Can anyone recommend a good document control software package? We need
something for revision controlled documents (prod. specs, manuals,
etc.) that will allow us to "lock down" working copies, as well as
provide change history, 'check-out/check-in' features and, hopefully,
Let me expand the question. Are there PLM's that work well with
SolidWorks or any modelling software? My only experience is with
systems that don't work directly with SolidWorks, so documents centers
around use of PDF's. Of course, the solid model itself should be the
document used by vendors with the drawing providing specifics, so it's
not logical to base a system on PDF's. Anyone have experience with a
system more in tune with modelling s/w?
Thanks, everyone, for your input. What I'm looking for is a document
control system for MS Office, PDF, Illustrator files, etc. We use PDM
for our SW stuff, but don't want to be putting all of our Sales &
Marketing documents in there.
I've been digging through google and there's an insane amount of
software packages out there.
Jeff noted, "I've been digging through google and there's an insane
software packages out there."
Yup, that's what I've seen, and I see the same issues.
I give 5 versions of a pdf to sales to review and markup, and get to
the final approved copy, and someone sends out version 3 to the sales
For a small company, a simple database of the "Released" copy of
documents could be set up. Then you have to decide how to host it for
everyone's access. FileMakerPro will handle this nicely, and I think I
may use that, since we already use it elsewhere.
You are right about the abundance of doc. management out there--I
learned that by doing an extensive search a couple of years ago for my
employer. Our requirements were that the app needed to handle ANY type
of document (Office docs, PDF's, images and even some audio and video
files), that it has good password-protected security, it could grow
with us and didn't cost an arm and a leg. We ended up with Carmen
Documents which was perfect for us. It doesn't, however, keep track of
paper documents (but that didn't matter to us). Its really simple to
deploy and use.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
Jeff Mirisola wrote:
Lots of them. We've used Activault and ProductCenter. SolidWorks sells
PDMWorks. People in this newsgroup have mentioned using DBWorks,
Quicksilver, SmartTeam, and others that I can't remember right now.
Let me back up a bit. The above are mostly PDM (Product Data Management)
systems and you specifically said PLM (Product Lifecycle Management).
ProductCenter is supposed to be a PLM system. I'm not at all sure about the
others, but I think that PDMWorks and DBWorks are only PDM.
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