What Will You Do Without Internet Access?
By Jeffrey Chapman on Aug 03, 2010
Saying that we live in a digital age is stating the obvious. Mobile technology, high speed Internet... All these things allow for an unprecedented level of access to information. We benefit greatly by being connected.
What about when we don't have a connection?
It happens, and it still happens a lot. We've all come across areas where mobile phone reception will be poor to non-existent, but this can be even more challenging for the mobile worker. Anyone who travels can attest to this. In the world of visualization and collaboration, there are a few challenges that can occur. Things like:
- How do you ensure access to information is maintained when you don't have Internet access?
- How do you take the information you need from your back-end system of record when you need to go to a remote location? This could be as simple as wanting to take work with you onto a plane, to as challenging as being a field worker who works on a remote job site
- Assuming you have a seamless way of taking information offline, what about any comments or feedback you need to provide? How can this be cleanly provided back to your central repository for tracking and updating purposes?
These are just a few examples. Of course, I admit that they are loaded questions because I know the answer to them. All this can be managed with AutoVue's "Work Offline" feature.
The process itself is pretty simple. While working in AutoVue, select the Work Offline option. You then select what files on your file server/ECM/ERP/PLM/etc that you wish to take offline, and from there you can function in a disconnected mode. The application will run locally, with everything you need to be able to view and annotate your documents. The best part is that when you toggle the Work Offline feature again, having connectivity once again, it will allow you to synchronize the annotations that you created with the central system.
Not convinced? We have a great video that shows how it works. See it here: AutoVue Work Online and Offline movie
Take a look, and tell us what you think!