Correctly setting up Xrev Transmit in a multi-user environment
Setting up Xrev Transmit so that multiple users share the same settings and Transmittal history is very simple. Below outlines the recommended steps, read on to see the different ways to achieve this:
Manually install Xrev Transmit on one machine first (if you haven't already)
Setup your Settings for Xrev Transmit (you can do this after you've shared your settings as well) - EG: All your Format Types, Naming Rules, General Settings, Transmittal Template etc.
Copy the XrevTransmit.sdf (database) from your local machine to a network share where all users in the company have full Read/Write permissions to.
Install the software on all the other machines and update their config file to point to the XrevTransmit.sdf file you just placed on your Network share. You can choose to do this manually or as part of the installation process as outlined below.
The software cannot function correctly if a user doesn't have full access to the database. Permissions on editing settings can be controlled in other ways.
Xrev Transmit may be downloaded as a Windows Installer package (.msi), or as a Full Installer (.exe) setup application which includes additional components. See the Getting started section for more information.
Each of these installers can be automated using command line arguments.
Windows Installer package (.msi)
The Windows Installer package (.msi) can be executed with msiexec and exposes the following public properties which can be set on the command line:
Configures Xrev Transmit to use the specified database file
Activates the license for the specified Serial Number during installation
Activates the specified License Code during installation
Specifies whether to show or hide privileged commands in Xrev Transmit
The Settings and Manage Transmittals commands are Privileged commands.
Property names are case sensitive and must be specified in upper case.
The SHOWPRIVILEGEDCOMMANDS property can be set to 1 or true to show privileged commands, or 0 or false to hide these commands. The true or false values are case in-sensitive. Privileged commands are shown by default.
Use the /CompleteCommandArgs option to pass property values to the Windows Installer packages. This option must be followed by a list of arguments enclosed in quotes. If any of these arguments require quotes then those must be escaped using another set of quotes.
Example: The following command will install Xrev Transmit, configure it to use the database located at \\SERVER\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.sdf and disable privileged commands:
Replace the bit in between the quotation marks with the Network Location where you copied the XrevTransmit.sdf file to.
Save and close the file.
Copy this config file back to C:\Program Files\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.exe.config and overwrite the original.
This requires Administrator privileges.
For all additional installs, before starting Revit or Xrev, just update the config file on each workstation (Repeat Steps 4-9).
The XrevTransmit.exe.config file is version specific to each release of Xrev Transmit. During a standard installation this file is upgraded. Do not overwrite the config file with a previous release copy or the software will not load.
Quickly Copy Settings to Multiple Computers
You can very easily create a batch file that copies this file for you, to save time navigating around the folders. This way it should only take a few seconds to update each workstation that Xrev Transmit is installed on.
To do this create a new text file and change the file extension from .txt to .bat,
Right Click and Edit the batch file,
Add the following strings, but substitute the first part in quotation marks with your actual file location.
You will still need Administrator privileges to run this batch file.
Run the batch file on each machine by double clicking it.
The XrevTransmit.exe.config file is version specific. During a standard install this file is upgraded. So after each upgrade, be sure to re-copy this file back to your shared location, to prevent overwriting a newer config with an older version. Otherwise, you will receive an error message on load.