Browser-Based Viewing Solution
A browser-based viewer system allows local users to view S1000D-compliant documentation on a standalone basis, or while connected to a server over an Intranet or the Internet. Interact provides a flexible publishing capability to view the same format on screen as on paper or PDF. The familiar look throughout the viewing process enables S1000D users to save time and increase productivity. Once the information has been authored, Interact is the ultimate tool for viewing information compiled from the Common Source Data Base (CSDB). The S1000D viewer organizes and simplifies the navigation of massive amounts of highly detailed documentation, resulting in richer and more robust Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM).
With Interact, users feel at ease and proficient in a familiar, browser-based environment; complete with annotations, bookmarks, change bars, search and other advanced features.
Interact and the integrated S1000D Publishing Suite is a complete, end-to-end solution to successfully manage the technical documentation publication process. The Commercial Off-The-Shelf software is easy to use, implement and maintain, resulting in your organization producing powerful Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM). Breakthrough features continue to change the landscape of technical publishing; making every facet of your S1000D implementation possible. Only with an integrated solution can rules established by project managers be so effectively and automatically carried out from start-up through authoring to final delivery.
Inmedius’ S1000D viewer works in conjunction with the S1000Dmanager to provide intelligent IETMs for delivery. The information can be accessed over a network or locally, depending on the needs of the user. Users can report information defects using Interact’s discrepancy reporting capabilities, and then instantly make them available for authors who can then post them back as a comment in the S1000Dmanager environment. This tight integration greatly increases the likelihood that problems will be reported and addressed by the appropriate S1000D author, resulting in the highest quality IETP.
Eliminates need for any bothersome and costly software installations on the user’s machine. For those instances where a network is unavailable, Interact’s unique deployment configuration supports both connected and disconnected operations to suit the user’s needs.
Works in conjunction with existing S1000D authoring and management tools, automatically formatting the composite information and displaying it to the user. Depending on the user’s needs, the information can be accessed over a network or locally.
The viewer provides multiple methods of navigation through the document. Users can navigate a Table of Contents, a product Standard Numbering System (SNS), and next or back in content either linearly or through navigation history.
Changes are highlighted on a screen that compares information in the current document to a previous version. Sections of the data that have been changed, added or modified are highlighted in green. Data that has been deleted are in red. Users can also choose to display “Reason for Change” if provided by the author.
S1000D authors are able to search for information in a specific IETM, or search across all manuals within the system. Further filter the search content by model, section, subject, chapter, subsection, or infocode.
Bookmarks help guide the user back to specific sections. Annotations can be used to highlight critical content. Complex graphics can be displayed with hotspots and magnification. Using the Figures Tab, users can reference a complete list of figures utilized in a specific IETM.
Links can be created to URLs, or files on disk and referenced from a link in the publication.
A flexible architecture allows you to quickly and easily respond to customer-specific customization requirements for presentation, such as the Graphical User Interface (GUI) or different layout requirement. The integrity of the S1000D source data structure is maintained, while customizing the appearance of the presentation or modifying the look and feel of the content. Authoring systems and data formats can be used interchangeably, without altering the viewing system. You control the look and feel without distorting the information.
Creates consistency and structure by presenting the user with the same format on screen as they are accustomed to seeing on paper versions or PDF. Printing from Interact has the same look and feel; consistent with documents printed from the authoring environment. This ensures a consistent format for the user throughout the S1000D viewing and printing process.
When a fault occurs, Interact provides context-sensitive troubleshooting by displaying a specific Data Module based on that Fault Code. While uploading a technical manual, a mapping of Fault Codes to Data Modules is generated by Interact. Only Fault Isolation, Isolated Faults, Detected Faults and Observed Faults will be stored. Interact will examine the generated mapping file to determine the appropriate action. If only one Data Module entry exists against the Fault Code, then the Data Module will be loaded. If more than one Data Module entry exists, then a page will appear which lists all the associated Data Modules. When the user chooses one of the Data Modules, Interact will load the appropriate page.
When a Fault occurs, Connected Interact displays a specific Data Module based on the Fault Code.
Users can access the S1000D viewer without requiring a user login. User passwords are managed by Active Directory. Interact privileges will be maintained with the system and will not be provided by the OS credentials. Privileges will be based on the Interact system capabilities provided to that user.
The following configuration options have been added to Connected Interact:
The complete set of functionality within S1000Dinteract supports Issue 4.0 of the S1000D Specification. The current software release includes support for the following S1000D Data Modules or document types:
The following configuration is a recommended standard configuration. It assumes only Inmedius product installed on the server, and that the database is installed properly on a separate, adequate server. If other Inmedius products and/or the database are installed on the same machine, additional hardware may be required.