Software firm PTC has unveiled the first in a series of apps it claims will further enhance its product lifecycle management (PLM) software by boosting workflow and information accessibility.

The company says its next-generation FlexPLM Design Module for Adobe Illustrator, the first of a set of apps in the FlexPLM Digital Design Suite, will enhance its FlexPLM integration for Adobe Illustrator.

The Design Module allows designers to create products in FlexPLM directly from within the Adobe Illustrator workspace. 

According to PTC, FlexPL Design Module for Adobe was developed to address the growing need for innovation-driven design, development efficiency, and better communication across design and product development processes.

"With FlexPLM and these newly available design tools, retailers can digitise the entire design process from concept to spec approval to shorten cycle time and identify potential development and cost risk earlier on," explains Quach Hai, senior director, retail product management, PTC. "This new module connects the de facto design tool of Adobe Illustrator to FlexPLM, enabling a more seamless process for planning, design, and development. It is purpose-built for design efficiency allowing designers to focus on what they do best – be creative – without encumbering them with data management."

The FlexPLM Digital Design Suite also includes the Colorway Design Tool, Swatch Maker Tool, and Design Template Builder.

Meanwhile, easy sharing of sketches between Adobe Illustrator and FlexPLM using familiar functions such as drag-and-drop, eliminates many adoption barriers. In addition, sketches can be checked into the FlexPLM system – even in the background – to maintain a single source of truth throughout the design process.

Last September, PTC made its ThingWorx Internet of Things (IoT) technology available on the SAP HANA platform after joining the SAP PartnerEdge programme as a partner that designs, develops and builds software integrated with SAP solutions.

PTC joins SAP PartnerEdge programme