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Cortona3D RapidAuthor 6.3 released

Cortona3D RapidAuthor 6.3 released

Cortona2D Editor Pro
RapidAuthor now contains an advanced 2D editor that introduces a range of time-saving features:
  • Visual interface for editing hotspot properties.
  • Comprehensive context menu to add layers and edit their properties.
  • Snap objects to a grid to align them.
  • Grouping objects.
  • Property bundles enable you to define line, shape, text and marker property sets (bundles), assign property bundle to object(s), select objects by property bundle, and to exchange property bundles between computers.
  • A wide range of context commands for quick adding points and segments to various objects, object scaling, saving and replacing raster images, object converting.
  • Filters by object type that simplify the object multiple selection.
  • Improved CGM support.
  • Printing images.
Note: Cortona2D Editor Pro is also available as a standalone product.
Improved Data Import
  • Improved import of JT data.
Document Editor
  •  Document Editor is now working in 64-bit version.
Bug fixing
  •  Bugs have been fixed in RapidAuthor.
Cortona3D RapidDeveloper
Cortona3D has just launched its new RapidDeveloper product which consists of two tools: RapidConfiguration and RapidSpecification.
This product is a complentary product to Cortona3D’s RapidAuthor tools to create interactive 3D documentation. It enables RapidAuthor users to customise the data import process and the output format for RapidAuthor projects. RapidDeveloper consists of two products; RapidConfiguration and RapidSpecification.
RapidConfiguration Component
This tool facilitates the analysis of source CAD data for controlling and customizing the data import settings. RapidConfiguration allows loading sample 3D data and contains user-friendly wizards for choosing the required settings. It enables the user to specify and map the data to fit the template also called specification within RapidAuthor.  Specifically the user will be able to customise the following properties:
  • Adjust the 3D data structure
  • Choose the measurement units for correct scaling of 3D geometry
  • Set the axes orientation
  • Modify the surface properties
  • Create custom levels of details for each part
  • Map the CAD metadata for reuse in the document
RapidSpecification Component
The RapidAuthor tools use a template, called a specification, to determine the format and appearance of the created document. Specifications are plug-in elements and some industry standard specifications are supplied with RapidAuthor out of the box (e.g. DITA 1.1, ATA iSpec 2200, S1000D Procedural and IPD data module).RapidSpecification provides the user with the ability to create custom specifications to meet their authoring requirements. It enables users to define:
  • The metadata used in the specification
  • The document type (e.g. Parts Catalog, Maintenance Procedure, Computer Based Training)
  • The format of the document (e.g. column headings, column width, set of available actions)
  • The file format of the published output and its appearance