Huntsville, AL – November 26, 2018 – Ternion® Corporation is pleased to announce the release of FLAMES®, version 17.0. This new version includes many changes and enhancements that make FLAMES-based applications even more powerful, user-friendly, and easy to develop. See the What’s New in Version 17.0 manual in the FLAMES documentation for complete information on these and other enhancements.
FLAMES 17.0 Enhancements
More Context Sensitive Help. Many more windows in FORGE and FLASH have been enhanced to include a Help button. Now, nearly every window includes a Help button. Clicking the Help button opens the FLAMES documentation to the topic that describes the window.
Entity List Filters. Most of the entity editing windows in FORGE have been enhanced to allow the list of entity names to be filtered. Depending on the window, the list can be filtered by dataset, entity class, entity name, tags, and script content. Filtering the lists can be very helpful, especially when editing large scenarios or when searching for specific entities.
Expanded Input Descriptions. In all Input Editors in FORGE and FLASH, if an input is the name of an object that must have one or more tags, the names of the tags are displayed in the Description when the input is selected. Similarly, if an input is the name of an object that must support one or more interfaces, the names of the interfaces are displayed in the Description when the input is selected.
Date Format Settings. The new General Scenario Settings allow you to specify the format in which dates are displayed in various places in FORGE and FLASH. The date format can be set to use only integer values in dates, which helps in defining scenarios that can be opened without errors on computers located in different countries.
XML Scenario Files. The new General Scenario Settings allow you to specify the format in which scenario files are written. By default, scenario files are now written in XML format to allow additional information to be stored in the files. This is a step toward a planned future enhancement to FLAMES – a custom scenario file browser that displays the description of a scenario.
Tags for New Units. Tags can now be defined automatically for each Unit created using a single Unit pattern.
Display Supported Interfaces. The interfaces supported by an entity object are now displayed in the Entity Properties window in FORGE.
DIS Option Enhancements. Wildcard characters may now be used in mapping external DIS entity types to local DIS Unit types. This allows a single local type to be used to represent multiple external types and can greatly simplify scenario creation. In addition, you can specify the name of a script dictionary entry that will be processed for the new local Units immediately after they are created. This will, for example, allow special-purpose equipment models to be attached to the Units.
Enhancement to Command Inputs. If the datatype of a command input is Entity and the Primary Class is a class of entity that can be attached to a Unit (such as FCognition or FSensor), the specification of the input can be defined such that the value must be the name of an entity object that is attached to the Unit rather than the name of a meta-object.
Port to Linux. Version 17.0 of FLAMES is being ported to Linux as a result of new Linux license sales. In addition, for the first time, a 64-bit version of FLAMES will be supported on Linux.
FLAMES customers with an active software subscription can receive version 17.0 upon request at no additional cost. Please contact customer support to make your request.