Centric Software has released the latest version of its flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution with new features including automated rules to govern the use of colours across different collections.

Driven by feedback from customers in the fashion, retail, outdoor and consumer goods sectors, Centric 8 PLM version 6.6 responds to the complexity of creating an increasing number of products destined for multiple channels and diverse regions while also keeping time to market fast and product costs low.

Also among the innovations is the ability to mass create product Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) to avoid "tedious clicks" and streamlining Point of Measure (POM) management.

"This new release enables users to easily create many SKUs at one time," explains Ron Watson, vice president of product at Centric Software. "Automatically generating SKUs saves our users time and increases information accuracy while also saving hundreds of clicks."

Centric v6.6 also transforms the creation of POM codes and size charts, helping to save time and speed product iterations destined for multiple markets.

There is a new 3D Viewer for virtual prototypes and samples, which enhances the user's control over the 3D product sample workflow, further boosting efficiency and speeding time to market, simplifying the 3D sampling process and increasing control over product designs and construction.

"Our customers partner with us to help streamline their collection development process and the new Centric innovations in 3D give them more precision when assessing samples and make design and development process much faster," Watson adds.