Will the CONNECT Edition of AECOsim also has the same interface as MicroStation CONNECT? What will be the possible date of release of CONNECT Edition?
Please somebody answer this question properly as it is very important for our future plans.
Current plans are for an initial Early Access Program (i.e. beta) release later in the summer followed by a commercial release in Q1 2017. We do not have public dates for either of these yet, please watch the AECOsim | speedikon Announcements Forum where all relevant dates will be published.
Answer Verified By: Kaushal Aggarwal
Obviously this is a... shall we say "loaded" topic. ;-) One of the primary reasons to port ABD to CONNECT is exactly because it will be 64bit and can take advantage of the additional memory available. This is not a small thing to anyone who has run a complex process only to find that there isn't enough memory to complete that operation.
In regards to the tools themselves, as mentioned previously everything developed in 32bit has to be ported to 64bit. The effort to port Ss6 as-is was a task in and of itself, and the more tools there are the longer it would take. There are also underlying UI changes at a code level (vs. the ribbon presentation) that factor into things as well, and all of this had to be taken into account. Remaining at 32bit only serves to delay the inevitable and makes it that much more difficult to port everything to 64bit code - we had to bite the bullet at some point, and CONNECT is that point.
The ribbon UI comes along for the ride since it's already part of MicroStation. However, the Building development team has been able to shift things around a bit to make it more conducive to the needs of ABD. So yes, it is the MicroStation CONNECT ribbon bar, but it's not necessarily an exact replica, if that makes sense. The best bet (if feasible) is to take the EAP version for a spin when available.
AECOsim SS6 + CONNECT U4, Windows 7 Pro, 64Bit, Intel Xeon E3-1275 v5 @ 3.6GHz, 32GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro P1000