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The worklist feature in Vault Professional is a nice feature. It pops up information informing you of any change orders you need to take action on. The only problem is that you need to launch the Vault Professional client to get that feature. Chris Sawicki and Brian Schanen decided to change that with Vault Gadget. (click image for full view) Vault Gadget allows you to view your worklist from your Windows desktop, without the need to run Vault Professional. Requirements: Vault Professional 2012 Click here to download To use: Extract the contents of the ZIP file to “%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets”. The... Continue »
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Today we’ll examine the Vault add-in within 3DS Max 2011. The Vault add-in loads during the install of 3DS Max. And here’s a fun fact, there’s even an option during the install for add-ins that support Vault 2010 and Vault 2009 with 3DS Max 2011. That’s right, a 2011 CAD... Continue »
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Hi All A common question from Design Visualisation companies at the moment is around 3d characters, and which model libraries I would personally recommend for projects. So with this in mind the below new offering from Rocketbox might be of use. In the meantime, you could also look at the... Continue »
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There was a recent question in the customization newsgroup about creating a parts list in Word or Excel that contained the thumbnail image for each part. This seemed like an interesting problem to tackle. Since a parts list is a... Continue »
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Overview: “Import from Visio” creates a lifecycle definition in Vault based on information within a Microsoft Visio file. Requirements: Vault Workgroup 2010 or Vault Collaboration 2010 or Vault Manufacturing 2010 Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Introduction: On Brian Schanen’s blog, he suggested using Visio to map out your lifecycle definition. Using Visio is a good idea, but once the diagram is complete, you need to set up the states and transitions by hand in Vault. Not any more! Import from Visio automates the process of creating lifecycle states. Click here to download the application Click here to download the source code... Continue »
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Update: Click here for the 2013 version. Sorry, there is no 2012 version. Sometimes the Advanced Find feature in Vault is not enough. You need something more advanced, specifically something that supports OR style searches. With that in mind, I created the Advanced Advanced Find dialog. Overview: The dialog works similar to the Advanced tab in the regular Find dialog. However there is one new thing, the Rule parameter. This can be either Must or May. Must is the default behavior and means that the search condition must be met in order for the object to show up in the... Continue »
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Hey, check it out: ANOTHER study (yes we – Autodesk paid for it) covering Inventor vs. Solidworks. What do I mean by another? Well, last year this report published a study of fifteen modeling categories and concluded Inventor beat Solidworks every category! Naturally, there were a few SolidWorks users, bloggers,... Continue »