DISCUS Software Launches Version 8.0

Key Enhancements to Improve the Customer Experience

Summary: Columbus-based DISCUS Software is pleased to announce the launch of Version 8.0.   


Columbus, OH – September 8, 2015 DISCUS Software based in Columbus, Ohio is pleased to announce the launch of Version 8.0. Filled with key enhancements and new features, the upgrade was primarily based on feedback from valued customers.   Serving the aerospace, medical device and automotive industries, DISCUS Software tools are productivity solutions that dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete first article inspection, first piece inspection, PPAPs, plus in-process inspection planning and process planning.

Version 8.0 enhancements to DISCUS Desktop, OCR, Planner and 3D DISCUS products.  Key features to the software update include:

  • Bill of Characteristics-Redesigned for Ease of Use – The Bill of Characteristics has been designed with function and speed for all users. All the data you need to have is visible with tabs such as Requirements, Results, Parts List, Material and Process and Functional Test in easy to use and see tabs. If you don’t want to view these tabs, easily remove them from view.
  • Improved OCR Pattern Recognition – Now includes support for GD&T symbols as well as improved translation for Feature Control Frames. Better recognition of numeric values such as the number 1 when it represents like an I.
  • Auto Sub Balloon Option – If you need to automatically copy and paste a requirement but make the copies sub balloons this can be an automatic feature you will use every day. With OCR if a diameter is 4X or 4 PL, balloon this with the function checked and the parent balloon will display with sub balloons that are partially hidden. This is ideal when you need to unclutter the drawing with many sub balloons but have visibility to the required data.
  • Undo and Redo Functions – Under the Edit menu, undo the latest command or redo a command in just a click. This is ideal for correcting an error or undoing a deletion, for example. You asked for it and DISCUS delivers.

To learn more about Discus 8.0 visit our website and read the full list of enhancements now available to quality engineers in the aerospace, med device and automotive industries.

DISCUS Software offers a free trial of the new DISCUS 8.0.  In free-trial mode, you can try out DISCUS Desktop for an indefinite period of time, but you will only be able to use  the included set of input files (the example Technical Data Package (TDP), drawing, and specification files). To evaluate the DISCUS Desktop products with your PDF or Tiff files, you can obtain a 30-day evaluation license by clicking  the Get Evaluation License button on the Free Trial pop-up window within DISCUS Desktop free trial.


DISCUS Software Company specializes in the development of software tools for accelerating manufacturing and quality engineering. Its software products are productivity solutions that dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete first article inspection reports, in-process inspection planning and process planning.  DISCUS was the first software product to automate engineering drawing annotation and manufacturing inspection requirement extraction.  DISCUS is the innovator, not the imitator in the First Article Inspection Reporting automation market.  DISCUS is compatible with many of the requirements used by companies such as Boeing, Ford, GE, Lockheed, and Siemens. For more information visit