Cortona3D Releases RapidAuthor v14.1

The latest version of Cortona3D authoring suite, a software solution for digitalizing technical documentation is now available. Version 14.1 comes with important improvements in the data import process, support for S1000D in Service Planner integration, and makes it easier to work with JT format. They updated RapidAuthor by adding new tools such as the Join Lines tool for 2D editing, support for thick and thin line illustration techniques, new commands cut, copy, and paste for selected objects and new parametric objects for authoring.

Support for S1000D in Service Planner integration

There is good news for authors who work with Teamcenter Service Planner. The latest version of RapidAuthor allows users to generate S1000D documentation based on the data imported from Teamcenter Service Planner. The tool contains now out-of-the-box Demo Service Planner S1000D 4.1 import profile with default configuration for the mapping of the Service Planner Work Card and Service Requirement objects data to the RapidAuthor S1000D project. You can change this configuration using the RapidConfiguration tool to meet specific requirements and the Teamcenter data model.

Import additional information from the Service Planner

From now on, you can import additional information such as support equipment, spares, references, required persons, safety conditions, etc. from the Service Planner. Using this feature, you can configure various document sections in the Service Planner Information dialog box of the import profile in RapidConfiguration, and enable or disable each section. If a section is enabled, then the corresponding section of the document will be filled during import.

JT import: line sets, import non-tiled textures from JT

Now you can import line sets from JT. The new option Read all types of geometry enables importing all geometric objects allowed by the JT standard, including lines and points.

The previous version of the Cortona3D tools allowed for importing non-tiled textures from JT with tiling only. Version 14.1 fixes this weakness. From now on, you can import non-tiled textures from JT without tiling.

New commands Cut, Copy, and Paste for selected objects

Another useful feature to speed up the authoring process is an improved clipboard. New commands cut, copy, and paste for selected 3D objects are available now from the toolbar, the edit menu, the Item Tree menu, and the Item List menu, or as shortcuts. Now you can quickly copy or cut 3D objects and paste them below the selected element or into the root of the Item Tree. The same commands work in Document Editor, Procedure Editor, and DPL-table.

2D Editing: Join Lines tool

The updated version of Cortona2D Editor Pro provides the Join Lines tool. From now on, you can quickly join multiple line primitives into a single one.

There are several options for how to quickly join straight and curved segments:

  • Chamfer connects the ends of lines with segments
  • Extend extends lines until they intersect
  • Fillet extends lines and connects them with a circle of radius R
  • Bezier extends the lines and connects them with the Bezier curve

2D Editing: thick and thin line illustration techniques

If you need to add 3D effects to 2D illustrations, you can use the thick and thin line illustration techniques supported in the new version.

To activate the thick and thin line mode:

  • Use the button on the panel of Property Inspector
  • Edit menu > Thick/Thin Technique

Use the techniques to work with ellipses and parallelograms on the isometric grid.

New objects in the Object Gallery

New objects – Animated Arrow and Arrow – are added to the Object Gallery. You can use these objects to draw end-user attention to a specific area in the 3D scene.

New localization option

In version 14.1, we added a new localization option for Italian.

The user interface, help topics of RapidAuthor for Teamcenter, and out-of-the-box specification components have been localized into Italian. Out-of-the-box specification components allow for creating publications in Italian in addition to previously supported languages.

Other improvements

  • Support for Teamcenter 14.0 and 14.1
  • New CAD formats supported: JT 10.6, NX 2007, SOLIDWORKS 2022, Solid Edge 2022, CATIA V5_6R2022, Revit 2022, Navisworks 2012-2022
  • DITA: new metadata Language allows for controlling the language of the generated document
  • Option to update objects even if their metadata hasn’t changed

About Cortona3D

Cortona3D provides innovative 3D visual software for creating interactive digital technical documentation that enables manufacturers to reuse existing engineering and product data directly in parts catalogs, maintenance manuals, work instructions, and training courses. Due to a single-source approach organizations can produce, manage, and distribute high-quality technical documentation, go to market faster, and increase customer loyalty. Customers include Boeing, Airbus, ESA, Rolls Royce, Pilatus Aircraft, and others. Cortona3D is a Siemens PLM technology partner.

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