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Aras Microsoft Office Connector Now Available in Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM

Solution Enables Companies with SolidWorks to Improve Productivity, Standardization and Compliance throughout the Enterprise from within the Microsoft Office Suite

Orlando, FL, January 23, 2013 --( Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced from the exhibit floor of SolidWorks World 2013 the availability of the Microsoft® Office Connector for Aras EPLM. With the Office connector for Aras EPLM SolidWorks users can manage documents, spreadsheets, slides and emails in PLM without leaving Microsoft Office applications. The Office connector for Aras EPLM improves personal productivity while driving standardization and consistency for compliance throughout the enterprise.

See The Office Connector for Aras EPLM at SolidWorks World 2013 - January 20-23 - Booth #725 the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida

The Office connector for Aras EPLM extends the benefits of enterprise PLM to SolidWorks users in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Users can create, store, edit, search and manage documents while working within the familiar, easy to use Microsoft environment. At the same time, the Office Connector for Aras EPLM provides administrators with sophisticated capabilities for document control and security, including need-to-know access, configurable automatic document numbering & naming conventions, the optional use of corporate templates, and more.

“We created Aras EPLM to enable SolidWorks users to expand the capabilities of EPDM across the enterprise. With the Office Connector we’re taking that a step further, making it even easier for users throughout the company to work with PLM information and contribute to the product development process using tools they are already familiar with,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “What’s more,” said Schroer, “the Office Connector for Aras EPLM includes the powerful administrative tools, security and controls required by highly regulated industries.”

The Office Connector for Aras EPLM Features:

Search - Search files and templates in PLM from within the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

View & Edit – Simply select View for read-only access or Edit to lock and modify a file

Automated PDFs - Auto generate PDFs of saved files to attach and distribute to other users in the workflow

Classification - Automated file naming and document number sequencing based on classification categories

Linking - Option to create relationships between Microsoft documents and Aras items such as Parts, Drawings, Projects, Process Plans, and other PLM items from within Microsoft Office. Relationships can drive naming and numbering, and are updated along with associated product components.

Revision & Version Control - Configurable revision and version control on Microsoft files provides traceability and assures that users always work with the correct version of a file.

Side-by-Side Comparisons - Enables users to easily view side-by-side comparisons of different revisions of the same document or file

Enterprise Change Management - Apply lifecycle states, approval workflows and sign-offs to documents such as engineering change requests or document change orders

Templates - Create standardized Office document templates that comply with corporate conventions and are ready-to-use for end users

Property Mapping - Map properties from native Microsoft files to Aras or from Aras to the native Microsoft files

Outlook Emails - Capture and store Outlook emails with embedded images and attachments as part of the product record in Aras

Compliance - Document controls, tracking, traceability and audit trails streamline and simplify compliance

Security – Need-to-know access rights and permissions on files managed from within Aras EPLM

See a demonstration of the Microsoft Office Connector for Aras EPLM. Live webcast Thursday February 28th, 11:00am eastern time. More information and registration at

About Aras EPLM
Aras Enterprise PLM for SolidWorks® Enterprise PDM is a business-ready solution for product lifecycle processes that enables companies of all sizes to improve product quality, accelerate time to market and achieve greater profitability. Built on top of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, Aras EPLM is a full-featured solution that provides packaged functionality out-of-the-box to extend engineering business processes across the company, with powerful capabilities that are highly sought-after by SolidWorks Enterprise PDM users, including Engineering BOM Management, Enterprise Change Management, Integrated Project Management and more. Aras EPLM offers a familiar, easy-to-use look & feel in a standard Web-browser, and delivers a new level of scalability and security to companies that run SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. For additional information visit

About Aras
Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm

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