LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) -Flatter Files is your digital filing cabinet that sits in the cloud, creating a convenient central location to share your PDF drawings with clients and suppliers. What makes Flatter Files unique is that it is so easy to use — and it is completely independent of the big CAD vendors.
The Flatter Files system has two parts. The first is a desktop “uploader” app that intelligently uploads selected files to the cloud, creating PDF drawings automatically as it does so. The second part is the online app that allows you to view, search, and mark up your 2D PDFs and 3D CAD files, using your Android or IOS device or web browser. Flatter Files currently supports SOLIDWORKS and Inventor designs with the desktop app, and many 3D neutral formats such as STEP, IGES, and DWG can be uploaded manually.
Flatter Files stores your data on Google’s secure servers. All transactions use SSL and two-step authentication is supported. Pricing is based on the number of content creators that you would like to be able upload content to the cloud. The number of people viewing content is unlimited and 500MB of space is included.
Flatter Files has many features that you would expect of a locally-hosted PDM system, including check in/check out of design files, revision control, and search. What differs is the clean, slick, Web 2.0 interface and smooth workflow. This is a great tool for sharing design information with the non-CAD users in your office or supply chain.
Flatter Files was nominated for a TenLinks Best of Show at SOLIDWORKS 2014.
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|Paul Munford is a CAD manager and writes in his blog, The CAD Setter Out, which contains tips, tricks and tutorials for woodworkers using AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. More…|