This article outlines steps to capture content within the Manifest applications through a process called Authoring.
Authoring is the term used to describe how a work instruction template is created using Manifest. Authors are often experienced technicians or subject matter experts responsible for capturing and annotating their workflow using Manifest.
These captured workflows are stored in Manifest as templates which are characterized by numbered steps that are typically completed in a sequential order and augmented with videos, photos, documents, and 3D objects.
Templates are stored at the Asset Class level and can be accessed and viewed for that Asset Class as well as any associated Asset.
Templates can be created and edited using any of the following Manifest applications: Manifest Web Application, Manifest 3D (used with an AR headset such as HoloLens or Magic Leap), or the Manifest iPadOS and Android applications. So different devices can be used to create content. Often a PC is used to build the structure of a template and then an AR-enabled headset is used to capture videos and photos and spatially anchor 3D content. Licensed Manifest users with Author permissions can create new templates or edit existing templates on any Manifest application with authoring capabilities.
Authoring in the Manifest Web Application
Many users elect to ‘pre-author’ templates using a PC and the Manifest Web Application, as using a keyboard and mouse is most efficient for this step. Then authoring of spatially anchored content (step markers, leader lines, pen notes, etc) can be done using Manifest 3D or Manifest for iPadOS or Android Applications.
For more information on authoring a Template in the Manifest Web Application, watch the Author a Template in the Manifest Web Application video. This information can also be accessed in the Authoring in the Web Application guide.
Authoring in the Manifest 3D Applications
Authoring Templates in the Manifest 3D application allows users to work hands-free while creating step-by-step instructions in the form of Templates. If authored Templates require 3D spatially anchored content (step markers, leader lines, pen notes, or meters) – these must be authored using a headset and the Manifest 3D application.
IMPORTANT! Before authoring any 3D content, be sure to have established a fixed position for the Asset Tag. The Asset Tag serves as the primary point of reference for all spatially anchored content. For this reason – it’s critical that the placement of the QR code on an Asset is consistent for all Assets of that same class.
For more information on authoring a Template with the Manifest 3D Application, watch the Author a Template using Manifest 3D video. This information can also be received in the Authoring in the 3D Application guide.
Authoring in the Manifest for iPadOS application
Review the Authoring with the Manifest for iPad application guide for an overview of content capture in the Manifest for iPadOS application.