DriveWorks Live is a module of DriveWorks Pro:
DriveWorks Live Checklist
Check you have the following in place before specifying a DriveWorks project over the web through DriveWorks Live:
DriveWorks Live and Cookies
DriveWorks Live can run directly as an application or through Internet Information Services (IIS).
If you intend running DriveWorks Live through IIS please read How To: Configure DriveWorks Live For IIS.
When running DriveWorks Live through IIS selecting the Group to be opened is done in the .config file, which is explained in the How To: Configure DriveWorks Live For IIS topic.
One of the limitations to HTTP is that it was designed as a one-directional method of communication. However, many modern web-based applications (DriveWorks Live) require more real-time, two-way communications in order to function optimally.
DriveWorks Live, when run through IIS, utilizes WebSocket Protocol to implement two-way communications over the Internet between a client and server.
To enable Web Sockets please refer to the article IIS 8.0 WebSocket Protocol Support.
When running DriveWorks Live as an application you define the Group to be opened and select the Theme to be used through the application.
A Group is opened by one of the following methods:
The Group button activates the Open Group Wizard when clicked. Or it will display a list of recently opened Groups by clicking the drop down arrow on the button.
The topic Live details how to select the Theme to use.
DriveWorks Live can easily be embedded within your website by using a suitable Theme:
Inline frames are specified within your site by using the <iframe> tag.
The src attribute of the <iframe> tag provides the URL to the DriveWorks Live site to present within the inline frame. See Inline Frame below for more information.
Cookies used on sites referenced by an inline frame become third party, which most browsers block by default.
To overcome this your DriveWorks Live site must be a sub domain of your website.
Assistance in setting up your DriveWorks Live site to be a sub domain should be provided by your ISP or IT technician.
Typically when running DriveWorks Live, in an inline frame, the Integration Module is implemented to give seamless integration within your site.
An example of a DriveWorks Live site running within an inline frame and using the Integration Module can be seen at http://www.configuremyproduct.com.
Here the main website has 4 products to choose from, each link to a page that contain the inline frame. The Integration Module has been used in each to automatically run the chosen product.
DriveWorks Live is now able to synchronize the currently running Specifications with DriveWorks Group Table updates.
In previous releases of DriveWorks the user was required to refresh their browser or start a new Specification before any updates to a Group Table were shown.
From DriveWorks 16 onwards, Group Table updates are continually pushed to any running Specifications in DriveWorks Live.
This eliminates the possibility of out of date data being used during Specifications created in a browser, and creates the opportunity to alter the users experience of a Project all within a currently running Specification.
New customer data is immediately available in the running Specification.
User 1 (Admin) is adding entries to a ‘CustomerData’ Group Table.
User 2 (Salesperson) is creating quotations using DriveWorks Live in a browser.
The data added by User 1 will immediately be available for selection in any DriveWorks Form Controls linked to the ‘CustomerData’ Group Table. This is a much-improved work flow and user experience.
Form design linked to a Group Table updates immediately.
Any DriveWorks Form design linked to a Group Table will update immediately in a browser. For example;
When the machine is connected to the Internet, DriveWorks Today will display dynamic community content containing useful links to information, news and events to do with DriveWorks.
DriveWorks Today also contains a list of your recent groups to make accessing them faster.
The Task Explorer allows browsing between DriveWorks Today, and Live and Specification Explorer in the Specification stage.
Themes let you run your DriveWorks Implementation in a browser. Each Theme gives a different user experience.
If DriveWorks Live is running inside Internet Information Services (IIS) more than one Theme can be used at any one time.