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Cortona3D launches RapidAuthor 6.0 A single suite of tools for all Support Documentation: Manuals, Parts Catalogs, Training Materials and Assembly Instructions

13 April 2011


Cortona3D RapidAuthor Further Enhances the Production of 3D Technical Documentation and Allows Users to Quickly Respond to Design Changes, Deliver Higher Quality output, and all at lower cost.

Dublin, Ireland, 14 April, 2011  – Cortona3D, proven leader in 3D driven technical authoring software, announces the release of Cortona3D RapidAuthor 6.0, a new product suite including the previously standalone products RapidManual, RapidCatalog, RapidLearning and RapidWorkInstruction. With a variety of new features and improvements, organisations can now create all their support documentation in a single tool, enabling companies to produce documentation quicker whilst delivering higher quality output, and all at lower cost.
Matthew Booth, VP sales, said “The range of enhancements included in the new RapidAuthor 6.0 continues Cortona3D’s drive to improve and speed the production of end user materials for maintenance, installation, assembly, training and repair of complex equipment. Cortona3D’s vision has always been to maximise customer productivity by providing one integrated tool to author all required graphical and textual information. Cortona3D RapidAuthor now provides the first complete technical authoring solution.”
RapidAuthor 6.0 also sees the launch of a new Cortona2D Viewer, a powerful, interactive 3D and 2D CGM viewer. This further supports the fast implementation and transition from a traditional process to the unified RapidAuthor interface where it is much more efficient to author text, 2D and 3D illustrations simultaneously. RapidAuthor can import legacy data and existing structured documents or illustrations ensuring a smooth transition from 2D to 3D driven authoring directly linked to engineering change.
Building on the existing integration of XMax from Just Systems, a lightweight, easy-to-use XML editor, authors are able to work in a familiar word-processing interface to create the XML text while simultaneously creating the necessary graphics and synchronizing both. It is now possible to embed and view 2D images directly in the XML window and apply all graphical references directly in the tool.
With the globalisation of companies Cortona3D is pleased to launch versions of RapidAuthor in German and Russian – more languages will follow shortly. RapidAuthor now provides full support for all major CAD tools and formats including NX, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, CATIA, Pro/E, 3DXML, I-deas, IGES, Parasolid, STEP, STL, VDA-FS amongst others.
For a full listing of all the new features and benefits in Version 6.0 please click here
About Cortona3D
Cortona3D software gives manufacturers the ability to provide more efficient and effective technical documentation – parts catalogs, technical manuals, operating procedures, assembly instructions and training materials. Rapid tools are proven in use on projects run by Boeing, GE, Airbus as well as small to medium sized companies globally.