Orcina news

Here you will find the latest news on the development of OrcaFlex. Alongside our LinkedIn page, it is a valuable source of information about what we are up to!

OrcaFlex 11.1c released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 11.1c. Version 11.1c introduces some minor new functionality and fixes a number of bugs. Full details of the changes are described in the documentation:

We recommend that all users of 11.1 upgrade to 11.1c.

To upgrade to OrcaFlex 11.1c from any previous version, download the install program from your company’s Orcina software download page. A link to this page was sent to your software administration contact when we released 11.1a. If you do not have access to this page, please contact us.

OrcaFlex 11.1b released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 11.1b. Version 11.1b introduces some minor new functionality and fixes a number of bugs. Full details of the changes are described in the documentation:

We recommend that all users of 11.1 upgrade to 11.1b.

To upgrade to OrcaFlex 11.1b from any previous version, download the install program from your company’s Orcina software download page. A link to this page was sent to your software administration contact when we released 11.1a. If you do not have access to this page, please contact us.

OrcaFlex 11.1 user group meetings

As previously announced, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are running our OrcaFlex user group meetings as virtual webinars. Now that version 11.1 has been released we can announce that these webinars will take place in the middle of March.

These webinars will cover all the new features introduced in version 11.1 of OrcaFlex and OrcaWave. There is a lot of content to cover. Because long online meetings can be quite demanding, we have decided to split the content into three separate webinars. We will deliver each one of these three webinars twice in the same day, so hopefully most users can attend.

We anticipate that each webinar will be around one hour in duration, and attendees will be able to ask questions. Recordings of the webinars will be available on our website.

We are running the webinars over Zoom. You will need to register for whichever webinars you wish to attend, using the links below. Zoom webinars can be attended using the Zoom client, or directly from the browser if you do not have the Zoom client.

We know that no webinar can be as engaging as an in-person meeting, but we will do our best to make it interesting. We look forward to catching up with our regular user group attendees, and hopefully some first timers too!

OrcaFlex restart analysis

This webinar will cover the new restart analysis feature. Supporting functionality including change tracking and enhanced analysis data will also be introduced.

TimeRegistration
16th March 2021
0900 GMT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PjTKMta6SCeenandhEhh9w
16th March 2021
1700 GMT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OnQ2duFmQqGoSJWGPNDZAQ

OrcaWave new features

This webinar will introduce the new features in OrcaWave, our diffraction analysis program.

TimeRegistration
17th March 2021
0900 GMT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EeOtj3ApSo6GjF39_9a2rA
17th March 2021
1700 GMT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DnWqFJYWQoGUsWUlv5iGSw

OrcaFlex new features (apart from restart analysis)

Having covered restart analysis separately, this webinar introduces all the other new features in OrcaFlex 11.1.

TimeRegistration
18th March 2021
0900 GMT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cXzjajMBRuihIsfCE5SMyA
18th March 2021
1700 GMT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pq1O0WtYSaOqo2RmK47vkg

OrcaFlex 11.1 released

We are very pleased to announce the release of OrcaFlex version 11.1. The software was finalised and built on 12th February. We originally planned to release 11.1 in Q4 of 2020. However, we delayed the release in order to complete the restart analysis development. We plan to make the next release in the traditional Q4 slot, later this year.

All clients with up-to-date MUS contracts will receive, in the week starting 22nd February, an e-mail with instructions on how to download the new version.

Version 11.1 introduces much new functionality, including:

These are the most significant developments, in our opinion. As always there are more enhancements that are not listed here. All new features are fully documented in the what’s new topics:

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OrcaFlex 11.0g released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 11.0g. Version 11.0g fixes a number of bugs in both OrcaFlex and OrcaWave. Full details of the changes are described in the documentation:

We recommend that all users of 11.0 upgrade to 11.0g.

A patch to upgrade from earlier 11.0 releases can be downloaded here. The full installation program can also be downloaded from your Orcina download page. Please contact us if you do not have the link to your Orcina download page.

OrcaFlex 11.1 release schedule

We aim to release a major OrcaFlex update in Q4 of each year. This year we are not going to achieve this goal, and version 11.1 will now be released early in 2021. We hope and expect that we will be able to do this in January or February.

The most significant new feature in 11.1 will be restart analysis. We are excited to be adding restarts, and development is very well advanced and progressing smoothly. However, it is such a broad feature, and impacts almost all existing functionality in the program, that development and testing has taken a long time. We considered releasing 11.1 without restarts in Q4 2020 to fit in with our schedule goals. We decided that it is preferable to delay the release a couple of months and ensure that restart analysis is included.

As well as delaying the OrcaFlex release, we have decided also to push the user group meetings into the new year. As previously announced these will be virtual because of the pandemic. Our intention is that these meetings will run around the same time as the OrcaFlex release.

Continue reading “OrcaFlex 11.1 release schedule”

OrcaFlex 11.0f released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 11.0f. Version 11.0f fixes a number of bugs in both OrcaFlex and OrcaWave. Full details of the changes are described in the documentation:

We recommend that all users of 11.0 upgrade to 11.0f.

A patch to upgrade from earlier 11.0 releases can be downloaded here. The full installation program can also be downloaded from your Orcina download page. Please contact us if you do not have the link to your Orcina download page.

OrcaFlex 11.0e released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 11.0e. Version 11.0e fixes a number of bugs in both OrcaFlex and OrcaWave. Full details of the changes are described in the documentation:

We recommend that all users of 11.0 upgrade to 11.0e.

A patch to upgrade from earlier 11.0 releases can be downloaded here. The full installation program can also be downloaded from your Orcina download page. Please contact us if you do not have the link to your Orcina download page.

OrcaFlex 2020 user group meetings

We have decided, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, that this year we will not run our annual series of OrcaFlex user group meetings in person. These events require significant advance planning and unfortunately there is just too much uncertainty to do that.

Instead of physical meetings we will run virtual meetings as webinars. We have not finalised details for these yet, but we expect to run them in October or November, to coincide with the release of OrcaFlex 11.1.

It is a shame that we won’t be able to meet in person this year. However, one benefit of virtual meetings is that they will be available to users who are not located in the venues that we visit for our physical meetings.

Please watch out for notification of these meetings later in the year. We look forward to seeing you then (virtually!) and sharing with you the new developments in our software.

OrcaFlex 11.0d released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 11.0d. Version 11.0d introduces some minor new functionality and fixes a number of bugs. In addition, we have made a number of significant performance improvements for OrcaWave calculations. Full details of the changes are described in the documentation:

We recommend that all users of 11.0 upgrade to 11.0d.

A patch to upgrade from 11.0a, 11.0b or 11.0c to 11.0d can be downloaded here. The full installation program can also be downloaded from your Orcina download page. Please contact us if you do not have the link to your Orcina download page.