Aras announced a new release of the Microsoft Office Connector for Aras Innovator. With the Office connector, global organizations can manage documents, spreadsheets and e-mails in the Aras PLM suite without leaving Microsoft Office applications.
Users can create, store, edit, search and manage documents while working within the familiar Microsoft environment. At the same time, the Office Connector for Aras provides administrators with sophisticated capabilities for document control and security, including need-to-know access, configurable automatic document numbering and naming conventions, and the optional use of corporate templates.
Users can search files and templates in PLM from within the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and select View for read-only access or Edit to lock and modify a file.
The solution also allows users to auto generate PDFs of saved files to attach and distribute to other users in the workflow, and includes automated file naming and document number sequencing based on classification categories. Users can easily view side-by-side comparisons of different revisions of the same document or file.
The solution includes the capability to capture and store Outlook e-mails with embedded images and attachments as part of a product record.
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