Jump in! The Upgrade is Fine! Autodesk Vault and Inventor 2020

29 May 2019All, autodesk



When new Autodesk software versions roll out, there’s a bell curve effect for the way customers upgrade and embrace the new features. Only a few of the really gutsy guys jump in feet first from the high dive. Most users – actually about 70% – want to wait until the initial kinks are worked out before they nudge their design team forward to adopt an update . . . alright, maybe it’s more of a shove than a nudge. Anyway, then there are the laggers. You know, the ones who have their equipment held together with baling wire and JB Weld and have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the next century. Your firm falls somewhere on that continuum, and hopefully you’re not one of the laggers – BECAUSE it makes more sense for your business to adopt software upgrades annually than trying to play massive catch-up with multiple years of improvements. Here’s why:

  • From a business standpoint, you can improve productivity of your business by taking advantage of new software features in increments. You are also more likely to have a stable staffing situation if you don’t pile years’ worth of learning on your software users. (There were 14 new v.2018 features each in Vault and Inventor; in v.2019 Vault had 15 and Inventor had 17 new features.) Best of all, by keeping current, you can better protect yourself from the disaster of lost or corrupt data files.
  • From an employee standpoint, you will retain the employees you want to keep by equipping them with the tools that make them more productive and increase their job satisfaction. You will also enable them to increase their skills, a direct benefit to you.
  • From a customer standpoint, new features enable your firm to produce your product more quickly with higher quality, and customers notice that.

There’s no “perfect world” when it comes to upgrades, so it’s no wonder companies sometimes avoid upgrading like the plague. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a friend in the upgrade business? Well heck, you already do! Here’s what the experts at Applied Software can do for you at upgrade time:

  • Vault disaster recovery review
  • Vault workflow health check
  • Vault data storage health check
  • Vault new feature training on copy design upgrade, PDF publishing and project sync
  • Inventor content center update
  • Inventory library files migration
  • Inventor design data migration
  • Inventor template migration
  • Inventor new feature training on multi-screen docking, panel driven tools, sweep tool body, unwrap, frame generator, and read-only mode

It’s not just a list of stuff. You’ll actually have Applied Software experts create the Vault backups you need before migration and ensure those backups are running. They’ll validate your current lifecycles, ensure their success and evaluate the need for new lifecycles. They’ll also validate the working drive and backup drive spaces. For Inventor, they will migrate the self-created models that don’t change but are used throughout your assemblies. Library styles, visualization customization, sketch symbols, materials and appearance libraries will also be migrated. If you’d like to have your interface customized, your Applied friend in the upgrade business will do that as well.

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And talk about a REAL friend, Applied usually can provide these professional services online. They don’t move in and take over your office, and they won’t shut you down for days at a time. The average downtime is mere hours.

If you’re a borderline lagger, or if you’ve been thinking about going that route, now you don’t have to. Call on your friend in the upgrade business, Applied Software. Gain that productivity your business needs with a stable employee base, while retaining and attracting new customers. No kicking, no screaming, and no baling wire. Promise.


Autodesk Knowledge Base articles on new Inventor product features:

Inventor 2019

Inventor 2018

Inventor 2017

Autodesk Knowledge Base articles on new Vault product features:

Vault 2019

Vault 2018.2

Vault 2018.1

Vault 2018

Vault 2017



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