byAsingh505-31-201310:52 AM - edited 05-31-201310:59 AM
Currently any attachment that is uploaded on PLM360 for a specific item can be downloaded from a user if the correct permission is granted.
If it was possible for a user to only have the preview functionality in the attachment tab permissible, that would be very beneficial in regards to security. This would allow users the access to view the attachment without having the threat of intellectual property being distributed.
Below is an image of the attachments tab. If the links circled below were removed or hidden, that would provide a suitable solution were the user wouldn’t be able to download the attachment.
Also if it were possible to view a larger preview of the attachment, that would enhance the user experience.
To help increase traceability of PLM actions and downloads, it would be helpful to track users actions when downloading or viewing a file from PLM. This action can be included in the systems log list or the systems log list can be configurable.
Security is about knowing who, what, where and when in cases of an ITAR / EAR or IP audits that are conducted.
It is highly tedious and annoying to attach a pdf or a dwg file to a list of items in a workspace. Having the ability to bulk upload attachments to specific items in a workspace would be ideal for mass drawing updates or file updates.
One solution would be importing a zip file of the attaching files and an excel file that would have the item descriptor in one column and the corresponding file name in the other column.
It would be beneficial to have the option to edit the attachment description after you have uploaded the attachment. I uploaded attachments to 40 different items yesterday and I realised after that I needed to edit the description. My only option was to delete all the attachments and reload with the correct description which was a little time consuming.
A function where a "desktop folder" can be added inorder to add/view documents from the desktop/finder directly into PLM360. The folder to be added should be connected to a certain workspace, where the user can chose which workspaces should be able to "share" information.
The folder should be a direct connection through the username and password from the user, where permissions should be added depending on what role the user has.
Similar to dropbox, but with the added finess of PLM360.
byAsingh511-06-201208:22 AM - edited 11-06-201208:25 AM
The TABS section of the preview should open up and expand when clicked on instead of redirecting to the specific item. This would allow the quick easy access to key information such as BOM items, attachments, relationships, changes ext. Also there should be the ability to click the specified print view for the item as well.
Evaluting the process of a physical Design Review meeting, we've identified a want for a Mass Checkout/In feature. Additionally, it would be nice to have the option to simply Mass Delete attachments. This would give the user the option to bypass the "history" functionality (which is very useful to "build" by replacing files with all the marked-up then updated versions) which becomes very time-consuming when dealing with large numbers of attached files.
A "real" solution might be to simply embrace full Design Review functionality and workflows in the varous Autodesk 360 products! .dwf(x) is your own file-type... why it always seems to be an afterthought, I don't understand.
For any design review process to work efficiently, we need attributes of the file (.dwf, for instance) that can be searched and sorted. It is desireable to know the approval status without opening the file (this is more about files that are created and/or exist on my computer)! Secondly, it could save a lot of file re-creation (and allow the re-use of the file to stop round-tripping from the cloud) if the .dwf (and .dwfx) document had the option of whether-or-not to print either Mark-ups, Stamps or both!!!!
Now, I must admit where a "cloud-only" mark-up/review/approval workflow falls apart (as of today)... it's for those of us who'd like to use the .dwf(x) as an "underlay", right under the sheet-to-be-corrected. This use of the marked-up .dwf(x) allows the Autocad/Inventor user to complete and track the tasks as they are done... in their native application! If Autocad/Inventor could open a cloud-based .dwf(x), edit it, then re-publish it... transparently... it would be easier to complete the Design Review process. This is more about the Design Review product than PLM360, but I'd think that Autodesk would like to have one solution, rather than the several vaguely-similar markup/review approaches they currently employ.
To summerize my suggestions;
Mass Checkout/In in PLM360
Cloud-ize all of Design Review for consistant use in all Autodesk 360 and off-the-shelf products
Add file attributes to .dwf(x) which indicate Approved status (if they don't exist)
Add the option of printing DR markups, stamps, both or neither (if it doesn't exist)
Add the ability to preserve mark-up and stamps upon recreation of .dwf(x) without creating another file (perhaps closing the open file as part of the "Republish Sheets" (in Inventor, for instance) process would allow the user to maintain one file... one file name... ? the current process won't over-write the open file but the Republish commands are unavailable after closing the underlay mark-up.)
When I send an email I would like to be able to add in an .ics file.
The .ics file a simple text file contains information about a meeting or event. the .ics file's contents are understood by outlook and other calendar packages. Clicking the ics file in the email adds the meeting or event to you calendar.
How I think this could be done,
in scripting the Email() object should have some more options for create .ics file and the values to go into it, The information in the .ics file is event name, start date/time, end date/time, location, title. you could then grab / map item fields such as date, time location event, and map them to the .ics file. this would populate your calendar with the meeting or event.
Some attachments like PDF, Word, or Excel do not need to have a thumbnail. It would be nice that it could be configured to eliminate the thumbnail for some workspaces, so that the attachment display would not be that busy taking 7 or more lines for each attachment. Thanks!