Vault 2019 includes customer-requested enhancements to help engineering and design teams create and manage their data effectively and efficiently. The 2019 release includes productivity improvements, administrative enhancements, and new options for streamlining collaboration with external customers, suppliers and consultants.
1. Productivity Improvements
Easily identify out of date Vault BOM data
A new capability that has been added with the 2019 release is the ability to identify whether the related item is the latest version or if it is still linked to an older file iteration.
When viewing the Item Master, you can now see whether primary, secondary, or design document file links need to be refreshed. This helps you make sure the CAD BOM and Vault BOM are in sync.
- Add a new property for items to identity BOM sync status: Current, Out-of-date and Not Available
- Search on property
- Select out-of-date items and update them
Better internal collaboration through updates to Thin Client
One of the key requests that came through the Vault ideas forum expressed an issue with internal business collaboration, specifically making sure that members of the business that sit out of the engineering team are accessing the correct version of the design data. By adding a configuration option for the Administrator to show only the latest versions in the History tab of the Thin Client, the team members outside engineering can access based on the combined option the correct latest released design data only, as they do not have access to earlier released versions.
2. Enhanced Administrative Experience
Custom Roles: Create custom roles beyond existing roles to allow a more flexible way to control permissions
Vault 2018 introduced three new roles, Project, Security, and Configuration Administrator, allowing global administrators to delegate tasks to key users within the engineering department 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 fully customisable roles, allows members of the team to manage Vault configuration and security settings at lower risk than members with full administrative privileges.
- Create a Role – Create a new role to add the permissions needed for the custom role and assign the role to users or groups.
- Edit a Role – After creating a new role, an administrator can edit the role to remove or add permissions while keeping the role assigned to the users or groups.
- Copy a Role – Copy an existing role as a starting point, then customise the permissions in the role to what is needed.
Report Templates: Remove all barriers to creating, managing and running reports
Another enhancement included in the 2019 release is an update to the report viewer format. Previously, Vault supported Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 Runtime, but customers were finding it difficult to create new Templates with this unsupported format. With the Vault 2019 release, the report viewer within the Vault client installer has been updated to support Microsoft Report Viewer 2015 Runtime. Vault admins are also able to update the existing RDLC templates to support the MRV 2015 version.
3. Streamlined External Collaboration
Shared Views: Share a visual representation and get feedback quickly and easily using Autodesk Viewer.
Shared Views (first introduced in Vault 2018.1) enable you to get work-in-progress feedback in a way that’s simple, fast, and secure. The views are rich multi-sheet 2D, or 3D viewables opened on virtually any cloud-connected desktop or mobile device via simple web links. They avoid the need for reviewers to install anything and provide a built-in feed that makes comments visible right inside the Vault client. Additionally, because their focus is work-in-progress feedback, the viewables are temporary visualisation files (not native data) that automatically expire after a period unless extended by the author. Shared Views gives their authors a way of clearly separating unfinished work shared for feedback purposes from more formal and permanent design documentation.
Autodesk Drive: Deliver files to customers and suppliers quickly and securely using Autodesk Drive
Vault provides the ability to assemble and share design data using Pack and Go inside of the Vault Client. You select the files you want to share, and the process collects the reference files with the option of collecting associated documentation files. The Pack and Go workflow is in enhanced, in Vault 2019 to use Autodesk Drive, which provides an easy way to deliver files to external collaborators. Autodesk Drive is a cloud storage solution that allows individuals and small teams to organise, preview, and share any design or model data. You can use Autodesk Drive to upload data to a personal cloud drive, organise and manage your data into folders, view 2D and 3D designs and models within the browser on any device, and share your drive with others for viewing, editing, uploading, and managing data.
Project Sync: Automatically exchange selected data with external collaborators
Project Sync is a solution which provides an easy and secure way to exchange CAD and other documents along with their references, to customers, manufacturing suppliers and external consultant and/ or contractorsvdaily. These documents are often shared and collaborated on across a company firewall. Project Sync replaces conventional email and FTP solutions with modern, cloud-based solutions provided by Autodesk. Administrators configure what data is synchronized, and Vault keeps all stakeholders up-to-date ith the latest version.
Project Sync in Vault 2019 includes the following:
- CAD relationship awareness and reference handling
- Ability to define and manage multiple mappings
- Synchronization in a single direction or bi-directionally
- Option to schedule synchronisation
- Selectively filter which files within a project are synchronised
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