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Autodesk App Store—information for Vault developers

This guide is for developers and content providers new to publishing plug-ins and other content on the Autodesk App Store—either free, trial or for paid versions. It outlines best practice guidelines and a few requirements for publishers to follow when creating products for the Autodesk App Store. These guidelines are designed to ensure that users on the Autodesk App Store have a consistent experience when downloading multiple products from the store.

Requirements

You will be presented with a detailed list of requirements for publishing on the App Store when you first register to be a publisher. The information that follows is a summary. If there are any differences, then the online Publisher Agreement takes precedence.

All content types

Most of the information we need from you is collected via the web form you complete when submitting your content. This includes gathering information to create a HTML Quick Start page that is included with the download of your product and viewable online. Other requirements are:

  • Compatibility

    Your product must be relevant to (and usable with) Vault 2020, and must run on any Windows operating system supported by Vault 2020. You may also indicate compatibility with Vault 2019/2018

     

    Your product must work with any higher tiered version of the Vault product. For example if your application works with Vault Basic it must also work with Vault Workgroup and Vault Professional.

     

    All applications should interact with Vault only through the public API (as defined by the Vault SDK). There should be no direct interaction with server data such as the database tables or file store folders.

  • HTML help page

    The information you provide on the documentation form when you submit your app is used to create a standard format HTML page. This information must allow the user to quickly understand how to use your product. You can reference additional information (for example, additional help files posted on your website) from the standard HTML documentation. This HTML page will be created using information you provide when submitting your product to App Store.

  • User privileges

    If you don’t use the standard installer template we provide, or if your installer or product requires elevated user privileges (greater than a Windows 7/8/8.1/10 Standard User) to install, then this must be very clearly documented in the description of your product displayed on the Store.

  • Ready to run

    Your product must be ready to go as soon as it’s installed. It must not require the user to manually copy or register files, or manually edit settings (such as support paths).

  • Product stability

    Your product should be stable, and not behave or alter the behavior of Vault in a way that we deem unsuitable (for example, blocking standard functionality, adding functionality already existing in a higher tier of Vault, blocking the functionality of another plug-in, causing data loss and so on).

     

    Applications that check out and check in files should be preserving meta-data in the case of Autodesk file types.

     

    All extensions for Vault 2016 and higher should have a strong name

     

    All applications should work in and be compatible with a multisite or replicated environment.

Stand-alone applications and other content

There are no additional requirements for products that are not integrated with Inventor. If you wonder what kinds of products this can include—consider eBooks, video tutorials, industry specific calculators, connectors to Cloud based services and the like.

More information

The ADN team is here to help you be a successful publisher on Autodesk App Store. We’ll do whatever we can do to help you. If you have any further questions after reviewing these guidelines and the other documentation on www.autodesk.com/developapps, email appsubmissions@autodesk.com.

 

Thank you for participating on Autodesk App Store.