CEI announces EnLiten and EnVideo, two new products that enable
engineering and research organizations to use the Internet and
corporate intranets to share high-end visualizations throughout the
EnLiten and EnVideo work in conjunction with EnSight and EnSight Gold,
used by 350 organizations worldwide to analyze, visualize and
communicate computer-aided engineering and scientific research
results. EnSight users include aerospace, automotive, general
engineering and chemical companies; national and international
research labs; and universities.
"These are the first tools that allow high-end visualizations to be
easily and cost-effectively shared in a collaborative work environment
- any time, anywhere, any place," says Kent Misegades, CEI president.
"Until now, there's been a chasm between the visualization experts and
those who could benefit from their work. EnLiten and EnVideo provide
access throughout the enterprise to rich animations for collaborative
design and engineering; customer, supplier and internal communication;
presentations; and marketing and sales applications."
Collaboration and Communication
EnLiten is a platform-independent, rich geometry player that requires
no special software skills. It allows interactive collaboration and
communication of complex visualizations in areas such as computational
fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis, crash analysis, and
aerodynamics. EnLiten imports EnSight scenario files containing
geometry, color, clip planes, isosurfaces, particle traces and
Scenario files can be configured to show only what the originator
wants seen by others. EnLiten's GUI automatically configures itself
depending on the content of the scenario file. If the file contains an
animation, for example, an appropriate video-player interface appears
on the screen. EnLiten plugs into MS PowerPoint, MS Internet Explorer
and Netscape. It supports 3D stereo viewing and a full range of
computing and display systems, from notebook computers to workstations
to semi-immersive environments such as the ImmersaDesk.
EnLiten users can manipulate 3D models, view models and animations
from different perspectives, and run a variety of 3D animations
provided by EnSight users. Engineers and scientists can use EnLiten,
for example, to analyze detailed EnSight visualizations and exchange
information interactively over the Internet or corporate intranets.
Rich Video for the Internet
EnVideo is simple-to-use, platform-independent software that solves
current problems with viewing videos of high-end visualizations over
the Internet or intranet. The two current standardized video formats -
AVI and MPEG - have drawbacks that typically affect engineering and
scientific organizations. AVI files work well with Windows, but not as
well with other operating systems, and file sizes tend to be large.
MPEG files work well with UNIX systems, but don't play on the Windows
Media Player. The quality of AVI and MPEG video is not considered good
enough to meet the needs of some high-end visualization users.
EnVideo uses compact evo files created in EnSight. The evo format
produces files that are smaller than AVI files and about the same size
as MPEGs, but with much better quality than either format. Animations
output as evo files to EnVideo are indistinguishable from the original
CEI offers two versions of EnVideo: EnVideo Basic, a free software
package that enables users to view EnSight videos one at a time, and
EnVideo Pro, a full-featured online video player. EnVideo Pro allows
users to sequence multiple evo files, output to print, size image
windows, and access easy-to-use controls for looping, cycling,
changing playback speeds, and playing in forward or reverse.
EnVideo Pro output can be embedded in MS PowerPoint, Internet Explorer
or Netscape for presentations and online communication. Like EnLiten,
EnVideo Pro supports 3D stereo viewing and a full range of computing
and display systems, including VR devices.
EnLiten and EnVideo will be available in September for UNIX, Linux and
Windows systems. EnLiten starts at $3,000, with volume discounts for
five seats or more; corporate-wide site licenses also are available.
EnVideo Basic is free, and EnVideo Pro starts at $450, with volume
discounts for five seats or more and special pricing for
corporate-wide licenses. None of these products require a license
manager or keys.
EnSight, EnLiten and EnVideo are exclusive products of Computational
Engineering International (CEI). CEI has corporate headquarters in
Morrisville, N.C., and authorized distributors around the world. In
addition to its products, CEI provides consulting services to
engineers and scientists from organizations that use computational
methods for research, product design or product refinement.