HELiOS 2019 - Service Pack 1

Service Pack 1 for HELiOS 2019 is out now. The focus of development was on a further enhancement of multi-CAD capability, the compatibility with current versions of linked applications and a further advancement of the Spooler.

Also new is the representation of masks in the Material Design. This design, which was developed by Google and was initially used in Apps and web developments, has recently been enjoying increasing usage in other applications, too. Therefore, some HELiOS dialogues have been changed to match this new design (login dialogue, masks, info boxes, tabs and scrollbars). The new design also offers integrated controls, e.g. for project, folder or date selection.

Please note:
The HELiOS-SOLIDWORKS interface now features the new HELiOS masks and the new Workspace. As part of this change, the interface now also offers some new functions, which are already known to the user from the HELiOS-Inventor interface. The new interface will be released for the first time with Version 2401.1. The possibility to initialize configuration with default articles will be provided as of SP 2.

The Highlights:
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HELiOS General
  • Representation of masks in the Material Design
    The Material Design, which was developed by Google and was initially used in Apps and web developments, has recently been enjoying increasing usage in other applications, too. Therefore, some HELiOS dialogues have been changed to match this new design (login dialogue, masks, info boxes, tabs and scrollbars). The new design also offers integrated controls, e.g. for project, folder or date selection. Besides displaying the classic representation of the input fields in HELiOS, you have now the additional option to display the description text directly in the field. To do this, you need to add an appropriate description in the Mask Editor.
  • Easy copying of numbers
    The new context menu function “Copy number” enables you to conveniently copy numbers in HELiOS to other applications with only a few mouse clicks.
  • Easy deletion of entered values
    Entered values can now be deleted by a simple click on the symbol shown in the input field.
  • Support of parallel applications during installation and operation 
    In cases where several versions of an application to be linked to HELiOS existed on the same computer, you needed to choose exactly one of them in the past. Now you can also choose several versions when carrying out the installation with one license.
  • Opening of documents in the “correct” application
    When saving documents from an application that is linked to HELiOS, the application as well as the associated version will now be memorized in HELiOS. In this way, documents whose file extensions are used in different applications (e.g. DWG) can be clearly assigned to the “correct” application. When opening or printing such documents from the HELiOS Desktop, the corresponding application will be used, too.
  • New where-used list with regard to document structure
    Based on the document structure saved in HELiOS you can now check in the “Use” tab in which other documents the current documents is referenced. The use of documents presents a further where-used list, which is independent from the product structure and the use of articles.
Multi-CAD / CAE / Office

Compatibility / AddIns

  • Compatibility with Inventor, AutoCAD und Navisworks 2020
    HELiOS is now also compatible with the latest versions of Inventor, AutoCAD and Navisworks.
  • Compatibility with EPLAN 2.8
    HELiOS is now also compatible with the latest EPLAN version.
  • New AddIn for AutoCAD Mechanical
    AutoCAD Mechanical 2019 and 2020, too, can now be linked to HELiOS. In addition to the basic functionalities from the classic AutoCAD interface, HELiOS now also supports the insertion of part references for the output of BOMs in AutoCAD Mechanical.  In the process, the part references will be linked to article data from HELiOS, the attribute mapping is configurable.
  • Compatibility with Office 2019
    HELiOS is now compatible with the latest Office version (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook).

Inventor Interface

  • Further enhancements of the attribute mapping
    The existing configuration UI has been further improved:
    • You can now also integrate arbitrary fixed texts for export mapping. The previous separator is now realized in the form of a fixed text.   
    • New conditions for welded assemblies and sheets/plates in Inventor allow a targeted attribute transfer for these part types.
    • The icon for attribute type will also be displayed during export mapping for the sake of more clarity. 
    • New possibility to copy existing attribute mappings.
  • Transfer of semi-finished product articles as structure sub-items
    When synchronizing the product structure, HELiOS automatically inserts a semi-finished product sub-item for edited semi-finished products that were created as parts derived from semi-finished product base parts.
  • Option to control the product structure synchronization when saving
    The automatic product structure synchronization when saving to HELiOS can now be switched on or off with a new option. For initially taken over product structures after a data transfer, e.g. from ERP systems, it can be useful to allow only a manual synchronization.
  • New workspace
    The Inventor interface, too, now features the new Workspace. This provides the basis for a future support of iParts and iAssemblies and enables a management of CAD geometries complete with controlling Excel documents (or similar) within one, comprehensive workspace even today.
  • Support of Levels of details
    Inventor used so-called Levels of details to control which components are to be loaded into the memory or are to be shown.  When transferring parts to HELiOS (New in HELiOS, Derive, Batch import), or using any function causing an exchange of parts, HELiOS will automatically use the main view. All other functions work on the currently loaded parts, leaving the unloaded parts unchanged.

Solidworks Interface

  • New Workspace
    The HELiOS-SOLIDWORKS interface now features the new HELiOS masks and the new Workspace. As part of this change, the interface now also offers some new functions, which are already known to the user from the HELiOS-Inventor interface. The new interface will be released for the first time with Version 2401.1. The possibility to initialize configuration with default articles will be provided as of SP 2.
HELiOS Spooler
  • Processing order of multiple jobs and PDF creation
    You can now send multiple print jobs to the Spooler via PrintClient or (KST) automations.  The internal transmission of a sequence number it is ensured that the jobs are processed exactly in the specified order.
    When generating individual PDF documents within sets of jobs, you have the option to configure a post-processing that merges the separate PDF documents into one single PDF document.
  • Pausing the Spooler
    You have now the option to pause and continue the Spooler, either interactively or via command prompt. During pausing, new jobs will be accepted, however not processed, by the Spooler. As soon as the Spooler is continued, these new jobs will be processed. The control via command prompt can be used to pause and continue the Spooler in a time-controlled manner, e.g. via Windows task planning. 

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