The Frequently Asked Questions about DISCUS Desktop
- What file formats does DISCUS Desktop support?
- What are the minimum PC requirements necessary to use DISCUS Desktop?
- What is a TDP and how is it used in relation to DISCUS Desktop?
- When I mark-up a drawing, does it alter the original?
- Can DISCUS Desktop produce inspection sheets in various formats?
- DISCUS Desktop saves my data in a data file with the extension *.DIS. Does this data file contain the actual drawings and specs?
- What is a “requirement image” or “snap rectangle”?
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.