Modeling Optics with Realistic Edge Apertures

OpticStudio 16 offers a comprehensive way to model realistic lens apertures with opto-mechanical semi-diameters. Three separate apertures (semi-diameter, chip zone, and mechanical semi-diameter) offer the ability to define a lens component the same way it is made.

Authored By: Thomas Aumeyr

Published On: April 15, 2016

How to Install a Single User Softkey

This article explains how to activate a new Single User Softkey on your machine. 

Please note that this article refers to the Single User (standalone) softkey. For instructions on how to install a multi-user Network Softkey see section “Installing the Network Softkey” of article

Authored By: Alessandra Croce

Published On: October 6, 2016

Automate Client Computer Configuration for Softkey and Red USB key Network Installations

This article describes how a network administrator can automatically set a group of client computers to reference the correct keyserver IP address.

This article is an off-shoot of the article describing the network installation process, and this article applies to softkey-type network licenses and Red USB network licenses only. If your network server uses a Black USB key, refer to this article to configure a file on client machines

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: April 8, 2016

Activate, Transfer, or Update a Softkey License On A Machine Without Internet Access

This article describes how to activate, update, or transfer a softkey license when working on a computer working offline (isolated machine without internet access).  

*PLEASE NOTE*   If the machine hosting your softkey license does have internet access, you should refer to one of the following articles:

How To Install a Single User Softkey
Update or Transfer a Softkey License (with internet) 
How to Install the Network License Version of OpticStudio


Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: March 28, 2016

What to Do if the Graphics Windows in OpticStudio are Black or Blank

OpticStudio makes use of advanced graphics cards. If your system does not include an advanced card or if it configured incorrectly, graphics windows in OpticStudio might display a black or empty white field. We've listed fixes and workarounds for the problem below.


Authored By: Erin Elliott

Published On: March 11, 2016

Setting OpticStudio to use an advanced graphics card

OpticStudio can make use of advanced graphics cards.  Many modern computers have two graphics cards: an Intel version that’s part of the motherboard, and an add-on card that’s often an AMD or NVIDIA brand. OpticStudio may not default to the most advanced graphics card available due to the Switchable Graphics settings.  In the article below, we’ll show you how to find, update, and configure your card so that OpticStudio can make use of it.

Updated 1/4/17 by Don Dickinson

Authored By: Erin Elliott

Impact of drawing resolution on ray tracing

Most of the time, the default drawing resolution of native objects in a non-sequential system is enough for providing a good “first guess” as to the location of the ray-object intercept points to be used during ray-tracing. However there might be cases where the drawing resolution needs to be increased by the user in order to get consistent results from a ray trace

Authored By: Alessandra Croce

Published On: December 22, 2015

How to build and optimize a singlet using ZOS-API with Python

In this article, we will show how to create a Singlet Lens, add targets with the Optimization Wizard and optimize using the new ZOS-API with Python. 

Authored By: Thomas Aumeyr

Published On: December 16, 2015

Individually boundary contraints

This article shows the benefits of the new Individual Boundary constraints feature:
-Demonstration of the increase of the optimization speed and improvement of the optimization results.
-How the new feature handled adding and/or deleting surfaces and negative thicknesses
-Differences in the Merit Function value

Authored By: Marine Dugas

Published On: December 16, 2015

How to add a Zemax Search Engine to Chrome

Search this Knowledge Base directly from the Omnibar in Google Chrome!

This article walks through configuring Google Chrome to:

  1. Search this Knowledge Base from the Omnibar in Chrome
  2. Search from the Omnibar in Chrome

Authored By: Jeff Leiseth

Published On: November 5, 2015

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