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.

AutoVue 20.2.2 for Agile installer re-released

Important update for customers using AutoVue for Agile (doesn't apply to non-Agile customers):

Due to a couple issues that were reported against the AutoVue 20.2.2 for Agile installer following its initial release on 31-Oct-2013, Oracle has fixed the two issues and re-released the installer on 7-Feb-2014 via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud website (previously called "E-Delivery" ). One of the issues resulted in a “File not found” error when trying to open files from Agile into AutoVue, and the other issue resulted in an improper installation process on Windows 2008 64-bit servers.

The re-released installer not only fixes these issues, but also adds updated support for use of Java 7 on the AutoVue client-side. For more details regarding the fixed issues as well as the re-release, refer to KM Note 1622868.1.

Friday Jan 17, 2014

Java 7u51 and AutoVue

Hello all - As you may be aware, Java 7u51 was released earlier this week.  This release includes a lot of important security fixes for java - However these fixes do have some impact on users of the AutoVue client.

The first potential impact is that all applets (including the AutoVue client) must define a 'permissions' attribute in order for them to run.  We released a patch for all supported versions of AutoVue late last year that included this attribute.

The other issue is that 'LiveConnect', which is what allows Javascript to call Java code, is disabled in Java 7u51.  Most AutoVue integrations, including our integrations to Agile PLM, Web Center Content, and Documentum, make use of this mechanism to open files, start comparing files, and various other operations.  

Additionally, some older versions of Java, including Java 7u45, will disable LiveConnect once they 'notice' that Java 7u51 is available, so if a user is prompted to upgrade to Java 7u51 and refuses, LiveConnect will also be disabled.

To renable 'LiveConnect' in Java 7u51, the easiest approach is to make use of the 'Exception Site' configuration.  This configuration allows a user to indicate that a certain set of URLs are trusted - and any Java code provided from those URLs will have LiveConnect enabled.  

The 'Exception Site' list can be configured by an individual user by going into the Java control panel, but it is ultimately controlled by a text file stored inside the local Java deployment - so administrators can update the file centrally, and then push the file out to all members of an organization who need to use AutoVue.

We've published KM note 1615032.1 with more details on how to deal with these issues.

Thursday Jan 02, 2014

Understanding the Impact of Newer Java Versions on AutoVue Client/Server Deployment

Keeping up with the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) updates is both a priority and a challenge for most organizations. Similarly, Oracle’s applications that leverage the JRE by way of client-side applets must also ensure these applications continue to work properly in light of the JRE updates.

For AutoVue – specifically AutoVue Client/Server Deployment in which the most common client implementation is a Java applet – certain JRE updates have notable impact. In these cases, all efforts are made to fully detail the impact through alerts in the My Oracle Support knowledge base. In addition, when necessary product patches will be provided by Oracle to address issues between the AutoVue client and the newer JRE versions.

The two most recent examples are detailed in the following knowledge base articles – recommended reading for all AutoVue Client/Server Deployment administrators:

  • KM Note 1553322.1 – Java SE 7u21 Changes to the Java Browser Plug-in Behavior, Getting Message: "Security Warning - Do you want to run this application?" When Using AutoVue Client/Server Deployment With Java–based Customizations
  • KM Note 1594439.1 – AutoVue Client Usage with Java 7u45

In addition to being posted as ‘Alerts’ in the knowledge base so that they show up directly on your My Oracle Support dashboard (if configured properly), these types of alerts are typically also posted through the Oracle Support team’s quarterly newsletter.

Thursday Nov 28, 2013

Save the date For AutoVue Enterprise Visualization at Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014

Planning to attend Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 (February 3-5, 2014)?  If so, be sure to check out the various Enterprise Visualization activities that you can take advantage of while in San Jose.

Enterprise Visualization Sessions:

Qualcomm Streamlines its Design and Mfg Process with AutoVue/Agile Products

Visual Information Navigator: Next-Generation Interaction Paradigm

Other Activities:

 There will be an “Oracle’s AutoVue & Visual Information Navigator" pod in the exhibit hall

There will be an Enterprise Visualization Customer Advisory Board (by Invitation only) 

   Check back shortly for the dates and times of these and other activities

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

AutoVue for Agile 20.2.2 Now Available!!

We are happy to announce that AutoVue for Agile 20.2.2 is now available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.   AutoVue for Agile 20.2.2 is a minor release within the 20.2 product family that is specifically targeted for users of Agile PLM 9.

AutoVue 20.2.2 brings a number of improvements, including support for SolidWorks 2013, AutoCAD and Inventor 2014, SolidEdge ST5, and Cadence Allegro 16.6.   It also includes support for Adobe Illustrator CS4 and up.   Another improvement involves bringing our support for Oracle Linux and Java Virtual Machine versions in-line with Agile's support.

Please see our previous post (https://blogs.oracle.com/enterprisevisualization/entry/autovue_20_2_2_is) for more details on the specifics introduced in AutoVue 20.2.2.

Agile PLM 9.3.3 has also been released, which as part of its many improvements introduces support for associating AutoVue annotations with change request objects in Agile, and a preliminary solution using Augmented Business Visualization to allow the creation of change objects from within AutoVue.   Please see the Agile Transfer of Information sessions in the KM note 1589164.1 for more details.

We will provide additional posts over the next couple of weeks providing more details on these improvements.  Until then, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments! 


Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

Searching for AutoVue Enhancement Requests in the My Oracle Support portal

Most users of the My Oracle Support (MOS) portal are familiar with the ability to search the knowledge base for technical articles. But did you know that the MOS portal can also be used to search for Bugs and Enhancement Requests? Here are the steps to look up all of the Enhancement Requests (ERs) that are under consideration by the AutoVue team:

  1. Log into the My Oracle Support (MOS) portal: https://support.oracle.com
  2. In the upper-right corner, beside the search field, click on ‘Advanced’ to open the Advanced Search dialog
  3. Set the Source field to “Bug Database”
  4. For the ‘Related to the Product’ field, click on the dropdown arrow, then enter ‘autovue’ in the upper-right field of the dropdown list, and click the right arrow in the upper-right corner of the dropdown list:
  5. Select all the products of interest (e.g. AutoVue Office, AutoVue 2D Professional, AutoVue 3D Professional Advanced, AutoVue EDA Professional, AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional), then click ‘Select’
  6. For the ‘Status Code’ field, select the status of interest. Currently this field only accepts a single choice, however a request has been submitted to the MOS team to allow multi-select. For now, here are the status codes representing ERs under consideration (which you can run as separate queries):
    • 15 – Enhancement Req. Internal (Oracle) Review
    • 21 – Cost Required, To Development
    • 22 – Approved for Future Release
    • 23 – Scheduled for Future Release

Note that the AutoVue team uses statuses 21, 22 and 23 to represent ERs that are under consideration (not yet committed, despite the naming of the status codes).

If you come across any particular ER that you would like to flag as important to your company, please submit a Service Request through the MOS portal, referencing the ER number and details regarding the importance of the feature to your business.

Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

Optimize Supplier Collaboration without Jeopardizing Intellectual Property

Innovation has always been a key driver of competitive advantage in the technology industries. The ability to leverage innovation helps companies emerge in a stronger position than competition, gaining market shares and grabbing consumers’ attention.

Now, when talking about product innovation, one also immediately thinks of protection of critical Intellectual Property (IP). How can companies encourage more open and collaborative development, and innovate everywhere, not just within the four walls of the company without putting at risk critical intellectual property?


One of the key benefits of using AutoVue within a Product Lifecycle Management system like Oracle’s Agile PLM is that the joint solution helps optimize supplier collaboration without jeopardizing intellectual property. While the Product Lifecycle Management system allows for better management of access rights and privileges, AutoVue’s streaming file technology adds an extra layer of protection, streamlining collaboration with key outsourced partners, and allowing users to securely share and effectively communicate on product information early in the process for joint execution.


What is this streaming file technology all about, you might ask? With AutoVue’s streaming file technology, native files are rendered on the server and a stream of information is sent down to the client machine on an on-demand fashion. Essentially, it offers the advantage of providing access to the full intelligence of the document without transferring the original files, with proprietary data, to the client desktop.The, original documents never leave the server, and no local temp or cache files are created in the process, ensuring that a company’s IP remains protected in your PLM vault. The “streaming file”, which is generated as part of the process the first time you access a document in AutoVue  and which contains all the information needed to display and perform queries on the document, can also be saved to disk in order to improve performance during subsequent viewing.

Renowned companies like GLOBALFOUNDRIES have adopted AutoVue and integrated it with their Agile PLM system in order to enable more open and collaborative product development without putting key intellectual property at risk. If you want to learn more, you can watch the video interview with GLOBALFOUNDRIES by clicking here. A customer success story is also available on Oracle’s website.


Tuesday Jul 30, 2013

Webcast – Installing/Configuring AutoVue CS Deployment

On May 22nd our Support team presented a webcast titled “Installation and Configuration of AutoVue Client/Server Deployment” as part of Oracle’s Advisor Webcast series. The 40-minute training session provided an overview of the steps for installing AutoVue Client/Server Deployment, as well as post-install steps and answers to some of the issues that might arise.

For any AutoVue server Administrators and System Integrators that weren’t able to attend the live session – or who enjoyed it so much that you want to view it again – a recording is available through the My Oracle Support portal as follows:

  1. Access Oracle KM Note 1455798.1 (https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=1455798.1)
  2. Click on the ‘Archived 2013’ tab
  3. Click on either the Recording or PDF link for the session titled “Installation and Configuration of AutoVue Client/Server Deployment”

Feel free to post any questions related to the webcast, as well as any suggestions for future webcasts, into the My Oracle Support AutoVue Community (https://communities.oracle.com/portal/server.pt/community/autovue/271).

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

Saipem Enhances Capital Projects with Advanced Document Visualization

Saipem, a large, international turnkey contractor in the oil and gas industry, focuses heavily in oil and gas-related activities in remote areas and deepwater. It is a leader in the provision of engineering, procurement, project management, and construction services with distinctive capabilities in the design and execution of large-scale offshore and onshore projects. It provides engineering, procurement, project management, and construction services to support projects in more than 100 countries.

Saipem has recently selected Oracle's AutoVue visualization solution to help streamline and improve their engineering and EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) processes and to deliver in-context visual information at all stages of a construction project.  

Click here to read the complete story.

Italian version.

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

Visual Decision Making to Optimize PLM New Product Development & Introduction

The Oracle Value Chain Summit (Feb 4-6, 2013 in San Francisco) is just around the corner and the AutoVue team will be there for this great customer event! We will have a session devoted to Visual Decision Making during which attendees will learn from one of the world's top full-service semiconductor foundries how they have streamlined their design for manufacturing process, reduced cycle times and enabled more effective and secure collaboration thanks to their implementation of Oracle’s AutoVue for Agile.

Presenters will discuss the positive impact of document visualization within Agile PLM on innovation and product development cycles, and explain how visualization integrated with PLM enables more effective cross-department collaboration practices without jeopardizing critical intellectual property. Attendees will also see how organizations can further extend the value of their Agile PLM investment by leveraging innovative visualization solutions like Augmented Business Visualization. Don't miss us at the Oracle Value Chain Summit and see you in San Francisco!

Monday Dec 10, 2012

AutoVue 20.2.1 for Agile Released

Oracle's AutoVue 20.2.1 for Agile PLM is now available on Oracle's Software Delivery Cloud.  This latest release allows Agile PLM customers to take advantage of new AutoVue 20.2.1 features in the following Agile PLM environments:  9.3.x, 9.2.2.x, 9.2.1.x.

AutoVue 20.2.1 delivers improvements in the following areas:

  • New Format Support: AutoVue 20.2 adds support for the latest versions of popular file formats including:
    • 2D CAD: AutoCAD 2013
    • MCAD: Inventor 2013, AutoCAD Mechanical 2013, Unigraphics NX8, JT 9.2 through 9.5, CATIA v5-6 R2012, Creo Parametric 2.0
    • ECAD: Altium Designer
  • New Platform Support:  Client and server support has been extended to the following platforms:
    • Java 7 JVM
    • Google Chrome Browser
    • Oracle VM 2 virtualization environment
  • Installer Improvements: Ensures ports used by AutoVue are not in use - if they are, the admin will be prompted to select alternate ports.

Click here to access the latest AutoVue Format Support Sheet.

Monday Dec 03, 2012

AutoVue for Agile Sessions at the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2013

At the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit, which takes place February 4 - 6, 2013 in San Francisco, CA, AutoVue Enterprise Visualization solutions will be covered in a variety of sessions within the Agile PLM solution area. Attend the following sessions during the Product Deep Dives & Demos Track, and discover the latest AutoVue for Agile capabilities, including how to streamline business processes, such as change management by creating ECRs directly from within CAD designs.

Visual Decision Making to Optimize New Product Development and Introduction
Date
: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm

Seeing the Forest: Next Generation Visualization
Date
: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Next-Generation CAD Data Management: MCAD, ECAD, and Software Configuration Management
Date
: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Keep an eye on this blog for forthcoming details about each of these sessions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with other AutoVue for Agile customers and meet one on one with the AutoVue product management and development team.

Register now for the early bird rate of $195 and secure your spot at the Summit.

Click here to register and learn more.

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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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