The source of most MicroStation problems

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CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — You may have corrupt design files and cell libraries and not even know it. That’s the word from Axiom. According to Steve Palmer, Axiom’s Product Manager for FileFixer, “We thought everyone knew that the cause of MicroStation difficulties is typically corrupt design files or cell libraries. We figured with the tremendous demand for FileFixer that this was broadly known throughout the MicroStation community. But we continue to discover that many MicroStation users simply don’t recognize the symptoms of MicroStation file corruption. As a result, they blame problems on their operators or on MicroStation itself when the truth is that they are simply experiencing the effects of file corruption.”

Above is a list of the most common symptoms of design file corruption. Cut it out and keep in on hand.

Basically, there are two kinds of corruption: total and hidden.
Total corruption
A design file can be totally corrupted — meaning it can’t even be opened with MicroStation. Such design files often display an “end of file missing” or MicroStation exception messages when you attempt to open the file with MicroStation. When a file is that unusable, anyone can see it’s corrupted. FileFixer, of course, will repair such design files, but that’s like waiting until the patient is taking his last breath before calling the doctor. A truly valuable doctor prevents minor illnesses from becoming more serious. FileFixer prevents minor file problems from becoming more serious.

Hidden corruption
Surprisingly, hidden design file corruption can waste more time than total corruption. The symptoms of total corruption are obvious — you can’t even display the file with MicroStation. When that happens, at least you know your design file is corrupted. You know you have to either restore the file from backup or try to fix it. There’s no mystery as to what’s causing the problem.

Hidden design file corruption wastes time and money because it blocks or slows production in subtle ways. Since most MicroStation users don’t recognize the symptoms of hidden design file corruption, they often waste dozens of hours trying to work around odd phenomena with mounting frustration. They think the problem is caused by something they’re doing wrong and may spend hours trying to figure out what they can do differently to make the problem go away.

The symptoms of hidden file corruption
Instead of spending hours trying to figure out what they’re doing wrong, MicroStation users who observe any of the difficulties listed below should just run FileFixer on the problem file. If you’ve experienced any of the following problems, you probably have hidden MicroStation file corruption:

  • Some elements are unselectable, unmovable or undeletable. “Fit” command produces odd results.
  • Design files that translate oddly to other formats (like AutoCAD).
  • Elements that plot the wrong way or not at all.
  • Elements that disappear or behave oddly when you zoom in on them.
  • Elements that are incorrectly included or excluded from fence operations.
  • A design file appears to be empty, but the file size is enormous.
  • Elements that shoot off the design plane.
  • Models which cannot be selected or opened (in MicroStation V8 files).

Every MicroStation CAD manager should keep this list on hand. When an operator reports one of these manifestations, you should run FileFixer on the problem file without hesitation.

Don’t wait until your patient is dead.
Don’t wait until your design files are so corrupt you can’t open them. Using FileFixer to repair hidden corruptions before your users waste time trying to figure out what’s wrong will save your organization even more money than using FileFixer just to repair totally corrupted files. FileFixer can revitalize the dying — clearly that’s valuable. But the value of eliminating the unpleasant symptoms of hidden design file illness before the problems become fatal is even greater.

The advantages of FileFixer
FileFixer helps you figure out what is wrong when MicroStation isn’t working the way you expect.

  1. By repairing minor, unnoticeable MicroStation file corruptions before they become serious,
  2. FileFixer prevents future MicroStation file catastrophes.
  3. FileFixer repairs most totally corrupt MicroStation files automatically.
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