Vault Apps for Free!
September 7, 2012 1 Comment
A quick note for everyone. First, if you are unaware, Autodesk has something called Autodesk Exchange Apps; very similar to the Google Play store or iTunes store. The major difference, of course, is that the apps in this store all relate to Autodesk applications.
The cool part is that there are apps for the products we use daily.
- AutoCAD Civil 3D
- Autodesk Vault
So check it out. Today, I would like to highlight two specific apps for Vault. There are many more listed in the store. The point here is that it seems the more transparent we can make data management, the better the user experience will be.
The first app is called Delete Local Copy.
This application allows Vault users to clean up very quickly their working folder. Right click on the selected files or the selected folders, launch the DeleteLocalCopy command and your working folder is cleaned!
The next app is called Autodesk Vault Mirror.
Autodesk Vault Mirror will download a read only copy of your vault contents to a predefined windows folder location mirroring the virtual folder structure in Vault Explorer. This lightweight automated tool offers two modes of operation.
- Full Mirror is a more comprehensive tool which scans all folders downloading new and updated files as well as removing orphaned files from the local drive cleaning up and synchronizing the two structures.
- Partial Mirror ignores local drive content, just downloading files updated from the last mirror operation meaning it is faster to run but will not clean up the local drive contents.
Autodesk Vault Mirror does NOT create an exact Vault replica, in so much as it does not replicate items, meta-data (properties), file history, security, lifecycle states, custom objects or change orders.
For those mobile users, these apps can be very helpful! Especially those working in the OIL & GAS and Telecom industries where the only infrastructure available is what they are constructing. :)