Using a powerful CAD tool as the base engine, QikDraw has
developed QikLink, which allows users to Graphically Document, Present, and
Manage project information. QikLink in an integrated and inclusive part of the most recent release of QikDraw.
QikLink has the ability to seamlessly link together a vast array of different
data types in a compact and easily understandable fashion. It could be
construction records, patient data, legal documents, minutes of meetings,
photographic records, complex (including three dimensional and animated)
drawings, scientific data, zoological data, building records, maps, company and
financial data, web links, sound, movie clips … and so on. The quality of the
records is not compromised with the ability to record high-resolution
photographs and precise vector drawings.
Graphical information such as drawings and photos can be combined with textural
information and displayed on a page. “Hot Links” can be set up on any items
linking to another page, or request the opening up of documents on any program.
There is no limit on the size of the page or the number of pages.
The amount of annotation required is minimized when information is linked
together graphically. When an arrowhead on a plan drawing opens up a photo, the
location and direction of the photo is automatically documented.
Documents and photos are stored in their original form such that they can be
readily amended. Drawings can be easily imported. The QikLink graphical database
is very compact. File sizes are minimized.
The completed electronic folder of linked documents can be perused during
discussions with colleagues or presented to an audience with dazzling effects.
Most importantly, the documented project can be archived onto a CD-ROM together
with the relevant program ‘drivers’. The project can then be run up on any
Windows computer without need of installation. Each page of drawings and photos
can be directly printed when required.
There is no longer the risk of vital information becoming lost.
The development of QikLink stems from the Adelaide
University Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering’s need to document the construction of their
Engineering and Mathematical Science Building, aiming to
produce a CD containing an electronic folder of information
including drawings and photos.
In April 2003, QikLink won the coveted
Consensus Software Award.
Citation from a judging panel comprising of leading IT professionals: -
“QikLink is an exceptionally lightweight, flexible documentation and
presentation package with almost limitless possibility. The package allows for
many document types to be rapidly related with textual and graphical information
joined in a highly visual form. Building sites, for example, can be documented
'on the fly' with detailed CAD or survey information compiled with the surveyors
notes, council submissions, visual impact, environmental studies etc. Other uses
are purely educational and the package can be used as both a teaching and
learning tool by students documenting a project, for educational material
delivery by teachers/lecturers or as a design training system. It has both
professional and amateur use: consulting engineers would find this just as
useful as a consultant graphic artist, or service bureau, as any product or
project can be presented via a 'walk through' presentation.”