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Pointwise supports the most popular desktop workstations in use today by CAE engineers. The application supports each platform's native look-and-feel and provides 3D graphics through the OpenGL industry standard. Pointwise's native project file is portable across all supported platforms.

  Hardware 64-bit Details
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
Intel
AMD
Yes Details...
Linux
Linux
Intel
AMD
Yes Details...
Mac OS X
Mac OS X
Intel Yes Details...

Requirements for All Platforms

Pointwise supports the Space Navigator and other 3D mice from 3Dconnexion

Support for 3D Mice - Two-Handed Power

Pointwise supports the 3D mouse from 3Dconnexion as an optional image manipulation device. One hand pulls, pushes and twists the 3D mouse to manipulate the 3D model while the other hand navigates the GUI with a traditional mouse, increasing productivity by more than 20% and decreasing traditional mouse clicks by up to 50%. (See 3Dconnexion's web site for the details.)

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB disk space
  • Ethernet card
  • OpenGL capable color display monitor
  • 1280x1024 screen resolution (4K monitor support now included)
  • Graphics adapter supporting 3D hardware-accelerated OpenGL and 24-bit RGB double-buffering
  • Up-to-date graphics accelerator drivers

Pointwise V18 and later will not be supported on 32-bit platforms.

Microsoft Windows

Operating System 64-bit  
Windows 7 Yes
Windows 8.1 Yes
Windows 10 Yes

*There is a known incompatibility on Microsoft Windows between Dell Backup & Recovery software and Pointwise V18. If you experience problems opening or saving a file from Pointwise, Dell Backup & Recovery software should be disabled or uninstalled.

Linux

Operating System Version 64-bit
CentOS 6 Yes
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Yes
SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop 12 SP1 Yes
Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 Yes

Linux Library Dependencies

Listed below are the specific versions of library packages that we have on our test machines where we know Pointwise works. Other dependences (e.g. libGL) are not explicitly listed below as they should be part of any standard install that includes the packages listed below.

CentOS 6.4 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop 12 SP1 Ubuntu 14.04
expat-2.0.1-11.el6_2
fontconfig-2.8.0-3.el6
freetype-2.3.11-14.el6_3.1
libgcc-4.4.7-4.el6
libstdc++-4.4.7-3.el6
libX11-1.5.0-4.el6
libXau-1.0.6-4.el6
libxcb-1.8.1-1.el6
libXext-1.3.1-2.el6
libXft-2.3.1-2.el6
libXrender-0.9.7-2.el6
zlib-1.2.3-29.el6
expat-2.0.1-11.el6_2
fontconfig-2.8.0-5.el6
freetype-2.3.11-15.el6_6.1
libgcc-4.4.7-16.el6
libstdc++-4.4.7-16.el6
libX11-1.6.0-6.el6
libXau-1.0.6-4.el6
libxcb-1.9.1-3.el6
libXext-1.3.2-2.1.el6
libXft-2.3.1-2.el6
libXrender-0.9.8-2.1.el6
zlib-1.2.3-29.el6
fontconfig               2.11.0-4.19
libbz2-1                  1.0.6-29.2
libexpat1                2.1.0-17.1
libffi4                      5.3.1+r233831-9.1
libfreetype6            2.5.5-7.5.1
libgcc_s1                5.3.1+r233831-9.1
libglib-2_0-0           2.38.2-5.12
libGLU1                   9.0.0-15.1
libgobject-2_0-0     2.38.2-5.12
libgthread-2_0-0    2.38.2-5.12
libpcre1                   8.33-3.314
libpng16-16             1.6.8-11.1
libstdc++6              5.3.1+r233831-9.1
libX11-6                  1.6.2-4.12
libXau6                    1.0.8-4.58
libxcb1                    1.10-3.1
libXext6                  1.3.2-3.61
libXft2                     2.3.1-9.32
libXrender1             0.9.8-3.56
libz1                        1.2.8-5.1
libexpat1                    2.1.0-4ubuntu1.1
libffi6                          3.1~rc1+r3.0.13-12
libfontconfig1             2.11.0-0ubuntu4.1
libfreetype6                2.5.2-1ubuntu2.5
libgcc1                        1:4.9.1-0ubuntu1
libpcre3                      1:8.31-2ubuntu2
libpng12-0                  1.2.50-1ubuntu2.14.04.1
libstdc++6                 4.8.4-2ubuntu1~14.04.1
libx11-6                      2:1.6.2-1ubuntu2
libxau6                       1:1.0.8-1
libxcb1                        1.10-2ubuntu1
libxdmcp6                   1:1.1.1-1
libxext6                      2:1.3.2-1
libxft2                         2.3.1-2
libxrender1                 1:0.9.8-1
zlib1g                          1:1.2.8.dfsg-1ubuntu1

Mac OS X

Operating System Version 64-bit
Mountain Lion 10.8 Yes
Mavericks 10.9 Yes
Yosemite 10.10 Yes
El Capitan 10.11 Yes

* Pointwise V18.0R1 and later will not run on Mac OS X 10.7 or earlier.

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