What’s New in Autodesk Inventor 2018 – Collaboration

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Reference Future (newer) Versions of Inventor Part and Assembly Files

You can now work with others who are on versions of Inventor that are earlier or later than the version you are working in. This workflow is called AnyCAD for Inventor.

Starting with Inventor 2017, you can reference future (newer) versions of Inventor part and assembly files in an earlier version of Inventor. For example, you can now reference an Inventor 2018 part file in Inventor 2017.

You must have the latest updates installed for your version of Inventor to support future Inventor files. Updates can be downloaded via the Autodesk desktop app or from manage.autodesk.com

Use the Open, Place, or Derive command to create a reference to a future version of an Inventor part or assembly file.

Migration: If you open and save the file in a newer version of Inventor (or use Task Scheduler to migrate files with references to future versions) the future version references are migrated to standard Inventor Place and Derive relationships.

For more information, see About AnyCAD for Inventor. 

Presentation Enhancements

Learn about new and improved presentation features.

Presentation documents now provide more robust support for surface bodies.

You can:

  • Use window selection to select multiple surface bodies.
  • Use the Tweak command to move surface bodies.
  • Use surface geometry to orient and position the Tweak triad.

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