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Autodesk Vault 2015 – What’s New? Revit gets loads of love

Autodesk Vault Professional 2015 What's NewAutodesk Vault 2015 focuses on transforming the Item/BOM experience, making it easier for you to manage your design process. In addition, this release rolls up all of the Subscription Advantage bonus tools from the 2014 product and broadens the feature offerings in the Autodesk Revit Vault Add-in. Additional functionality and enhancements have been made to Project Sync, the ADMS Console, and the Installation process.

Editing Workflow Enhancements

You can now resolve files which have been edited out of turn in Inventor or all editions of the Vault Client.

In previous Vault releases, the Inventor application could modify the memory status of certain files, thus “dirtying” the file. Some of these modifications were system-forced changes and some were due to user responses to a system prompt.

With the Edited Out of Turn enhancement, users can now see which files have been edited out of turn and can save over them, making it easier to continue working without interruption.

Impact to Common Workflows

  • Download File—If a user attempts to download a file from vault when the local file has been modified, the file is not downloaded. Users can select Force Overwrite in the Vault Client’s Get/Check out dialog to force the download.
  • Revert to Latest—Users can continue using the Revert to Latest command in Inventor to check out files if the they do not have the latest revision on disk (regardless of the local disk modification).

New Vault Status Modifier

Autodesk Vault 2015 Status ModifierIn previous Vault releases, the information icon Autodesk Vault Information Icon would be displayed along with a tool-tip noting that the file was edited out of turn.

Now when a file is edited out of turn, Vault shows the last downloaded state for the file and applies a modifier icon Autodesk Vault Modifier Icon to indicate that the local copy has saved changes that are not recorded in the vault.

The modifier icon is displayed by default in the Vault browser in Inventor and Vault Explorer.

 

New Filter in Inventor

The Vault Filter in the Inventor Vault Add-in has been updates with new filter options for local files, including files that are without edits, with saved edits, and with unsaved edits.

Autodesk Vault 2015 Inventor Add-in Browser FilterItems and BOMs Enhancements (Vault Professional)

Not only has this release enhanced existing functionality, but it focuses on improving usability, providing long lead item support, and integrating the item feature with AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor.

Long Lead Item Support

In previous releases, users had to assign items to the entire structure using an Item Wizard. Autodesk Vault 2015 introduces greater flexibility in item assignment, allowing you to assign items as needed without the use of a wizard.

  • Assign Items to parent files only
  • Assign Items to an entire file structure
  • Turn BOM rows on and off at will.

New Item CAD Integrations

AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor both support item awareness.

  • Search for and attach items as primary files or part references in AutoCAD Mechanical.
  • Search for and place items as primary files or virtual components in Inventor.

Improved Usability

Several areas of the Item Workflow have been overhauled or improved to make it easier for you to manage your items and BOMs.

  • New Modeless Item Interface

    The Item Wizard has been eliminated and a new modeless interface introduced for item management. Now you can manage item records and work with the main Vault client at the same time. In addition, you can drag and drop or copy/paste files onto items, components onto items, or items onto items.

  • Save Item as Needed

    In previous releases, you had to save and close an item to record changes, and then reopen it to continue modifying it. Now you can save as you edit without having to close the record.

  • Save a Copy of an Item as a New Item

    Save a current item as a new item so that all of the properties, BOM rows, and item details are copied into the new item.

    Note: Item links are not copied to the new item.
  • Open Item from File

    Not only can you go to an item from a selected file but you can open the item directly from the file.

  • Assign Items to Components

    Assign items to virtual components, allowing you to keep track of placeholders in your BOMs.

  • Change Item State from the Right-Click Menu

    Not only can you change item states from the item record, you can also right-click on an item and select change state without ever opening the item record.

  • Easy File Link Management
    Restrictions on file links have been eased. In addition, an associated link type column has been added to the Associated Items dialog so you can see at a glance whether a link is primary or not.

    Note: Administrators have the option of suppressing the Associated Items dialog.

    When viewing the Associated Files section of an item, non-primary links are hidden by default, making it easier to locate the associated file that you need. Users have the option of revealing the other links with the click of a button.

  • Auto-select Duplicate Item

    Right now, Vault will automatically select one item for assignment when it finds two of the same items. Administrators can opt out of auto-selection by modifying preferences on the Configure Assign Item dialog. Administrators can also decide whether or not to allow a user to override auto-assignment.

  • Flexible BOM Management

    Now, instead of having to remove BOM rows, you can turn rows off to keep them listed in the BOM but exclude them from the BOM-related processes.

    In previous releases, you could only modify the parent item in a BOM. Now you can make nested edits to items listed in the BOM, as well as add and remove nested items.

    Autodesk Vault 2015 Item DialogueAutomatically add rows to a BOM by creating new items. Administrators can also specify on the Configure BOM Row Settings dialog whether Vault automatically creates items for children files in the BOM or turns BOM rows on for them.

    Additionally, you can easily reorder rows in the BOM by dragging and dropping them (Bill of Materials – Reordering) as well as configure item position numbers (Bill of Materials – Change the Position of an Item in a BOM.

    Export BOM has been renamed to Save BOM view and now has a simplified workflow.

  • Enhancements to Item Number Workflow

    When an item is created, the default numbering scheme is used to generate the item number. If the scheme requires user input, users are immediately prompted to fill in the required values so there is no need to go back and edit the item record later.

    A Replace button is provided to help you search the Vault for properties that you want to map to fields requiring user input. A Precheck button is provided to verify the mapped values.

    In addition, you can quickly access the Change Number dialog by right-clicking on an item.

  • New status icons and improved User Interface

    New status icons and an improved user interface help you manage your items and BOMs with quicker, more convenient workflows.

Revit Vault Add-in Enhancements

Autodesk Vault 2015 focuses heavily on the Revit Vault add-in experience by introducing several new features and enhancing existing features.

New Import from Vault Feature

The new Import from Vault feature lets you import CAD files stored in the Vault into the current Revit project. However, unlike Link from Vault, when the project is saved to Vault, only the project is updated.

Autodesk Vault 2015 Import from Vault Revit DialogueThe Import from Vault feature supports DWG, DXF, DGN, SKP, and SAT file types.

New Load Group from Vault Feature

Vault now supports loading Model groups, Detail groups, and Attached Detail groups from the Vault into the current project. In addition, Vault allows users to choose whether they want to load all groups or just specific groups, making it easy to incorporate only the groups that they need in a single workflow.

A new Load Group icon has been added to the Revit Vault ribbon to streamline the load group experience.

Autodesk Vault 2015 Load Group from Vault Revit DialogueImproved Load Family from Vault Workflow

Users can now load all of the family types in a selected family in one click, making it faster to retrieve all of the family types needed for a project. In addition, users can also select Load and Place to load the family type and leave the workflow in Place mode so that the user need only click on the appropriate element in the active model to place the family type that was just loaded.

Autodesk Vault 2015 Family from Vault Revit DialogueAdditionally, the Load Family from Vault dialog makes it easier for you to find the family types you use most often by defaulting to the last folder location from which a family type was loaded.

Administrators can also specify which categories and parameters are displayed when loading family types. These preferences can be configured on the Searching tab of the Vault Options dialog.

Autodesk Vault 2015 Revit Options

Link More File Types

You can now link .dgn, .sat, and .skp files from the Vault. Additionally, you can import image links of type .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, and .tif.

Maintain Link to DWF

Previously when linking to a DWF or DWFx file, the link was read-only and users would have to manually check out DWF markups to modify them. Now if a user checks out a file with a DWF link, the DWF file is automatically checked out as well. When the file is closed, the DWF link is automatically checked back into the vault.

New Login Interface and Connection Status

The Log in and Log out buttons on the Revit Vault ribbon have been combined to create a single toggle button. Users can view their connection status by hovering their mouse over the button.

Shared Parameters Support

Users can now point to a shared parameters file stored in the Vault, making it easier to activate shared parameters.

Autodesk Vault 2015 Shared Parameters

A Select Shared Parameters button has been added to the Revit Vault ribbon to simplify the workflow.

New Lifecycles, Revisions, and Categories Support

The Revit Vault Add-in now supports change state, revise file, and change category workflows, making it easier for you to manage your design files.

New Mapping User Interface on the Vault Options Dialog

The Mapping tab on the Vault Options dialog has been enhanced to streamline common workflows.

Autodesk Vault 2015 Revit Options2Additionally, a mapping wizard is introduced to help users map local folders, folders on a shared drive, or folders on the Revit Server to a folder in the vault.

Import Revit Project Properties

Properties for Revit Projects are now extracted from the Revit model into and stored in the Vault. Once the properties are mapped, users can search them and modify them. Most properties can be written back to the Revit project.

New and Improved Vault Thin Client (Vault Workgroup and Vault Professional)

The thin client has been completely redesigned to provide a superior experience when accessing a vault through a web browser. The redesign includes a new interface, better workflows, additional views, and improved customization.

Note: Vault Workgroup provides read-only access with the Vault thin client. You must have a Vault Office license to perform file management tasks.

In addition, the Vault Thin Client supports DWF viewing across all browsers with the Autodesk Design Review (ADR) plug-in. If the browser does not have the ADR plug-in installed, the DWF is downloaded instead.

Inventor Vault Add-in Updates

The Inventor Vault Add-in has been updated to include a Fast Open from Vault option. This means that you can open a drawing without finding or resolving any of the referenced files.

Project Sync Updates

Project Sync now provides multiple mapping support. In previous releases, users had to map a folder that contained all of the files that they wanted to synchronize with Vault. This meant that the folder had to be high enough in the folder hierarchy to contain all of the necessary files. However, as a result, many files and folders inside the hierarchy did not need to be synchronized.

Autodesk Vault 2015 introduces a way to specify multiple mappings between Vault folders and Buzzsaw sites/folders within one Vault. Now users can select the exact Vault folders that they want to synchronize.

A few dialogs had to be overhauled to support the new mapping functionality.

  • The Project Sync Settings dialog now offers a way to specify folders for mapping and site management.
    Autodesk Vault 2015 Project Sync Settings
  • In addition, the Add from Buzzsaw workflow has been updated to include a new dialog that asks users to choose the mapping from which they want to add files.

ADMS Console Updates

Vault templates have been introduced to the ADMS Console for easy vault creation based on your industry. Now when you first log in after installation, you are prompted to create a vault. You must select an industry template or choose the default template before the vault is created.

In addition, the Civil 3D template is now included with all three industry templates.

In addition, the enable SSL compatibility option has been relocated to the Administration dialog.

New Consolidated Installation Process

The installation process has been entirely overhauled to consolidate separate installation packages. In previous releases, components like the Autodesk File Server or Autodesk Vault Office would have to be installed separately. Now, all of the components you need for a successful data management ecosystem are available from the Vault Server or Vault Client Installation package.

Vault Server Installation

The Vault Server Installation package includes the option of installing these components now:

  • Revit Vault Server Integration
  • Autodesk Vault Office 2015 (Server)
  • Autodesk Vault Thin Client 2015
  • Autodesk Vault File Server 2015
  • Content Center Libraries for Inventor 2015
  • Network License Manager

Vault Client Installation

The Vault Client installation package not only combines additional components for installation, but also includes the option of creating a custom deployment.

  • Autodesk Vault Office 2015 (Client)
  • Autodesk Vault Professional Project Sync
  • Autodesk Design Review 2013

In addition, administrators can now specify whether they want to use the default SQL credentials or configure new ones.

Conclusion

While it’s clear that I have largely nabbed the What’s New document here, I have where appropriate edited this material & referred back to the 2014 Subscription Release 1 post Mike wrote a few months back. This is a solid release of Vault, sure most of the new features were already available with 2014, but how many people actually installed them? What it did do though, is expand those features out to a wider audience in a production environment, which otherwise wouldn’t have been achievable within the beta. The result is a more stable release of Vault right out of the box.

The new Item Master features are gratefully received. They go some way towards dealing with frustrating experiences lots of people come up against every day of their Vault lives. Having the new Thin Client bundled up in the final release having had 6 months of real world abuse is also a big plus. Which reminds me, I need to update Hyperlink Maestro so it will generate links for the new client.

I am gutted however, that last years push to drive a more modern & consistent user interface within Vault has stalled spectacularly. We are now left with a unique Get/Checkout dialogue in the Vault client, which just serves to confuse new users on a daily basis as they grapple with Vault’s UI.

It appears at this stage there is no support for Office 2013… but if you look through your subscription center downloads, you will see Autodesk recently released the 2013 add-ins for Vault 2014. So I would imagine the Office 2013 add ins will appear for Vault 2015 fairly soon.

In closing, all those shiny new Revit additions are making me itchy. I have never used Revit before, but I think I’m going to have to set up something to test this lot out. If I do, I will report back on my experiences. Anyhow, it’s flipping late here in New Zealand now, I’m all tuckered out after a crazy, non stop Autodesk Launch week.

Oh & Vault 2015 is already in the subscription center waiting to be downloaded. Mine is already installed :-).

UPDATE:

Upon installing Vault 2015, I couldn’t obtain any licenses to put all these shiny new features to use. The ADMS logs were returning this error: Autodesk Vault LicensingError [319] (20). I eventually figured out the problem was related to the Flexlm LMTOOLS application itself.

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