Pointwise Plugin SDK

Introduction

This is the programmer reference documentation for the Pointwise Plugin SDK v0100r11.

To simplify plugin development, an SDK has been created that wraps the low-level API details behind a convienent set of data structures and C function calls. Or, if you prefer, you can implement your plugin using the C++ variant of the SDK.

This document uses various shorthand notations as listed below.

Additional Reference Materials

In addition to this Pointwise Plugin SDK reference, there are other materials available that will help you understand plugin development.

How to Create a Plugin

You must first download the Pointwise Plugin SDK from the Pointwise website. To install, unzip/extract the contents of the downloaded archive to your development location. The archive will create a root folder named PluginSDK. The Introduction to Pointwise Plugin Development webcast contains details on downloading and setting up the Pointwise Plugin SDK.

Follow the "quick list" below to build a Plugin using the SDK.

  1. Create a plugin project
  2. Configure the plugin
  3. Implement the plugin
  4. Build the plugin

TIP: If you intend to build on linux_x86_64 or macosx machines, the execute permissions on SDK scripts will only be preserved if you extract from a tar.gz archive on unix or macosx.

TIP: A complete copy of this on-line documentation is bundled with the SDK download. To access the SDK documentation locally, open .../PluginSDK/docs/index.html in a web browser.

SDK Downloads

Download the Pointwise Plugin SDK using one of the links below. Be careful to choose the SDK version that is compatible with your Pointwise installation.

Current distribution
SDK Version Pointwise Compatibility Supported APIs Downloads
1.0 R11 18.1 CAE Export (CAEP)
Grid Import (GRDP)
Previous distributions
SDK Version Pointwise Compatibility Supported APIs Downloads
1.0 R10 17.1, 17.2, 17.3, and 18.0 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R9 17.1, 17.2, 17.3, and 18.0 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R8 17.1, 17.2, 17.3, and 18.0 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R7 17.1 and 17.2 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R6 17.1 and 17.2 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R5 17.1 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R4 17.1 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R3 17.0 CAE Export (CAEP)
1.0 R2 16.4 CAE Export (CAEP)