Wednesday, May 30, 2007

FDS_5_RC5 and SMV_5_RC4 Released today...

Hello everyone!

The latest release candidates for FDS and Smokeview are now available.
Please go to the Download page on for more information.
You can also go to: to find the download for your system.

There have been some changes to the Pyrolysis Model input parameters, so check the User Guide Chapter 8 on Boundary Conditions for more detail on the new parameters. Especially information on Reference Temperature, Ignition Temperature and Boiling Temperature.

Please keep in mind that we need your feedback on if the User Guide makes sense, or if it requires more clarification in certain areas. We have been trying to take all of your suggestions and work them into the guides somewhere.

If you have outstanding support issues please rerun your cases with the new version. We found some good bugs in RC4 that should address many of the problems people have noted.

Thank you for your continued support during this time of testing and review.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

FDS_5_RC4 and SMV_5_RC3 are ready for Download...

Hello Everyone!

I am happy to announce that the new release candidate (RC4) of FDS and Smokeview (RC3) are bundled up and ready for download. (I see that around 40 people found them already!)

Please make sure that once you have RC4 that you rerun your cases. If you had issue reports for RC3, please make sure that RC4 fixed them and report the result to the tracker or group where you reported the problem.

There will be a mass mail later this morning, informing everyone on the mailing list of the new release. But I wanted to give the readers of the FDS-SMV Weblog and via the blog, the readers of the Discussion Group a head start on the Downloads.

To download the latest version from the Google Code, Project Host go to:

Or, go to the Download Options page on the homepage.

Thank you for your continued support of FDS and Smokeview!
One step closer to FDS_5 Official Release,

PS. Keep an eye out for the mass mail later today.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

ChangeDetection(tm) - Know when any web page changes

ChangeDetection(tm) - Know when any web page changes

Handy webservice I am using to monitor the project homepage ( )for updates to the various bits of information there.

This will notify me via email whenever the page changes, which would include any of the features downloads, wikis, etc.

Nice free (for now) service...


Friday, May 4, 2007

FDS and Smokeview Logo Contest...

Calling all FDS and Smokeview users with a bit of artistic talent (or those who have a friend with some).

We need a new logo for branding the FDS and Smokeview software package.
This new logo will be used on the websites and as the icon for the applications.

It can either be a single logo that encompasses both FDS and Smokeview, or two logos one for FDS and one for Smokeview that can be combined to make a single logo for the package.

All submissions must be emailed to by July 6, 2007 @ 1700 hrs (EST).

Here are the general parameters of the new logo:
1) Must scale well...
The logos must be presented in 32X32 and 128x128 sizes. The preferred logo format is SVG though PNG is also acceptable. The websites will typically show the logo at about 128 pixels wide, but it may be used in a larger print form on posters, etc.

2) Ensure that all Logo content is not copy protected or licenced in any way...
In other words, it must be free to you and to us. We expect all original content, which also means that you get all the credit.

3) Criteria for Judging...
30% - Originality - make it yours.
30% - Communication of concept - how well is FDS and Smokeview represented in the logo.
20% - Visual Impact - how memorable it is. We want it to leave a mark, neurologically speaking.
20% - Community Voting - we will put all the submissions on a web page at the end of the contest for the user community to cast their votes.

4) Communicate the interdependence of FDS and Smokeview.

5) Have fun with this...

The contest starts today and I hope that everyone pays special attention to item #5 above.

Ready, set, go....
-Bryan Klein

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Automatic build process option...

BuildBot Manual 0.7.5

Thinking of using BuildBot to automate FDS and Smokeview build processes and find errors across platforms quickly.


Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Release Candidate 3 Beta and a New Web Site...

Hello everyone, Bryan Klein here...

I am filling in for Kevin today as he is off having fun giving a talk today to IAAI in Canada... Lucky.

We have been receiving some great feedback from those of you who have been testing the new releases.
I hope that you all keep it up on this new release RC3, and those of you who are not testing yet, please take this opportunity to give it a try.

We have been listening to your feedback about the Sourceforge websites and have decided to make a major shift from SourceForge to Google Services.
This move was to address many of the comments stating that although many of the features of the SourceForge site were great, the actual navigation and usability was lacking. The demand was for more simple and easy to use site, without loosing any of the nice features that SourceForge offered the community.
I think we were able to accommodate these requests.

Introducing the new FDS and Smokeview Website...

This URL is all I will give you, as I hope that you will go to the site and see for yourself how easy it is to navigate and find what you are looking for.

This new site now integrates the following features:
Direct Download links,
Discussion Group,
Support Issue tracker (easier to use and more flexible),
Community Event Calendar,
Weblog / Journal,
Subversion (SVN) repository,
and more...

The site is new and still under construction, but most of the most important stuff should be there.
Remember, this testing phase is more than just testing FDS and Smokeview...
Feel free to comment on the site, what you would like to see there, what is unnecessary, etc.

Ok, one more link...
To those of you who want to build from source nightly or whenever you feel like it, Jason Floyd made a short How-To page for accessing the SVN repository and synchronizing it with a local folder on your machine. Take a look and tell us what you think in the discussion group.

I will leave you with that, and again, get a free copy of FDS and Smokeview while they last...

Best Regards,
Bryan Klein

National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8663
Gaithersburg MD 20899
Phone: 301 975 5171
Fax: 301 975 4052