In general AKABAK assumes modern PC-hardware, fit for standard MS-Windows systems.
Recommended is an amply equipped computer with many CPUs and lots of memory, because AKABAK makes extensively use of parallel processing. However, with each used thread also the memory allocation goes up, which should be available.
It is hard to give reliable prediction of memory consumption. In fact the best measurement-tool is AKABAK itself. Run AKABAK with different mesh-distributions and frequency ranges and observe Windows' Task-Manager/Performance board. Note, regarding memory consumption, the demo and professional versions of AKABAK are identical.
AKABAK 3D-viewer runs OpenGL. Make sure your graphic-card is up-to-date. Older graphic-cards sometimes lack a proper OpenGL-driver.
AKABAK should run on all versions of MS-Windows 11, 10, 8 and 7. There is available a 32bit and a 64bit version. The selection is organized automatically by the installer.
With a little expertise it is possible to run AKABAK also on Linux using Wine. However COM-service is not supported. Use the clipboard for transporting spectrum-data between AKABAK and VACS.
AKABAK renders spectra with the help of the graphing engine VACS. In order to get the benefit of these features you also need to install VACS or VacsViewer on your machine. The link between AKABAK and VACS is fully automatic.
Installing is straightforward. Open the install application and follow the instructions. The installer selects automatically the correct bit-version of AKABAK (32/64bit). Examples are very important, and are part of the installation. The documentation is provided as help-system and is part of the installation.
AKABAK version 3.1 is the first incarnation. The predecessor of AKABAK was ABEC, a similar software in features, however its input system was by means of scripts. ABEC projects can be imported. Another predecessor is Akabak 2.1. Here also input was with the help of a script. There is a high degree of compatibility. However, the new AKABAK features an improved radiation model and a comfortable graphical user interface.
There are three licenses for AKABAK: Professional Version, Free Version and the Student Version. The free and student versions can be used free of charge.
See the License Agreement.
For the Professional Version a user licence can be purchased. The Professional Version allows to store results from the solving stage of the Boundary Element Analysis. This feature dramatically increases working efficiency because solving typically is the most time consuming step.
The Free Version provides the same functionality but saving Result Files. This means that after opening a project the first step is solving when working in Boundary Element Mode.
If you work non-commercially with AKABAK (student, university, DIY), ask for a Student Version. It is free of charge and has the same features as the professional version.
The user documentation is available as Help. If you are new to AKABAK, simply press F1 and we hope you will enjoy the reading. If you want to have a look before installation, here you can download the help-file.
Let us know about your suggestions concerning AKABAK, and we also are eager to know about difficulties and any bugs you may come across by using AKABAK. Please use the main contact-email.