Archive for February 27, 2013

In about a month we should have a new release of ProjectWise.  This is considered a “refresh” which has several feature enhancements, integration updates, and bug fixes.  Below is a listing of some of the more major updates and enhancements.  

  • ProjectWise Explorer Enhancements
    • Bentley DGN Navigator Control, for viewing DGNs and i-models in the ProjectWise Explorer
    • Support for ProjectWise Explorer on Citrix XenApp 6.5
  • Application Integration Enhancements
    • Support added for:
      • AutoCAD 2013 applications
      • Revit 2013 applications
      • 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
      • Microsoft Project 2010 and Visio 2010 (32-bit and 64 bit)
    • Advanced integration developed for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 and 2013
    • AutoCAD integration enhancement – new Disable / Enable Integration button
    • Revit integration enhancement – new Resolve Links dialog, to fix broken links before the document opens in Revit
    • Office integration enhancement – new Disable / Enable Integration button in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Visio
  • Infrastructure Enhancements
    • Support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 for most modules
    • Full Text Indexing supports Windows Search Service on Windows Server 2012, and Microsoft Indexing Service on Windows Server 2008
    • Updated Web Parts
  • ProjectWise Administrator Enhancements
    • Updated Attribute Exchange example files for Microsoft Office 2003
  • Miscellaneous Enhancements
    • Rebranding:
      • ProjectWise Dynamic Composition Server (DCS) for PDF is now Bentley i-model Composition Server (ICS) for PDF
      • ProjectWise Dynamic Composition Server for i-model (extension to ProjectWise Automation Service) is now Bentley i-model Composition Server for i-model
    • New Modules:
      • ProjectWise Rules Engine

Over the next several weeks I’ll try to break some of these down individually.


TeamMate was merged with Bentley development and MicroStation. TeamMate 96 was released in 1996. This version was focused on MicroStation support, but also handled other formats and applications such as Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.  TeamMate also had metadata, file history, versions, and Query By Example to locate files.

MicroStation TeamMate 96 was a Windows based document management solution that ran on Windows 3.x and the popular Windows 95 operating systems.  Server side was handled by Windows NT.  Hardware requirements back then included the i386 (with math co-processor) all the way up to the Pentium.  The recommended 16MB to 24MB of RAM kept TeamMate running strong.  Hard drive specs were in the 200MB range.  You probably remember the days.  Supported Databases back then included just about anything that could be connected with ODBC, including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Oracle, Informix, and Solid.  The list of Databases would change over the years, including support for Sybase for a few releases. 

In 1998 TeamMate was rebranded to the name ‘ProjectWise’ after several other discarded names.  For a while it was branded as CheckMate, until it was discovered that this was a conflict of interest.  Remember, this was the 1990’s and the Internet was still not in wide use. If fact, the domain name ‘Google’ was not even registered until September of 1997.