Open Text Brings Integrated Collaboration and CM to CAD Applications

Oct 24, 2003

Open Text Corporation provider of Livelink collaboration and content management software for the enterprise, has announced the availability of Livelink CADManager, which gives architects and engineers a more robust system for managing large volumes of interrelated CAD drawings for major design projects. Livelink CADManager adds collaboration and knowledge management tools to CAD applications to improve design efficiency and reduce costs.

The new product provides an integration between Livelink and leading CAD applications from Autodesk, Inc., a design software and digital content company. Livelink CADManager supports Autodesk's AutoCAD 2000i, AutoCAD 2002, and AutoCAD 2004.  

Livelink CADManager provides functionality to more effectively manage the complex relationships between what can be thousands of drawings for a major project. CADManager enhances a customer's current CAD investment by providing a more robust document management tool to maintain the complex relationships between drawings, and controls over revisions to avoid duplication and problems propagating changes to other drawings. Livelink CADManager also provides collaborative tools, which allow designers to securely access and share drawings through the course of a project.

With Livelink CADManager, Livelink becomes a knowledge management repository for design projects, serving as a central point for managing all working drawings, as well as data about drawings and their relationships. Livelink CADManager gives users the ability to apply detailed metadata to drawings, advanced search capabilities, and check-in/check-out features to control drawing revisions. Access to Livelink is provided through a menu structure in AutoCAD.

Open Text also plans to introduce Livelink CADManager modules for Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software, Bentley Systems' MicroStation, and SolidWorks.

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