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Under the Hood - All things PDM and PLM

Autodesk is excited to announce the latest Upchain update, release 22.4. Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain customers will have immediate access to the new functionality. For more information about this and previous releases, check out Upchain’s release notes on the Autodesk Help Center here.

Watch the highlights video below to see some of the new functionality in action and read on to learn more about what’s new.    

Upchain 22.4 Highlights

CAD Enhancements  

Better support for Solidworks suppressed files

When importing data from Solidworks, users now have better support for suppressed files during data loading. Upchain can now read suppressed file mapped attributes on import, write mapped attributes to a suppressed file upon checkout, and have the option to create items for the suppressed file and add it to the engineering BOM structure. Please note that this function must be manually enabled in your administrative settings.

Better support for Solidworks derived parts

Upchain’s 22.4 release also adds better support for working with Solidworks derived parts. This includes support for multiple derived parts inserted in a single Solidworks file, multi-level derived parts (where a derived part is based on another derived part), derived parts with missing or broken references, and out of context derived parts which have a file reference not open in a current session.

Better support for Inventor derived parts

Similarly, Upchain 22.4 introduces more support for Inventor derived parts and assemblies uploaded into Upchain. By default they will be set as a phantom item. Suppressed derived parts will also be recognized, and the copy/clone functions will be available for any derived parts or assemblies.


Administrative Enhancements 

Picklist edit capabilities

For admins, 22.4 has introduced the ability to expose and add values to existing picklists as well as change their description, giving you better flexibility to tailor picklists to your needs.

Change request rejection 

Also, tenant admins are now able to reject any change request workflow when it is at a decision primitive, task primitive, or object decision workflow step so change requests don’t get stuck in a workflow.

Quorum decision controls

Change request quorum decision controls have also been improved in 22.4 in order to avoid CRs getting stuck. This includes better controls around percentage to complete parameters and only accounting for active users in considering when the quorum decision is complete.

General Enhancements 

Change notices

For change notices, we have added the ability to see an item’s list of related change notices directly inside the plugin under the assignments section and access the correct CN on the web application through a hyperlink.

Change requests

22.4 we have made it easier to see which CRs are open in child items, potentially preventing the release of a parent item. The system now generates a list of items and their other active CRs so you can quickly identify which could be preventing the release of the parent item.

Blank item naming control

In 22.4 we have also created a system generated notification if a user is trying to perform a save action that would result in saving a blank item name in order to prevent accidental blank item renames.

Easier copy and clone abilities

When it comes to using the copy and clone functions, in Upchain 22.4 we have reduced the number of clicks required when selecting and deselecting items by presenting select all, deselect all, select development, select released, select released external, and any other relevant status for the item you’re working on.

Project name tool tip 

Finally, in 22.4 we have added the ability to see a project’s full name in a pop-up tool tip, making it easier to pick the right project the first time when the project name is long, while maintaining the user’s preferred interface layout.

Learn more   

See more details about the new Upchain 22.4 features and enhancements as well as previous releases on the Autodesk Help Center   

Share your feedback  

Many of these enhancements were made because of user requests. To make sure we’re working on your priorities, be sure to give us your feedback. You can join the following communities to share feedback and product improvement requests with Autodesk’s Upchain product team: 

Upchain Ideas – Submit your ideas for improvements and new features.  

Upchain Forums – Discuss Upchain’s current workflows with our technical teams and your peers.  

Alexandra Maraldo

Alex is a marketing manager at Autodesk specialising in PLM and PDM solutions.