What’s New? – Vault 2012

Autodesk has recently made available the 2012 release of it’s popular Vault product line.

Autodesk® Vault data management software products include Autodesk® Vault Workgroup, Autodesk® Vault Collaboration, and Autodesk® Vault Professional software. Vault software manages data creation, simulation, and documentation processes for design and engineering workgroups. Enjoy more control over design data with revision management capabilities, and quickly find and reuse design data, for easier management of your design and engineering information. Tightly integrated with Autodesk® CAD applications, Autodesk Vault data management software enables teams to more efficiently collaborate and meet tight deadlines.

Here’s a highlight of the new features from the “What’s New?” section of the help files.

This feature is available in Vault Workgroup, Vault Collaboration, and Vault Professional. The new Projects feature helps you organize and manage all project-related data from anywhere in Project Explorer. Projects uses properties-aware links to represent objects stored in the vault. When you make a change to a file using one of these links, only the source file is impacted. This linking system lets you manage all entity types directly from the main grid, giving you a single seamless interface for project administration. In addition, a new Project dashboard helps you generate and view reports directly from the Preview Pane.

A link is a direct representation of an object that can reside anywhere in the Project Explorer. While the link can reside in many places, the object represented by the link resides in one place only. Most commands executed against a link are executed against the target object. This allows the user to perform actions on all data types from one location. Links can be used to include data in data gathering operations like Get/Checkout, Check In, Check Out, and Reporting of a folder.

Properties on Folders
Properties can be manually assigned to folders or automatically assigned based on the assignment of a folder category.

Project Categories
Categories folders to create projects with the Vault. Properties associated with the categories will be applied to the project upon assignment.

Edit Properties of Mixed Data Types
Properties can be edited on a collection of mixed data types. For example, Vault Professional users can edit properties on files and items at the same time.

Project Dashboard
Reports based on data contained within a project structure are easily generated and viewed in the preview pane of the interface. The reports include files, sub-projects, items, and change orders within the project. In addition, linked data and implied data can be easily included in the report.

User Interface Enhancements
With the addition of links to the product, there are some enhancements made to the Interface that make managing data simple. The Vault interface now displays files, folders, and links. The links shown in the main grid can reference files, folders, items, or change orders. This allows all entity types to be managed from the main grid. With folders in the main grid view, the user can open them and view the contents without being constrained to the tree view. Additionally, opening a linked folder will populate the data referenced by the target folder. This allows the setup and manage sub-projects.

AutoCAD Sheet Set Integration
Autodesk Vault 2012 now integrates with the Aut0CAD sheet set manager for supported Aut0CAD products. This integration allows you to perform the following actions from SSM:

  • add sheet sets to Vault
  • access and modify sheet sets in a multi-user and multi-site environment
  • provide Vault status information for sheet drawings

In addition, Vault supports all sheet set functionality, including property management, plotting, and publishing tasks. Within Vault Explorer you can use search capabilities to find sheets and sheet sets based on properties inside of the sheet set manager. Sheets are represented as files in the Vault which gives you the relationship between sheets and associated drawings.

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