Configuring Rendition Settings for Bentley i-model Composition Server for PDF
Bentley i-model Composition Server for PDF allows both administrators and everyday users to create renditions (PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and/or CALS) from documents stored in ProjectWise. Administrators use the Bentley i-model Composition Server Administrator interface (inside Orchestration Framework Administrator) to create, schedule, run, monitor, and review batch rendition jobs, while ProjectWise Explorer users can run on-demand rendition jobs on documents selected in the document list. Upon completion of the job, the new rendition documents are stored back in ProjectWise, and if selected an email notification is sent to the user who ran the job.
In support of Bentley i-model Composition Server for PDF, ProjectWise Administrator has a datasource node called Renditions, under which are two subnodes: Rendition Profiles and Rendition Profile Components.
A rendition profile is a template that contains the default rendition settings that will be used when a user creates a rendition from ProjectWise Explorer. The settings contained in a rendition profile are divided into the following component categories:
- Source File Presentation Settings — Specifies which InterPlot settings file(s) to use (if any) to create the renditions. InterPlot settings files can define such things as the plot area, size/scale, rotation, pen table, design script, and so on.
- Output File Formats — Specifies the file type or types that will be created from the selected source files.
- Output File Naming Conventions — Specifies how the newly created rendition documents will be named.
- Output Destination Folders — Specifies where in ProjectWise the newly created rendition document(s) and (optionally) distributed source files will be stored.
For users to be able to create renditions from ProjectWise Explorer, the administrator will first create the necessary rendition profile components, then create a rendition profile that contains the rendition profile components. For each category above you can create as many components as you want. You can also define as many rendition profiles as you want. If you have more than one component for a particular category, you can add some or all of them to your rendition profile and then designate which of those components will be the default choice for the user. A rendition profile must have an output file format component, an output file naming convention component, and an output destination folder component, but the source file presentation settings component is optional.
For the batch rendition jobs you define in Bentley i-model Composition Server Administrator, rendition profiles components are still used, but rendition profiles are not. So instead of applying a single rendition profile as you would in ProjectWise Explorer, you can select from all of the available rendition profile components in the datasource and add whichever ones you want to the job definition.