OPEN ENSEMBLE TRANSFORM HELP PAGES
following help pages describe the functionality available to users of the
Translator service. It is organized by three main top level sections, GENERAL_DATA, IMPORT_DATA and EXPORT_DATA.
These correspond to the main sections of the Open Ensemble Transform: Job Configuration form. Within those three main sections, one can find the details associated with
all the methods available to them. Use
the links below for rapid access to any topic. For a broad introduction to the overall process, read the below section.
The Open Ensemble Transform service provides an interface to allow users to load/import one
or more files and then export them into some desired format(s). At the completion of the request, an email is
sent which contains a link to the requested results..
to produce a job consists of four basic steps:
- Enter/Fill in the requested data in the
General Data form. This includes the
required fields of the email address where the results will be delivered which
can be one or more valid email address(es).
- The Import Data options will become available once the required fields in General data are satisfied. For each Import Data
section, specify one or more files to be imported/loaded. Files
are automatically uploaded to the server in the background. You
may continue to select additional Import Data options or proceed to the
- Once the job has been submitted, all
requested imported files will be loaded into the Open Ensemble Transform service. If
multiple files are specified, they do not have to be of the same file
type. For example, two package (.pkg) files could be specified
along with three STEP (.step) files. The result would be
potentially 5 or more objects loaded into memory. For
convenience, a ZIP file can also be specified which may contain
multiple files of the imported file type requested.
- In the Export Data
section, select one or more export formats that are desired to be
produced. When exporting the requested format, all objects loaded
into memory will be included in the selected export format. For
example, if the STL and IGES export formats are selected, two files
will be created: one STL file and one IGES file. Both files
contain all objects loaded into the translator.
- Submit the job. Once all uploads have been completed, the Submit Job option will be active.
- After the job has been submitted, a unique JOB-ID will be displayed. This is your unique identifier to this job.
- When the job is started, an email with a link to the job status will be mailed to the Submitter.
- Once the job has finished, an email with a link to the results will be mailed as specified in the General Data forms.
invoice will be sent to the owner of the invoice token used for
initiating the job with a record of the cost, and the remaining balance
left on the invoice.
- After a job has been submitted, a confirmation page will be displayed showing the unique JOB-ID.
- A link is available to indicate the status of the job. This link will indicate:
- If the job has started,
- When it started,
- If currently active, the percentage completion, and estimated completion time
- When the job was completed.
will be an option to save the job parameters and assign it a name.
This can be used to quickly run another job using the same job
parameters. See Saving/Using Favorites (Job presets) for more information.
over each area will cause a “help tip” on that area to appear. The “i”
to the right of each area of the form allows you to get to the help
page on that area.
the requested job is completed, an email will be sent to the specified
email address(es), which may consist of one or more addresses.
The job results will be available for a period of 30 days on the secure
sever. It is necessary to retrieve your files within this time
period. If an error occurs during the job request, an error email
will be sent to the requested error email address(es) which will
contain a log file indicating the error that was encountered.
Should an error occur on a specific request, there will be no charge
for that request. The Open Ensemble Transform service will continue to
process all other requested actions that it can and send any results
that could be successfully achieved.
Batch Mode Operation
addition to the standard method described above, the Open Ensemble
Transform service can be further controlled via the Batch Mode
option. When this mode is selected
(set to “On” in the General Data section of the form), the behavior of
the Open Ensemble Transform service is set to operate to process many files in a single job request. In Batch Mode, each
imported file will produce the set of the requested export
formats. In other words, only one file is loaded into the
translator at a time and the export methods then operate on the
imported object. Once the export is completed, the translator
service will then process the next imported file. For example, if
Batch Mode is selected, and two package files and three STEP files are
selected, the Open Ensemble Transform service will load each requested file one
at a time and produce the requested exported formats. If two
export formats are selected, for example, STL and IGES, the engine will
create one STL file and one IGES file for each imported file. In
this case, 10 files would be created. As usual, one can specify
one or more import formats (separately or by selecting a ZIP file) and
one or more export formats. Using Batch Mode allows for the
translation of many files, each to a corresponding set of export files.
Import FIle Name – Multiple
files can be selected. The files may be either and/or both data
files or zip files. If a zip file is supplied, this will be
unpacked before processing the input files.
Export FIle Name – Entered name will be used to derive the name of the exported file.
Mode Off - When batch mode is off, all the specified import files will
be loaded into memory before any translation requests are started.
This results in translation that consists of all specified import
- Batch Mode On - When batch mode is on, a separate job for each supplied import file.
This means a single import file is loaded into the Open Ensemble Transform service
and all requested export formats are produced. This process
continues until all supplied import files have been processed.
- Batch Mode Off - The supplied name may have a export specific suffix added to it if it does not already have one.
Mode On - Exported files are placed into a subfolder structure based
upon the import file folder structure. For example, assume your
import file structureis as follows which came from a file called pkg_batch.zip:
assuming you requested two export file types, STEP and 3D-PDF, with the
export File Name as "StepOut" and "PdfOut" respectively. The
resulting export structure would be: