TracePro 7 now supports multi-core processors using multi-threading. This improvement is completely transparent except for a speed increase during ray tracing on multi-core systems. TracePro will use whatever cores are available. Both Win32 and x64 TracePro, and all TracePro Editions, have this feature.
The Irradiance Options dialog box has been enhanced with new functionality. New irradiance map
features include the following:
◦New rainbow color palette. The previous rainbow has been renamed to (blue max) to distinguish it from the new rainbow. The new rainbow palette has pure RGB red for the highest flux value, with colors progressing through the rainbow down to violet for lowest flux values.
◦New normalizations. The Normalize to emitted flux checkbox has been removed, and now there is a list of choices for normalization: None, Emitted Irradiance, and Peak. The footer of the Irradiance Map always displays the Total Flux/Emitted Flux value, corresponding to the old Normalize to emitted flux checkbox. The Normalize to Emitted Irradiance choice enables easy calculation of Point Source Transmittance, useful in stray light calculations. The new rainbow color palette is illustrated in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1. New rainbow color palette for irradiance maps. The Color (rainbow) on Black palette is shown.
New RepTile geometry (Expert Edition Only)Flattened Cone geometry
A flattened cone is like an inverted ice-cream cone with the top truncated. The edges at the top and bottom may also be rounded. To make a flattened cone, specify the end radius, cone angle, depth/height, and optional radii for the trough and peak edges.
Pointed Cone geometry
A pointed cone is like a flattened cone, but with the end radius equal to zero. The pointed top and the edge at the base may optionally be rounded. To make a pointed cone, specify the cone angle, depth/height, and optional radii for the top and the bottom edge.
Utilities menuA new Utilities menu has been added to the main TracePro menu. This menu incorporates utilities that were formerly available as free standalone accessories for TracePro. For convenience they are available from the new menu. These utilities include:
◦Bitmap source generator
◦Surface Source Property Generator
◦Fluorescence Property Utility
◦IES Import Utility
Asymmetric BSDF modelsThe asymmetric BSDF models, namely:
are now available in the Standard Edition of TracePro.
System Tree enhancementsThe Systems Tree in TracePro has been enhanced to allow you to make groups of objects, and to change the order in which objects and groups appear in the tree. To make a new group, simply rightclick on the tree window and select New Object Group from the pop-up menu. A new group will appear with the default name New Group. To change the name, simply edit the name as usual. To add an object or group to the new group, simply drag and drop. You can also change the order of objects or groups by drag-and-drop.
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