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A New Update for Vault 2018

Vault 2018.2 Update continues the focus on improving quality and more efficient workflows. The Job Processor enhancements make it easier for administrators to manage and display more information on the jobs in the queue. Community ideas have been implemented addressing requests that help users in day to day workflows inside of Vault.

Job Processor Enhancements

Starting with Vault 2018.2, the Job Processor no longer uses a full version of Inventor to process jobs. Instead, it uses Inventor Server, a headless version of Inventor, to process jobs. The use of Inventor Server removes the need to purchase and use an additional Inventor license and removes the need to install a full version of Inventor along with the Vault Client. The  enhancements includes improved error handling and messages as well as faster processing of Jobs.

The Job Queue Interface

The Job Queue dialog has also been enhanced with the Vault 2018.2 Update. The dialog is now modeless which gives the administrator the ability to open the queue and minimize the dialog while continuing to work with the Vault client. In the dialog, you can customize the grid and add more user-defined properties. Right-click on any job to see the new option, Go To Folder, which when clicked takes you to the file associated with the job.

Job Queue

Customer Requested Improvements

The Vault team continues to listen to the voice of the customer through the Ideas Forum, the Beta forum, and webinars to understand the challenges users face using Vault. The voices influenced the following productivity enhancements with the Vault 2018.2 Update.

File Sort Enhancements

The Vault client now displays the file names in a natural sorting order matching how Windows Explorer, making it easier to find files by name. Vault Ideas forum post: Sorting Numbers in Vault

File Sort



Save to Vault

The Save to Vault button is on the Plot Manager’s toolbar by default. Vault Ideas forum post: Vault Plotmanager – Add Save to Vault as a default toolbar item

Save to Vault

AutoCAD – Date or Date & Time

With this new option, users have the option to show the Date values without the Time when they place the Date property in an AutoCAD drawing. Vault Ideas forum post: UDP as date for Autocad + choose the format


AutoCAD – Multi-select Support in Open/Attach Dialog

In the Vault 2018.2 Update, users can select multiple AutoCAD DWGs in Attach From Vault Dialog. Vault Ideas forum post: AutoCAD / Vault: Attach from Vault Option – Allow Multiple Selections



Send a Thin Client Link Through Email

After selecting files in the Vault client, selecting File -> Send -> Send Link. The email created by this command includes a URL link for Thin Client users. Vault Ideas forum post: Send Thin Client Link from within Vault Desktop Client


PDF Publishing Enhancements

Customize PDF file names using the parent files UDP values. Vault Ideas forum post: PDF Publishing – Using Vault UDP to create the PDF File Name

Key Result
<add key=”DesignRepresentation.Naming” value=”\.(idw)$/&lt;_name_&gt;&lt;Revision&gt;”/> FlowerB.pdf where Revision=B
<add key=”DesignRepresentation.Naming” value=”\.(idw)$/&lt;_name_ &gt;&lt;Provider&gt;”/> FlowerAutoCAD.pdf where Provider=AutoCAD


This updated can be downloaded by logging into your Autodesk Account. Click the Product Enhancements link, and you will see the update on the list. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release! For more on what’s coming, join the discussion on the Vault Beta forum.

The Vault Product Team

Irvin Hayes Jr.

Irvin is a Product Manager on the Autodesk Vault team based in Novi, Michigan. He helps partners, consulting and sales develop Vault deployment plans in enterprise environments and system requirements. You can find multiple classes Irvin has presented at Autodesk University, ( on a wide range of Vault topics. Irvin is a technology geek and loves sharing with the community on Twitter (@ihayesjr) and Flipboard Magazine. Disclaimer If you need an official Autodesk company response or a contact for press-related activities please contact Autodesk Public Relations. The posts on this blog are the authors' own personal opinions and do not represent their employer's view in any way. In addition, their thoughts and opinions often change, and as a weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point-in-time snapshot you should not consider out-of-date posts to reflect their current thoughts and opinions.


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  1. Avatargbadziura

    Hi Irvin
    where can i find information/documentation about inventorserver. It’s a cool feature but how to use in in our own jobs.

    Would be helpfull.


    1. Irvin Hayes Jr.Irvin Hayes Jr. (Post author)

      The API for Inventor Server is the same as the Inventor API.


    Hi Irvin,

    is there an API available for Inventor Server – so we may write our own Jobs? Any documentation?



    1. Irvin Hayes Jr.Irvin Hayes Jr. (Post author)

      The API for Inventor Server is the same as the Inventor API.

  3. AvatarL00K

    Hi, i cannot find any articles describing how to configure job processor 2018.2 to do not use Inventor License…More info???

    1. Irvin Hayes Jr.Irvin Hayes Jr. (Post author)

      The update will automatically start using the Inventor Server and not use an Inventor license. No configuration changes are needed.


    Finally the job processor without Inventor! Great!
    I found a bug with the new job processor. It always gave error on the welded assembly that has 3D annotation on the solid welds.


      The problem is even on all part\assembly (not only welded annotation) that has 3D annotation. A list of 3D annotation type that create problem (error on generating DWF) :
      – surface texture symbols
      – annotation on the solid weld
      – tolerance annotation (GD&T annotations, Feature Control Frames, and Datum Identifiers)
      – and it could be other.

    2. Irvin Hayes Jr.Irvin Hayes Jr. (Post author)

      Thank you for the information. We will look into it.

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