Global Graphics Controls

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The following controls can be used in the SELECT section to modify the behavior of the graphics subsystem.

Logical selectors can be turned on by selector = ON, or merely mentioning the selector.
Logical selectors can be turned off by selector = OFF.
Numeric selectors are set by selector = number.

In the usual case, these selectors can be over-ridden by specific controls in individual plot commands (see Graphic Display Modifiers).

 

ALIAS ( coord )        type: string        default: Coordinate name

Defines an alternate label for the plot axes.  Example:  ALIAS(x)="distance".

 

AUTOHIST        type: Logical        default: On        

Causes history plots to be updated when any other plot is drawn.

 

BLACK        type: Logical        default: Off        

Draw all graphic output in black only.  Use GRAY to select grayscale output.

 

BOLD        type: Logical        default: Off        

Draw all graphic plot labels in bold font.

 

CDFGRID        type: Numeric        default: 51        

Specifies the default size of CDF output grid (ie, 51x51).

 

CONTOURGRID        type: Numeric        default: 51

Resolution specification for contour plots, in terms of the number of plot points along the longest plot dimension.  The actual plot grid will follow the computation mesh, with subdivision if the cell size is greater than that implied by the CONTOURGRID control.

                 

CONTOURS        type: Numeric        default: 15        

Target number of contour levels.  Contours are selected to give "nice" numbers, and the number of contours may not be exactly as specified here.        

 

ELEVATIONGRID        type: Numeric        default: 401

Elevation plot grid size used by From..To elevation plots. The actual plot grid will follow the computation mesh, with subdivision if the cell size is greater than that implied by the EVATIONGRID control.  Elevations on boundaries ignore this number and use the actual mesh points.        

         

FEATUREPLOT        type: Logical        default: Off

If this selector is ON, FEATURE boundaries will be plotted in gray.

 

FONT        type: Numeric        default: 2

Font=1 selects sans-serif font.  Font=2 selects serif font.        

                                 

GRAY        type: Logical        default: Off

Draws all plots with a gray scale instead of the default color palette.

                                 

HARDMONITOR        type: Logical        default: Off

Causes MONITORS to be written to the PLOTS output file.        

                                 

ITALIC        type: Logical        default: Off

Draw all graphic plot labels in italic font.        

                                 

LOGLIMIT        type: Numeric        default: 15

The range of data in logarithmic plots is limited to LOGLIMIT decades below the maximum data value.  This is a global control which may be overridden by the local LOG(number) qualifier on the plot command.

 

NOMINMAX        type: Logical        default: Off

Deletes "o" and "x" marks at min and max values on all contour plots.

                         

NOTAGS        type: Logical        default: Off        

Suppresses level identifying tags on all contour and elevation plots.        

 

NOTIPS        type: Logical        default: Off        

Plot arrows in vector plots without arrowheads. Useful for bi-directional stress plots.

 

PAINTED        type: Logical        default: Off

Draw color-filled contour plots.  Plots can be painted individually by selecting PAINT in the plot modifiers.
         

PAINTGRID        type: Logical        default: On

Draw color-filled grid plots.  Colors represent distinct materials, as defined by parameter matching.                                                

PAINTMATERIALS        type: Logical        default: On        

Synonymous with PAINTGRID, included for symmetry with individual PLOT modifiers.

                 

PAINTREGIONS        type: Logical        default: Off                

Sets PAINTGRID, but selects a different coloring scheme.  Colors represent logical regions in 2D, or logical (region x layer) compartments in 3D, instead of distinct material parameters.

                                 

PENWIDTH        type: Numeric        default: 0                

Sets the on-screen pen width for all plots.  Value is an integer (0,1,2,3,...) which specifies the width of the drawn lines, in thousandths of the pixel width (0 means thin).

                                 

PLOTINTEGRATE        type: Logical        default: On                

Integrate all spatial plots. Default is volume and surface integrals, using 2*pi*r weighting in cylindrical geometry. Histories are not automatically integrated, and must be explicitly integrated.

 

PRINTMERGE        type: Logical        default: Off

Send all stages or plot times of each EXPORT statement to a single file. By default, EXPORTS create a separate file for each time or stage. Individual EXPORTS can be controlled by the plot modifier MERGE.

 

SERIF        type: Logical        default: Off

Draw all graphic plot labels in serif font.

 

SANSERIF        type: Logical        default: On

Draw all graphic plot labels in sanserif font.

 

SPECTRAL_COLORS        type: Logical        default: Off

Sets the order of colors used in labeling plots. ON puts red at the bottom (lowest spectral color). OFF puts red at the top (hot). This selector is the reverse of THERMAL_COLORS.

 

SURFACEGRID        type: Numeric        default: 51

Selects the minimum resolution for Surface plots, in terms of the number of plot points along the longest plot dimension.  The actual plot grid will follow the computation mesh, with subdivision if the cell size is greater than that implied by the SURFACEGRID control.        

         

TEXTSIZE        type: Numeric        default: 35

Controls size of text on plot output.  Value is number of lines per page, so larger numbers mean smaller text.

 

THERMAL_COLORS        type: Logical        default: On

Sets the order of colors used in labeling plots. ON puts red at the top (hot). OFF puts red at the bottom (lowest spectral color).  This selector is the reverse of SPECTRAL_COLORS.

 

VECTORGRID        type: Numeric        default: 41

Sets resolution of Vector plots.  Arrows are placed on a regular grid with the selected number of points along the longest plot dimension.                        

 

VIEWPOINT ( x, y, angle )        default: negative X&Y, 30

Defines default viewpoint for SURFACE plots and 3D GRID plots.  Angle is in degrees. (In 3D cut plane plots, this specifies a position in the cut plane coordinates)