I would like some advice on Autosave and Save.
My supervisor wants all the Autosave disabled. I am not sure I want to do that.
What is being ask is to allow a user to open a file but not to take ownership of it when they close it unless they do a "Forced" save.
We have engineers that will open a file to look at it and when they finish they will close it. My guess is that "Autosave" is then giving them the ownership of the file. My supervisor does not want that to happen.
What we want is to only have the file "Save" when it closes by forcing the file to request a "SAVE" by a dialog box when closing it.
I have set all pc's to "Auto-save Design Changes" as they are made in Preferences, but now have that turned off.
I have the "Save Settings on Exit" selected.
What they want is to essentially mimic AutoCAD that demands you save before you exit or nothing is saved.
What would be the impact of doing this in the way described?
If we do this will the autosave function have to be disabled so no work is automatically saved as it is done?
Unchecking Autosave design changes should work as you suggest. Save settings is more about view settings and colour settings and the like, not geometry.
is ownership the only issue here ?
or are other factors being looked at ? (IE: network issues, etc...)
Personally, I might be more concerned about the "Save Settings on Exit" being selected than the "Auto-save Design Changes"
If the file ownership, and ownership of modifications, is an issue I would look into enabling Design History.
I am thinking that unless a file is being opened as Read Only then you are actually opening the file in MicroStation for modifying it. As a part of the operation of Windows it is therefore "taking ownership" of the file as the user is editing it. You could possibly use the configuration variable MS_READONLY for these user accounts and I would think it could be stored in the User Configuration File.
Regards Andrew Bell
Brian, they are asking you to pretend your in autocad... but your not, msnt as you know is essentially dynamic write, so changes when opened by drafters are saved by virtue of making a change, the file is now already changed and saved by itself no save on exit is required and as Andrew has already said if one is just looking then they should use the microstation manager to open files and set it to read only option tick box and not use windows explorer to open DGN files..
If this work flow is too difficult for said engineers or viewing only, then perhaps they should only use Bentley View which is read only by nature but again don't use win explorer... if they insist on using win explorer then get IT to set DGN to be associated to Bentley view ( its free for select subscribers) instead of MicroStation, and they can still run mstn if they use the icon to load mstn manager...so best of both worlds..
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