Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Save the date For AutoVue Enterprise Visualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Planning to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (September 28–October 2, 2014)?  If so, be sure to check out the various Enterprise Visualization activities that you can take advantage of while in San Francisco. 

Enterprise Visualization Sessions:

CON8380 - Design Document Management and Visualization with Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Devendra Singh - Vice President Product Development, Oracle and Thierry Bonfante - Senior Director Product Development, Oracle

CON8286 - Pioneering the Consumerization of the Enterprise . Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Thierry Bonfante  - Senior Director Product Development,  Oracle and Celine Beck  - Sr. Manager Product Management / Strategy,  Oracle

Other Activities:

MTE8360 - Meet the Supply Chain Management Experts
Drop by and meet the Enterprise Visualization experts along with other experts in all aspects of the supply chain
Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.
Click here for more information


Friday Jul 25, 2014

Enhance AutoVue's Performance with streaming files

Performance is a critical issue for most users of AutoVue - They need to be able to access documents, drawings and models to do their work, and they don't want to be watching a 'Loading' bar move when they could be approving a change request or adding a comment to a new design.

There are a number of factors that can influence the final performace that users get with AutoVue - but this post will focus on one of the most important items:  Effective use of AutoVue's Streaming Files.

Streaming files are a long-standing feature of AutoVue (they were originally called 'metafiles', and you may still occasionally hear someone refer to them that way) - they are a single, self-contained file that contains a 'pre-processed' visual representation of a document, drawing or model, plus a collection of attribute data.   The idea is that when AutoVue has read the native file(s) - for instance a Creo 2 assembly - it creates a streamlined form of the same data in a single file, that can be read much more quickly than the original data.

For large 3D models, loading from streaming file can have a huge impact on performance - we've seen Creo 2 assemblies that were over 2 gb in size, where the native data took about 1.5 hours to load in AutoVue (and over 10 hours to load in Creo 2) but from streaming file it loaded in AutoVue in around 2 minutes.   This isn't necessarily typical, and for smaller assemblies you might "only" get a factor of 5-10x speed up - but it will still be a *very* substantial speed up.   Non-3D formats will also often get a big boost from this as well, although the speed-ups may be more like 2-5x.   PDF is an exception where you often will not see a major improvement, as well as raster formats like Tiff, and AutoVue does not generate streaming files for these formats out of the box.

If you are using AutoVue with Agile, you can configure pre-generation of streaming files for all models checked in through Engineering Collaboration - For other documents and drawings what will generally happen is that AutoVue will load from the native file the first time, and will save the Streaming file in Agile so that subsequent views are done from the streaming file.

To tell whether streaming files are in use is very easy - just go the the 'File->Properties' menu item - at the bottom of the 'File Properties' tab you will see it say "Loaded From Streaming File" if a streaming file was used for the current session.

Ensuring that streaming files are properly configured is one of the best ways to get a quick performance boost for users of AutoVue.

I'll talk about other aspects of performance in future posts.  Until then - if you have specific questions around performance or any other topic, just let us know in the comments section below!

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Save the Date for the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015

Join thousands of professionals at the third annual North America Oracle Value Chain Summit, hosted next year January 26 - 28, 2015.  This must-attend supply chain, product lifecycle management and entreprise visualization event of the year will be located in the San Jose Convention Center, just as the very successful 2014 event.  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 Jun 18, 2014

New Automated Data Collection Utility for Troubleshooting AutoVue Client/Server Issues

The process of troubleshooting issues with AutoVue Client/Server Deployment (for example, users suddenly unable to connect to the AutoVue server) sometimes requires collection and analysis of specific files from the AutoVue server. Such files may include log files, property files, and user profile files.

Historically, the collection of these files was a manual process. Recently, however, the Oracle Support team released a new automated data collection utility called “AVCollect” (short for “AutoVue Collect”) to simplify this task. The tool is a lightweight Java-based application that runs directly from a Jar file, and collects the abovementioned files as well as the timestamps of the AutoVue server runtime libraries. This automated approach speeds up the data collection process and ensures that the correct files are gathered.

Future enhancements to the utility are underway, including the ability to collect the AutoVue server diagnostics output, system-level info, and so on. For now, make sure your AutoVue server administrators download and familiarize themselves with our first release of the AVCollect tool via the following knowledge base document:

Note 1677441.1 - Using the AVCollect Tool to Automatically Collect AutoVue Server Log Files and Configuration Files

And as always, if you have any additional suggestions for the tool, feel free to share them through the AutoVue MOS Community.

Monday Jun 09, 2014

Alkan Improves Aeronautical-Equipment Product Collaboration, Design Processes, and Government Compliance

Alkan S.A. a leading aeronautical equipment manufacturer in France, specializing in carriage-release and ejection systems for various types of military aircraft utilize Oracle’s AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile as part of its Agile Product Lifecycle Management solution. AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile enables multiformat 3-D viewing of engineering designs, leading to deeper analysis of component and product functionality and allows all teams to easily participate and contribute to product data early in the development cycle.

Alkan S.A.’s equipment is used in more than 65 countries and is certified for more than 60 types of aircraft, worldwide.

Click here to read the complete story.

French version.

Friday May 23, 2014

Activities at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

It may seem like it is a long way off, but we're already preparing for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - which will run from Sept 28 - Oct 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

We'll have 2 sessions featuring Enterprise Visualization at OpenWorld this year: "Design Document Management and Visualization with Agile A9 PLM" and "Next Generation User Experience and Visualization" 

We're still identifying what other activities and events we'll have this year - but we'll keep you posted as the event draws nearer.

Shout out in the comments if you are going to be at OpenWorld 2014 and if there's anything in particular you'd like to see or hear about Enterprise Visualization while you are there!

Tuesday May 13, 2014

New AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization Movie Available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

This AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization movie will illustrate a full end-to-end design review use case, highlighting the value Visual Decision Making brings to the PLM design review process. As part of the design review process the video will demonstrate how easy it is to create Engineering Change requests (ECR) and Engineering Change Orders (ECO) directly from the CAD Model using AutoVue’s Augmented Business Visualization (ABV).

AutoVue for Agile Visual Decision Making, Design Review - Watch it now (10:21) 


See all the Movies available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

Wednesday May 07, 2014

Easy Printed Circuit Board Assembly and Testing

Avoiding rework and shipment delays are key goals for Electronics & High-Tech firms, given that production delays and quality errors impact output and time-to-market. Having a means to validate the accuracy of designs during the manufacturing assembly process is priceless.

For example, with AutoVue, Electronics & High-Tech firms can validate that their converted CAM files have been properly generated before sending them out to PCB manufacturers for manufacturing by evaluating them against original ECAD design files. This ensures that the correct product is built and prevents manufacturers from rejecting designs, saving both time and money. Usage of AutoVue’s compare feature also enablesElectronics & High-Tech companies to confirm that whatever changes were made to the converted CAM files by the PCB manufacturers, are in accordance with the original design intent.

Once the bare board has been built by suppliers, all the components need to be installed and connected onto the bare board. Developmental and prototype manufacturing facilities can take advantage of AutoVue in order to quickly and visually determine which components should be installed in which locations, and ensure that everything works properly. Rather than relying on long assembly instructions and painful visual searches, AutoVue provides users with a complete list of all components on the board. Clicking on a component highlights its location on the board and vice versa, lettings users easily find components by part number, location, board side, etc. Some customers like Harris Corporation for instance managed to reduce time spent on creating PCB assembly instructions from hours to minutes (watch the video here), and enabled users to find specific components in AutoVue without needing to conduct a long litany of visual searches.


Another benefit of using AutoVue for PCB manufacturing and testing engineering is to speed up board debugging. Test engineers’ mission is to validate that the board works fine. If they find problems, they need to cross-reference components between the schematic and the layout to identify where the problem occurred. Using AutoVue and its cross-probing capability, test engineers can easily locate the faulty component on the PCB drawing and instantaneously highlight its location in the schematic. Test engineers can then determine whether the defect impacts other components, identify the root cause of the issue and relay all this feedback in a visual manner to the design team, ensuring rapid resolution and fast new product development cycles.

If you want to find out more about how AutoVue can help streamline the manufacturing and testing engineering processes, you can do so by reading our AutoVue for EHT solution brief and watching our EHT video on Youtube

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Troubleshooting printing-related issues with AutoVue

Not long ago I posted an article related to troubleshooting connection issues with AutoVue Client/Server Deployment. Following on that theme - since the majority of my posts originate from our Customer Support team - I wanted to highlight a different troubleshooting guide that was recently published in the My Oracle Support portal:

Note 1621489.1 - AutoVue Printing Troubleshooting Guide

This knowledge base document is as the title states - a troubleshooting guide for different types of printing issues that may be encountered on rare occasions with AutoVue (primarily related to the printed output not appearing as the user expects). Printing is impacted by many factors (print drivers, user-defined settings, input document, Java version, etc), and the troubleshooting guide provides a consistent approach for narrowing the scope of the issue and gathering the necessary details and logs to resolve it.

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Tip: Set JVM Heap Size with 32b and 64b JVMs

Hi all,

I wanted to share a tip I learned about the hard way recently.   If you are using AutoVue with large 3D models it is often valuable to increase the maximum heap size available to the AutoVue client. 

However, this can be unexpectedly tricky if you have both 32b and 64b Java virtual machines installed - the traditional way to do it is to select Java from the windows control panel and set the heap size there.   However if you have both 32b and 64b JVMs installed, that control panel will only give access to the 64b JVMs - you won't be able to change the 32b JVM settings there.

If you are running a browser that is 32b - you will need to change the 32b JVM settings - and the way to do this is slightly counter-intuitive. In the 64b java control panel accessed through the windows control panel, go to the Advanced tab, and scroll to the very bottom and turn on "Place Java icon in system tray".  
Screenshot - place java in system tray
Then start AutoVue the way you do normally.   You should see a Java icon appear in the windows sytem tray at the bottom of your screen. 

Screenshot - System Tray

Right click on that icon, and select  'Open Control Panel' - from here if you change the heap size parameters it will do it for the JVM that is actually running AutoVue.

Screenshot - Java Environment Settings

If you want to be completely sure whether you are setting the parameters for the 32b or 64b version - look at the "Path" field of the "Java Runtime Environment" settings - if you see "Program Files (x86)" then it is the 32b version.


Hope this helps!!

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

How-To: Searching for list of bug fixes in a given AutoVue version

I wanted to add to the couple different posts I submitted in the past on how to track and understand Bug reports in the My Oracle Support (MOS) portal. I've received the occasional question from customers and partners regarding where to find a list of bug fixes for a given version of AutoVue (e.g. in order to evaluate the potential advantages of upgrading, beyond the product enhancements outlined in the Release Notes hosted on the documentation website).

The easiest way to view the bug fixes for a given version of AutoVue is through the Advanced Search feature in the MOS portal, which allows you to search the Oracle BugDB based on the specific products and version number you're interested in. For example to search for the list of bugs fixed in AutoVue 20.2.2:

  1. Log into the MOS portal
  2. Click on 'Advanced Search' in the upper-right corner
  3. In the Advanced Search dialog, specify the following:
    • Source: Bug Database
    • Related to the Product: Add all 5 flavors of AutoVue (Oracle AutoVue Office, Oracle AutoVue 2D Professional, Oracle AutoVue 3D Professional Advanced, Oracle AutoVue EDA Professional, Oracle AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional)
    • Fixed in Version: 20.2.2
  4. Click on 'Search'

If needed you can further refine the search by keywords - e.g. if interested in fixes related to specific file formats, platforms, features, etc.

Also if you have questions regarding any of the bugs or enhancements listed as fixed/implemented in a given AutoVue version, feel free to post into the AutoVue Community and our team will be happy to follow up.

Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

Interactive troubleshooting using knowledge Assistants

Over the past couple years our Support organization has been publishing a number of new types of content in the My Oracle Support (MOS) knowledge base, beyond the standard/static how-to and problem-solution documents. More recently, we've been working on a new type of document - or more specifically a tool - called Assistants.

Assistants are interactive documents that guide the reader through a question tree towards known solutions for specific areas of troubleshooting. Oracle is in the process of creating Assistants across all of the product lines, and the first one we created for AutoVue is for a subject area dear to our hearts:

Assistant: Troubleshooting Connection Issues when Using AutoVue Client/Server Deployment (Doc ID 1615930.2)

Here's an example of a particular question tree, which in the case of this Assistant goes 2-3 layers deep before presenting known solutions on the right:

Make sure to check it out, share your feedback, and let us know (via comments in the document or through this blog) what other subject areas you'd like to see for new Assistants!

Monday Mar 03, 2014

AutoVue Enterprise Visualization at Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2014

Planning to attend Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2014, March 18 and 19 in Amsterdam? 

If so, be sure to check out these two must see sessions featuring AutoVue for Agile Visualization:

PLM for Industrial Manufacturing: Product News and Roadmap Agile e6 & AutoVue
In the presentation you will learn more about recent product releases of Agile e6 and AutoVue. New features and business benefits will be discussed. This presentation will also give you more insight to the upcoming releases and the overall roadmap.
Date: Wed. March 19, 2014
Time: 11:15 - 12:00

Streamline the Design and Manufacturing Process with Agile Visual Decision Making
 This session will focus on how companies can streamline and automate their PLM processes through the use of visual decision making. Design reviews, supplier collaboration, engineering change, new product introduction and quality processes can all be enhanced and simplified through the application of visual decision making. See firsthand process improvements that Agile customers have experienced globally, as well as, new techniques and capabilities to facilitate visual decision making.
Date: Wed. March 19, 2014
Time: 14:15 – 15:00

For more information on the Oracle European Value Chain summit: Click Here!

 

Monday Feb 24, 2014

AutoVue 20.2.2 now supports SolidWorks 2014 format

On the heels of my previous blog post announcing support for SolidEdge ST6 format in AutoVue 20.2.2, I’m pleased to announce that Oracle Dev today added support for SolidWorks 2014 format in AutoVue 20.2.2 (also via a generally-available patch). The patch is available for download through the My Oracle Support portal, and additional details are included in KM Note 1605858.1.

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

AutoVue 20.2.2 now supports SolidEdge ST6 format

I’m pleased to announce that Oracle Dev recently added support for SolidEdge ST6 files in AutoVue 20.2.2, via a generally-available patch. The patch is available for download through the My Oracle Support portal, and additional details are included in KM Note 1605858.1.
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