Vault 2014 Subscription Enhancements

Autodesk has made available for Vault 2014 a set of two subscription only enhancements, “Vault 2014 Data Standard” and “Vault 2014 Subscription Release 1”.

Vault 2014 Data Standard

Data Standard is a data control feature for the Vault Client, Inventor, and AutoCAD that allows administrators to enforce how users enter Vault data.

For some companies, users have too much freedom regarding Vault data. Users can deviate from company policy by selecting different folders in which to store design data, modifying properties for one file but not another, or ignoring naming schemes in one application but not another.

Data Standard allows administrators to customize dialogs that enforce a standardized workflow for entering Vault data across the Vault Client, AutoCAD, and Inventor applications. Since the Data Standard dialog is fully customizable, administrators can design the workflow that best suits their company’s design needs.

The basic features of Data Standard are the same across all supported applications. Start your application, create a new document and start writing/designing your content. After the user first saves a file, the Data Standard dialog appears requesting certain data. Once the user has completed all of the fields, Data Standard generates the file name and location based on the data. The Save button becomes active only when all obligatory fields are complete.

Vault 2014 Data Standard installs on a client machine in two separate executable files. The first patches the Vault Explorer client, the second patches Inventor or AutoCAD. There is nothing you need to install on the Vault server in order to enable Data Standard.

Without customizing anything, you can see how the enhancement works by opening Inventor and creating a new file. You will see a new ribbon toolbar called “Data Standard”. You can enable or disable Data Standard from this toolbar.


When you save the file for the first time using the save button from the Data Standard toolbar or the normal save functions of Inventor, the Data Standard dialog will appear prompting you to enter the required fields based on the administrative configuration.


For the default configuration, the dialog prompts you for the folder to save the file to, title, description and comments. Whatever is entered into the folder field will result in the file being saved into a folder of that name withing your Vault project folder structure. I’ll show you how to customize this dialog in a future post in order to make it more meaningful and to standardized without the chance of free text errors we’re trying to avoid in the first place by installing Data Standard.

The dialog can be fully customized allowing for some unique methods to drive your organization to conformance upfront during the design process.

The Data Standard dialog will also appear within the Vault Explorer client along with some additional powerful tools for creating new files based on standard templates as well as an assembly CAD BOM viewing from directly within the Vault Explorer complete with quantities.




The second enhancement is the subscription release 1 which we will also get into more detail in future posts.

Vault 2014 Subscription Release 1

Autodesk Vault 2014 Subscription Release 1 focuses on improving the editing workflow , introducing a brand new thin client experience, and broadening the feature offerings in the Revit Vault Add-in.

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Quick Tip: Adding a new Content Center Library

Sometimes it’s those features of Inventor that have been around for years and years that always get some people stuck or confused as to what to do next. Here’s a quick tip for all of those CAD managers out there that have spent a lot of time creating a new Vault based Content Center library for their users but can’t quite get everyone to see the library from within Inventor.

After you create your new Content Center library, don’t forget to edit the Inventor project file that everyone uses by adding the new library. This is the only way Inventor will recognize the new content.

Add Content Center

Click the “Configure Content Center Libraries” button from within your Inventor project file editor. Find the new library and click the checkbox to add it. You can then check your project file back into the Vault and inform your users to get the latest version in order to enable your new library.

[important]As a side note, any libraries listed in the editor highlighted in red and marked “not available” are listed within the project file but have not been added to your Content Center libraries in Vault. You’ll need to install these if you wish to use them.[/important]

How many of you use the Content Center? Do you use it with Vault or local libraries? I would love to hear from you. Comment here or find me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.


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Confessions of a CAD User

I couldn’t help it… these texts from my real good friend who just started a new job using “another” CAD software are hilarious. Just read for your amusement. Who can guess what CAD software he is using?


Nailed it. U have to be a gd programmer to use it. Do u want to change the background color? Options, system colors, color schemes, dark background, select… But wait, that only saves for current session, if u want **** to save that option everytime u open it, u have to create a system color file in the configurator editor, then add a configuration file for background color and point it to the color file, then export your config file to your file.. *****, i got lost and just realized im not sure this is right, but he showed me how to do it, and he thinks this is awesome. Cause if we upgrade, or go to different job, u can take ur config file with u! Isnt that awesome!

This next line is perfect…

I love how ppl that have only used 1 cad program try to sell u on how its the best one ever.

Oh, i said, this is not intuitive, and he said, it is if u have been doing it for a long time, and i said, thats not what intuitive means, thats experience.

I have been reading instructions he wrote on how to put stuff into windchill, the drawing management system, and my head hurts. I struggled w solidworks too at first. Ill get this eventually, or get fired, but starting over sucks. I’m working on stuff designed and built in germany, some of the software has been translated, but im using a german keyboard…, y and z r swapped, and delete is enft or sonething, and some of the buttons are ja and nein, instead of yes and no. So been a rough 2, weeks for this hillbilly dumbass.

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