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RapidAuthor for Teamcenter


One of the keys for companies’ success is the constant development of new advanced products adapted to the customer needs. Products are derivatives or variants of a product family, which can greatly affect the configuration of parts in a specific product. This variation and commonness in products necessitates accurate and easy-to-understand technical documentation used by customers and service providers. Trying to do this with traditional authoring systems, i.e. authors create and manage their work in isolated from product development environment, can cause significant inaccuracy and rework when engineering changes occur.

RapidAuthor for Teamcenter is an integrated solution that overcomes this isolation and enables technical authors to work in the PLM environment and interact directly with engineering design geometry and bills of material (BOM) and rapidly create 2D/3D interactive parts catalogs, maintenance manuals, training materials, work instructions that reflect accurate product description.  



RapidAuthor for Teamcenter is tightly integrated with Teamcenter Manufacturing Process Planner, Teamcenter Service Planner and Teamcenter Content Management. With direct access to product source material authors can start to create content for publications and manage changes between variants. The integrated solution makes certain that documentation is accurate, complete and up-to-date.


  • Author document components, including text/component creation, animations and (2D/3D) illustrations direct from CAD models or JT and by direct reference to revision controlled data
  • Launch RapidAuthor from Teamcenter® environment to refine the content created from the digital model and author additional content in the same Item object
  • Update of 2D/3D graphics when the 3D model changes
  • Publish to HTML/HTML5, 2D/3D PDF, IETM systems, Augmented Reality and customer applications
  • Standards support for S1000D, ATA 2200, DITA, SCORM and custom
  • Extensible document stylesheet
  • RapidAuthor published documents are available in the Active Workspace (3.4+) Viewer
  • User interface is available in English, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian  



Each tool in Cortona3D RapidAuthor suite comes with Cortona2D Editor Pro and wizards that automate major portions of the authoring process to translate data from product source material to technical document content.


The catalog component increases the productivity of authors generating 2D and 3D digital, interactive illustrated parts catalogs that use '3D explosions' to illustrate complex mechanical assemblies. Content is created directly from engineering data, and can be generated to take advantage of existing effectivity, variants and other product configuration information already available in Teamcenter®. RapidCatalog provides a single authoring environment to create scrollable part tables automatically matched with 3D parts, and easily to define page views, sectioned views. The result is interactive parts catalogs with part highlighting and drill-down navigation that improves the user experience and reduces ordering and purchasing errors. 


The maintenance manual component speeds up product documentation authoring by re-using existing CAD and PLM XML content to create 2D illustrations, 3D animations and text to clearly communicate complex mechanical procedures that results in better product manuals in a fraction of the time. 3D manuals emphasize visual knowledge transfer rather than reading comprehension, minimizing translation issues and improving information retention.


The learning component produces interactive 3D training courses using animated 3D simulations and scenario wizard with multiple choice questions or short-answers requests. These can be used as standalone applications or integrated with existing SCORM-compliant Learning Management Systems. Research has proven that interactive 3D learning improves comprehension, retention and on-the-job performance, and costs less than product mockups, physical simulations and other active learning approaches. Training content can be generated in demonstration or exercise and test modes.


The work instruction component is a toolkit for fast and easy production of digital interactive work instructions, job cards and assembly instructions for internal users and your external customers. Manufacturing engineers can quickly and easily create 3D animations, working from Teamcenter manufacturing source data or product structures. This ensures assembly workers on your manufacturing shop floor or technicians and dealers in the field know what to do and how to do it. Work instructions can support signing off the task and tracking work instructions viewed.


RapidIllustrator is a tool in the Cortona3D RapidAuthor suite tailored to the creation of 2D illustrations from 3D geometry for parts catalogs, procedures and other types of after-sales documentation.


For text content without related graphics, RapidText provides the same XML editor environment to create text components that can become part of larger documents. RapidText’s screen layout and interface elements are arranged to facilitate the text editing process.


Please contact your Siemens PLM Software representative for more information on how RapidAuthor for Teamcenter can increase reuse, reduce errors, and substantially increase productivity in your document authoring and publishing process.