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1.1. Main functions of openPLM

This document describes the main concepts and the main functions of openPLM, the first genuine open source PLM.

1.1.1. Requirements

OpenPLM is a full web application i.e. you just need a web browser. We advise you to use a decent browser, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera or any browsers based on Webkit or Gecko.

In OpenPLM there are four main types of objects:

  • User
  • Group
  • Part
  • Document

The parts and documents are named according to the following convention: type//ref//rev//name

refers to the type of the object (Part, Document, Document3D...)
refers to the reference of the object (usually written as PART_1759 or DOC_0051)
refers to the revision number of the object (a, 1.2 or A.a.1...)
refers to the name of the object (may be empty)

1.1.2. Home page

You have 5 main features:

1- Search for objects

2- Navigate with link between objects

3- Creation of objects

4- Study an object (access to the object information)

5- Browse objects



Home page

As shown on the example, your pending invitations (sent and received) are displayed on the home page.

1.1.5. Create

You can create an object by filling the form displayed.

Other ways to create objects are proposed under the form creation.



1.1.6. Study

Reaching “Study” from the Home page shows the history of the objects related to the user.

The “Study” page contains tabs from where you can :

  • access to informations of an object, user or group
  • modify an object




The possible actions and displayed informations in “Study” view are describes here :

1.1.7. Browse

The “Browse” page displays all objects, groups and users available in your OpenPLM. You can filter the results according to their type, status and you can change the sorting order.



1.1.8. Common Parts

The header

It contains:

  • User’s name (if the user is logged)
  • Today’s date and hour
  • Button to choose the language
  • Link to log out (or login)
  • Link to get help

The toolbar

  • Buttons to reach different views
  • A history of objects reached during your session

If you place your mouse over an object in the history, the corresponding menu will be shown.

Once you are logged in, the header and the toolbar appears in all views. Except in “Home” page, where only the header appears.


Header and toolbar

The left panel

It can be showed or hidden. This left panel is a search area with the same structure as the SEARCH view described higher

Depending on the current object and the current page this panel can have extra functions.

This panel does not appear in the home page and the “Search” page.