Beyond the Cloud, Box and Leader: Adding Graphics to your Markups
By Jeff Singer (Oracle AutoVue) on Nov 16, 2010
If you are using AutoVue markups as part of a design review, discussion or approval process, there's a good chance you're adding more than clouds, boxes and leaders on top of your drawings.
AutoVue has two 'graphical' markup entities: Stamps and IntelliStamps.
- The Stamp Markup Entity
The Stamp Markup entity is offered to users out of the box. While Oracle does ship a few sample stamps, you'll probably want to create your own based on your business needs. It's simple to create your own stamps; Administrators can import stamps from most 2D or graphics file formats (DWG, DGN, TIFF, JPEG, BMP, etc.). Stamps created from vector formats have the added benefit of being transparent and won't look pixelated when stretched.
- IntelliStamp Markup Entity
If you're using AutoVue through an integration (such as an Oracle built VueLink, or partner's ISDK-based integration), then the IntelliStamp tool may be available to you. IntelliStamps enable electronic signing and stamping of documents with pre-defined attributes set in a back-end system. Administrators can create custom IntelliStamp "forms" that include specific metadata, document and user information pulled directly from a back-end system, and apply them to documents. Authorized reviewers can then modify, add or delete attribute values, either from the back-end system or from within the IntelliStamp. Workflow actions can then be triggered by the addition or modification of an IntelliStamp, such as invoicing or time sheet generation directly from within documents reviewed in AutoVue.
Note that both of these markups have all the standard benefits of markups in AutoVue - each entity added is tagged with the name of the user who added it and the date it was added.
To contrast Stamps with IntelliStamps, picture the following scenario:
Engineering Firm X has digitized their drawing review process. In their paper based process, Engineers would add a rubber stamp onto the paper which had their name, title and discipline. It would also have lines for them to pen in the date and mark an 'X' next to the appropriate status.
- This can be done using Stamps by creating an image of the outline of the old rubber stamp then using markup text entities to add in status, name, discipline and date. A little more manual for the users, but basically a copy of their old paper method.
- This can be done more efficiently by creating an IntelliStamp which automatically adds the user's name, discipline and current date. The status can then be selected by the user via the IntelliStamp. Once updated, AutoVue sends the update to the back-end system so the appropriate fields are updated - saving the user yet another step.
For more information on Stamps vs. IntelliStamps, current customers can check out Note 1180184.1 in My Oracle Support.