Posts Tagged ‘2013’

More with Vault

April 22, 2014

 

Get Previous Version/Revision of Parts and Assemblies…

We do not get many calls on this subject, but I think it may be because users are not aware of this ability within a vault application.

Many clients need to get back to a previous variation of a design, either due to overlooking a particular item in the design, or a change in the direction of the design. With Vault and Inventor, clients can get a previous version, however the command is not widely visible from a vault menu or tool bar. Without knowledge of this function, vault users can waste time attempting to get back to a version reflecting the state of the design they actually need.

Let’s take a look at the steps needed to accomplish “Get Previous Version”

Below is a Figure of the design in its current configuration.

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Fig. 1

 

The following Drawing also reflects the above assembly.

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Fig.2

The problem is: I need to get the previous version of the file before the top most beams were added to the design; and how does a user accomplish this task, with “Get Previous Version”. Accessing that tool is done this way.

1. From the preview pane highlight the version needed.

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Fig. 3

2. Then right click and select “Get/Checkout”

3. Once “Get/Checkout” dialog box appears, expand it to a full dialog…

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Fig. 4

Note the number of files to be downloaded to my workspace (12).

4. Download the required file(s), only 12 to be exact, but DO NOT CHECKOUT, then select “OK”

5. The Vault Browser will reflect some out of date files and/or documents

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Fig. 5

6. Next is to inform Vault this version needs to be checked out, but not over-write the version you just downloaded.

7. Select the latest version from the main pane in Vault.

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Fig. 6

8. Right click and select “Get/Checkout” and expand the dialog box.

9. Pick checkout ball with blue check, and note the checkout download indicators.

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Fig. 7

10. Now Select the button identifying the “Working Folders”

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Fig. 8

11. Set the download location/Type to “None”. Note the Download indicator

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Fig. 9

12. Pick “OK”

13. Open file from within the Inventor application NOT from Vault.

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Fig. 10

14. Change Model browser from “Model” to “Vault”, you will see the following.

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Fig. 11

15. This is the normal condition, Vault is warning you that the file(s) are checked out to you, and they need to be refreshed from the Vault. This is because Vault thinks you have the wrong version, but you know better…!

16. From the Vault browser within Inventor, highlight the assembly file and check in.

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Fig. 12

17. The Check in dialog box will be presented to you, select your favorite option and continue.

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Fig. 13

  18. Your results should look like your previous version selected back in Step (1), Fig. 14 & 15.

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Fig. 14

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Fig. 15

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AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2

June 10, 2013

Autodesk has released a service pack 2 for AutoCAD 2013.  This service pack also applies to the Suites.

You can read about it, and download here.

Two Important Releases Today–Civil 3D 2013 Hotfix 3 and Civil 3D 2012 Update 3

April 11, 2013

Autodesk has released two important installs.

Civil 3D 2013 Hotfix 3 has fixed a lot of issues including stability improvements under Windows 8 and updates to how Vault manages circular references.

Civil 3D 2012 Update 3 has addressed a number of issues as well.  You can see what this update fixes in the Readme file.

Make Your Buildings Have a More Realistic Look in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler

January 4, 2013

There is a setting in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler (AIM) that will give more depth and detail to your buildings.

Take a look at the image below…

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Note that the building looks absolutely fine.  BUT, there is a way to get more detail out of this.  For instance, look again at the balconies.  Wouldn’t it be nice if they were actual balconies and not just an image draped on the structure?

This can be accomplished very easily.

Click on the Application menu in the upper left corner and select Options…

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Once in the Options dialog box, choose 3D Generation.  To the right, change your Building Complexity to High and select OK.

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The changes will not take effect until you regenerate your model.  To do this, click on the Manage tab.  Under the Generate panel, select Generate Model.

After the regeneration takes place, the result is as seen below…

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Notice now that the balconies are actual balconies and the windows have depth to them.  You can also see that the poles are now objects projected from the building. 

Happy New Year, good luck and check back often.

Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013 R2 Hotfix 1

December 7, 2012

Autodesk has released a hotfix for the Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013 R2.

The issues resolved are as follows:

  •   1.  After importing Raster data files, there are holes in the ground texture.
  • 2.  Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler hangs on startup if the user was previously logged into Autodesk® 360 Infrastructure Modeler and no longer has access to a network. Similar “hang on startup” issues may also be resolved by this hotfix.

Download file by clicking the link for hotfix above.