The days of the manual and electric typewriter are so distant it is hard to even remember them. There was a great deal of inefficiency in having to type out each document, often many times over, to conduct business. The computer changed the way we designed documents, and desktop printing made producing the documents almost error free.
Not only is the written word now much easier to deal with, the use of software programs makes it much easier to find and eliminate errors before any paper is expended. Although the paper free society is still in the future, at least the documents made are much improved. It is no longer necessary to recreate an entire letter because of a typographical error in the last sentence.
With computers, anything that could be collected in the form of data could be manipulated just as easily as words. Spreadsheet software made time intensive calculations and presentation simply and far faster than manually designed charts. To make a point, a schematic or even a photograph can be easily and quickly added.
Another value gained from electronic data manipulation was the elimination of the time used to get complex or voluminous information to another work site. Removing the need to produce a hard copy of data in any format and then mailing or shipping it to a destination translated into efficiency. Not only is data distributed at the speed of electricity, the cost of producing the hard copy and then shipping or mailing it was eliminated.
Far from the grainy photocopies which once were the mainstay of business information sharing, the end product that is shipped anywhere across the world is just as clear as the original. The worker or engineer that relies on the information can have a clean copy to work from in minutes of its approval thousands of miles away. For some applications this can be a a critical business or even safety issue.
But beyond data, it is now possible to render ideas created electronically in whole new ways. With mechanical computer-aided design clients can see exactly what the concept, part or product will really be like. With three dimensional rendering, creating a prototype is as simple as a document.
The more clearly a client can see a proposed new product, the more likely they are to make a positive decision. The detail and varying perspectives available for presentations are impressive. But the newest three dimensional printing capability allows one to give the client a model of the product; a powerful persuasion tool.
Author: Margaret GonzalezThis author has published 3 articles so far.