The options on the General page of the Preferences Management dialog box allow you to customize the Smart Instrumentation interface and general application preferences. These settings do not affect the preferences that were defined by users in the current domain or working in the current project, if the domain type is owner operator or EPC-Project Mode.
When customizing the general preferences, you can do the following:
Set the toolbar text
Automatically start Smart Instrumentation with the unit and module you last worked in
Set print preview options
Overwrite the default logo
We recommend that you do not prevent the users from specifying individual temporary folder paths. This is because in the temporary folder, the software creates temporary files during various activities that users perform in Smart Instrumentation, for example, when generating specifications, CAD loop or hook-up drawings, reports, and so forth. If the temporary folder path is shared for several users, users can experience problems with data display when performing the same activity at the same time, for example, when creating two specifications at the same time.
Show toolbar text — Displays the toolbar text. Clear the check box to hide the toolbar text.
Overwrite logo — Retrieves automatically the current logo from the database and overwrite the projlogo.bmp file in the <Smart Instrumentation home folder>\Temp folder. The projlogo.bmp file is from where the software takes the logo which is used in documents and reports.
If you clear the check box, the software retrieves the logo from the original bitmap file — in this way the projlogo.bmp file is not changed when switching to another domain, so that you use the same logo. Clearing the check box also speeds up your work.
Automatic start of the last module — Starts Smart Instrumentation automatically with the domain, area, unit, and module you last worked in. After you select this check box, the software bypasses the Open dialog box, where you select a <unit>, and automatically opens the last module that you worked in. If several modules were open when closing Smart Instrumentation, the software treats the active module as the last one.
Print preview options — The following options enable you to set a print preview option for report generation:
Always — Sets the software to open print previews automatically, without prompting you for confirmation.
Never — Sets the software to automatically spool reports to the output device, without prompting you for confirmation.
Ask user (default) — Sets the software to prompt you to open a report print preview before printing.
Current report preview options — The following options enable you to compare a new report displayed in the Print Preview window with an existing archived report:
Mark changes only — Sets the software to mark the changes in the print preview of a new report, if the currently previewed report is different from the archived report.
Generate changes report only — Sets the software to generate a changes report after comparing a new report with an archived report.
Mark changes and generate changes report — Sets the software to both generate a changes report after comparing a new report with an archived report and mark the changes in the print preview of the new report.
Display license expiration reminder — Adjust the numerator to be reminded to renew your license in a number of days in advance.
Temporary folder path — Enables you to specify the path to the Smart Instrumentation temporary folder where the temporary logo and custom files are stored. Click Browse to navigate to the path.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartPlant\Instrumentation\Temp
In the temporary folder, the software creates temporary files during various activities that you perform in Smart Instrumentation, for example, when you generate specifications, reports, CAD loop or hook-up drawings, and so forth.
In the Specifications module, when you generate the Spec Forms report, the software generates the report as the specprn.psr file and saves this file to the folder you specify in the Temporary folder path box. If you leave this box blank, the software saves the specprn.psr file to the Smart Instrumentation home folder.
If your CAD application is MicroStation, make sure the path string does not exceed fifty two characters. A longer path prevents MicroStation from generating or displaying drawings or cells from Smart Instrumentation.
If the System Administrator specified a global path in your domain, note that the global path does not apply to the temporary folder path.
Output document folder — Enables you to specify the path to the folder where the software generates IDEAL report files. Click Browse to navigate to the path.