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Why Now Is the Time to Go with Bentley's CONNECT Edition Products
Technical Support for Pre-V8i Versions of Applications Will End on January 1, 2019

If you haven’t upgraded to Bentley Systems’ CONNECT Edition now is definitely the time to start thinking about it. At this year’s Bentley The Year in Infrastructure event the company announced it had completed the rollout of the CONNECT Edition portfolio; and that support for pre-V8i versions of applications will end on January 1, 2019.

What is the CONNECT Edition you ask?

The CONNECT Edition was originally introduced in 2014 and is Bentley’s latest portfolio, which offers a hybrid environment of desktop modeling applications, cloud-services, on-premise servers, and mobile apps. MicroStation for example, is already on it's 7th update since the first release and if you haven’t updated you are missing out.

CONNECT Edition Applications

Some of the Bentley CONNECT Edition software offerings include MicroStation, ProjectWise, AECOsim, AutoPIPE, OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition.

In this article we’ll look at the latest features of MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 released this month. This update focuses on user-requested enhancements, improved productivity and interoperability.

How is it offered?

The CONNECT Edition leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud services, aiming to connect all users across projects. And with CONNECT SELECTservices, users get access to Bentley’s full portfolio through SELECT Open Access, and can take advantage of Quarterly Term Licensing with a Bentley subscription. Also worth noting is that through Azure, Bentley’s MANAGEservices provides instant access to all ProjectWise services. Users should be aware that Bentley Systems’ technical support, and support in ProjectWise, for V8i versions of applications will end January 1, 2021.

What’s New

There are many reasons to be excited about Update 7 as the new capabilities are highlighted below:

Real-time visualization

- In addition to MicroStation’s built-in capabilities for producing lifelike movies and renderings, a complimentary install of Bentley LumenRT enables the creation of real-time visualizations. Within minutes users can produce stunning visualizations thanks to Bentley LumenRT's ease-of-use and integration with Bentley’s design modeling applications, all in a real-time environment.

LumenRT Visualization


Improved Data Interoperability

- Including Open and save to Autodesk RealDWG 2018 file format

- Import and export of SketchUp 2016 and 2017 files

Expanded compatibility for i-model Publishing

- The Publish i-models dialog now provides an option to select various versions of i-model to publish making i-models compatible with any version of Bentley products.
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Published 2017-11-29 00:00:00