Yade can be started from either a terminal window or just by clicking on the icon. Currently it is more useful to run it from a terminal because:
- you can cd into a directory of your choice (quite often it's yade's bin/ directory), so that default ../data directory exists. Next version should allow to configure paths
- you can see all messages going to stderr or stdout
When yade starts, click "Preprocessor->File Generator". Filegenerators are used to generate an input file for yade to simulate something. You can try using some of the existing ones before you try writing a new filegenerator. You will see a following dialog box:
Some of the filegenerators mentioned above need an input file which can be found in yade-examples. Currently we have:
- 2 examples for FEM
- 1 example for SDEC Impact test
Other filegenerators work without need for any input file. They generate examples just by parameters given to them. In the future yade-examples will contain more.
Put those examples in mentioned above somewhere/data/ directory, so that filegenerators will find them.
To have a glance on what FileGenerators are available, and what they do, please visit the screenshots and videos section.
Once you have succesfully generated an input file for the simulation (called ../scene.xml by default), you can load and run it. Click "File->New Simulation", and you will see a Simulation Controller window. Inside it click Load and choose scene.xml. You should see something like this:
From now on you can start exploring yade yourself, and have a look at usage details for more info.