Autodesk Vault 2019 is here!
Autodesk Vault continues to focus on customer-requested enhancements to help engineering teams create and manage their data effectively and efficiently.
The Vault 2019 release includes productivity improvements, enhanced administrative controls, and new options for streamlining collaboration with external customers, suppliers, and consultants.
Streamlined External Collaboration
There are 3 new capabilities Autodesk is adding to facilitate external collaboration:
Share Views – Get Feedback
Share and collaborate on visual representation all in one place with Shared Views capabilities. This is related to review process of design files with external collaborators like customers, manufacturing suppliers.
For example, create a shared view for a customer to request approval or to provide easy access to the field sales team for on-site presentations. Using the link engineering team provides, anyone can view, and comment on, the shared view. An email is sent to design engineer when anyone comments on the shared view. He views and replies to comments and manage the shared view directly from Vault.
Autodesk Drive – Deliver Design Files
Onetime manually Share 2D and 3D design data deliverables with customers and suppliers using Autodesk Drive.
Autodesk Vault combined with Autodesk Drive help address exactly this challenge by extending the pack & go capability to support Autodesk Drive and Fusion Team and adding Autodesk Drive to Vault Workgroup and Vault Professional Subscription. External Collaborator can access the design data through Autodesk Drive or Fusion Team leveraging desktop connector to handle properly CAD references. This capability makes it easy to deliver native data outside the firewall.
Collaboration on Designs – Project Sync
Today customers to address such challenges use Email, copy data on ftp site, Dropbox, One Drive, or Box. However, all those solutions are not CAD aware and can’t handle properly CAD references when sharing such data, which lead to lost of information. It is essential that the right CAD files are made available at the right time, and that they can be exchanged with ease regardless of their size or the number of documents.
Leveraging Vault Professional and Fusion Team, customers will be able to share design files with authorised external collaborators like customers, suppliers and 3rd parties, increasing satisfaction and transparency and decreasing losses from miscommunication. All you need is to configure once which data to be synchronised and let Vault care about keeping all stakeholders up-to-date and collaborate on the latest version.
Today designers spend a large amount of time during their daily work in their CAD environment creating and managing existing and new design. To make their daily work more enjoyable, the design and data management experience need be smoother than ever. Designers using Autodesk Vault 2019 as part of their AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor design workflows will notice several ergonomic improvements that may significantly improve their overall design experience.
- Reduce friction for more productivity
- Recognise out of date Vault BOM data
- More flexibility for thin client and internal collaboration
- Productivity improvements introduced in 2018 Update
Enhanced Administrative Experience
Customers working globally were requesting more flexibility for Administrator roles like making sure a new role can be created and assigned to specific permissions.
Vault 2019 deliver exactly that. Autodesk introduced custom roles capabilities to keep collaboration secure across several locations and allow global administrator to delegate tasks like security or Vault setting to other team members in the organization without assigning them to full administrative privileges.
Vault 2019 introduces three new roles, Project, Security, and Configuration Administrator, allowing global administrators to delegate tasks to key users within the engineering departments without giving them full administrative access.
Vault 2019 introduces the ability for administrators to create custom roles with a unique set of permissions which delivers elevated object permissions above the ordinary Designer role. Opening up fully customizable roles allow members of the team to manage Vault configuration and security settings at lower risk than members with full administrative privileges.
Another key enhancement is replacing old versions of Report Viewer with a new version. Previously, outdated MS Visual Web Developer (2008 Express Edition) was needed for editing and creating the templates. Customers were finding it hard rather unable to create new Templates due to this unsupported version. Thus, the request was to update this into latest version.
With the Vault 2019, Autodesk replaced the current report viewer (2010 and 2012) in the Vault client installer to Microsoft Report Viewer 2015 Runtime. Also, Vault admins are able to update the existing RDLC templates (File, ITEM, ECO) to support the MRV 2015 version.
Customers uploading a large numbers of CAD files to Vault on regular basis requested several usability enhancements to speed up the upload process and remove barriers.
During the upload process when they get into issues with the files during scan they found it difficult to troubleshoot the issue since Autoloader was not providing enough information related to Parent Child Relationship. For that Autoloader now introduce an additional where used tab to expose the parents of the select file in the scanned list.
At scan stage and also when customer encounter large number failures it was difficult for them to filter them out. Vault introduces a filter list options like Include “File Can’t be found (missing)”, “Invalid File Format” and “File can’t be read” to easily find out and fix the failure.
When customers load a large number of files they had hard time to understand how long it will take to upload all files. Now the Status indicator below the progress bar shows the number of files uploaded along with the number of files remaining.
And finally, in the past only users assigned to Administrator role were able to run the Autoloader. For many customers it was a security concern to assign key users which need to upload data from time to time to the Vault to such role. With Vault 2019 a user assigned to non-Administrator role, like Document Editor (Level 2) or a new custom role, with the permissions Folder Create, Folder Delete, Folder Read, File Create, File Read, Folder Rename and Vault Get Options and Job Queue Add can run the Autoloader.