Now that 2015 has come and gone let's take a look back before we break in the new year. We've covered all the new features from the 2016 Autodesk lineup, talked about the state of manufacturing, the future of 3d printing, and of course, tips and tricks to help get you faster at day to day operations. We've put together our top 5 posts.
It's been a little while since I've been able to dig into Autodesk Vault, but just this week, I had to locate a script to defragment the Vault database.
The reason for a defragment is to make sure Vault performance doesn't degrade when making database queries. For those of us not intimate with SQL, those are Vault Searches.
A manual defrag can be kicked off from the ADMS Console on your server at any time. All you have to do is right click on the database you want to defrag, and choose "Defragment Database".
It's no secret that despite all the technology in Engineering your shop floor most likely still uses paper drawings. Engineering has Autodesk Vault PDM ensuring you get the latest revision, Non-CAD users can retrieve the drawings from the Vault web client, and there's integrated ERP and Autodesk PLM360 to keep the rest of the organization abreast of the most up to date information about those designs, but ultimately you still see a stack of paper drawings being distributed in the shop to various centers complete with weld slag, grease, and hand written notes.
In my last article we discussed the basics of Autodesk Network Licensing and the overall benefits. Now we'll dive into several advanced license management features such as restricting users to specific licenses, license borrowing, and license timeout. Be sure to check out the previous article Benefits of Autodesk Network Licensing – the Time to Act Is Now.
A combination of advantages come with Network Licensing, including flexibility, accurate tracking, standardization, and control. You may be somewhat familiar with Network Licensing if you own Autodesk Vault, but it's not limited to just that - most Autodesk products can be network licensed and even combined into the same license file. With Autodesk's planned changes to perpetual license purchases in 2016 as well as new deep discounts expiring in July of this year - now more than ever is the right time to make that transition. In this article we'll cover all the information you need to know to get started.
I know it's only my second post but we're going to do something a little different this time. I recently hosted a webcast detailing the benefits of Autodesk Maintenance Subscription and I thought that this might be a topic worth discussing here.
A fair amount of users most likely have more than a couple versions of AutoCAD and/or Inventor installed on their system. This may be due to testing the latest version, while production requires the previous or having other business system requirements that force them to retain an older version.
My reasons are simple - providing all inclusive support to our customers by being able to troubleshoot multiple versions simultaneously. But regardless of why the fact remains that by default until now Autodesk Vault used MS Windows settings for determining which [version of a] program to open for a given file type (except 2015R2 for subscription customers which includes some early 2016 functionality).
Autodesk Vault 2016 now gives you greater flexibility in choosing which version of your Autodesk software to open.
It's time to start my springtime upgrade to my Autodesk 2016 based products. And I've decided to share my upgrade process again. I hope that this helps you along your way as you consider your own upgrades.
Back in January of this year I received an email from KETIV's Mike Carlson (who was in the Vault 2016 Beta) saying:
"You can roll back a revision!"
We both got pretty excited to say the least and I immediately jumped in the beta to see it, but now I am pleased to confirm with the official release that Autodesk has indeed made it possible. By rolling back the lifecycle you effectively roll back the revision of the file as well - with a few rules of course.