You’ve just completed a challenging design job. With a feeling of satisfaction, you try to save the file, only to find out that someone else has the file open and you are unable to save it! Or, worse still, you are able to save the file… but the next day you find that another designer had the file open at the same time and saved his changes over your file, and all your hard work has been lost! Has this ever happened to you, or to your design team? MiTek now offers a solution to prevent these problems: MiTek Synch.

The old way for a team of designers to work was to simply copy files from a network folder to their local machine, or even to create and work on the files locally, without a network copy at all. Both ways present major problems for design teams. If files are copied from a network to a local machine, multiple designers may be changing a design at any given time, with no way to ensure that all the changes are made in one file. When the files are copied back to the network, there is an enormous risk that information will be lost or overwritten. If the work is created and modified on a local machine only, with no copy on the network, the files can be lost completely if anything happens to the hard drive of the original machine. In addition, other designers might be wasting time creating similar files from scratch, when they could more quickly use the work of another designer as a starting point for their own design.

                The new, better way to manage your design files is by using MiTek Synch. MiTek Synch eliminates the risk created by copying files to and from network folders, or by saving files only locally, without any hassle for designers used to the speed and ease of the old methods. Synch allows easy management of concurrent designers and teams. File management is easy, leaving designers with more time to concentrate on innovative and economical designs. In short Synch will help improve productivity by reducing conflicts between designers, improving  downloads and uploads of files, and greater file management control.

                Synch works by managing job files moved between the server and workstations. A Database stores the system setup and keeps track of check-in and check-out information, while the Service Host controls which information is read from and written to the Database.  An Administrative Tool allows easy, consolidated control of user accounts.

                Designers will use the Client Tool, which allows them to check out a job to their local workstation for editing, preventing other users from editing the file while it is checked out. A Job List displays information regarding checked-out jobs, including those checked out by other users. Designers may still view jobs that are checked out, but will not be able to edit them and create conflicts in the system.

                By eliminating conflicts in file use and duplication or overwriting of work, all working files can be kept in a central location without fear of errors resulting from multiple users editing the same file. Synch will help improve truss design efficiency, saving your designers time and saving your company money.

 This page last modified on 5/20/2009