If you happened to touch a real punch card in your university time, you probably would be surprised to find out most CAE software companies are touting “ease of use” for their software.
CAE software is still not a mass product for the time being. The required knowledge and input from the user make it almost impossible to just use fingers. You still need a mouse, for the time being. It is probably impractical to expect dramatic changes in the requirements of the users.
Unarguably, simulation has penetrated into more and more industries. A lot of companies have used it in the very early design stage to shorten the development cycle and to reduce the prototyping costs. Most of them achieved their goals, at least partially. This, therefore, gradually changes the profiles of CAE users.
More and more designers join the of CAE Jihad. Their No.1 demand is ease of use.
In the old days, CAE users were looking for functions, capabilities, accuracy and flexibility. They are willing to learn some strange languages only can be used for specific software, and enjoying to play with the ASCII input files without using any GUIs or UIs.
Ten years ago, if you … Read the rest “Ease of use, why is it important for CAE software?”