New Feature: 3D View

If you are uploading Inventor or SolidWorks files to Flatter Files you can now view the 3D models.  When a revision is created of a drawing, the current model is also archived and is now available for viewing from within both the web application and the iPhone/iPad application.  This new functionality will provide you with the ability to immediately view the 3D model for reference purposes whenever needed without any special software installed.  Thus, everyone in your organization now not only has access to all of your important drawings and documents but they can also view the 3D models.

To view the 3D model in the web application simply right click and select View 3D.

If the drawing contains multiple revisions, a dialog will appear such that you can select the revision that you would like to view.

Once the revision is selected.  A view of the model will appear.  It is displayed within an application window such that you can move the window around.  In addition, you are able to view multiple models at once by simply right clicking on another drawing and selecting View 3D.

To view the 3D model in the iPhone/iPad application simply tap 3D when viewing a drawing.

The model will then be displayed using the full screen.  Viewing the model is an excellent experience.  Use one finger to rotate the model.  Two finger pinch gestures zoom the model in and out and two finger movements pan the model.

When using the iPad application, you can view the library and or drawing properties while you view the 3D model by simply tapping the library button at the top left.

To view previous versions of the model on the iPad or iPhone, simply click the back arrow directly below the view.  If multiple revisions exist then the previous revision will be displayed.

Live Demo

Interested in Flatter Files but would like to know more?  Need help implementing Flatter Files?  You can now sign up for a free one on one live demo of Flatter Files.  Simply visit this link and enter your contact information.  Once you submit your info you will be contacted regarding the details of setting up the live demo.

New Feature: Archiving

Flatter Files now archives all of your files associated with your drawings and documents.  When the Uploader Application performs an upload it creates a PDF representing your drawing or document and uploads it.  Starting today it will now also upload the actual drawing or document file as well as the PDF.  The actual file is archived such that each revision that you create will include the actual file at that point in time.  This allows you to download the file for a previous revision at any point in the future.  To download the appropriate file simply right click the item and click "Native" as shown below.  A zip file containing the appropriate file will be downloaded.

For Inventor and SolidWorks, the appropriate model files are uploaded as well as the drawing files.  When downloading an Inventor or SolidWorks item, the zip file will contain the drawing file along with all of the model files associated with that drawing.

This also works for assemblies.  To obtain the complete hierarchy of the assembly, you must download the files from the Assembly library in the exact same manner as for drawings and documents.

The result of this new functionality is now all of your important files associated with your drawings and documents are securely stored and archived for every revision of every item that is uploaded.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

AutoCAD 2013 & Inventor 2013

The Flatter Files Uploader application has been updated to support both AutoCAD 2013 and Inventor 2013.  Significant changes were required to support AutoCAD 2013.  The underlying architecture of AutoCAD significantly changed with this latest release and thus backward capability was broken.  The good news is that the publishing of drawings is now much quicker due to the changes.

Website Update

The Flatter Files website About page has been completely redone.  It now includes images to help explain the concept behind Flatter Files and how it works.  I have also created a new Features page that attempts to describe each feature individually.

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