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Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

Here are some questions for the community about the use of PCF files from Dan Vinson, the product planner for the parts area. You can have direct input into the development process.

 

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We are working on improving collaboration tools and workflows. We have a useful tool for this already and we were wondering about the incidence of use. Packaged Collaboration Files (pcf.) are neat zip files created and used in View and Markup. They hold a lot of potential and we would like to know how and how much they are used. So, it boils down to a couple of questions with limited responses.

 

  1. How often does your organization use Packaged Collaboration Files (pcf.)? Select only one.
    a) 0% of the time - What is a .pcf file?
    b) 1%-33% of the time  - We’ve use them for some projects.
    c) 34% - 66% of the time - We use them for many projects.
    d) 67% - 99% of the time – We use them for every project.

 

  1. How does your organization use Packaged Collaboration Files (pcf.)? Select all that apply
    a) Communication with team members in my organization
    b) Communication with teams outside my organization
    c) We use them for archiving project information
    d) We have other uses for them

 

  1. Would you use Packaged Collaboration Files (pcf.) if they were available inside Solid Edge? Select only one.
    a) Oh yeah!
    b) No, I don’t need this file type supported.  
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Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

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1) a

2) N/A

3) b

 

Explain:

.pcf files are not a universal standard. I don't know of any downstream application that can utilize them.  I don't know of any industry standard that refers to them. I don't know how long they'll be supported to use them for tasks like LOTAR.

 

If the .pcf file was more universally accepted, used in other software applications, and had an ISO standard backing it up, then maybe I would find a use for them because they can be quite convenient.  But, as things stand today, I'm better off packaging my assemblies into a single STEP file and exporting my drawings as PDF.  Better yet, migrate to 3D PDF for everything.


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--Scott Wertel, P.E.

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

Ditto,

1) a

2) N/A

3) b

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP8 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

1) B: 1%-33% of the time  - We’ve use them for some projects (in the single digits 1-3%)

2) B: Communication with teams outside my organization

3) B: No, I don’t need this file type supported

 

Like Scott pcf isn't really recognized. Personally, I'd like to SE utilize the assests they (SPLM) already own and have developed- JT and the JT view and markup tools. To me this is a no brainer as it ties to Teamcenter, multi-CAD environments, etc. JT is an ISO standard (ISO 14306:2012) for 3d visualization and even support MBD/PMI.

 

3dpdf is an option but that would rely on licensing Adobe Acrobat Extend Pro (as I recall) to create the outputs and I'm not sure what you would need for the markup side. 

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

What's a PCF?

 

Just putting things in perspective.

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

@RyanM PCF is not a viewable format like JT.  It is a container format which holds viewables for several models/drawings, not just one and I believe it can include other formats as well, even Office documents.  I also believe PCF's are able to be generated via NX also...  It is meant to be a routable "packet" of design data.


Thanks,
Ken

Production: ST9 MP7
Testing: ST10

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

 

  1. b
  2. b
  3. b
Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Limited
Solid Edge ST10 [MP0] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

@Grundey Boy, I feel slapped around on that one...left smack,,,right smack...

 

If it is all these things then why not just call it a .zip file? And I'll be waiting for the glove this time! :-)

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

1. a
2. n/a
3. b
585 ST9 Win 7

Re: Poll Questions from Product Planning (Dan Vinson)

1.a

2.N/A

3. possibly if it was useful

 

At the minute we use JT for lightweight visualisation, but I'd like these tools to be much better. In my opinion JT2Go and TC Visualisation are pretty poor applications with things like changing views (showing/hiding etc) and measuring really not very good or user friendly. I'd prefer it if these we're invested in over PCF.