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Old   July 13, 2009, 07:48
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Hi Foamers,

Although OpenFoam is an excellent CFD tool, I am very disapointed by a recent move made by the releasers of this excellent software. In particular, the decision to remove the FoamX from the new version is awkward. I may agree that most of the users do not like to use, but, for new users, and even for experience users, FoamX was helpfull in presenting all the available option for discretization and interpolation schemes, methods for solving linear solvers system, among other things that unfortunately are very well described in the solver.

I know that the forum surely helps, as the information in the source files. But, sometimes this will look like a wild goose chase. For a begginner, FoamX was a least more friendly than the comand line.

So, I believe remove FoamX was a bad move to promove OpenFoam and its penetration in the market. Now, the main factor promoting OpenFoam is the price of Fluent.... Also, I believe that this move that limits the capacities of most users to faster develop its code.

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Old   July 14, 2009, 03:16
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In particular, the decision to remove the FoamX from the new version is awkward. I may agree that most of the users do not like to use, but, for new users, and even for experience users, FoamX was helpful
Perhaps FoamX would then be a good candidate for someone like you to pick up (eg, from the 1.4 codebase) and maintain on http://openfoamwiki.net for the others.
Or (for more ambitious people) start a rewrite with Qt. This would at least be able to benefit from many of the OpenFOAM C++ classes that FoamX can't use very easily.
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Old   July 14, 2009, 11:35
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There is a whole bunch of 3rd party OpenFOAM GUIs available and under development. Unfortunately they all cost money. Not having used any of them, I cannot comment on whether they are better or worse than FoamX.
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Old   July 15, 2009, 11:34
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@Eugene: who is developing them? Any link?

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Old   July 15, 2009, 11:44
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Off the top of my head:

Symscape
Beta CAE
Icon (the company I work for)

I am pretty sure there are more in the works that I am not aware of.
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Old   July 15, 2009, 12:08
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Thanks Eugene, any idea of the pricing?

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Old   July 15, 2009, 12:21
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no sorry.

Apparently the forum requires a minimum message length of 10 characters.
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Old   July 15, 2009, 12:23
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Old   July 16, 2009, 09:43
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Old   July 17, 2009, 12:33
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Hi all,

Thanks for your insights. However, the tools are not free. Do you know any GUI for FoamX besides FoamX that is opensource.

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Old   July 17, 2009, 12:39
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Look here for another option: http://openfoamwiki.net/index.php/Co...text_interface

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Thanks (obrigado), José.

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Thanks for the mention

Which leads me to another question: is anybody actually using this? Because the feedback on this so far has been close to zero. And if anybody has written Case Description Files that he wants to share with the world, I'd be more than happy to include these in the next PyFoam-distribution. And should somebody have ideas for improvement, I'd be interested.

I currently don't have plans to write another frontend for it, but writing a PyQT-frontend shouldn't be too much of a problem and I'd support the effort should anybody do it

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I've been working on a PyQt4 GUI for OF, but it has no direct links with PyFoam since I've never used it. It is based on reading the boundary file, the user sets some parameters in teh gUI (solver, bc's, iterations, numerical schemes, etc.) and then the required files are written to disk. When I get more time to work on it it should be possible to execute OF in real-time and have the iterations plotted as it does so. I'd also like to add a mesh viewer as well. However, it is still not anywhere near this stage and so far is geared only towards ico/simpleFoam style solvers.

I'd be interested in any project that involved GUI frontend building, especially if it is with PyFoam. If anyone else wants to discuss this, then let me know.

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Thanks for the mention

Which leads me to another question: is anybody actually using this? Because the feedback on this so far has been close to zero. And if anybody has written Case Description Files that he wants to share with the world, I'd be more than happy to include these in the next PyFoam-distribution. And should somebody have ideas for improvement, I'd be interested.

I currently don't have plans to write another frontend for it, but writing a PyQT-frontend shouldn't be too much of a problem and I'd support the effort should anybody do it

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Hi Bernhard,

I am using it and started to use pyFoam for a slightly different urwid/python based TUI (though I am looking for a way to set nu for a interFOAM template with two different phases) :-) As I am running mostly remotely and love my keyboard and my emacs-OS, I hate using the mouse and waiting for some gui to open, urwid and pyFoam gives me everything I need ... The TUI is actually based on

http://sourceforge.net/projects/unic...2.tgz/download

and obviously pyFoam. I attached a first picture. Urwid allows to include a python shell as well.

As a python gui, mayavi2 is a pretty good option as well and can be easily combined with pyFoam....

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Old   July 27, 2009, 06:14
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Hi Bernhard,

what do you think about Blender as a GUI in combination with pyFoam?

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Old   January 9, 2011, 18:36
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As stated in another thread:

There is a new GUI for OpenFOAM being developed here:
http://www.ods-engineering.com/blendme

Here is an (old) demo of it in action, things have changed recently:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r0xdyD7Qb0

It is based on Blender.
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How about Discretizer?

http://www.discretizer.org/

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