Release Note 2016

MIKE Animator Plus

Introduction

Welcome to MIKE Animator Plus Release 2016. In this Release Note, you will find information about new features of MIKE Animator Plus, and what you need to know in order to install and get started with Release 2016.

MIKE Animator Plus is a 3D visualisation and animation environment supporting many kinds of spatial and temporal data. In addition to visualisation, it provides tools for creating flight paths through the data-space and generating output in digital movie format.

System requirements

The recommended minimum system requirements are:

Operating systems Fully supported operating systems *
Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit), Windows 10 Pro (64 bit) and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (64 bit).

Non-supported but partially tested operating systems **
Windows 8.1 Pro (32 bit), Windows 10 Pro (32 bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Service Pack 1 (64 bit).
Note that Release 2016 is the last release supporting 32 bit operating systems.
Processor x86 or x64, 2.2 GHz (or higher)
Memory (RAM) 2 GB (or higher)
Hard disk 40 GB (or higher)
Monitor SVGA, resolution 1024x768 in 16 bit colour
Graphics adapter 64 MB RAM (256 MB RAM or higher recommended), 24 bit true colour
File system NTFS
Software requirements .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and .NET Framework 4.0 (Full Profile)

* Fully supported operating systems are systems that have been tested in accordance with MIKE's Quality Assurance procedures and where warranty and software maintenance agreement conditions apply.

** Non-supported but partially tested operating systems are systems, which are not officially supported by the MIKE software products. These operating systems have only undergone very limited testing for the purpose of MIKE software, but the software and key features are likely to work. Installation of MIKE software on a non-supported operating system is done so at the user's own risk. The MIKE software warranty and software maintenance agreement conditions do not apply for unsupported operating systems and DHI is under no obligation to provide assistance or troubleshooting for cases where the software is being used on a non-supported operating system.

Please note that single user installations are not allowed on server operating systems. Also, when running a fully supported operating system as a 'guest operating system' on a virtualisation platform, it is automatically downgraded to a non-supported operating system under the conditions provided above.

Colours and resolutions: The user interface of MIKE Animator Plus is designed in a way that resolution of 1024x768 and 24 bit true colour are required to view the full contents of all dialogues and to fully profit from the graphical tools. It is possible to run MIKE Animator Plus with smaller resolution and less colours, but certain parts of the dialogues and graphics may not be optimal.

MIKE Animator Plus is based on the OpenGL 3D library and requires at least a 16-bit colour graphics adapter to run, but true colour (32 bit) is recommended. MIKE Animator Plus will run on any 2D graphic card with 24 bits, but significant performance enhancements can be achieved by using graphics cards with 3D OpenGL rendering capabilities. Using cards with graphic accelerators speed up the displaying and refreshing of images on the screen and computation of details and special effects, in response to user input, occurs with a speed that makes the user feel involved with the scene without compromising performance.

Installation

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To install MIKE Animator Plus, please choose MIKE URBAN or MIKE Zero in the 'MIKE Setup' dialogue box that appears when inserting the MIKE 2016 USB and clicking the Setup.exe or executing the setup.exe file from the downloadeded installation files. Press the 'Install' button to begin installation.

Licence file and dongle

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To use MIKE Animator Plus in licenced mode, please follow these steps:

  1. You can retrieve the MIKE software licence file (DhiLicense.dat) via the Internet. This requires a working Internet connection and a valid e-mail address. The licence file can be retrieved in two ways:
    • During installation of the MIKE software
    • After installation of the MIKE software, by launching the DHI License Updater through the Start menu
  2. To retrieve your licence file during installation of MIKE software, select ‘Local’ when prompted to ‘Select license type’. In the following dialogue box, select ‘Internet’. At the end of the installation process, you will be prompted to insert your DHI dongle. Insert the dongle and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. To update your licence file using the License Updater, simply launch the DHI License Updater from the Windows Start menu and follow the on-screen instructions. On Windows 8, search for DHI License Updater.
  4. Alternatively, the licence file can simply be copied in \Program files\DHI\2016\License or Program files(x86)\DHI\2016\License.
  5. After completed installation, you should ensure that your hardware key is attached to the system.

Product invocation

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Launch 'MIKE Animator Plus' from the Windows Start menu.

Starting the programme without a DHI configured hardware key (dongle) and valid licence files will cause the programme to run in demo mode. If this happens, a message box will inform you during programme initialisation.

Support

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For general support, please see our FAQ.

If you experience any difficulties, or if you have any questions, you can contact Client Care by mail, e-mail, phone or fax:

Client Care
DHI
Agern Allé 5
DK-2970 Hørsholm
Denmark

mike@dhigroup.com
Tel: +45 4516 9333
Fax: +45 4516 9292

Or you can find your local Client Care with support in your local language here.

New features

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Every new release of MIKE Animator Plus consists of new features or corrections to problems or significant inconsistencies discovered in previous releases. Please find short descriptions of the most significant news in Release 2016 below.

Module/type

New feature

Support for solids

A new example, including 3ds solids with simple geometry such as a cube, a cylinder and a sphere has been added to the installation. These solids can be included in other MIKE Animator Plus setups.

Known defects and workarounds

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Moving particles and moving solids are not displayed correctly if the coordinates for the path are defined using the LONG/LAT projection. To resolve this save the XML particle track file or the trajectory coordinates for the solid in a projected coordinate system, e.g. UTM-30.

Fixed issues

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A service pack includes fixes to inconveniences and errors and minor modifications to the official release.
Please note that the service packs are accumulative, i.e. corrections and fixes released with a previous service pack are included in the newest service pack as well.

Release 2016 Service Pack 3

Module/type

Error/Inconvenience/New feature

Status

MIKE Animator Plus

No changes have been made for service pack 3 Unchanged
Release 2016 Service Pack 2

Module/type

Error/Inconvenience/New feature

Status

MIKE Animator Plus

No changes have been made for service pack 2 Unchanged
Release 2016 Service Pack 1

Module/type

Error/Inconvenience/New feature

Status

MIKE Animator Plus

No changes have been made for service pack 1 Unchanged
Release 2016

Module/type

Error/Inconvenience/New feature

Status

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