Software Comparison


Comparison

The following table compares the features of spMats 8.1x and its predecessors spMats and pcaMats.

FEATURE pcaMats v6.10 pcaMats v6.5x spMats v7.0x spMats v7.5x spMats v8.1x
General
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 or above Microsoft Windows 98 or above Microsoft Windows XP and Vista Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
64-Bit Solver Support No No No No Yes
Evaluation Version Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Documentation Help file (.HLP)
Manual file (.PDF)
Help file (.HLP)
Manual file (.PDF)
Help file (.HLP)
Manual file (.PDF) accessible directly from the program
Help file (.CHM)
Manual file (.PDF) accessible directly from the program
Context sensitive manual file (.PDF) accessible directly from the program
Printed Documentation On demand On demand On demand On demand On demand
Data File Format pcaMats (.MA6) format
Input/Output (large size)
pcaMats (.MA6) format
Input/Output (large size)
pcaMats (.MA6) format
Input/Output (large size)
spMats (.MA7) format,
Input/Output (large size)
spMats (.MA8) format,
Input only (small size)
Data Import PCA-Mats (.MAT) file PCA-Mats (.MAT) file PCA-Mats (.MAT) file pcaMats (.MA6), and
PCA-Mats (.MAT) file
spMats (.MA7), pcaMats (.MA6), and
PCA-Mats (.MAT) file
Export to DXF No No Yes Yes Yes
Data Import from Text Files No No No Yes Yes
Keyboard Shortcuts No Yes Yes Yes Yes
On-line Checking for Program Updates No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digital Signature for Improved Security No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Modeling and Calculation
Capacity 10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
65,025 nodes
64,516 elements
Basic Load Cases 6 (A through F) 6 (A through F) 6 (A through F) 6 (A through F) 26 (A through Z)
Spreadsheet (grid) control for load and load combination input No No No No Yes
Calculated Reactions Springs and Piles Springs and Piles Springs and Piles Springs and Piles Restraints, Soil, Spring, Piles, and Slaved Nodes
Equilibrium Check w.r.t. Center of Gravity No No No No Yes
Solver Message Display After solution After solution After solution After solution During and after solution
Code/Standard ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-05
CSA A23.3-04
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-08
ACI 318-05
CSA A23.3-04
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-11
ACI 318-08
ACI 318-05
CSA A23.3-04
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-14
CSA A23.3-14
ACI 318-11
ACI 318-08
ACI 318-05
CSA A23.3-04
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
Metric Units Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
US Customary Units Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Default Definitions and Assignments No No No Yes Yes
Columns Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Piles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pile Embedment No No No Yes Yes
Punching Shear Check Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visualization and Reporting
Geometry View - 3D Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry View - 2D Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry View - Columns and Piles in 3D View No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry View - Columns and Piles in 2D Symbolic only in their respective views Symbolic and to scale including load assignment and contour map views Symbolic and to scale including load assignment and contour map views Symbolic and to scale including load assignment and contour map views Symbolic and to scale including load assignment and contour map views
Display Settings via Pop-up Menu No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Annotation for Subsets of Nodes Assigned with Loads, Piles, and Restraints No No Yes Yes Yes
Geometry View - Thickness Boundary Lines No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zoom In / Zoom Out Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry Panning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry Rotating Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Print Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Print Highlighted Selection No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Copy To Clipboard No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Save to file Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Print Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Printout Annotations No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Print Preview Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Copy to Clipboard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes