The Frequently Asked Questions about DISCUS Desktop

What file formats does DISCUS Desktop support?

DISCUS Desktop opens files in both the Adobe PDF and TIFF formats.  DISCUS Desktop generates outputs in PDF and Excel formats.  With optional add-on modules, you can also open HPGL, DWF, as well as a large list of 3D CAD formats.

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What are  the minimum PC requirements necessary to use DISCUS Desktop?

Supported Minimum Recommended
Operating System: XP, Vista, 7 Windows 7
CPU/
Processor Speed:
2.0+ GHz processor 2.0+ GHz processor
Memory: 1GB 2GB

 

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What is a TDP and how is it used in relation to DISCUS Desktop?

TDP is an acronym for Technical Data Package.  DISCUS uses this term to refer to the collection of drawings, specifications, and other documents related to the requirements for a part or assembly.  Notionally, DISCUS saves all of this data as a TDP.

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When I mark-up a drawing, does it alter the original?

Marking-up or ballooning a drawing with DISCUS in no way alters the original drawing. Your mark-up is really an overlay DISCUS places on the drawing. This approach ensures the integrity of your original drawing.

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Can DISCUS Desktop produce inspection sheets in various formats?

DISCUS has built-in Excel templates that are compliant with various inspection standards such as AS9102.  However, it is also possible to create custom Excel templates to support formats for both internal and customer-required inspection forms.

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DISCUS Desktop saves my data in a file with the extension *.DIS. Does this data file contain the actual drawings and specs?

No.  The DISCUS data file only contains links or “pointers” to these files.

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What is a “requirement image” or “snap rectangle”?

It is a unique and powerful feature that allows you to very quickly and accurately gather requirement information from drawings, specifications, and notes. A snap rectangle is literally a snapshot taken of pertinent information you need and added to the Bill of Characteristics.

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