I'm asked directly Bentley for this question and they told me to ask the community because they don't know the answer O_O
I have some user that want to view Microstation files (DGN). I'm looking for an offline viewer that can be installed through SCCM. Is there such a thing? All I can find is Bentley View, that is huge, require online licence, is an online download/install and can't be package properly.
Let's discuss how Bentley View could work, and if it cannot, to help me better understand why. Bentley View is an "offline" product in that it doesn't require an internet connection to run from hour to hour, needing to connect only once per 7 days. If you need to put it on a box that is permanently air-gapped from the the internet, then you can check out a license (which although it then doesn't pool, who cares since it is free anyway) and this will stop it from requiring to be signed in. As for installing it via SCCM, this also works with the preliminary step of creating a deployment image. What are the showstoppers with this from your side?
The large size, however, is not going to change because Bentley View is basically all of MicroStation that runs in read-only mode. Please consider it the trade-off for having such a deeply capable viewer.
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Makai SmithDirector, MicroStation Product ManagementBentley Systems, Inc.
Makai Smith said:Bentley View is an "offline" product in that it doesn't require an internet connection to run from hour to hour, needing to connect only once per 7 days.
It means Bentley View is not offline product. In my opinion a general expectation and understanding is that when something is "offline", it does not require any connection at all ... never. An exception can be an installation process.
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Like many, and eventually, most software, MicroStation and (all of Bentley desktop products) now rely on named user licensing. Online and offline aren't distinctions that we can hold on to in absolute terms. I can't argue for or against it, all I can do is figure out how to provide you with ways to navigate the security, deployment, and all the issues that this evolution requires. I appreciate that it is a change, and I'm open to suggestions as to how to make it as smooth as possible.