Pointwise can be launched from a command line using the command "pointwise" (or "Pointwise" on macOSX). Its command line options include:

  • pointwise ?-usage?
  • ?-version?
  • ?-language spec?
  • ?-tbbinit num?
  • ?-dirmode current | saved?
  • ?startup_script | file?

The command line options are discussed in further detail as follows:

  • -usage: Displays this usage information in a dialog box. The application exits when the dialog is closed. The default is NONE.
  • -version: Displays the executable's version string to stdout and exits.
  • -language spec: Specifies the Pointwise runtime language. At this time, the only valid values for spec are: en-us for US English.
  • -tbbinit num: Controls the maximum number of calculation threads that Pointwise can spawn. By default, this number is set to 0 to allow an unlimited number of calculation threads.
  • -dirmode current | saved: Determines where the file dialogs will start. current will force the dialogs to start in the current working directory despite the preference setting. saved will force the dialogs to start in the saved directory. Note that this parameter does not change the preference setting in the GUI. Refer to the description of the Miscellaneous frame in the Preferences section for information on how to set this up via the GUI.
  • startup_script | file: Specifies the glyph script (*.glf) to execute or the Pointwise project file (*.pw) to load after Pointwise starts. If defined, the file name must follow all switches and be the last command line argument. The default is NONE.