AFT Fathom 8 and the Future of AFT
AFT Fathom 8 began shipping last week. And we are excited. The release of AFT Fathom 8 coincided with the unveiling of our new logo, new website and newly branded material. It is not an understatement to say this represents a new era for AFT.
What does all of this mean for the future?
The new, more modern look and feel of AFT Fathom 8 is based on a new underlying architecture. We will be working hard to move all of our other products to this architecture as quickly as possible. Our best guess is that AFT Impulse 5 will be available in first quarter of 2013 and AFT Arrow 5 will be available in second quarter of 2013. AFT Mercury 8 and AFT Titan 5 should also be available in he first half of 2013.
In the fourth quarter of this year we plan to have an updated settling slurry module (SSL) for AFT Fathom 8 which includes the SRC method. This will augment the current method developed by Wilson, Addie, Sellgren and Clift.
In 2013 and the following years expect to see more new products from AFT. These will include new add-on modules as well as entirely new products.
Along with new products expect to see new support offerings by way of training, videos and webinars.
In recent years we have hosted four training seminars a year in our home office in Colorado Springs, Colorado here in the USA. In 2013 we will begin hosting open seminars in Houston. The training schedule for next year will be developed in the next month or two. Further, we are now partnering with our international channel partners to offer seminars around the world. This includes seminars in:
Canada (June, Calgary)
South Africa (October 22-26, Johannesburg)
Peru (November 5-9, Lima)
China (November TBD, Beijing)
User Group Meetings
The first user group meeting ever for AFT software will be on October 24, 2012 in the Houston area. I am planning to be there to present information on the new AFT Fathom 8. We welcome everyone but especially those in the Gulf Coast region to attend.
You may have noticed in recent months we now have Quick Start video tutorials available for AFT Fathom (versions 7 and 8), AFT Arrow and AFT Impulse. These are in English units whereas metric units are coming soon.
The video tutorials are being expanded to include topical tutorials on a wide range of modeling issues of interest to our customers.
Also, AFT Fathom 8 now has links in the online Help system back to in context video tutorials as well as in context tips and tricks articles on our website.
AFT has been offering webinars on our software products on a weekly basis. Sign up to learn more about our software.
Our high quality technical support has not changed. We have added support staff over the last two years and endeavor to provide everyone with timely support to your questions.
We also have added new channel partners and now have a total of 30 around the world. They are available in your time zone and language to provide technical support. We work closely with them to obtain answers to your questions.
In conclusion, we are working hard to supply our customers with the best and most up-to-date modeling software products, as well as first rate service. We trust that our new logo, website and materials reflect the world class company that you have helped Applied Flow Technology become.