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<p>1 Welcome to Adams/Post ProcessorWelcome to Adams/Post ProcessorAdams/PostProcessorAbout Adams/PostProcessor2About Adams/PostProcessorAdams/PostProcessor software is a powerful postprocessing tool that lets you view the results of simulations you performed using other products in the MD Adams 2010 suite of software. The Adams/PostProcessor Help explains the basics of using Adams/PostProcessor.The Adams/PostProcessor Help assumes you know the basics of using Adams products. It also assumes that you have a moderate level of knowledge about signal processing and that you have access to in-depth references on it. For introductions to Adams products, see their getting started guides or Help.For a tutorial of Adams/PostProcessor, see Getting Started Using Adams/PostProcessor.Introducing Adams/PostProcessorAdams/PostProcessor lets you rapidly view your Adams results, making it easier for you to understand the behavior of your model. Adams/PostProcessor supports you through the entire model development cycle, including: Debugging - Adams/PostProcessor helps you debug your model by letting you look at your model in motion. You can also isolate a single flexible body to focus on its deformations. Validating - To validate your results, you can import test data and plot it against the numeric results of simulations you performed in Adams. You can also perform mathematical operations and statistical analyses on plot curves. Improving - You can graphically compare results from two or more simulations. In addition, with a few mouse clicks you can automatically update the results in plots. By speeding up the viewing of your simulation results, you can try more variations of your model. You can also check for collisions and generate a report of the closest distance between bodies at each frame of the animation to help you improve your design. Presenting Results - Adams/PostProcessor helps you present the results of your investigations in Adams. To enhance the design reviews and reports, you can change the look of plots and add titles and notes to them. You can also show the results as tables. To enhance the presentation of animations, you can import CAD geometry into them. Or, you can create movies from the animations and add the movies to your presentation. Finally, you can show synchronized animations of your three-dimensional geometry along with plots and publish the results to the Web.3 Learning Adams/PostProcessor BasicsLearning Adams/PostProcessor BasicsAdams/PostProcessorOverview4OverviewStarting Adams/PostProcessor You can run Adams/PostProcessor as a stand-alone product or from within other Adams products, such as Adams/View or Adams/Car. The following instructions explain how to start Adams/PostProcessor in stand-alone mode. It also explains how to start any add-ons or plugins to Adams/PostProcessor. Currently, the only plugin is for Adams/Durability. To start Adams/PostProcessor stand-alone in UNIX: At the command prompt, enter the command to start the Adams Toolbar, and then press Enter. The standard command that MSC.Software provides is adams07x, where x is the version number. The Adams Toolbar appears. Click the Adams/PostProcessor tool . For more information on the Adams Toolbar, see Running and Configuring Adams. To start Adams/PostProcessor stand-alone in Windows: From the Start menu, point to Programs, point to MSC.Software, point to MD Adams 2010, point to APostProcessor, and then select Adams - PostProcessor. For more information on running Adams products from the Start menu, see Running and Configuring Adams. For information on running Adams/PostProcessor from Adams/View: See Using Adams/PostProcessor with Adams/View.For information on running Adams/PostProcessor from within other Adams products: See the online help for that product.To start an Adams/PostProcessor plugin (currently Adams/Durability): From the Tools menu, select Plugin Manager. In the Load column next to the desired plugin, select Yes. Select OK. For more information on the plugin, see the plugin online help. For more information on the Plugin Manager, press F1 when the cursor is in the Plugin Manager dialog box.5 Learning Adams/PostProcessor BasicsOverviewExiting Adams/PostProcessor To exit Adams/PostProcessor: On the File menu, select Exit.Using Adams/PostProcessor with Adams/View Learn how to use Adams/View and Adams/PostProcessor together: Starting Adams/PostProcessor from Adams/View Returning to Adams/View from Adams/PostProcessor Adams/View and Adams/PostProcessor InterdependenciesStarting Adams/PostProcessor from Adams/View To display Adams/PostProcessor with no results currently displayed, do one of the following: On the Adams/View Review menu, select Postprocessing. From the Adams/View Main toolbox, select the Postprocessing tool . To display the Adams/PostProcessor with the results of a measure or parametric analysis: In a Strip chart window, right-click the background (not on a curve) to display a menu containing the name of the strip chart. Point to the name of the strip chart, and then select Transfer to Full Plot. Adams/View transfers the measure to Adams/PostProcessor. Returning to Adams/View from Adams/PostProcessor To return to Adams/View, do one of the following: On the Adams/PostProcessor File menu, select Close Plot Window. From the Adams/PostProcessor Main toolbar, select the Modeling tool . Adams/View and Adams/PostProcessor InterdependenciesWhen running Adams/PostProcessor with Adams/View, note that the settings you apply to Adams/PostProcessor affect the Adams/View environment. For example, changing the units or a color of a part in Adams/PostProcessor automatically updates the model in Adams/View to reflect these changes.Adams/PostProcessorOverview6About the Adams/PostProcessor Window The following figure shows the Adams/PostProcessor window. The elements shown are common to all modes. Adams/PostProcessor WindowSetting the Window Mode Adams/PostProcessor has four modes: animation, plotting, reports, and three-dimensional plotting (only available with Adams/Vibration data). Its mode changes depending on the contents of the current viewport (see Viewports). For example, the tools in the Main toolbar change if you load an animation. You can also manually set the mode.To switch modes manually Do one of the following: Click in a viewport containing an animation, plot, or report. From the pull-down menu in the Main toolbar, select the desired mode. Right-click the viewport, and then select a Load command, such as Load Animation.Managing Pages Learn more about managing Pages. Creating Pages7 Learning Adams/PostProcessor BasicsOverview Renaming Pages Displaying Pages Displaying Headers and Footers on PagesCreating PagesTo create a page: From the View menu, point to Page, and then select New.When you create a page, Adams/PostProcessor automatically assigns a name to it. Renaming PagesTo change the name of a page: In the treeview, click the page to be renamed. From the Edit menu, select Rename. Enter the new name for the page. Select OK. Displaying PagesAdams/PostProcessor provides you with several ways to move through the pages of plots. To display a specific page, do one of the following: In the treeview, click the page you'd like to display. From the View menu, point to Page, and then select Display. From the list of pages, select the page to display. To navigate through the pages: To display the next page, from the View menu, point to Page, and then select Next Page. Note: For information on deleting pages, see Deleting Objects.Tip: From the Main toolbar, select . Tip: From the Main toolbar, select . Adams/PostProcessorOverview8 To display the previous page, from the View menu, point to Page, and then select Previous Page. To display the first page, from the View menu, point to Page, and then select First Page. To display the last page, from the View menu, point to Page, and then select Last Page.Displaying Headers and Footers on PagesYou can display headers and footers on all pages. Each header and footer can have three items of information (left, center, and right). Each item on the header footer can be a bitmapped image (.jpg, .xpm, or .bmp) or text. You can also set up default headers and footers to appear on all pages as explained in PPT Preferences - Page. To set up headers and footers on a page: 1. Select the page on which you want to display the headers and footers.2. In the Property Editor, select Header or Footer. Select None to turn off the display of headers and footers.3. Select the item of information (left, center, or right) that you are setting up.4. Set Source to Text or Image and then: For text, enter the text to be displayed, and set the text font size and color. For an image, enter the location and name of the image file to be displayed, and the height at which you want the image displayed. Adams/PostProcessor automatically displays the image as 50 pixels high.Undoing and Redoing Actions You can undo the effects of most Adams/PostProcessor commands. Adams/PostProcessor remembers up to 10 operations, by default. Note that you cannot undo the effects of some commands, such as the commands in the File menu. Tip: From the Main toolbar, select . Tip: From the Main toolbar, right-click and then select . Tip: From the Main toolbar, right-click and then select . 9 Learning Adams/PostProcessor BasicsOverviewTo undo an operation: On the Edit menu, select Undo.If you change your mind and do not want to undo an operation, you can redo it. To redo an operation: On the Edit menu, select Redo.Canceling Operations You can cancel any operation that you started in Adams/PostProcessor. For example, you can exit from a dialog box or stop a Simulation or animation. To cancel an operation, do either of the following: Select the Cancel button on a dialog box if available. Press the Esc key. Tip: From the Main toobar, select .Tip: From the Main toobar, right-click , and then select .Adams/PostProcessorAbout Data10About DataCreating Sessions and Adding Data When you start Adams/PostProcessor, it starts a new session file for you, called a notebook. To get results of simulations into your notebook, you import the results. Once you've reviewed the simulation results, you can save your notebooks, if Adams/PostProcessor is in Stand-alone mode, and you can export that data for use in other programs. Learn more about how to create notebooks, save your work, and import data: Creating a New Session Saving a Notebook Adding DataCreating a New Session Each time you start Adams/PostProcessor in Stand-alone mode, it creates a new session in which to work. You can also create a new session at anytime. To create a new session: From the File menu, select New.Saving a Notebook In Stand-alone mode, Adams/PostProcessor saves your current session in Notebooks. You can also save a copy of a notebook with a different name or in a different location. When you save a notebook, Adams/PostProcessor saves all the pages you created and their content. It also saves the simulation results in the binary file. The results are not associated with the files you imported. To save an existing, named session: From the File menu, select Save. To save a new, unnamed session or to save a session with a new name: 1. From the File menu, select Save As.2. Type a name for the notebook. 3. To save the document in a different directory, right-click the File Name text box, select Browse, and then select the desired directory. 4. Select OK. Adding DataYou can import data from the types of files shown below into Adams/PostProcessor to animate, plot, or view as a report. The data that you import appears at the top of the treeview. 11 Learning Adams/PostProcessor BasicsAbout Data Adams/View command (.cmd). See Import - Adams/View Command Files. Adams/Solver dataset (.adm). See Import - Adams/Solver Dataset. Adams/Solver analysis (.req, .res, .gra). See Import - Adams/Solver Analysis Files. Adams/Vibration results. See Importing Vibration Results. Numeric data. See Import - Test Data. DAC and RPC III. See Import - DAC or RPC III. Wavefront objects. See Export - Wavefront. Stereolithography and render. See Import - Stereolithography and Render Files. Shell. See Import - Shell. Reports. See Viewing Reports.Exporting DataYou can export animation and plotting data in the following formats. Spreadsheet format. See Export - Spreadsheet Data. Numeric data. See Export - Numeric Test Data. DAC and RPC III data. See Export - DAC or RPC III. Tables (HTML or spreadsheet format). See Exporting Plots as Tables. Reports (HTML). See Exporting Adams/PostProcessor Data as an HTML Report.Exporting Plots as Tables To export plots as tables:1. From the File menu, point to Export, and then select Table.2. Type a name for the file.3. Enter the name of the plot containing the data.4. Select either html or spreadsheet.5. Select OK. Note: You can also record animations as AVI movies, TIFF files, and more. For more information, see Recording Animations.Adams/PostProcessorUsing Toolbars12Using Toolbars The Adams/PostProcessor window contains several toolbars that let you perform special functions. Main toolbar - The Main toolbar appears by default. It contains tools for setting options and performing operations. The contents of the toolbar change depending on the Adams/PostProcessor mode. Curve Edit toolbar - Lets you manipulate curve data. See Displaying the Curve Edit Toolbar. Statistics toolbar - Lets you view statistics about curves, such as the minimum and maximum values. See Displaying Plot Statistics About Curves. Status bar - Displays information messages and prompts while you work. The right side of the status bar displays the number of the displayed page and the total number of pages. Learn more about the Main toolbar and how to display the different toolbars: About the Main Toolbar Setting Up and Displaying Toolbars Using Tool StacksAbout the Main Toolbar The Main toolbar appears at the top of the Adams/PostProcessor window. It displays commonly used tools for working with animations, plotting results, and Reports. Some tools remain in all Modes, while other tools change depending on the mode.The following figures show groups of tools in the Main toolbar in different modes. You can display Tool tips to see what a tool does.Main Toolbar Session ToolsMain Toolbar Page and Viewport ToolsMain Toolbar Animation Tools13 Learning Adams/PostProcessor BasicsUsing ToolbarsMain Toolbar 2D Plotting ToolsMain Toolbar Report ToolsMain Toolbar 3D Plotting ToolsSetting Up and Displaying ToolbarsYou can turn the display of toolbars on and off. You can also set where the toolbars appear-either at the top of the window under the menu bar or at the bottom of the window. You can also turn on and off the dashboard and treeview. By default, the dashboard and treeview are displayed, the Main toolbar appears at the top of the window, the Curve Edit and Statistics toolbars...</p>