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Autodesk Inventor 2016 Home Page Offers Many Surprises

29 Jun, 2015 By: John Hackney

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: The new Inventor Home Page offers improved tools to increase productivity.


Recent Documents

The lower panel is dedicated to Recent Documents. The left hand side has numerous filters that let you sort and display the documents important to you. This dialog box features a Reset Filters and a Minimize Filter Panel icon. For those that use the Vault, the lower part of this panel features many of the common Vault file conditions that can be used to filter documents.

Figure 8. Recent Documents is very flexible and can be changed to display information as you need it.
Figure 8. Recent Documents is very flexible and can be changed to display information as you need it.

The Recent Documents panel can quickly be maximized by using the Maximize Recent icon in to top right hand corner of the Home Page. Plus, the document display area can be shown in four forms depending on your needs and desire. All of the forms show the same critical information and functions with the List and Tiles forms displaying the most document information.

Figure 9. Pinned and unpinned documents are in two separate panels.
Figure 9. Pinned and unpinned documents are in two separate panels.

As in previous Inventor releases, you can pin recent documents that you don't want to scroll off the list. In the Small, Large, and Tiles display forms, the pinned and un-pinned documents are separated into two panels.

Figure 9a and 9b. You can pin documents you don't want to scroll off the list.
Figure 9a and 9b. You can pin documents you don't want to scroll off the list.

If you hover your cursor over a document, in any form, three icons appear. The first one Opens the file from your local workspace. The second one removes the document from the recent documents list. And the third offers numerous actions that can be applied against the document you are hovering over. The last option Clear unpinned documents applies to other documents as well.

Figure 10. Right click anywhere in an open area of the Recent Documents panel to easily clear all unpinned documents.
Figure 10. Right click anywhere in an open area of the Recent Documents panel to easily clear all unpinned documents.

If you right click anywhere in the open area of the Recent Documents panel, you will also find the Clear unpinned documents command.

As mentioned earlier, Vault project file users also have a Vault Status column, in list form, and a small indicator in the lower right hand corner of the icon in other forms, indicating the Vault status of the file. This is directly controlled by the filtering options mentioned earlier. A Refresh Vault Statuses icon is located above the panel.

Home Makes Day-to-Day File Management Easy

What a wonderful and productive improvement that has been made in the Inventor 2016 Home Page. Look around some more and you'll probably find even more surprises that I did not mention.

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