3DVIA Composer V6R2009x Information

by

The new release of 3DVIA Composer V6R2009x is being launched this week as part of the overall V6 portfolio update. As part of the press release, we have updated our website. Let us know what you think!

Information about the new 3DVIA Composer enhancements can be see here, and will be available on Friday for general distribution.

Read More

See Henning Lochner Present at ECF 2008!

by

3DVIA Composer at ECF 2008

Watch our very own Henning Lochner introduce and present 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA Virtools at this year’s European CATIA Forum. Henning will be presenting on Wednesday @ 2 pm (that’s 14h00). 

Read More

3DVIA Composer at TEKOM 2008!

by

3DVIA Composer - tcworld

For three days between November 5th and 7th, 2008, Technical Communication was the center of attention at the Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden. 3DVIA was there, and it was a big success for us at this year’s tcworld conference.

Read More

3DVIA Composer Erfolg auf der TEKOM 2008!

by

3DVIA Composer - tcworld

Wie jedes Jahr in Herbst war Wiesbaden mit der  Tekom Jahrestagung für drei Tage DAS Forum für Technische Kommunikation. Vom 5.-7. November 2008 hatten weit über 3000 Besucher die Möglichkeit, sich mit den neusten Trends in Sachen Dokumentation vertraut zu machen.

Read More

Taira Promote Deploys 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA Virtools

by

Taira Promote, a customer in Japan, is making great use of 3DVIA products to liberate 3D data out of engineering and into the hands of technical publications and training manuals. They are using 3DVIA Virtools and 3DVIA Composer to develop and launch their “i-manuals”. These are in-depth , interactive, and on-line technical manuals to communicate and simulate highly complicated concepts.

You can view the press release here.

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #81: “3DVIA Player ActiveX”

by

In about 10 minutes, you will see how to embed the 3DVIA Player into PowerPoint, and learn how to setup an interactive 3D presentation. By simplifying the 3DVIA Player interface and creating buttons to access only the most desired functionality, a custom and fully interactive application can be created: one that is designed for a specific set of users with a specific set of functionality.

And the best part is that everything you see in this podcast is 100% free as part of the 3DVIA Composer system!

Read More

3DVIA Composer Sessions at COE Aero

by

Come and see us at next week’s COE 2008 Industry Workshop – Aerospace in Wichita, KS!

On Monday, October 27 @ 3:15 pm, along with Eric Giroir, yours-truly will be introducing a new vision for technical documentation management on the V6 platform. This must-see event will explain how Composer’s XML infrastructure and capabilities can be integrated into ENOVIA V6 framework to create a complete “Generative PLM Documentation System” to:

 

  • Drive & automate documentation processes leveraging all PLM IP
  • Define & deliver, within the full PLM lifecycle, a world-class documentation framework
  • Fully leverage 3D as a new media for collaboration
  • Offer an open and customizable architecture

And on Tuesday, October 28 starting at @ 1:00 pm, Mike Rielly is hosting two, sold out, ...

Read More

3DVIA Composer sessions at COE Auto

by

Join us at week’s COE 2008 Industry Workshop – Automotive in Troy, MI!

On Wednesday, October 15 @ 4:40 pm, visit Jean-Jacques Grimaud, Tod Cruikshank, and Abe Sahi as they discuss technical documentation challenges in the automotive industry, and propose solutions using 3DVIA Composer.

On Thursday, October 16 @ 8:00 am, sign up with Tod and Abe as they take you on a guided tour of 3DVIA Composer in the Hands-On Test Drive workshop. Sign up early, as space is limited!

You can also get one-on-one time with the team at the Dassault booth during the SolutionsFair.

Read More

Acqualux Drains Wasted Time out of Shower Design with SolidWorks and 3DVIA

by

In these economic times, imagine what a 25 to 40% documentation process reduction could mean to the competitiveness of your company.

Take a look at what Acqualux, a UK based company, has been able to achieve with 3DVIA Composer. The full press release can be viewed here. The following is a notable highlight from this announcement:

“We have to provide layman-level instructions to the end customer as well as detailed instructions for our service and quality control people so they can walk consumers through the build when they don’t understand something,” said Aqualux Design Manager Neil Harrison. “3DVIA Composer was a huge leap forward for us in producing documentation...

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #80: “Custom PDF Templates”

by

If you have ever wanted to publish Composer content to a PDF, and wanted to change the look of the resulting PDF file, this is the podcast episode you have been waiting for!

Again it was Jonathan who showed me a great idea: use a familiar tool like Word or PowerPoint to build the layout of your desired PDF template, then convert it to a PDF. Then it is a simple matter to use Adobe Acrobat to indicate where Composer should embed the 3D content.

Then Presto! Your Composer data can now be easily embedded into your customized PDF file.

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #79: “Using 3DVIA Sync to Keep Content Up-to-Date”

by

A couple of weeks ago, Jonathan showed me an interesting way to use 3DVIA Sync to keep your .smg files up-to-date. I had never seen Sync used in exactly this way, and I am happy to pass along this great tip to you. What makes this podcast so interesting is that the .smg file has information about its source CAD data; so it is as simple as asking the .smg file to update itself, and Sync takes care of the rest.

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #78: “Linked Vector Images”

by

In Markus’ third installment, watch how he creates interactive 2D documents by using the linking ability in 3DVIA Composer. We know that not every use case can utilize interactive 3D documents. Many times you still need traditional 2D output, and you can see how easy it is with 3DVIA Composer to create hotspots in the output so that you can create a series of wonderfully connected 2D technical illustrations.

Thanks Markus, this is a great tip!

Read More

3DVIA Composer hotfix now available

by

Hi everyone. This is a short announcement to let you know that a new hotfix for 3DVIA Composer is now generally available. The official name is V6R2009.HF12, and is available through your normal distribution channels. For information about what is updated, please refer to the documentation included with the new release.

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #76: “Automatic Layout Positioning, and Project Mode” (English Version)

by

This week I would like to welcome a guest podcaster from SolidWorks Germany,  Markus Koechl, who not only brings us a great tip, but also brought us our very first German-language podcast last week!

Today Markus demonstrates how to use 3DVIA Composer to import CAD sub-assemblies and have them automatically and properly positioned relative to other sub-assemblies. This powerful ability allows massive assemblies — along with multi-CAD assemblies — to be broken up and easily imported into 3DVIA Composer. You may never have seen the full assembly before, or may not even have the full assembly at all, and now you can bring all of the data together into a high-performing 3DVIA Composer environment for repurposing into 2D and 3D documentation.

Markus also describes the “Project Mode” of 3DVIA...

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #76: “Automatic Layout Positioning, and Project Mode”

by

Our very first German post and podcast!

Diese Woche begrüße ich herzlich Markus Koechl von SolidWorks Deutschland, der uns mit seinem podcast nicht nur einen großartigen Beitrag, sondern auch den ersten Beitrag in deutscher Sprache zur Verfügung stellt!

Markus wird uns heute zeigen, wie man mit 3DVIA Composer CAD Sub-Assemblies importiert und sie automatisch und an der richtigen Stelle im Verhältnis zu anderen Unterbaugruppen positioniert. Damit können große Baugruppen, zusammen mit Multi CAD Assemblies, sehr leicht aufgeteilt und in 3DVIA Composer importiert werden...

Read More

Customers speak out!

by

Recently, I received some user comments to several blog posts. Normally I strive for non-censorsed, authentic content. Unfortunately, this user insisted on making personal attacks at me as well as other rude comments that do not bear repetition.

Among the fluff, this user did manage to articulate a point, and here is the text:

All I read about is how everyone else is terrible and Seemage is great, but I don’t hear discussions about business value that you guys have delivered. You should really start taking the high road, as I know Seemage is a decent product but this kind of lame, baseless contempt for the competition is becoming a standing joke amongst my peers. For those of us looking to buy Seemage, it would help if I didn’t have to explain to my executives why your blog always sounds like you guys have your backs against the wall….Help a brother out!

So to “help the brother out”, here is a recent email that I received from a customer, explaining why 3DVIA Composer (aka Seemage), is great:

Still very ...

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #75: “Really fast ballooning”

by

This week, Tod continues to build out his technical illustration that he started last week. He covers several options for ballooning the illustration, and then outputs the view to line art format.

Watch closely as he performs the following:

  • Sets up the default balloon widthC
  • Creates Bill Of Material id’s for different levels of the assembly
  • Creates BOM id’s using part names and meta properties
  • Controls the how the balloons are aligned
  • Quickly changes the styling of the balloons
  • Updates a view with his changes
  • Outputs the view to an interactive line art (CGM4 or SVG) while controlling the desired line weights of outlines, silhouettes, and shadows

It takes Tod less then 5 minutes to cover these topics and generate a fully interactive technical illu...

Read More

IBM is now selling 3DVIA Composer

by

Yesterday, IBM formally announced that it will sell and support Dassault Systèmes V6 portfolio, including 3DVIA Composer. Check out the press release here.

Read More

Bernard Charlès on CNN

by

For those of you non-French-speakers who could not enjoy last week’s radio interview with Bernard Charlès, here is a short video of an interview he gave to CNN — this time in English. What is interesting in this video is how Bernard talks about the French software industry trying to find ways to take technology start-up companies and transform them into sustainable businesses. In case you have not been keeping track: before we were acquired by Dassault Systemes, Seemage was a tiny startup based in southern France. So we know what he’s talking about, and we are one of the success stories — thanks to our great founders, great leaders, superbly great developers, and great fellow employees across the company. And most importantly, thanks to our great customers!

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #74: “Really fast exploded views”

by

Have you ever spent hours to create a complicated exploded view, with thrust lines and callouts, only to have to re-do it when engineering makes a change on you?

This week, Tod Cruikshank shows us how to quickly create exploded views for technical illustrations. While in animation mode, he uses an innovative set of 3DVIA Composer functions to complete his demonstration. In particular he:

  • uses “associative paths” to create jagged thrust lines in one easy step;
  • uses a combination of assembly motion and part motion to create those thrust lines;
  • moves one part in an assembly, and then quickly applies that placement to other selected parts;
  • creates convenient hot keys to further increase the pace of his work.

When I first saw this technique, I was blo...

Read More

Bernard Charlès à coeur ouvert sur BFM

by

BFM : Les sagas du pouvoir 2008

Le rendez-vous incontournable des acteurs de l’économie et de la politique. L’émission propose des interviews sans concession d’hommes et de femmes qui font la Une de l’actualité. Écouter les Sagas du Pouvoir, c’est aussi prendre le temps de dialoguer avec des invités qu’ils soient hommes politiques, ou grands patrons.

Voici l’enregistrement de l’émission avec Bernard Charlès.

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #73: ENOVIA SmarTeam Integration Part 3

by

podcast73.png

Here is yet another in-depth demonstration of a 3DVIA Composer integration to ENOVIA SmarTeam. This time you will see 3DVIA Sync Integration, 3DVIA Composer, CATIA, and ENOVIA SmarTeam all comimg together to create a very robust environment for creating, managing, and updating 3D animated content.

The example will show how SmarTeam meta data can be integrated into the 3DVIA Composer content, how the 3DVIA Composer file can be managed and updated by SmarTeam, and how CATIA modifications to the product structure can be automatically propagated into 3DVIA Composer.

Thanks again to Evgeniy Fedotov for the great sample integration and video.

Read More

3DVIA Featured in Time Magazine

by

Back in May, 3DVIA was featured in Time magazine. The article mainly talked about 3D coming to Web 2.0, and how 3DVIA.com had amassed over 15,000 users who have generated a lot of 3D content. 3DVIA.com offers several free tools to allow consumers the ability to create 3D content and to leverage that content in several ways. In particular:

Eventually, subscribers will be able to use the software to conceive and create their own online games. Already users can build models of the exteriors of their homes or other buildings and place them in real settings on Microsoft’s Virtual Earth.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg… you can use 3DVIA to integrate with Facebook too. And now all that great content on 3DVIA.com can be used in 3DVIA Composer too...

Read More

3DVIA your iPod #72: ENOVIA SmarTeam Integration Part 2

by

 podcast72.png

Back in Episode #64, you saw a great example of the power of 3DVIA Sync Integration and the ease and speed by which a SmarTeam integration can be built.

This podcast shows another example of integrating 3DVIA Composer into ENOVIA SmarTeam, in particular the ability to update Composer data with meta data modifications. The combination of Composer’s XML structure, associative labels that reflect current meta data values, and the ability to tie it all together into SmarTeam provides exceptionally robust capabilities for just about any customer-specific integration requirement.

Read More

3DVIA Composer V6R2009 is released!

by

Earlier this week, we had a successful launch of the overall V6 architecture at DEVCON in Paris. 3DVIA Composer V6R2009 was released as part of this launch. For details about the enhancements in this version, please click here.

Read More