Beacon automatically keeps track of changes to your parts, as you make them. This is a convenient feature that can be a lifesaver if you find yourself trying to understand how changes you and your team are making impact the performance and quality of production. This article explains how to access your previous versions of your parts, compare changes between versions, and restore prior versions.
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Accessing version history of parts
As you create a new part or make changes to an existing part, Beacon automatically creates backups of your part before your changes are saved. This can be really handy when you're trying to optimize the performance of a part or to protect your work in the event of a mistake by you or someone on your team.
Accessing part history is simple. Open up the part options and click the part history option to bring up a window with the history of changes for your part.
By default, you can access part history from the past 7 days. Beacon Pro Plan customers can access part history from the past 30 days.
Comparing a version to the latest version of a part
When viewing the history of a part, you’ll notice each version lists the date and time when that version was last saved as well as who made that last change. On the right, you’ll see a badge with the number of times that version was executed.
You can tap (mobile) or click (desktop) to expand some additional information and two options. The additional information shows the date and time when that version was last executed and the number of times it was executed. The two options available allow you to compare that version to understand what changed or to restore that version to be the latest version.
Comparing a version to the next version of a part
Sometimes you want to investigate the changes to a part incrementally. To do that, switch to the next version for your comparison.
Restore a previous version of your part
If you want to restore a previous version of your part, you can easily accomplish this from the list of versions. Simply tap (mobile) or click (desktop) on the restore button on the version you want to restore. Note that when performing a restore, a new version will be created as if you had saved changes to the part.