Welcome to the Infrastructure User's Guide. This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with Infrastructure interactive functions.

This overview provides the following information:

Infrastructure in a Nutshell

The Infrastructure User's Guide contains information about the user interface and basic tools common to all Version 5 applications:
  • starting a session
  • getting help
  • activating application workbenches
  • creating, opening and saving documents
  • laying out documents
  • selecting and manipulating objects
  • printing, viewing and navigating
  • rendering and lighting effects
  • using macros
  • using Version 5 data in OLE-compliant applications
  • customizing toolbars and settings
  • using the Knowledgeware Advisor.
Version 5 addresses advanced mechanical process centric design requirements. In addition to leading edge feature-based design functions, it includes highly productive capabilities for the design of mechanical assemblies and for drawing generation.

Available on both UNIX and Windows environments, Version 5 is built to be totally compliant with Windows presentation standards.

In order to integrate to an extended enterprise where CATIA Version 4 designs need to be exchanged and processed, it includes unique two-way interoperability with CATIA Version 4 data. Likewise, Version 5 benefits from the breadth of the CATIA Solutions Version 4 portfolio by offering interoperable applications. As an open solution, it includes interfaces with the most commonly used data exchange industry standards.

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading the Basic Tasks section, which deals with handling basic functions.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the Advanced Tasks section which describes more advanced functions.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the Infrastructure workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to set up the options, will also certainly prove useful.

You may also need to access the Interoperability section for more information about interoperability between Knowledgeware applications and other applications. To do so, just click the icon from the table of contents.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.

Accessing Sample Documents

To perform the scenarios, sample documents are provided all along this documentation. These samples are located in the online/basug/samples folder.
For more information about this, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in this guide.

Conventions Used in this Guide

To learn more about the conventions used in this guide, refer to the Conventions section.