User Interface Layout

View the main elements and terminology in the CADFEKOPOSTFEKOEDITFEKO graphical user interface (GUI).

  1. Quick access toolbar
    The quick access toolbar is a small toolbar that gives quick access to actions that are performed often. The actions available on the quick access toolbar are also available via the ribbon. The quick access toolbar includes: NewNew project, OpenOpen project, SaveSave project, Undo and Redo.
  2. Ribbon
    The ribbon is a command bar that groups similar actions in a series of tabs. The ribbon consists of the application menu, core tabs and contextual tab sets.
  3. Configuration list
    The configuration list is a panel that displays all defined configurations in the model. A new model starts by default with a single standard configuration. The following configuration types are supported: Standard configuration, Multiport S-parameter configuration and Characteristic modes configuration.
    Tip: Multiple configurations allow you to perform efficient simulations using different configurations (different loads, sources, frequencies or power scaling) in a single model.
  4. Model tree

    The model tree is a panel that organises the model-creation hierarchy and configuration-specific items of the model into two separate tabs at the top of the panel. A right-click context menu is available for all items in the model tree. Double-click on an item to open its properties.

    Predefined variables, named points, media, workplanes, field/current data, worksurfaces and cables are listed in both the Construction tab and the Configuration tab to provide quick access.

    1. Construction tab
      The Construction tab lists the model-creation hierarchy in a tree format.
      Note: Select a geometry or mesh part on the Construction tab and in the details tree (5), modify its wire / edge / face / region properties, solution settings and custom mesh settings.
    2. Configuration tab
      The Configuration tab lists the configuration-specific items in a tree format.
      Note: Select a configuration in the configuration list (3) and view its configuration-specific items in the Configuration tab.
  5. Details tree
    The details tree is a panel that displays the relevant wires, edges, faces and regions for the geometry or mesh part selected in the Construction tab (4). From the right-click context menu specify the properties for its wire, edge, face or region properties in the details tree. You can modify the selected item's local mesh size, material definition or coating or solution properties that are specific to the selection.
  6. Project browser
    The project browser is a panel that lists the models loaded in the current project, imported data, stored data and scripted data.
    Tip: Collapse the project browser to expand the 3D view.

    On the View tab, in the Show group, click the  Project icon.

  7. Model browser
    The model browser is a panel that organises the model information of the selected model in the project browser (6), into two separate tabs.
    Model tab
    The Model tab lists the model information and results for the selected model.
    Results tab
    The Results tab lists the results and solution information.
  8. Details browser
    The details browser is a panel that shows in-depth detail for the selected item in the model browser (7).
    Tip: View the solution information for the selected model.
    On the model browser (Results tab), click Solution information to view:
    • start and end time
    • memory per process
    • total CPU-time
  9. Scripting editor area
    The scripting editor area is a window that displays opened .pre files. Each .pre file is contained in its own tab.
    • Re-order the window tabs by simply dragging the tab to the desired location.
    • View the path to the open .pre file by hovering with mouse cursor over the window tab.
    • Supports file drag-and-drop functionality.
  10. Edit card
    Press F1 on a card to highlight the card entry in the scripting editor area and display the full card definition in the card panel (14).
  11. Status bar
    The status bar is a small toolbar that gives quick access to macro recording, general display settings, tools, selection method and type, snap settings and the model unit.
  12. Status bar
    The status bar is a small toolbar that gives quick access to general display settings, tools, and graph cursor settings.
  13. Status bar
    The status bar is a small toolbar that shows the line and column number for the current cursor position as well as the setting for the text editor (insert or overwrite).
  14. Card panel
    The card panel is the panel that contains the full card definition.
    • Click the OK button to add the card to the .pre file and close the card panel.
    • Click the Add button to add the card to the .pre file, but keep the card panel open.
  15. Model Status icon
    The Model Status icon shows the current status of the model in the Notification centre. The Notification centre can be hidden but the Model Status icon in the status bar will still indicate the current status of the model.
  16. Notes view
    The notes view is a window where you can document model details. Add additional comments or information for future reference.
    Tip: The notes view is hidden by default, but can be enabled.

    On the Home tab, in the Create view group, click the  Notes icon.

  17. Notification centre
    The Notification centre performs computational electromagnetic model (CEM) validation and shows the status of the model. When problems in the model are detected, it is highlighted in the Notification centre with hyperlinks to the problematic entities.
  18. 3D view
    The 3D view window displays the geometry and mesh as well as solution requests (for example, a far field request).
    • Select the Construction tab (4.a) to view only CAD in the 3D view.
    • Select the Configuration tab (4.b) to view both CAD and solution requests in the 3D view.
  19. 3D view/2D graphs
    3D view
    The 3D view displays the geometry, mesh, solution settings as well as 3D results.
    2D graphs
    The 2D graphs display the 2D results on either a Cartesian graph, polar graph, Smith chart or Cartesian surface graph.
    • Re-order the window tabs by simply dragging the tab to the desired location.
    • Rename the window tab by using the right-click context menu and selecting Rename.
  20. Result palette
    The result palette is a panel that gives access to options that control the data in the 3D view or 2D graph for the relevant result type. For example, 3D far field data allows the phi cut plot type and gain in dB to be specified.
  21. Help
    The Help icon gives quick access to the Feko manuals.
    Tip: Press F1 to access context-sensitive help.
  22. Search bar
    The search bar is a single-line textbox that allows you to enter a keyword and search for relevant information in the GUI. Entering a keyword in the search bar will populate a drop-down list of actions as well as the location of the particular action on the ribbon or context menu. Clicking on an item in the list will execute the action.
  23. Application launcher
    The application launcher toolbar is a small toolbar that gives quick access to other Feko components.