CODE V Enewsletter

March 2017

CODE V 11.0 Available Now

New Features in CODE V 11.0

CODE V SpecBuilder and SpecEvaluator

The new CODE V SpecBuilder™ and SpecEvaluator™ features help you quickly evaluate a resident optical system against requirements and design objectives that you define using built-in and user-defined specifications. Use the SpecBuilder tool to create a comprehensive table of specs and goals tailored to your application. Then, at any point in the design cycle, use the SpecEvaluator tool to instantly analyze the optical system and identify areas that do not meet performance requirements and other parameters.

Enhanced Chief Ray-Finding

Enhanced chief ray-finding delivers improved ray tracing robustness and makes it easier to troubleshoot systems with chief ray errors. Previous versions of CODE V could sometimes find alternate, mathematically valid, but undesired chief ray paths, especially for wide angle systems with the aperture stop surface near the rear of the lens. Now when the chief ray for the first field (F1 R1) traces correctly, other fields will use information from this ray trace to improve chief ray-finding for other fields.

New Macro-PLUS Functions

Two new Macro-PLUS™ predefined functions compute the point spread function for the resident lens at a user-specified zoom, field, wavelength, and focus position:

  • PSF_1FLD allows Macro-PLUS access to the PSF header information, Strehl ratio, and moments.
  • PSF_DATA_1FLD allows access to the same information as PSF_1FLD, plus all the intensity values in the PSF transform grid.

These functions allow you to create user-defined constraints in optimization to control PSF characteristics, e.g., optimizing to a non-unity Strehl ratio or to constrain symmetry in the PSF.

New and Modified Sample Macros in Tools > Macro Manager > Sample Macros

  • Environmental Modeling > DNDTCALC, which computes dN/dT values at any wavelength or temperature, has multiple changes.

  • Utilities > REFCHECK has been modified to support checking the reference ray trace at all wavelengths, include summary output, and support a global variable to flag reference ray trace errors. You can now access it directly from the Analysis > Diagnostics > Check Reference Rays menu.

  • Utilities > ZEMAXTOCV, which converts Zemax/OpticStudio lenses to CODE V, has been updated to fix a bug related to monochromatic systems.

  • Photonics Analysis > MULTIMODE_COUPLE, which computes the coupling efficiency for a multimode fiber, has been updated to fix a bug related to array variable dimensioning.

DPI Awareness

CODE V is now DPI aware so that it displays well on high-resolution monitors (e.g., 4K).

Glass Catalog Updates

The CODE V glass catalog has been updated from CODE V 10.8 Service Release 1 (SR1) for the following suppliers: CDGM, Hikari, Hoya, NHG, Ohara, Schott, and Sumita.

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.

  • License key: You will need version 11.0 license keys for this CODE V release. This will replace your existing CODE V license key. You can download license keys from the SmartKeys page on SolvNet at

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.

For More Information

The following resources are available on our Customer Support Portal:

Floating License Manager Updates

A new Floating License Manager installer is now included on SolvNet as a separate download along with the CODE V product. The new Floating License Manager adds support for the LucidShape® family of products, and is compatible with CODE V 11.0 and all past releases of CODE V.

  • It is not required to upgrade to this Floating License Manager for CODE V 11.0.
  • The old Floating License Manager is still available on and is compatible with all versions of CODE V.

For more details about installing and using the Floating License Manager, see the CODE V Installation Guide:

Short Course on Laser Technology and Optical Design at the University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) will offer a short course on laser technology and optical design, April 24-28. CODE V will be demonstrated and used in the lab sessions.

For more information, visit their website:

IODC Lens Design Competition

The International Optical Design Conference will occur on July 9-13 in Denver, Colorado this year. The lens design problem has been posted on the website, and entries are due by April 1, 2017.

Submit your entries today! For more information, please visit their website: