PeDAL, The APDL Editor

NOTE: We are discontinuing the sale of PeDAL on 12/31/2015

We have enjoyed providing PeDAL as a tool to the ANSYS APDL user community for many years. However, decreasing sales make the cost of maintaining the tool far more than the revenue. Changes to help in ANSYS Mechanical APDL at version 16 require a major rewrite, the cost of which we do not feel we could recover. The program will work with older versions, but not with Release 16 or newer.




PeDAL is a Windows text editor with text highlighting and autocomplete for ANSYS APDL scripts. It integrates with the ANSYS help system to provide instantaneous help on any one of the 1000’s of ANSYS APDL commands. PeDAL was written by one of PADT’s engineers Matt Sutton, to make the writing of APDL scripts more efficient.  At a cost of only $49, this tool pays for itself during the first project it is used on.

The APDL Editor You Always Wanted

Some of the key features that were developed based upon real world usage are:

  • Side-by-side editor and help viewer
  • Instant help on any documented APDL command by pressing F1
  • Full syntax highlighting for ANSYS Mechanical APDL
  • Auto-complete drop downs for APDL commands
  • APDL command argument hints while typing commands
  • Mouse hover APDL command descriptions
  • Support for APDL command aliases with full links to the actual command help and command data
  • Editor hyperlinks to APDL macros found while searching specified working directory and macro search directories
  • Search ANSYS help phrases and keywords
  • Create custom search indexes for confining searches to only sub-sections of the entire ANSYS help
  • Full capability web browser built in allows for rich web experience and web searches
  • Multiple tabs for the editor and browser
PdDAL Screen Shot

The best way to understand PeDAL is to simply download a 30 day trial version, run through the tutorial, and use it on your own macros. You can also view the FAQ or watch the demo.



PeDAL is no longer available for sale

We are keeping these pages to support existing users.

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