Flatter Files was designed specifically to solve actual problems that companies face all the time with regard to drawings. Here are a few of the common problems and an overview of how Flatter Files solves each problem.
Where is that drawing?
Flatter Files provides a single destination for all of your drawings that is searchable. So if someone in production or sales or marketing or anyone else in your organization needs to see a drawing they now have a central place containing all of your drawings. Just log into Flatter Files and start searching. Every property of the drawing is searchable and search results can be limited to certain properties.
What do you mean this is the wrong revision? It is the one you gave me.
Every organization that uses drawings eventually runs into the latest revision problem. Someone within your organization mistakenly uses the wrong version of the drawing. Many times you send an email with the newer version but when they need the drawing they forgot about that latest email and instead use the drawing that was last printed. Flatter Files fixes this problem by removing the need to email a drawing by providing a central place where drawings are always viewed. Users can still print the drawings, but every time they need a drawing instead of searching for a drawing in their file system or email they can log into Flatter Files, locate the drawing and know that it is the latest revision. As an added bonus, if the drawing is currently being modified, the viewer will be notified.
Can you send me all of the drawings for this product?
Rarely when viewing a drawing do you just view a single drawing. Instead you need a group of drawings as identified on a bill of materials. Flatter Files groups your drawings into assemblies such that you simply locate the top assembly and then all of the drawings needed are shown inside that assembly in a single view. The best part is that anytime any of the drawings contained in the assembly are modified, the assembly view is updated such that you never actually have to update the assembly. Just revise the drawings and the assembly will always contain the latest revisions.
I converted a drawing to PDF and sent it externally to another company but now I am going to update it. I guess I have to send it again?
With Flatter Files, drawings are shared via a link and associated password. No more sending a drawing each time you change it via email. Instead, simply send the link and password and from then on anytime they visit the link the latest version is shown. Both drawings and assemblies can be shared. If a drawing is checked out, the external viewer is also notified.