALSE
SHOWNEGATIVESIGN
= <boolean>
TRUE
POSITIVEPREFIX
= <string>
POSITIVESUFFIX
= <string>
NEGATIVEPREFIX
= <string>
NEGATIVESUFFIX
= <string>
TIMEDATEFORMAT
= <string>
ZEROPREFIX
= <string>
ZEROSUFFIX
= <string>
REMOVELEADING
ZEROS
Name of the dynamic label generator to use when
“Formatting” is set to “DynamicLabel”
}
Example:Set the number format for axis labels on the X-axis in a 2D field plot to use the “float”
format with a precision of 3, and add the phrase “DAYS WITHOUT RAIN” after every
positive value:
$!TWODAXIS
XDETAIL
{
TICKLABEL
{
NUMFORMAT
{
FORMATTING = FIXEDFLOAT
PRECISION = 3
POSITIVESUFFIX = “DAYS WITHOUT RAIN”
}
}
}
Example:
Set the number format for axis labels on the X-axis in a 2D field plot to use the
Time/Date format. Add the time and date in format
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<<papersize>>
Description:Change dimensions or hardclip offsets for LETTER,
DOUBLE, A3, A4, CUSTOM1 and CUSTOM2
paper sizes.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
{
Notes
All values are in inches.
WIDTH
<op> <dexp>
HEIGHT
<op> <dexp>
LEFTHARDCLIPOFFSET
<op> <dexp>
RIGHTHARDCLIPOFFSET
<op> <dexp>
TOPHARDCLIPOFFSET
<op> <dexp>
BOTTOMHARDCLIPOFFSET
<op> <dexp>
}
Example:Change the left hardclip offset for LETTER size paper to be 0.25 inches:
$!PAGE
PAPERSIZEINFO
{
LETTER
{
LEFTHARDCLIPOFFSET = 0.25
}
}
<<precisegrid>>
Description:Change settings for the precise dot grid.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
COLOR
= <color>
SIZE
= <double>
Size is in centimeters.
}
Example:Turn on the precise dot grid in an XY-plot:
$!XYAXIS
PRECISEGRID
{
INCLUDE = YES
}
<<rect>>
Description:Change settings for a rectangle. The rectangle is defined using two points (X1,Y1) and (X2,Y2).
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
{
Notes
Units are based on the parent command.
X1
<op> <dexp>
Y1
<op> <dexp>
X2
<op> <dexp>
Y2
<op> <dexp>
}
Example:Set the 2D axis grid area to be positioned 10 percent from all edges of the frame:
$!TWODAXIS
AREASTYLE
{
EXTENTS
{
X1 = 10
Y1 = 10
X2 = 90
Y2 = 90
}
}
<<refscatsymbol>>
Description:Set the attributes for the reference scatter symbol.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
SHOW
= <boolean>
COLOR
= <color>
LINETHICKNESS
= <dexp>
ISFILLED
= <boolean>
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
MAGNITUDE
XYPOS
= <dexp>
<<xyz>>
SYMBOLSHAPE
<<symbolshape>>
}
Example:Change the fill color of the reference scatter symbol to be green:
$!GLOBALSCATTER
REFSCATSYMBOL
{
FILLCOLOR = GREEN
}
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<<renderconfig>>
Description:Set the attributes for OpenGL rendering.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
POLYGONOFFSET
EXTBIASFACTOR
= <double>
STIPPLEALLLINES
= <stipplemode>
If thin patterned lines are not drawn correctly, set
STIPPLEALLLINES to ALL.
DEPTHBUFFERSIZE
= <integer>
For low memory graphics cards, the depth buffer size may
need to be reduced.
MINBITSPERRGB
PLANE
= <integer>
Specify the minimum number of bits used for each of the
planes in the image buffer.
DOEXTRADRAWFOR
LASTPIXEL
= <boolean>
Sometimes the last pixel for stroked font characters is not
drawn If so, turn DOEXTRADRAWFORLASTPIXEL on.
MAXMULTISAMPLES
= <integer>
Sets the number of multisamples used for antialising. Default:
4 for screen, 0 for offscreen.
MAXSTRIPLENGTH
= <integer>
Some graphics cards have problems with long strips. Use
MAXSTRIPLENGTH to reduce the strip length.
MAXPRIMATIVESPER
BLOCK
= <integer>
Some graphics cards have problems with large numbers of
graphics primitives in a single block. Use
MAXPRIMATIVESPERBLOCK to reduce the number of
primitives delivered to the graphics hardware in a single block.
CONSTANTLYUSE
SCISSORING
= <boolean>
Turn ConstantlyUseScissoring on if you see lines extending
outside the borders of the frame. There is a slight performance
penalty when using this option.
USEQUADSTRIPS
= <boolean>
If some shaded or contour flooded quads or triangles do not
appear or are black, try turning this off.
USETRIANGLE
STRIPS
= <boolean>
As with USEQUADSTRIPS, try turning off USEQUADSTRIPS
before turning USETRIANGLESTIPS off. Turning off both
options will result in reduced performance, but may help fix
errors caused by buggy graphics card drivers.
TRIANGULATE
FILLEDPOLYGONS
= <boolean>
As with USEQUADSTRIPS, try turning on
TRIANGULATEFILLEDPOLYGONS if you are still
experiencing problems even after turning off
USETRIANGLESTRIPS and USEQUADSTRIPS.
USEGLCOLOR
MATERIALFUNCTION
= <boolean>
Some graphics cards have problems with an OpenGL’s
glColorMaterial function. Higher performance (especially
for continuous contour flooded plots) can be achieved when it
is used. However, it may need to be turned off if you are
experiencing problems.
MAXTEXTURESIZE
= <integer>
FORCESMOOTHSHADI
NGFORLIGHTING
= <boolean>
ADJUSTRECTANGLE
RIGHTANDBOTTOM
= <boolean>
}
Example:Force all line drawing to include the last point in the line. Also, make the size of the depth
buffer to be at least 32 bits.
$!INTERFACE
OPENGLCONFIG
{
SCREENRENDERING
{
DOEXTRADRAWFORLASTPIXEL = TRUE
DEPTHBUFFERSIZE = 32
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}
}
<<rgb>>
Description:Set a color value by assigning values to its red, green, and blue components.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
R
<op> <integer>
G
<op> <integer>
B
<op> <integer>
}
Example:Change the CUSTOM3 basic color to be light green:
$!BASICCOLOR
CUSTOM 3
{
R = 80
G = 255
B = 80
}
<<shademap>>
Description:Map colors on the screen to shades of gray for monochrome hardcopy output.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
{
Default
Notes
Shade values can range from 0 (black) to 100 (white).
BLACKSHADE
= <dexp>
REDSHADE
= <dexp>
GREENSHADE
= <dexp>
BLUESHADE
= <dexp>
CYANSHADE
= <dexp>
YELLOWSHADE
= <dexp>
PURPLESHADE
= <dexp>
WHITESHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM1SHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM2SHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM3SHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM4SHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM5SHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM6SHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM7SHADE
= <dexp>
CUSTOM8SHADE
= <dexp>
}
Example:Make blue flooded regions map to 50 percent gray:
$!PRINTSETUP
MONOFLOODMAP
{
BLUESHADE = 50
}
<<symbolshape>>
Description:Set a symbol shape. Symbols can be a geometric shape (circle, square, and so forth) or an ASCII
character.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
ISASCII
= <boolean>
ASCIISHAPE
{
USEBASEFONT
= <boolean>
FONTOVERRIDE
= <font>
ASCIICHAR
= <string>
}
GEOMSHAPE
= <geomshape>
}
Example:Change the symbol shape for symbols drawn with line map 3 to use circles:
$!LINEMAP[3]
SYMBOLS
{
SYMBOLSHAPE
{
ISASCII = FALSE
GEOMSHAPE = CIRCLE
}
}
<<textbox>>
Description:Change settings for the optional box around a text label.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
BOXTYPE
= <textboxtype>
MARGIN
<op> <dexp>
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
COLOR
= <color>
FILLCOLOR
= <color>
}
Example:See example for <<textbox>> is incorporated in the example for <<textshape>>.
<<textshape>>
Description:Change settings related to text font and character height.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
FONTFAMILY
= <string>
ISBOLD
= <boolean>
ISITALIC
= <boolean>
SIZEUNITS
= <sizeunits>
HEIGHT
<op> <dexp>
}
Example:Add a text label in the center of the frame using Times Roman font. Make the text height
12 point. Include a box around the text with a line thickness of one percent:
$!ATTACHTEXT
XYPOS {
X = 50
Y = 50
}
TEXTSHAPE
{
FONTMFFAMILY = “Times”
ISBOLD = NO
ISITALIC = NO
}
BOX
{
BOXTYPE = HOLLOW
LINETHICKNESS = 1
}
TEXT = ’Hi Mom’
<<ticklabeldetail>>
Description:Change settings for the text used to label axis tick marks.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
SHOWONAXISLINE
= <boolean>
TRUE
SHOWONGRIDBORDERMIN
= <boolean>
FALSE
SHOWONGRIDBORDERMAX
= <boolean>
FALSE
Non-3D only.
SHOWONOPPOSITEEDGE
= <boolean>
FALSE
3D only.
SHOWONALLAXES
= <boolean>
TRUE
Polar R only.
SHOWATAXISINTER
SECTION
= <boolean>
SKIP
= <integer>
ERASEBEHINDLABELS
= <boolean>
NUMFORMAT
<<numberformat>>
TEXTSHAPE
<<textshape>>
OFFSET
<op> <dexp>
LABELALIGNMENT
= <labelalignment>
ANGLE
<op> <dexp>
COLOR
= <color>
Non-3D only.
Not allowed to change size units
parameter.
}
Example:Change the color for X-axis tick mark labels in a 2D plot to be red:
$!TWODAXIS
XDETAIL
{
TICKLABEL
{
COLOR = RED
}
}
<<tickmarkdetail>>
Description:Assign attributes for axis tick marks.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
SHOWONAXISLINE
= <boolean>
TRUE
SHOWONGRIDBORDERMIN
= <boolean>
FALSE
Non-3D only.
SHOWONGRIDBORDERMAX
= <boolean>
FALSE
Non-3D only.
SHOWONOPPOSITEEDGE
= <boolean>
FALSE
3D only.
SHOWONALLAXES
= <boolean>
TRUE
Polar R only.
TICKDIRECTION
= <tickdirection>
LENGTH
<op> <dexp>
LINETHICKNESS
<op> <dexp>
NUMMINORTICKS
= <integer>
MINORLENGTH
= <double>
MINORLINETHICKNESS
= <double>
}
Example:Set the tick mark length to 2 percent for the second Y-axis in an XY-plot:
$!XYLINEAXIS
YDETAIL 2
{
TICKS
{
LENGTH = 2
SHOWONGRIDBORDERMIN = TRUE
}
}
<<volumeobjectstoplot>>
Description:Specifies what volume objects are to be displayed.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
{
SHOWISOSURFACES
= <boolean>
SHOWSLICES
= <boolean>
SHOWSTREAMTRACES
= <boolean>
}
Example:
$!FIELD
VOLUMEMODE
{
VOLUMEOBJECTSTOPLOT
{
SHOWISOSURFACES = NO
SHOWSLICES = YES
SHOWSTREAMTRACES = YES
}
}
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Default
Notes
<<xy>>
Description:Change settings for an (X,Y) position.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
X
<op> <dexp>
Y
<op> <dexp>
}
Example:See the XYPOS parameter in the example for <<textshape>>.
<<xyz>>
Description:Change settings for an (X, Y, Z) triplet.
Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
X
<op> <dexp>
Y
<op> <dexp>
Z
<op> <dexp>
}
Example:Change the scale factor on the Z-axis to be 0.5:
$!GLOBALTHREED
AXISSCALEFACT
{
Z = 0.5
}
<<zebrashade>>
Description:Change zebra shading attributes.
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Expands to:
Parameter
Syntax
Default
Notes
{
INCLUDE
= <boolean>
ISTRANSPARENT
= <boolean>
COLOR
= <color>
}
Example:Turn on zebra shading and make the zebra shade color to be black:
$!GLOBALCONTOUR
COLORMAPFILTER
{
ZEBRA
{
INCLUDE = TRUE
COLOR
= BLACK
}
}
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12
Parameter Assignment Values,
Expressions, and Operators
12 - 1
Assignment Value Table
Parameter assignments referenced in the previous chapters using single angle brackets (< >) are defined
here. (Case is not important.)
Value Identifier
Allowable Values
<altmousebuttonmode>
REDRAW
REVERTTOSELECT
<addonstyle>
V7STANDARD
V7ACTIVEX
<anchoralignment>
TOPLEFT
TOPCENTER
TOPRIGHT
MIDDLELEFT
MIDDLECENTER
MIDDLERIGHT
BOTTOMLEFT
BOTTOMRIGHT
BOTTOMCENTER
<anglespec>
RADIANS
DEGREES
<arrowheadattachment>
NONE
ATBEGINNING
ATEND
HOLLOW
ATBOTHENDS
<arrowheadstyle>
PLAIN
FILLED
<axisalignment>
WITHVIEWPORT
WITHSPECIFICANGLE
WITHGRIDMIN
WITHGRIDAREABOTTOM
WITHGRIDMAX
WITHGRIDAREARIGHT.
WITHGRIDAREATOP
WITHGRIDAREALEFT
WITHOPPOSINGAXISVALUE
<axismode>
INDEPENDENT
XYDEPENDENT
XYZDEPENDENT
<axistitlemode>
USEVARNAME
USETEXT
<axistitleposition>
LEFT
CENTER
RIGHT
<backingstoremode>
REALTIMEUPDATE
NOTUSED
PERIODICUPDATE
<bitdumpregion>
CURRENTFRAME
ALLFRAMES
WORKAREA
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Value Identifier
<boolean>
Allowable Values
YES
NO
TRUE
FALSE
ON
OFF
<borderlocation>
IBORDER
JBORDER
KBORDER
<boundarycondition>
FIXED
ZEROGRADIENT
ZERO2ND
<boxtype>
NONE
FILLED
HOLLOW
<charactersequence>
One or more printable characters.
<clipping>
CLIPTOVIEWPORT
CLIPTOFRAME
<clipplane>
BELOWPRIMARYSLICE
ABOVEPRIMARYSLIC
E
NONE
<color>
BLACK
RED
GREEN
BLUE
CYAN
YELLOW
WHITE
CUSTOM1 to
CUSTOM56
PURPLE
MULTI1 to MULTI4
<colormap>
a
<standardcolormap>
RGBCOLOR
WILD
USERDEF
RAWUSERDEF
<colormapcontrol>
COPYSTANDARD
REDISTRIBUTECONTROLPOINTS
RESETTOFACTORY
<colormapdistribution>
BANDED
CONTINUOUS
<compressiontype>
BESTSPEED
SMALLESTSIZE
<conditionalexp>
<dexp> <relop> <dexp>
<string> <relop> <string>.
<constrainintop2mode>
USEVAR
USECONSTANT
<contourcoloring>
RGB
GROUP1 to GROUP4
<contourlabelaction>
ADD
DELETEALL
<contourlabellocation>
COLORMAPDIVISIONS
INCREMENT
CONTOURLEVELS
<contourlevelaction>
ADD
NEW
DELETERANGE
DELETENEAREST
RESET
<contourlinemode>
USEZONELINETYPE
SKIPTOSOLID
DASHNEGATIVE
<contourtype>
LINES
FLOOD
AVERAGECELL
PRIMARYVALUE
BOTHLINESANDFLOOD
<coordscale>
LINEAR
LOG
<coordsys>
GRID
FRAME
<curveinfomode>
CURVEDETAILS
CURVEPOINTS
<curvetype>
LINESEG
CURVFIT
SPLINE
PARASPLINE
ETORFIT
POWERFIT
EXTENDED
POLYNOMIALFIT
SINGLE
DOUBLE
LONGINT
SHORTINT
BYTE
BIT
AUTO
HEAP
<datatype>
<dataloadstrategy>
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GRID3D
Assignment Value Table
Value Identifier
<derivpos>
Allowable Values
SIMPLE
ATPOINT
COMPLEX
ATPOINTB2
<dialogname>
AXISEDIT
ADVANCED3DCONTROL
COLORMAP
CONTOUR
CREATE1DLINE
CREATECIRCULARZONE
CURVEINFO
CREATERECTANGULARZONE
CREATEZONEFROMPOLYLINES
CREATEZONEFROMVALUES
DATAINFO
DATALABELS
DATASPREADSHEET
DELETEVARIABLES
DELETEZONES
DEPTHBLANKING
DUPLICATEZONE
EQUATION
EXPORT
EXTRAEXTRACTDISCRETEPOINTS
EXTRACTFEBOUNDAR
Y
EXTRACTISOSURFACES
EXTRACTPOINTSFROMGEOMETRY
EXTRACTPOINTSFROMPOLYLINE
EXTRACTSLICEFROMPLANE
EXTRACTSLICES
EXTRACTSTREAMTRACES
EXTRACTSUBZONE
EXTRACTCONTOURLINES
IJKBLANKING
IMPORT
LIGHTSOURCE
INVERSEDISTANCEINTERPOLATION
LINEARINTERPOLATION
KRIGINGINTERPOLATION
LINEMAPLEGEND
LOADDATA
MACROPLAY
MACRORECORD
MACROVIEWER
MIRRORZONE
NEWLAYOUT
OPENLAYOUT
ORDERFRAMES
PAPERSETUP
PERFORMANCEb
POLARDRAWINGOPTIONS
PRINT
PROBEAT
PROBE
QUICKEDIT
QUICKMACROPANEL
RESET3DAXES
RGBCOLORLEGEND
RGBCOLORVARSANDRANGE
ROTATE2DDATA
RULERGRID
SAVEAS
SAVE
SCATTERLEGEND
SCATTERSIZEANDFONT
SCATTERREFERENCESYMBOL
SLICES
SMOOTH
SPATIALVARS
STREAMTRACES
STYLELINKING
THREEDAXISLIMITS
THREEDVIEWDETAILS
THREEDORIENTATIONAXIS
THREEDVIEWROTATE
TRANSFORMCOORDINATES
TRANSLATEMAGNIFY
TRIANGULATE
VALUEBLANKING
VECTORLENGTH
TWODDRAWORDER
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Value Identifier
Allowable Values
VECTORARROWHEADS
VECTORREFERENCEVECTOR
VECTORVARS
WRITEDATA
ZONEMAPSTYLE
<derivpos>
SIMPLE
ATPOINT
COMPLEX
<dexp>
<double> ((<expression>))
<double>
Valid floating point value.
<draworder>
BEFOREDATA
AFTERDATA
<drift>
NONE
LINEAR
QUAD
<edgesetting>
NONE
MIN
MAX
BOTH
<edgetype>
BORDERSANDCREASE
BORDERS
CREASES
<epspreviewimagetype>
NONE
TIFF
EPSIV2
FRAME
<errorbartype>
UP
DOWN
LEFT
RIGHT
VERT.
HORZ
CROSS
<exportformat>
RASTERMETAFILE
TIFF
SUNRASTER
XWINDOWS
PSIMAGE
PS
EPS
X3D
BMP
PNG
AVI
JPEG
WINDOWSMETAFILE
TECPLOTVIEWER
FLV
MPEG4
WMV
<expression>
See Figure 12 - 2.
<fielddatatype>
FLOAT
DOUBLE
<fillmode>
NONE
USEBACKGROUNDCOLOR
USELINECOLOR
USESPECIFICCOLOR
HELV
HELVBOLD
TIMES
TIMESBOLD
TIMESITALIC
TIMESITALICBOLD
COURIER
COURIERBOLD
GREEK
MATH
USERDEF
DELETETOP
FITALLTOPAPER
POPATPOSITION
PUSHTOP
<framecollection>
ALL
PICKED
<framecoordmode>
PAPER
WORKSPACE
<framemode>
THREED
TWOD
XY
YINDEPENDENT
RINDEPENDENT
<font>
<frameaction>
POP
SKETCH
<functiondependency>
XINDEPENDENT
THETAINDEPENDENDT
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Assignment Value Table
Value Identifier
<geomshape>
<geomtype>
Allowable Values
SQUARE
DEL
GRAD
RTRI
LTRI
DIAMOND
CIRCLE
CUBE
OCTAHEDRON
SPHERE
POINT
GEOMIMAGE
LINESEGS
RECTANGLE
SQUARE
CIRCLE
ELLIPSE
LINESEGS3D
<ijkblankmode>
INTERIOR
EXTERIOR
<ijklines>
I
J
K
<ijkplane>
I
J
K
<imagestyle>
ONEPERFRAME
WORKSPACEONLY
<imagetype>
LOSSLESS
JPEG
<integer>
Integer constants or variables containing an integer. Expressions that logically result
in integer are not currently supported.
<interpptselection>
NEARESTNPOINTS
ALLPOINTS
<isosurfacesselection>
ALLCOUNTOURLEVELS
TWOSPECIFICVALUES
THREESPECIFICVALUES
ONESPECIFICVALUE
<krigdrift>
NONE
LINEAR
<labelalignment>
BYANGLE
ALONGAXIS
256COLOR
OCTANTNPOINTS
QUAD
PERPENDICULARTOAXIS
<labeltype>
INDEX
VARVALUE
<lightingeffect>
PANELED
GOURAUD
<linearinterpmode>
DONTCHANGE
SETTOCONST
<linepattern>
SOLID
DASHED
DASHDOT
DOTTED
LONGDASH
DASHDOTDOT
WITHINFRAME
BETWEENFRAMES
<linktype>
<macrofunctionvar>
XANDYVARVALUEc
|<integer>|
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Value Identifier
<macrointrinsic>
Allowable Values
AXISMAXX
AXISMAXY
AXISMAXZ
AXISMINX
AXISMINY
AXISMINZ
COLORMAPDYNAMIC
ENDSLICEPOS
FRAMEMODE
IS3DV
LOOP
MACROFILEPATH
MAXB
MAXC
MAXI
MAXJ
MAXK
MAXS
MAXU
MAXV
MAXVnn
MAXW
MAXX
MAXY
MAXZ
MINB
MINC
MINS
MINU
MINV
MINVnn
MINW
MINX
MINY
MINZ
NUMFRAMES
NUMPLANES
NUMVARS
NUMWIN
NUMXYMAPS
NUMZONES
OPSYS
PLATFORMNAME
SOLUTIONTIME
SLICEPLANETYPE
STARTSLICEPOS
TECHOME
TECPLOTVERSION
<macrointrinsicvar>
|<macrointrinsic>|
<macroparameter>
<charactersequence> <string>
<macroparameterlist>
(<macroparameter> <macroparameter>...)
<macrouserdefvar>
|<charactersequence>|
<macrovar>
<macrointrinsicvar> <macrouserdefvar> <macrofunctionvar>
<markerpos>
SOLUTIONTIME
CONSTANTs
<meshtype>
WIREFRAME
OVERLAY
HIDDENLINE
<mirrorvar>
‘X’
‘Y’
‘Z’
<mousebuttonclick>
REDRAW
REVERTTOSELECT
NOOP
<mousebuttondrag>
NOOP
ZOOMDATA
ZOOMPAPER
TRANSLATEDATA
TRANSLATEPAPER
ROLLERBALLROTATE
TWISTROTATE
SPHERICALXROTATEDATA
SPHERICALYROTATEDATA
SPHERICALZROTATEDATA
XROTATE
YROTATE
ZROTATE
<mousemode>
ADJUST
ADVANCEADJUST
SELECT
<noncurrentframedrawlevel>
FULL
TRACE
<objectalign>
BOTTOM
CENTER
LEFTJUSTIFY
RIGHTJUSTIFY
=
-=
*=
/=
<originresetlocation>
DATACENTER
VIEWCENTER
<palette>
MONOCHROME
PENPLOTTER
<op>
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+=
COLOR
Assignment Value Table
Value Identifier
<papergridspacing>
<paperrulerspacing>
<papersize>
<pickaction>
Allowable Values
HALFCENTIMETER
ONECENTIMETER
TWOCENTIMETERS
QUARTERINCH
HALFINCH
ONEINCH
TENPOINTS
TWENTYFOURPOINTS
THIRTYSIXPOINTS
FIFTYPOINTS
ONEINCH
FIFTYPOINTS
TWOCENTIMETERS
SEVENTYTWOPOINTS
LETTER
DOUBLE
A4
A3
CUSTOM1
CUSTOM2
ADD
ADDALL
ADDALLINREGION
CLEAR
COPY
CUT
EDIT
MAGNIFY
PASTE
POP
PUSH
SETMOUSEMODE
Z
ONECENTIMETER
SHIFT
<placementplaneorientation>
X
Y
<plotapproximationmode>
AUTOMATIC
NONCURRENTALWAYSAPPROX
ALLFRAMESALWAYSAPPROX
<plottype>
CARTESIAN3D
CARTESIAN2D
POLARLINE
SKETCH
ALLDIRECTIONS
BOTTOM
LEFT
LEFTRIGHT
LOWERLEFT
LOWERRIGHT
RIGHT
TOP
UPDOWN
UPPERLEFT
UPPERRIGHT
<pointselection>
NEARESTNPOINTS
ALLPOINTS
<pointstoplot>
SURFACESONLY
ALL
<positionatanchor>
ONCE
NEVER
<printerdriver>
PS
EPS
<printrendertype>
VECTOR
IMAGE
<quickcolormode>
LINECOLOR
FILLCOLOR
TEXTCOLOR
<readdataoption>
NEW
APPEND
REPLACE
<relop>
<
>
<=
>=
==
!= (not equal to)
<> (not equal to).
GREATERTHAN
LESSTHAN
EQUALTO
NOTEQUALTO
TEXTUREFILTER
BOXFILTER
LANCZOS3FILTER
LANCZOS2FILTER
BELLFILTER
TRIANGLEFILTER
BSPLINEFILTER
CUBICFILTER
MITCHELFILTER
RGB
GBR
BRG
RBG
BGR
GRB
<pointerstyle>
<resizefilter>
XYLINE
OCTANTNPOINTS
ALWAYS
GAUSSIANFILTER
<rgblegendorientation>
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Value Identifier
<rgbmode>
Allowable Values
SPECIFYRGB
SPECIFYRG
SPECIFYRB
X
Y
Z
ALPHA
THETA
PSI
ABOUTVECTOR
TWIST
HORZROLLERBALL
SPECIFYGB
<rotateaxis>
VERTROLLERBALL
<rotateoriginlocation>
VIEWER
DEFINEDORIGIN
<rotationmode>
XYZAXIS
SPHERICAL
<scope>
LOCAL
GLOBAL
<set>
[<setspecifier> <setspecifier> ... ]
<setspecifier>
<integer> <integer>-<integer>[:<integer>]
<shadetype>
SOLIDCOLOR
PANELED
ROLLERBALL
GOURAUD
COLOREDPANELED
<sidebarsizing>
MAXOFALL
DYNAMIC
<sizeunits>
GRID
FRAME
<skipmode>
BYINDEX
BYFRAMEUNITS
<slicesource>
VOLUMEZONES
SURFACEZONES
POINT
LINEARZONES
SURFACESOFVOLUMEZONES
<slicesurface>
<sortby>
XPLANES
YPLANES
ZPLANES
IPLANES
JPLANES
KPLANES
NONE
BYSPECIFICVAR
BYDEPENDENDTVAR
SPECIFYRG
SPECIFYRB
BYINDEPENDENTVAR
<specifyrgb>
SPECIFYRGB
SPECIFYGB
<spherescatterrenderquality>
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH.
<standardcolormap>
SMRAINBOW
LGRAINBOW
MODERN
GRAYSCALE
TWOCOLOR
<stipplemode>
ALL
CRITICAL
NONE
<streamdirection>
FORWARD
REVERSE
BOTH
<streamdistributionregion>
POINT
RAKE
SURFACESOFACTIVEZONES
SURFACESOFSELECTEDOBJECTS
<streamtype>
SURFACELINE
VOLUMELINE
VOLUMEROD
TWODLINE
VOLUMERIBBON
<string>
"<charactersequence>" '<charactersequence>'d
<stylebase>
FACTORY
CONFIG
<subboundary>
ADD
ADDONLY
ALL
STANDARD
BYTEENCODED
REMOVE
<sunrasterformat>
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OLDFORMAT
Assignment Value Table
Value Identifier
<surfacestoplot>
Allowable Values
BOUNDARYFACES
ALL
IPLANES
JPLANES
KPLANES
IJPLANES
JKPLANES
IKPLANES
IJKPLANES
EXPOSEDCELLFACE
NONE
LEFT
CENTER
RIGHT
MIDLEFT
MIDCENTER
MIDRIGHT
HEADLEFT
HEADCENTER
HEADRIGHT
<textboxtype>
NONE
FILLED
HOLLOW
<threedviewchangedrawlevel>
FULL
TRACE
<thetamode>
DEGREES
RADIANS
ARBITRARY
<tickdirection>
IN
OUT
CENTERED
<tiffbyteorder>
INTEL
MOTOROLA
<transformation>
POLARTORECT
RECTTOPOLAR
<textanchor>
SPHERICALTORECT
RECTTOSPHERICAL
<translucency>
Valid integer from one to 99.
<twoddraworder>
BYZONE
BYLAYER
<unloadstrategy>
MINIMIZEMEMORYUSE
NEVERUNLOAD
AUTO
<valueblankcellmode>
ALLCORNERS
ANYCORNER
PRIMARYVALUE
<valueblankrelop>
LESSTHANOREQUAL
NOTEQUALTO
GREATERTHAN
LESSTHAN
EQUALTO
GREATERTHANOREQUAL
<valueformat>
INTEGER
FLOAT
EXPONENT
BESTFLOAT
SUPERSCRIPT
RANGEBESTFLOAT
CUSTOMLABEL
TIMEDATE
<valuelocation>
AUTO
NODAL
<varloadmode>
BYNAME
BYPOSITION
<vectortype>
TAILATPOINT
HEADATPOINT
MIDATPOINT
FIT
ZOOM
DATAFIT
SETMAGNIFICATION
AXISFIT
CENTER
TRANSLATE
LAST
COPY
PASTE
PUSH
HANN
HAMMING
RECTANGULAR
FITSELECTEDFRAMES
FITALLFRAMES
FITPAPER
MAXIMIZE
LASTVIEW
ZOOM
CELLCENTERED
HEADONLY
<viewmode>
<windowfunction>
TRIANGULAR
<workspaceviewmode>
TRANSLATE
<xyaxis>
’X’
’Y’
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a. In order to color an object using one of the contour variable groups (i.e. assigning the color
to MULTI1, MULTI2, etc.), you must first set the contour variable via the $!GLOBALCONTOUR
command.
b. The performance dialog cannot be launched or dropped via the macro language on Windows
platforms.
c. Available in XY-plots only
d. The only difference in using single quotes vs. double quotes for strings is that single quotes prevent the processing of the backslash character “\” (that is \n inserts a newline \\ inserts the
backslash itself).
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Assignment Value Expressions
Simple values are literal constants such as 1, 3, 3.5, 2.5e17. Complex expressions are identified by an
equation surrounded by '(' and ')' delimiters.
Expressions can be used within any layout or macro file and support all of the common operators and
functions familiar to most C and FORTRAN programmers.
Arithmetic operators include the common multiply, divide, add, and subtract (*, /, + and -), as well as a
few others (^ and **) that are worth noting. The raise operator (^, or **) returns the result of raising the
first number by the second.
Expressions may also contain macro variables and an assortment of useful functions and constants.
Following are tables of supported functions and constants and a short explanation for each:
abs(x)
Absolute value of x.
acos(x)
Arc cosine of x between -1 and 1. Return an angle between 0 and p radians.
asin(x)
Arc sine of x between -1 and 1. Return an angle between -p/2 and p/2 radians.
atan(x)
Arc tangent of x. Return an angle between -p and p radians.
atan2(y,x)
Arc tangent of y  x . Return an angle between -p and p radians.
ceil(x)
Smallest integer larger than or equal to x.
cos(x)
Cosine of x in radians.
cosh(x)
Hyperbolic cosine of x.
exp(x)
Exponential of x.
floor(x)
Largest integer smaller than or equal to x.
frac(x)
Fractional part of x.
int(x)
Integer part of x.
log(x)
Natural logarithm of x.
log10(x)
Logarithm to the base 10 of x.
max(x,y)
Larger of x or y.
min(x,y)
Smaller of x or y.
pow(x,y)
xy.
sin(x)
Sine of x in radians.
sinh(x)
Hyperbolic sine of x.
sqrt(x)
Square root of x.
tan(x)
Tangent of x in radians.
tanh(x)
Hyperbolic tangent of x.
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Assignment Value Expressions
Constants are also supported, as listed in the following table.
BASEe
Natural logarithm base e.
DEG
Degrees per radian.
GAMMA
Euler-Mascheroni constant.
PHI
Golden ratio:  5 + 1   2 .
PI
p.
RAD
Radians per degree.
The following table shows the operator precedence and associativity for assignment value expressions.
Operators with higher precedence are listed in the higher rows of the table, while operators that are in the
same row have the same precedence. The associativity describes how an operator associates with its
operand.
Operator Type
Operators
Associativity
Expression
()
Left to right.
Power
^ **
Right to left.
Unary
-+!
Right to left.
Multiplicative
*/
Left to right.
Additive
+-
Left to right.
Relational
> >= < <= == !=
Left to right.
Logical AND
&&
Left to right.
Logical OR
||
Left to right.
Conditional
?:
Right to left.
Unlike C, relational expressions do not evaluate to 0 or 1, instead, they evaluate to true or false. As such,
they may only be used with other logical operators, or with the conditional operator.
Examples of common expressions used in the Tecplot 360 macro language follow (note that all expressions
evaluate to a simple, <dexp>, value):
In addition to the more common operators mentioned above, some relational and logical operators are
$!If (|b|^2) > (4*|a|*|c|)
$!If |a| > 0.0
$!VarSet |root1| = (-|b| + sqrt(|b|^2 - 4*|a|*|c|) / (2*|a|))
$!VarSet |root2| = (-|b| - sqrt(|b|^2 - 4*|a|*|c|) / (2*|a|))
$!EndIf
$!EndIf
$!VarSet |area| = (PI*|r|**2)
provided to form compound expressions. A relation, <relation>, may be constructed and used in
conjunction with the conditional operator (? and :) to form compound expressions. The conditional
operator (? and :) has the following syntax:
<relation> ? <expression if true> : <expression if false>
where:
• <relation> is a conditional statement that evaluates to true or false, and is formed by any two
subexpressions which are compared to one another with one of the relational operators (>, >=,
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<, <=, ==, !=) in combination with zero or more of the logical operators: logical Not (!), logical
And (&&), and logical Or (||).
• <expression if true> is the <expression> that is evaluated if the <relation> condition evaluates to
TRUE.
• <expression if false> is the <expression> that is evaluated if the <relation> condition evaluates to
FALSE.
Examples of compound expressions used in the Tecplot 360 macro language follow (note that all
compound expressions evaluate to a simple, <dexp>, value):
$!VarSet |value| = (|stress| > |cutoff| ? |cutoff| : |stress|)
$!VarSet |value| = (|x| < 1.5 && |y| <= 5.5 ? |x|^6 : (|x|+|y|)^3.2)
$!VarSet |root| = (|b|^2 > 4*|a|*|c| && |a| > 0.0 ? -|b| + sqrt(|b|^2 4*|a|*|c|) / (2*|a|) : 0)
It is important not to confuse an expression's relation, <relation>, that controls the evaluation of a
compound expression, with the conditional expression, <conditionalexp>, that controls the execution of
control commands such as $!IF and $!WHILE.
For example, the following is a valid macro command since it has a valid expression syntax and a valid
control command syntax:
$!If |a| > (PI*|r|^2)
...
$!EndIf
The following is also a valid macro command because, like the last example, it has a valid expression
syntax and a valid control command syntax:
$!If (|a|^2) == (|b| > 5 ? 1 : 0)
...
$!EndIf
The following is not a valid macro command since it has an invalid expression syntax and consequently an
invalid control command syntax:
$!If (|a| > PI*|r|^2)
...
$!EndIf
As with the invalid example above, if Tecplot 360 encounters a relation, <relation>, within an expression,
<expression> (enclosed within ( and ) delimiters), it expects to find the conditional operator (? and :) and
the two required expressions following the specified relation.
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13
Raw Data
Some macro commands contain a “raw data” section. A raw data section is defined by using the keyword
RAWDATA followed by the raw data values unique to the macro command. Most raw data sections start with
a single count value which represents the number of blocks of raw data followed by the blocks of raw data
themselves. The following table lists the raw data sections found in Tecplot 360 macros.
Raw Data Name
Value Type(s)
per Block
Notes
<arbfielddata>
NM
p11 p12 p13 ... p1M
p21 p22 p23 ....p2M
...
pN1 pN2 pN3 ...pNM
Where:
N is the number of points
M is the number of variables per data point.
<colormaprawdata>
<integer>
<integer>
<integer>
Red.
Green.
Blue.
<contourlevelrawdata>
<dexp>
Contour level.
<extendedcommandrawdata>
<string>
Each line of the RAWDATA section contains an arbitrary text string.
The only requirement is that the character sequence “$!” (a dollar
sign followed by an exclamation mark) cannot appear anywhere in
the section. Comments can be inserted by using # (the octothorp). If
encountered, everything to the right of the # (including the # itself)
will be ignored.
<geometryrawdata>
(Line segment geometry)
<xyrawdata>
Each block contains a block of <xyrawdata>, which forms a single
polyline within the geometry.
<geometryrawdata>
(3D Line segment)
<xyzrawdata>
Each block contains a block of <xyzrawdata>, which forms a single
polyline within the geometry.
<geometryrawdata> (circle)
<dexp>a
Only one value supplied. Value is the radius.
<geometryrawdata> (ellipse)
<dexp>a
<dexp>a
Two values supplied. Values are RX and RY.
<geometryrawdata> (rectangle)
<dexp>a
<dexp>a
Two values supplied. Values are width and height.
<geometryrawdata> (square)
<dexp>a
Only one value supplied. Value is the width.
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Raw Data Name
Value Type(s)
per Block
Notes
<xyrawdata>
<dexp>
<dexp>
X.
Y.
<xyzrawdata>
<dexp>
<dexp>
<dexp>
X.
Y.
Z.
a. A count value does not precede the raw data in this case.
Examples:
Example 1:
Raw data for a circle with radius equal to 1.7:
RAWDATA
1.7
Example 2:
Raw data for a line segment geometry with two segments. Segment 1 has 4 points and segment 2 has 3
points:
RAWDATA
2
4
1.5 2.2
1.7 2.4
1.9 2.8
2.1 3.0
3
1.1 1.7
1.2 1.9
1.3 2.0
Example 3:
Raw data to define five contour levels:
RAWDATA
5
1.5
2.6
3.7
4.9
5.5
Example 4:
Raw data to define three RGB values:
RAWDATA
3
0 0
0
45 100 100
90 200 200
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Example 5:
For greater control of contour levels in a macro, set the levels with RAWDATA. This example allows
you to choose the number of levels, then sets new levels based on the minimum and maximum values
of the current contour variable.
$!FIELDLAYERS SHOWCONTOUR = YES
$!Drawgraphics No
$!GLOBALCONTOUR 1 VAR = 4
$!PromptforTextString |numlevels|
Instructions = "Enter the number of contour levels."
$!Varset |Delta| = ((|maxc| - |minc|)/|numlevels|)
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETERANGE
CONTOURGROUP = 1
RANGEMIN = |minc|
RANGEMAX = |maxc|
$!Varset |newlevel| = (|minc| + |delta|/2)
$!Loop |numlevels|
$!CONTOURLEVELS ADD
CONTOURGROUP = 1
RAWDATA
1
|newlevel|
$!Varset |newlevel| += |Delta|
$!Endloop
$!Drawgraphics Yes
$!REDRAW
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Macro Language Limitations
The only macro control commands allowed in stylesheets and layout files are:
$!VARSET and $!REMOVEVAR
The only SetValue command allowed in color map files is:
$!COLORMAP
Layout files, stylesheet files and colormap files cannot contain any of the following commands:
$!OPENLAYOUT
$!READSTYLESHEET
$!LOADCOLORMAP
Only SetValue macro commands are allowed in the Tecplot 360 configuration file.
The $!LIMITS command can be used only in the Tecplot 360 configuration file.
The $!FIELDMAP and $!LINEMAP commands may be used in the configuration file but they may not specify
an individual zone or line map. This special use of $!FIELDMAP and $!LINEMAP allows you to change the
default attributes for all zones and line mappings when they are initialized in Tecplot 360.
The file name referenced in the $!INCLUDEMACRO command cannot use Tecplot 360 macro variables.
Size limitations:
Maximum number of nested macro function calls
10
Maximum number of nested macro loops
10
Maximum number of nested While-EndWhile loops
Unlimited.
Maximum number of nested If-EndIf loops
Unlimited.
Maximum number of nested macro includes
5
Maximum number of macro commands
200,000
Maximum number of parameters per macro function
20
Maximum number of characters in macro variable name
31
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Maximum number of characters in macro function name
Unlimited.
Maximum number of macro variables
400
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Part 2 Python
Scripting
15
Using Tecplot 360’s Python
Interpreter
15 - 1
Using Python Scripts with Tecplot 360
A Python interpreter has been added to Tecplot 360 to allow you to harness the automation capabilities of
macros and extend Tecplot 360’s functionality using standard Python libraries (e.g. FFT) without writing
an add-on. You may incorporate Python scripts with Tecplot 360 in several different ways:
1. Using a macro file that calls Python modules.
2. Using the Python Quick Scripts dialog.
3. Running standalone Python modules launched via the Play Macro or Script dialog (accessed
via Scripting>Play Macro/Script).
Refer to Chapter 30: “Working With Python Scripts” in the User’s Manual for details on each of the above
scenarios.
15 - 2
Installation and Setup
When you install Tecplot 360, a Python interpreter (version 2.7.2) is included in $TEC_360_2013R1/python,
where $TEC_360_2013R1 is the directory of your Tecplot 360 installation.
If you would rather use your own Python 2.7.2 installation, set the environment variable
TEC_PYTHON_HOME to point to it, and Tecplot 360 will use the specified Python
interpreter instead of the included copy.
In order to access your Python scripts via the Tecplot 360 interface, ensure that the following line is
included in your tecplot.add file (located at base directory of your Tecplot 360 installation):
$!LoadAddon “pythonutil”
Python scripts can be accessed via Scripting>Play Macro/Script.
It is imperative that your PYTHONHOME and PYTHONPATH environment variables be set
properly. Refer to the Section 30 - 5 “Python Installation Notes” in the User’s Manual for
additional details. This is a Python requirement, not a Tecplot 360 requirement.
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Several Python scripting samples have been included for your reference. These scripts are located in your
Tecplot 360 installation directory and are also available at www.tecplottalk.com/python.
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16
Python Syntax Rules
Tecplot 360’s Python commands are wrapper functions to the TecUtil functions included with the Add-on
Developer’s Kit (ADK). The ADK contains C/C++ functions which are thoroughly documented in the ADK
Reference Manual. Each entry in the manual includes an indicator for whether the function is available to
the Python interpreter. The syntax required for using Tecplot 360’s Python interpreter is described for each
function in the ADK Reference Manual as well as the remainder of this chapter.
Refer to www.tecplottalk.com/python for sample Python scripts that you may download
and execute.
16 - 1
Import Modules
You must include the following import statements at the start of every Python script you wish to use with
Tecplot 360:
import TecUtil
import TecVals
Both of the above modules are included in your Tecplot 360 distribution. TecUtil contains the TecUtil
library function calls. TecVals contains the enumerated values, set value constants and defines required for
the TecUtil library.
The TecUtil library will work properly only when you are running Tecplot 360. You can not
run Python scripts that use the TecUtil library outside of the Tecplot 360 environment.
You may also include other Python libraries that your script requires, such as NumPy or SciPy. NumPy
and SciPy are Python libraries created for scientific computations, such as FFT and linear algebra. You
may find it useful to acquire and install these modules. For more information, please visit www.scipy.org.
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16 - 2
Basic Syntax Rules
The Python Syntax for each TecUtil command is provided for you in the ADK Reference Manual. If you
are already familiar with the C-syntax for the functions you wish to call, you may apply the following
syntax rules to the C-syntax of the TecUtil functions:
• TecUtil function - In Python, a TecUtil function is referenced by TecUtil.<BaseFunctionName>.
For example:
C Syntax
Python Syntax
TecUtilExportCancal()
TecUtil.ExportCancel()
TecUtilFramePop(3)
TecUtil.FramePop(3)
• Enumerated Type or Defined Value - In Python, prepend the enumerated type or defined
value with “TecVals.”. For example:
C Syntax
Python Syntax
TecUtilFrameSetPlotType(Plot
Type_Cartesian3D)
TecUtil.FrameSetPlotType(TecVals.Plot
Type_Cartesian3D
TecUtilDialogLaunch(Dialog_P
robe)
TecUtil.DialogLaunch(TecVals.Dialog_
Probe)
If you will be working extensively with enumerated types, you can import the TecVals
library into your script by adding the following directive:
from TecVals import *
This will eliminate the need to append TecVals. However, you may encounter name
conflicts between your pre-existing values and items in the TecVals. These errors may
cause unexpected behavior.
• In/Out parameters - The C-syntax for the TecUtil functions includes both inputs and outputs
in the argument list. The Python/ syntax explicitly sets the “outs” from the C-syntax as the
result(s) for the Python version of the function. The “ins” remain input parameters for the
Python version of the function.
Given the following C-syntax:
TecUtilMyFunction(int var1,
int var2,
int var3, /*OUT*/
int var4); /*OUT*/
The Python equivalent is:
Results=TecUtil.MyFunction(var1, var2)
where:
int
int
tuple
var1
var2
Results
int Results[0] var3
int Results[1]var4
Refer to the following sections for additional syntax rules, limitations and exceptions.
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Input Types
16 - 3
Input Types
Variables in Python are not typed as they are in C. Instead, all variables are effectively pointers to Python
objects. When working with TecUtil functions, note that the variables will not be cast to the type shown in
the ADK Reference Manual, but will be equivalent to the Python built-in type, as described in the
following table:
C Type
Boolean_t, bool
Python built-in type
Boolean
int, short,
char (not char *),
SetIndex_t,
ColorIndex_t,
EntIndex_t,
SmInteger_t,
Integer
LgIndex_t,
NodeMap_t,
Strand_t,
FaceNodeOffset_t,
ElemFaceOffset_t,
FaceBndryItemOffset_t
long,
UniqueID_t,
GeomID,
Text_ID,
Long integer (unlimited size)
Int64_t,
UInt64_t,
FileOffset_t,
MemMapOffset_t
float, double
Float
char *
String
Refer to the following sections for additional information on variable types in Python:
• String Lists
• Sets
• NULL Pointers
• Sequences
• ArgList_pa Types
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• Input Parameters With Mixed Types
• Opaque Types
16 - 3.1
String Lists
If a variable is of the type String_pa, perform the following steps for the Python syntax:
1. Declare a list:
mylist=[“val1”, “val2”, ..., “valn”]
2. In the function prototype, use mylist in lieu of the StringList_pa variable.
For example, given the following C-syntax:
TecUtilMyFunction ( Boolean IsTrue,
StringList_pa VarList)
The equivalent Python syntax is:
mylist=[“val1”, “val2”, ..., “valn”]
TecUtil.MyFunction(IsTrue, mylist)
where:
boolean
list
16 - 3.2
IsTrue
mylist
Sets
If a variable is of the type Set_pa, perform the following steps for the Python syntax:
1. Declare a list or tuple:
mylist=[6,13,15]
or
nine=9.0
mytuple = (0, 1, 4, 9, 16, 25)
2. In the function prototype, use mylist or mytuple in lieu of the Set_pa variable.
For example, given the following C-syntax:
TecUtilMyFunction ( Boolean IsTrue,
Set_pa
The equivalent Python syntax is:
mylist=[1, 4, 9]
TecUtil.MyFunction(IsTrue, mylist)
where:
boolean
list
or
nine=9.0
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IsTrue
mylist
VarSet)
Input Types
mytuple = (0, 1, 4, 9, 16, 25)
TecUtil.MyFunction(IsTrue, mytuple)
where:
boolean
tuple
16 - 3.3
IsTrue
mytuple
NULL Pointers
Use the None object in your Python code wherever a NULL pointer would have been passed in C code.
For example:
success=TecUtil.LineMapSetAssignment(TecVals.SV_Zone, None, 0, 2)
16 - 3.4
Sequences
Arrays of values in Python are defined as either a list or a tuple. TecUtil functions support both forms of
input arrays. Square brackets are used to denote lists and parentheses are used to denote tuples. Consider
the following examples:
four =
nine =
xVals
yVals
4
9.0
= [0, 1.0, 2, 3.0, 4, 5]
# Okay to mix integers and doubles
= (0, 1, four, nine, 16, 25)# This tuple references other
# objects (four and nine).
numPoints = len(xVals)
success = TecUtil.CreateSimpleZone(numPoints, xVals, yVals,
TecVals.FieldDataType_Double)
Note that some of the values being passed to CreateSimpleZone are integers, even though the function
expects doubles. This is acceptable - the values will be promoted to the expected type within the TecUtil
glue function.
Also note that while lists and tuples in Python can point to objects of different types, including other lists,
not all mixtures are acceptable to Tecplot 360. For example, you cannot input strings or references to
another list in a function that expects doubles.
16 - 3.5
ArgList_pa Types
ArgList_pa types are used in TecUtil functions that end with the letter X. TecUtil functions that end in the
letter X (i.e. TecUtil*X) are TecUtil functions that require a flexible, or extended, argument list or a varied
number of arguments. Where appropriate, a standard argument list function is provided along with the
extended version so that common uses of the function are not burdened with the additional instructions
required for the extended version.
The ArgList_pa type maps nicely to a Python dictionary native type. Dictionaries are lists of key value
pairs.
The following code snippet illustrates how this might be used in a call to TecUtilStyleSetLowLevelX. Note:
For brevity, we have omitted creation of the zoneSet variable.
The C code:
ArgList_pa arglist1 = TecUtilArgListAlloc();
TecUtilArgListAppendString(arglist1, SV_P1, SV_FIELDMAP);
TecUtilArgListAppendString(arglist1, SV_P2, SV_EDGELAYER);
TecUtilArgListAppendString(arglist1, SV_P3, SV_COLOR);
TecUtilArgListAppendSet(arglist1, SV_OBJECTSET, zoneSet);
TecUtilArgListAppendArbParam(arglist1, SV_IVALUE, (ArbParam_t) Blue_C);
TecUtilStyleSetLowLevelX(arglist1);
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TecUtilArgListDealloc(&argList1);:
The equivalent code in Python:
argList = dict()
argList[TecVals.SV_P1] = (TecVals.AppendString, TecVals.SV_FIELDMAP)
argList[TecVals.SV_P2] = (TecVals.AppendString, TecVals.SV_EDGELAYER)
argList[TecVals.SV_P3] = (TecVals.AppendString, TecVals.SV_COLOR)
argList[TecVals.SV_OBJECTSET] = (TecVals.AppendSet, [2])
argList[TecVals.SV_IVALUE] = (TecVals.AppendArbParam, TecVals.Blue_C)
TecUtil.StyleSetLowLevelX(argList)
Note that the name string (second parameter in the C version of the TecUtilArgListAppend* functions)
becomes the key string in the Python dictionary.
The value portion of the dictionary must be a tuple. The first item in the tuple identifies the type of data
using constants found in the TecVals module. The type identifiers correspond to the ArgListAppend*
function that you would normally call in C:
TecVals.AppendArbParam
TecVals.AppendInt
TecVals.AppendDouble
TecVals.AppendSet
TecVals.AppendStringList
TecVals.AppendArray
The second item in the value tuple holds the actual data (what is usually the third parameter in the C
version of the TecUtilArgListAppend* function). When the data are in the form of a Set, StringList, or
Array, then again the native Python lists can be used.
Any TecUtil*X function that requires a parameter that is a pointer is not supported by the
Python interpreter.
16 - 3.6
Input Parameters With Mixed Types
In the ADK, ArbParam_t is used to cast input parameters when the data being passed may take different
forms (integer, double, list, etc.).
When an input parameter is an ArbParam_t in the C syntax, the ADK Reference Manual will indicate the
type of data actually expected (usually depending on other input parameters). In the Python call, simply
use the appropriate built-in type (see also: Section 16 - 3 “Input Types”).
For example, when calling TecUtilStateChanged for Zones Added, the ArbParam_t parameter references a
Set_pa. Since Set_pa maps to a Python list, the call would simply be:
TecUtil.StateChanged(TecVals.StateChange_ZonesAdded, [1,2,3])
16 - 3.7
Opaque Types
Some functions return a pointer to an "opaque" type. These are references that cannot be manipulated in
the Python code - they are used only as input parameters for subsequent calls to other TecUtil functions. In
these cases, you do not need to be concerned with the data type that is returned. Simply assign the return
object to a variable and pass that variable back into the functions that need it.
For example:
textId = TecUtil.TextCreate(TecVals.CoordSys_Frame, 50, 50,
TecVals.Units_Frame, 3.5, "Hello
World")
TecUtil.TextSetFont(textId, TecVals.Font_Helvetica)
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Output Types
Opaque types include:
Menu_pa
AddOn_pa
NodeMap_pa
FaceNeighbor_pa
FaceMap_pa
ElemToFaceMap_pa
FieldData_pa
AuxData_pa
ViewState_pa
UniqueID_t
Geom_ID
Text_ID
16 - 4
Output Types
Most TecUtil functions that send data or set styles return a single value or none at all. In general, these
map to the Python boolean or integer types shown in Section 16 - 3 “Input Types”. All successful calls to
the TecUtil functions return an object pointer. In the case where the C version of the TecUtil function is
void, the return in Python points to a special "NONE" object. See also: Section 16 - 3.3 “NULL Pointers”.
16 - 4.1
Output Parameters
Because of the way data are handled in Python, most objects are immutable. Arguments to functions are
typically passed by value and not by reference. Lists are the primary exception to this rule.
For example, consider the following C code:
double xPos;
double yPos;
double height;
double width;
TecUtilFrameGetPosAndSize(&xPos, &yPos, &width, &height);
Python will not allow us to declare a variable without an assignment. It also does not have an equivalent
to the & (address of) operator in C.
When the C version of a TecUtil function includes output parameters, they are not included in the
argument list. The desired values are packed into a tuple which becomes return value.
returnVals = TecUtil.FrameGetPosAndSize()
print 'X pos is ', returnVals[0]
print 'height is ', returnVals[3]
Note that the function call did not include any arguments, since all the parameters in this function were
output values. If the C function included both input and output parameters, only the input values would
be included in the argument list. The output values would be in the returned tuple in the same order that
they appeared in the original function:
# CSyntax is "void TecUtilTextGetAnchorPos(Text_ID textId, double *
xPos, double * yPos, double * zPos)"
returnVals = TecUtil.TextGetAnchorPos(textId)# only the Text_ID value
is included in the arguments
print 'X Pos is', returnVals[0]
print 'Y Pos is', returnVals[1]
In this example, the original function is void so the return parameters begin at the first item in the tuple
(index 0). If the function had both a return value and output parameters, then the return value would be in
index 0 and the output parameters would begin at index 1.
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16 - 4.2
Reference Counts
ALL returns from TecUtil functions are new references. The Python code is therefore the "owner" of these
objects, and is responsible for performing DECREFs (decrement the reference count) when the objects are
no longer needed.
16 - 5
Exceptions to the Rules
A small number of functions use slight variations to the rules shown above.
• ViewDealloc
• The C syntax indicates that the "address of" (&) operator be prepended to the variable name.
Since this is not a valid Python operator, the opaque pointer is passed in as is.
• ContourGetLevels
The list of levels is returned as the third item in the return tuple. In Python, do not call
TecUtilArrayDealloc as noted in the instructions, although the return tuple should be dereferenced when it is no longer needed.
16 - 6
Convenience Functions
Tecplot 360’s Python interpreter includes a small library of convenience functions for reading and writing
data. The following functions are provided:
• ZoneGetDimensions
• IOrderedDataValuesGet
• IOrderedDataValuesSet
• IJOrderedDataValuesGet
• IJOrderedDataValuesSet
• IJKOrderedDataValuesGet
• IJKOrderedDataValuesSet
16 - 6.1
ZoneGetDimensions
ZoneGetDimensions is an abbreviated version of ZoneGetInfo that skips all the FieldData_pa returns. It has the
following syntax:
dims = TecUtil.ZoneGetDimensions(zoneNum)
On return, dims will reference a tuple with the following values:
dims[0]
I-dimension for ordered data, or number of data points for FE data.
dims[1]
J-dimension for ordered data, or number of elements for FE data.
dims[2]
K-dimension for ordered data, or the number of nodes per cell for cell-based FE data (triangles,
bricks, tetrahedra, and quadrilaterals), or the number of faces for face-based FE data (polygons and
polyhedrons).
16 - 6.2
IOrderedDataValuesGet
The IOrderedDataValuesGet function reads data from the active frame in Tecplot 360. The data are
returned in a list object in a 1-dimensional format. This function can be used whether the data in Tecplot
360 are XY, 2D, or 3D. The "IOrder" refers to the format of the returned list object, not the format of the
data.
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Convenience Functions
The function has the following syntax:
ptList = TecUtil.IOrderedDataValuesGet(zoneNum, varNum, start, end)
Variable
Type
Optional /
Default /
Return
Notes
zoneNum
Integer
Required
1-based value of the zone containing data to be read.
varNum
Integer
Required
1-based index of the variable to be read.
Start
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based index of the first point to be read. If not
included, read will start at the first data point.
End
Integer
Optional /
Last point
1-based index of the last point to be read (inclusive). If
not specified, the read will go to the last data point.
ptList
List
Return object
New reference. List containing the requested values.
Note: if the 'start' value is set at 8, then ptList[0] contains the value for the eighth data point in the zone.
16 - 6.3
IOrderedDataValuesSet
The IOrderedDataValuesSet function updates data in the active frame in Tecplot 360. The zone and
variable must already exist - this simply populates the values. The values are passed using a list object in a
1-dimensional format. This function can be used whether the data in Tecplot 360 are XY, 2D, or 3D, and
ordered or FE data. The "IOrder" refers to the format of the input list object, not the format of the data in
the frame.
The function has the following syntax:
returnVal = TecUtil.IOrderedDataValuesSet(zoneNum, varNum, ptList, start)
Variable
Type
Optional /
Default /
Return
Notes
zoneNum
Integer
Required
1-based value of the zone to be modified.
varNum
Integer
Required
1-based index of the variable to be modified.
ptList
List
Required
List containing the data values. Must be 1-dimensional
(no references to other lists).
Start
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based index of the first point to be output. Points will
be written to the end of the list or the end of the zone
size, whichever comes first.
returnVal
None
Return object
16 - 6.4
IJOrderedDataValuesGet
The IJOrderedDataValuesGet function reads data from the active frame in Tecplot 360. The frame must
contain ordered data (not FE data). The values are returned in a list object in a 2-dimensional format (i.e. a
list of lists).
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The function has the following syntax:
ptList = TecUtil.IJOrderedDataValuesGet(zoneNum, varNum, startI, endI,
startJ, endJ)
Variable
Type
Optional /
Default /
Return
Notes
zoneNum
Integer
Required
1-based value of the zone containing data to be read.
varNum
Integer
Required
1-based index of the variable to be read.
startI
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value for the starting I-index.
endI
Integer
Optional / Max
data I
dimension
1-based value of the last I-index (inclusive).
startJ
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value of the first J-index.
endJ
Integer
Optional / Max
data J
dimension
1-based value of the last J-index.
ptList
List
Return object
New reference. 2-dimensional list containing the
requested values.
16 - 6.5
IJOrderedDataValuesSet
The IJOrderedDataValuesSet function updates data in the active frame in Tecplot 360. The zone and
variable must already exist - this simply populates the values. The values are passed using a list object in a
2-dimensional format (a list of J lists, each containing a list of I values). The data in the frame must be
ordered data in at least 2 dimensions.
The function has the following syntax:
ptList = TecUtil.IJOrderedDataValuesSet(zoneNum, varNum, ptList,
startI, startJ)
Variable
Type
Optional /
Default /
Return
Notes
zoneNum
Integer
Required
1-based value of the zone containing data to be read.
varNum
Integer
Required
1-based index of the variable to be read.
ptList
List
Required
List containing the data values. Must be 2-dimensional
(list of lists).
startI
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value for the starting I-index.
startJ
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value of the first J-index.
returnVal
None
Return object
288
Convenience Functions
16 - 6.6
IJKOrderedDataValuesGet
The IJKOrderedDataValuesGet function reads data from the active frame in Tecplot 360. The frame must
contain ordered data (not FE data). The values are returned in a list object in a 3-dimensional format.
The function has the following syntax:
ptList = TecUtil.IJKOrderedDataValuesGet(zoneNum, varNum, startI, endI,
startJ, endJ, startK, endK)
Variable
Type
Optional /
Default /
Return
Notes
zoneNum
Integer
Required
1-based value of the zone containing data to be read.
varNum
Integer
Required
1-based index of the variable to be read.
startI
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value for the starting I-index.
endI
Integer
Optional / Max
data I
dimension
1-based value of the last I-index (inclusive).
startJ
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value of the first J-index.
endJ
Integer
Optional / Max
data J
dimension
1-based value of the last J-index.
startK
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value of the first K-index.
endK
Integer
Optional / Max
data J
dimension
1-based value of the last K-index.
ptList
List
Return object
New reference. 3-dimensional list containing KMax lists
of JMax lists of IMax values.
16 - 6.7
IJKOrderedDataValuesSet
The IJKOrderedDataValuesSet function updates data in the active frame in Tecplot 360. The zone and
variable must already exist - this simply populates the values. The values are passed using a list object in a
3-dimensional format (for each K there is a list of J lists, each containing a list of I values). The data in the
frame must be ordered data in at least 3 dimensions.
The function has the following syntax:
ptList = TecUtil.IJOrderedDataValuesSet(zoneNum, varNum, ptList,
startI, startJ, startK)
Variable
zoneNum
Type
Integer
Optional /
Default /
Return
Required
Notes
1-based value of the zone containing data to be read.
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varNum
Integer
Required
1-based index of the variable to be read.
ptList
List
Required
List containing the data values. Must be 3-dimensional
lists.
startI
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value for the starting I-index.
startJ
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value of the first J-index.
startK
Integer
Optional / 1
1-based value of the first K-index.
returnVal
None
Return object
16 - 7
Tecplot 360 Macro Commands for Python Modules
One of the best methods for working with Python scripts in Tecplot 360 is to combine the scripts with
Tecplot 360 macro commands. Refer to Section 30 - 1 “Combining Python scripts with macro commands”
in the User’s Manual for details on this procedure. The syntax for the macro commands that work directly
with the Python interpreter add-on is described below.
LOADPYFILE NAME
Description:Use this function to load a Python module via a macro file.
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = 'Python Utility'
COMMAND = 'LOADPYFILE NAME="<string>"
Parameter
NAME
Type
= “<string>”
Required
Notes
Y
Name of Python module to load / reload. Do not include the
path or extension. NOTE: the file must reside in a directory
included in your PYTHONPATH definition. Refer to Section 15
- 2 “Installation and Setup” for details.
MODIFYPYPATH
Description:Use this command to temporarily modify your PYTHONPATH variable. The variable will be set
for the duration of the Tecplot 360 session using the macro command/file.
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = 'Python Utility'
COMMAND = 'MODIFYPYPATH FOLDER="<string>"
Parameter
FOLDER
290
Type
= “<string>”
Required
Y
Notes
Name of folder to be added to the Python search path.
Notes for Novice Python Users
RUNPYFUNCTION
Description:Use this command to execute a Python function via a macro file. NOTE: Before executing a
Python function, you must first load the module that contains it via the LOADPYFILE NAME
command.
Syntax:
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND
COMMANDPROCESSORID = 'Python Utility'
COMMAND = 'RUNPYFUNCTION MODULE="<string>" FUNCTION="<string>"
ARGUMENTS="<arg1>, <arg2>, ..."'
Parameter
MODULE
Type
= “<string>”
FUNCTION
= “<string>”
ARGUMENTS
= “<arg1>,
<arg2>, ...”
16 - 8
Required
Notes
Y
Name of module containing the desired function (do not
include path or extensions). NOTE: the module must already
be loaded using the LOADPYFILE NAME command.
Y
Name of quick macro function to execute.
Y, for any
function that
requires input
parameters.
Input arguments for the Function, entered as comma separated
values in a quoted string. The number of individual arguments
and the argument types depend on function.
Notes for Novice Python Users
If you are new to Python scripting, please be aware of the following concepts:
• There are not any Python equivalents for TecUtil Alloc, Dealloc or manipulation functions. Use
the built-in Python functions.
• The comment symbol in Python is “#”.
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292
Index
Symbols
257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265
<anglespec> 257
<axisalignment> 257
<bitdumpregion> 257
<boolean> 258
<borderlocation> 258
<clipping> 258
<compressiontype> 258
<conditionalexp> 258
<constraintop2mode> 258
<contourcoloring> 258
<contourlabellocation> 258
<curveinfomode> 258
<dataloadstrategy> 258
<dialogname> 259
<draworder> 260
<edgetype> 260
<fielddatatype> 260
<fillmode> 260
<framecollection> 260
<ijklines> 261
<interpptselection> 261
<isosurfaceselection> 261
<linktype> 261
<macrofunctionvar> 261
<macrointrinsicvar> 262
<macroparameter> 262
<macroparameterlist> 262
<macrouserdefvar> 262
<macrovar> 262
<mirrorvar> 262
<mousebuttonclick> 262
<mousebuttondrag> 262
<mousemode> 262
<noncurrentframedrawlevel> 262
<op> 262
<originresetlocation> 262
<pickaction> 263
<plotapproximationmode> 263
<plottype> 263
<positionatanchor> 263
<printrendertype> 263
<relop> 263
<resizefilter> 263
<rgblegendorientation> 263
<rgbmode> 264
<scope> 264
<set> 264
<setspecifier> 264
<sortby> 264
<string> 264
<stylebase> 264
<subboundary> 264
<thetamode> 265
<threedviewchangedrawlevel> 265
<transformation> 265
<translucency> 265
<valueblankrelop> 265
<valuelocation> 265
<varloadmode> 265
<xyaxis> 265
$!ACTIVEFIELDFILEMAPS 57
$!ACTIVELINEMAPS 58
$!ADDMACROPANELTITLE 58
$!ALTERDATA 58, 60
$!ANIMATECONTOURLEVELS 60
$!ANIMATEIJKBLANKING 61
$!ANIMATEIJKPLANES 62, 63
$!ANIMATELINEMAPS 64, 65
$!ANIMATESLICES 63, 65
$!ANIMATESTREAM 64, 66
$!ANIMATETIME 66
$!ANIMATEZONES 66, 67
$!ATTACHDATASET 68
$!ATTACHGEOM 69, 70, 71
$!ATTACHTEXT 71, 72, 252
$!BASICCOLOR 73, 74, 249
$!BASICSIZE 74, 76, 77, 239
$!BLANKING 77, 79
$!BRANCHCONNECTIVITY 79
$!BRANCHFIELDDATAVAR 80
$!BREAK 80
$!COLORMAP 127
in color map files 273
$!COLORMAPCONTROL COPYSTANDARD 81
$!COLORMAPCONTROL
REDISTRIBUTECONTROLPOINTS 81
$!COLORMAPCONTROL RESETTOFACTORY 81
$!COMPATIBILITY 81
$!CONTINUE 82
$!CONTOURLABELS 82
$!CONTOURLABELS ADD 82, 83
$!CONTOURLABELS DELETEALL 83
$!CONTOURLEVELS ADD 84
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETENEAREST 84, 85
$!CONTOURLEVELS DELETERANGE 85
$!CONTOURLEVELS NEW 85
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESET 86
$!CONTOURLEVELS RESETTONICE 86, 87
$!CREATEBOUNDARYZONE 87
$!CREATECIRCULARZONE 87
$!CREATECONTOURLINEZONES 88
$!CREATEFEBOUNDARY 89
$!CREATEFESURFACEFROMIORDERED 89
$!CREATEISOZONES 90
$!CREATELINEMAP 90
$!CREATEMIRRORZONES 90, 91
$!CREATENEWFRAME 91
$!CREATERECTANGULARZONE 91, 92
$!CREATESIMPLEZONE 92, 93
$!CREATESLICEZONEFROMPLANE 93
$!CREATESLICEZONES 94
$!CREATESPHERICALZONE 94
$!CREATESTREAMZONES 95
$!DATASETUP 95
$!DEFAULTGEOM 96, 97
$!DEFAULTTEXT 97
$!DELAY 98
$!DELETEAUXDATA 98
$!DELETELINEMAPS 99
$!DELETEZONES 99, 100
$!DOUBLEBUFFER OFF 100
$!DOUBLEBUFFER ON 100
$!DOUBLEBUFFER SWAP 100
293
INDEX
$!DRAWGRAPHICS 101
$!DROPDIALOG 101
$!DUPLICATELINEMAP 101
$!DUPLICATEZONE 101
$!ELSE 102
$!ELSEIF 103
$!ENDIF 142
$!ENDLOOP 162
$!ENDWHILE 213
$!EXPORT 104
$!EXPORTCANCEL 104
$!EXPORTFINISH 104
$!EXPORTNEXTFRAME 105
$!EXPORTSETUP 105, 106
$!EXPORTSTART 106
$!EXTENDEDCOMMAND 107
$!EXTRACTFROMGEOM 107, 108
$!EXTRACTFROMPOLYLINE 108
$!FIELDLAYERS 109
$!FIELDMAP 109, 244
restrictions on using 273
$!FILECONFIG 112
$!FONTADJUST 115
$!FOURIERTRANSFORM 115
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEATPOSITION 117, 118
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNAME 118
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEBYNUMBER 118
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATENEXT 117
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATEPREVIOUS 117
$!FRAMECONTROL ACTIVATETOP 117
$!FRAMECONTROL DELETEACTIVE 120
$!FRAMECONTROL FITALLTOPAPER 120
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOBOTTOMACTIVE 119
$!FRAMECONTROL
MOVETOBOTTOMBYNAME 119, 120
$!FRAMECONTROL
MOVETOBOTTOMBYNUMBER 120
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPACTIVE 118
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNAME 119
$!FRAMECONTROL MOVETOTOPBYNUMBER 119
$!FRAMENAME 121
$!FRAMESETUP 121
$!GETAUXDATA 123
$!GETCONNECTIVITYREFCOUNT 123
$!GETCURFRAMENAME 124
$!GETFIELDVALUE 124
$!GETFIELDVALUEREFCOUNT 124
$!GETNODEINDEX 125
$!GETUSERINPUT
replaced by $!PROMPTFORTEXTSTRING 178
$!GETVARLOCATION 126
$!GETVARNUMBYNAME 126
$!GLOABLPAPER 133
$!GLOBALCOLORMAP 127
$!GLOBALCONTOUR 128, 130, 241, 256
$!GLOBALEDGE 131
$!GLOBALFRAME 131
$!GLOBALLINEPLOT 132
$!GLOBALLINKING 133
$!GLOBALPOLAR 134
$!GLOBALRGB 135
$!GLOBALSCATTER 136, 247
$!GLOBALTHREED 138, 255
$!GLOBALTHREEDVECTOR 139
294
$!GLOBALTIME 140
$!GLOBALTWODVECTOR 141
$!IF 142
$!INCLUDEMACRO 142
restrictions on using 273
$!INTERFACE 142
$!INVERSEDISTINTERPOLATE 151
$!ISOSURFACEATTRIBUTES 152
$!ISOSURFACELAYERS 154
$!KRIG 154
$!LAUNCHDIALOG 155
$!LIMITS 155, 273
$!LINEARINTERPOLATE 156
$!LINEMAP 157, 251
restrictions on using 273
$!LINEPLOTLAYERS 160
$!LINKING 160
$!LOADADDON 161
$!LOADCOLORMAP 162
restrictions on using 273
$!LOOP 162
$!LOOP-ENDLOOP 80
$!MACROFUNCTION 24, 162
$!NEWLAYOUT 163
$!OPENLAYOUT 163
restrictions on using 273
$!PAGE 18, 164, 246
$!PAGECONTROL all functions 165
$!PAGECONTROL CREATE 166
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTBYNAME 166
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTONEXT 166
$!PAGECONTROL SETCURRENTTOPREVIOUS 166
$!PAGENAME 167
$!PAGENAME 167
$!PAUSE 167
$!PICK ADD 167
$!PICK ADDALL 168
$!PICK ADDALLINRECT 168
$!PICK CLEAR 170
$!PICK COPY 170
$!PICK CUT 170
$!PICK EDIT 170
$!PICK MAGNIFY 172
$!PICK PASTE 173
$!PICK POP 173
$!PICK PUSH 173
$!PICK SETMOUSEMODE 173
$!PICK SHIFT 174
$!PLOTTYPE 174
$!POLARDAXIS 175
$!POLARTORECTANGULAR 175
$!POLARVIEW 176
$!PRINT 176
$!PRINTSETUP 176, 250
$!PROMPTFORFILENAME 178
$!PROMPTFORTEXTSTRING 178
$!PROMPTFORYESNO 179
$!PROPAGATELINKING 179
$!PUBLISH 179
$!QUIT 180
$!RAWCOLORMAP 180
$!READDATASET 181
$!READSTYLESHEET 183
restrictions on using 273
$!REDRAW 183
$!REDRAWALL 184
$!REMOVEVAR 184
in stylesheets and layout files 273
$!RENAMEDATASETVAR 184
$!RENAMEDATASETZONE 185
$!RESET3DAXES 185
$!RESET3DORIGIN 185
$!RESET3DSCALEFACTORS 186
$!RESETVECTORLENGTH 186
$!ROTATE2DDATA 186
$!ROTATE3DVIEW 187
$!RUNMACROFUNCTION 187
$!SAVELAYOUT 188
$!SET3DEYEDISTANCE 188
$!SETAUXDATA 188
$!SETDATASETTITLE 189
$!SETFIELDVALUE 189
$!SETFRAMEBACKGROUNDCOLOR 190
$!SETSTYLEBASE 190
$!SHARECONNECTIVITY 191
$!SHAREFIELDDATAVAR 191
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOBOTTOM 192
$!SHIFTLINEMAPSTOTOP 192
$!SHOWMOUSEPOINTER 192
$!SKETCHAXIS 192
$!SLICEATRRIBUTES 193
$!SMOOTH 197
$!STREAMATTRIBUTES 197
$!STREAMTRACE ADD 199, 200
$!STREAMTRACE DELETEALL 201
$!STREAMTRACE DELETERANGE 201
$!STREAMTRACE RESETDELTATIME 201
$!STREAMTRACE SETTERMINATIONLINE 202
$!SYSTEM 202
$!THREEDAXIS 203, 242, 243
$!THREEDVIEW 204
$!TRANFORMCOORDINATES 205
$!TRIANGULATE 206
$!TWODAXIS 207, 235, 236, 237, 238, 243, 245, 247, 253
$!VARSET 19, 23, 208
in stylesheets and layout files 273
$!VIEW AXISFIT 209
$!VIEW AXISNICEFIT 209
$!VIEW CENTER 210
$!VIEW COPY 210
$!VIEW DATAFIT 210
$!VIEW FIT 210, 211
$!VIEW LAST 211
$!VIEW MAKECURRENTVIEWNICE 211
$!VIEW NICEFIT 211
$!VIEW PASTE 211
$!VIEW PUSH 211
$!VIEW RESETTOENTIRECIRCLE 212
$!VIEW SETMAGNIFICATION 212
$!VIEW TRANSLATE 212
$!VIEW ZOOM 212
$!WHILE 213
$!WHILE-$!ENDWHILE 80
$!WORKSPACEVIEW 213
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITALLFRAMES 214
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITPAPER 214
$!WORKSPACEVIEW FITSELECTEDFRAMES 214
$!WORKSPACEVIEW LASTVIEW 214
$!WORKSPACEVIEW MAXIMIZE 214
$!WORKSPACEVIEW TRANSLATE 214
$!WORKSPACEVIEW UNMAXIMIZE 215
$!WORKSPACEVIEW ZOOM 215
$!WRITECOLORMAP 216
$!WRITECURVEINFO 216
$!WRITEDATASET 216
$!WRITESTYLESHEET 217
$!XYLINEAXIS 218, 254
Numerics
2D axes
settings 207
2D draw order 265
2D field plots 83
vector plots 141
3D axes
attributes 203
reset 185
3D plots
global attributes 138, 204
3D rotation 264
3D vector plot attributes 139
A
Action commands 57
Active planes 261
Active zones 57
Add-on
loading 161
Add-on commands
send to add-on 107
Add-on style 257
ALIGNINGCONTOURLABELS 122
Alignment 262
axis 257
ALLOWDATAPOINTADJUST 143
ALLOWDATAPOINTSELECT 143
ALLOWHWACCELERATION 148
Alter data command 58
ALWAYSPOPACTIVEFRAME 143
Anchor 235
text 72
Angle
rotate 3D 138, 187, 204
Angle units 257
Animate commands 60–68
ANIMATESTREAKLINES macro command 219, 220
Animation
contour levels 60
frames 65
IJK blanking 61
IJK planes 62, 63
iso-surface 63
line mappings 64
slice 65
stream markers 66
streamtraces 66
Time 66
zone 66, 67
zones 67
Area style 236
Arrays
for Python 283
295
INDEX
Arrowhead
angle 70
attachment 70, 257
size 70
style 70, 257
ARROWHEADSIZES 77
ATTACHINTEGRATIONRESULTS
macro command 219, 221
automatic stranding 89, 90, 95, 207
AUTOREDRAWISACTIVE 143
Auxiliary data 123
delete 98
macro variables 20
setting 188
Axes 209, 210, 236, 237, 238
2D settings 207
3D attributes 203
adjust to center data 210
adjust to nice fit 211
adjust to nice view 211
assign variables 175, 203, 207
attributes 235, 236, 237, 238, 253
dependent mode 257
fit to data 209
grid area 236, 242
grid areas 242
gridlines 243
in Sketch frame mode 192
labels 245
nice fit 209
number 209, 210
polar
attributes 175
reset 185
reset scale factors 186
tick marks 253
attributes 253
label formatting 252
labels 253
title mode 257
title position 257
variables 204
XY Line attributes assignments 218
Axis alignment 257
B
Back buffer
swap to front 100
Backing store 257
BACKINGSTOREMODE 143
basic colors
naming 239
basiccolorcontrol subcommand 239
basicsizelist subcommand 239
BEEPONFRAMEINTERRUPT 143
Blanking 77, 79
animate 61
IJK 77
Value 265
value 77
BOLDFACTOR 115
Boundary condition 258
Box type 258
Break out command 80
296
Buffer commands 100
C
CACHELIGHTDISPLAYLISTSONLY 143
CALCPARTICLEPATH macro command 219, 221
CALCTURBULENCEFUNCTION
macro command 219, 224
CALCULATE macro command 219, 224
CALCULATEACCURACY macro command 220, 225
Case of characters 19
Cell labels 136
Center
view 210
Character sequence 258
Circle
raw data 269
Circular zone 87, 94
Clipping 70
Color
fill color 70
flooding 241
palette 262
rgb 73
text 72
Color map 80, 127, 258
active 81
assignment value options 264
color spectrum 127
contour 240
override 240
control 80, 258
control commands 80–82
control points 81, 240
distribution 240, 258
files 273
gray scale output 249
loading 162
override 240, 241
raw data 269
raw user-defined 240
reset to default 127
RGB values 180
standard 81
user-defined 81
write to file 216
Color palette 262
Color text 72
COLORMAPFILE 113
Colors 70, 73, 74, 258
assigning RGB values 249
quickedit 263
RGB 135, 249
set command in macros 73
shading 249
zebra shading 255
Command Line 11
Command parameters 17
Conditional execute 213
Conditional expressions 258
Configuration
OpenGL 248
Configuration file
SetValue macro commands 273
Configuring dropdown menus 239
Continue command 82
Continue to execute a set of commands 213
Contour
color map 240
override 240
zebra shading 255
line mode 258
plot type 258
Contour color map 81
Contour commands 82–87
Contour labels 82, 129, 258
Contour levels 85, 258
animate 60
animation 61
delete 84
new 85
raw data 269
Contour plot
animation 60
attributes 110
color map 81, 127
global changes 128
label 82
labels 129
levels 60
add 84
copy to another frame 218
delete 84, 85
reset 86
show 109
variable 129
Control commands
If...Endif 142, 268
Control points 81
contour color maps 240
Convenience functions
Python scripting 286–290
Coordinates
convert polar to rectangular 175
Copy picked objects 170
Curve details
write to file 216
Curve equations
write 216
Cut
delete picked objects 170
Cutaway views
blanking 77
D
Data 143
adjust axes to fit 209
center in view 210
fit to axis grid area 210, 211
read 181
reading 263
rotate 186
rotating 19
smooth 197
Data alteration 58
Data extraction 107
Data fit 210
Data labels 136
Data manipulation 58
polar to rectangular coordinates 175
Data operations
zone number specification 60
Data point
adjust 143
moving 143
select 143
Data set
attach to frame command 68
naming 189
variable 124
write 216
Data set variables
set value (from macro variable) 189
Data sharing
branching connectivity 79
branching variables 80
connectivity 191
field variables 191
reference count 124
Data type 92, 258
DATAFILEVARLOADMODE 113
Debugging macro files 12
Debugging macros 11
Delay 98
Delete
objects 170
Delete picked objects 170
Derivative position 259
DERIVATIVEBOUNDARY 143
Destination
map 101
zone 151
Dialog
drop a Tecplot dialog 101
Display
render 150
Display message 167
DISPLAYBOUNDARIES
macro command 220, 226
DISTRIBUTIONREGION 200
DOAUTOFNAMEEXTENSION 113
Double 260
Double buffer
compound functions 100
turning off 100
turning on 100
Double expression 260
Draw order 265
Line mappings 192
sort level 138, 204
Dropdown menus 239
Duplicate zones 101
Dura labels
labeling node 261
E
Edge attributes 110
Edge plot
show 109
Edge setting 260
Edit
global edit on picked objects 170
Ellipse
297
INDEX
raw data 269
ENABLEDELAYS 146
ENABLEINTERRUPTS 146
ENABLEPAUSES 146
ENABLEWARNINGS 146
Encapsulated PostScript
preview image 260
EndLoop command 162
Environment variables 22
EQUATIONFILE 113
Equations 59
Error bars
plot types 260
Examples
2D axes attributes 175, 207
3D axis attributes 204
activating field zones for plotting 57
Adding contour levels 84
adding Line maps 58
adding zones to the set of active zones 57
assigning attributes for field plots 112
assigning axes attributes 237
assigning control point for small rainbow color
map 127
assigning the medium line pattern length 77
attributes applied to all frames 132
attributes for default geometry 97
attributes for exporting image files 106
axis grid area borders 236, 243
axis gridlines settings 243
axis modes 193
axis tick mark attributes 254
axis tick mark labels 253
basic size values 239
circle raw data 270
color map control points 240
contour attributes 130
contour levels raw data 270
Create a new zone for each contour line on an existing
contour plot. 89
Creating mirror zones 91
Deleting contour levels 85
edit picked objects 164, 172
inverse distance interpolation 151
Line legend and data labels 133
line mappings attributes 159
line plot layers on or off 160
line segment geometry raw data 270
macro function file 12
making Line maps active for plotting 58
making line maps active for plotting 58
making zones active for plotting 57
mapping monochrome hardcopy output 250
paper characteristics 165
paper size dimensions 246
path information 114
pick all in rectangle 169
positioning frame on the paper 121
Preplot launch command 96
print attributes 177
rectangle settings 247
removing Line maps 58
removing zones from the set of active zones 58
RGB values raw data 270
298
set parameters for dynamic frame attributes 122
setting (X,Y,Z) triplets 255
setting (X,Y) positions 255
setting 3D global attributes 139
setting attributes of 2D vector plots 141
setting attributes of 3D vector plots 140
setting attributes of default font 98
setting attributes of Tecplot interface 150
setting character spacing and sizing for fonts 115
setting color map overrides 241
setting color values 249
setting grid area borders 236, 243
setting I- J- and K-indices 244
setting IJK blankings 79
setting numbers formats 245
setting reference scatter symbols attributes 247
setting scatter attributes 137
setting some Tecplot limits 156
setting symbol shapes 251
setting text shapes 252
setting the red, green, and blue components 74
text box 251
turning on scatter layers 109
Using value-blankings 79
XY Line axis attributes 218
zebra shading attributes 256
Examples of macros 225, 229
Exit command 180
Export 104
image
attributes 105
Exporting
layout to paper or file 176
Exporting images
file types 260
formats 260
Expression 260
EXTENDEDCOMMAND macro 219
Extract
3D slice 93
isosurfaces 90
EXTRACTFLOWFEATURE
macro command 220, 226
EXTRAPOLATESOLUTION
macro command 220, 227
Eye distance 188
F
FE boundary 89
FE surfaces 90
Field mappings
number of field mappings 21
Field plots 109
contour attributes 128
plot layers 109
scatter attributes 136
Field value
setting 189
Field variable query 124
Fieldmaps
set active zones command 57
specify 57
File
open data set 181
open layout 163
save data set 216
save layout 188
File name
prompt for 178
File names 108
File paths
configuration 112
Finite-element
create FE-surface zones 90
Finite-element data
zone boundary creation 89
First line of macro file 17
Flooded contour plots 258
FNAMEFILTER 113
Font 98, 260
Fonts 72
spacing 115
Formats
in macro variables 24
Formatting numbers 245
FORTRAN-like equations 58
Frame 68
activate frame by name 118
activate frame by number 118
activate frame by position 117
activate next frame 117
activate previous frame 117
activate top frame 117
always pop active frame 143
attach to data set command 68
create 91
delete 166
delete active frame 120
dynamic attributes 121
fit frames to paper 120
get name 124
invisible borders 149
move active frame to top 118
move frame to bottom by name 119
move frame to bottom by number 120
move frame to top by number 119
move to top by name 119
moves active frame to bottom 119
text (attach) 71
view last 211
Frame control commands 116–120
Frame coordinates 258
Frame manipulating 260
Frame modes 201, 260
Frame style
attributes 190
FRAMEHEADERFORMAT 131
FRAMEHEADERHEIGHT 131
Frames
fit all into workspace view 214
fit selected frames in view 214
number of frames 21
setting global attributes 131
Frames with pick handles 214
FRAMETEXTSIZES 77
G
Geometries
copy to another frame 218
default attributes 96
Geometry
attach command 69
attach to frame 69
attributes 96
color 70
defaults 96
extract data 107
Geometry attributes 69
Geometry raw data 269
Geometry type 70, 261
circle 261
ellipse 261
rectangle 261
square 261
Global attributes 127–133
Global edit
on picked objects 170
Graphics
turn drawing on or off 101
Gray scale output 249
Grid
precise dot 246
Grid area 242
Grid area border 236, 243
Grid area example 247
Grid coordinates 258
Grid lines 243
gridarea subcommand 242
gridlinedetail subcommand 243
Gridlines 243
I
I-, J-, or K-indices
setting 244
If command 142
IJK Blanking 79
IJK blanking 77
animation 61
blanking domain 261
IJK index 244
ijk subcommand 244
IJK-indices
minimum/maximum as variables 20
IJK-planes
animation 62
Image
export 104
attributes 105
Image style 261
IMAGERENDERING 148
Import Modules 279
Index ranges 244
setting 244
indexrange subcommand 244
Infinite
see Loop
Initial dialog placement 242
INITIAL3DSCALE 122
initialdialogplacement subcommand 242
INITIALPLOTFIRSTZONEONLY 146
INPUTDATAFILE 113
INPUTLAYOUTFILE 113
299
INDEX
Integer 261
INTEGRATE macro command 220, 227
Integration
accessing results 229
Interface
Data 143
launch dialog 155
render 150
set attributes 142
Internal macro variables 22
INTERPNPOINTS 143
Interpolation
inverse distance method 151
kriging 154
linear method 156
pointer selection 263
INTERPPTSELECTION 143
INTERRUPTCHECKINGFREQUENCY 146
Intrinsic values 262
INVDISTEXPONENT 143
INVDISTMINRADIUS 143
Inverse distance interpolation 151
I-ordered zones 207
ISFILLED 70
Iso-surface
animate 63
Iso-surfaces 152
Isosurfaces
zone creation 90
J
Jacobian
macro example 225
K
Krig drift 261
KRIGDRIFT 143
Kriging 154
Kriging Drift 260
KRIGRANGE 143
KRIGZEROVALUE 143
L
Label
contour 82
Labels
tick marks 252
LARGESTEP 149
Layout
clear 163
new 163
printing to paper or file 176
saving 188
Layout files
macro control commands 273
Layouts
attach data set of another frame 68
opening 163
Light source shading 138, 204
change settings 127
Lighting effects 261
Limitations 273
Limits
set in Tecplot 155
300
Line mappings 58, 64, 101
animation 64
attributes 157
create 90
delete 99
draw order 192
duplicate 101
number of line mappings 21
set active mappings command 58
shift to bottom of list 192
shift to top of list 192
write coefficients 216
write curve information 216
line mappings
show symbols 160
Line maps
activate 58
attributes 273
defaults 273
see Line mappings 99
specify 58
Line pattern 70
Line patterns 261
Line plot layers 160
Line plots 65
setting global attributes 132
show lines 160
Line space
text 72
Line thickness 70
Linear interpolation 156
action on outside points 261
LINEARINTERPCONST 143
LINEARINTERPMODE 143
LINEPATLENGTHS 77
Lines
line plots 160
LINETHICKNESSES 77
Load data 181
Loading your own macro function file 12
Log axes 258
Loop
See also Infinite
Loop command 162
M
Macro command summary 27
Macro command syntax 17
Macro commands 9, 11, 17
ANIMATESTREAKLINES 219, 220
ATTACHINTEGRATIONRESULTS 219, 221
CALCPARTICLEPATH 219, 221
CALCTURBULENCEFUNCTION 219, 224
CALCULATE 219, 224
CALCULATEACCURACY 220, 225
conditionally processing 142
DISPLAYBOUNDARIES 220, 226
EXTRACTFLOWFEATURE 220, 226
EXTRAPOLATESOLUTION 220, 227
INTEGRATE 220, 227
macro variables 19
major 27
SAVEINTEGRATIONRESULTS 220, 229
SETFIELDVARIABLES 220, 230
SETFLUIDPROPERTIES 220, 230
SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES 220, 232
SETREFERENCEANDFIELDVARIABLES 232
SETREFERENCEVALUES 220
SETUNSTEADYFLOWOPTIONS 220, 233
spacing 18
Macro control commands 57
allowed in stylesheets and layouts 273
Break 80
Continue 82
Delay 98
include macro 142
Loop...Endloop 162
pause 167
run macro function 187
stop execution 167
system commands 202
While...Endwhile 213
Macro definitions 12
Macro files 17
debugging 12
first line 17
nesting one file within another 142
Macro function
execute 187
Macro function files
example 12
loading your own 12
Macro functions 11, 12
definition 162
retaining 11
run command 23
Macro language
restrictions and limitations 273
Macro Panel 12
Macro panel 163
title 58
Macro syntax
examples 268
Macro variable
set field value 189
values 22
Macro variables
assigning strings 23
assigning value or string 208
assigning values 22
function 23
get active frame name 124
get field value 124
name 22
remove user-defined 184
select variable (by name) 126
strings 23
using formats 24
Macro viewer 12
MACROFILE 113
Macros 9, 11, 12
debugging 11
running from the command line 11
running from the Quick Macro Panel 12
running from the Tecplot interface 11
Macros vs. macro functions vs. macro commands 11
Magnification
set for view 212
zoom 212
Magnify picked objects 172
Major macro commands 27
Managing Tecplot macros 11
Mandatory parameters 17
Mappings
delete 99
duplicate 101
Mass calculation example 229
Mass flux example 229
Mass-weighted average example 229
MAXCHRSINTEXTLABELS 156
MAXCUSTOMCOLORSININTERFACE 147
Maximum index 229
Maximum values
as variables 20
MAXNUMCONTOURLEVELS 156
MAXPTSINALINE 156
MEDIUMSTEP 149
Mesh attributes 110
Mesh plot
show 109
Mesh plots
plot types 262
Message
display 167
Minimum values
as variables 21
MINPIXELSFORDRAG 147
Mirror zones
create 90
Modern color maps 127
Modifiers
command-specific 17
Modules
Python import 279
Monochrome hardcopy 249
Mouse button assignments 257
Mouse mode
set for picking 173
Mouse pointer 263
Move picked objects 174
Movie files 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68
N
Name
get frame name 124
Negative values 59, 229
NULL Pointers 283
Number format 245
Number formats 265
Number of cycles for animation 64, 65, 66
Number of ellipse points 70
number of zones 21
numberformat subcommand 245
Numbers
formatting in macro variables 24
NUMPTSALLOWEDBEFOREAPPROX 147
NUMSMOOTHPASSES 143
NUMSTREAMRAKE 122
NUMSTREAMRAKEPOINTS 122
NUMSTREAMSURFACEPOINTS 122
301
INDEX
O
Object
size 74, 76
OKTOEXECUTESYSTEMCOMMAND 148
Opaque types 284
OpenGL
rendering settings 248
OpenGL rendering 248
OPENGLCONFIG 148
Operating system
using as variable 21
Operating system instructions 202
Optional box settings 251
Optional parameters 17
Output
file configuration 112
OUTPUTASCIIDATAFILE 113
OUTPUTBINARYDATAFILE 113
OUTPUTLAYOUTFILE 113
OUTPUTLAYOUTPACKAGEFILE 113
Overrides
color map 240
P
Page
color 164
create page 166
name the current page 167
set next page to active 166
set previous page to current 166
set specifications 164
show grid 164
show ruler 164
Page control commands 165–167
Paper 246
color 164
fit within workspace view 214
grid spacing 263
set specifications 133, 164
show grid 164
show ruler 164
size 133, 246
Paper ruler spacing 263
Paper size 263
papersize subcommand 246
Parameter
assignment 17
Parameter Assignment Values 257
Parameter assignment values 234
Parameter assignments 17, 257
Parameter subcommands 17, 235
Parameters
data setup command 95
for CFD Analyzer macro commands 220
Parameters for dynamic frame attributes 121
Paste 173
from view paste buffer 211
Paths
configuring for output 112
Pattern length 70
Pause macro execution 167
PERCENTAGEOFPOINTSTOKEEP 148
Pick
copy picked objects 170
302
delete picked objects 170
global edit on picked objects 170
magnify picked objects 172
mouse mode set 173
move picked objects 174
object at given location 167
objects in rectangle 168
objects of type 168
objects to delete 170
paste picked objects from buffer 173
pop picked objects 173
push picked objects back 173
Pick commands 167–174
PICKHANDLEWIDTH 148
Planes
animate 62
Plot Approximation 263
Plot layers 109, 160
field plots 109
Plot Type 263
Plot Types
Vector 265
PLOTAPPROXIMATIONMODE 148
Plotting points 263
Points
write to file 216
Points to plot 263
POINTTEXTSIZES 77
Polar axes
attributes 175
Polar coordinates
convert to rectangular 175
Polyline
extracting data 108
raw data 269
Popping
picked objects 173
Position
text example 252
Precise dot grid 246
precisegrid subcommand 246
Preferences
basic color 73
basic size 74, 76
show coordinates 142
PREPLOTARGS 96
Print
last file name printed 21
PRINTDEBUG 148
Printers 263
rendering 263
Printing
attributes 176
to paper or file 176
Prompt commands 178–179
Push
picked objects 173
view stack 211
Python scripting 277–??
arrays 283
convenience functions 286–290
import modules 279
input types 281–285
NULL pointers 283
opaque types 284
output types 285
Q
Query dialogs 178
Query functions 124–127
Quick Edit
colors 263
Quick Macro Panel 12, 163
title 58
QUICKCOLORMODE 148
Quit command 180
R
Range Parameters 59, 228
Raster Metafile 106
Raw data 93, 108, 202
circle 270
color map 269
contour level 269
contour levels 270
geometry 269
line segment geometry 270
RGB values 270
section of macro commands 269
square 269
values 269
XY 270
XYZ 270
Raw User-Defined color maps 240
RAWDATA
example 270
Read data 181
rect subcommand 246
Rectangle 246
raw data 269
Rectangles 246
settings 246
Rectangular zones
create 92
Redraw 183
Redraw All 184
Reference scatter symbol 137
attributes 247
Reference scatter symbols 247
refscatsymbol subcommand 247
Remove user-defined macro variable 184
rendconfig subcommand 248
Rendering
off-screen 150
with OpenGL 248
Retaining macro function 11
RGB 249
components 73
rgb subcommand 249
Rotate
2D plot 186
3D plots 138, 187, 204
Rotate a 3D plot
example 19
ROTATION
details 148
Rotation 264
axis 264
origin location 264
reset rotation origin 185
rotation origin 185
Ruler 164, 263
RULERPADDING 149
RULERTHICKNESS 149
RUNDISPLAYLISTSAFTERBUILDING 148
Running
macro function 23
Running macros
from the command line 11
from the Quick Macro Panel 12
from the tecplot interface 11
Tecplot 11
S
Save
color map 216
curve information 216
data set 216
stylesheet 217
SAVEINTEGRATIONRESULTS
macro command 220, 229
SCALE 149
Scale factors
reset 186
Scatter
legend 136, 153
sizing by variable 136, 153
Scatter attributes 111
Scatter plot
show 109
Scatter plots 111
set global attributes 136
Scatter symbol attributes 247
Scatter symbols 247
Scope of text 70
Scratch data type 95
SCRATCHDATAFIELDTYPE 96
SCRBACKGROUNDCOLOR 149
SCREENRENDERING 148
Scripting
Python 277–??
Select objects 167
SETFIELDVARIABLES
macro command 220, 230
SETFLUIDPROPERTIES
macro command 220, 230
SETGEOMETRYANDBOUNDARIES
macro command 220, 232
SETREFERENCEANDFIELDVARIABLES
macro command 232
SETREFERENCEVALUES
macro command 220
Setting (X,Y,Z) triplets 255
Setting (X,Y) positions 255
Setting attributes
reference scatter symbols 247, 248
Setting color values 249
Setting I-, J-, or K-indices 244
Setting index ranges 244
Setting number formats 245
Setting symbol shapes 250
Setting zebra shading attributes 255
303
INDEX
Settings
OpenGL rendering 248
SETUNSTEADYFLOWOPTIONS
macro command 220, 233
SetValue commands
in color map files 273
macro configuration files 273
Shade attributes 111
Shade maps 249
shademap subcommand 249
Shading 249
Shift picked objects 174
SHOWCONTINUOUSSTATUS 149
SHOWCOORDINATES 149
SHOWCOORDINATESWITHSELECTORADJUSTOR 1
49
SHOWFRAMEBORDERSWHENOFF 149
-showpanel flag 12
SHOWSTATUSLINE 149
SHOWTEXTGEOMSINAPPROXVIEW 149
SHOWWAITDIALOGS 149
Simple zone
create 92
Single angle brackets 235, 257
Size 239
object 74, 76
paper 133
preference 76
set command in macros 74, 76
Size limitations
macro control commands 273
Size lists 239
Size preferences 76
Size units 264
Sketch
axis 192
Skip mode 264
Slice
animate 65
create slice zone command 93
Plane type assigned 21
positioning 21
Slice source 264
Slices 264
create zones 94
global settings 193
Slicing 264
Small Rainbow color maps 81
SMALLSTEP 149
SMOOTHBNDRYCOND 143
Smoothing
data 197
SMOOTHWEIGHT 143
SNAPTOGRID 131
SNAPTOPAPER 132
Solution time 21
Source maps 101
Source zones 89, 90, 91
Specify
fieldmaps 57
line maps 58
STARTSLICEPOS 21
Steps per cycle in animation 66
STEPSIZE 149
304
Stipple 264
Stop macro execution 167
Stream dashes
animation 66
Stream markers
animation 66
STREAMSTARTPOS 21
Streamtrace
positioning 21
Streamtrace commands 197–202
add 199
delete all 201
delete range 201
reset time increments 201
set termination line 202
Streamtrace paths 66
Streamtraces
animate 66
animation
dashes or markers 66
create zones 95
delete all 201
direction 264
global settings 197
type 264
STREAMTYPE 21
Strings
assigning 23
STROKEFONTLINETHICKNESS 115
STYLEFILE 113
Stylesheet
read 183
write to file 217
Stylesheets
macro control commands 273
Subscript 115
SUBSUPFRACTION 115
SunRaster format options 264
Superscript 115
Surface Effects 110
Surfaces to plot 265
Symbol shape 250, 261
Symbol shapes
setting 250
Symbols
line plots 160
symbolshape subcommand 250
SYMBOLSIZES 77
Syntax
example macros 268
for CFD Analyzer macro commands 220
System command instructions 202
System environment variables 22
T
TECHOME
using as variable 21
Tecplot
starting 5
Tecplot Interface 11
Tecplot interface
set attributes 142
Tecplot macro 9
tecplot.mcr 12
TEMPFILEPATH 114
Text 251
anchor 72, 265
angle 72
attach command 71
attributes 71, 97
box 72
centering 73
character height 251
color 72
copy to another frame 218
default 97
defaults 97
display 167
fonts 72, 252, 260
frame 71
height 252
label box 251
label details 252
line spacing 72
prompt for 178, 179
setting font and position 252
setting fonts 251
shape 251
spacing 115
subscript 115
superscript 115
text box 72
thickness 252
zone (attach) 72
Text box 72
Text boxes 251, 265
Text shape 72
Textbox 72
textbox subcommand 251
textshape subcommand 251
Tick marks 253
attributes 253
axis 253
directions 265
label formatting 252
labels 252, 253
setting attributes 254
ticklabeldetail subcommand 252
TICKLENGTHS 77
Tickmark labels
alignment 261
tickmarkdetail subcommand 253
TIFF byte order 265
Time
Animation 66
Title
data set 189
Transform
coordinates 205
polar to rectangular coordinates 175
Translate
view 212
workspace view 214
Translate picked objects 174
TRANSLATION 149
Translucency 265
TRIANGLEKEEPFACTOR 143
U
Undo
view only 211
UNIXHELPBROWSERCMD 150
USEAPPROXIMATEPLOTS 150
USEDISPLAYLISTS 150
USEDOUBLEBUFFERING 150
User input dialogs 178
User interface
launch dialog 155
set attributes 142
User-defined variables 22
USETECPLOTPRINTDRIVERS 150
V
Value blanking 77, 265
cell mode 265
Values
display 136, 137
macro variables 19
set field value 189
Variable lists 161
Variables
3D axis 204
assign to 2D axis 175, 207
assign to 3D axes 203
assigning values 208
contours 129
environment 22
initializing 208
internal 19
location 126
macro functions 23
remove user-defined macro variable 184
renaming 184
scatter symbol sizing 136, 153
variable number 126
vector 140, 141
VECTDEFLEN 122
VECTMINLEN 122
Vector plot
attributes 139
Vector plots 265
variables 140
vector format 111
Vector variables 141
minimum/maximum as variables 20
Vectors
length reset 186
reference vector 139, 141
Vectors plot
show 109
Vertical bars (’|’s) 19
View
axis fit 209
axis nice fit 209
center 210
copy 210
data fit 210
fit 210, 211
fit all frames 214
fit paper in workspace 214
fit selected frames 214
last 211
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INDEX
magnify 212
maximize 215
maximize workspace view 214
nice fit 211
paste 211
return to last view 214
rotate 187
shift workspace 214
translate 212
zoom workspace 215
View commands 208–213, 213–215
View compound function family 208
View mode 265
View stack 211
retrieve last view 211
Viewer/Debugger 9
volume attributes 111
Volume objects 254
Volume surfaces
create FE surfaces 90
VOLUMEMODE 111
volumeobjectstoplot subcommand 254
W
While command 213
Workspace
color map dialog 81
view 214
translate 214
unmaximize 215
view mode 265
Workspace commands 213–215
Write
color map 216
data set 216
stylesheet 217
X
X-axis gridlines 243
XORCOLOR 150
XY
raw data 270
XY Line axes attributes
assign 218
XY line plots
coordinate scale 258
curve information 258
curve type 258
error bars 260
XY mapping
function dependency 260
xy subcommand 255
XY vectors 255
XYZ
raw data 270
vectors 255
xyz subcommand 255
Z
Z-clip 138, 204
Zebra shading 255
attributes 255
zebrashade subcommand 255
Zone
306
animation 66, 67
attach geometry 70
attributes 109
Zone boundaries
finite-element data 89
for finite element data 89
Zone numbers
specify 60
Zones 21, 70
animate 66, 67
attributes 273
concatenate 95
create 87–88, 94–95
create isozones command 90
create mirrors 90
create rectangular 91
defaults 273
delete 99
duplicate 101
FE surface 90
new 92
streamtraces 94
renaming 185
specify number 60
triangulate 206
Zoom
picked objects 172
view 212
workspace view 215
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