Changing a Contour Legend Variable Name

Question: How do I change the name of a variable in the contour legend box? See Figure 1. Solution: Renaming a contour variable requires altering the variable name in the Data Set Information dialog box: 1) In Tecplot 360, go to Data>Data Set Info… (see Figure 2). 2) Double-click the name of the variable displayed in the contour legend and replace it with the desired name. Voilà, the contour legend […]

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Fix Contour Labels Location

Problem: When exporting a picture, the location of the contour labels changes: Solution: By default the image is rendered off-screen and implies a re-draw of the plot. There are two possible solutions:   1) Prevent the re-positioning of the labels when a redraw occurs: In the Contour Details dialog, in the Labels tab, toggle Generate automatic labels (with each withdraw) off.   2) Prevent the redrawing by using the on-screen […]

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Min-Max Values of Transient Data

Problem: The min-max values shown in the Data Set Information dialog do not show values across all time. Solution: If you have transient data, the min-max for a variable is only for the “active zones” which unfortunately means only the current time step because the other time steps are not currently active. To see the min-max for the entire data set, run the PlotMinMaxContourOverTime.mcr macro from the Tecplot handyscripts GitHub […]

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Assigning different colors to zones

Problem: Tecplot 360 2006 Tecplot Focus 2006 and earlier versions of Tecplot products assigned different colors to zones whereas Tecplot 360 2008 Tecplot Focus 2008 and later products assign black to all zones by default. Is there a way to change this default to make the Tecplot 360 and Tecplot Focus 2008 versions behave like the 2006 and earlier versions? Solution: Yes. Please check your tecplot.cfg file in your Tecplot […]

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Polar Contour plot

Problem: Is there any way to show my polar data as a polar contour plot in Tecplot 10? Solution: Since Tecplot doesn’t have the built-in ability to have Polar contour plots each case may require its own special adjustments. But here are the general guidelines. Load the polar data into Tecplot in Polar line mode. The Tecplot default for Polar plots is to assign the first variable to Theta axis […]

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Multiple contour legends

Problem: I am using multiple contour variables C1 C2 C3 and C4 in my plot but I can only see the legend for C1. Solution: You must have the Contour Details dialog set to the desired contour variable (C1 C2 C3 C4) when you toggle on the Legend. And that contour variable must be in active use in the plot. If a variable is assigned to a Zone Layer like […]

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