What's new in FlowMaster CONNECT Edition?

Product(s): FlowMaster
Area: Other


FlowMaster CONNECT Edition was first released in August, 2018 as version number

The CONNECT Edition was then re-released in December, 2018 as version to add CONNECT Licensing and support for ProjectWise CONNECT Edition.

Another update was released in March, 2020 as version to incorporate fixes to a few user-reported issues and to include an updated CONNECTION Client version.

FlowMaster CONNECT Edition introduces the following updates.

What's new?

The CONNECT Edition release includes fixes to issues previously reported in V8i, and ensures that you will have continuous support per the Bentley Support Policy.

Projects saved in the CONNECT Edition are not compatible with V8i. Meaning, once you save a model in the CONNECT Edition, it cannot be opened in V8i or earlier.

Updated Licensing Method: Subscription Entitlement Services

The release of FlowMaster also introduces the new licensing method, Subscription Entitlement Services (SES), a major advancement in Bentley's product licensing methodology. This new method gives organizations much more control over license usage and reporting, with the capability to establish concurrent use thresholds, groups of users with different levels of access and more.  More information can be found here: Licensing OpenFlows products - Subscription Entitlement Service

Important note: with this new licensing method, you will need to sign in to the CONNECTION Client (included with installation of FlowMaster). If you do not currently have an account that is properly linked to your organization, please contact your Site Administrator, who can add you.

The release of FlowMaster is labeled "Update 2" to be in alignment with the other OpenFlows products (such as WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS), which also introduced the new licensing method in their Update 2 release. This way, there is a clear distinction between SES-enabled versions and older, SELECTserver licensing-enabled versions.

Other Updates

Project files now use SQLITE as the underlying database technology, replacing Microsoft Access Database (MDB). Benefits include:

  • Smaller database files (50% smaller than MDBs on average) 
  • Smaller deployment – SQLite’s library is less than 1 MB, compared to MDB’s which is 25MB+
  • Transparent cross-platform support (32 and 64-bit, and with no conflicts with other programs like Microsoft Office)
  • Generally faster than MDBs
  • Much greater protection against database corruption.
  • SQLITE file format is used starting with version
  • Models saved in the CONNECT Edition are not compatible with V8i. Meaning, once you save a model to the new SQLITE format in the CONNECT Edition, it cannot be opened in V8i or earlier.

Updated Tabular Reports:

  • Global Edit input data: right click the column header and choose Global Edit.
  • Sort arrow: a small arrow in the column header will indicate whether the sort is in ascending or descending order. 
  • Reset sort and filter
  • To copy tabular reports data (to paste into an external application like Excel), right click a column header, click "select column", then click the Copy button at the top.

Updated Report Print Preview

  • Applies to all types of printable reports
  • Drag and drop margins
  • Export to various formats such as PDF, Excel and image file via File > Export Document
  • Change background color or watermark

ProjectWise CONNECT Edition support (starting with version

Supported Platforms

Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8, 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 / R2
  • Windows Server 2012


PondPack Supports 08.09.xx.xx and 08.11.xx.xx (link)
PondPack and greater Supports 08.09.xx.x,  08.11.xx.xx and 10.XX.XX.XX (link)

Silent mode syntax

This version uses newer installation technology similar to CONNECT Edition of the other OpenFlows products, which use a /q switch for silent mode. See: Performing a silent installation for Bentley's Water and Storm/Sewer products 

See Also

Downloading OpenFlows / Hydraulics and Hydrology Software

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