We are facing an licensing issue when doing automatic plots of dgn/dwgs to pdf server side and is now looking for a solution. So far, no one at Bentley have offered an solution for us.
Short story long...
We have a solution for combining a lot of different file types into a single pdf-package. The files can be located in different datasources, for instance SAP. For converting dgn/dwgs to pdf-fil, InterPlot Organizer is used and started via script and which returns the pdf file to a given folder for furter processing.
InterPlot Organizer uses the MicroStation engine in order to create the plot-file, which InterPlot uses for printing. In the early days, we used Bentley View, but View is now terminated, and we have to use either MicroStation or Powerdraft.
The case is as follows:
In order to convert the dgn-files to pdf, we have to use InterPlot Organizer on a server (since InterPlot Organizer can be started from cmd). InterPlot Organizer requires MS-engine, but the license agreement does not allow MicroStation nor PowerDraft to be run on a server (or for automatic processing). i-model Composition Server cannot be used as it require the files to be located within ProjectWise, which is not possible.
So, as far as I can see, there are no options to convert dgn/dwg to pdf serverside after Bentley View was terminated. It is not an option to use a client to convert the files.
The simplest solution, as I see it, is to allow the MS-engine to be run on a server for use with InterPlot Organizer, but that requires an acceptance from Bentley.
So far, no one have provided a solution for this issue.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Can't you install InterPlot Server on the server too? It has Bentley View included with it, presumably licensed to run on the server.
Bentley View CONNECT Edition is going to be released very soon. Please see this thread
Sounds good! Are there any chances to access a test-version? I am BDN-member if that helps.
I'm not sure. I would suggest asking that on the MicroStation forum.
No, InterPlot Server does not include Bentley View, and cannot, as far as I can see, be used as a standalone plot server with direct print of dgn/dwg.
I have now testet the new Bentley View CONNECT Edition (as render engine), and it works very well, expect from that the license does not allow it to be used:
Ref EULA. Article 1. point 18:
18. NO AUTOMATED USE. A license for the Software may not be shared or used concurrently on different Devices, nor shared or used to support multiple User or operational requests as indicated above. As a result, you may not use the Software in an automated, unattended, non-interactive server application or component (including ASP) where: (i) multiple User requests from different Users are queued for processing; or (ii) multiple requests from one User are queued for processing but acting against content created or edited by other Users. Examples which would violate this Section 18 include but are not limited to use as a plot server, file translator, print server or other applications using or employing similar methods.
So, we are still stuck and does not have any solution... Any ideas, anyone?