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Publishing Tools and Documoto: A Match Made in Parts Book Heaven

Julia Marvin January 31, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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If you use SOLIDWORKS Composer or similar publishing tools to transform CAD data into technical documentation, you already understand the importance of providing clear and detailed illustrations in materials for customers.

Which is why it’s surprising that so many manufacturers invest in tools like Composer, but then take the valuable images they produce and export them as standalone PDFs. If you’re creating technical illustrations and parts info from a data-rich environment and then importing it into a desktop tool like FrameMaker or InDesign, your company is throwing away a large part of their investment and making employee’s jobs harder down the line.

By creating standalone PDFs, the amount of labor required to create the parts catalogs and more importantly, to maintain them, is unsustainable– leaving publications staff with the constant feeling they are drowning in their work.  In addition, you lose valuable data, interactivity, and the efficiency of publishing in a cloud environment.

But, by adding Documoto to your publishing workflow, you can harness the power of a relational database specifically designed to create and manage parts book content for complex equipment.

Why add Documoto to your publishing workflow?

  • Easily translate images and bills of materials (BOMs) from Composer into XML, the first step in creating a structured data environment.
  • Re-use parts and assembly information in an unlimited number of documents.
  • Keep up with engineering changes by simply updating parts and assemblies in one location – Documoto automatically updates other books that refer to those components.
  • Automate content creation and updates with ERP integrations, APIs and web services.

Join us at SOLIDWORKS World 2017

Solidworks World 2017 logoIf you’d like to see Documoto in action and learn how it can be a benefit to you, come visit us in the Partner Pavilion
at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, taking place Feb. 5-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center!

And, you can get in to the Partner Pavilion for FREE using code SWW17EOEX. Register here: https://events.itnint.com/sww17/online/RegLogin.aspx.

More information about the conference is available here.

Join Digabit at SolidWorks World 2017 on February 5-8

Julia Marvin January 31, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Come see us at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 from Feb. 5-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We’ll be onsite in the Partner Pavilion providing live demonstrations of Documoto, and our team will be available to answer your questions.

SOLIDWORKS World is a 3-day conference where attendees can learn about the latest technologies and select from more than 200 breakout sessions on topics ranging from design automation and electrical design to simulation and product data management.

Stop by Digabit’s booth (#200) in the Partner Pavilion and learn how to:

  • Streamline publishing with SOLIDWORKS – Composer – PDM – Documoto
  • Convert BOMs and illustrations into structured data for search and re-use
  • Enable online sales using Documoto Cloud Storefront

See the exhibit floorplan

If you are attending and would like to meet to see how Documoto can optimize your business operations, please email Jeremy Park at Jeremy.park@digabit.com.

Expo Invitation Code:

Use code: SWW17EOEX to get a FREE pass to the SOLIDWORKS World Partner Pavilion. Register Here.

Partner Pavilion Hours:

Sunday, Feb. 5
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

Monday, Feb. 6
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
11:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, Feb. 8
10 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.

More information:



Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Electrifying SolidWorks Composer Content

Digabit Inc August 18, 2014 Tags: , ,
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When I was a SolidWorks Composer Product Manager, I constantly ran into manufacturers that wanted to use the part breakout views produced by Composer to allow their customer to order parts online. Composer would create high quality content and even add hotpoints that would link the parts to BOMs. “But how do we add a shopping cart?” the manufactures would constantly ask. Well…you have to do a whole bunch of web development.  Composer is a great tool to generate stunning graphical content, but that content still requires a container whether it’s a webpage or a document layout tool.

Now that I am here at Digabit, I am constantly seeing manufacturers use the parts breakout views to create Documoto parts books, allowing their customers to order parts online. I recently spoke to a technical illustrator, DJ Berger at Fecon. They are a Digabit customer that produce vegetation management equipment and wood to energy equipment.  Fecon uses Composer with the Docustudio Authoring Suite to produce parts books for online ordering. DJ said, “Having our customer be able to zoom in on the digital part manuals hosted on Documoto is incredible” when referring to how a customer can see engravings within a parts breakout view to get more information about the connections. Now their customer can dig into the detail of each image and verify that they are ordering the correct part.  The best part is how easy the tools are to use. “The whole process from Composer to Docustudio is extremely user-friendly. I have had no trouble quickly catching on to the functionalities of these two programs.” DJ told me as a technical illustrator new to his role.  Take a look for yourself, Exploded Views Made Easy with SolidWorks Composer.

How about you? How are you using SolidWorks Composer? Are your customers able to order parts online like Fecon’s customers?

I look forward to your comments.

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