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RP Fiber Power V6: Custom Forms, Tailored to Specific Applications

Posted on 2015-04-29 in the RP Photonics Software News (available as e-mail newsletter!)

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Author: Dr. Rüdiger Paschotta, RP Photonics Consulting GmbH

Abstract: In our new software RP Fiber Power V6, the typical trade-off between ease of use and flexibility has been removed: one can have custom forms made for specific applications - made either by the users or within the technical support.

Dr. Rüdiger Paschotta

The user interface is an important aspect of a simulation and design software; a good solution really supports the user in the handling of sophisticated things. There are very different concepts for that, having different advantages and limitations. Usually, there is a trade-off between flexibility and ease of use:

Since RP Fiber Power V2, we have offered a nice combination which somewhat mitigates the explained problem: one can control the most essential calculations with forms, and when executing the calculations, the software automatically writes a script based on the form inputs. As additional snippets of script code can also be injected through the forms, one can actually do a lot without fully switching over to script programming. If the user ever has to do that step, he is strongly supported by the automatically generated script code: one can just start from there rather than from scratch.

Now, with the new RP Fiber Power V6, we have done a further big step forward, introducing so-called custom forms. Such forms are not defined in the software, but rather in scripts. This means that they can be produced by the users themselves, or of course by myself within the technical support. Below, you see an example.

custom form for fiber amplifier calculations

As a result, one now has the combination of two very desirable benefits:

I think that particularly for many companies, where people need results but cannot spend substantial time, the new custom form feature can be expected to be great news. However, researchers should also appreciate the ease of using such forms. For example, one can easily switch between different sets of input data – for example, for different designs of fiber amplifiers – which are stored in separate text files.

Our web page on custom forms shows examples for the nice look of a custom form, how easy it is to make it, and what convenient features are available.

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