Advanced Design Review Capabilities
Bentley View is a recent Bentley product release that allows you to view and print MicroStation V8 and earlier DGN file formats. You can even open and print AutoCAD DWG and DXF files without the need for translation. Bentley View also provides you with access to the more complex features of a MicroStation design file, like viewing raster and reference file attachments.
Bentley has made Bentley View available to everyone on your design team. Free to Bentley SELECT subscribers, Bentley View also can be downloaded free by SELECT subscriber-sponsored clients or customers. You can download Bentley View by logging onto SELECTservices Online, going to the Web downloads section, and choosing SELECT Released Products.
To sponsor a client or customer you must have Internet access and fill out a sponsorship form with the client or customer's E-mail address(es). This form is available by going to SELECTservices Online (http://registration.bentley.com/invite/invitation.cfm). Once you submit your entire client or customer E-mail address(es) in the form, simply submit the form. Very soon, a sponsorship code and usage code will be sent to the client or customer. At this point, your client or customer will receive their product codes so that they can proceed to download and register their copy of Bentley View.
After Bentley View has been downloaded, installed and started for the first time, the client or customer will be presented with a registration dialog box. There, they will need to enter the sponsorship code they received, as well as to fill in the required fields necessary to complete the registration. Note that each client or customer is also required to have Internet access to complete the registration process. After selecting the register button, the client or customer can then proceed to use the program.
After the client or customer closes Bentley View the first time, it will ask the client or customer to enter the usage code the next time it is opened. Place the code in the "have code" field, verify the rest of the information, and then click the "have code" button. Bentley View will now be fully registered. Note that every 30 days Bentley View will need to check back to ensure the code is still valid. If an Internet connection is not available and the product cannot validate the code, the product will go into demonstration mode and will only allow 15 minutes of product access.
Bentley View now supports SELECTserver licensing. With SELECTserver licensing, SELECT customers can deploy Bentley View throughout their offices without the need to have each user individually register the product. An active Internet connection is not necessary when using SELECTserver to manage Bentley View. Although the Bentley View registration dialog will still be presented, you have the option to simply cancel out of the dialog and run the software. Furthermore, the monthly online Bentley SELECT sponsorship validation checks are not done when Bentley View is managed by SELECTserver. Bentley View can simply be used as long as the SELECTserver license is valid. For instructions on setting up SELECTserver licensing with Bentley View, please review the technote on SELECTsevices Online.
Bentley View allows you to print and view DGN, DWG and DXF files. You also have the standard view control tools:
- Update view
- Zoom in
- Zoom out
- Window area
- Fit view
- View previous
- View next
You also have the option of selecting elements, using AccuDraw, reviewing tags or placing a fence. You can view reference and raster attachments, as well as IRAS attachments. You can also view the display of levels, attach engineering links and have the use of Design History.
Although Bentley View does not contain a Workspace > Configuration menu item, you can access the same dialog by keying in mdl load cfgvars in your key-in browser (Utilities > Key-in). Or alternatively, you can directly edit your user configuration file (/workspace/users/viewonly.ucf) with a text editor like Notepad in order to make your necessary configuration changes. Nevertheless, if you have existing customized resources in a MicroStation V8 workspace that you would like to utilize with Bentley View, it is much better to share that workspace with Bentley View so you can be sure to utilize all of the resources of that workspace.
Bentley View does not support redlining or manipulation of the DGN, DWG or DXF files. Redlining allows you to save and send markups electronically to the appropriate designer or engineer, and can be done by using Bentley Navigator. With Bentley Navigator, you can place callouts and text notifications to items that need to be changed.
There are a variety of ways to obtain the latest technical information on Bentley View:
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