MicroStation CONNECT: Shorter Trial Mode

In previous versions of MicroStation you only needed to communicate with the license server once every 30 days. This meant that if you were working remotely for a few weeks you did not need to check out a license before leaving. You could operate in trial mode while you were away. As long as you reconnected to the license server and synchronized your license usage within 30 days there was no problem.


Starting with the CONNECT Edition products the trial mode has been reduced to 7 days.

This change means if you’re going to be working remotely for more than a week you will need to check out a license before you leave.


No matter what version of MicroStation and other Bentley products you are using, it is always recommended that you check out a license for the duration of your absence when working remotely.

Rod Wing

Rod Wing

Rod joined EnvisionCAD in March 2007 and has nearly three decades of experience working in the CADD industry. He led the IT evaluations of Bentley InRoads and AutoDesk Civil 3D at Wisconsin DOT in their overall CAiCE replacement evaluation. He also led the MicroStation V7 to V8 upgrade effort at Wisconsin DOT which included updating not only the CADD standards to accommodate the changes in the file format but also updating legacy MDL and macros to work in the new environment. Rod received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Cartography and a Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. Rod has extensive experience in CADD as well as the areas of GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. In all of these areas, he has produced custom tools and developed workflows to enhance productivity between diverse sets of applications. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced applications.

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