CTO Robert Graebert is back to describe the company's browser-based CAD software. He is describing the project goals for ARES Kudo:
- Seamless and simultaneous collaboration
- No installation of software
- Built-in versioning (needs its own storage system)
- Designed for integration (working with other software and services)
- Productive as desktop software
- Full access to all aspects of DWG
But Graebert has no interest in PDM or PLM or project management; Graebert just does editing systems. Other firms can add the missing pieces.
By collabortion, he means...
- No check-in, check-out
- Invite others
- View-0nly follow-alng
- Multiple users editing drawings at the same time, no time slicing
- Continuous change log
A lot of the concepts are not CAD-specific and are borrowed
from Google Docs and Onshape.
By versioning, he means:
- No save button
- All changes saved instantly
- A simple as Apple's Time Machine (sorry, but I can't stand TM)
- Restore earlier versions and deleted files
- Versioned folder storage for drawings and dependent files
The baseline is any feature found in the Linux version of ARES, because the backend to Kudo runs on Linux servers.
OnShape Drawings was introduced 2 September this year, with the Onshape UI -- which unfortunately hides a lot of the UI, so you have to click around to discover functions. Here is how the two are intergrated:
Here is a look at the actual Kudo Web browser-based software, with a sneak peak at the next UI: