Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
I came across this interesting new product the other day. It's for two sets of readers. The first is all of you who have to balloon inspection drawings and build inspection sheets for first article, in-process, and final inspections manually. The second is all of you championing SaaS (software as a service) as a cost-effective alternative to the Sisyphean labor of managing software and software updates at your business.
Extensible CAD Technologies has announced the release of InspectionXpert OnDemand. It's a web-based, updated version of its flagship InspectionXpert software suite for automating your inspection documentation process. The 5-cent description is that InspectionXpert OnDemand helps you create ballooned inspection drawings from PDF and TIFF files created by CAD systems like AutoCAD, CATIA, or Solid Edge as well as scanned files. You can extract images of characteristics and export dimensions to your custom forms or to standardized inspection report forms like AS9102.
You can do a bunch of other things too, but the kicker is that you start doing it all on the web from a single click, and that you do not need CAD software to automate your quality inspection drawings. And, since it is a web-based application, you do not have to update it all the time, freeing your IT department to do more important things or, better, freeing the guy who got stuck with doing your updates to actually do work that is the core business of your company.
InspectionXpert OnDemand is new to the Extensible CAD product line-up. So new that the company's website is not updated yet, or at least I failed trying to find the dedicated web pages for it. But Extensible CAD is offering some webinars throughout the summer and fall demonstrating how InspectionXpert OnDemand can work for you. The company also has a bunch of videos showing you how its stand-alone InspectionXpert product operates. You'll find links to both at the end of today's Pick of the Week write-up.
Manually ballooning your inspection documents eats time and invites goof ups. Constantly updating time-eating, error-ready applications can simply add insult to the expense of it all. SaaS addresses that updating bit. InspectionXpert OnDemand might be your answer to the first part. Take a look and see for yourself.
Thanks, pal. -- Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering
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