Autodesk Vault 2018 now allows you to automatically publish and manage your 2D PDF files from CAD files as released documentation within the design release process.
Configurable PDF Settings
Autodesk Vault 2018 will automatically render PDF formats from 2D design files using the same settings as the authoring CAD systems. It supports the DWG and IDW 2D design file formats from AutoCAD in addition to Autodesk Inventor drawing files.
For more information, see Configure PDF Publishing Options.
PDF Category Assignment
In Vault 2018, all PDF files created for document control are automatically assigned to the Design Representation category. A dedicated category allows administrators to easily manage their rules, lifecycles, and properties independent of the associated design files.
Learn more about Lifecycle Definition Administration.
Create PDF upon Change State
Administrators may configure Vault 2018 to automatically publish PDF files for document control during final release. During this transition, the Autodesk Vault Job Processor automatically updates the drawing references and properties to ensure an accurate PDF representation.
Learn more about publishing a PDF from 2D CAD Files.
Automatic PDF Attachment
PDF files created for document control are now automatically attached to their accompanying design file. As a result, designers see all attached PDF files in the Vault Client's Uses tab.
Publish and Store PDF in Vault
In Vault 2018, PDF files published for document control may be automatically stored in the same project as their accompanying design files. Administrators can choose to designate a folder for document control that is different tothe folder specified for each design file.
Batch Plot Enhancements
Vault 2018 enhances batch plot to enable you to specify plot size, colour, orientation and scale on TIF and PDF files. In addition, batch plot now supports the placing of watermarks and stamps on PDF files during the plot operation.
Autodesk Vault 2018 restores action rules mapping to filenames, allows action rules to be used across different vaults (assuming the property definitions exist), allows designers to set target file properties to like properties of previous file revisions, preserves Autodesk Inventor iLogic rules on copied data, and improves the copy operations of files with linked drawings.
For more information, see Copy Design--Rules, Conditions, and Property Behavior.
Autodesk Vault 2018 introduces new Administrator roles that allow team members to manage aspects of Autodesk Vault such as security or configuration settings without requiring full administration rights.
Detachable Autodesk Vault Browser
The Autodesk Vault 2018 Add-in for Autodesk Inventor enables you to detach, float, and reattach the Vault browser to new screen positions to optimise your menu layout. With separate Inventor and Vault browsers, you can view both of your component trees at the same time in the same Inventor design session.
Search in Vault Browser
The Vault 2018 Add-in for Inventor provides a new Vault browser search, including multiple keyword search, to help users identify and select components from the Vault component tree. After adding new properties to the browser display, you may also search for components by property and locate items quickly and easily within the component structure of large assemblies.
To learn more, see The Vault Browser in Autodesk Inventor.
Go to Vault Folder
Vault introduces a new Go to Vault Folder command inside the Inventor Vault Add-in. After selecting a target component, you can select Go to Vault Folder. This opens a fresh Vault Explorer session showing the version and revision of the selected component inside its stored project location.
The Go to Vault Folder feature is only available in the Inventor Vault Add-in.
To learn more, see Go to Vault Folder.
New Open File Options
The Vault 2018 Add-in for Autodesk Inventor enables you to open files in Full or Express mode. Load Full loads all component data and all commands are available. Load Express significantly improves (3-5x) file open times for large assemblies, but some commands will not be available.
To learn more, see Working with Level of Detail and Vault Files and Open a File from Vault with the Inventor Vault Add-in.
New Application Version File Property
A new Application Version property for Inventor files shows the last time the file was saved and theAutodesk Inventor version it was saved in.
The application version property is currently only for Inventor Files.
Numbering Scheme Descriptions Now Display When You Save a New File
When you define a numbering scheme you can create a description for a pre-defined list. These descriptions for numbering schemes now display when you create a new file in Inventor or AutoCAD and save it.
Insert into CAD
Vault 2018 now includes an Insert into CAD command within Vault Explorer. After selecting an Inventor part or assembly, this function automatically locates and downloads the Vault source file and places it into the active Inventor design session. Requiring only a few clicks, this new feature greatly simplifies the creation of large assemblies and complex design contexts.
Custom Job Types
Vault administrators may now assign custom jobs to lifecycle transitions directly within the Vault Settings dialog. When defining new or existing lifecycles, Vault administrators may edit the lifecycle state transition and use the new Custom Job Types tab to specify a custom job.
The work to write and test the custom job routine remains the same as it was in previous versions of Vault, but the administrative steps required to include the action as part of a lifecycle are now much easier.
For more information, see how to Create a Custom Job.
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