CODE V Enewsletter

December 2017

CODE V 11.1 Service Release 1 Now Available

We are pleased to announce that CODE V 11.1 Service Release 1 (SR1) is now available with the following updates.

  • New Osaka Gas Chemicals and Zeon Corp. plastic catalogs, as well as updates to the CDGM, Hoya, NHG, Ohara and Sumita optical glass catalogs.


  • Several bug fixes, including:
    • BSP: Fixes an issue in BSP where far-field resampling was not working correctly for some cases when the light was propagating in the negative Z-direction (e.g., following reflection from a plane-mirror).
    • SpecBuilder: Fixes an issue where the SpecBuilder Telecentricity specification sometimes reported telecentricity as negative. SpecBuilder now defines telecentricity as the magnitude of the angle of the chief ray at the image for a given field point.
    • CODE V Macro-PLUS: Fixes an issue where the drop (DRO) command did not work for a user-defined function that had the same name as a predefined function.


For more details about these and other updates, refer to the CODE V 11.1 SR1 readme file available with the release software.

Software and License Key Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers

Software and license keys for CODE V direct-sales customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNet website.

  • CODE V product software: You can download CODE V at

  • License key: CODE V 11.1 SR1 will continue to use version 11.1 license codes. If you have not previously installed CODE V 11.1, you will need to procure a new license file from SolvNet. You can download license keys from the SmartKeys page on SolvNet at

  • Brief instructions for installing CODE V 11.1 SR1 are available in the readme file that you can download from SolvNet. Complete instructions for installing CODE V are available in the CODE V Installation Guide.

  • To learn more about navigating SolvNet to obtain CODE V software and license keys, view our SolvNet overview video.


Distributor Customers

For customers working with distributors, you will continue to obtain your software and license keys from your local CODE V software distributor. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at for instructions.

CODE V Tech Support During the Holidays

From December 23, 2017 to January 1, 2018, please allow for a delayed response to your request for CODE V technical support. Our technical support will be very limited during this time and will only be available by e-mail. 

We will resume business as usual on January 2, 2018, and will respond to product support and general inquiries. You can contact us via e-mail at

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

In countries where we have international representatives, you can contact the distributors directly. Please see our list of global contacts on our website

Visit the Customer Support Portal

Current customers can access CODE V resources and content at any time on our Customer Support Portal ( Access training materials, user group presentations, sample system and application files, FAQs, macro downloads, recordings of previously held webinars, and more.

If you haven’t already registered for Portal access, consider registering for an account today! 

For qualified customers, it may take 1-2 business days for us to activate your account. Once your account is activated, an e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your login information. Please note that there will be a delayed response from December 22, 2017 to January 2, 2018. 


Customers can check out the following videos and updates: 

New Macros and User-Defined Features Downloads


New CODE V User Orientation Webinar


CODE V User Group Presentations


Past newsletters: 

2017 Student Optical Design Competition Winners and Call For Entries

In case you missed it, three students were the winners of our 2017 optical design competition. To see the winners and their winning entries using CODE V, please visit our website

Students are invited to participate in the Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Students can enter an optical design class assignment or thesis work that uses CODE V or LightTools.

For competition rules, frequently asked questions, and entry form, see our website. Entries for the 2017-2018 year will be accepted until June 15, 2018.