PRODUCT OVERVIEW & FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATIONS
Cimmetry Systems' Client-Server Editions of AutoVue deliver
server-based Viewing, Markup and Real-time Collaboration solutions that leverage
the robust technology foundation of the AutoVue family of products. AutoVue
delivers on the vision of a true Web-based architecture that is easy to
administer and integral to meeting the demands of enterprise applications,
intranets, extranets and the Internet.
Cimmetry's Client-Server Editions include:
The AutoVue products allow users to View and optionally Markup documents, drawings and CAD files in over 450 formats
from a Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Communicator.
Formats supported include 3D CAD formats such as Pro/E, CATIA, SolidWorks,
Unigraphics, Inventor, Solid Edge ... , 2D CAD and vector formats such as
AutoCAD, MicroStation, ME10, HPGL, Visio ... , EDA PCB/IC formats such as
Mentor, Cadence, Zuken, GDS II ..., and office and raster formats such as TIFF,
PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and WordPerfect to name a few. AutoVue
Client-Server Editions deliver all the functionality and format support
available in the Desktop Editions. It is not a "cut-down" version of
the AutoVue products. This alone sets Cimmetry's AutoVue apart as the only full
featured, reliable and complete Web-based solution for Viewing and Markup of
both Engineering and Office formats.
- AutoVue Professional
- AutoVue SolidModel
- AutoVue SolidModel Professional
INSTANT COMMUNICATION THROUGH ANY WEB BROWSER
As the undisputed leader in visualization and collaboration software,
Cimmetry Systems is well aware of the growing need for instant access to any
document from any desktop via project collaboration extranets, e-business portal
providers and public access ISPs. With AutoVue users
are assured uninterrupted access in a truly Web-based solution regardless of
their desktop configuration.
RAPID & COST EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT
AutoVue leverages Netscape's Smart Update and Microsoft's Internet Explorer CAB Technologies for rapid deployment
in browser environments. The zero administration client provides automatic
installation. Furthermore, AutoVue features automatic versioning when new versions of the software are installed on the
server. The client browser will automatically detect the availability of a new
version and install it.
SCALABILITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE EXTENDED ENTERPRISE
AutoVue was designed to provide for server scalability to support an ever-increasing demand for file Viewing and
Markup on intranets, extranets and the Internet. The system allows you to simply
add servers should you need to increase the number of users/clients. This can be
done on-line, without interrupting service. This functionality is extremely
useful as the Viewing and Markup needs of an organization become more prevalent.
Accommodating additional users simply becomes a matter of monitoring the AutoVue
servers' load and adding servers as required. The load is efficiently
balanced across the AutoVue server cluster. Doubling the capacity may be as simple as adding one more machine. This
is an extremely cost and resource efficient way to accommodate growth.
INTELLIGENT & ACCURATE RENDERING IN A PERFORMANCE PACKED ARCHITECTURE
During the viewing process, documents available for
viewing are rendered on the server(s) and an intelligent and displayable data
stream is delivered to the client. By doing so, AutoVue
eliminates any concerns about security since the original document, with
its proprietary data, is not transferred to the client machine. During the
transmission of the viewable data, AutoVue utilizes
different compression and streaming algorithms to deliver quick and responsive
feedback to the client side for large and multi-page documents.
The AutoVue Client-Server Editions
embed many rendering schemes to accommodate different environments. These
schemes take into account issues such as: network bandwidth, server
configuration and performance, Intranet/Extranet/Internet use and file size and
format to be viewed. However, in all rendering options, AutoVue
keeps all necessary information for querying purposes. As such, users can
perform text searches on CAD or text files or queries based on drawing
attributes in a CAD file.
SERVER BASED CONFIGURATION FOR FEATURE SET, FUNCTIONALITY & LANGUAGE
With AutoVue Client-Server Editions, the server defines the user interface capabilities and feature set provided to
the client, giving the server administrator complete control over those
functions and features made available to the user. For example, users may be
granted or denied the right to perform printing, redlining, or any other
functionality available in AutoVue depending on their access permission level. AutoVue also
provides "out-of-the-box" multiple language support allowing various
groups of users to have user interfaces in different languages.
Real-Time Collaboration is available in the professional versions of Cimmetry's AutoVue Client-Server Editions: AutoVue
Professional and AutoVue SolidModel Pro.
Real-Time Collaboration provides:
- The ability to co-view in real-time any
document format supported by AutoVue (2D CAD, 3D CAD, EDA, Office, Raster,
Vector, Hybrid, Graphics)
- The ability to co-markup in real-time
any document format supported by AutoVue (2D CAD, 3D CAD, EDA, Office,
Raster, Vector, Hybrid, Graphics)
- Built-in chat capability
HIGH RESOLUTION PRINTING
Cimmetry has identified the need for high resolution printing in the
Client-Server Edition and has implemented an add-on solution to accommodate the
need for high resolution and large format printing and plotting.
INTEGRATION & OEM REQUIREMENTS
AutoVue is highly customizable and has been designed to provide an extensive set of APIs for integration with EDM,
Knowledge Management, PLM, ISPs, Portals, ERP, ASP, supply chain and project
management web-centric solutions. The advantage of integrating with AutoVue
resides in the fact that the integrator may choose to take advantage of
the User Interface already developed by Cimmetry Systems. However, should the
integrator opt for complete control of user interface issues and functionality
we offer our View and Markup beans called "VueBeans".
These "VueBeans" do not present any pre-defined User Interface.
The View and Markup beans are available for licensing to OEM customers.
AutoVue SolidModel Client-Server Edition is a server based solution with a
revolutionary system to deliver fast 3D visualization over intranets, extranets
and the Internet.
Cimmetry Systems is first-to-market offering an out-of-the-box server-based,
native 3D visualization solution. Users can view and collaborate on their 3D CAD
designs directly from within their web browsers. Cimmetry proves that the
expensive IT training and overhead that has long been the standard when
implementing enterprise-wide 3D visualization solutions is unnecessary. AutoVue
SolidModel provides easy-to-implement, easy-to-use visual access to your
The design and architecture of AutoVue SolidModel provides:
- Instantaneous and out-of-the-box deployment
- Zero Administration on the client machines
- Straightforward administration of privileges and access on the server side
- Native visualization of documents, no external conversion required
- Complete security for original data - only a metafile rendering of a
document is transmitted to the client
- Scalability over large number of users
- Scalability over variable document size and network bandwidth
- No requirement to license the authoring applications of CAD data
- Load Balancing over server clusters
- Tight integration with EDM/PLM/ERP/Supply chain solutions and corporate
portals via our Document Management API (DMAPI)
SERVER BASED METAFILE RENDERING
In an attempt to satisfy customer requirements for optimized performance and
high-speed data delivery, Cimmetry Systems has developed a unique method of
displaying data on client machines. A server based rendering option is now
available in AutoVue SolidModel (3D server-based solution). This option allows
for faster subsequent viewing of 3D CAD Files.
Here are some highlights of the main architectural features
of the server-based metafile rendering in AutoVue SolidModel Client-Server
- After the initial viewing session, AutoVue generates a 3D metafile called
"3D CMF" (3D Cimmetry MetaFile) to be used for subsequent faster
- The 3D CMF is streamed from the server to the client in a compact and
- The 3D CMF streaming is interruptible for appropriate user interface
feedback in case of browsing. Thus the user can begin interacting with the
assembly or even request a different one before the file has fully arrived.
- The 3D CMF is much smaller in size then the CAD design file (5-15%
depending on the original document type)
- The CMF is stored in a cache that can be integrated into EDM, PLM, ERP
systems through AutoVue's DM API mechanism
- CMFs can be created online or offline (a batch process)
- Two Methods for serving the CMF to the client in order to accommodate slow
and fast connections
- Since it is the CMF rather than the original CAD document that is
transmitted, the security of proprietary data is maintained
- The 3D graphics data is streamed in a "Continuous Levels of
- Server-based metafile rendering is now also available for 2D CAD files
Streaming of parts in AutoVue SolidModel
When a client views a 3D document, the data is streamed continuously. AutoVue
implements two algorithms to control the streaming:
- The first is the simpler algorithm. It cycles through the parts in an
assembly and requests data in "chunks" (e.g. 10% - configurable
default value) until it reaches full resolution. The client would see the
assembly initially at a coarse resolution, continuously refining. The
advantage of this algorithm is that it provides reliably predicable
behavior. Since the metafile is only about 10% of the original file size and
the display data is streamed in 10% chunks, data of only about 1% of the
size of the original file needs to be transmitted to the client for the
client to have an initial, full view of the complete assembly.
For example, a 100MB assembly requires only 1MB of data be transferred to
the client before the entire assembly is displayed. Furthermore, the data is
streamed at the part level, so if the assembly is made up of 100 distinct
parts, then the first part will display after only 10K of data has been
received. Thus regardless of whether users access their 3D CAD
models/assemblies via a dial-up or high-speed connection, they can begin
working with them immediately.
||Percent of Original CAD assembly
||Example (assuming 100 parts)
|Original CAD assembly
|Initial view of complete assembly
||300k - 1.2MB
- The second method is more sophisticated. It takes into account the current
view parameters to compute the level of detail on a part-by-part basis.
AutoVue only transfers enough data to accurately visually represent the
assembly. It calculates how much data is needed for a part, based on its
visibility. For example:
- If a part is completely off screen, it does not need to be updated.
- If a user is zoomed in on a part, a higher level of detail would be
A number of such algorithms are implemented in this method. The advantage of
this approach is that only the amount of data needed to view a
model/assembly is transferred so it is efficient on the client's memory and
bandwidth usage. This is the default and preferred method of streaming in
|Detail is filled in when parts are zoomed in upon
||Windows 2003, 2000, XP, NT4.0 Server or Workstation
Sun Solaris 8, 9
||Web browser which supports Java 1.1.6 or higher Java Virtual Machine.
For Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, 2003:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher.
Netscape Navigator 4.5 or higher
For Sun Solaris 2.5 or later
Netscape 4.5 or higher
For HP-UX 10.10 or later
Netscape 4.5 or higher
For IBM-AIX 4.1 or later
Netscape 4.5 or higher
For Mac: 8.x, 9.x, OSX
For Redhat Linux: 7.3