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Multi-CAD developer Concurrent Systems has released the DDM 2010.2, with more than 70 technical enhancements over previous versions and a wealth of features to make business unit management easier.

DDM 2010.2 supports all the latest CAD solutions, including SolidWorks 2011, Solid Edge ST3, Inventor, AutoCAD and IronCAD XG.

The main features in this latest version are the optimisation of efficiency and productivity with powerful search improvements; improved global collaboration with new functionality in DDM Web; and powerful visibility and modification control of data.

The user interface has been updated in line with the look and feel of Microsoft Windows 7 to give it a clean, modern appearance and a familiar user experience.

In this new release there has been a continued focus on productivity improvements such as reducing mouse clicks and automating housekeeping steps where possible, particularly with documents.

Examples include a direct ‘release’ option for documents; housekeeping options to automatically unreserve and remove items from the user’s workbench on release; and automatically generated thumbnails for any image files.

The category browser (formerly known as classification tree) provides a way to organise and quickly find objects in DDM.

Administration of the category browser has been simplified by enabling authorised users to dynamically add and edit categories from the main user interface, as well as the ability to categorise multiple items in one hit.

DDM Web gives easy access to drawings and documents outside the design office, connecting the business across global teams and the supply chain, enabling users to access their design data real-time wherever they are.

The UI can now be customised to show your customers, suppliers and users the company logo and corporate colours as soon as they open DDM.

New features include BOM export and print options, item subscription and folder content download, alongside the option of subscribing to be notified of any changes made to items in a folder.

Originally, business units were introduced to extend the basic access controls for larger organisations.

By allocating users to business units and adding business unit ownership to items in DDM, users from one business unit could be prevented from modifying objects owned by another business unit.

Objects could be copied, as with ‘save as’, but not modified or up-issued.

In DDM 2010.2 these controls have been extended to control visibility of DDM items based on business-unit ownership.

Objects owned by one business unit can now be hidden from users in another business unit giving powerful control and flexibility over business visibility.

In addition, business unit controls have been extended to control folders as well as parts, assemblies, drawings and documents.

In DDM administration, simple ideas such as ‘add similar’ allows creation of new users with similar roles to an existing user, the new user automatically adopting the groups, roles and access controls of the existing user.

Another feature, ‘profiles’, allows an administrator to control which database classes a user will see.

In this way, if a user only works with documents, then parts, assemblies and drawings can be removed from the user interface.

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