Autodesk Vault at its core is version management - and it does an excellent job at it. This means any file upon initial check in is assigned version 1. Check this file out and modify it, check back in and Vault stores it as version 2. And the cycle continues…
So, how does one go back to a previous version? Let’s start with an existing Inventor part. An existing vaulted ipt is checked out, modified, and then checked in from Inventor. From the browser, notice that the Vault status icon.
Meanwhile, back in Vault, a quick look at the history window shows the new version at 4. Note the modification in the thumbnail.
To go back in time, before the last modification, the file is located in Vault. With a right click, select Get Previous from the context menu. Choose from the versions in the drop down list and click OK.
Now, the next step is critical. To access this prior version of the file, use the Inventor Open dialog, NOT the Open From Vault.
As the file is open, switch over to the Vault browser and note the Vault status icon. This is the indication that it is an older version and its ‘out of date’. Exactly what we want in this case.
Now, at this point we can perform a Save As and branch off to another design, or we can make THIS the latest version. To consume this version and the latest, right click and Check Out the file. Note: do NOT check the Get Latest Version option.
The file is simply checked out to you without retrieval from Vault. In other words, you are telling Vault that you want this to be the new version. A right click, Check In will send this back to Vault, with the model in the prior state feature-wise.
A look to the history window now shows this file at version 5. No, we did not go back to version 3. Vault always moves the version numerically forward. But the design is back where it should be, and of course there is history of the version 4 modifications.