Monday Jun 27, 2016

How to add a custom VueAction in AutoVue

Recently support started to receive more SRs related to customizations, especially around adding a functionality to AutoVue Client/Server Deployment. The first thing to note is that yes it is indeed possible to add one or more new AutoVue functionalities to AutoVue by creating custom code using the AutoVue API. There is already a lot of information in the existing AutoVue documentation on this but since there are lots of steps involved I think it make sense to explain how this can be achieved with step by step instructions. Please refer to Note 2151550.1 and feel free to post comments (to this post or to the note itself) if you feel that any of the steps needs additional clarifications.


Wednesday Jan 13, 2016

AutoVue 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 Rollup Patch, please consult the following Knowledge Management Note on My Oracle Support: Note 2091717.1

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

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:

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

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.

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 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

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.

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Merging the Desktop and Mobile Metaphors

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that my cellphone is almost two years old - in the tech world that's almost as bad as still using smoke signals to communicate.  Despite that, my cellphone (a Samsung Galaxy S4 for those keeping score) is more powerful than (and has a much higher resolution display than) most of the computing devices I've used through-out my professional career.  That makes it perhaps unsurprising that Microsoft announced yesterday  Continuum - their intention to bring together the desktop and mobile 'metaphors' into a single device.   

The idea is simple (and was in fact also proposed by Ubuntu as part of their 'Ubuntu Touch' solution back in 2013) - your phone becomes your only computing device.  If you are sitting at a desk you connect it to a keyboard/mouse/display or perhaps a laptop-like keyboard/trackpad/display clamshell, and you get get your familiar 'desktop' metaphor, but when you disconnect and use the cellphone by itself you get the same data, files, etc - but with a UI that makes sense on a 5" screen, rather than a 20" screen.

What does this mean for enterprise visualization?  Instead of providing separate environments for phones, tablets and desktop/laptops, enterprise visualization systems will be able to provide solutions that morph from a phone UI - suitable for taking a photo of a problem found while onsite for instance - to a tablet UI - suitable for reviewing a change request while on the train - to a desktop UI - suitable for doing detailed design reviews, measurements, etc.   

There will be huge advantages to being able to carry your entire computing environment around in your pocket - the photo you took of a problem while onsite will be right there when you are sitting at your desk creating a detailed change request, and the notes you took during a design meeting yesterday will be right there if you want to refer to them while on the train.  

Of course, you may also be able to use Microsoft's Hololens to see a full-on 'holographic' display of the data off your cell phone while on the train - but that is starting to sound like it comes straight out of a sci-fi novel...

Friday Mar 13, 2015

HoloLens - "Holographic" Visualization?

I've been thinking a bit lately about the 'HoloLens' technology that Microsoft announced at the end of January ( - and how it could apply to enterprise visualization.   If you haven't read any of the reports from people use have tried the system out, I'd suggest checking those out as well as Microsoft's information on it. and might be good options.

I've been intrigued by 'Augmented Reality' for a while now, but it seems like Microsoft may be on the way to providing a really solid solution for mixing 3D visualizations and the real world.   I haven't been able to try one myself yet, but from the reports of people who have, they were able to see well-defined, well-detailed 3D models accurately overlaid on the real-world images in front of them - and tracking well and accurately as you moved your head and body around.  This is very different from most of the existing augmented reality systems, and sounds much more compelling than something like Google Glass.

This could open up some pretty interesting scenarios for enterprise visualization.   One of the examples Microsoft uses on their site is actually a product design example, showing a blending of a real product with some 'virtual' parts.   I can't think of a better way to review proposed design changes to a product than being able to see those changes overlaid on top of the current model of the product.

The technology also enables hand tracking - so you would be able to interact with the model as well.   Perhaps reaching out and tapping on a component and then speaking your comment out-loud would be enough to start a change request process.

Of course, Microsoft hasn't announced a firm release date for this technology, so I think it will be a while before we see this being used in enterprise visualization environments - but it's the first time I've seen something that looks like it could convincingly replace a traditional keyboard/mouse/monitor for some enterprise visualization tasks.

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

Enable Collaborative Product Development

Increasing rates of globalization and outsourcing, as well as rapidly-changing competitive environments have changed the landscape for companies and created new organizational complexities that oblige them to streamline their product development processes.

Companies like Alkan, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and SigmaTron International who have taken advantage of enterprise visualization solutions like Oracle AutoVue integrated with PLM like Oracle Agile PLM have been able to speed up time to market, streamline operational efficiency and boost innovation by enabling collaborative product development.

AutoVue for Agile enables companies to easily extend the reach of product information and related CAD designs stored in Agile PLM to non engineering teams. By facilitating access to CAD data, teams typically underrepresented during the innovation process can easily participate and contribute feedback on product data early in the development cycle maximizing innovation and productivity. Users can easily capture and communicate comments, suggestions and proposed changes directly within the context of designs.

Visually Capture Comments in AutoVue for Agile

Communication with external parties can also be optimized throughout the NPI / NPD process without jeopardizing critical intellectual property. Critical product designs can be made accessible to suppliers through Agile PLM and viewed in AutoVue for Agile, without leaving the Agile PLM server. No local copies are being created while files are being viewed in AutoVue by external parties, ensuring that critical IP remains under your control. Thus, Alkan, a leading aeronautical equipment manufacturer in France, uses Oracle AutoVue for Agile to manage ITAR compliance by ensuring only authorized personnel have viewing rights to certain, sensitive defense-related documents (click here to read the complete story). It is also possible to use AutoVue for Agile to protect sensitive information by restricting access to certain comments and redlines added in AutoVue. This way, you can ensure that suppliers only have access to the information you want them to see and have access to in order to support your business operations.

To learn more, check out our video on the Oracle AutoVue Youtube Channel

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

SigmaTron International Automates Workflow, Shortens Engineering Change-Order Sign-Offs by Four Days

SigmaTron International Inc. is a contract manufacturer of printed circuit boards (PCBs), wiring assemblies, and turn-key electronic products, serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the telecommunications, appliance, industrial, fitness, medical, and aviation sectors. The company has industry-certified manufacturing plants in the United States, Mexico, China, and Vietnam. At any time, SigmaTron is processing and managing information on several thousand assemblies, with tens of thousands of components, over seven manufacturing sites.

SigmaTron’s customers look to the company to help accelerate their times to market. As such, the company must be able to effectively collaborate with its clients, including managing documentation for and changes to the very complex and often highly-customized products it manufactures. Sharing product information with the various stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing process is essential.

After acquiring multiple companies, SigmaTron began to struggle with integrating various silos of electronic-product documentation, spanning multiple continents. The company had been using Oracle’s Agile Product Collaboration in one facility to effectively track engineering change orders (ECOs) for its high-tech telecom and medical-industry customers. It looked to expand use of the solution to new locations to facilitate product lifecycle management across the growing enterprise.

To establish a single system of record for all electronics product information, SigmaTron upgraded its Agile Product Collaboration and extended the implementation to two other manufacturing sites. With the upgraded solution, SigmaTron improved manufacturing efficiency and its ability to adapt and customize products to meet specific customer requirements. With improved product data transparency and collaboration across borders, SigmaTron now has more flexibility in scheduling production across various manufacturing facilities—which helps it to better balance production. The company is also benefitting from prebuilt integration between Oracle’s AutoVue enterprise-visualization solutions and Agile Product Collaboration—facilitating document review and supporting real-time collaboration, while reducing reliance on physical documents.

Click here to read the complete story

Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Oracle Support's New and Improved AutoVue Information Center

Back in 2011 I posted a blog entry regarding a new type of document in the My Oracle Support (MOS) knowledge base called the "Product Information Center". More recently, our AutoVue Support team revamped the document under a new and improved format simply called "Information Center". The goal is still the same - to provide a central resource and starting point in the MOS knowledge base for accessing the latest technical knowledge related to the AutoVue product family.

The new AutoVue Information Center is accessible through the MOS portal in the following note:

Doc ID 1577549.2 - Information Center - Oracle AutoVue

All AutoVue administrators and SIs are strongly encouraged to bookmark this document and refer back to it on a regular basis for all the latest regarding product release updates, patches, troubleshooting tools, how-to documents, and other resources related to AutoVue.

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.


The authors of this blog are members of the AutoVue Enterprise Visualization team at Oracle. The views expressed on this blog reflect those of the members and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.


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