Adobe’s PDF format has been the backbone of publishing distribution since the late 1990’s. Technical Publications were printed as complete documents and printed change pages manually inserted to update those manuals. In 2000 the step for technical publications was the delivery of data to consumers via the Adobe PDF format on CD-DROM or via FTP and then opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
With the maturing of the internet, technical and operational information has since been rendered from source data and made available to readers as a read only, static medium viewed in a web browser.
The age of the Tablet demands interactive technical content offline, online, anytime.
Offline, online, anytime – easily said, not so easily delivered to personnel with different tablet platforms and security access. Field personnel will need offline access to content while support personnel may need parts data access to 3rd party ERP systems.
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Authors are now publishers. Publishers are now internet technicians:
- How do you control which Interactive Technical Manuals are delivered to whom?
- What manuals can be viewed online and then downloaded?
- How can readers be notified of content updates and bulletins?
- How are Tablet apps managed in Google Play and the Apple Stores?
- How do we do all of this without needing I.T support?
The R4i Content Distribution and Management Server (CDMS) manages the publication and distribution of Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETP) to tablet devices via the R4i S1000D Common Source Data Base (CSDB). Accessed via a Web browser, the CDMS Admin Portal enables content owners to control what publications are distributed to consumers.
Part of the R4i Product Suite, the CDMS automatically receives published publications from the R4i CSDB Server which are then staged on the CDMS Server. Administrators can then define the publication properties of the IETP, including access, online and offline viewing and update properties.
In the past, paper and PDF fulfilled the delivery requirements for most organizations. In 2015, information agility is a key requirement for technicians and crew. R4i CDMS enables publishing teams the flexibility to publish, update and revoke interactive publications directly generated from the technical publications repository.
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