Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Save the date For AutoVue Enterprise Visualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Planning to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (September 28–October 2, 2014)?  If so, be sure to check out the various Enterprise Visualization activities that you can take advantage of while in San Francisco. 

Enterprise Visualization Sessions:

CON8380 - Design Document Management and Visualization with Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Devendra Singh - Vice President Product Development, Oracle and Thierry Bonfante - Senior Director Product Development, Oracle

CON8286 - Pioneering the Consumerization of the Enterprise . Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Thierry Bonfante  - Senior Director Product Development,  Oracle and Celine Beck  - Sr. Manager Product Management / Strategy,  Oracle

Other Activities:

MTE8360 - Meet the Supply Chain Management Experts
Drop by and meet the Enterprise Visualization experts along with other experts in all aspects of the supply chain
Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.
Click here for more information


Friday Jul 25, 2014

Enhance AutoVue's Performance with streaming files

Performance is a critical issue for most users of AutoVue - They need to be able to access documents, drawings and models to do their work, and they don't want to be watching a 'Loading' bar move when they could be approving a change request or adding a comment to a new design.

There are a number of factors that can influence the final performace that users get with AutoVue - but this post will focus on one of the most important items:  Effective use of AutoVue's Streaming Files.

Streaming files are a long-standing feature of AutoVue (they were originally called 'metafiles', and you may still occasionally hear someone refer to them that way) - they are a single, self-contained file that contains a 'pre-processed' visual representation of a document, drawing or model, plus a collection of attribute data.   The idea is that when AutoVue has read the native file(s) - for instance a Creo 2 assembly - it creates a streamlined form of the same data in a single file, that can be read much more quickly than the original data.

For large 3D models, loading from streaming file can have a huge impact on performance - we've seen Creo 2 assemblies that were over 2 gb in size, where the native data took about 1.5 hours to load in AutoVue (and over 10 hours to load in Creo 2) but from streaming file it loaded in AutoVue in around 2 minutes.   This isn't necessarily typical, and for smaller assemblies you might "only" get a factor of 5-10x speed up - but it will still be a *very* substantial speed up.   Non-3D formats will also often get a big boost from this as well, although the speed-ups may be more like 2-5x.   PDF is an exception where you often will not see a major improvement, as well as raster formats like Tiff, and AutoVue does not generate streaming files for these formats out of the box.

If you are using AutoVue with Agile, you can configure pre-generation of streaming files for all models checked in through Engineering Collaboration - For other documents and drawings what will generally happen is that AutoVue will load from the native file the first time, and will save the Streaming file in Agile so that subsequent views are done from the streaming file.

To tell whether streaming files are in use is very easy - just go the the 'File->Properties' menu item - at the bottom of the 'File Properties' tab you will see it say "Loaded From Streaming File" if a streaming file was used for the current session.

Ensuring that streaming files are properly configured is one of the best ways to get a quick performance boost for users of AutoVue.

I'll talk about other aspects of performance in future posts.  Until then - if you have specific questions around performance or any other topic, just let us know in the comments section below!

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.

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

New Automated Data Collection Utility for Troubleshooting AutoVue Client/Server Issues

The process of troubleshooting issues with AutoVue Client/Server Deployment (for example, users suddenly unable to connect to the AutoVue server) sometimes requires collection and analysis of specific files from the AutoVue server. Such files may include log files, property files, and user profile files.

Historically, the collection of these files was a manual process. Recently, however, the Oracle Support team released a new automated data collection utility called “AVCollect” (short for “AutoVue Collect”) to simplify this task. The tool is a lightweight Java-based application that runs directly from a Jar file, and collects the abovementioned files as well as the timestamps of the AutoVue server runtime libraries. This automated approach speeds up the data collection process and ensures that the correct files are gathered.

Future enhancements to the utility are underway, including the ability to collect the AutoVue server diagnostics output, system-level info, and so on. For now, make sure your AutoVue server administrators download and familiarize themselves with our first release of the AVCollect tool via the following knowledge base document:

Note 1677441.1 - Using the AVCollect Tool to Automatically Collect AutoVue Server Log Files and Configuration Files

And as always, if you have any additional suggestions for the tool, feel free to share them through the AutoVue MOS Community.

Monday Jun 09, 2014

Alkan Improves Aeronautical-Equipment Product Collaboration, Design Processes, and Government Compliance

Alkan S.A. a leading aeronautical equipment manufacturer in France, specializing in carriage-release and ejection systems for various types of military aircraft utilize Oracle’s AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile as part of its Agile Product Lifecycle Management solution. AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile enables multiformat 3-D viewing of engineering designs, leading to deeper analysis of component and product functionality and allows all teams to easily participate and contribute to product data early in the development cycle.

Alkan S.A.’s equipment is used in more than 65 countries and is certified for more than 60 types of aircraft, worldwide.

Click here to read the complete story.

French version.

Tuesday May 13, 2014

New AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization Movie Available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

This AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization movie will illustrate a full end-to-end design review use case, highlighting the value Visual Decision Making brings to the PLM design review process. As part of the design review process the video will demonstrate how easy it is to create Engineering Change requests (ECR) and Engineering Change Orders (ECO) directly from the CAD Model using AutoVue’s Augmented Business Visualization (ABV).

AutoVue for Agile Visual Decision Making, Design Review - Watch it now (10:21) 


See all the Movies available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Troubleshooting printing-related issues with AutoVue

Not long ago I posted an article related to troubleshooting connection issues with AutoVue Client/Server Deployment. Following on that theme - since the majority of my posts originate from our Customer Support team - I wanted to highlight a different troubleshooting guide that was recently published in the My Oracle Support portal:

Note 1621489.1 - AutoVue Printing Troubleshooting Guide

This knowledge base document is as the title states - a troubleshooting guide for different types of printing issues that may be encountered on rare occasions with AutoVue (primarily related to the printed output not appearing as the user expects). Printing is impacted by many factors (print drivers, user-defined settings, input document, Java version, etc), and the troubleshooting guide provides a consistent approach for narrowing the scope of the issue and gathering the necessary details and logs to resolve it.

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! 


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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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