What the Web Won't Do for you

Okay, we are all aware of the benefits of using ProjectWise Web Parts to collaborate either through SharePoint or simply in ASPNet. ProjectWise web access has improved greatly over the years and boasts some great features for those users that need to view, edit, check-in/out, create, move, delete, export, free and view thumbnails of documents via the web. You can also create, modify and delete folders. However, it is important to note that it is not a replacement for the PW thick client. It just doesn't have the same functionality or speed as the ProjectWise thick client.

I have been asked in the past for a document that lists the ProjectWise commands that are not featured through Web Parts. Well here is a list of options that are currently not available via the web server. In true blogger fashion, I welcome our users to add to this list:

o Create Projects
o Upgrade folders to Projects
o Scan for Reference files (at Folder level)
o Cut and Paste folders
o Rename folders
o Open With
o Shared DGNs
o Update or Refresh server copies
o Cut/Copy/Paste
o Modify multiple attributes at once
o Manage (define) views
o Choose Columns
o Sort
o Create Custom Toolbars
o Configuring User Application Associations
o PW Messenger
o Local Document Organizer
o Scan for Reference Files (at Document level)
o Wizard Manager
o Batch Plot
o Windows Drag and Drop capability
o Spatial Integration
o InterPlot Integration
o MicroStation Batch Plotting
o Speed (it's just not as fast)


  • Just a quick note,  ProjectWise V8i Web Parts do include a spatial navigation Web Part.

  • I assume that you are talking about V8i.  The most importatnt desktop feature I think they left out was searching from the selected folder.  The web quick searches the entire datasource each time, where as the desktop version searches from the selected folder and its subfolders.  

    One more big one to me is that it cuts off after a default of 15 minutes.  We have had to raise that to 1hour and a half because some of our clients are beginning to use the web as a research tool.

        However, I do see why some of those factors can not be helped.  And some they have improved on with V8i.

    Speed: I think V8i made leaps on browsing to a folder speed. However, even on the same speed connection it is always going to be slower because the web page has to act as an intermediary for everything, not just data requests and logons like a Caching Server would. the web page had to build and send the entire display each time.

    that is all I have time for now.