What's New in FactSage 5.5?

(Revised January 2007)

FactSage 5.5 Update:

FactSage 5.5 was released in January 2007. The update permits you to upgrade FactSage 5.0 (or update/refresh any more recent version 5.1, 5.2, ... etc.) to FactSage 5.5. If you wish to install FactSage 5.5 on a new PC then you must first install the original FactSage 5.0 package (April 2001).

In January 2006 we listed the important database and programming changes in 5.4.1 with respect to 5.4 - these are also included in this document. What follows is the current list of all the important database and programming changes in FactSage 5.5 (January 2007) with respect to FactSage 5.4 (August 2005).

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  • Equilib and Phase Diagram - modifications include:

  • Macro Processing - extensive modifications have been carried out to the Macro Processing language that is called through the Equilib & Phase Diagram modules (in the Equilib Reactants Window click on 'File > Macro Processing > Macro Processing - Manual').
    A new type of variable called a 'macro $function()' has been introduced. Macro $functions have arguments contained within the parentheses, (). The arguments are separated by spaces or commas and may be a %variable, a thermochemical $variable$, but not another $function. A line in the macro file may have several $functions. The new functions include: New SET variables have been added, including: Other variables and commands have been added, including: The Macro Processing Manual has been updated to include the new variables. New *.mac files have been added to the Macro directory of examples:
    - an example of the new $functions is given in 'EquiEx_List_Functions.mac'.
    - an example of most thermochemical variables is given in 'EquiEx_List_Thermo.mac'.
    - an example of SET SELECT is given in 'EquiEx_Set_Variables.mac'.

  • Batch File Processing of Macro Commands - it is now possible to perform Equilib (or Phase Diagram) Macro processing without first calling FactSage. This is done by running a *.bat file that contains a call to process the macro file within the Equilib (or Phase Diagram) module. Sample .bat files, Run_Equilib.bat and Run_PhaseDiagram.bat, are located in the FactSage directory.

  • METSIM - FactSage interface - using macro processing, it is now possible for a METSIM simulation (.swf file - METSIM version 1409 or mor recent) to run Equilib calculations by setting the conditions and accessing the results via an Excel file (DDE and OLE exchange). There is a new switch (FAS - FACT) in METSIM that enables it to activate Equilib calculations and access FactSage databases. Species and phases taken from the METSIM database must be coupled with the Equilib selection and a special Xls file must be created. For more information please C.W. Bale at the CRCT.

  • Fact-XML - in the Equilib Results Window click on the XML Icon (or click on 'Output > Run Fact-XML ...'). Extensive changes and additions have been carried out, including

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  • The following bugs that appeared in the 5.4 or 5.4.1 software have been resolved in 5.5:
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    The following summaries are only available if you have updated your installation with that particular version.

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