Many organisations do not have access to an S1000D compliant CSDB or indeed have the need for the full functionality of a CSDB. Some of our clients have been asking Mekon to provide some of the critical functions that CSDBs provide without the expensive overhead often associated with such systems. For some time a DRM productivity tool has been incorporated into the Eclipse S1000D for Arbortext application which users have found to be an extremely useful addition to the application, speeding up the production of Data Modules and reducing risk of errors.
This tool has been updated and is now included in Eclipse S1000D for FrameMaker as part of this release.
Data Reference Manager (DRM) will help users with;
- Insertion of references to other Data Modules
- Insertion of Illustrations
- Insertion of references to Technical Publications
- Insertion of Supplies, Spares and Support Equipment
As with other aspects of the FrameMaker application, provision has been made for configuring and automatic switching between, several independent projects driven by the MODELIC part of the Data Module Code. The Database Tables can reside either on the client machine or on a network so that many authors can simultaneously access the information.
The Authoring Interface detects the insertion of Reference to Data Modules, Reference to Technical Publications, Illustrations, Supplies, Spares and Support Equipment and allows pre-defined information to be automatically inserted. This pre-defined information resides in the supplied database. If set up to do so, the selection of the appropriate ICN from the database will automatically insert the selected illustration in the DM. The population and maintenance of the database tables is carried out via the Management Interface.
The Management Interface permits the user to define Data Module Code and Illustration Control Number structures for each project required. The Database stores Data Module Codes (for the insertion of Reference Data Modules), Illustration Control Numbers together with the associated filenames in addition to Supply, Spares and Supplied Equipment details. These last three items can ensure that Authors will only insert approved details into the Data Modules. For each of these items it is possible to modify and delete individual entries in the Database as well as import this information from an Excel Spreadsheet (sample spreadsheets are provided). The Management Interface does not require the installation of any third party applications.
As part of the re-engineering process interface layers have been incorporated which make the integration of third part CSDB application much easier to create and, at the same time, presenting a common interface for the Author. Currently the application can be readily integrated with the ADG R4i CSDB Server and Corena Life*S1000D. If a Client requires connection to another CSDB, and assuming the CSDB provider is willing to allow integration, Mekon can develop the necessary plug-in.
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