The Standard bar has common options for both pre- and postprocessing components, including: open, take a snapshot, print, preferences, help, exit and others.

The different icons represent, from left to right:

  • New: PRE: the existing project is closed and a new one is created. POST: the model is closed.
  • Open: PRE: closes the current project and opens an existant one. POST: closes the current model and reads an existant mesh with its results.
  • (only in postprocess) Open multiple: Open multiple postprocess files.
  • (only in postprocess) Reload files: Reload multiple postprocess files and sets results to last step.
  • Save: PRE: saves de project. POST: saves de postprocess information in a new binary file.

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  • Previous view, Next view: no navigate through the used views.
  • List of views: shows a list of some predefined and user-saved views.
  • Fullscreen: Change to fullscreen mode.
  • (only in postprocess)Fast draw mode: Enable/disable fast draw mode

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  • Copy: PRE: shows the copy window, POST: shows the transformation window.
  • (only in preprocess)Layers/Groups Button Button to show/hide the Layers/Groups window.
  • (only in preprocess)Layers Combobox: Combobox to select layer in use.
  • Layers/Meshes/Sets: PRE: pops-up the 'Layer' window, POST: pops-up the 'View Style' window.
  • (only in postprocess) pops-up result, graphs or animation windows respectively.
  • (only in postprocess) Animations Controls.

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  • Preferences: pops-up the preferences window to select general, meshing, graphical, fonts options, among others.
  • Help: shows GiD's help.

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  • Toggle between preprocess and postprocess.

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  • Exit: quits the program.
  • GiD icon that show also our current passwort type: blue=profesional, red=evaluation, half blue and half red=conection fault short time period of profesional version before change to evaluation.

The Geometry & view bar has some of the view options common to pre- and postprocessing, such as zooming, panning, rotating, etc. But certain icons are specific to preprocessing and others to postprocessing.

The different icons represent, from left to right:

  • Zoom in: zooms the project in
  • Zoom out: zooms the project out
  • Zoom frame: adjust the visualization to comprise the whole model
  • Redraw: redraws the model, useful if the graphical window gets 'dirty'
  • Rotate trackball: rotates de model dynamically using the mouse as 'spaceball'
  • Pan dynamic: translates the model dinamycally

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  • Create line
  • Create arc
  • Create NURBS line

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  • Create NURBS surface
  • Create volume
  • Create object

Left-click on Create object, GiD opens another window to choose from rectangle, polygon, circle, sphere, cylinder, cone, prism or torus

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  • Delete: to delete geometric entities

Left-click on Delete, GiD opens another window with the different entities to be deleted: Point, Line, Surface, Volume or All types.

  • List entities: shows information of the selected entities

Left-click on List entities, GiD opens another window with the different entities able to be listed: Points, Lines, Surfaces or Volumes.

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  • Toggle between geometry view and mesh view

Note: The position of the icons depends on how the window is positioned.

On the postprocess toolbar, the first six commands are the same as on the preprocess toolbar, i.e. from Zoom in to Pan.

The remaining icons represent, from left to right:

  • Change Light Vector: allows you to change the light direction (see Render ).
  • Display style: when you click here, a menu appears with each icon corresponding to a display option: Boundaries, Hidden Boundaries, All Lines, Hidden Lines, Body, Body Boundaries, Body Lines, points or BoundaryPoints.
  • Culling: allows you to switch on or switch off the front faces and/or the back faces.

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  • Mesh selection: select the volumes to switch them on or off.
  • Set selection: select the surface sets to switch them on or off.
  • Cut selection: select the cuts to switch them on or off.

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  • Cut meshes/sets: cut the volume or surface meshes.

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  • Set maximum value: set a maximum value for contour fills.
  • Set minimum value: set a minimum value for contour fills.
  • Contour Options: Choose between Logarithmic scale, scale result by multiplier factor ,scale result by adderfactor and Reset limit values.
  • List nodes and elements information: list information (conectiviti, set number, results, etc.) about selected nodes or elements.

Notes:

If windows are used to enter the data, it is generally necessary to accept this data before closing the window. If this is not done, the data will not be changed.

Usually, commands and operations are invoked by using the menus or mouse, but all the information can be typed into the command line.

The Macros bar allows the creation and execution of macros defined by the user or predefined by GiD:

  • Record macro / stop recording macro: stars a new macro and registers each operation in GiD until stop is pressed.
  • Edit macros...: a window will pop-up allowing the user to edit the macro, rename it or change its icon and accelerator keys.

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  • All other icons are configured from Edit macros window

The View results bar allow the user a quick view of the results:

  • No result: cleans all the results visualizations (contour fill, deformation, vectors, etc. except the graphs), leaving the mesh alone.

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  • Default analysis/step: allows the set the default analysis and step. Used to create the menus with the result's names of the results present on the selected step and analysis.

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  • Contour Fill: draws a Contour Fill of the selected result.
  • Contour info: Enable or disable showing the contour fill range under the cursor.
  • Contour Lines: draws the Contour Lines of the selected result.
  • Show min max: shows the maximum and minimum value of the selected result.
  • Show min: Only shows the minimum.
  • Show max: Only shows the maximum.
  • Show both: Shows minimum and maximum.
  • Display vectors: draws a vectors of the selected result. This includes vectors, stresses and local axes.
  • Iso surfaces: draws the isosurfaces of the selected result. The user can select the number of isosurfaces and the exact value for each of them.
  • Stream lines: draws stream lines of the selected nodal vector.
  • Result surface: draws a extruded surface acording to the selected result. If the result selected is a vector, uses the vector as extrude direction. If the result selected is a scalar, uses the normal of the noded (which is an average of the normals of the surrounding elements).
  • Line thickness: draws the thickness of the lines
  • Deformation: deforms the mesh acording to the selected nodal vector.
  • Graphs: pop-ups a menu with the following options.
  • Point evolution: displays a graph of the evolution of the selected result along all the steps, of the default analysis, for the selected nodes.
  • Line graph: also called 'section graph' displays a graph defined by the line conectig two selected nodes of the planar XY surface, or of the volume mesh.
  • Point graph: displays a graph of one result against another of the selected results. The option 'all steps' shows the evolution along all steps inside the default analysis, of this result vs. results graph.
  • Border graph: displays a graph of the results on the selected border, using the x, y, z or line distance as abscissa.
  • Integrated graph: Graph of an integrated result over a mesh.
  • Point Complex evolution: Similar to 'Point Evolution' but for complex results, where both real and imaginary part of the result are displayed as 'x' and 'y' in the graph
  • Clear graphs: delete all the created graphs.