At EnvisionCAD we work on a lot of workspaces for our clients across the country. If you are responsible for the administration of MicroStation for an office of 2 users or 200 users, here are just a few DOs and DON’Ts we would like to share with you.
DO define the variables of standard resource files. As a minimum make sure the search paths for Cells, Levels, Linestyles, Seed File and Fonts have all been defined at the Corporate level.
DO NOT edit any configuration files delivered in a standard install. We have seen a lot of customized workspaces that have made edits to a standard file such as msdir.cfg or mslocal.cfg. Instead create a new configuration file that can be copied to a MicroStation config directory and used as the program launches. The new configuration file can start with the letter “z” this will ensure that its read last in the folder. For example “…config\system\zCompanySystem.cfg”
DO define the Workspace System folder back to the local computer. When you define _USTN_WORKSPACEROOT to go to your network drive that also will include the System directory. Add a second variable _USTN_SYSTEMROOT to point the system folder back to your local computer. This will ensure that the correct system files from the installed version of the software are being used. If the system files being used are the wrong versions it can have adverse effects on the program.
DO NOT use your User Configuration File (UCF) to set company standards. I will agree that this is the easiest solution but it is not recommend. Utilize the Standards and Project configuration files and keep the UCF for items that pertain to each user. By layering in the Corporate and Project level you can leverage additional benefits of a managed workspace.
DO create roaming profiles for your users. By default the MicroStation user is stored locally on each computer. Editing a few key variables will enable each user profile to be stored on the server. Each user can then keep their toolbars, preferences, function keys, button assignments, AccuDraw shortcuts etc. accessible. If the user moves to a different computer, office or re-installs the software, the user prefs and settings will not be lost.
DO NOT customize yourself into a corner. Over the years we have seen a number of custom interfaces for MicroStation that have gone too far with the toolbars, tasks, and pull down menus. Recreating an icon that already exists in MicroStation doesn’t make any sense to us. Making such drastic changes to the interface will cause the end user to lose productivity if they ever have to work outside customized workspace. Keep the core MicroStation interface intact, do not try to append inside the standard tools and pul-down menus. Add your new pull-down menus and new tasks outside the standard MicroStation interface.
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