Version 4.3 Highlights — the Little Things

David Kan June 18, 2012
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Version 4.3 was released just a few weeks ago, and it has already generated a lot of buzz. With three new products and many enhancements, there is a lot to sink your teeth into.

Not the least of these enhancements are the “little things” — small usability improvements that can make life a lot easier (and modeling more efficient) for COMSOL users.

Bigger Buttons

Take for instance buttons like “Build”, “Compute”, and “Plot”. These have been enlarged and given more descriptive names that will help new users (or those of us with bad aim) to get what they want faster.

Build with COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3
Compute in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3
Plot in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3

Sorting Physics Nodes by Space Dimension

Another useful feature is in the organization of the physics nodes in the Model Builder. You can now sort them by space dimension. That is, you can arrange them by Domains (3D), Boundaries (2D faces), Edges (1D segments), and Points. This can be very useful for mature models that require tighter organization for the sake of easy reference.

Before sorting:
Before sorting in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3

Sort action:
Sort action in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3

After sorting:
After sorting in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3

Parameter Sweep Interface

Specification of parametric sweeps is quick and convenient in Version 4.3. The change to the interface is notable, with dropdowns listing all defined global parameters and defining which combinations of parameters you want (in the case of multi-dimension sweeps). The Range interface is nicer too, with an intuitive order of Start, Step, and Stop boxes. Units are now also supported in the Range interface.
Parametric sweep in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3

Word Format for the Report Generator

The last “little” feature I’ll mention is the Word output format for the Report Generator. The Report Generator is always a crowd-pleaser when I show it at demos or during webinars. And now you can go directly from COMSOL to Word format. That includes equations, tables, and plots that you’ve come to expect in a COMSOL report.
Microsoft Word format for the Report Generator in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.3

Although these are little features, they can make a big difference to COMSOL users in the efficiency of their day-to-day work.

For an overview of all the new features, go to the COMSOL 4.3 Release Highlights.


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