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.

Two Step Authentication

Flatter Files now supports two step authentication.  Two step authentication adds an extra layer of security to your Flatter Files account.  In addition to each user within your organization having a password to access the account, two step authentication requires each user to enter a code that is text messaged to the users phone.  The additional step greatly enhances the security of your account.

Two step authentication is an optional setting and can easily be turned on by the account administrator. Once it is turned on, the next time each user logs onto Flatter Files they must enter a phone number that can receive a text message.

Each time the user accesses Flatter Files on a new device, a text message will be sent to the phone number and the user will have to enter the code to complete the login process.  The user is then authenticated on that device for 30 days.  Once the 30 days are up, the login process will once again text message a new code that must be entered.
Flatter Files takes security of your account extremely seriously.  No  matter what is done technically though, the most insecure part of accessing Flatter Files is a users password accidentally ending up in the wrong hands.  By requiring two step authentication, the person would not only need a users password they would also have to have the users phone.  Thus, Flatter Files is significantly more secure if you require two step authentication.

Public Beta

Flatter Files is now in public beta.  Anyone can now sign up for an account and give Flatter Files a try.  While in public beta, the service is entirely free.  Once Flatter Files leaves beta, all accounts will receive 30 days notice before requiring you to sign up for billing to continue using the service.  Try out Flatter Files by signing up here.

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