Many CAD users face challenges controlling documents. Once design is done by more than one person, document management becomes an issue. By the time a team grows to five or more, the situation can get critical.
Users can end up with the classic Goldilocks effect. If they start with solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive, they will satisfy some of those requirements, but they may find them too lightweight. Others will want more and opt for a full-scale product data management (PDM) system. But for many, a Kenesto solution may be just right—not too limited in functionality while still not too complex to deploy.
Users can send CAD files directly to a Kenesto drive. (Image courtesy of Kenesto.)
Kenesto offers an in-application solution for SOLIDWORKS and Solid Edge users. That means users can save revisions from within their CAD system and drag and drop files from a Kenesto drive directly into the workspace in their CAD system. The drive acts like Windows File Explorer on the desktop while synchronizing with the cloud in the background.
Since Kenesto is a cloud-based solution, all users have access to data from anywhere, and increasingly from any device. In its latest version, for example, Kenesto offers a mobile application that allows file viewing for Android users, with an iOS version promised soon.
Mike Payne, CEO, is adamant that this is an engineering solution rather than generic document management. He points to the company’s latest version as proof. It offers “where used” and dependency features—just the sort of features that make sense in the context of a design team managing CAD files.
Document dependencies can be defined manually within CAD software through Kenesto. (Image courtesy of Kenesto.)
Kenesto now claims to allow users to define document dependencies manually for any type of document from within their SOLIDWORKS or Solid Edge system. This allows users to find all the places where a document is used (“where used”). Users are also able to define revisions of assemblies when released to production.
Kenesto’s target customers are small design shops who need better control over and visibility of what happens to documents when made available to others. If that sounds like you, the company is now offering a trial version.