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Using baselines for dynamic documents

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Using baselines for dynamic documents

My understanding of a baseline in Windchill: a collection of items in a specified version. This is basically version control that is required for an assembly and it's many parts. In Windchill SIM, it is required for version control of a manual and it's many xml descendants.

However, it seems we can't do anything with this baseline in SIM.

Some cases:

  1. Opening this baseline (or an object from this baseline) is not possible. You can add a baseline to your workspace, but you can only open the latest version in Arbortext.
  2. Request a new translation from a baseline. When a product is selling well in a particular region, product management decides later that we want to sell it in a different region too and thus require new translations for an old manual. It is however impossible to transfer this package (what a baseline essentially is) to a translation package. Translation packages can only be created on the latest version, not from a baseline.
  3. Publish from a baseline.
    1. Our software in some products is released on a monthly basis. This requires updates of the documentation at a very fast pace. Translations of the latest release are only available later when the source language is already revised towards the next release. Incoming translations are linked to the correct version, but can never be published because it is impossible to publish from the older version, only from the latest version.
    2. Our corporate marketing has decided for new brand guidelines. We update the stylesheets for technical documentation accordingly. Management asks to republish some popular documents in the new layout. Unfortunately, Windchill can't publish from a baseline, only the latest.

On top of that, try to explain writers the concepts of configuration management and ask to do promotion requests, baselines, revisions, etc., while you can't offer them any benefit.

So, what are we doing wrong? It seems that one of the most fundamental features of Windchill is simply not integrated with the functionality that SIM claims to offer.

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Re: Using baselines for dynamic documents

Ditto on all of this! PTC, any progress on getting this available?

Re: Using baselines for dynamic documents

Just for linkage and reference, some of this previously brought up in this Community idea:

 

https://community.ptc.com/t5/Windchill-Ideas/Extend-baseline-capabilities-to-Windchill-SIM/idi-p/484...

Re: Using baselines for dynamic documents

Thanks Michael. Do you know if PTC has this on the roadmap?

Re: Using baselines for dynamic documents

That is not something I know, but hopefully someone else from Support or Product Management can chime in.