Edition Comparison

Use the tables below to compare the editions of ASAP®: ASAP and ASAP PRO. Click the title of any feature to access a short movie demonstration of that feature.

Getting Started

ASAP PRO
ASAP
BRO Knowledge Base - A Guided Tour

Finding technical documentation, journal articles, and peer-reviewed white papers in the BRO Knowledge Base.

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ASAP Primer - A Comprehensive Self-Study Guide

Downloading and using the ASAP Primer -- a comprehensive self-study guide. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Example Files

Using any of 600+ example files to begin your ASAP simulation. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Reference Manual

Using the ASAP Reference Manual. Watch an overview.

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HTML Help System in ASAP

Using the ASAP HTML help system to access help topics and example scripts. Watch an overview.

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Light Source Library Additions in ASAP

A demonstration of source models available in ASAP, including over 40 new Luxeon, OSRAM, Philips, and Bridgelux sources.

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Scatter Model Library Additions in ASAP

A demonstration of scatter and roughness models available in ASAP, including Alanod MIRO, MoldTech, Tenibac, and other materials.

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Run ASAP on 64-bit Windows Vista/7 Business and...

Watch a demonstration showing the hardware and operating system specifications on the computer used to create ASAP demo movies.

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Use Sources by Bridgelux, Cree, Lumileds, Nichia...

Watch a demonstration showing filament and LED sources added to the BRO Light Source Library in ASAP.

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Interface

ASAP PRO
ASAP
ASAP Builder Interface

Building and analyzing systems with the ASAP Builder interface. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Script Language

Building and analyzing systems with the ASAP Script language. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Command Tips

Calling "Command Tips" from the ASAP Script and Builder interfaces. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Quick Start Menu

Using the ASAP Quick Start menu to access sources, lenses, glasses, scatter models, and coatings. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Light Source Library Wizard

Placing sources in your system with the BRO Light Source Library Wizard. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Glass Catalogs

Inserting glass properties from predefined catalogs into ASAP Builder and Script files. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Workspace Customization

Creating your own custom workspace in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Alternate Scripting Languages in ASAP

Integrating scripts in Python, VBscript, Jscript, and other languages with the ASAP Script language. Watch an overview.

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3D Viewer Enhancements in ASAP

ASAP is now able to more efficiently prepare system geometry for visualization in the 3D Viewer. Watch an overview.

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BRO Digitizer in ASAP

In ASAP 2009, users may extract numerical data from various curve types with context-sensitive output for ASAP commands. Watch an overview.

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MEDIA Command Enhancements in ASAP

The MEDIA command in the ASAP Script Editor now accepts direct input of Sellmeier, Herzberger, Conrady, and Schott coefficients. Watch an...

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Enhanced BRO Digitizer in ASAP

A demonstration of the enhanced BRO Digitizer in ASAP, which will now automatically find the data curve(s) on a graph.

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Customize Chart Options and Create Chart...

Use new functionality in ASAP 2013 to make working with chart options and multiple charts even easier. Watch an overview.

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Modeling

ASAP PRO
ASAP
ASAP BSDF Fit Utility

Using the ASAP BSDF fit utility. Watch an overview.

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ASAP Harvey Model Fit Utility

Using the ASAP Harvey Model fit utility. Watch an overview.

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Optical and Mechanical Components in ASAP

Modeling optical and mechanical system components in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Imaging and Non-imaging Systems in ASAP

Modeling imaging systems, non-imaging systems, and light-concentrating devices in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Visible, Ultraviolet, and Infrared Radiation in...

Modeling visible, ultraviolet, and infrared radiation in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Radiometry in ASAP

Modeling radiometry of complex systems in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Lightpipes in ASAP

Modeling lightpipes and light-delivery structures in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Lit Appearance in ASAP

Modeling lit appearance of optical systems in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Coherent Systems in ASAP

Modeling coherent systems in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Gaussian Beam Decomposition in ASAP

Modeling wavefront propagation in ASAP with Gaussian-beam decomposition. Watch an overview.

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Optically-active Media in ASAP

Modeling optically-active media in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Uniaxial Birefringence in ASAP

Modeling uniaxial birefringence in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Extended Source Calculations in ASAP

Calculating and visualizing extended-source illumination patterns in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Fibers and Fiber Coupling in ASAP

Modeling propagation in optical fibers and fiber coupling in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Inhomogeneous Volumes in ASAP

Modeling propagation in inhomogeneous volumes in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Beam Propagation Method (BPM) in ASAP

Modeling propagation in microstructures with the ASAP finite-difference (FD) beam-propagation method (BPM). Watch an overview.

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Voxels Method for Fluorescence Modeling in ASAP

Modeling fluorescence with the ASAP voxels method. Watch an overview.

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Randomized Arrays in ASAP

Modeling randomized arrays in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Surface and Volume Scatter in ASAP

Modeling surface (BSDF) and volume scatter (pre-defined or custom) in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Diffuser Sheet Models in ASAP

Modeling diffuser-sheet scatter phenomena in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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CIE/Chromaticity Analyses in ASAP

Performing numerical and graphical CIE/chromaticity analyses in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Sapphire Dome in ASAP

Modeling polarization phenomena seen in a sapphire dome in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Light Interactions with Tissue Using the ASAP RSM

Modeling light interactions in tissue using the ASAP Realistic Skin Model, RSM, which is part of the optional BIO Toolkit. Watch an...

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Light Interactions with Blood Vessels using the...

Modeling light interactions with blood vessels using the ASAP Realistic Skin Model, RSM, which is part of the optional BIO Toolkit. Watch...

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Fluorescence in Tissue Using the ASAP RSM

Modeling fluorescence in tissue using the ASAP Realistic Skin Model, RSM, which is part of the optional BIO Toolkit. Watch an overview.

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Tissue Generator in ASAP

Using the tissue generator included in the optional ASAP BIO Toolkit. Watch an overview.

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Bio Geometry Simulation Examples in ASAP

Modeling bio geometry from medical imaging data and CAD files imported into ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Roughness and Scatter Model Enhancements in ASAP

The ASAP Quick Start Toolbar now includes a larger set of roughness and scatter models that are grouped by manufacturers. Watch an overview.

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Solar Dish Concentrator Designed in ASAP

An example of a solar dish concentrator designed in ASAP and SolidWorks.

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Solar Trough Reflector Designed in ASAP

An example of a solar trough reflector designed in ASAP from an imported point cloud.

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Realistic Polarizer Model (RPM) in ASAP

Modeling polarization devices with the Realistic Polarizer Model (RPM) in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Realistic Retarder Model (RRM) in ASAP

Modeling polarization devices with the Realistic Retarder Model (RRM) in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Cascaded Polarization Element (CPE) in ASAP

Modeling polarization devices with the Cascaded Polarization Element (CPE) in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Polarized Sources and Source Randomization in ASAP

Modeling polarized sources using the reference ray approach in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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General Uniaxial Medium (GUM) in ASAP

The General Uniaxial Medium (GUM) allows us to model a uniaxial sheet of material. Watch an overview.

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Liquid Crystal Cell (LCC) in ASAP

The Liquid Crystal Cell (LCC) command allows extremely flexible descriptions of liquid crystal cell designs. Watch an overview.

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Stokes Vector Mode for Polarization in ASAP

The polarization effect of a simple glass interface on incident unpolarized light is analyzed using the Stokes polarization mode.

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Using Stokes Vector Mode for BLU Display...

A small section of a backlight is explored to see the effect of polarization recycling on its performance.

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Mueller Matrix Element in ASAP

A simple system is used to illustrate how polarized sources and scattering objects may be used in a system.

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Modeling a BLU Display with Polarization...

The effect of polarization recycling in a section of a backlight unit can be examined in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Biaxial Birefrigence in ASAP

A demonstration of the BIC command in ASAP for modeling materials with biaxial birefringent properties, such as thin-film coatings.

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Surface-Based Arrays in ASAP

An array of surface-based prisms in ASAP is modeled, parameterized, and rays are traced through the arrayed geometry.

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Create Multiple Raysets from Individual Source...

APEX allows users to create new raysets from sources already placed in a system.

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Define Nonlinear System Object Arrays Using the...

Watch a demonstration of the enhanced ARRAY command which now allows users to create nonlinear arrays from system objects.

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Create ABg (Linear-Shift Invariant) and K-...

Watch a demonstration of the new ABg (linear-shift invariant) and K-Correlation scatter models in ASAP.

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Perform Scatter TOWARDS Calculations Below the...

Use the enhanced Scatter TOWARDS to determine the amount of energy that scatters toward a region of interest. Watch an overview.

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Access New CIE CHROMATICITY Functionality with...

Use the new CIE feature in ASAP 2013 to calculate tristimulus (X,Y,Z) and chromaticity (x,y) values. Watch an overview.

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Create Polychromatic Sources with SOURCE...

Use the new feature in ASAP 2013 for defining polychromatic sources at multiple wavelengths. Watch an overview.

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Use the New MICROSTRUCTURE Command to Simulate...

Use the new MICROSTRUCTURE command to model backlight displays, lightguides, and other systems. Watch an overview.

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Analysis

ASAP PRO
ASAP
Rendering Geometry, Sources, and Traces in ASAP

Rendering system geometry, raytraces, and light sources in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Double Precision Ray Tracing in ASAP

Using double-precision ray tracing for analysis of individual ray histories in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Tolerancing Optical Systems in ASAP

Tolerancing optical systems in the ASAP Builder interface. Watch an overview.

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Import IES Distributions and Visualize Analysis...

Import and export energy distributions in the IES file format and visualize ASAP results. Watch an overview.

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Conformal Radiometry in ASAP

Visualize distributions of light and perform radiometric calculations on any number of planar or non-planar system objects. Watch an...

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Optimization with Penalty Functions in ASAP

User-defined penalty functions are included in ASAP to help guide optimization routines toward ideal solutions. Watch an overview.

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Poincare Sphere Visualization Tool in ASAP

Visualizing, examining, and exporting polarization information in raysets using the Poincare Sphere Visualization Tool in ASAP. Watch an...

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Optimization Save States in ASAP

Define, save, and recall optimization variables in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Viewing Off-Axis Distributions in ASAP with the...

A retro-reflective system consisting of a transmissive surface and two mirrors, one of them off-axis, is modeled in ASAP.

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Visualizing History File Data in ASAP

A demonstration of data visualizations possible using saved history files in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Interoperability

ASAP PRO
ASAP
ASAP SmartIGES Translator

Using the SmartIGES™ translator to assign optical properties and object names in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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ASAP / Rhinoceros Interoperability

Using the Rhinoceros® NURBS 3D Surface Modeler with ASAP. Watch an overview.

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ASAP / SolidWorks Interoperability

Using the industry-standard SolidWorks® 3D CAD software (license optional) with ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Import and Export IGES Files in ASAP

Importing and exporting IGES files in ASAP using the SmartIGES translation utility. Watch an overview.

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ASAP / CATIA Interoperability

Opening native CAA V5 CATIA® files in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Lens Import Capability in ASAP

Importing lens systems from CODE V®, OSLO®, SYNOPSYS™, and ZEMAX®. Watch an overview.

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Measured Source Data in ASAP

Importing measured source data such as Radiant Sources™. Watch an overview.

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ASAP / FDTD Solutions Interoperability -...

Modeling microlenses near the CCD of a digital camera by exchanging complex vector fields between ASAP and FDTD Solutions™. Watch an...

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ASAP / FDTD Solutions Interoperability -...

Creating a scatter model for microscale display geometry using ASAP and FDTD Solutions™. Watch an overview.

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GTX Layering and Naming in SolidWorks and ASAP

Assigning object and layer names in SolidWorks® 3D CAD software (license optional) prior to analysis in ASAP. Watch an overview.

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IGES Import and Managing Duplicate Geometry in...

ASAP will now automatically detect and interactively manage duplicate geometry during the IGES import process. Watch an overview.

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Geometry Conditioner in ASAP

ASAP now allows the geometric prescription from IGES, CATPart, or GTX files to be modeled as exact Bézier patches. Watch an overview.

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CATIA V5 Interoperability in ASAP

The optional CATIA Module allows ASAP users to open native CATIA files from within ASAP. Watch an overview.

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Geometry Shrinking in ASAP

A new Shrink Geometry option allows users to remove unnecessary surface trimming information contained in imported CAD geometry files....

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Ray Export in ASAP

A new Ray Export feature, allows users to export rays in an IGES file format using the same tools for exporting optical system geometry...

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Photometric Data Transfer in ASAP

A demonstration of the features and workflow for importing and exporting files in the EULUMDAT and IES LM-63-02 Photometric Data formats in...

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Open Native CATIA Files from the CATIA V5 r13-r21...

Watch a demonstration of the optional CATIA Module used to open native CATIA files from within ASAP.

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Use the Enhanced ZEMAX-to-ASAP Translator to...

Watch a demonstration of the latest ZEMAX-to-ASAP Translator for creating INR files in ASAP.

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Optional CATIA Module Add-On for ASAP

Use the optional CATIA(r) Module to open native CATIA V5 files from within ASAP. Watch an overview.

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