1. Describe your environment: What is your industry? What is your role in your organization? Describe your stakeholders.
We have ~250 daily users of Windchill for CAD, product structure, changes and documents. We design and build consumer electronics products. Stakeholders are internal application users and external suppliers.
2. What version of Windchill are you currently running?
Windchill 11.1 M020 CPS19
3. Describe the problem you are trying to solve. Please include detailed documentation such as screenshots, images or video.
No way to view a document without downloading it first. In a web first world, there should be no reason to require users to download PDF files or Office documents. Anytime a document is available, users should be able to access a preview of the document without downloading it. This would include locations such as the document details page, the part structure page, the document structure page and attachments.
From the part structure page, other items can be added to the display such as CAD and Docs. CAD can be viewed in the integrated visualization panel, but documents cannot. Many users in the business need access to things link spec sheets associated with COTS parts, but are constantly downloading them to get information. It would be much nicer if document preview was an integral capability of Windchill.
4. What is the use case for your organization?
We want to stop downloading all the content just to look at it
5. What business value would your suggestion represent for your organization?
We have hundreds of documents downloaded every day just to look at
This idea is a restart of the following archived idea
@ScottMorris Thx for reopening an improved idea! A simpler way to viewing or editing documents would be a very huge step forward. Access to all important information in one place is one of the most important features in Windchill.
... and it shouldn't require an additional license with added cost. It should be standard 'out-of-the-box' functionality automatically included for all users.
Thank you for your idea and the information you provided.
Is using the Quick Access" extension xcould be useful in your case?
We are using this extension so we can open the pdf representation of the document directly on a new tab of the web browser.
There are still several kinds of documents that are managed within Windchill (Specifications, Manufacturing / Inspection Procedures etc..). It would be great to have in built functionality to compare the office documents between two versions of documents or even different document numbers and show a redline. This will make the review of the documents much easier.
Document content compare is available in the Desktop Integration tool.
If all the documents are published to PDF, it would be nice to have the compare built into Windchill
You must be a registered user to add a comment. If you've already registered, sign in. Otherwise, register and sign in.