Some of the new features and capabilities are shortly described below. To find out more about these new features and others not listed below download the electronic (.pdf) version of the documentation
The new Plug-In Extension Technology (PIE) enables integration of external codes with the Argus Open Numerical Environments (Argus ONE). To learn all about the Argus ONE PIE technology click here.
The new floating window lists all layers and enables you to quickly show, hide and activate layers. It also enables you to show and hide all layers at once and show and hide groups of layers.
The new Window Menu lists all open project windows and enables you to quickly move between them.
Several new buttons and popup menus and have been added to the Layers Dialog. The long functions, layers and parameters menus have been moved to lists in the Expression Dialog (see below).
You can now copy and paste a layer or a complete layer structure.
You can copy a single layer and paste it anywhere within the layer structure.
You can copy a complete layer structure. This is especially useful for PIE developers.
The Layer Definition Language (LDL) enables PIE developers to fully automate the creation of new Argus ONE projects according to their code conceptual model.
Entering functions and layer parameters is greatly simplified by the new scrolable lists which replace the ong popup menus.
When selecting and entering functions, their arguments are inserted so that you do not need to memorize the syntax.
DXF "Blocks" are now fully supported. This allows you to import complex DXF files which use "Blocks" for rotation, scaling and repitition graphic of objects.
Objects, layers and whole projects can now be scaled. Various scale options as well as many reference points are available.
Uniform as well as unuinform scale can be applied. This enables one to distort all objects including meshes and grids for high aspect ratio domains.
Total of 13 different reference points for scaling are available.
Information dialogs for all object types are enhanced to allow for changing the values of some or all parameters assigned to all or some of a selection of objects.
Three new parameter types were introduced: Integer, String and Boolean. They are fully supported in every asspect of the environment such as, export, search, return values and functions.
Version 3 offers powerful new tools for contour editing, copying and pasting. Combined with some of the new GIS functions introduced in version 3, it allows for describing complex domain, boundaries and boundary conditions.
Contour editing is greatly enhanced by the new ability to select and edit multiple contour vertices at once.
Since by selecting any number of vertices defining a contour, you can now select parts of contours, you can also copy and paste partly selected contours. This, combined with some new GIS node related functions allows for easy and intuitive allocation of boundary conditions.
Among some of the new mesh layer capabilities are new layer, node and element functions; enhanced meshing engines; new bandwidth optimizers and totally new meshing engines developed using the PIE technology.
You can now create quadrilateral meshes free of any triangular elements. You can choose if you wish to use the original meshing engine or the enhanced one.
You can hide element boundary lines. This is useful when you evaluate element parameters using colors.
You can easily create orthogonal cartesian quadrilateral meshes from finite difference grids.
Among some of the new grid layer capabilities are new layer, and block functions; enhanced automatic grid generation control; new grid related export script command and new grid import capabilities
The new ability to import grids from text files allows users to easily incorporate grids created by other applications with Argus ONE projects. Together with the import to data layer capabilities whole model input files can be read into Argus ONE. Using the PIE technology model developers can offer a single click tool which imports existing model files created outside Argus ONE.
Some users wanted the convenience of choosing the direction of row and column numbering. You can now control grid numbering with respect to the coordinate system origin at any direction.
Automatic block deactivation can now be performed using one of two available methods.
Exporting the row height and column width is now also available as an option when using the default grid export template.
You can hide grid lines. This is useful when you evaluate block parameters using colors.
Some of the new capabilities in Data type layers include spreadsheet-like data windows, creating parameters and choosing an interpolation method.
A new window type allows you to view your data files within Argus ONE. Data is presented in spreadsheet-like rows and columns.
When your data does not include descriptive information you can rename your data layer parameters for easier identification of data. Together with the ability to add and remove parameters PIE developers can fully automate import, creation and manipulation of data layers and their contents.
Data stored in data layers can now be interpolated using many interpolation methods. These interpolation methods, developed by Argus and other PIE developers can be easily selected from a popup menu.
The many new capabilities available in Maps type layers enhance the quality of reports you can prepare in Argus ONE.
Text tools allow you to annotate your maps using text objects. Text imported from DXF files can be also edited using the new text tools.
All text objects in Maps type layers can be colored, rotated and scaled.
The range of colors in the Maps layers color palette was changed to the standard set of DXF colors.
The cross-section diagram tool has been enhanced to allow for color fill between major parameters being plotted.
Some of the many new export script commands include:
The G format, similar to the Fortran G Format, automatically switches between Real, Integer, Strings and Booleans. It is also used to achieve automatic switching between F and E notations and achieve highest possible number of digits exported.
The repeat factor allows for controlling the number of times a field is repeated in a line before a new line begins.
The new loops for grids and block parameters improve your control of what is exported.
The template editor was enhanced to support the many new export capabilities and script commands.
The Else script command allows you to simplify export scripts.
Variables can be defeined and used in any way needed within an export template.
The loop for variables greatly improves your ability to write complex yet efficient export templates.
The Alert allows you send a message to yourself or the user of your application at any stage of the export template execution.
This command enables you to evaluate an expression without having to export it.
This command enables you to execute an external code. You can use it to run a model after an export template exported or model files, or to run any other code at any stage of the execution of the template.
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