Posted 28 January 2021 in Concurrent Design, Engineering, News.

RHEA Group has launched version 7.0 of the CDP4 Concurrent Design Platform, which offers usability improvements and new plugins to enhance this market-leading product.

Usability enhancements

Version 7.0 offers the following usability improvements:

  • Details panel: Every browser has a new Details panel at the bottom that can be expanded or collapsed. Information that is typically displayed in a tooltip when hovering the cursor over an item is now also displayed in the Details panel when the item is selected.
  • Open multiple browsers of the same type: In previous versions of CDP4, each browser (Element Definitions, Parameter Types, Option Tree) could only be opened once. With this new release, each browser/window can be opened multiple times, enabling the user to inspect different aspects without the need to scroll to bring the information into view. Drag and drop operations are supported between browsers, making it easier to create Element Usages in the Element Definition Tree.
  • Change ownership – batch operation: Users can now change the ownership of multiple items in one operation. Watch this video on changing ownership of multiple items.
  • Application of Actual Finite States – batch operation: Users can now apply an Actual Finite State list to multiple parameters in one operation. This video shows how to run a batch application of Actual Finite States.
  • Custom filter: A new information filtering capability has been added to the different browsers, making it easy to locate items and focus on those that are most important at a certain point in time. Watch a demonstration video of CDP4’s new custom filtering.

New plugins for version 7.0

New plugins have also been added in version 7.0:

  • Grapher plugin: The Grapher plugin provides a great way to visually inspect a design, with a choice of many different auto-layouts, such as trees and mind maps. When exploring the architecture of a design through a 2D tree-like structure, each (nested) element in the tree can be ‘isolated’ so that it becomes the root of the graph and each graph can be exported to an image or PDF file. When an element is selected in the tree, detailed information is displayed, along with the list of the element’s parameters.
  • Reporting plugin: The Reporting plugin is a fantastic new addition to CDP4, providing a feature-rich environment in which reports can be defined to extract, process and synthesize data and create reports such as mass budgets or power budgets. The inputs for the reports are linked to the architecture and the parameters as defined by the team. Results, which are typically an aggregation of parameters using different kinds of algorithms, can be linked to existing parameters in CDP4. The Reporting plugin boosts the analytical capabilities of the tool, along with the exciting scripting plugin that allows users to implement algorithms in Python. See how the Reporting plugin works in this video.
  • Crossview plugin: The Crossview plugin provides a user-friendly unified way of visualizing as a matrix all parameter values for a user given subset of the model consisting of desired elements and parameter type.

Download the new version of CDP4

CDP4 version 7.0 can be downloaded from our Open Source repository at https://github.com/RHEAGROUP/CDP4-IME-Community-Edition/releases/tag/7.0.0

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