Tips & Tricks: Preventing MicroStation File Corruption

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An Ounce of MicroStation File Corruption Prevention is Worth Two Rounds of Golf!

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services

When design file corruption strikes, it can be anywhere from irritating to downright devastating. It has caused reduced profits, tainted reputations and loss of “fun time”.

Rick Sewell, MicroStation Customer Service

Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services, has been helping CAD users with their MicroStation problems for over a decade.

FileFixer is probably best known as a product that can resurrect a DGN file that is completely unable to be opened and seemingly beyond repair. But why wait for a tragedy? Just like regular brushing and flossing help prevent costly and painful dental work, preventive maintenance on your design files helps prevent painful MicroStation behavior. However, you don’t have to run the maintenance on all of your files every time. With FileFixer’s preventive maintenance, you can run the repair process on just those files that have serious or potentially dangerous corruption. In this article, I’ll show you how to search for problems in your files to determine which files you should fix with FileFixer and how to fix them.

MicroStation FileFixer

Figure 1. Why waste your evenings or weekends manually salvaging design files one by one? FileFixer can keep you ahead of the game by doing preventive maintenance on DGN files. Right at the start, FileFixer can save you time by automatically creating a list of potentially problematic design files to fix.

The method I’m going to cover has you use FileFixer to create a list of design files that should be repaired based on the degree of corruption the files contain. Then, I’ll show you how to take that list and feed it back into FileFixer so that it can go fix those files.

Open a design file and load FileFixer.

Go to Settings | Restore Factory Defaults…. Then press {Yes} to accept. This will ensure that no undesired settings are active.

Choose Settings | Change Settings… | Search… Then, choose “Design File” under “Category”. Under the section labeled “Severity of errors to be reported:”, use the drop down list and choose what error severity you want to report on. My opinion, based on experience working in the Axiom Technical Support Department, would be to choose “‘Future Danger’ and worse (errors 400 and greater)”, as shown in Figure 2.

MicroStation DGN repair

Figure 2. How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go in repairing DGN files? By selecting your desired search settings, you get to determine which design files will be designated for repair, based on error severity.

Select the “Build a list…” option right below the drop down list.

In the “List file:” field, you can either type in a valid path and filename or you can press the {Select…} button, navigate to where you would like to create your list file, give it a name and press {Save}.

When you’re finished, press {OK} on the “Search Settings” dialog box.

Now you need to choose which files you want FileFixer to search to determine whether they require repair. In the FileFixer main dialog box, you’ll see a field labeled “Which Files?”. Press the {Select…} button.

When you click on the {Select…} button, the “Choose Files to Process” dialog box opens (Figure 3). There are several ways to select files for processing and the dialog box is intuitive. Hovering over each icon brings up a clear message as to how it will allow you to select files for processing. The way I usually do it is just right click and choose “Browse for Files…”. Then you can just browse to whatever files in whatever directories you want and add them to your list. Press {OK} when complete.

Check MicroStation Files for Errors

Figure 3. Before you head out to make your tee time (or whatever it is you like to do), just choose the design files you want to check for errors and have FileFixer do all the work and keep your weekend free.

At the main FileFixer dialog box, press {Start} when ready.

When FileFixer is done processing, it will have created a list that contains all of the files that contain errors of the levels you specified in step 3 above. The list file will be located in the path that you specified in step 5 above.

Now that we have our list made, how do you use it? Easy!

In the FileFixer main dialog box, change the “Mode:” to “Automatic Design File Repair”.

Next to the “Which Files?” field, press the {Select…} button.

From the “Choose Files to Process” dialog, choose File | Import File List… then navigate to and select the list where it was created.

Press {Start} and FileFixer will automatically fix those design files, so that you don’t have to worry about them!

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For more information on FileFixer or to schedule a free, online demonstration, contact an Axiom MicroStation Consultant today! Call 727 442 7774 extension 2197, e mail 2197@AxiomInt.com or visit Axiom on the Web at www.AxiomInt.com now!

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