New features allow you to make bulk changes to design file settings — hundreds of files at a time.
Clearwater, Florida, USA — Has this ever happened to you? You are collaborating on a project and the work you get from your collaborator contains different working units, a different global origin or other differences in design file settings from the work you yourself have done. Is there an easy solution? Read on.
In the latest release of Global File Changer, Axiom has added the ability to effectively evaluate any set of design files by reporting those design files which contain violations of standard design file settings that you define. It can also selectively update any or all design file settings you wish on that same set of files. This new functionality eliminates the tedious task of having to manually open and inspect files. You can then change faulty design settings in a large set of files as needed.
New! Report design file settings violations.
Nearly every project today is a collaboration, combining the design efforts of more than one company or enterprise. Because of this, it is not unusual for a set of design files to contain certain files that do not match the required design file settings. These violations can occur in things like global origin, coordinate readout, working units and resolution, color table and many others. Our customers wanted a simple, fast way to isolate these design file settings violations without having to manually open and visually check each design file like they do now in MicroStation. They also wanted to be able to limit the report to just those settings which were important to them. In response to these requests, we added a new custom feature to Global File Changer named “Report Design File Settings Violations”.
To use this new feature, simply use the “Import settings from an existing design file” section of the “Report Design File Settings Violations” dialog box to select the design file that contains the settings values you wish to compare against. Every category shown in the dialog’s list box has one or more settings and each setting has its own checkbox. Simply turn on the checkboxes for the specific settings you want to verify on any set of design files. Once all the checkboxes are configured, select a report file name and then save it all to a parameter file, which can be reused as often as you like. Clicking the <OK> button loads Global File Changer’s main dialog with the command needed to run the process on any number of files you care to pick. The result will be a report containing only those design files in which the settings do not match the settings you defined. For each design file containing settings violations, the report also lists the incorrect value for each violated setting and what the correct value should be.
New! Update design file settings.
Knowing which files contain violations is one step in the management process. The next step is to update the applicable settings to the values you desire. This is where the new “Update Design File Settings” feature saves you even more time. Using a similar interface to the report function, “Update Design File Settings” allows you to select the exact settings you want to update and then to save these to their own parameters file. Once established, these settings can be used over and over again to update specific settings on any set of design files you want.