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Document Management and Digital Asset Management Is There a Difference and What Might It Be?
As enterprises seek better content management systems, documentation management (DM) and digital asset management (DAM) are growing in popularity. Despite

cad font  images; logos; audio; video; CAD; animation (including GIFs and Flash); and design files. DM systems are often capable of storing these kinds of files as well, but provide little more than storage, which is not sufficient for organizations that handle large quantities of digital asset files. Business Use Each solution can also be used for different types of business processes. Business processes are automated by these solutions, which help with the creation, collaboration, review, and approval of content

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PLM Review: PTC Windchill ProductPoint


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cad font  its support for multiple CAD authoring applications. For a close-up look at ProductPoint from a user's point of view, download Windchill ProductPoint: Exploring the Product This white paper includes a Windchill ProductPoint overview; a list of its capabilities; product highlights; a product review; and a chart comparing ProductPoint to other PTC solutions. Get an inside look at a powerful collaboration tool designed especially for small and midsized businesses. Download your PDF copy of Windchill Read More

CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 1


In this day and age of globalization, ever-shorter new product introduction (NPI) cycles and overall product lifecycles, partner collaboration, and whatnot, product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions have lately increased their strategic significance to enterprises. In his recent Forbes blog post contribution, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann touts PLM as a new path to shareholder value. He

cad font  their expertise in the CAD and computer-aided engineering (CAE)-related product data management (PDM) realm, these vendors have expanded into the collaborative PLM realm by acquiring one or more PLM solutions and are currently selling them under the Teamcenter, ENOVIA , and Windchill PLM brands, respectively. Autodesk and Gerber Technologies would be additional prominent CAD providers that have recently joined the PLM fray. The Pros of CAD-based PLM Solutions Indisputably, CAD-based PLM vendors have Read More

Autodesk Resuscitates Tinkercad in the Cloud


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Autodesk Jumps on the Browser-based 3D Design Bandwagon


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PTC Live Global 2013: All About Design for “Servitization” —Part Two


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Aras Provides Embedded CAD to 3D PDF Converter in PLM


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cad font  Provides Embedded CAD to 3D PDF Converter in PLM During its ACE 2013 user conference, Aras , an open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider, announced a  computer-aided design (CAD) to 3D PDF converter  to be embedded in a PLM vault server and included for all Aras PLM subscribers. Now, with the addition of the converter, Aras can support 3D, 2D, Microsoft Office , images and scans, and other data types in a single open format—compressed PDF. This will enable users across the Read More

CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 3


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Customization Drives Complexity - Why It's Hard to Design, Sell, and Produce "Simple" Products


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cad font  customer-specific requirements. By developing CAD product models that incorporate design rules and flexibility, the order-specific design work can be more easily automated. For example, the number and spacing of the grids in a window should be calculated based on the window dimensions, as should the number and location of the window latches. If three-dimensional CAD models are used for these calculations, the engineering automation can also include the dynamic generation of production-ready drawings and Read More

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Gaining Competitive Advantage through Global Product Development


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