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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Changing Image of What Is - Preview Pictures in Autodesk Vault.

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.
Pablo Picasso

While training a class on Autodesk Vault, I inadvertently used a trick that's become second nature to me.

Then someone asks, "How'd you do that?!?"

I had to think a second. The 'trick' is really just a single button click that's become habit.

Here's the issue I've run into, and how I solved it.

Sometimes, when you're working with Vault, you may find that you click on the preview tab in Vault Explorer, and you don't get a preview. It seems to happen after a renaming, or moving a file in Vault.

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I'd love to say that, like Prometheus bringing the gift of fire, I had some miraculous bit of wisdom to bestow that I'd discovered after some great search.

But alas, I learned this trick reading a tech document one night. So really what I've done is provided proof that my life can be rather dull at times.

But the small tip that I do have is that you can hit the 'Update' button in the preview pane of Vault Explorer, and regenerate the view.

Click Update to Regenerate the View
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Once you click the update button, the preview will regenerate (it may take a minute or two), but you'll be back on your way with your preview window intact and functioning!

The View in the Process of Updating
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And your preview is back!

The Completed Preview
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So that's it. Another little Vault trick!

Happy Inventing!


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