Absoft Pro Fortran Compiler Suite for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

Pro Fortran 2014 v14 – A few of the new features for this release are: AWE-Chart, AWE-Plot, AWE-Form, NetCDF v4.3 & Enhanced AVX Instruction set performance. See more under “What’s New” below.

Pro Fortran 2014 builds faster code with Absoft’s Exclusive Dynamic AP Load Balancing Technology, OpenMP 3.0 support, SMP Analyzer, Tools Plug-in, New HPC Scientific & Engineering Math Library and more.

Absoft’s Pro Fortran tool suite automates building extremely fast parallel code on multi-core systems. Compiler features include: APO, IPO, PGFDO optimizers and auto vectorization, Absoft’s exclusive Dynamic AP load balancing technology – performance increases up to 20% on multi-core systems, SMP graphical code analyzer and OpenMP 3.0 support, Absoft Window Environment (AWE), External Libraries and Tools Plug-in, expanded F2003 & F2008 support and enhanced Fx3 graphical debugger.

The Absoft IDE is the only commercial Fortran/C++ development environment designed by Fortran experts. It includes: programmer’s editor, Absoft’s SMP and Vector analyzer, Fx3 graphical debugger, SMP and MPI control features, optimized math libraries and 2D/3D graphics.

All Pro Fortran products include premier technical support directly from Absoft, Quick Fixes and Service Packs. IMSL’s highly optimized numerical and statistical libraries (1000+ routines) are a low cost bundle option. Pro Fortran is a complete solution, nothing else to buy or learn – AND it generates 20% faster code!

Absoft compilers automate building parallel code
on multi-core systems. Auto-parallelization and vectorization ensures maximum application performance. A new scheduler improves performance in 32-bit environments and SSE 4*/4.2 maximizes performance on the latest AMD 32-bit – 64-bit Opteron 12-core CPUs & Intel 64-bit Core i7-980X CPUs. Examples of using auto-parallelization and improving performance with OpenMP are included in the documentation. Scalapack and BLACS libraries are included for enhanced MPI support.

Includes the only Fortran IDE designed by Fortran experts. Absoft simplifies code development by solving the problems associated with IDEs such as Visual Studio and Xcode – excellent for C++, but with no knowledge of Fortran. The Absoft Fortran IDE supports both Fortran and C and automatically provides proper syntax sensitivity, array indexing, etc. for each language. It includes everything you need: F95 Fortran compilers, programmer’s editor, Fx3 graphical debugger, application framework, graphics and optimized math libraries in a single, easy-to-use package.

Single Solution – Linux, Windows and MacOS. Simplify code development for multiple platforms. Absoft provides same look and feel on every platform and allows you to build native applications for Linux, Windows and Mac from a single code base! Absoft’s exclusive MaxFlex license manager allows a single license to float across Linux/Windows/Mac, saving you time and money.

What’s New:

New in Pro Fortran 2014

  • Enhanced AVX Instruction set performance
  • Upgraded AWE environment including AWE-Chart, AWE-Plot and AWE-Form.
  • Expanded F2003 & F2008 support
  • Support for 999 continuation lines
  • Fully Windows 8.1 certified
  • F2003 – PROCEDURE pointers
  • F2003 – enhanced TYPE initialization
  • F2003 – POINTER bounds remapping
  • F2008 – BESSEL_J0,BESSEL_J1, and BESSEL_JN intrinsics
  • F2008 – BESSEL_Y0,BESSEL_Y1, and BESSEL_YN intrinsics
  • F2008 – BGE,BGT,BLE, and BLT intrinsics
  • F2008 – DSHIFTL and DSHIFTR intrinsics
  • F2008 – SHIFTA, SHIFTL and SHIFTR intrinsics
  • F2008 – MASKL, MASKR and MERGE_BITS intrinsics
  • F2008 – EFC_SCALED, GAMMA and LOG_GAMMA intrinsics
  • F2008 – EXECUTE_COMMAND_LINE intrinsic
  • F2008 – IS_IOSTAT_END and IS_IOSTAT_EOF intrinsics
  • F2008 – SELECTED_CHAR_KIND intrinsic

New & Updated Libraries Package includes:

  • NetCDF version 4.3 (new!)
  • HDF4 version 4.2.8 (updated)
  • HDF5 version 1.8.9 (updated)
  • PLPlot version 5.9.9 (updated)

New features from the previous release include:

Absoft Window Environment (AWE) – Qt based application framework for Fortran.

  • The Absoft Window Environment is a cross platform
    ( Linux, Windows and OS X ) graphical user interface
    for Fortran programs. A sizable, scrollable window
    provides an interface to the Fortran pre-connected
    unit numbers for input and output. Additional windows
    can be created using a simple extension to the Fortran
    OPEN statement. The contents of individual windows
    can be saved to disk or printer. Additional menus can
    be added to invoke program subroutines and functions.
    AWE can be configured to run as either an MDI
    (multiple document interface) or SDI (single document

AbsoftTools External Libraries and Tools Plugin Support

  • The AbsoftTools development environment has been enhanced to allow the integration of additional libraries and tools. When support is added for a particular library, adding that library to a user project is just a matter of marking a check box. Documentation on creating additional plugins is also provided.

Fx3 Debugger Matrix View Array Display

  • The Fx3 Debugger includes a new Matrix view for two dimensional arrays.

Intel AVX instruction set support.

  • Absoft Pro Fortran 2014 contains support for the new AVX instruction set in the compiler and the Fx3 Debugger.

New Fortran 2003 Statements and Functions

  • ACOS
  • ASIN
  • ATAN
  • COSH
  • SINH
  • TANH

The following generic functions have been added from F2008 to accept complex arguments

  • ACOS
  • ASIN
  • ATAN
  • COSH
  • SINH
  • TANH


    • Most complete and easiest to use Fortran solution for x86 & x86_64 Linux – Nothing else to buy or learn
    • Advanced optimizers include: Auto-Parallelization (APO), Inter-Procedural Analysis (IPA), Profile Guided Feedback Directed Optimization (PGFDO), Vectorization and SSE 4*/4.2 support, documented to generate best-of-class performance for 32-bit or 64-bit AMD and Intel processors
    • Absoft’s proprietary Dynamic AP load balancing for up to 20% faster code
    • Absoft Fortran 95 compiler operates in F95, F90 and F77 modes and supports all popular workstation extensions
    • OpenMP 3.0 integrated in compiler and runtime
    • OpenMP and MPICH control features in IDE
    • OpenMP 3.0 Fortran session support in Fx3 graphical debugger
    • SMP and vector code graphical analyzer
    • New F2003 features
    • Fully compatible with the GNU tool chain
    • GPU support via nVIDIA CUDA libraries


  • Complete Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with color programmer’s editor, debugger, and ability to execute select third party programs as plug-ins. All Pro Fortran compilers can be executed equally well from the IDE or command line
  • Pre-configured libraries for linear algebra (BLAS, LAPACK95) plus BLACS and Scalapack for MPI environments. VAX/Unix-compatibility and 2D/3D graphics are all included as part of distribution at no additional charge
  • IMSL numerical libraries with special functions for mathematics and statistics; and Visualization libraries with special numerical and visualization functions are available
  • Source compatible versions available for MacOS and Windows – Multi-platform discounts available
  • End user support directly from Absoft at no additional charge


Fx3 Debugger

  • Multiple thread support for debugging OpenMP sessions
  • Improved IDE


  • Last cursor navigation – Front and Back buttons navigates code visited
  • Elements browser – navigate a customizable sorted list of all elements in a project
  • Syntax check for individual files in project
  • Runtime environment variables
  • OpenMP support (compile and runtime variables)
  • MPI application support
  • Project-wide code completion Math Libraries

Math Libraries

  • Prebuilt Reference LAPACK and BLAS libraries
  • Prebuilt Scalapack and BLACS library for enhanced MPI support

Developing Parallel Code – New Documentation Section

  • Using auto-parallelization feature on multi-core machines
  • Using OpenMP directives to improve performance

Key Features & Information:

  • Most complete and easiest to use Fortran solution for Windows – Nothing else to buy
  • Installs and runs on either Win32 or Win64 environments
  • Highly optimized ANSI/ISO F95 compilers generate best-of-class performance for 32-bit and 64-bit AMD and Intel processors
  • Absoft Fortran 95 compiler operates in F95, F90 and F77 modes and supports all popular workstation extensions
  • Includes a C/C++ preprocessor
  • Debug and link compatible with the Microsoft C compiler included with the Microsoft platform SDK
  • Complete Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with color programmer’s editor, debugger, and ability to execute select third party programs as plug-ins. All Pro Fortran compilers can be executed equally well from the IDE or command line
  • Pre-configured libraries for linear algebra (BLAS, LAPACK95, HDF), VAX/Unix-compatibility and 2D/3D graphics are all included on the distribution CD at no additional charge
  • Optional tools are available for automatically converting serial code to code designed for dual processors
  • Numerical libraries with special functions for mathematics and statistics; and Visualization libraries with special numerical and visualization functions are available
  • Source compatible versions available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux – Multi-platform discounts available

2008 Supported Features

  • IEEE Exceptions Module
  • Value Statement/Attribute
  • Protected Statement/Attribute
  • Pointer W/Intent Attribute
  • Allocatable Components (partial)
  • ISO C bindings to F2003
  • ACOS
  • ASIN
  • ATAN
  • COSH
  • SINH
  • TANH

AWE Application Framework

Absoft’s AWE solves the problem of how to automatically create a graphical interface for your Fortran application on Windows or MacOS.

No need to learn the system APIs! Usually, when you want to create applications with windows and menus, you need to know how to use the system APIs and interface guidelines. However, AWE, a library included FREE with Pro Fortran for Windows and MacOS can automatically give your program a native Windows or Mac style interface with menus, a text window, and a graphics window. AWE allows you to create applications with windows and menus, without knowledge of the system API and user interface guidelines.

Multi-Processor Capabilities

Absoft Pro Fortran uses all available processors by default. Multi-threading, vectorization, a high performance parallel optimizer, data perfecting, profile guided optimization, IPO, and advanced optimizations can be performed automatically. Combined with the included math libraries, Absoft provides the best solution for creating maximum application performance on single and multi-core systems.

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Open MP Support

Absoft Fortran fully supports automatic multi-threading of applications. Absoft Pro Fortran includes integrated OpenMP support in the compiler and the Absoft Fx3 graphical debugger, debugs OpenMP Fortran sessions.

Easy to Use:

  • Compatible with Windows XP and later implementations, the compiler can be run either from the command line or the GUI in the Integrated Development Environment.
  • Includes a complete User Guide with clear examples of editing, compiling, debugging and running programs.
  • Linking with C is simple and straightforward.
  • The Absoft Fx3 Debugging Solution, included at no charge, is one of the few debugging tools which can properly debug both Fortran and C code.
  • To ensure maximum performance, suggested options for compatibility and optimizations are clearly defined. Pre-built mathematical libraries and graphics are also included further performance and development efficiencies.

Windows Programming

Provides full support of the Windows API directly from Fortran. A detailed chapter on Windows programming is included in the documentation.

AWE, the Absoft application framework, is a native Windows Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program written completely in Fortran. Complete documented source is provided as a tutorial on Windows programming in Fortran. The source may be easily modified and recompiled if additional features or modifications are desired.

Building Mixed Fortran & C/C++ Code

The process of combining Fortran and C routines into a single application has been a major frustration to many Windows programmers. Microsoft requires use of non-standard Fortran syntax to accomplish this feat.

Absoft provides a better solution: While Absoft Pro Fortran does not include a C compiler, the Absoft Tools development environment does support integration
with the Microsoft C/C++ compiler.

After one of the supported Microsoft C/C++ development environments has been installed, the Absoft Tools IDE will automatically invoke the Microsoft C/C++ compiler to compile any C or C++ files added to a project.

The Microsoft C/C++ compiler is available at no cost as part of these two packages:

Microsoft ® Visual Studio Express 2010
Microsoft ® Windows Platform SDK 7.1

Both of the above packages can be downloaded from the Microsoft web site.

Absoft Pro Fortran Absoft Pro Fortran also supports the same level integration with the retail versions of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and 2010.

DLL Building Capabilities

Automatically build Fortran-based DLLs compatible with Microsoft Visual C++, Microsoft Visual BASIC, Microsoft Excel, Delphi, and Borland C++. Example code is contained in the documentation. Absoft’s alias feature allows you to create DLLs compatible with any other configuration.

Graphics Libraries

Includes a flexible graphics library called PLplot. PLplot can be called from Fortran as well as C/C++ and can create standard x-y plots, semilog plots, log-log plots, contour plots, 3D plots, mesh plots, bar charts and pie charts.

Multiple graphs (of the same or different sizes) may be placed on a single page with multiple lines in each graph. Output can be to your monitor, a file, a printer or in postscript format.

There are almost 2000 characters in the extended character set including four different fonts, the Greek alphabet and a host of mathematical, musical and other symbols. PLplot is included on all versions of Pro Fortran and is source compatible across Linux, Windows and Mac platforms.

Multi-Platform Capabilities

Absoft manufactures high performance Fortran compiler suites for Windows, Macintosh(Intel & PPC), Intel/AMD Linux and PPC/Linux based systems.

Absoft compiler suites are source compatible across the different platforms which means that in most cases, only a recompile is needed to port code from one environment to another.

What’s Included on Distribution CD

You’ll Get:

  • Fortran 95 compiler with F2003, F2008 extensions and F77 & F90 modes
  • Full Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with Editor, F95 modules, Fx3 Debugger, Assembler, Linker and Parallel Make
  • AWE Application Framework
  • HPC Scientific and Engineering – Numerical Library
  • Numerous programming examples
  • VAX/Unix compatibility libraries
  • User Guide and F77/F90/95 Reference Manual in indexed PDF format
  • LAPACK/BLAS version 3.3.1 – pre-compiled linear algebra library
  • Scalapack and BLACS libraries for enhanced MPI support
  • OpenGL · open graphics library originally from SGI
  • PLplot Graphics Library for Win32 API
  • F90GL version 1.2.7 – Fortran 95 interface for OpenGL
  • IMSL Fortran Numerical Libraries in 32-bit & 64-bit are available as an option (requires separate license purchase).

Premier Technical Support

Full technical support from professional support engineers, will help resolve any problems is included at no additional charge with each new product from Absoft.

To ensure your software continues running at maximum efficiency, all registered Absoft customers can download service packs and quick fixes at no charge. Customers can subscribe to Absoft’s free electronic newsletter to receive bulletins and update notices advising of new updates, changes in product releases, new product announcements and other useful information.

Continuing Software Maintenance

Absoft branded products include Premier Technical Support and Initial Software Maintenance at no additional charge from the time of purchase for as long as the purchased version remains the current release version.

Initial Software Maintenance (ISM) includes free electronic downloads of all interim Service Packs and Quick Fixes from Absoft. Version upgrades require a separate purchase but at discounted prices for commercial/government users – Academic users already receive the lowest available price when making an academic purchase.

At the conclusion of the Initial Software Maintenance term (i.e. when a new version of the purchased product is released) customers may either purchase a Product Upgrade or within 30 days of the new product release, purchase Continuing Software Maintenance for an additional 12-month maintenance term.

Continuing Software Maintenance (CSM) includes all elements of Premier Technical support plus all Product Upgrades issued during the 12-month Continuing Software Maintenance term. Annual renewals of Software Maintenance will be made available at a low-cost to commercial/government customers who renew within their unexpired Maintenance term – Academic users already receive the lowest available price when making an academic purchase.

For users electing not to renew Continuing Software Maintenance and having expired maintenance terms but later wishing to rejoin CSM, Reinstatement Software Maintenance (RSM) terms may be purchased.

Third party products distributed by Absoft are subject to license terms and policies of their respective manufacturers.

System Requirements

Recommended Minimum:

  • Pentium 4 & up
  • 1GB RAM
  • 447MB free HD space
  • Windows XP through Windows 8.1
  • Supported on (but not required) Windows CCS 2003 & Windows HPC Server 2008

License Options

Flexible Licensing:

  • Single User / Single Machine
  • Floating Network on Single Platform
  • Floating Network for Mixed Platforms
    (Linux, Windows, Mac)
  • Academic Programs

Compatibility & Companion Products

Absoft uses an extended version of the Cray CF90 front end and adheres to the latest ISO and ANSI Fortran 95 standards. Extensions from all major workstations have been added to make sure your code ports from any environment with minimal effort.

Absoft Fortran compilers conform to all DoD MIL-STD 1753, FIPS 69-1, and POSIX standards, support most popular VAX/VMS extensions including RECORD, STRUCTURE, POINTER, and UNION, (per V5.4 of VMS FORTRAN), QUAD (REAL*16) data types as well as others from IBM/VS, Cray, Sun FORTRAN as well as FORTRAN 66 conventions.

Automatic byte-swapping and full integration with many third party tools means porting code from virtually any environment requires little more than a recompilation without rewriting code. The F95 compiler can operate in F95, F90 or F77 modes.

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