OSD, Inc. has extensive experience with nearly every kind of optical system, including instrumentation, astronomical, illumination, night-vision, infrared, eyepieces and more. Let our expertise solve your design needs quickly and efficiently.
Call Don Dilworth at 207/633-3711, or send us an email to discuss your optical design needs. We will be happy to provide an estimate at no charge. Or mail your requirements to
The real SYNOPSYS™ lens design program (SYNthesis of OPtical SYStems) is one of the largest and most powerful lens design programs in the world. Fifty years of development and a native Windows interface make it easy for a novice to use and comprehensive enough for a demanding professional.
2008, Mr. Dilworth gave a Colloquium talk at the Optical Sciences
University of Arizona. This talk was titled
Lens Design, 40 Years On: Where we Were, Where we Are, How we Got There.
This talk gives a concise review of the field of computer-aided lens design for the last 40 or so years.
It is a large file, so I recommend you save it to your hard drive before running it.
Do I have
learn Command Language in order to use SYNOPSYS™?
What are the major differences between SYNOPSYS™ and Zemax™? Click there to download a zip file of a PowerPoint presentation that compares the the two programs. After unzipping the files, open the .ppt file with Microsoft PowerPoint. (The file contains animations that do not work with other ppt viewers.)
SYNOPSYS™ -- Zemax comparison, in Japanese
the major differences between SYNOPSYS™ and Code-V™?
to download a zip file of a
PowerPoint presentation that compares the the two programs. After
unzipping the files, open the .ppt file with Microsoft PowerPoint.
file contains animations that do not work with other ppt viewers.)
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Click the above button to download a free trial copy of SYNOPSYS™.
new version of the Secure Update Utility. Safenet
Sentinel has upgraded their software, and you will need to use this
updated version when you access the upw file to update your dongle.
If you downloaded the file Keyfiles.zip prior to 9 January 2012,
you need this version.
Distributors: See this link
All SYNOPSYS™ documentation is now contained in the download file. That means it is always up to date, and you don't have to thumb through a paper copy when you want to look up something. We recommend that new users print out the Tutorial Manual, read it completely, and work the simple examples. The second component, the User's Manual, is too long to print -- but it is completely cross-referenced so you can find any topic within seconds, on your monitor screen. When you run the program, type HELP UM to open the User's Manual, or HELP TM to open the Tutorial Manual. There are many ways to open the manual to a desired topic instantly. Read about them in Section 13.1 of the manual. This is probably the friendliest help feature in the software industry.
RUSSIAN We also provide a pdf file of the Tutorial Manual in Russian. Click to download a zip file of the document.
JAPANESE Click here to download a zip file of the Tutorial Manual in Japanese.
FRENCH Click here to download a zip file of the Tutorial Manual in French.
download a zip file with a video
tutorial. This contains 12
lessons that cover many of the
basic features of SYNOPSYS™. Download this file to your hard
drive, and extract
the contents to a new folder, which you might name "Tutorial".
Then open the file VTUTAVI.html.
SYNOPSYS™ has the best support in the optics industry. Updates are posted, on average, every two weeks. Nearly every update contains exciting new features, many of which are the result of a user's request. When problems are reported, we usually have a corrected version posted within 24 hours, and often the same day. With SYNOPSYS™, your program is always up to date. No other optics code comes close to this level of support.
After you purchase a license, we will send you a security dongle, which must be plugged into a USB port in order to run all features of the program. Registered users also receive a set of anaglyph glasses that can be used to view some of the graphics of SYNOPSYS™ in true 3D. The registration fee is currently $2500 US. Click on the Register button below to register your copy. (This link will send you to Google Checkout, which will accept credit cards.) We also accept company POs, sent to the address above.
How to install and update your
Click here to learn about the
dongle drivers and what to do when
you update your support.
Trial and demo users:
If you want to try out the program first, it will run without the dongle in restricted mode: either with a 12-surface limit or else in read-only mode, which disables saving of lens files.
If your usage of SYNOPSYS™ is confined to examining lens and plot files sent to you by another SYNOPSYS™ user, then you do not have to purchase a license. Instead, when you start the program and see a dialog telling you that the security key is not present, simply select the Read-Only option. You can then use all features of the program, with no surface limit – but you will not be able to save lens files. Most of the features of the program will work in this mode -- although a few that require saving intermediate steps are also disabled.
OSD can offer a site license to qualified educational institutions, at a special rate. Contact OSD to discuss your needs.
To install SYNOPSYS™, click the Download button above and save the file synozip.exe to a temporary directory. Then double-click it to unzip and install SYNOPSYS™.
You will have to install an update (from Service Pack 1) to use
the SYNOPSYS™ help file. Click here.
PC with Windows 95 or higher, 42 MB of free disk space, 128 MB RAM minimum
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