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Save and open system in Catia V6

Hello every one.

I have a very basic question to ask. I am a student and have been using AutoCAD and NX8. I was advised to get to know Catia as well so i started to learn it by my self.

My question is that "How do I save and open a drawing,model, part, etc in CATIA V6 ". I can make a part and save it ( The software says is save in a vault) but can not open it later.

Also can some one also explain why is Catia V6 different form normal software ( having no SAVE / OPEN option). Dassault must have a good reason but still its really annoying.

Thanks in advance.


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One of the major features of CATIA V6 is it is tightly coupled with ENOVIA PLM. To advance technology, Dassault requires V6 users to use the PLM vault instead of a file-based database.

If you just want to learn CATIA, I suggest learning V5 since it has a very similar interface and it is file-based.