Greetings modelers! TCstudio 4.5.2 was released in April, and if you haven’t already, you should try it out! This release includes a couple of bugfixes, as well as some new ease-of-life features. For example:
- Generate report in configuration runtime: Since this can be quite a large XML result which is hard to get a overview of, we have added the possibility to either save the report to file or copy it to the clipboard so that you may analyze it further. For more reading about the report, please check out our other blog post: http://modeling.tacton.com/new-feature-in-tcstudio-4-5-generate-report-in-configuration-runtime
- Create Field from Attribute: We have made some clarification on this action, so that it is clear that it actually works with multi-select. To make life easier, it is also now possible to create Groups inside the dialogue. You can also edit the name of these Groups by double-click in the tree.
- Completion for Auxiliary Properties: When editing Auxiliary Property values, you should now get some help on what applicable values there are as you are typing. This applies for built-in properties and those that have been defined in a schema.
- Copy text/name shorcut key: The shortcut key CTRL+T has been added for copying the text/name of a tree or table element. Quite convenient!
- Model dirty flag: It is no longer required to lose focus on a textfield before being able to save the changes – just typing in the textfield / textarea should mark the model as dirty with an asterisk.
- Re-arranging the workspace: Several gradient separators have been added to indicate where you can drag to resize the UI areas!
For a full list of changes, and to download the TCstudio 4.5.2 installer, please head over to our product portal! Happy modeling! /Tacton R&D
Have you seen the new approvals functionalities in TCsite 3.1? We now have two types of approvals available: Commercial approval and Technical approval. The approval panel provides an overview of the approval status of a quotation and its items. Let’s focus on how the Technical approval works for now. You can find information about commercial approvals in my next blog post! The technical approval has five states: Required, Request, Approved, Rejected and the invisible Not required. If a technical approval has been requested a status icon is shown in the product panel.If there is no need for a technical approval the approval is considered to be in the not required state and no status icon will be shown in the product panel. So, how does the system know that a technical approval is required? A Technical approval is triggered by the presence of any component class feature named ‘ETO’ (short for “Engineer to Order”) of type boolean in the model with the value “Yes”. If the user selects an ETO component the request for a technical approval will be triggered and shown on both the quotation dashboard and in the product list. In the example below three of the four items need a technical approval. If an item requires approval, you need to request that approval manually (but you do not need to know who to ask for approval, the system takes care of that). To request an approval, click on the item’s status icon. A dialog will be opened where the user can send an approval request to all TCsite users with the permission to “grant technical approvals for quotations.” In the example below, two line items are waiting for an approval: If you as an user have permissions to grant approvals, an approval tab will be shown with a list of all waiting approvals. The list shows what product has been configured, in which quotation and who is requesting the approval. By clicking on the line item, detailed request information will appear where you can grant an approval or reject the request. In the request you will be able to see what part or component is trigging an engineer to order request. You will also have the ability to edit the cost and the price of this component. In the example below , one line item has been granted an approval and the second one has been rejected. The third one still needs to have an approval request sent. Note: The screenshots used in this article are taken from TCsite’s responsive mode, but the approval functionality also works in TCsite’s default mode but with a different UI.