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Adapter for Intergraph SmartPlant Review

ReviewAdapter captures 3D graphics and attributes from Intergraph Smart Review and stores it in a file (*.upvc). This file is used as input for CAXperts UniversalPlantViewer Builder to generate UniversalPlantViewer or 3D PDF sessions.


Administrator rights are required on each computer to install CAXperts ReviewAdapter. “Run as” is not supported.


To uninstall the software, select Control panel from the start menu. Then on large or small icon view, click Programs and features. If you are using category view, under Programs, click Uninstall a program.

Select the program you want to remove, and click Uninstall/Remove. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall.

Setup command line (for administrators)

The following command line options are supported by the installer:

/S:<<optional ini file>>

Allow an install to be run in silent mode. As a result, no screens or dialogs will be shown.

This command line option also has an optional INI file that can be passed containing session variable values. For example:

"C:\output\setup.exe" "/S:C:\setupvars.ini"

This will cause the session variables in the INI file to be used for the setup. The INI file should be in the format:


%AppFolder%=C:\Program Files\MyProduct

/U:<<XML config file>>

This command line option must be used when calling the uninstall program from the command line. This command also has an optional XML file that can be passed containing session variable values. For example:

"C:\Program Files\MyProduct\uninstall.exe" "/U:C:\Program Files\MyProduct\irunin.xml".


Site licence (local)

Domain based licences are restricted to machines within a 5 miles (8 kilometres) radius at a specific geographic location (building) for which the licence key file was issued for. There is no limitation regarding the number of users or machines.

CAXperts will need your Current domain name to issue a licence file (.lic).

The licence file has to be stored on a local or network location accessible by the machine running the CAXperts product; a licence server is not required.

The location of the licence file should be defined on every machine with the CAXperts product installed, which can be done:

  • Either by setting the environment variable
    CAXPERTS_LICENSE_FILE=C:\Program Files (x86)\CAXperts\Licensing\

  • Or by setting the registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FLEXlm License Manager\CAXPERTS_LICENSE_FILE=C:\Program Files (x86)\CAXperts\Licensing\

Multiple licence key file locations should be separated by semicolons (“;”).

If the licence key file location is not defined, “C:\Program Files (x86)\CAXperts\Licensing\” is used

The licence key file may be renamed (including the extension). The CAXperts product will check the content of all files in the licence folder(s) for valid keys.

Changes to the key path (in the environment variable or
registry key) are read during the next start of the CAXperts

Floating (server) licence

Floating licences require a FlexNET server (lmadmin or lmgrd) accessible by the machine running the CAXperts product. The licence key file is typically located on the FlexNET server machine. The licence key file defines the maximum number of seats which can be used at the same time.

Every running instance of the CAXperts software product will require one seat, no matter if the application is running multiple times on the same or different machine(s).

New instances can only be started as long as seats are available and the FlexNET server is accessible.

The location of the licence server must be defined on every machine with the CAXperts product installed, which can be done

  • Either by setting the environment variable

  • Or by setting the registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FLEXlm License Manager\CAXPERTS_LICENSE_FILE=@YourServerName

Every computer name must be preceded by the @ symbol. Multiple licence server locations should be separated by semicolons (“;”).

YourServerName is the Windows computer name of the machine running lmadmin (FlexNET server). If lmadmin is running on a non-default port, the port number should be defined like this: port@ YourServerName.

Changes to the server path (in the environment variable or registry key) are read during the next start of the CAXperts product.

Borrowed licences

Licence seats can be borrowed for a period of time from the server and saved to the local machine. Once the seat has been borrowed the CAXperts application can be used without any connection to the FlexNET server.

To borrow a licence seat press the Borrow seat button, define the loan period (up to 7 days) and press OK. When the borrowed seat expires it gets automatically returned back to the FlexNET server.

The seat can be returned earlier by pressing the Return borrowed seat button.

Without a valid licence file the software will run in demo mode.

Using ReviewAdapter

ReviewAdapter Setup detects automatically the platform of Intergraph Smart Review (32 or 64 bit) and installs the appropriate version of ReviewAdapter. (64-bit version of ReviewAdapter is required to work with 64 bit version of Smart Review).

Start ReviewAdapter and select an input file. These Intergraph Smart Review files are supported: *.vue, *.svf and *.dri.

Output file: defines the path to the *.upvc output file. The file contains all required information (like graphics or attributes) in order to generate UniversalPlantViewer or 3D PDF output using CAXperts UniversalPlantViewer Builder software.

If the *.upvc output file already exists, ReviewAdapter will work in update mode and re-capture changes only.


All settings are stored automatically in the configuration file of the user profile. The location of the configuration file can be changed in the ToolsSettings menu.


Configuration File:

To export the settings use FileSave settings to file:

To import the settings from file use FileLoad settings from file.

“Load settings from file” doesn’t change the current location of the configuration file. Once the settings have been imported any further changes are stored in the current configuration file displayed in the Tools → Settings menu.


All aspects from the SmartPlantReview session are captured automatically. No additional settings are required.


Consider existing Display Sets - If enabled, the visibility (if objects are switched off or on in the Main View) and colours are taken from the existing Smart Review Display Sets for vue-files. This is not applicable for svf-session files.

Maximum objects per capture group - This is the maximal number of objects captured at one time. Higher value increase performance but may also cause an overflow of Smart Review MDB file (which is limited to max 2 GB). Usually 35000 are good for most of the sessions.

Stroking tolerance - Defines the quality of exported graphic. Higher values mean better graphical quality, but also increases the size of outputted graphic.

Advanced Graphic Handling ­ If this option is activated, advanced measurement option will be available in Universal Plant Viewer (like snapping to edges).

Use PDS Levels as Aspects: ­ (applicable for DRI session only). If enabled, every MicroStation Level is treated as a separate aspect.

Force attribute extraction: ­ applicable for processing against an existing .upvc-file (update mode). If enabled, all attributes are re-extracted even when the single objects in the existing .upvc-file are up-to-date.

Process modified vue-files completely: ­ This option mainly refers to svf-sessions, where you want to re-process whole vue-files instead of the single objects in the vue-files.

Command line mode

Due to some restrictions in Smart Review, absolute paths must be used in ReviewAdapter command line commands.

ReviewAdapter can also be used in command line mode. Use the following command to show the command line arguments:

C:\>“C:\Program Files\CAXperts\ReviewAdapter\ReviewAdapter.exe” /?

Command line arguments:

ReviewAdapter requires access to the desktop (to run Smart Review), therefore to be able to run the software as a scheduled task following steps are required:

  1. Download and save to disk (e.q. into D:\PSTools\ folder).

  2. Create BAT file (e.q. D:\ReviewAdapter_Batch.bat) which is used torun ReviewAdapter from command line. Adjust ReviewAdapter path and parameters:

D:\PSTools\psexec.exe -s -i 0 /accepteula “C:\Program Files\CAXperts\ReviewAdapter\ReviewAdapter.exe" -input:C:\Example.vue -output:C:\Output\Example.upvc

  • psexec.exe executes ReviewAdapter in a separate console – session 0. Software UI won’t be accessible or visible on the active desktop. In order to switch to session 0 press “View the message” button on the Interactive Service Detection window, which will appear automatically after D:\ReviewAdapter_Batch.bat has been started.

If this window won’t be shown, make sure “Interactive Services” services is enabled in a control panel of windows.

To revert back from session 0 console to the main desktop press button:

  • D:\ReviewAdapter_Batch.bat is running in a separate session, the active user can continue working with windows or logoff. The session 0 will be executed in the background.

  • D:\ReviewAdapter_Batch.bat script is executed under LocalSystem account with limited permissions without network access. Input and output files must be located on the local drive. If you need to access the network (e.q. copy result upvc file to a network drive) add corresponding at the end of D:\ReviewAdapter_Batch.bat.

Advanced features

Advanced configuration for capturing graphics

This chapter is for advanced users. You may ignore this chapter if advanced configuration is not required.

There are 2 type of ini-files - User.ini and a ini-file per project. In the user.ini general settings are made, they are valid for all projects. In the project.ini there are just project specific settings.

Ignore objects (Project.ini)

The file size of the resulting PDF file depends noticeably on the number of objects captured. Ignoring less-meaningful objects (e.g. welds in SmartPlant 3D sessions) is one approach for reducing the overall 3D PDF file size.

The following syntax is used to define a custom object type in the.ini file:

ObjectTypeName=AttributeName Operator Value



[ObjectDefinition] is the section name in the .ini file. MyWeld is the object type name, which can be freely defined. Component is an attribute name, which must exist in the design review session. The “=” character after Component is the operator. The operator may be “=” and "<>" for equality or “like” and "not like" when using wildcards. Weld is the attribute value.

The example defines that an object type MyWeld exists for the objects, whose attribute Component equals the value Weld. Users can build rules to ignore objects of type MyWeld using the following syntax in the .ini file:


The .ini file name is ReviewAdapter.ini and is copied automatically from the installation template to the folder of the design review session loaded in ReviewAdapter. By default the following definitions exist in the .ini file to ignore welds of Smart 3D sessions:

[ObjectDefinitions] Weld= Component=Weld Weld1= Commodity type Like weld Weld2= Weld Type Like weld Weld3= Type Like weld

[ObjectsToIgnore] Weld=1 Weld1=1 Weld2=1 Weld3=1

UseHierarchy (User.ini)

UseHierarchy is a user setting that reads out the content of Hierarchical Labels in SPR.

UseHierarchy=1 - option set to 1 reads out all Hierarchical SPR Labels from a vue-file.


This setting is only applicable for the processing of svf-sessions in batch mode. svf-sessions can contain a large number of vue-files. Missing single vue-files stops the ReviewAdapter process. An in-built default setting automatically skips missing vue-files when the process is executed in batch-mode or with the UPC (UniversalPlantCreator)

Log files

The software creates log files in the local TEMP directory (e.g. “C:\Temp\ReviewAdapter\”. The user can also open these files by double-clicking on the CAXperts ReviewAdapter status bar: