- Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:07 am
It is not quite as described by ares997.
With a 20 MB TW file today, you would not be sending 20 MB back and forth anyway - only a much smaller draft TWC file - but the headaches involved in managing that from the central site are huge and well-known.
Watch all of the videos (the page expands to show even more videos on setup, etc) on TW2 to get a good overview. Whether it is the future or is step one towards the future, everyone will have to judge when they try it.
It is remarkably flexible because of (1) element level reservations, (2) no attributes or settings require exclusive access - but can be reserved like anything else, (3) the delta send/receive which makes the process not only very fast, but also enables remote access over the internet, (4) powerful user-capability assignment [see video screenshots], (5) dynamic messaging system, (6) ability to work with reserved or new elements 'offline' and S/R once reconnected to the network, (6) improved backup/restore capabilities, etc.
Also remarkable is that the server software can run on any machine, as seen in the videos - either someone's workstation in the case of a very small group, or dedicated machine, or an actual server.
Oh yeah, and as you can see in the videos, the clients and the server can be any mix of machines. In the video, they show a Dell/Windows server with iMac workstations, for example.
Commenting as I can only on what is public in the videos/etc so far, I can say that my only disappointment is that the server software module cannot run on a PPC Mac. I can see the logic for making ArchiCAD itself Intel Mac only, but there are so many powerful G5 Macs out there with multiple processors and lots of RAM that would be ideal BIM Server machines and cheap to pick up now that the most software is moving to Intel-only Macs - and it would have been a way for firms with a bunch of G5 Mac Pro's still in their inventory to make good use of them for another few years.
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