How Can We Protect our Synchro .sp Files?

I would like to be able to share our synchro project with subcontractors and collaborators on a monthly basis, in a 'read only' manner so that no future changes can be made by the collaborator.  Similar to that of a .pdf version of a .docx, or a .nwd version of a .nwf. I would like to ensure collaborators can still filter tasks, orbit, hide objects, and leverage the toolset of Synchro Pro, and Synchro viewer beyond that of just a video animation export, but would want to limit the ability to export both 3D and schedule content from the file. 

  • Guest
  • Jul 25 2017
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Company Mortenson Construction
  • Jul 25, 2017

    Admin Response

    Project subcontractors and collaborators can download Synchro Open Viewer for free.

    Open Viewer allows model navigation, viewing saved viewpoints and animations and applying saved filters among other things, but does not allow editing or exporting of the schedule or model 

    Additionally, you may password protect models by creating users with passwords and assigning roles to different users to restrict their access to particular items.

    To create a new user, open the Configure>Users window and right click to Add.

    You can use one of the predefined Roles or create your own Roles in Configure>Roles. 

    See the attached Help printout for more about Users

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  • Guest commented
    July 25, 2017 21:43

    Thanks Kate for the quick reply!

    We have lots of people using the Synchro viewer, and did not want to rely solely on them not purchasing a license without me knowing as a means of protecting the file. 

    If the user permissions are saved to the file itself, and do not rely on Synchro server. This should be exactly what is needed. I will look at deploying in our workflow. 

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    Kate Hester commented
    July 25, 2017 21:55

    Correct - the permissions are stored in the file itself and do not require Synchro Server.