Altair offers free ‘basic editions’ of software

TROY – The engineering technology developer Altair Inc. (Nasdaq: ALTR) announced the release and immediate availability of free “Basic Editions” of its model-based development suite and its open matrix language source code.

The company said the move is designed to help innovators everywhere accelerate the time to benefits from model-based development and to make the technology more accessible.

Under the release, there will be free basic editions of Altair Compose, Altair Activate, and Altair Embed – available to everybody at no cost, with free training videos available online via Altair’s open Learning Center. There are no license fees, nor any subscription or maintenance fees.

“From the beginning, Altair’s MBD solutions have involved open standards like Python scripting, Modelica modeling, and Functional Mock-up Interface,” said Brett Chouinard, president of Altair. “Altair is now open-sourcing its open matrix language – a high-level, matrix-based numerical computing language – to encourage interested scientists and engineers to expand the language, add toolboxes, and employ it for their math modeling and simulation tasks. Opening up our scripting language to the worldwide community will allow us and our community members to actively collaborative to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of technology changes.”

The basic editions have no limitations with respect to model size and are available to everybody – including students, course instructors, researchers, hobbyists, makers, and engineers in industry. For example, the Basic Edition of Altair Compose enables access to the entire open matrix language, including bridges to Python, using the easy-to-use Compose Integrated Development Environment.  More advanced features and professional support are available via professional editions, which extend the basic edition capabilities by enabling access to Altair HyperWorks CAE Readers – making it easier to post-process, visualize, and perform mathematical operations on data from computer aided enginering or physical tests.

To learn more about the open matrix language visit the OpenMatrix website. To download free Basic Editions, visit

Altair is headquartered in Troy and operates 71 offices throughout 24 countries. Altair serves more than 5,000 customers across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit

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