3.4.1 General Overview
VCmaster is not an isolated software solution. All external software
applications can be seamlessly integrated into the software. Intelligent
interfaces allow for trouble-free transfer of data created with
specialist and/or CAD software. This results in immense benefits
for compiling, modifying, reusing and managing documents
The above mentioned functionality leads to a significant cost reduction,
comparable to the launch of CAD-software.
All text entry is done
directly in VCmaster, the implemented calculation feature renders the
pocket calculator unnecessary. VCmaster enables the compilations of a complete project into a consistent layout. Information from other sources
be created using the same software as before, but is then merged into a
This in only possible
thanks to intelligent and efficient interfaces:
- t2W technology: t2W is installed as a printer
driver. Similar to PDF, t2W directs the print output of all Windows
programs to VCmaster. The technology can be used for trouble-free transfer of
all software outputs (see Chapter
- BML interface: A XML-based interface has been
included in VCmaster. Software developers specialized in structural
engineering software use this interface (see
- Integrating software: All programs can be
directly integrated in the VCmaster menu and can be called up from
there (see Chapter 3.7.1).
- OLE technology: Objects that have been created with other programs can be integrated using OLE technology. The precondition is the program being integrated
must be OLE-compatible.
Software using the BML-interface generates a data
file, which is automatically transferred to VCmaster. Typical elements
of a document like headline, paragraphs or graphics are transposed intelligently.
The transfer is started by selecting a specific
option in the sending software application. For more information refer
to the manual of the respective software.
3.4.3 Transfer via t2W-Interface
All transfers via the t2W-interface
utilize the VCmaster printer driver, thus
adopting exactly the same layout as for a print-out. Additionally
information coming from the source program is intelligently linked to
the VCmaster document.
The transfer is started by selecting a
specific option in the sending software application.
information refer to the manual of the respective software.
is explained in more detail in
. It is recommend to create individual profiles for each software
application. See Chapter 3.5.3