MicroStation CONNECT: UCF and PCF files

Written by Rod Wing

MicroStation CONNECT Edition has a User Configuration level just as previous versions. The big change in CONNECT is that there is no way for the user to change the User Configuration file they are using, and by extension the User Preference file. In CONNECT Edition the .ucf and .upf files are locked in to the user’s Windows application data folder.


MicroStation Connect Configuration UCF and UPF

The legacy variables for defining the locations of these files still exist but do not function and should not be used. Each user will have a Personal.ucf and Personal.upf for storing their own custom settings.  You will also notice a Personal.dgnlib for users to create their own custom menus and other resources.

This may be problematic for a lot of organizations that remap these to other locations and take an active role in managing these files. To make this task a bit easier in CONNECT there are new SEED configuration variables available. In addition to the MS_USERPREFSEED for defining a seed .upf file for new users there are variables for defining a personal dgnlib seed file (MS_PERSONALDGNLIBSEED), function key menus (MS_FKEYMNUSEED), and many others.

If you need to clear a user’s settings in MicroStation CONNECT (for example when a user’s .upf file has become corrupted) launch MicroStation with the -RestoreDefaults command line option.


Contact us to assist you in your transition to MicroStation CONNECT Edition.

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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