Drawing Markups (Redlining)

Drawing Markups (Redlining)

What Are Markups?

Markups (redlines) are used to indicate changes that should be made to a drawing or document or add information for reviewers. Markups are often used in floor plans, schematic designs, product assemblies and parts, and other construction or engineering-related drawings. Markups are typically incorporated into CAD drawings, such as those designed in popular CAD software (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, MicroStation, SolidWorks, and NX).

Markups were traditionally drawn with red pens and paper, but with the growth in the number of digital file types being used by organizations, markups are now often created and managed using software such as ImageSite (eQuorum’s robust engineering workflow and document management system).

Engineering Markups (Redlining)

ImageSite's engineering drawing and document markup tool not only provides robust mark-up capabilities, but is displayed in real-time, allowing multiple users to collaborate over drawing files and documents simultaneously, using shapes, videos, pictures, and audio. Redline drawings can be instantly communicated with other users for project collaboration in the office, in the field, or on the production floor.

Use markups along with your workflows to add comments, audio, and video to suggested changes. Markups can be carried through workflows like engineering change orders, invoice approvals, and design releases. Each version of a drawing or document can have its own markup layers or they can be carried forward to each new version, creating an aggregated version incorporating all previous additions and comments.

The markup tool even allows organizations to create and manage their own library of custom symbols, including variable text elements to specify information such as date, time, user, and more. The symbols library is perfect for applying engineering stamps of approval that can be used by reviewers during engineering review workflows.

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Markup Management

All markups associated with a file can be shown in the viewer or users can select only the markups they would like to display, so it’s easy to spot specific changes. Creators of markups can identify whether the markups are public (available for every user to see) or private (only viewable by the creator and adminstrators). Markups/redline versions can be associated with just a single file version or can be brought forward to newer versions to create an audit trail of comments and annotations.

Select which markups, by page, to include in a published or printed PDF version of the document. Markups can be carried through in workflows like engineering change orders, invoice approvals, and design releases.

Mobile Markups

ImageSite allows collaborators to mark up (redline) drawings from any location, both on desktop devices and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. (Because ImageSite is built in HTML5 the markup palette and functionality remain the same regardless of device type.) It’s an excellent tool for third-party contractors to communicate upstream with engineers and architects or production personnel with design engineers. Markups can be used on the job site to request clarification, as they even allow workers to attach text, audio, images, and video to a drawing.

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Markup a CAD drawing on the floor or at the constructions site, in real-time, without CAD software

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Add pictures, video, and audio to documents and drawings, as well as drop pins

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Add any image, including engineer's seals, stamps, or badges

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Create public and private layers that can be turned on and off, even add passwords

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Carry forward markups to keep a trail of changes or only show markups with their original version

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Access the camera on users’ mobile devices, allowing users to upload photos to associate to change requests and drawings

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Get notified when a document or drawing markup has been completed

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Allow printing of multiple markups on one or more pages

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"Burn in" markups into downloading/published PDFs

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Markup with any mobile device, without needing a mobile app

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Markup drawings both online and offline, allowing markups to be added upon reconnection with the internet.

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eQuorum specializes in engineering workflow and document management. Our comprehensive, yet easy-to-use software provides the solution to manage data from design to manufacturing and production, to sales, support and administration.

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