Much like with previous releases, many improvements in Autodesk Vault 2020 have stemmed from user feedback and requests on the Autodesk Knowledge Network, including enhancements to the Copy Design environment, and design documentation and collaboration.
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Copy Design Improvements
Some of the biggest enhancements in Vault 2020 are in the Copy Design environment. In addition to changes to the User Interface designed to simplify the workflow, files can now be exported directly from the Copy Design dialog using the Export command in the File menu. The new Copy Branch To operation allows the user to copy a complete branch to a specific folder while keeping the original folder structure intact.
PDF Publishing Enhancements
In Vault 2020, PDFs can be configured to sync with their source files, so they have the same Lifecycle State and Revision as the source. PDFs can be created at any lifecycle state in this release of Vault. This is a big improvement from previous releases, where users could only create PDFs at the “Released” lifecycle state. Vault 2020 also enhances PDF underlay support with AutoCAD files, allows publication of PDF files outside of Vault, and generally improves design documentation workflow.
Streamline Internal Collaboration
The Vault Client now works with Inventor Read-Only Mode. Files may now be opened with either Inventor View or Inventor Read-Only Mode. The Vault Thin Client, another important collaboration tool, now supports browsers other than Internet Explorer. Vault 2020 supports the installation of standalone language packs that allows users to set their individual UI to a preferred language.
Vault-BIM 360 Connectivity
Project Sync in Vault 2020 vastly improves design collaboration between users that may not necessarily be part of the same company or network. This new feature provides a secure way for users to share design data between Vault and BIM 360. Project Sync allows users to directly transfer files to and from Vault and BIM 360, and configure specific folders to automatically sync both ways.