SpinFire Ultimate

Intro Video

See an introduction video of SpinFire Ultimate in action.

WHAT’S NEW

Learn about SpinFire Ultimate’s notable features on this V11.2.0 Release.

FAQ

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding SpinFire Ultimate.

Actify now offers the newest developments in Product Visualization. SpinFire Professional has evolved to SpinFire Ultimate…a solution that will fundamentally change the face of CAD viewing among global manufacturers.

Equipped with the robustness and reliability that customers have come to expect of SpinFire Professional, SpinFire Ultimate offers the highest level of interrogation available from a CAD viewer in the market. SpinFire Ultimate offers high performance with large files and shattered assemblies, with enhanced capabilities that include partial loading, smart dimensioning, and easy access to metadata. Throughout the year, SpinFire Ultimate users can also look forward to being able to do 3D and 2D Nesting, perform a simple Unfold, thickness color washing, and much more. Moreover, not only does SpinFire Ultimate have enhanced features, but we have advanced our product interface for optimum use and better access to more functionality.

SpinFire Ultimate Introduction Video

What’s New

Winter Release  – 13th February 2016

SpinFire Ultimate 11.2.0 is a significant release as it restores the majority of the SpinFire Professional features and enhances existing features. SpinFire Ultimate v. 11.2.0 adds model compare, draft angle analysis, 3D auto-spin, section profile, 2D stamps plus additional functionality.

Model Compare

Takes two similar parts, analyze, and display what is the same and different through the use of coloring the parts. In addition, a slider control is available to exhibit various states between what was added and what was removed.

modelcompare

Draft Angle Analysis

SpinFire Ultimate reintroduces the Draft Angle Analysis tool, providing users the ability to graphical view draft angles.

daa

Section Profile

Section Profile (known in SpinFire 10 as X Section Plus) provides a means to calculate cross section profiles areas, centroids, and perimeter lengths individual or in combination.

sectionprofile

Offset Sectioning

Section 3D models with an offset or stepped section cut to observe and display different section levels of the model. The type offset section is strictly defined by the user and can be adjusted after the initial configuration.

offsetsectioning

Calculate Void Volume improvement

When calculating the volume of a 3D void, SpinFire Ultimate now provides better feedback to help the users determine how to find blocking surfaces. Follow the blue, blocking-surfaces hint to locate additional blocking surfaces.

calculatevoid

3D Mouse support

Use a 3Dconnexion mouse or Spaceball with SpinFire Ultimate similar to SpinFire 10.

Undo/Redo

Undo and redo actions in SpinFire Ultimate. Undo changing camera actions (rotate, pan, zoom) in 3D and 2D viewers and undo color changes in 3D mode.

More undo actions will be scheduled with future versions.

undoredo

Two Edge Intersection Point Measurement

Find the projected point of intersection of two edges with this new 2D and 3D measurement.

2edge

2D Stamps

The SpinFire Ultimate version of 2D Stamps allows you to stamp your reviewed 2D documents, import stamps found in SpinFire 10 .3D files, and edit and add your own stamps.

2dstamps

Autumn Release – 16th October 2015

SpinFire Ultimate v. 11.1.0 improves on v. 11.0.0 by adding new functionality, restoring SpinFire 10 features, and enhancing existing features. Also, SpinFire now supports nine additional languages.

Exploded Assembly

The exploded assembly function from SpinFire 10 has been improved with a WYSIWYG slider that allows you to view the exploded transformations in real-time. You can adjust them to your liking and try out each of the different types.

Exploded Assembly

Transform by Handles

Back by popular demand is the ability to transform parts and assemblies by handles. Drag along any axis or rotate to graphically move parts. The Transform dialog box also allows you to undo each of the steps.

Transform By Handles

New Language Support

In addition to English (US) and German, nine languages are now supported by SpinFire Ultimate, including Spanish and Portuguese.

New Languages

Portrait/Landscape toggle in Print Preview

Click the Portrait/Landscape button to quickly toggle between the two layout orientations.

Langscape Toggle

Recent Documents Context Menu

A right-click an item on the Home page Recent Documents list to reveal a context menu, which allows you to add the file path as a library connection, import the model, convert the model to ACT3D, open a file explorer at the file location, or show the file properties.

Recent Documents

View Thumbnails in the Library

In some cases it’s easier to identify a file by an image than by a name. The Library now allows you to view thumbnail images of .3D and .ACT3D files. Use the accompanying slider to size the thumbnails to your liking.

View Thumbnails

Auto Complete Option for Tube Length

In previous versions of SpinFire, tube length measurement required that you select sequential, continuous arcs to determine the length of the tube. For small models this is fine, but for more complicated models this can be extremely tedious. SpinFire Ultimate attempts to auto complete the selection by traversing the tube to the end once the beginning arc has been selected. Manual selection remains available.

Auto Complete For Tube Length

Calculate Area, Perimeter, and Centroid of the Section Profile

New sectioning capabilities allow you to calculate the area, perimeter, and centroid of the section profile.

Calculate Area Perimeter

Copy an Image to the Clipboard

A new export option is available on the Export Image dialog box: Copy to Clipboard.

Copy Image ClipBoard

Snapshots

Creating a new snapshot adds the model image as a 2D document directly into the workspace.

Snapshots

Spring Release – 2nd June 2015

SpinFire Ultimate sports an all new, modern user interface that reflects the many innovations and improvements over previous versions of SpinFire. Streamlined installation, increased performance, and enhanced functional capabilities—including partial loading, smart dimensioning, and easy access to metadata—place SpinFire Ultimate at the forefront of CAD product visualization tools.  The two most significant features of this completely redesigned, 64-bit version of the SpinFire application are more effective memory management and an enhanced capability to open large CAD files.

Shattered Assemblies Support & Better Handling of Large Files

SpinFire Ultimate now supports fully shattered assemblies, making the handling of large assemblies far easier and more efficient for SpinFire users. Not only can Ultimate better handle large assemblies, it can also load it with great speed. As an example, a 300 mb+ file loads in mere seconds.

Previously with SpinFire Professional, if a change was made to a component within a large assembly, the entire assembly had to be reformulated, this is known as a monolithic approach, which is a perfectly valid approach and has served well in the past. However, with CAD files and assemblies becoming larger and more complex, the monolithic approach has some significant limitations. Hence, the reason we have introduced fully shattered assemblies support in SpinFire Ultimate.

By using fully shattered assemblies, when a component is modified within a large assembly, the component that has undergone change is updated and inserted into the pre-existing assembly, hence saving considerable time.

Smart Dimensioning

Ultimate offers the ability to automatically suggest dimensions without having to select specific dimensioning tools by simply having a user hover over a geometric entity. This feature is included to provide users massive productivity and efficiency gains by quickly and effortlessly providing access to part dimensions
smartDimension

Partial Loading

For users working with shattered assemblies, this function in SpinFire Ultimate will allow them to quickly access and work on specific components without having to load the entire assembly.

Boundary Area by Edges

With minimal user interaction, SpinFire Ultimate can estimate the area of an opening in a 3D model, allowing users to quickly get the information in just a matter of clicks.

3D Preview

SpinFire Ultimate users can save time by being able to do 3D previews of .act3d files which allow you to zoom and rotate within the Open File Dialog.

Navigation Cube

In SpinFire Ultimate, we’ve included a navigation Cube that allows users to easily rotate a model by clicking on the cube face, providing users with a better sense of the component’s position.

NavCube

Boundary Volume by Surface

With minimal user interaction, SpinFire Ultimate estimates the shape of empty spaces (voids) contained in a 3D model and can then estimate the volume of those empty spaces.

Intuitive User Interface

With SpinFire Ultimate, we have optimized our User Interface by providing greater access to more functionality, while categorizing like functions together, allowing increased efficiency to even the most sophisticated SpinFire Users. The new modern interface offers an ease of use to both new and seasoned SpinFire workers, while also giving them the flexibility to change themes on the fly from the classic SpinFire Professional look, to the new modern light, and modern dark themes.

UI

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes SpinFire Ultimate stand out from other products in the market?

SpinFire Ultimate will fundamentally change the face of CAD viewing among global manufacturers. Equipped with the robustness and reliability that customers have come to expect of SpinFire Professional, SpinFire Ultimate is built from the ground up to make use of the very latest technologies, completely 64-bit compliant and fully multithreaded.

SpinFire Ultimate is way beyond just the next ‘version number’: it will deliver more than just viewing, with access not just to CAD files but to the metadata associated with the CAD files. It offers high performance with large files and shattered assemblies, with enhanced capabilities that include partial loading, smart dimensioning, and easy access to metadata. SpinFire Ultimate users can also look forward to being able to do 3D and 2D nesting, perform a simple unfold, thickness color washing, and much more. Moreover, not only does SpinFire Ultimate have enhanced features, but the product interface has advanced for optimum use and better access to more functionality.

What is the most notable thing about this release?

Because this is a complete rewrite, you will see changes throughout the product. A new User interface, the ability to load large assemblies very quickly, fully shattered assemblies support, intelligent dimensioning, and many more user features. See our WHAT’S NEW document for more information.

What Operating Systems and Hardware Configurations are recommended?

Client Environment Minimum Recommended Optimum
Operating System  

 

 

 

Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
Windows 8 (32-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2012
Windows 8 (64-bit)
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
OS Language Supported  English (US)
German
French
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
Czech
Japanese
Chinese (simplified)
Chinese (traditional)
Korean
English (US)
German
French
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
Czech
Japanese
Chinese (simplified)
Chinese (traditional)
Korean
English (US)
German
French
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
Czech
Japanese
Chinese (simplified)
Chinese (traditional)
Korean
CPU / Processor Intel i3 4 Core 4 GHz or equivalent Intel i5 4 Core 4 GHz or equivalent Intel i7 8 Core 4 GHz or equivalent
Memory 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Graphics DirectX 11 capable graphics card 1GB VRAM DirectX 11 capable graphics card 2GB VRAM DirectX 11 capable graphics card 3GB VRAM

Am I entitled to this upgrade?

All Customers under a current maintenance contract will receive a free upgrade to Ultimate.  Not only that, but some of the new features will also be included at no cost. For example, 2D and 3D nesting as well as previously paid for features such as Extended CAD and Draft Angle Analysis.  You can check your maintenance expiry date on your Home page or if you are unsure, contact sales@actify.com with your Seat ID.

What new features can I expect to see?

Through calendar year 2015 there are several key milestones. Firstly we will completely replace version 10 functionality in the new product. You will also see numerous industry specific applications being delivered throughout the year. These include a sheet metal unfold module, 2D and 3D nesting, colour washing by thickness, and many others.

I understand SpinFire Ultimate now supports Shattered Assemblies?

This is correct. SpinFire Ultimate now supports fully shattered assemblies. From a User’s perspective this makes the handling of large assemblies far easier and more efficient. With SpinFire V10.x, if a change was made to a component within a large assembly the entire assembly had to be reformulated, this is known as a monolithic approach, which is a perfectly valid approach and has served well in the past. However, with CAD files and assemblies becoming larger and more complex the monolithic approach has some significant limitations. Hence, the reason we have introduced fully shattered assemblies support in Ultimate. By using fully shattered assemblies when a component is modified within a large assembly, the component that has undergone change is updated and inserted into the pre-existing assembly, hence saving considerable time.

Has the user interface changed?

Significantly. We have updated the interface for optimum use and better access to more functionality. However, to make transition easier, you have the option to use the classic SpinFire Professional interface.

How long will you support the old User Interface?

We will stop support for the old (classic) user interface 31st January 2016. 

Will training classes be available on the new interface?

If your user community require training your local SpinFire office will be happy to provide classes. However, the new user interface has been designed to be very user friendly.  All Ultimate features (old & new) and how to use them are documented on http://help.actify.com along with all new “How to” videos and tips & tricks.  We believe the training requirement will be minimal.

Can SpinFire Ultimate and SpinFire Professional V10.x run side by side?

Absolutely. Simply install SpinFire Ultimate on the same system as SpinFire V10.x.

For more detailed information on this subject, please visit http://help.actify.com

If I have both SpinFire Professional and SpinFire Ultimate running, which will open my CAD files by default?

By default, CAD file extension associations will open with the SpinFire version that most recently made the association. There are check boxes on the Importer page for each format type. When it’s checked then it makes the association. If you have it previously checked for SpinFire Professional, then go into SpinFire Ultimate and check it, those file types will open in Ultimate.

Can Ultimate read V10.x .3D files?

Yes. Any .3D created in V10.x will be able to be read by Ultimate. However it should be noted that once saved in the new .ACT3D format then the file is no longer supported by V10.x.

Can V10.x read .ACT3D Files?

Unfortunately not. Because of the change in architecture and the complexity of the data now being stored within the new file structure, older versions of SpinFire do not support reading the new files created by Ultimate.

Why are SpinFire Ultimate files now called .ACT3D?

The new format contains far more information than was previously the case in SpinFire V10.x. For example, all of the underlying B-Rep surface data is now included in the .ACT3D file.  Because of the incompatibilities between the two file structures, we wanted to make the distinction between the two versions to avoid confusion.

What does B-Rep mean?

In solid modelling and computer-aided design, boundary representation—often abbreviated as B-rep or BREP—is a method for representing shapes using the limits. A solid is represented as a collection of connected surface elements, the boundary between solid and non-solid, and is the basis for all 3-D CAD modelling systems on the market today.

With the underlying B-Rep information calculations such as volume and surface area are now incredibly accurate. In fact as accurate as the CAD system. With faceted modelers as is the case with SpinFire V10.x, and most other viewers on the market, accuracy of such calculations could only be guaranteed to within 2%, with SpinFire Ultimate the viewer is now accurate to 10 decimal places.

I notice in this first release of Ultimate some SpinFire V10 features are missing?

This is indeed true. A decision was made to release the product as early as possible because of the significant improvements made with load time and performance. The remaining 20% of missing features will be added over the next two quarters. It is planned for Ultimate to be feature equivalent by the end of summer.

Do I have to uninstall previous versions of SpinFire to run Ultimate?

No. It is not necessary to uninstall previous versions of SpinFire. In fact, if you’re under maintenance, we recommend that you do not uninstall as Ultimate will find and use your existing license.

Are importers released with SpinFire Ultimate compatible with previous SpinFire versions?

SpinFire Ultimate importers are not compatible with SpinFire Professional V10.x. However, throughout 2015, Actify will continue to make updates to SpinFire Professional V10.x importers as users transition to SpinFire Ultimate.

Is it possible to organize a demonstration of the new features and capabilities?

Absolutely, and your local office would be happy to walk you through the new features. For more information contact us.

For the Americas and Asia Pacific: sales@actify.com

For the United Kingdom: enquiries@actify.com

For EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa): saleseurope@actify.com

How do I get a copy of SpinFire Ultimate?

Prospects that would like to receive a trial of SpinFire Ultimate can go to the corporate website at: http://www.actify.com/spinfire-ultimate-trial/

Customers that would like to upgrade to SpinFire Ultimate can request the upgrade by logging into our support site at: http://support.actify.com

SpinFire Ultimate Releases

What to expect in the next couple of SpinFire Ultimate Releases

11.3.0
Thickness by Colour
Metadata button (reference external document location)
Undo/redo measurements/markups
Improved printing
Assembly XML output
Automated Excel
2D Line Tools
Measure arc tangent angle
11.4.0
2D Call Outs
2D: Rectangular/Rounded Rect/Oval tool
Metadata button (data extracted from Centro)
ImageData