[v21.2.0] TracePro – Design and analyze illumination and optical systems

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TracePro is the world’s leading optical simulation software, mainly used for lighting system analysis, traditional optical analysis, radiation analysis and photometric analysis. It’s based on the ACIS Solid Modeling Kernel, supports Monte Carlo path tracing method, CAD import/export and other functions, can solve almost all ray tracing problems.

As a powerful and professional optical design and analysis software, TracePro provides users with a great platform for optical design & research. At the same time, it is the first set of optical simulation software combining real physical models, powerful optical analysis functions, data conversion capability and easy to use interface. With its so comprehensive functionality, users of many fields can use it to achieve their own purposes.

TracePro can simultaneously or individually consider the behavior of optical materials such as reflection, refraction, absorption, BSDF, Bulk Scatter, Gradient Index, thin film, Fluorescence and polarization. Combined with Monte Carlo statistical sampling calculation method, its ray tracing results are very reliable and can accurately predict the optical behaviors. It is also more efficient than other software in its class.

TracePro can easily analyze ray of light effectively and accurately, and for this it provides amazing features. For example: complex geometric image processing ability, can simultaneously define and track up to millions of rays, use its powerful visualization function to graphical display and provide 3D solid models database, can be seamlessly integrated with some popular CAD software, and support to import and export a variety of CAD data format files.

TrancePro’s main work area is very broad, including many aspects of lighting, such as lighting research and design, non-imaging lens design, light tube design, and many optical research aspects. It can be seen from the display industry application, whether it is backlight system, or front light, light tube, optical fiber, display panel and LCD projection system, TrancePro can perfectly simulate the most realistic effects.

// Key Features //

Solid Modeling
Using TracePro’s user-friendly, 3D CAD interface you can create TracePro models by importing lens design or CAD files, or by directly creating solid geometry. TracePro uses a true solid modeling engine to ensure consistent and robust models.
Performance & Accuracy
TracePro’s ray tracing engine is fast and accurate. Exact ray tracing to all surfaces even imported splines ‒ no missed intersections or “leaky” rays.

Analysis Mode ray tracing, unique to TracePro, is a very powerful capability that creates an interactive environment. With Analysis Mode you can analyze every surface and object both visually and quantitatively.

Predefined Optical Properties
Thousands of pre-existing properties have been developed and can be applied to a TracePro model.

Properties include: materials (optical glass, plastic, infrared materials), surface properties, bulk scatter and fluorescence.

Intuitive User Interface
TracePro sets itself apart from other software solutions with its friendly and quickly learned CAD-like interface.

TracePro’s famously easy-to-use GUI means a short learning curve and no re-training.

Choice of Ray Tracing Modes
Analysis Mode is used for tracing a moderate number of rays (hundreds to thousands) with complete freedom to analyze results on any surface interactively.

Simulation Mode is used for tracing many rays (millions, billions, or trillions) for an accurate simulation of your system.

Source, Material, Fluorescence, and Surface Property Database
Properties can be defined with customized parameters or applied from TracePro’s catalog of commonly used, commercially-available sources, materials and coatings. You can also add your own properties to the database to streamline the modeling process.
Versatile Programmability
TracePro’s powerful macro language enables you to automate many analysis and design tasks. The Macro Recorder is a great tool for learning the Scheme programming language, and for jump-starting your programming task. Most functions that are available in the TracePro user interface are also available as macro commands.

You also have access to the underlying solid modeling engine for low-level access to geometry creation, editing, and analysis. Scheme is a full-featured programming language, offering looping, branching, file I/O, and more.

TracePro offers luminaire and illumination designers the most accurate and comprehensive design environment available.

Luminaire design requires strict adherence to system performance criteria, including spatial and angular light distributions, uniformity, luminance, and spectral characteristics, along with esthetic factors, such as lit and unlit appearance.

Interactive Optimizer
Our intuitive and easy-to-learn interface empowers our users to rapidly and efficiently achieve their design goals. Our 3D optimizer enables you to sketch a starting design with interactive ray-trace, then optimize using a wide range of operands. The Photorealistic Rendering feature completes the virtual prototyping process, enabling TracePro users to shorten the design-build-test cycle. Usually only a final prototype is required.
The RepTile (Repetitive Tile) feature enables procedural modeling of repeated microstructures that are used for diffusers on display backlights. These diffusers are too complex for explicit modeling in CAD software, but can be ray-traced efficiently in TracePro Expert, and optimized using the Texture Optimizer.
Photorealistic Rendering
Accurately simulate the lit appearance of your product, and reduce costly trial-and-error prototyping.

Whether you are designing an instrument panel, light pipes for switches or indicators, or automotive lighting, TracePro can accurately model the appearance of your design.

Imaging Optics
TracePro is used to analyze non-imaging aspects of imaging systems, such as stray light, polarization effects, thermal loading, bulk scatter, and fluorescence.
Solar Emulator
TracePro’s Solar Emulator and optimization features ensure solar collectors perform at peak efficiency. Analyze your design for a specified period of sun travel with multiaxial tracking and irradiance for both direct and indirect sun contribution.
Non-imaging Optics
Light guide and display designers can be confident that TracePro will accurately predict the performance and aesthetics of finished products with fewer costly prototypes. TracePro offers equipment and industrial designers the confidence that the simulation will accurately predict performance without costly prototype iterations for a wide variety of technologies.
Stray Light Analysis
TracePro was originally developed for NASA for stray light analysis of space telescopes and remote sensing systems, and it continues to be a strength of the software. With advanced path sorting, ray visualization, and optimization, TracePro takes the drudgery out of stray light analysis and design.

// Main Applications //

Light Pipe Design
Light pipes or light guides are commonly used in consumer electronics, avionics, instrument panels, switches, indicators, and display devices. Light pipes are clear, polished plastic devices molded as a single piece, and are used to guide light to where it is needed.
Automotive designers use TracePro to integrate LEDs, HID lamps, and incandescent lighting into cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles. LED-based headlamps are now used on many vehicles. These high-power LED systems must be analyzed to verify performance.
Medical & Life Sciences
TracePro offers life sciences and medical device designers a powerful, complete simulation tool ideally suited to their needs. TracePro facilitates the design and development process by communicating across disciplines including optics, mechanics, materials, …
TracePro offers lighting designers the most accurate and comprehensive design environment available. Lighting system design requires strict adherence to performance criteria, including spatial and angular light distribution, uniformity, intensity, and spectral …
Display Design
TracePro is used by the world’s top display manufacturers for display design. Modern display backlights must meet specifications for spatial and angular uniformity, brightness, and spectral characteristics. Quickly achieving these criteria with a …
Stray Light
Due to its generality, TracePro has been used to simulate optical systems operating at wavelengths ranging from the extreme ultraviolet, through the visible and infrared, to millimeter wavelengths. The intuitive user interface and accurate CAD file import …
Aerospace & Defense
TracePro and OSLO are robust tools for designing and analyzing optical systems for aerospace and defense applications. Both programs have been used to design and analyze many notable NASA optical systems, including: James Webb Space Telescope …
Consumer Electronics
TracePro is a powerful software tool for modeling imaging and non-imaging optical devices. Models are created by importing from a CAD program or directly creating the solid geometry. Light rays propagate through the model with portions of the flux of each …
Solar Power
TracePro’s Solar Emulator and optimization capabilities have helped manufacturers achieve even greater absorption and collection rates. Optimize your design to boost efficiency using collector optics, textured panels, new material layouts and …

// Official Demo Videos //

// System Requirements //

  • Notepad++
  • SlimDX Runtime .NET 2.0/4.0
  • CodeMeter

// Edition Statement //

AppNee provides the TracePro Bridge/Expert Edition multilingual full installers and unlocked files for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit.

// Installation Notes //

for v7.3.4+:

  1. Download and install TracePro
  2. Copy the unlocked file to installation folder and overwrite
  3. Done

// Related Links //

// Download URLs //

License Version Download Size
Bridge Edition v7.3.4 reserved n/a
Expert Edition 32-bit | 64-bit 334 MB | 387 MB
Expert Edition v21.2.0 64-bit 457 MB

*** v21.2.0 did not work on my Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.


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