Are you looking for some great free training or want to explore Autodesk Vault for your company? There are 8 different recorded webinars to choose from, divided into two tracks. The first track is meant to introduce the Vault solution to companies that are not currently using a document management system, or perhaps are using Vault basic and are interested in upgrading.
The second track starts with introductory training and ramps up to the Jedi council focused more on questions from power users and CAD administrators.
If you want to learn about Vault, here is some terrific content you can listen to while driving to work, cranking through email or hitting the gym.
I would like to wish you all a very Happy Holidays!
Going out on a limb here....but could the destruction of the death star have been easily prevented? I mean it's been mentioned ad nauseum that the exploitation of such an obvious weakness by the rebel alliance could have been prevented. In fact, it has been suggested that the ending was straight out of a video game... "use weapon here."
But, given the scale of the project, could it have been prevented with better suppliers? Was it really just shoddy work on the supplier and builders' part? Perhaps the original bid included photon blast doors installed right over the exhaust port.
So....yep I am going to say it. Shoddy PLM cost the empire the first death star. Boom! That's right, excel or whatever nightmare solution used by the Empire's IT & engineering departments cost them the war. I bet there was an email on their servers somewhere, now blown to space bits, explaining how the exhaust port was still unfinished, when non-conformance should have started.
The emperor hadn't even paid off the first death star when it was blown to pieces. I still don't understand how he raised enough funding for the second death star.
A simple approved manufacturers list along with some basic Non-conformance and CAPA could have eliminated this and saved him a lot of moolah.
Here at Autodesk, we have customers who use PLM 360 to manage these exact type of issues. Bill of materials, Quality assurance and an approved manufacturers list are all managed in a true cloud tool. Otherwise, they would experience the same kind of frustration when a lone x-wing, Indiana Jones and a giant talking dog manage to blow their dreams sky high!
I mean really you have to blame the emperor for such an obvious oversight. He didn't give his people the proper tools... but then again the Sith aren't well known for developing others around them.
Rant finished.... I really hope you enjoy the new Star Wars episode if you have the opportunity to see it this weekend!
I very recently overheard a customer trying to figure out how to bypass the preview carousel view in the Vault preview tab, in favor of directly loading a file visualization attachment (dwf), like we did in the olden days, and thought I would share this as a quick tip for users who don't like the carousel as much as me.
But not so fast.
I wrote a blog on the carousel view in 2014 here, in my post "Taking a Carousel Ride", which goes through some of the upside to the carousel view, first and foremost that we are able to improve refresh speed and general performance when selecting a file that has the view tab already selected, the fact we can do a quick visual check on the preview thumbnail before committing to loading a view as well as having a simple method to move through preview versions or revisions. I would say all in all though this may add another click to your preview workflow its by and large all good stuff.
If however you have carefully considered all this and still want a direct preview load, it can be done through your explorer options.
Under the Tools menu click on options to load the options dialog. As we see below the user here has a button to configure the document previewers. Open this up and you will see by default all previewers are disabled.
Going down the list though we can start to enable these as required and by enabling the DWF(x) previewer this will attempt to directly load the DWF(x) into your preview window for the selected file.
The one drawback of course here is if you are not diligently creating your visualization attachments on check-in, load or state change and there is no visualization attachment this will revert to the "Unable to View" message so we can open or update from here - but in the presence of your DWF(x) we will load this directly into the preview tab.
So there you have it, a simple tip to go back to the way things were - I am still a big fan of carousels but its nice to have options.
Over the weekend, we successfully released more features and functionalities to help improve and grow the PLM 360 product.
Classification has played a big part in helping manufacturer / industrial customers organize and categorize their parts, components, and materials. With that in mind, we have continued to build on the Classification theme by adding 2 more features. The first feature will allow Admin users to modify and re-order the pick list values to better fit their business needs. Users can set the pick list value from Top to Low priority, or from most used to least used. The second feature will allow admin users to provide more information and clarity to other users by having descriptions displayed. Now users can refer to the description information as a guide to properly select the Classification Class or Root Node.
The other important function that has been utilized by many of our customers is the Import Function. With this release, we also added the ability to import scientific notation through the tool. Many customers can now take the figures/calculations in scientific notation import directly without having to perform the conversion process.
What's New in PLM 360
December 2015 Release
Classification – Pick List Values can be re-ordered
Classification – Class Descriptions are now displayed when classifying items
Import Tool – Import numbers written in Scientific Notation
The WHERE USED tab now shows the correct quantity and unit values for parent items
On Create and On Edit scripts now run as expected when importing
Fields with a unique validation turned on no longer cause an import to fail
This will allow Admin User to set or arrange the priority of the drop-down Pick List
Allow user to have more control on the value display in the Pick List
Classification – Class Description are now displayed when classifying items
The Classification Description will help improve the user experience.
It will provide much needed information and clarification to properly select the Class Root
This will allow the use of scientific notation in fields to be imported without any issues
This will help prove more flexibility for customers with complex field data
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As many will be aware the Inventor team has provided subscription users with updated builds of Inventor 2016 containing a bunch of cool enhancements, that you can check out here:
Whats new in Inventor 2016 R2 - http://help.autodesk.com/view/INVNTOR/2016/ENU/?guid=GUID-E56EC2F6-631D-4228-932A-312223C191F6
Whats new in Inventor 2016 R3 - http://help.autodesk.com/view/INVNTOR/2016/ENU/?guid=GUID-1C080C08-8953-481A-B2DD-A2F8AAAB594F
All good and well you say, but what does that mean for Vault users? Are patches required? New versions of Vault, migration and client installs? Can we even install these updated builds?
Well the good news is, none of the above is an issue. Users simply need to update the Inventor install and continue on using Vault - there is no client side or server updates required to support the new versions of Inventor 2016.
We continue to work closely with the Inventor team to ensure minimal disruption through patching and update releases as we look at better ways to deliver functionality to you guys without costly migration and downtime.
So feel free to install, test and play with the new Inventor builds, or, add to your IT wishlist for Christmas without having to worry about your Vault add-in keeping pace.
Vault Day is back, and this time we have double the content, spread out across 2 different days. For our customers, we invite you to expand and deepen your Vault knowledge and skills. This is your chance to take courses you may have missed at Autodesk University. The day is packed with webinars designed to help you master design data management and learn advanced tips and tricks to become one with your data.
This Vault Day takes place on December 17th, all online. Here's a peek at the classes you can sign up for:
That's what we have available for our valued current users. We also have a day geared towards those who are looking for information on how a data management solution can help build a more efficient design-development cycle.
These online classes are taking place a couple of days earlier, on December 15th. You may even find that there are a couple of these sessions you'd like to attend. You're more than welcome to register for any of the classes available over the 2 days. Here's a quick look at the classes available on the 15th:
You can register for one or both days of sessions here. We hope to "see" all of you there!
- Kimberly Stout, Community Manager Vault & PLM 360