OptiM is a GUI-oriented program whose principal aim is to be an easy to use yet comprehensive accelerator optics design and analysis tool. Implemented in C++, it was originally developed as an MS Windows centric application using the commercial Borland OWL framework. OWL was discontinued in late 1999 and is now considered obsolete. The OWL dependency made maintaining and developing OptiM an increasingly problematic proposition; compatibility with post XP versions of MS Windows was one of many issues. In the spring of 2014, a decision was made to port OptiM to Qt, a modern, portable and open framework. As much as possible, the original interface has been preserved. While a significant amount of refactoring was required, the underlying physics has been left unchanged. The custom plotting capabilities of the original application have been replaced with functional equivalents based on a stable and well-established library (qwt). With very few minor exceptions (which are being addressed) the new refactored OptiM (dubbed OptiMX) should be a drop-in replacement for the original OWL version.
The original code was authored by Valeri Lebedev (val_at_fnal_dot_gov) starting in the mid-1990s; it was further developed and maintained by him until late 2014. The Qt port, refactoring and further development are by J.-F. Ostiguy (ostiguy_at_fnal_dot_gov).
$OPTIMDIR/bin/optimFor convenience, you may modify your path as follows (assuming you are using the bash shell)
export PATH=$PATH:$OPTIMDIR/binThereafter, running
optimshould launch the program. To uninstall, simply remove the contents of $OPTIMDIR and all its subdirectories.
We are planning some improvements, including, in particular, better support for longitudinal dynamics.
MS Windows binaries for the original (OWL based) version as well as additional material and information remain available from V. Lebedev's OptiM page .
Bugs are unavoidable; if you spot something that is not working as expected, we would appreciate hearing from you. To report a bug, please send email to the optim-support mailing list. General comments/criticisms are always welcome and can also be sent to that list.
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