Autodesk Releases New Version of Vault

In response to customer demand for easy data management

San Rafael, CA — February 20, 2004 — Autodesk Inc., a design software and digital content company, this week announced a new release of Autodesk Vault, which it said extends customers' data management capabilities with the ability to create, manage and share product designs.

South St. Paul, Minn.-based Wipaire, which manufactures aircraft floats, skis and other aircraft parts, said it selected Autodesk Inventor Series with the built-in Autodesk Vault. "I did not have to take any help from an IT team or engage in big deployment planning," commented Charles Wiplinger, chief engineer at Wipaire. "I was able to install it across the Engineering Department myself. Now the entire Engineering Department is using it on a daily basis for our critical projects."

Autodesk said its Vault software securely manages engineering data, minimizes version control errors and increases design reuse because the data management capabilities are built right into the computer-aided design (CAD) solution.

"With this release we are responding to feedback from our customers to take a practical approach to data management because that is what they need to do. As a result, we have responded by enhancing the capabilities of Autodesk Vault with new features and functionality that can be implemented quickly and easily today," said Robert Kross, vice president of the Manufacturing Solutions Division at Autodesk.

New features such as cross highlighting and drag-and-drop help customers maximize their Autodesk Inventor use and to associate various CAD and non-CAD design data together in one place, according to the provider. Autodesk Vault can also be used for larger teams through the assignment of global roles and permissions, and support for non-uniquely named files.

Additionally, Autodesk said it has incorporated new features to simplify the process of sharing designs from the Autodesk Vault using automated DWF publishing and upload to the Autodesk Streamline collaboration service, allowing users to share their designs instantly with suppliers and partners around the world. Autodesk Streamline also enables customers to integrate their suppliers and partners into their extended design teams, and provides online project collaboration, visibility, and control.

Autodesk also said that it is delivering on its strategy to help customers create, manage and share their digital design data and solve critical business challenges by offering a portfolio of integrated 2D and 3D design and data management solutions. Autodesk's manufacturing solutions include Autodesk Inventor Series and Autodesk Inventor Professional, both of which have Autodesk Vault functionality built in; AutoCAD Mechanical and AutoCAD Electrical software; and the Autodesk Streamline collaboration service.

In addition, customers can take advantage of available third-party applications that are built for Autodesk software, and they can utilize Autodesk Professional Services to garner greater value from their software.

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