See the Difference

Information is rarely static. Be it a legal document written in Microsoft Word, a floor plan layout drafted in AutoCAD, or a complex 3D engine assembly modelled in Unigraphics or CATIA, these files will change. In an organization, people will review this data, edit it, and submit it for re-review and approval. This happens every day, and often the first challenge in this process is validating the changes. How can this be done?

The reason I mention this, of course, is that AutoVue is uniquely capable of addressing this challenge. Specifically, our compare feature will allow you to put both versions side by side in a single display, and on top of this show a third window highlighting differences in a colour-coded manner.

As an example, let's say we have a CAD drawing of a bracket. After review, the drill holes in that bracket needed to be moved. This feedback was passed on to the drafter (via AutoVue markups), and the drawing was then updated by them and submitted back for review. The reviewer will then want to verify that the changes have been made, but also that no unauthorized changes occurred. AutoVue provides a clear view to this, as illustrated below.

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You'll see that everything is color-coded. Elements that are unchanged are marked in blue, additions in green, and deletions in red. On top of this, we make it simple to align and scale the comparison results. This will be perfect for situations where elements have been moved or resized, so they can still be verified easily.

So what does this mean? When it comes to document review, you can speed the cycle to approval on a document, as well as remove the risk of introducing errors. Cutting out these challenges has immediate benefit for any organization.

EDIT: There also exists a great video which demonstrates how comparison can be done on 2D CAD documents. Even if you're familiar with it in the past, there were enhancements in v20 which you should see. The video is here

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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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