Software Updates

Service Release: LucidShape CAA V5 Based

LucidShape CAA V5 Based version 2022.06 Service Release 1 provides support for CATIA V5 R32. 

Note: Version 2022.06 Service Release 1 is needed only if you are using CATIA V5 R32. There are no other new capabilities provided in this version.

SmartStart Library

The SmartStart Library includes optical properties and materials for commercially available diffusers, reflectors, mold textures, plastics, and glasses to help designers model optical systems with greater accuracy and physical realism. It is available as a separate module in LightTools and LucidShape.

Synopsys regularly adds content to the SmartStart Library. The latest updates now available include optical properties and materials from well-known manufacturers including Covestro, MOCOM and Trinseo. Additionally, there have been updates to the previously existing mold textures (microfacet datasets) from Mold Tech and Tenibac. To achieve the most accurate simulation results, we recommend downloading and replacing those datasets in your downloaded SmartStart Library with these newly published ones.

To access the SmartStart library updates and installation instructions:

1. Log into SolvNetPlus.

2. Click one of the following links:

a. LightTools SmartStart Library:

b. LucidShape SmartStart Library: 

If you are not currently licensing the SmartStart Library and would like to learn more, read our datasheet. You can also contact the SmartStart Library team at

Join Us at These Upcoming Events

Optical Scattering and Measurements Info Day

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CEST 
Synopsys, Inc.
Pôle d'Activités Hyérois - 1128 Route de Toulon
83400 Hyères - France 

Join us in France for our in-person Optical Scattering Measurements Info Day. Learn about the latest developments in our measurements solutions and listen to technical talks from our experts.

Live demonstration of Synopsys scattering instruments will be performed during the day.

There are limited registrations for this event, so register today!

Synopsys Optical Design Day

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
Rochester, NY

Join us for the Synopsys Optical Design Day on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 in Rochester, New York. We will feature our latest developments to design any optical product–from macro- to nano-scale optics. You will have the opportunity to learn from and network with other users as well as the Synopsys team.

More details will be released soon, but you can reserve your spot now.

Learning For All Levels

Whether you have one hour or more, we have the courses that you need to learn something new and get up to speed on the latest features. Sharpen your skills with any of our available resources.

One-Hour Tech Talks

Recordings On-Demand

CODE V | LightTools | LucidShape | RSoft Photonic Device Tools | Optical Scattering Measurements

In just one hour, you'll discover new ways our software can help streamline your design workflows. Upcoming topics include:

  • LucidDrive New Features 
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Metalens Case Study: A Design Flow from CODE V to RSoft   
  • Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Luminaire Case Study in LightTools 
  • Optical Scattering Measurement Tips & Tricks with Q&A

If you missed a tech talk, see our recordings.

Short Courses for CODE V Optimization and LightTools Macros

Want to learn about the extensive optimization tools for CODE V? Want to exchange LightTools data with an external software? Two short courses covering these topics have been added to the training calendar for 2023.

Practical Imaging System Optimization Using CODE V

April 24–26, 2023, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PT


Illumination System Analysis and Automation using the LightTools API

May 8 & 10, 2023, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PT

Illumination Fundamentals Course Series

Deepen your understanding of illumination optics in the last two courses of the “Illumination Fundamentals, Theory, and Application” series presented by Julius Muschaweck of JMO Illumination Optics. 

Course #3: Optical Elements for Illumination
February 14–16, 2023

Course #4: Colorimetry for LED Users
February 21–23, 2023

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Other Announcements

IODC Lens Design and Illumination Design Problems

Submissions are due April 1, 2023

Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship

Applications accepted through February 28

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