CAD users have specialized document management requirements and need a solution designed to work with their specific CAD applications. Adept has been integrated with AutoCAD-based applications since 1991 and Autodesk Inventor since 2001. Adept has been a SolidWorks Gold Certified PDM Product since 2003 and is tightly integrated with MicroStation. Adept is designed to easily and effectively address the unique requirements of CAD users in the following ways:
Find and Reuse Existing Design Data – Adept’s full text and structured searching allow CAD users to quickly find and re-use existing design data. Adept also provides the ability to quickly and easily copy and rename complete designs including all related documents.
Attribute, Property and Tag Linking – Attributes (AutoCAD), properties (SolidWorks and Inventor) or tags (MicroStation) are automatically extracted into Adept, eliminating manual data entry and ensuring this information can be used when searching for documents and generating reports. Because this link is bi-directional, authorized users can update one or many attributes, properties or tags from within the Adept interface in single document or batch document mode, without opening the drawing documents in CAD.
File Relationship Management – Adept manages and tracks complex file relationships within AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks and MicroStation documents throughout each document’s lifecycle. As documents are checked out, revised, routed through workflow, copied or moved, Adept ensures all file relationships remain intact. Adept displays these file relationships in an easy to understand tree structure so you can see “where-used” and “composed of” information. Using these capabilities, it is easy and fast to be certain how changes to one drawing or part may affect many others.
Application Integration – Many Adept features and capabilities are accessible from within your AutoCAD, Inventor and SolidWorks application, helping design professionals be more efficient while ensuring effective document management.
Visualization – Each license of Adept includes an integrated seat of Oracle’s AutoVue enterprise visualization software, the premier solution for viewing, markup, compare and collaboration. Adept provides native support for viewing of 2D and 3D AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, and MicroStation documents as well as office documents, raster documents, PDF, DWF and more.
Bill of Material Automation – Manufacturing based CAD users can automate the creation of an Excel-based bill of material from within Adept. Users have several configuration options, can output in either indented or flat formats, and can save settings for future use. SolidWorks and Inventor users benefit from Adept’s ability to track quantities of parts and assemblies. In calculating quantities, Adept considers the bill of material status assigned within the CAD application (e.g.: suppressed, excluded from BOM, BOM structure of Reference, etc.). SolidWorks users can also choose to output configuration specific information.
Advanced Version Control – Accurate version control prevents CAD users from working on an incorrect version, and it prevents the wrong version from making it to the shop floor, purchasing, or a building contractor. Adept’s version control capabilities go deeper for CAD users when file relationships are used. When documents with “parent/ child” relationships are revised, Adept ensures related documents are linked to the correct version of the revised file. You can configure Adept so that a parent file will always reference the latest version of a child, or so that it will remain fixed on the original version when appropriate.
In some CAD environments, it is important to track not only “major” versions, but also “minor” versions. Minor versions are a series of edits that may occur by multiple users prior to the file’s final approval. By tracking minor versions, you have the flexibility of prototyping multiple versions of a design prior to checking one in to replace the original file.