One of the great features in the new Vault Workgroup 2010 is the ability to control access permissions based on the lifecycle state of the file in question. This means that only the appropriate personnel have access to a file when it is Work in Progress, Released, or Obsolete.
As an example take a look at the folder contents in this image. The administrator has access to all files regardless of lifecycle state.
But if we look at this image showing the same folder, there is only one released file shown due to the access permissions assigned to the “manufacturing” user.
This opens up the door for a whole new simplified release management structure. No moving files between WIP and Released folders that can be next to impossible to do correct consistently in Inventor… Just access to the right data, at the right time, by the right people.
Contributed by Ben of the CAD Geeks