Monday Jan 25, 2016

AutoVue for Agile 21.0.0 is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the availability of Oracle’s AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization 21.0.0, a major release within the 21 product family, on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

With this 21.0.0. release, Oracle delivers it’s next generation 3D visualization framework in AutoVue for Agile, providing best-in-class support for core 3D formats and boasting significant 3D performance and fidelity improvements.

AutoVue for Agile release 21.0.0 also includes view handling improvements specific to Model-Based Engineering and continues to deliver on usability enhancements. 

Agile 9.3.5 customers will also benefit from improvements related to the creation and access of AutoVue markups in the context of Oracle’s Agile workflows.

AutoVue for Agile release 21.0.0 includes the following new capabilities and improvements: 

  • New Format Support
AutoVue for Agile 21.0.0 includes support for the following new formats:
    • SolidWorks 2015 and 2016
    • Creo 3.0
    • Inventor 2015 and 2016
    • AutoCAD 2015 and  2016
    • Catia V5-6R2013 (R23), V5-6R2014 (R24) and V5-6R2015 (R25)
    • SolidEdge ST7and SST8
    • JT 10.0
    • Unigraphics NX 8.5, 9, and 10 (3D only)

Note:
The AutoVue for Agile customers are provided the following formats supported in the 21.0.0.1 patch within the 9.3.5 installer: AutoCAD 2016, AutoCAD Mechanical 2-D 2016, Autodesk Inventor 2016, CATIA V5-6R2015, SolidWorks 2015 SP2 and above for 2D files, SolidWorks 2016*
*To enable support for SolidWorks 2016 2D, customers need to download GA Patch 22518352 from ARU.

  • Improved view handling for Model Based Enterprise (MBE)
    • Support for Combined Views (PMI visibility, cut views) in Creo
    • Improved support for Product and manufacturing information (PMI).

 To learn more about AutoVue and MBE see our blog post “Model Based Enterprise - An Introduction

  • Simplified access and creation of AutoVue markups in Agile 9.3.5  
    • Launch AutoVue directly in markup mode from the new Change Affected files tab, eliminating unnecessary clicks.
    • Easily see and access AutoVue markups related to specific Affected Files regardless of the file version, revision and the associated workflow.
    • Easily navigate through multiple files directly from within the AutoVue client using AutoVue’s Multi-content feature.
  • New Platform Support
    • Server: Oracle Linux server 7.X and up
    • Client: Windows 8.1+

Click here to read about the latest features and their corresponding benefits.
Click here to access the latest AutoVue Format Support Sheet.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2016

AutoVue 21.0.0.1 Rollup Patch is Available

We are happy to announce the availability of a new AutoVue Rollup Patch (RUP) for release 21. This RUP adds support for a number of formats including SolidWorks 2016, SolidEdge ST8, Inventor 2016, CatiaV5-6 R2015, and AutoCAD 2016; and is immediately available for AutoVue users under maintenance.

With the release of this AutoVue RUP, Oracle demonstrates its ongoing commitment to remaining at the forefront of format support and delivering the formats strategic to its customers’ business practices.

For more information about AutoVue 21.0.0.1 Rollup Patch, please consult the following Knowledge Management Note on My Oracle Support: Doc ID 2091717.1

Friday Dec 18, 2015

A Browser Page with the Link "http://jdl.sun.com/webapps/.." When using IE 11 and launching AutoVue Applet from Agile PLM

When opening a file in AutoVue from Agile Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) with Internet Explorer 11, an additional browser window with the link: http://jdl.sun.com/webapps/getjava/BrowserRedirect?locale=en&host=java.com is launched. The AutoVue Applet page opens fine and displays the file correctly. 

The root cause of this additional page is that the Agile code suggests a JVM update and queries for that URL. It has this specific code inside the agile page (which can be viewed by reviewing the source page of the AutoVue Applet page)

if(windowsIE=="Microsoft Internet Explorer" {
....
else {
var time = new Date();
var newWindowName = time.getTime();
myWindow = window.open("http://jdl.sun.com/webapps/getjava/BrowserRedirect?locale=en&host=java.com",newWindowName);
myWindow.alert("Please Install Java Runtime Environment";

The above code is causing this annoying extra page to pop up aside from AutoVue Applet page.  Support has logged Bug 22049068 with Oracle Agile PLM development team to resolve this issue but as a workaround users can use the following possible workarounds depending on their requirements:

  1. Use Firefox browser instead of Internet Explorer (IE) 11.
  2. Use an earlier IE Version than 11.
  3. Configure IE 11 to use "Enterprise Mode" as specified in the following page: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn640699.aspx

Thursday Nov 26, 2015

Support for Creo Combined Views in AutoVue 21

Hi all,

I wanted to say a little bit about one of the new features in the recently released AutoVue 21: support for Creo's 'Combined Views' capability.  

Combined views are a pretty key feature when working with Model Based Designs (MBD) - you can see a bit of background on this here: https://blogs.oracle.com/enterprisevisualization/entry/model_based_enterprise_an_introduction  - when building an MBD in Creo, it is very common to add views that capture a particular aspect of the model that will be important for some aspect of the product's process - assembly, maintenance etc.  

The combined view feature in Creo allows you to create views that substantially filter down what is shown to the user - hiding parts that aren't relevant, hiding PMI information that isn't relevant, even doing a cut through the model to show exactly the part of the model that is relevant.

In previous releases of AutoVue, all that we supported was the camera viewpoint for these views - so you would see that entire model and all PMIs, but from the correct view port.   This makes it very hard to see what was intended by the designer.

In AutoVue 21, we support all of the aspects of the combined view, so you will see the model just as it was intended in Creo.

This will be very valuable for anyone working in a model based enterprise - but will also be useful for many other users of Creo.

Happy visualizing!


Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

AutoVue 21.0.0 is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the availability of Oracle’s AutoVue Enterprise Visualization 21.0.0, a major release within the 21 product family, on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

With this 21.0.0. release, Oracle delivers AutoVue’s next generation 3D visualization framework, providing best-in-class support for core 3D formats and boasting significant 3D performance and fidelity improvements.

AutoVue release 21.0.0 also includes view handling improvements specific to Model-Based Engineering and continues to deliver on usability enhancements

AutoVue release 21.0.0 includes the following new capabilities and improvements:

  •  New Format Support
    AutoVue 21.0.0 includes support for new versions of popular 3D and 2D CAD formats
    • SolidWorks 2015
    • Creo 3.0
    • Inventor 2015
    • AutoCAD 2015
    • Catia V5-6R2013 (R23) and V5-6R2014 (R24)
    • SolidEdge ST7
    • JT 10.0
    • Unigraphics NX 8.5, 9 and 10 (3D only)
    • AutoCAD 2015
  • Improved view handling for Model Based Enterprise (MBE):
    • Support for Combined Views (PMI visibility, cut views) in Creo
    • Improved support for Product and manufacturing information (PMI).

To learn more about AutoVue and MBE see our blog post “Model Based Enterprise - An Introduction

  • New Platform Support
    • Server: Oracle Linux server 7.X and up
    • Client: Windows 8.1+

Click here to read about the latest features and their corresponding benefits.
Click here to access the latest AutoVue Format Support Sheet.

Monday Nov 02, 2015

True Type Fonts (TTF) Not Found When Running AutoVue

In some situations it is possible that True Type Fonts (TTF) are not found by AutoVue when viewing files which contains those  particular type of fonts even if they are available and installed in the Windows fonts folder.The root cause of this issue is most likely caused by the fact the the TTF are not installed in your Windows machine using an administrator account and/or if running AutoVue server as a Windows service then it is also possible that this service is NOT running under a named user account. For more details about how make sure that AutoVue can detect and use the TTF please check Note 1609485.1

Friday Oct 23, 2015

Registration Opens for "OVCS 2.0" - The Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

We are delighted to announce that registration is officially open for the next Oracle Value Chain Summit, this time with a new name and fresh look - the Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016!

The Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 takes place January 25-27 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. Enterprise Visualization and PLM is front and center this year, with a huge emphasis on the revolutionary new Oracle PLM Cloud offering including Innovation Management Cloud, Product Development Cloud, and Project Management Cloud. You will also find plenty of educational and thought-provoking content on AutoVue, Agile PLM, Agile PLM for Process, PLM Analytics, social development, mobile apps, Internet of Things, and Product MDM Cloud.

It’s all geared to helping companies transform their Product Value Chains to innovate, develop, and commercialize profitable products.

This has been, and continues to be, the #1 must-attend Oracle event of the year. Don’t miss it in 2016!

Learn more at www.modernsupplychainexperience.com

Monday Oct 05, 2015

AutoVue Support for Unigraphics NX9 and NX10

The current AutoVue 20.2.3 does not support Unigraphics versions NX9 and NX10. The following versions are supported as per the Oracle AutoVue Supported File Formats document : NX8, NX7.5, NX7, NX6, NX5, NX4 and NX3. See page 5 on:  http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E60531_03/otn/pdf/E60456_01.pdf

The current workaround is to export Unigraphics NX9 or NX10 files to JT format, then view the JT files in AutoVue, for more details about this option check knowledge Note 1583463.1. Support for Unigraphics NX9 and NX10 is planned in the next AutoVue release 21.0.0 as mentioned in the following knowledge article Note 1917628.1

Tuesday Sep 22, 2015

Controlling Headers, Footers and Watermarks when Printing

Hi all,

We've had a few requests for this via support recently, so I thought it would be useful to share here how you can control the appearance of headers, footers and watermarks for AutoVue users when they print.

As a refresher - AutoVue allows the addition of headers, footers and/or watermarks when printing, and each of these can include attributes from the repository where the files are stored, such as approval status, when it was last modified, etc.

Under normal conditions, the user can set each of these interactively when printing a document.

However, there are INI options that can be set server-wide to provide defaults for each of these, *and* the user can be disallowed from changing these settings in cases where every document that is printed must have standard information added to them.

More information about the INI options to set up headers, footers and watermarks can be found in sections 9.8 and 9.9 of the Viewing/Configuration Guide (the 20.2.3 version can be found here: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E60531_03/otn/pdf/E60462_01.pdf )

The key is that after you have set up the headers, footers and watermarks to contain the information you want them to, you can add "DISABLEWATERMARKS=1" and/or "DISABLEHEADERS=1" to the "[PRINTOPTIONS]" section of the allusers.ini file.

Note that 'DISABLEHEADERS' actually disables both headers and footers.

Happy Printing!

Wednesday Sep 02, 2015

AutoVue SolidWorks 2015 Support

As you may already know, out of the box AutoVue 20.2.3 does not support SolidWorks 2015 files. Which means that when trying to open 2D/3D SolidWorks 2015 files with AutoVue you will see a message stating "Unsupported File Format". The good news is that it is now possible to view SolidWorks 2015 2D files with AutoVue 20.2.3 after installing Patch 21070154. You can refer to Note 2025535.1 for more details. Unfortunately no patch could be made to support SolidWorks 3D in AutoVue 20.2.3 but the good news is that we are targeting support for the 3D format in our next release of AutoVue version 21.0.0.

Thursday Aug 20, 2015

Save the date for the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 (formerly Oracle Value Chain Summit)

The Modern Supply Chain Experience, is the event where you can learn about all things supply chain—strategy, best practices, the latest trends and products including new cloud offerings, your organization’s path to the supply chain cloud, social capabilities, mobile applications, and analytics. At this event, you’ll receive the information and expert advice to help you transform and modernize your supply chain.

The event will be held January 25-27, 2016 in San Jose, CA at the San Jose Convention Center

More details will be coming shortly.  To be the first in-the-know, sign up here to get notified by email when registration opens

Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

INSO Increases Healthcare Support Service Quality and Efficiency at San Giuseppe Hospital with AutoVue 2D Professional

INSO sistemi per le infrastrutture sociali S.p.A. is a leading international general contractor that provides engineering, construction, and related services to the healthcare, manufacturing, and service sectors. The organization delivers complex projects—such as hospitals or industrial and commercial buildings—from planning through construction and maintenance.

Having contributed significantly to the Italian healthcare network for more than 20 years, INSO was contracted to extend and restructure San Giuseppe Hospital in Empoli, a project that encompassed 42,000 square meters of building space and included the addition of 398 new hospital beds, medical equipment and furniture, as well as a sterilization station. In addition, INSO manages all maintenance, cleaning and laundry services, and catering, for San Giuseppe Hospital in Empoli, both with in-group resources as well as in partnership with external providers – such as Blue System Srl.

INSO wanted to ensure high quality hospital support services in the San Giuse Hospital of Empoli to reduce their impact on the hospital’s core business—patient care. With this in mind, they integrated Oracle’s AutoVue 2D Professional with Oracle WebCenter Portal, creating an easy-to-navigate 2D map of the entire hospital, where users can drill down into each ward to determine status of various supplies—such as fresh laundry and sterile gloves—and ensure timely replacements. Through the combined usage of Oracle’s Webcenter Portal and AutoVue, they managed to reduce the number of service requests from San Giuseppe Hospital staff—such as hospital laundry and catering services—by 40% by clarifying questions upfront with Oracle AutoVue 2D Professional ability to capture audit trail of decisions, changes, and approvals for compliance.

Click here to read more about INSO’s success story. 

Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

Diagnosing File Display Issues in AutoVue

File display issues are one of the most common issues that an AutoVue user may be faced with. With the wide array of file formats that AutoVue supports, and the large differences between the formats and their features, there are many different types of display issues that may occur.

It is important to be able to efficiently diagnose file display issues to determine the root cause. Is the issue related to the user's AutoVue configuration, to the files themselves, or is it potentially a limitation within AutoVue?

Common examples of file display issues include, Blank display (either fully blank or partially missing), incorrect display (position, rotation, colors, views, hatching, sizing, etc.), "Unsupported File Format" error message, incorrect display of text/fonts and incorrect display of LineStyles.

There are several key steps that you can take to quickly diagnose file display issues, for example verifying that the file format that you are trying to view is supported by AutoVue and ensuring that your file format is supported by the version of AutoVue that is being used. These quick troubleshooting tips and others are explained in details in following knowledge article Note 789417.1 in My Oracle Support. 

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Model Based Enterprise - An Introduction

I've seen more discussion lately about Model Based Enterprise (MBE) and Model Based Design, and I thought it might be useful to talk a little bit here about what it is.  I'm going to start out with an overview of what MBE is today, and we'll talk about the role AutoVue plays in a future post.

 Traditionally a lot of organizations have used 2D drawings to define the formal requirements of their products, and to drive communication with suppliers and partners - even when the design processes were done in 3d.    A lot of internal processes such as manufacturing and maintenance were also driven from 2D drawings.    This required engineers to develop both 2D drawings and 3D models for their products, which is complicated, and increases the cost pretty substantially.

 Model Based Enterprise is the idea of driving all of these processes and communication directly from the 3D models.   This seems like a pretty great idea, so perhaps the question is: why isn't everyone doing it already?   There are a number of challenges to this however - the first is ensuring that all of the information people need can really be captured in the 3D models in a way that it can be shared internally.   In many orgs the manufacturing and maintenance people are pretty used to getting what they need as 2d drawings printed on paper - transitioning to providing them with a 3D model in digital form, and training them on how to use that, can be quite expensive.

 There are a few general approaches to MBE - one common approach is to pick a relatively rich 3D CAD format such as Creo, and use the native CAD data as the model that is the basis for everything.   Another approach is to go with a neutral format that can maintain both the 3D model and all associated data, such as JT or 3D PDF.

 In both cases, it's critical to provide a simple, easy to use way to let everyone in the organization get access to the 3D data that they need - which is where AutoVue comes into the picture...  But we'll talk more about that the future.

For more information on MBE - check out http://model-based-enterprise.org/


Thursday Jun 25, 2015

Printing with AutoVue Client/Server Deployment and Java JRE 8u25 and up

As you may already know AutoVue Client/Server Deployment as well as AutoVue for Agile PLM uses Java JRE on the client side in order to bring up the AutoVue client applet which is used to open files. In the latest release of AutoVue we certify Java SE 8 and higher (both 32-bit and 64-bit). We try to be as up to date as possible because we understand the importance of keeping up with all the changes on the functionality and the security side which comes with every new Java JRE release. Now when using Java SE 8u25 and up you may start seeing problems when trying to perform a print using AutoVue. The modify printer button is inactive and can’t be clicked on making it impossible to change the printer selection. This issue is a known compatibility issue between AutoVue and Java printing introduced in newer Java JRE releases. To find a solution to this printing problem please refer to Note 1939630.1 in My Oracle Support.
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