PLM Prompt: Product Data Visualization in MS Excel 2010

Short Prompt. Excel, in my view, is the most popular engineering and product data management tools. I had chance to discuss Excel multiple times on plmtwine before.

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MS Excel is coming with a set of new visualization features, that I see as a an interesting additional capability for product data visualization. Take a look for more details on the following post in Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering Blog.

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How do you see Excel future in the context of PLM?
Best, Oleg

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  • Hi Oleg,

    I am new here. But I have been reading your blogs for some time now. It is good to see new data visualization capabilities in Excel. But the new Excel additons still fall into business graphics category (i.e., they are 2.5D mostly for presentation purposes) as opposed to true 3D engineering graphics.

    Our company develops true 3D visualization components that embeds wholly within Excel for engineering and CAD users, i.e., ActiveSolid for Microsoft Office and AsdGraph3D Excel Addin. I would be curious to know your thoughts on our existing products.

    Best regards,

    Dan
    Chief Software Architect, Co-Founnder,
    ThreeDify Inc.

  • Hi Dan, Thank you for your comments! I agree with you, Excel is not “true” 3D. My point was to follow ‘good enough’ definition opposite to “true solution” approach. In my view, lots of people in product development and manufacturing are using MS Excel is just because is good enough. Something we need to learn about simplicity… Thanks for sharing link to your company!
    Best, Oleg