Software provider Stardraw.com has recently achieved a significant milestone with the addition of the 700th manufacturer to the library of their award-winning design and documentation software, Stardraw Design 7.
The Symbols Library, which now contains an impressive total of almost 70,000 symbols, has been an integral part of all Stardraw's design software since 1992, and has been one of the features that sets Stardraw.com products apart. Uniquely, each symbol is drawn in house by Stardraw.com's professional drafting team to ensure a consistent, qualitative standard. All symbols are vector-based line art and, thus, resolution-independent meaning that the more you zoom in, the more detail you see, and even at the highest zoom levels there is none of the ?blockiness' exhibited by bitmap (raster) images.
The addition of new products to the library is prioritized based on user requests submitted through Stardraw's online Symbol Request Service. "Since we have an installed user base operating in different industry segments across 83 countries worldwide, it's impossible for us to guess what particular products might be important for any particular integrator," explained CEO Rob Robinson. "Requirements vary hugely from market to market and country to country, so we rely on customer requests to keep the libraries up-to-date. All we need is to be told the manufacturer and model number required, and we'll do the rest."
Symbols include technically accurate Block Schematic representations showing discrete inputs and outputs, Rack Layout and Pictorial Schematic representations showing, where data is available, graphically accurate front and rear view detail, side view depths and, where appropriate, Panel Layout symbols with high detail front and rear views for creating custom connection plates.
From an analysis of data for all symbols requests received in the last 10 years, 40% have been published within a week and 50% within two weeks; updates to the library are published on an almost daily basis.
"We're immensely proud of our record with the Symbols Libraries," continued Robinson. "They are key to the intrinsic value of our Design products, and we are the only software manufacturer to offer such a comprehensive, user-focused and high quality service."