The Ultimate Guide to Writing Import and Export PluginsFully integrate Pointwise into your workflow by customizing it with your file formats.

One of the most frequent requests that Pointwise receives is to add native import and export capability for a grid file format. Unfortunately, there are not enough hours in the workday for us to fulfill all of these requests. For that reason, we provide a plugin capability so you can easily write your own importer or exporter without waiting for us. So what exactly is a plugin? It is an independently produced, binary compatible library that can be loaded and used selectively by an application to extend its functionality. For Pointwise, plugins give you the ability to add support for importing or exporting grid data from almost any file format. This functionality integrates seamlessly into both the Pointwise graphical user interface and the Pointwise Glyph scripting language. Deploying a Pointwise plugin is as simple as dropping the finished plugin library file into the plugins directory of your Pointwise installation.

Discover how to:

  • Write a plugin to export mesh, boundary condition, volume condition, and other data from Pointwise to your flow solver’s format.
  • Write a plugin to read any unstructured mesh into Pointwise.
  • Write a plugin to read any structured grid into Pointwise.
David Garlisch, Pointwise, Inc.

David Garlisch

Pointwise, Inc.

David Garlisch brings 23 years of software development experience to our product development team. Prior to joining Pointwise, he spent 10 years with CADSoft Solutions and Punch! Software, where he co-developed Concepts 3D, a cross-platform, ACIS-based, hybrid solid and surface modeling CAD system. He earned a B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1984.