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  1. Python scripts can be created, executed (i.e., run), and debugged in Altair Compose. Since Python language syntax is different from the OpenMatrix Language (OML) syntax, within Altair Compose, python scripts are run in separate windows from OML scripts. But data can be actively passed back and forth between these separately-running script windows during execution. Moreover, this multi-language capability (i.e., of running python scripts and OML scripts together) is supported in the free edition of Altair Compose. For more information about what the open-source version of OpenMatrix can do, it would be best if you seek answers and post questions on the associated website (www.openmatrix.org) -- enabling all of us in this community (designed for Altair Compose users) to maintain a clear distinction between the capabilities of the commercial software and the open-source software. Thanks!
  2. Did you know that there are dozens of interesting examples accessible online for multi-body / motion simulation using Altair software?! See https://altairhyperworks.com/motionsolve-models/ These examples have been designed to help raise your awareness for the kinds of simulations that are possible with Altair's multi-body motion simulation tools. There are currently 17 examples for MotionView+MotionSolve and 29 examples for Inspire Motion -- with dozens more examples scheduled to be added quite soon. The goal is to continually add more and more over time. So consider bookmarking that page and check back often! Each example comprises two pieces: (1) a movie clip that plays automatically in your browser + (2) a downloadable zip file which typically contains: One or more movie (.mp4) files. Pre-built model files for the complete, mechanized multi-body system. Results files. A presentation (.pptx) file describing the model and how to use it. Enjoy!
  3. <I am posting this on behalf of a friend who is an engineer mentoring a FIRST Robotics team . He asked me for this specific help with Compose and, in turn, I am asking you members of our worldwide online community for Compose. Thank you in advance for any help or suggestions you can provide.> This FIRST mentor would like to help the students on his team do simple real-time charts with data coming in from a device over a serial connection (or perhaps wirelessly). He is aware of examples out there for doing it with MATLAB, but is exploring other options as he he doesn't have any MATLAB licenses, saying "It's too expensive for my little lab..." Can anyone think of a way to achieve this goal by using Compose? Specifically, my friend is putting together a demo of some of their robot's sensors and is looking for a way to plot data as it comes in over a serial connection. He says he has a hack that puts the data into Excel as it comes in, but it's clunky. He is also looking at using a scripting language tool called Processing. If such a solution is possible with Compose, he feels sure that his FIRST team would use it a lot (and so would many other teams, possibly) as they try out new sensors, control signals for drives, etc.
  4. Jason, all: We are delighted that you, as an engineer in industry, are interested in using our free Basic Edition of Embed – there likely is no easier (and low-risk) way for you to try it out to see if it will help you achieve your goals for Embedded System Development. We certainly hope you can convince yourself that it will (or, at the very least, that you can find out early that it won’t do what you want, thus saving yourself from wasting a lot of time, effort, and potential cost to figure that out)! I am an Altair manager and can assure you that our no-cost Basic Editions are free for everyone and anyone – intentionally – to enable more engineers like you to leverage Math & System Simulation tools for Model-Based Development (whether in industry, academia, or just having fun on your own). The recommendations for users & usage that you saw on our website, and referenced in your post here, are primarily intended to set proper expectations with potential users: As you have (hopefully) also seen in the Comparison Table of Capabilities on our website, our Basic Edition of Embed is, by design, a subset of the Professional Edition of Embed. So there may be some industrial-strength modeling, simulation, and/or code-generation capabilities that you, as an engineer in industry, need which are not available in the Basic Edition of Embed. As long as you are aware of that upfront, then we hope there will be no surprises, ensuring a positive & rewarding experience with our products for you and your company. If you can achieve everything that you want & need to do with our no-cost Basic Edition of Embed, that is great! In a complementary manner, if you ever need additional capabilities, our Professional Edition is available as a low-cost upgrade option, which is especially affordable if your company uses HyperWorks Units or solidThinking Units (in which case you can likely use our Professional Edition at no additional cost). Lastly, if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to also check out our free Basic Editions of other Altair Math & Systems tools for Model-Based Development (i.e., Altair Activate and Altair Compose). For instance, Compose is based on the OpenMatrix Language (OML) whose syntax is compatible with MATLAB's. So if you have .m files, you can open and run them in Compose. And Activate can import and run Simulink diagrams. (Oh, one more thing: if you or your company's compliance group need to see the End-User License Agreement which everyone must "Accept" in order to download our free Basic Editions, you can access that any time here: https://basicportal.altair.com/register) Best regards, Jim Ryan Global Strategy Director, Math & System Simulation tools Altair | Innovation Intelligence®
  5. For more information, see www.altair.com/mbd2019 and www.altair.com/mbd2019/embed. To download a free 1-year license of this software, go to https://basicportal.altair.com/downloads. Do you want to do embedded systems development with Arduino microcontrollers? If yes, then whether you are involved in academia or industry or are just a hobbyist/maker looking for cool & useful software, this no-cost software could help you achieve your goals. Give Altair Embed™ a try today!
  6. For more information, see www.altair.com/mbd2019 and www.altair.com/mbd2019/activate. To download a free 1-year license of this software, go to https://basicportal.altair.com/downloads. Do you want to model & simulate multi-disciplinary systems-of-systems? If yes, then whether you are involved in academia or industry or are just a hobbyist/maker looking for cool & useful software, this no-cost software could help you achieve your goals. As an open platform, Activate leverages Modelica and the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI), and can import Simulink® files. Give Altair Activate™ a try today!
  7. For more information, see www.altair.com/mbd2019 and www.altair.com/mbd2019/compose. To download a free 1-year license of this software, go to https://basicportal.altair.com/downloads. Do you want to do technical calculations, scripting, data visualization or data processing (especially involving CAE or test data)? If yes, then whether you are involved in academia or industry or are just a hobbyist/maker looking for cool & useful software, this no-cost software could help you achieve your goals. The multi-language environment of Compose enables the combined use of scripts written with its open matrix language (OML) with scripts written in Tcl/Tk or Python. And OML is compatible and inter-operable with Octave and MATLAB®. Altair has also expanded its support of open standards by open-sourcing its open matrix language (OML). Interested users and contributors can download source code from the OpenMatrix website and actively participate in this burgeoning R&D community. Give Altair Compose™ and OML a try today!
  8. When I tried to run one of the tutorials associated with the Modelica set that comes with Activate , I received an error message shown in the attached screenshot file. That message indicates "Modelica compiler requires Visual C++ compiler version >= 10". If I download and install the "Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 RC", do you expect that will resolve this error?
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