This guide outlines the steps to kickstart your journey with CEETRON Envision. It begins with instructions on installing and configuring your license. Next, you’ll learn how to seamlessly integrate the viewer into your preferred UI toolkit, creating a basic application. We’ll then walk you through importing your data into CEETRON Envision and progressing to implement additional features.

Installing CEETRON Envision

CEETRON Envision for Desktop is packaged as a .zip archive for Windows and a .tar.gz archive for Linux.

After unzipping the compressed files, you will get the following structure in the installation folder:

  • DotNetLibraries: Libraries for the .NET version of CEETRON Envision (debug and release).

  • Examples: Example programs for Qt, wxWidgets, WinForms, WPF, MFC and Win32.

  • include: Include files for C++ users.

  • lib: Libs and DLLs for C++ users (debug and release).

  • PlatformIntegration: Source code (C++) helper classes for Qt and wxWidgets users.

  • Tutorials: Tutorials presented in this documentation with Tutorial Runners for Qt, MFC and wxWidgets.

  • License: Dummy license files. Replace with your own.

  • Python: Python modules and example scripts.

  • ThirdParty: Third party dependencies.

  • DataProviderFramework: Framework for writing data providers

  • ResultCalculatorFramework: Framework for writing result calculators

  • DataProviderPlugins: Ready to use data provider plugins

License System

CEETRON Envision is a licensed software system. In order to use CEETRON Envision within your application you will need a valid license from Ceetron AS. See License System for more information.

How to Integrate into Your UI Toolkit

For C++ Users:

In order to render with OpenGL and CEETRON Envision in your application, you will have to provide a Viewer that derives from cee::vis::ViewerUIFramework. If you are using Qt or wxWidgets, we have provided examples on how to do this. See CEETRON Envision with Qt and CEETRON Envision with wxWidgets for more information.

If you are using MFC or native Win32, you can use the built-in Viewers in the cee::win::WinComponent. See CEETRON Envision with MFC and CEETRON Envision with Win32 for more information.

If you are using any other UI toolkit, please see the documentation of cee::vis::ViewerUIFramework in order to create your own wrapper. If you have any problems with this, do not hesitate to contact Contact Us.

For .NET Users:

For Windows Forms, you need to use the cee::win::WinComponent (CeetronEnvision.Win) and create a user control for the 3D rendering. Examples on how to do this are provided in the WinFormsMinimal and WinFormsDemoApp. See CEETRON Envision with Windows Forms for more information.

The Windows Presentation Foundation can also integrate towards this user control. See CEETRON Envision with WPF for more information. A couple of minimal apps for this support is provided (WpfMinimal/WpfWindowsFormsHostMinimal).

Getting Data into CEETRON Envision


There are many ways to get your data into CEETRON Envision depending on the nature of the data and the need for your application.

FEA and CFD Data

If you have analysis data (FEA, CFD, etc. with elements and results) you should use the cee::ug::UnstructGridModel. Here there are many ways of getting your data into CEETRON Envision.

  • Use the Import CAE Component
    If you want to load files from commercial FEA and CFD simulation software systems you can use the cee::imp::cae::DataSourceCae. Please note that this component requires a separate feature in the license key and has additional cost of use.

  • Create Your Own Data Reader
    By deriving from cee::ug::DataReader and using the cee::ug::DataSourceReader you can easily create a data source that supports your own data. You will then leverage the advanced data management and just-in-time loading of your data, so you can just focus on creating the user interface. See the tutorial UnstructGrid: Create a Custom DataReader to Add Support for Your File Format for an example on how to do this.

  • Use VTFx Files
    If you are able to save your data to VTFx (Ceetron file format) you can use the built-in data source cee::ug::DataSourceVTFx to read your data.

  • Use a Data Provider
    A Data Provider is a plugin for providing CAE data to applications built with Ceetron SDKs. Use an existing Data Provider to get your data into CEETRON Envision, see Data Provider Plugins. To create a new Data Provider, see the topic Data Provider Framework.

  • Create by Hand
    Finally, you can always build the data model by hand, adding the parts, elements, nodes, results etc. using code. You will then need to make sure that the required data is present before it can be visualized. See the UnstructGrid: Simple Model with Two Triangles and UnstructGrid: A Simple Model with Results tutorials for examples on how to do this.

Geometry Data


If you have geometry based data, you should use the cee::geo::GeometryModel. The Geometry model offers a data model for geometries containing a large number of parts (grouping of elements, typically with different attributes). The Geometry model is specifically designed for efficient handling of complex geometries. Here you will need to populate the model with data and effects manually.

We provide several tutorial for creating geometries:

Finally, please note that you can combine the different models in a view to create a rich visualization. A view can have as many models as you like of any type.

Sharing Data from CEETRON Envision

Based the Ceetron VTFx file format, your simulation data can be easily shared using Ceetron Cloud, the Report component and our free viewers.

Ceetron Cloud

With CEETRON Envision it is easy to add cloud export support to your application. With a single click of a button the users can share the 3D model they are currently showing in your app with the rest of the world. The model can be shown in any modern web browser without installing any software or plug-in.

See Ceetron Cloud: Add a Send-To-Cloud Button to Your App

Ceetron Viewers

The Export component adds easy sharing of simulation results using the Ceetron VTFx format. With a few lines of code, you can export exactly what you have on the screen to a compact file that can be shown on almost any platform. The CEETRON Demo Viewer is available on Windows, Linux and Mac.

See Share Everywhere with VTFx Files and Ceetron Viewers

Report Component

With the Report Component, 3D content, images and other simulation data can easily be included in MS Office documents. The engineer can explore the model and the results in full 3D, providing increased understanding and more data readily available. Including 3D content in the report reduces the need for multiple images and videos, adding flexibility and the ability to answer ad-hoc questions. Or just create a hyperlinked image in your report and go to the model in the cloud with one click. The Ceetron Report Component collects and organizes all data in one place, and creates reports in MS Word, MS PowerPoint and HTML from the same source.

See Create Interactive Reports Directly from Your Application

Adding Features to Your Application

The Tutorials and Topics are good places to look for specific information on how to implement a given feature. The Examples entry gives more direct access to the code for easy overview and copy/paste.

A good starting point for FEA type data is the DemoApps provided for Qt and .NET. These are more complete apps that showcase one way of using CEETRON Envision. You find these in the Examples/Qt/QtDemoApp and Examples/WinForms/WinFormsDemoApp folders in the distribution.