New "Dv Project" Simplifies AutoCAD, Microstation & Office Document Management

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AutoCAD, Microstation and Office users now have improved tools to help with common document management tasks in a smaller group of users. Dv Project is a simplified document and drawing control system which can be downloaded and installed remotely, and fully implemented with limited technical support. No extended implementation is required because the program's database is pre-defined with industry standards. This is expected to save much time and effort in ramping up the new solution for most applications in Houston's vital oil, gas, energy and industrial sectors.

AutoCAD, Microstation and Office users now have improved tools to help with common document management tasks in a smaller group of users. Dv Project is a simplified document and drawing control system which can be downloaded and installed remotely, and fully implemented with limited technical support. No extended implementation is required because the program's database is pre-defined with industry standards. This is expected to save much time and effort in ramping up the new solution for most applications in Houston's vital oil, gas, energy and industrial sectors.

Dv Project is designed specifically for companies or departments which need to manage project documents among a group of ten or fewer concurrent users (40-50 total users), unlike its sister application, Dv TDM, which is designed for larger projects. Dv Project also contains a pre-defined database already set up with industry standard processes which enable document numbering, check-out, and document revisions, to name a few examples. Since these processes come pre-set, the need for onsite visits become unnecessary for customers requiring more standardized tasks. Such customers can implement a document control system in a much shorter time without onsite assistance from the Practical Programs product services group, while more minor additional modifications can be added on an "as quoted" basis.

Some of the features of the new Dv Project include Check Out with support for reference files, Revision Control, Content Search, an independent internal markup viewer, as well as a Windows Explorer style document view for manipulating files. Additionally, Dv Project includes viewing support for all Office formats, including Outlook-friendly email capabilities, the ability to convert, distribute and track drawings and documents, a feature allowing one to search the body of drawings and text, as well as enhanced personalization of user drawing controls, drawing comparison view, and unlimited customized workflows for drawing approvals and any other internal company process. These tools create a wide spectrum of control while at the same time keeping tasks focused and simple.

Dv Project allows more controlled access to engineering drawings via a shared interface so that contractors and clients can access information more freely. Security improvements allow the security settings for configuration management which ensure only authorized users to access each drawing or project. Like Dv TDM, this application continues the use of automatically created drawing numbers for ease of use, as well as the linking of database fields to ensure new drawings are assigned to the appropriate title block and directory folder, reducing the chance for confused filing and enhancing productivity.

Other notable features like Auto Import, allowing attributed title blocks and metadata to be mapped for automated population of data fields, and the viewing compatibility with Dv TDM, Office-like file format inter-compatibility and archiving of old projects to data CD or data DVD round out a versatile yet simplified solution to CAD and engineering document management most smaller operating units should have little trouble integrating into their workflows and maximizing for greater overall productivity.

Bret Lawson, Sales Manager at Practical Programs, Inc., reveals "We developed Dv Project after seeing that a lot of our target users needed a more compact suite of tools at lower overall investment." He added, "This solution allows for easy download and remote installation with minimum technical assistance, thereby lowering the overall cost to the company. We expect this to help bring document management tools within reach for many smaller company departments who require them."

Interested companies are invited to contact Bret Lawson at Practical Programs at 866-997-3100 or via the website at http://www.practicalprograms.net/project_document_management.htm for more information on whether Dv Project may be right for their unique needs.

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