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Dewoitine D520 dans 3DVIA Composer

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Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter la dernière animation de BEAUVAIS Laurent, Consultant PLM Dassault Systèmes mais aussi passionné de maquettes et aviation.

Sa maquette numérique du Dewoitine D520 en poche, Laurent s’est lancé dans l’expérience 3DVIA Composer juste après une première formation. Un week end plus tard il nous proposait l’animation du montage de la maquette du célèbre avion.

Mais trêve de bavardage, je vous laisse plutôt télécharger et explorer cet exécutable !
http://download.3dviacomposer.com/D520_by_Angus.exe

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3DVIA your iPod #58: “3DVIA Safe, Part 2″

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In Episode #54, Jonathan introduced 3DVIA Safe, and demonstrated how Secure 3D can be used to protect your intellectual property from reverse engineering. This week’s podcast shows another capability of 3DVIA Safe: “Right Manager”. Right Manager enables 3DVIA Composer authors to enable or disable certain functions in the 3DVIA Player.

Imagine if you had the flexibility to allow one 3DVIA Player user the ability to create cross-sections but not labels, or another user the ability to take measurements but not save them, or another user to only open the file for the next 10 days. With the Right Manager options of 3DVIA Safe, this flexibility becomes a reality. And not only can you set these options from within 3DVIA Composer, if you watch the previous podcast again, you will see Jon...

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3DVIA your iPod #57: “Using 3DVIA Sync to automatically update product deliverables”

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3DVIA your iPod #57: “Using 3DVIA Composer Sync to automatically update product deliverables”

In any video program — podcast or network television — there’s occasionally a “can’t miss” episode. Number 57 — this episode — is one of those must see episodes.

In just about five minutes, this episode really puts it all together for you. Watch it over and over again to see the subtleties of what is going on and you’ll get the full understanding of what we mean by product information everyware.

In just a few minutes, Jonathan Riondet shows content creation, creating several deliverables so easily that it looks like one smooth motion. Then he shows how those deliverables can be automatically updated when the underlying product definition changes, such as when the CAD information changes. Of course, this data can be managed by a PLM system. And remember, we mean any 3D...

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3DVIA Composer to be featured at SolidWorks World

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Attend SolidWorks World to learn more about 3DVIA Composer

If it’s January, the entire SolidWorks community — both here in Concord and around the world — is gearing up for SolidWorks World in mid-January.

We’re very excited to participate in SWW again this year, this time as part of the SolidWorks family. So, be sure to look for 3DVIA Composer in the SolidWorks booth at the exhibit.

I also want to make sure you know about the in-depth session we are going to be delivering this year. It’s on Monday, January 21 at 4:30pm. The session title is Revolutionizing Design Communication: Creating Product Information with 3DVIA Composer.

In the session, we will have user of 3DVIA Composer will explain his implementation and how it has revolutionized their use of SolidWorks as a source for product publishing...

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3DVIA your iPod #55: “3DVIA Composer data sheet

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This 3DVIA Composer screenshot shows how users can work in 3D and produce all the deliverables they need, including 2D line art…as compared to 2D-based tools like PTC Arbortext IsoDraw

This week, I am putting a new data sheet for 3DVIA Composer into the podcast feed instead of our usual video “vignette”.

I wanted to make sure everyone has an opportunity to see it, as it contains the first screenshots we have published with the 3DVIA Composer UI. Past PDFs we have put into the podcast feed have been extremely popular.

The blog and podcast will return in early 2008. Until then, everyone at 3DVIA wishes you and yours a happy holiday season.

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3DVIA your iPod #52: “3DVIA Check”

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3DVIA Composer podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 52, 3DVIA Composer clash

I am very pleased to be able to bring yet another video episode to you today. You may notice that while the name of the podcast has changed to reflect our new branding, the actual video was recorded by Jonathan using the product formerly known as Seemage. (Prince fans, please forgive me.) That’s because we prepare these episodes in advance of their publication. With our hectic schedules,  the podcast contributors record episodes when they can, and I select the order in which we present them. The content is so good and has been so popular that I think it’s better to share episodes recorded before we shipped 3DVIA Composer than to waste these fascinating looks at the capabilities 3DVIA Composer offers.

So, with that offered as an explanation for what you see in the menus, concen...

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Seemage your iPod #51: “Cleo success story” (English)

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Cléo logo

Today’s podcast episode is a little different. Instead of focusing on Seemage features, we are presenting a sales success story in both French and English.

To get this breaking story, Garth Coleman interviewed Fabrice of Axemble in France via Skype, one of the EU’s largest SolidWorks resellers. As you will hear, Fabrice tells the amazing story of how an important customer was so excited about Seemage, they purchased it on the first sales call.

Now I realize some of you may think this is pure propaganda. (Though when, I ask you, was the last time a PLM company posted such an authentic, unedited story? When we said we were going to continue to using the blog to be completely open about Seemage after our acquisition, we meant it.)

But in reality, this is a story about compelling technology…t...

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 50, Seemage associative paths

This episode marks the one-year anniversary of the Seemage podcast. I want to thank everyone who has downloaded, commented on and enjoyed these. It makes preparing them a pleasure for us.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work of the folks in Seemage who created the animations and product vignettes we have presented here. My deepest thanks to everyone in Sophia who contributed to this. A year-long podcast with tens of thousands of downloads ain’t nothing to sneeze at.

Today’s topic is another bravura demonstration from Jonathan showing how easy it is for non-technical users to create very sophisticated documentation, in this case, animations, by giving Seemage just the merest hint of what you want...

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 49, Seemage metadata search

In this week’s episode, Jonathan manages to show two amazing things about Seemage in less than two minutes. First, there is the search function, which allows you to rapidly find anything you need in a Seemage model.

More interestingly, by showing that it’s possible to search a Seemage model for metadata without having the part’s geometry loaded, Jonathan is making clear a fundamental point about Seemage: that Seemage is a property editor.  Anything (and everything) in Seemage is simply a property. So, if you want to search for a part number, it’s not dependent on the geometry.

It takes some thinking to grasp the concept, but once you do it’s clear why Seemage is both powerful and fast.

Thanks again to Jonathan for this week’s episode.

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Late adopters of 3D: the time is now

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crossingthe3dchasm -- a little late

In high tech circles, Geoffrey Moore’s 1991 book, Crossing the Chasm, is considered gospel. In it, Moore talks about the stages of technology adoption and groups users into stages based on their relative enthusiasm for new technologies. The last (and largest) group of people to receive the benefits of any new technology are the “late adopters”.

I been thinking about what I heard Jeff Ray, CEO of SolidWorks say at DS’s industry analyst event last week. Jeff said that the opportunity to convert users from 2D is orders of magnitude larger than winning customers from competitors. (On that point, the competition is seriously left in the dust based on what I’ve seen of SolidWorks 2008).

Then, last week, I came across this very interesting article by Luke Davis from Cadalyst which is clearly tar...

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Seemage your iPod #48: “Seemage application integration”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 48, Seemage application integration

This week’s episode demonstrates an important capability in Seemage: application integration. In this video, you will notice that Seemage is being used to integrate 3D data with procedural information in a custom application. The application includes the business logic required to prevent users from making errors or skipping parts of the process. Notice also in the video how the XML architecture of Seemage improves the creation of these product procedures.

This video illustrates that when we talk about content authoring in Seemage, it is not limited to production of PDFs and Word documents, or even the planet’s best product animations. It includes programmability. It’s a pretty amazing capability of Seemage, and one customers are increasingly taking advantage of.

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Seemage your iPod #47: “Seemage occlusion and Secure3D”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 47, Seemage occlusion and Secure3D

This week’s podcast episode has three related and interesting things to see(mage).

First, Jonathan shows us how to hide parts. This is useful not only to reduce file size, but also to make it easier to work on create documentation for the specific function or part of the product desired.

Next, Jonathan shows us how to manually reduce the accuracy of the product data to secure the intellectual property contained in that digital data. While this can be useful, Seemage offers an even better way.

Jonathan demonstrates Seemage Secure3D technology to quickly and easily secure the IP while also displaying parts and assemblies correctly.

We hope you enjoy this video podcast episode and my thanks again to Jonathan Riondet for the recording.

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Seemage your iPod #46: “Seemage XML-driven styles”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 46, Seemage XML-driven styles 

This week’s episode is, as they say in the movies, a blockbuster.

Jonathan Riondet’s topic this week is deceptively simple: applying styles to Seemage content. You will be impressed with the ease and flexibility Seemage styles offer.

But then, about 2 minutes into this episode, things get very interesting: You witness the power of the XML-based architecture of Seemage as Jonathan changes the display language of the graphical image via modification of the external XML style information.

Consider the importance of this: automatic display of content in local language based, for example, on the language in use on the desktop. Being able to programmatically add languages whenever necessary. Elimination of reams of printed versions of product documentation.

This episode is an extraordina...

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Seemage your iPod #45: “Cloning geometry”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 45, Cloning geometry

This week Jonathan Riondet elaborates on one of the features that users consistently tell us makes Seemage so useful: the ability to substantially reduce the size of files. In this example, Jonathan shows how to take an already-small Seemage file and by cloning geometry in the file, reduce the size of the Seemage file even more.

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PTC to technical service writers: “One size — XXXL– fits all”

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PTC to technical service writers: one size — ginormous — fits all

Many of you may remember the rock band called Talking Heads. And you may also remember their famous movie, Stop Making Sense, in which lead singer David Bryne appears onstage in an ill-fitting “big suit.”

Both the title of the film and the fit of the clothes pretty aptly describe what we think of Parametric Technology’s announcement of a “comprehensive, out-of-the-box solution for creating, publishing and delivering technical service manuals.”

We wonder why you need four separate applications – none of which are widely-deployed standards – to author content. Will tech writers prefer Microsoft® Word® or Arbortext® Editortm? How eager do you think users are to learn a new text editing tool? PTC’s press release says, “The success of any new solution hinges on an organizationâ€...

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Seemage your iPod #44: “Animating movement in Seemage”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 44, Animating movement in Seemage

This week, our podcast episode demonstrates Seemage’s technological superiority in creating animations directly from 3D data. This episode, recorded by Franck Soulier (thank you, Franck!), shows how to create movement in Seemage animations.

I especially like that the object being animated here is a relatively simple thing: a skate board. This allows you to focus on the steps Franck uses to make that simple thing do something that is fairly complex: rotate and flip in space.

The real beauty of Seemage is that getting results like these is well within the capabilities of most users: you do not need to be an engineer or designer. Simple actions, sequenced on a simple-to-understand time line, make creating Seemage animations fast and easy.

Franck’s demonstration is a good example of ...

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Unexpected modernity for CAD and PLM

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Technical illustrators will be happier using Seemage

Whenever we get a chance, we take the opportunity to share our product information everyware vision with industry analysts and journalists. Having been part of those meetings for a year now, there’s a consistent reaction when the product architecture behind our vision becomes clear to the analyst or journalist: they have an epiphany.

Last week, an analyst we were briefing had the classic full-body reaction and, suddenly, he grokked Seemage. Then he said, “But unless you explain this more, you won’t ever become famous for your architecture.”

Our response? People don’t (or shouldn’t) buy IT architectures. They do (and should) buy products...

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Seemage your iPod #43: “Locking events”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 43, Seemage Event Locking

This week Jonathan Riondet shows how content creators have complete control of the presentation of 3D information. In addition to the main points about view control, there are some interesting things to notice in this week’s episode.

We start with SolidWorks, once again featuring our new integration with this popular design system. Next, you will notice the Jonathan is using Seemage Viz. I think this might be the first time we’ve shown Seemage Viz in the podcast, and Jonathan shows how very useful Seemage Viz is for content creators. Seemage Viz is the entry-level Seemage application.

Finally, Jonathan shows us the results in a PDF. This makes a point visually that we often write about: that PDF is nothing more than a container…a convenient transmission medium...

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Dassault Systèmes and Seemage announce strategic partnership

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Today, Seemage and Dassault Systèmes announced that Seemage has become a CAA V5 partner, ensuring tighter integration between Seemage and Dassault technologies. Download the complete press release using the link below.

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Are you still in the “darkroom” about CAD file formats?

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Using drawings to create product documentation is like using chemistry for photos instead of a digital camera

We’re back from a long holiday weekend here in the US, and I wanted to pick up the discussion thread started last week when we posted our assertion that the file translation problem has been solved.

Articulating that fact resulted in this comment from Deelip Menezes:

In the response to Scott Shepard, Alex says, “the manic focus on converting things obscures the need to do something with the info”. I could not agree more. I have a small question though. How the hell are you going to do something worthwhile with the info if you do not have the correct info to begin with?

With apologies to Deelip, I don’t want to get pulled into the sub-topic of file-format conversion accuracy, because that is, ahem, a religious war without solution.

Suffice it to say that I am happy to use a digital came...

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Seemage your iPod #42: “Path Planning”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 42, Seemage Path Planning

This week’s Seemage podcast episode is presented by Franck Soulier who demonstrates Seemage Path Planning. First, Franck shows how Seemage can solve an abstract problem very easily: the path a ball must take to get out of a maze. That alone would make this a gripping video to watch. But then Franck goes further to show us a real-life application: how to remove parts in a maintenance situation.

Don’t you wish the engineer who put spark plug #8 under the air intake in your car had used Seemage path planning? I certainly do.

Thanks so much to Franck for the great video, and as always, we welcome your comments on this podcast and our blog in general.

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A user’s perspective on Seemage

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Seemage is used to document Hyster forklifts

We are very pleased to post here an unabridged version of the article Gordon Benson of NACCO Materials wrote for Machine Design magazine.

As you read Gordon’s paper, we hope you will agree that the issues and challenges Gordon describes are universal no matter what CAD and/or PLM system your company uses, and that his approach to solving those problems in his company is applicable to your company as well.

Gordon places special emphasis on the ROI of better product documentation, something we believe is more and more evident inside manufacturing companies today. It’s the kind of thing you might expect software vendors to talk about. But it’s so much more authentic reading Gordon’s perspective than simply hearing it from us.

We want to thank Gordon for allowing us to post the original...

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CAD file conversion misses the bus

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Thinking about CAD file format conversion without content creation is like missing the bus

Here at Seemage, we marvel at the amount of time and energy people spend thinking about file format conversions. In a nutshell, we believe this is a solved problem…that people who want or need to convert file formats can and do, easily and accurately.

We think the real issue isn’t about conversion…it’s about content creation. Customers tell us they need technology to allow departments outside engineering and design to create useful, accurate product deliverables. Our customers’ real challenge is to make it possible for end-users to achieve this in a compatible, secure way. (Naturally, we think Seemage matches this customer need perfectly.)

So, it never ceases to amaze me when I read a review of a product whose entire purpose…its complete market aspiration…its raison d’être is ...

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Snecma Services Flies with Seemage

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Seemage is pleased to announce that Snecma Services is using Seemage as a vital part of its training and educational services. Read the press release below.

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Choose one: text or animations for nuclear powerplant training

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Text is not the answer to better product documentation

I was reading the “Engineers without Fears” blog and came across this post in which Matt Moore describes some of the core issues that arise in documenting very complex products, especially their long lifespan and the need to transfer information from one person to another over multiple careers.

Matt summarizes the problem succinctly:

Powerplants and fighter planes tend to be expensive and have long lifespans (as long or longer than the career of individual). Given that a proper understanding of how a complicated product operates takes a long time to build (often 10 years minimum), knowing who knows what around a specific component or assembly is vital. And yet often it is not known.

We agree these are important issues...

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