Generate 3D interactive technical documentation such as parts catalogs, repair manuals, work instructions, and training materials by reusing existing CAD data
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RapidAuthor is a powerful and flexible authoring suite giving organizations the flexibility to produce all support documentation such as interactive parts catalogs, maintenance manuals, training materials, and work instructions.

Rapidauthor tools  enable organizations to reuse existing CAD data or other 3D source material for authoring interactive 3D publications  and so reducing effort and timelines. The tools are easy to use and intuitive: no cad or 3d experience required.

Each tool in the Cortona3D RapidAuthor suite comes with Cortona2D Editor Pro and wizards that automate major portions of the authoring process.

RapidAuthor is a modular product. You can purchase only the specific components you need with the flexibility to grow in the future.

RapidAuthor components


Create 3D interactive electronic technical manuals, operating procedures, and assembly work instructions, where the content is driven by the released engineering data, whether for operations, service, maintenance, or repair.


Create Illustrated Parts Catalogs, online interactive parts catalogs where an interactive environment with drill-down navigation improves the user experience and puts an end to ordering and purchasing errors.


Create multi-mode training HTML applications by combining 3D procedures with training materials. Created training applications can be used standalone or integrated into existing LMS systems.


Create exploded views, 2D or 3D illustrations from 3D geometry for parts catalogs, procedures, job cards, and other types of manufacturing and after-sales documentation.
Authoring technical documentation
Key features
  • Authoring of parts catalogs
  • Authoring of maintenance and repair manuals and work instructions
  • Authoring of learning courses
  • Authoring of interactive 3D/2D graphics and text in a single application
  • Support for industry standards such as DITA, ATA2200, S1000D, SCORM
  • Authoring of multi-language publications
  • API for integration with third-party CMS, PLM, and other systems
  • API for integration of publications into third-party web applications
  • Update of 2D and 3D graphics when engineering or PLM data change
  • Publish to HTML5, PDF and use in IETM/IETP systems,  Augmented Reality, and other customer applications
  • Time and cost-saving by reuse of existing assets
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive: no CAD experience required
  • A single environment for 3D and 2D graphics and text authoring
  • Protection of the company’s engineering data
  • Flexible and configurable authoring tools
  • Maintenance and support
  • Customization
  • Consultancy
  • Training
Aerospace & Defence
Auto & Transport
Industrial Machinery
Consumer Electronics
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auto & transport industry icon Auto & Transport
industrial machinery industry icon Industrial Machinery
consumer electronics industry icon Consumer Electronics
healthcare industry icon Healthcare
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