So far we were installing the free Bentley View 08.11.09.459 (vw081109459en SS3) I'm trying to create a new corporate PC image, with the new View 08.11.09.829 (vw081109829en SS4). The new version has a limited 'free use' (only 7 days) and demands a registration via the login of the Connection Client.
This is a tool for blue-collar workers, or administrative people from all over the company, to be able to see our CAD files . They don't need cloud-connection or co-operation or file sharing. Some don't even have an internet connection.It should just be a viewer of .DGN-files, and nothing more.
How can I configure Bentley View (with or without the Connection Client) to be able to run for more than 7 days, without having to supply or create a login for every separate user? I need a silent login by default, or no login at all.
As a sideline: I have always been an advocate of using Bentley software all over the company, but if they insist on feeding us functionality we don't need - we will never go into a cloud-based environment - without the possibility of turning it off, I'm afraid that my management is going to turn away from Bentley because it's too much trouble.
Thank you for the extra color about your user's situation -- it is a clear image of the "remotest guard of a lonely water supply, whom I can't give access to the internet, and who only needs to read the plans to know where the valves are."
Maybe there is a way to pre-activate a deployment image, but even were this to work, in View V8i SS4 it would still require internet access once per week. In SS3 this is not the case, so for the moment you are safe to stay with it (and even when you upgrade to later versions of vertical applications, you're unlike to have issues because the DGN file format is so stable). I am going to have to do some legwork to see how to help you make this work, and I'm sure there are others with a similar scenario.
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Makai SmithDirector of Product Management, MicroStation Product LineBentley Systems, Inc.