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Feature Table  |  Quick Comparison

The right version of EnSight for you depends on the features you need. This table summarizes the differences in the versions of EnSight to help you make the right choice. Don’t worry, we have a generous policy if you need to upgrade or downgrade as your needs change.

See the “Which EnSight” table for a quick overview of the different versions and come back to this table for more details.

Type * in the Search field to see which features were added to EnSight Free and EnSight Desktop versus the products they replace.

EnSight FreeEnSight DesktopEnSight StandardEnSight Gold and DR
Data ImportCFD, FEA*, Crash*, Other*CFD, FEA*, Crash*, Other*CFD, FEA, Crash, OtherCFD, FEA, Crash, Other
Windows, Linux, MacWindows, Linux, MacWindows, Linux, MacWindows, Linux, MacGold: Windows, Linux, Mac
DR: Windows, Linux
Floating and Nodelocked Licenses?YesYesYesYes
32-bit and 64-bitYesYesYesYes
Read DataYesYesYesYes
Explore DataYesYesYesYes
Plot DataYesYesYesYes
Print/Save ImagesYesYesYesYes
Export MoviesYesYesYesYes
Export 3D ModelsYesYesYesYes
Simple CalculatorYesYesYesYes
Particle Traces/StreamlinesYesYesYesYes
Volume RenderingYesYesYesYes
Session FilesYesYesYesYes
Support OptionsWebform Webform, email, phoneWebform, email, phoneWebform, email, phone
User Defined ToolsYesYesYesYes
Run ScriptsYesYes
Scientific CalculatorYesYesYesYes
Keyframe animationsYesYes
Boundary LayersYesYesYesYes
Pathlines /
Transient Particle Traces
Surface Restricted TracesYesYesYesYes
Vortex CoresYesYesYesYes
Separation / Attach LinesYesYesYesYes
Shock SurfacesYesYesYesYes
Read Multiple Cases3232
Massed Particle TracesYes*Yes*YesYes
Profile PartsYes*Yes*YesYes
Elevated Surface PartsYes*Yes*YesYes
Material InterfacesYes*Yes*YesYes
Tensor GlyphsYes*Yes*YesYes
Context Template FilesYes*Yes*YesYes
POV-Ray ExportYesYes
Immersive VRYes
SMP Parallel RenderingYes
SoS Parallel ProcessingYes
Remote RenderingYes, DR Only
Tiled DisplaysYes, DR Only
Parallel RenderingYes, DR Only
More InfoEnSight Free is for interactive, not batch operations. It is a subset of Desktop functionality. EnSight Free replaces EnSight CFD Free.

Model size limits
Total elements 2000000
3D elements 2000000
2D elements 25000
0D (particles) 25000
Polyhedrals 200000

* improved versus product it replaces.
EnSight Desktop replaces EnSight CFD Paid.

* improved versus product it replaces.

Typical model sizes < 50 million cells.
EnSight Standard supports batch or interactive operations, local data or client-server, parallel client and parallel server with 4 threads for each. Its biggest limitations are not supporting Virtual Reality, and not supporting distributed post-processing. Typical model sizes 5 million – 100 million cells.EnSight Gold/DR Notes EnSight Gold and EnSight DR are necessary if you are running in a Virtual Reality (VR) facility, or if you want to use cluster resources to post-process a model or render a model. Typical model sizes > 100 million cells.
ProductEnSight FreeEnSight DesktopEnSight StandardEnSight Gold / DR


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