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What's new in Cortona3D RapidAuthor 12.0

Release date: 
9 Oktober, 2019

There are two different versions of the software: RapidAuthor and RapidAuthor for Teamcenter:

  • RapidAuthor imports data in various CAD formats (e.g., CATIA, NX, SolidWorks).
  • RapidAuthor for Teamcenter is integrated with Teamcenter and imports PLM XML and JT data. Import of other CAD formats can be supported by purchasing the additional product – RapidDataConverter for Teamcenter.

Key changes in version 12

  • Data import process speed and memory usage has been improved.
  • Parts catalogs: existing DPL row can now be cloned; imported 3D data can be linked to existing DPL tables.
  • Procedures: creating 3D animations has become much easier.
  • S1000D support: a new user interface for editing SCORM Content Package Modules (SCPM) and improved user interface of SCPM publications; automatic publishing of all projects referenced from SCO or SCPM data module.
  • 2D authoring: corner effects such as fillet, scallop, and chamfer are supported; an easy method of adding tables to 2D images

RapidAuthor and RapidAuthor for Teamcenter improvements

Creating parts catalogs

  • Existing DPL row can now be cloned.
  • The part associated with an existing DPL row can be changed to another part.
  • Revision status of an IPC page changes automatically when an attached illustration or a clipping plane is added, deleted or modified.

Creating procedures

  • Creation of animations is now one step shorter: default animation for all transform actions is now equal to zero; no need to click Reset for each animation.
  • A new fast method of creating multi-key animations.
  • New action is automatically expanded in the Procedure Editor if it has editable parameters.
  • Procedure time marker can be moved to an animation key position by a click on the key.
  • The last key of a multi-key animation can be removed.
  • The ‘New Action’ and ‘Select Item or Collection’ dialog windows are now resizable.
  • All bookmarks can now be quickly removed by the new ‘Clear All Bookmarks’ button.
  • Function and atom names in the procedure specifications have been changed to a more readable form.
  • Custom specification components can be configured to display and edit step and action metadata directly in the Procedure Editor.

Authoring – general improvements

  • Web browser used for previewing publications can be defined by the user.
  • Generated SVG files are now successfully validated against the SVG schema.
  • Local manipulator position is preserved for each object when its position is changed.
  • Manipulator position can now be used for aligning items.
  • DITA version for generated documents can be specified explicitly (DITA Topic, DITA Task and GENERIC IPC specifications).

User interface

  • Default window position can be restored with a new command ‘Reset Layout’.
  • Easier navigation in the Metadata Explorer window: empty metadata can be hidden.
  • Frame rate can be displayed in status bar.
  • A prompt to update project 2D images is displayed after accepting changes in Update Wizard.
  • Toolbars and buttons for the macros created in a custom specification are now visible only when current project uses this specification.

Authoring of S1000D 4.x publications

  • Model number and service bulletin filters are supported in IPD publications.
  • 2D PDF IPD publications now contain all DPL entries and match HTML publications.
  • The footnote element is now supported.
  • Internalization of internal references to warnings and cautions in the Document Editor.
  • Externalization of the Common Information Repository (CIR) references when S1000D data module is published.
  • Names of IPC pages are published to IPD data modules.
  • Data modules can be attached to an IPC project from Teamcenter.
  • Improved visual presentation of the SCPM tree structure in the publication.
  • New commands for editing SCPM data modules in the Document Editor: ability to add, move, and remove the elements of the table of contents*.
  • Projects, referenced from SCPM or SCO project, are automatically published when the referencing project is published*.

*Applicable for a standalone use of RapidAuthor, when it is launched not from Teamcenter.

Editing of 2D CGM images

  • Corner effects, such as fillet, scallop, and chamfer, can be applied.
  • New text properties are supported: strikethrough and underline.
  • Tables of different styles can be easily added to 2D images via new parametric gallery objects.
  • Hotspot names can be automatically defined via new ‘Autoname’ property of Callout objects.
  • Default style is better visible and can be easily changed in Property Inspector.
  • Snapping to text objects is now supported.
  • Guide lines in axonometric projections can now be dragged from the ruler.
  • The dragging of the Callout object has been improved: when the object is dragged for its body, the borders of the hotspot region are used for snapping; when it is dragged for the reference line – the ends of the reference line are used instead.

Data import

  • Performance improvements: the import process is up to two times faster; the memory allocation has been reduced to up two times.
  • New geometry can be linked to existing DPL rows (configuration of the import profile is required).
  • New CAD formats supported: Creo 6, Inventor 2020, Parasolid v31.1, NX 1847 Series, STEP XML.**
  • The Excel import plugin can create IPC pages with images, automatically activate DPL rows on specified IPC pages, and set a recommended page.
  • Import of surface edges from JT data has been improved***.

** This functionality requires RapidAuthor or RapidDataConverter for Teamcenter.
*** This functionality requires RapidAuthor for Teamcenter or Rapid JT Component.

Publishing options

  • Publications which do not require plugins is now the default publishing option.
  • 2D PDF output is now available for RapidWorkInstruction, DITA Task and DITA Topic specification components.

Interface of final publications

  • Transparency bar is now available in plugin-free procedure publications.
  • Camera can be aligned horizontally in plugin-free publications.
  • Revision marks are now displayed in 2D PDF publications of parts catalogs using Generic IPC specification.

Other changes

  • 32-bit version of the authoring tools is no longer available.
  • Republishing tools for procedures and parts catalogs have been combined into a single tool, which now supports also RapidText, RapidIllustration and RapidLearning projects.
  • Numerous bug fixes.

Improvements in RapidDeveloper and RapidDeveloper for Teamcenter

  • Names of actions, functions, and atoms and their parameters for a particular specification component can be localized with the help of RapidSpecification module of RapidDeveloper.

Improvements in RapidAuthor Connector for Teamcenter

  • The new Reviewer module for commenting data modules during their approval process.

RapidDataConverter for Teamcenter improvements

  • New CAD formats supported: Creo 6, Inventor 2020, Parasolid v31.1, NX 1847 Series, STEP XML.

Cortona3D Viewer (for Windows) improvements

  • Native support for 3Dconnexion devices.
  • Some default settings have been changed: the anti-aliasing is on, the background color is set to grey gradient.
  • Addresses the issue with automatic size of panels when using the offsetLeft and offsetTop fields.