SolidWorks Corporation is out with a new version of its eDrawings email collaboration tool that allows users to drag-and-drop drawings into Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents with all of the drawings’ pan/zoom/rotate/animate features preserved. It was possible to do that before, says Aaron Kelly, SolidWorks’ director of product management, but it was nowhere near as easy as it is now, and what’s more, those who receive the documents don’t have to download software to view them because that software is embedded in the file.
Another big deal in addition to the drag-and-drop enhancement is support for AutoCAD 3D files and AutoCAD layers, including selective activation of layers in a drawing set. Previous versions supported 2D files but did not support layers. The new version also supports AutoCAD 2007, and Google SketchUp.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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