Drawing Management Applications
Grant Drawing Access to non-licensed personnel
We currently use the Fastlook Software and the Fastlook Plugins for Internet Explorer. The majority of our users just require View/Zoom and Print functionality right from the Web Browser, and the odd user likes Fastlook to import/export different file formats. I tried out your SwiftView product on my PC to view our Engineering Document System which consists mainly of HPGL/TIFF/PCL file types and it looks great. The reason for trying out your software is that other divisions want to put their drawings up on the Web and we find that Fastlook is much too expensive. We also have to think about updating our current version of the Fastlook Product soon. I have given my thumbs up to the SwiftView Product.
We're beginning to save all our engineering drawings in HPGL format so they can be viewed by non-engineering personnel such as Purchasing and Program Management at any time without the need for a high-priced CAD system installed on everybody's desktops. We can also allow our supplier base to view the drawings (mostly for quote) in the same manner. Unlimited use of SwiftView for all users on my LAN for a flat fee will fit perfectly.
We're a design and engineering consulting firm in the Telecommunications area. On a given job, we often get hundreds of plotifles generated from Autocad or Microstation. Swiftview allows us to go in and view the plotifles, and send the plotfiles to a plotter without having to have an AutoCAD or Microstation seat.
We use SwiftView to browse through large amounts of plans located on our server. IBA is based in Belgium but has spread out over the years to become a truly international group. I am a project engineer that uses the on-line facilities to access documents. As far as I am concerned, Swiftview is a wonderful and simple to use product.
We have a few uses we are considering for SwiftView. One is for Blueprint viewing, considering the formats that vendors supply their blueprints in. Another use is for our engineering reports. We currently have a system that takes dimensional data from a coordinate measurement machine and formats a report built in Excel. In the past we printed the report and sent it with the part. Normally we needed only one copy, but now different parts of the shop floor are requesting multiple copies of the same report. The main problem being that wherever we needed the ability to re-print the reports we'd have to have Excel installed (an expensive option). We considered going to HTML format, but each part has a custom report, so standard reports were a problem. What we needed was something that we could use to view and re-print the reports easily. Which brought us to SwiftView.
Our HPGL plotfiles are driving some engraving equipment. The guys on the manufacturing floor are inspecting plates [that will be tacked onto our switches and components] for accuracy against what SwiftView renders to the screen.
Thanks for this great tool. We are a small company which makes quality control software and encoder hardware for the CD/DVD manufacturing industry. We broke away from a larger company and lost our expensive plotter, so this tool comes in very handy to view and print the hardware board schematics.
Currently we have AutoVue for some of the Engineers and staff who need it, and we were using JVue from Cimmetry Systems for general community viewing. The AutoVue product is expensive and SwiftView works much better then JVue, which prints our TIFFS as little thumbnails. We have about 300,000 HPGL and TIFF files online for Intranet users to access.
Distribute Drawings in a non-proprietary format to suppliers, customers, etc.
We've got SwiftView on the LAN here, now we'd like to put it onto CDs for our customers. The CDs have from 500 to 600 drawings on them. There's a nice feel to SwiftView, it renders quickly. Everybody likes it.
We're posting Unigraphics CAD files to our intranet. We tried PDF, but, you know, there's always some sort of problem with Acrobat, some kind of quirkiness no matter where you install it. When you open up an engineering drawing in PDF, it looks fine, but I just touched it with the mouse in Acrobat and it disappeared! SwiftView's really fast and it's been trouble free. We'll be licensing our intranet with SwiftView for HPGLs instead of messing with Acrobat on PDFs.
We're investigating sharing CAD images across the net without using the native CAD tool, displaying TIFF and HPGL/2 images using a browser in remote locations.
We'd like to send HPGL/2 sonar output to our government client on CD instead of 200 pounds of paper, and providing SwiftView will enable this.
We manufacture sheet metal components and had some subcontract work offered to us by a company that forwarded a copy of SwiftView with their drawings. I think it's a wonderfully simple idea for exchanging drawing information between companies with dissimilar cad-cam systems. BTW, I don't know if we got the contract, but at least we are now able to quote for it, thanks to SwiftView.
The proposal with print-to-file has finally solved our problem. First of all, we intend to distribute our drawings and documents throughout the headquarters and have anyone view them with SwiftView. As we have more than 20 locations and also intend on sending some of our drawings and documents to customers and branch offices worldwide, by CD-ROM, one SwiftStamp License will enable us to give SwiftView to everybody.
The beauty of SwiftView has always been its cost and user-friendliness. We installed Swiftview as our viewer years ago on our Unix Server. Using an X emulating software package (PCXware) we launch SwiftView on local desktops. This worked great when we only had people in one location viewing documents. We now have users viewing from all over the world via different connections (T1, ISDN and dial-up), all dialing into the network. When they went to view documents, Swiftview would be launched over the Network to the local machine. The speed was horrendous (over 5 minutes in some cases). We now have the ability to access our Imaging database via a web browser (the database is Progress based) and decided to try out your plug-in. The viewing time is almost instantaneous. Our remote users are very pleased with this new found speed of the system.
One of our vendors, Calrec Audio, uses SwiftView to distribute layouts of their mixing consoles. The install has been flawless and the application is a breeze to use.
Every time there was a job, Bridgestone would mail us a six-inch stack of drawings or we had to go pick them up. They have a couple hundred vendors - foundries, model shops, tire molds, sipes - and the vendors would request DXF, Aegis, lots of formats. We'd lose things from the DXF drawings, though, like a title block or some dimensions, so since July Bridgestone's been eMailing everybody the drawings in HPGL/2 and recommending SwiftView. It's an improvement. General Tire just sent out a questionnaire asking its suppliers about drawing formats, I figure they're gonna do the same thing.
Archive or Store Drawings in "Neutral" format
Swiftview has tested well on our systems. We are a civil engineering consultancy based in the UK. Our section specialises in Railways. We're in the process of setting up our Intranet, and we have successfully been able to link the drawing databases to our website and SwiftView, all very easy (a little too easy…)! We have 40 Bentley MicroStation J licences, 10 AutoCAD licences and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. We produce engineering drawings in black & white and colour. All stations are working on Windows NT with central NT servers storing and processing info and virtually all hardcopy printing is carried out by HP printers and plotters. We have to issue these drawings to clients at various intervals and need to take copies of the drawings as they were issued. Historically this has been done by producing hard copies. When the drawing remains in its native format [DGN or DWG] it cannot be viewed unless you have access to the CAD package that created it, so we need to enable engineers who don't own these CAD applications the ability to browse archives of drawings in a neutral format via a web browser for instance. We also would prefer to send to other offices and clients digital copies of the drawings in a format that allows us to keep control of the base data. Producing in HPGL and using a package like SwiftView allows for this to be accomplished. And SwiftView can be incorporated into a web browsing window, so archives can be stored as part of the company's intranet. All our staff [approximately 200 people] will have access to the intranet via web browsers, and everybody will potentially require access to digital archives of the drawings. I would like to restrict printing to Document Controllers and Project Administrators, though: unfortunately, we still live in a world where people's first nervous reaction with a digital document is . . . print it! I can see this facility generating MORE paper rather than less. .
We make 12 thousand, 4-wheel traction control systems every day for lots of SUV manufacturers. Maintaining the Release Library of engineering drawings, I'd like to move everyone away from paper and microfilm. There's a lot of 3D, of course, but the reality is that all the people in our 43-acre plant out there need to view drawings quickly and easily. I'm very excited about what I've seen in SwiftView, it's so fast I still can't believe it.
I work for local government (a waterboard) in the Netherlands as coordinator in the GIS Drafting Dept. I want to provide easy access to a database of thousands of drawings of different origin (Autocad, MicroStation, CorelDraw, ArcView, Smallworld) to everyone in the organisation, including those who are still searching for the 'any key' on the keyboard. It is not intended as a file cabinet for the production of drawings. Just for fast indexing, zooming around and unattended print output. It is important that accessed files reflect exactly the state of creation of the paper plot. I don't want users to change red to blue or turn objects on or off. It should be a matter of 'pick your file and send it to the printer it was intended for'. We could create additional PS, compressed-TIFF, PDF, SVF or whatever files besides plot output, but SwiftView and plotfiles are more in place here.
Atlantis makes fixed-base flight simulators for the government. We legally have to maintain documentation for a decade, so through many CAD systems over many years we've stored a lot of HPGL drawings into our PDM system. What we're looking for is read-and-print simplicity with universal access for everybody through our intranet. Your Plug-in install for IE was really easy and straightforward. We like it a lot. We doubleclick on a file, your little bird comes up and it's there!
Preview drawings before plotting and save time, paper, frustration
We're printing too much paper. I'd like to link SwiftView to our latest HPGL parts drawing for the guys on the shop floor. I've looked at eight HPGL viewers in the last few days. Pro-E's interface is just too complicated. I like SwiftView, it's quick, it's easy, it's idiot-proof: I don't have time to train every Joe down on the floor on how to use a viewer.
Rather than have file cabinetfuls of 3200 E-sized HPGL/2 maps, we're storing them on-line and providing preview access with SwiftView, which alleviates our end users from having to unzip the file, send it to the plotter then wait thirty minutes to see if they got the right map....
Our application here at Unisys is to forward .HPG PRO_E files to our Records Department. It is very handy to preview these files in lieu of having to make plotted hard copies just to 'see' what it is we are sending to them. SwiftView also gives us a chance to make revisions to our drawings without plotting and replotting.
Our application for SwiftView is saving plotter paper. We use the plotter for IC layout plots. Because setting up plotters never works right the first time (or any subsequent time when things change) I thought it prudent to get an HPGL viewer for checking the files *prior* to sending them. It's as easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288...
View files lightning fast without need for a license
We use SwiftView to view and print files that are sent to us from FAA's HQ. We have a SwiftView license on our LAN and I was interested in an update to the latest released version. Thanks again for a "dynamite" product.
We're not exactly a small business and it always takes some time and testing for different people hand-on before decisions are made. SwiftView is proving to be of great value for on-screen proofreading of technical drawings before final delivery to the techpub department.
We've got some huge plotfiles and the wait state with Product View was intolerable. We spent $27,000 on Parametric's viewer, which does 3D and is supposed to convert on the fly…but viewing - fast viewing - is 80% of the job.
Everyone I've shown this to has asked me for a copy. We tested SwiftView out on some of our largest files and it kicked butt. IT eMailed the VP and the staff, saying we have AutoView why would we need SwiftView, but I respectfully told them that our target audience is people of non-engineering backgrounds who just want to view some HPGLs from the PDM - quickly and without any confusion - and SwiftView does this better than anything else. It's amazing how fast your viewer is! So I covertly moved a couple hundred HPGL files over from the drawing library and demonstrated SwiftView to my VP this morning, who gave me the corporate credit card to buy an unlimited-user LAN license. We're gonna be blowing up Michigan this afternoon....
SwiftView works right the first time
Thanks for asking about what I think of your product. I thought that downloading it was really easy and convenient, especially since I was under a lot of stress and I really needed to open that file right away! For your records it was a file from Hewlett Packard Engineering. Let me know if I can help your research further. Thanks!
We're using SwiftView to open wiring diagrams in HPGL format for an automobile manufacturer. The files are huge. Your viewer's a nice tool.
We're 100% accountable for accuracy in publishing contractors' work to our site, whether they're paper blueprints scanned into TIFF files or HPGL plotfiles delivered to us electronically. Giving away SwiftView to our website visitors completely eliminates the problems of access and accuracy.
We use Swiftview on HPGLs generated from Pro/E. ProductView from PTC converts the Pro/E 2D drawings to HPGL files. SwiftView's a relatively cheap alternative to Parametric's viewer, since 70% of the people need access to 2D, and we're automatically invoking SwiftView from a simple VB program, which is great. Too many people waste too much time chasing down drawings.
We manufacture forty-million-dollar power plants. We get tubes from Korea delivered on massive barges, large drums from Canada by rail, and components from all over the place. The drawings HAVE to be accurate, that's why they're HPGL plotfiles. SwiftView does a great job viewing them. Figure a huge, specialized boiler that backs up to a gas turbine, its slope, the dimensions, and the electronics -- these things have to be right on the money. Misses in design can cause havoc.
SwiftView was the only HPGL viewer of about 6 that I tried that would open the file, let me view it, and print it in a usable format. I complement SwiftView, Inc., on a very nicely formatted and easy to use product.
SwiftView provides the basics fast and well. We use it over a hundred thousand times a month.
SwiftView installed very easily. I'm using it to open a group of drawings sent to me from Honeywell. The prints came with a little note telling me to use SwiftView. I have used many other tools. Seems like every time they send a package, they have chosen a different viewing software. Here are some things I have liked about SwiftView: 1) it downloaded very quickly, we have an old-fashioned 56K modem, and other packages have taken hours with it; 2) the drawings are very clear on the screen. I can read them and determine if I need to print them, versus printing all of them; 3) you provided a tip sheet :). Saved me hours of time figuring out some basic things. Thanks a bunch!!!
Our well logs are 20 feet long. We'd like to provide them digitally instead of on paper, so we need a good HPGL reader to view the plots. I don't want to touch the program, it's a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance system with 30 million lines of code. SwiftView was the only viewer that could read our plotfiles, which have been on UNIX since day zero, and it's the only one that could read all our HPGL files too. Plus, it ran REALLY fast on Windows.
I am developing some code that imports HPGL graphic data to another application. So I got a number of HPGL Viewers and I am comparing their output with mine. I can say that SwiftView is maybe the most accurate viewer from all the ones I've had a chance to see.
SwiftView's the best viewer we've seen. It's our primary viewer now. Everybody's really pleased with the use of HPGL plotfiles instead of converting Pro-E drawings into PDFs. We had a huge timelag with the PDF conversions. Creating an HPGL plotfile straight from Pro-E takes one tenth the time of our automated PDF converter. The line weights are consistent now whereas PDF had distortions, the drawings are easier to handle and not needing Acrobat anymore, there's one less Plug-in to deal with. We've got SwiftView for HPGLs and TIFFs and the AutoCAD Plug-in for their format, and that's all we need.
I've been really impressed with SwiftView. Just on the control side, its capabilities and functionality...there's so much you can do with it. Reading compressed HPGL is a big plus over PDF. We run into resistance from clients who want to use PDF instead of HPGL - or they're using both formats. They just don't know the differences. Our end users copy drawings from the PDM systems in HPGL format because it takes too long to generate in the native CAD formats. They don't need to build off them, these are people in Purchasing, on the shop floor, suppliers, who only need a quick view. SwiftView's great.
As a PDM analyst, I'm in the process of evaluating middleware right now, and selecting viewers is one of the most time consuming things there is. First you look for something universal, a panacea, then you realize that's not practical. We tried converting our drawings to PDF on the fly using Acrobat Distiller, but it took too long, Acrobat wouldn't print an E-sized CAD back to the original and there were other irritations. Precision scaling isn't much of an issue with vectors - a line is a line - but as 80% of our archive is dots, we really like SwiftView's ability to zoom in and print. This is something Acrobat cannot do. SwiftView flows nicely into our PDM system. We wasted a good week on Acrobat. PDF is fine for small stuff but not production CADs.
Easily manipulate HPGL files to get optimal output
Our architectural firm frequently receives .plt files from our consultants that are not the right size for presentation boards (they send an 11x17 plot and we need 30x42, for example). Using SwiftView, we are able to easily scale up the original files without having to request new, differently scaled .plt files from the other offices. You've saved us some serious headaches and time! Thanks.
Our application is a wood roof truss designing program that outputs pcl/hpgl drawings of trusses. The problem was we needed an easy way to mirror image these drawings for the sake of the guys in the plant. Our HP printer has a PS driver with just such a setting but our program is DOS and bypasses the windows printer driver and goes directly to LPT whatever. Your program is the only one I've found that will take our output (when re-directed to just a file on my hard drive) and print it through the PS driver and successfully mirror-image it.
Manage "old" drawings and technical device output
My application is a pretty simple one. We have a fairly old (but my favorite) digital oscilloscope that does not know anything about laser or ink jet printers. It talks only to a few plotters, one of which is an HP plotter. We no longer have any plotters so the only way to get an image out of this scope is to send the HPGL file to a pc and use your Netscape plugin to print it. It works great for this application!
We use SwiftView as our viewer for the CAD-library on our intranet. I work as a Control Engineer, and I sometimes need to see drawings that are outdated. Your program is really quick, and it's very easy to use to get the drawings I want.
Use HPGL to test and verify equipment and software
The viewer has worked just fine for me, thanks. Our application is a CAD system. I had a client with a critical printing issue and needed to try & reproduce the same thing as he was. With Swiftview I was able to download the same driver, print to a file & then view what my client was seeing. It enabled me to get detailed information to our Development staff so they could fix the problem.
My company makes a [well-known] CAD package. Since a lot of our customers use HP printers/plotters, and one of our output formats is HPGL, it saves me a lot of paper if I can check prints and plots from the HPGL file instead of having to print them. As a second tier support analyst, I get a lot of problem calls concerning plots and prints that don't come out as the customer expects. You can see where it helps me a lot: test a setting, create a plot and check it, change another setting, create a plot and check, etc., until I find the problem is a lot of what I do. And now I don't have to walk over to the plotter anymore, I don't use up so much paper anymore, etc. Thanks for a cool product.
Our work requires generation of large numbers of plot files to be placed in an ftp site for printing in Europe. Most are a consolidation of the work from several groups, and we have encountered many expensive errors in the batch creation of the plot files. As a result, I have had to open each drawing file, create a page setup and manually create a plot file. SwiftView allows me to batch the plot files and check any of them. It will really save a great deal of time and heartbreak. The short of it is that it works great and is exactly what we need.
SwiftView is being used to view drawing documents sent out in 'hpg' or 'gl2' format, depending on the systems used. We were having problems with double imaging and had no means of viewing the outgoing image. Now we are able to check before document transmittal. SwiftView provides a good image to view, and prints out a hard copy brilliantly. Excellent product!