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The Smart XML Drop Box is a key component of ActiveProject, the company's collaborative product development software. ActiveProject enables geographically isolated divisions, vendors and partners to work together, via project-centric Web sites, on various product design, sourcing, quality and manufacturing issues as they occur in the product development process. Managing product development program data, especially when they cross between partners' CAD, PDM or ERP systems, can be very difficult.

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The Smart XML Drop Box is a key component of ActiveProject, the company's collaborative product development software. ActiveProject enables geographically isolated divisions, vendors and partners to work together, via project-centric Web sites, on various product design, sourcing, quality and manufacturing issues as they occur in the product development process. Managing product development program data, especially when they cross between partners' CAD, PDM or ERP systems, can be very difficult. ActiveProject resolves this dilemma by allowing the user to take native file formats and share them with the distributed team instantly. Active Projects' Structured Data Publishing capabilities, integrated with the Smart XML Drop Box, make it easy for customers to publish data as diverse as 3D CAD Assemblies, Microsoft Project schedules and even Visio diagrams to their project Web sites. In the case of a Visio file, such as a Network diagram, each of the individual objects, including PCs, network routers and communications interfaces can, via the Smart XML Drop Box technology, be recognized and represented in an intuitive way on the Web site. The Network diagram is displayed graphically and the specific objects automatically become hot spots that the user merely has to click on to be able to add additional related information, such as specifications, test documentation or detailed drawings. Database query or URL references can be linked to the Visio object right through the site. Similarly, for a 3D CAD assembly, each of the sub-assemblies and individual parts, through the Smart Drop Box, easily becomes a thumbnail or clickable region right on the 3D model that can be directly viewed and accessed from the Web site using built-in 3D viewing capabilities. For project schedules, this technology allows a single Microsoft project file to be dropped on the site and then automatically represented as a set of navigable Gantt charts with automatically created hot spots for each task. Clicking on these hot spots provides full access to ActiveProject's powerful collaborative tool set. Users can then subscribe to discrete parts of the design they are involved with and receive automatic notifications of changes. They can also easily add other relevant information using Active Project's existing collaboration tools, including attaching associated data, adding comments, marking the design up or even calling up a real-time review session on that part of the design. The technology behind the Smart XML Drop Box is said to be intelligent. It remembers the relationships of the additional information and collaborative data associated with the original CAD design, project schedule or diagram, and it can maintain these associations even if the original file is edited and republished.