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What’s New in Cortona3D RapidAuthor – Version 6.0

Release date: 
1 April, 2011

BUNDLES ALL PREVIOUS RAPID TOOLS INTO ONE RAPIDAUTHOR

  • RapidCatalog, RapidManual, RapidLearning, RapidWorkInstructions, RapidDataConvertor and RapidDataImportTools are bundled into one product – RapidAuthor *.
  • Will apply to both node-locked licenses and floating licenses.
  • All customers on maintenance will receive an optional upgrade to RapidAuthor.
  • Pricing will be set at a similar level to previous single product licenses.

Benefit: Access to all the Rapid Tools under one single license. No need to manage various numbers of individual tools – the New RapidAuthor product covers all. 

*  “RapidAuthor S” includes RapidJTComponent instead of RapidDataConvertor.

IMPROVEMENTS IN TEXT AUTHORING

  • Simplified work with 2D hotspots in XML document.
  • Support for multi-sheet 2D illustrations.
  • CGM illustrations are visible in document editing window.
  • Localization for XML document stylesheets.
  • Easily configured for customer specific DTD and Schema.

Benefit: Improved authoring process enables the author to write the XML text while simultaneously creating the necessary graphics and synchronizing both. 

IMPROVED DATA IMPORT

  • Improved import - much smaller install size.
  • Updated support for existing formats (NX 7.5, Solid Edge ST2, SolidWorks 2011).
  • New RapidDataImportTool (Universal) plug-in supporting more formats (3D XML, I-deas, IGES, Parasolid, STEP, STL, VDA-FS).

Benefit: Continuous improvements in multi-CAD import process. 

IMPROVEMENTS IN 2D VIEWING AND GENERATION

  • 2D images generated in procedures are linked to the procedure action and timeline allowing automated update (including raster images generated from 3D).
  • 2D images generated in catalogs are linked to the sheet view allowing automated update (including raster images from 3D)
  • Cortona2D Viewer will be available as a distributable component.
  • Ability to show one or multiple callouts for similar parts.
  • Ability to show one or multiple leader lines per callout.
  • Optional SVG output.
  • Clipping of the scene to the back of the camera for orthogonal projections.

IMPROVEMENTS IN CORTONA2D VIEWER

  • New improved CGM Viewer with distribution license. Big improvement inperformance and image quality versus competitors. Includes support for:
  • WebCGM v2.0.
  • Support for BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, WMF, and EMF.
  • Usage on 64-bit computers.
  • Shell extension for 2D image preview in Windows Explorer (thumbnails)

Benefit: Overall performance improvements in 2D illustration generation, viewing and updating.

AUTHORING PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS

  • Performance improvement on project loading and publishing in RapidManual / RapidLearning
  • In-tool palette for object gallery and expanded Tool library.
  • Common animation/positioning dialog boxes ('Screw' actions are edited with standard dialog).
  • Improved navigation in 3D - Possibility to set center of rotation when navigating in 3D.
  • Enhancements to the manipulator.
  • Enhancement in RapidCatalog. Freeze camera option when moving between sheets.

Benefit: A range of authoring improvements aimed at delivering process and workflow improvements. 

SINGLE REDISTRIBUTABLE 3D/2D VIEWER

  • Optional single re-distributable installer containing both Cortona3D viewer and new improved CGM viewer (Cortona2D Viewer). Available from Cortona3D website.

Benefit: Easily deliver content to end-users.

IMPROVEMENTS IN PUBLISHED OUTPUT

  • New more flexible PDF output options.
  • Publish to 2D PDF (Initially for S1000D specifications and customer specifications on request).
  • 3D PDF publish doesn't require Adobe Acrobat.
  • Publishing support for new versions of the Cortona Viewer – Android, iPad, Java.

Benefit: These capabilities improve the published content and enhance the end-user interface.

AUTHORING TOOL INTERFACE LOCALISATION

  • Cortona3D is planning to release localized versions of the RapidAuthor tool during 2011.
  • The new version will have English, German and Russian installation options. More languages will follow.
  • It should be noted that the RapidAuthor tool already supports multilingual content authoring.
  • Support for multilingual audio clips in procedures.

Benefit: Although technical communications is generally a multilingual sector customers will benefit from localized interfaces.

LICENSING IMPROVEMENTS

  • Support for password-protected proxy during license request.
  • Improved failover server support.
  • Floating server on Unix platform (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (32-bit), SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (32-bit)).
  • Request for all available licenses in License Administrator (Server) instead of specifying license count.
  • Simple mode in License Administrator (Server).

Benefit: Improved and simplified license administration.

WINDOWS 7 (32BIT AND 64BIT) SUPPORT

  • 32 bit support for Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit). Full 64bit support will be available in a later release.

Benefit: Support for workstation and higher specification machines, improves performance