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Aras Innovator 9.4 Release Is Available

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: August 14 2013

Aras, the enterprise-class open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution provider, recently announced download availability of the latest release of the Aras Innovator PLM platform and solution suite. The new 9.4 release features a series of computer-aided design (CAD)–focused enhancements for superior multi-CAD management performance. Additional highlights include enablement of the TRUaras secure cloud-based file exchange (leveraging Trubiquity), support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and IE 10, and numerous other scalability, performance, and usability improvements.



Multi-CAD management performance is important because global enterprises are increasingly experiencing significant performance issues with legacy PLM systems as they move to managing multi-CAD environments across mechanical and electronics design. The major PLM systems from the traditional CAD companies are naturally optimized for their specific CAD products, and there is little incentive to make integrations to competing CAD products with complete and high performance. As a CAD-neutral PLM platform, Aras has focused on delivering high performance across all of the popular third-party CAD products, such as CATIA, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, Inventor, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, etc. Aras is delivering optimized connectors, high-performance application programing interfaces (APIs), a unified CAD data model across mechanical and electronics, and a highly scalable vault replication.

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Checkin Manager

With Release 9.4, Aras cites a 10 times increase in speed, 10 times reduction in memory, and 6 times smaller argument markup language (AML)/extensible markup language (XML) package size to make Aras Innovator the fastest PLM platform for multi-CAD check-in/check-out performance. New Check-in/Check-out Manager capabilities streamline and automate the check in/out process for entire CAD assembly structures (pictured here). With a rapid status check for an entire CAD structure, a single compressed metadata commit and high-performance parallel, asynchronous file check-ins for each level of the CAD structure, Aras users should realize greater reliability and faster performance.

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Checkout Manager

Cited performance benchmarks by vendors are typically current snapshots that become quickly irrelevant. It’s not rare that a customer has a single PLM and multiple CAD systems. Major PLM/CAD players all know how important managing other CAD systems is, and will likely soon respond to Aras’ performance challenge.
 
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