A fifth grader can repair corrupted MicorStation files with FileFixer

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Clearwater, Florida, USA — When your car’s brakes grind and your transmission gushes fluid and clouds of dark smoke flow from your tailpipe, do you wait for a really serious problem before taking your car to a mechanic?

If a MicroStation exception dialog is the only indicator of design file corruption you know, you and your colleagues are likely chronically impeded by design file corruption you aren’t aware of. A MicroStation exception message is merely the most obvious indicator of corruption — it’s as obvious as your car’s transmission falling out on the highway.

You can demonstrate for yourself how pervasive design file corruption actually is by running FileFixer’s “Search for Problems” command on the design files in your MicroStation project directories. At the end of FileFixer’s analysis, look at the summary of errors at the top of the report. How many errors were found? How many of the reported error numbers are greater than 500 (big trouble)? You don’t want one of those errors to impact project completion on the eve of an important submittal, do you?

No, MicroStation isn’t supposed to behave like that.

Unselectable models, elements on undefined levels, misbehaving “fit view” commands or unwanted plotting results aren’t just MicroStation “idiosyncrasies” you have to tolerate day after day. These are common manifestations of corruption which hinder your work with MicroStation, adding time and frustration to your projects. Like parasites, these pesky manifestations of corruption sap your time, patience and profit day after day. To the uninformed, these non-obvious manifestations of corruption (no smoke, fire or blood) consume more time cumulatively than the obvious manifestations of corruption (such as a MicroStation exception dialog message). When you see a MicroStation exception dialog box, you know your file is toast, no doubt about it — load FileFixer immediately, repair your file and get back to work minutes later. Of course FileFixer can eliminate those obvious, catastrophic corruptions but, more importantly, FileFixer detects and eliminates the “non-obvious” (to the uninformed), profit-draining corruptions.

It’s easy to salvage dead or missing design files.
Despite hundreds of thousands of lines of code and decades of hard-won Axiom experience busily at work for you behind FileFixer’s mild exterior, FileFixer remains easy to use. So easy, even a fifth grader could use FileFixer to salvage dead or misbehaving design files.

In fact, ease of use was the emphasis of the most recent release of FileFixer. The newest FileFixer is simultaneously more powerful (more forms of corruption detected and handled) and easier to use than ever. Everything you need to know about each instance of design file corruption in your files is available with the click of a button — a description of the cause for each instance of corruption in your files, the result (project impact) from each instance of corruption and the solution for each type of corruption.

FileFixer can be your MicroStation design file reliability robot.
The newest enhancements to FileFixer are exciting, but in no way diminish the importance and value of features which have existed in FileFixer for many years.

For example, MicroStation power users around the globe monitor the health of their project files automatically by initiating FileFixer’s “Search for Problems” command. Using Windows Task Scheduler, go to Start|Settings|Control Panel|Scheduled Tasks. FileFixer’s “Search for Problems” can create a list of files containing the most serious corruptions. The next morning you can review that file list and use FileFixer to repair just the true troublemakers in that list — very efficient. But you can take automation one step further. That list of the most seriously corrupted files (created by “Search for Problems”) can be used as input for FileFixer’s “Automatic Design File Repair” command. This allows you to isolate the most severely corrupted files (usually the minority) and repair them automatically. This is the most efficient and hassle-free way to maintain the health of your project files.

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