PowerWeb

PowerWeb allows you to work with vaults in a supported web browser. It’s a lightweight and easy to use alternative to PowerUser. In combination with the Local Workspace Client app PowerWeb provides the same level of integration with CAD applications, Microsoft Office, and Windows applications in general as PowerUser.

Important!

PowerWeb saves session information on a per-user basis. This differs from PowerUser, which saves information on a per-session basis. To prevent errors and lost data, do not log on to multiple sessions of PowerWeb simultaneously with the same user account.

Note:
  • If you will be viewing documents or making changes to them with PowerWeb, only log on to Meridian with the same account with which you logged on to Windows. This will ensure that the correct versions of documents are managed in your local workspace.

  • If you will be making changes to documents and your connection to the Meridian application server is not over a LAN, set Application Integration to Remote mode as described in Application Integration Options. This will synchronize the vault with your changes using the Internet for best performance and reliability.

ClosedFeatures

When browsing a vault, the PowerWeb window has these features:

Features of the PowerWeb window
Name Description

Ribbon/menu bar

Ribbon of Meridian commands. The commands listed on the various menus are the same as those on the shortcut menu. At the right end of the bar are a list for changing the current vault and an icon to log off.

Note:

If the Show ribbon menus option is disabled as described in Personal Preferences, the menu bar appears below the context bar instead of the ribbon.

Context bar

On the left side, provides a quick search tool and lists for changing the navigation view and current scope. On the right side, provides icons to change your preferences, view this User's Guide in a browser window, and log off.

Note:

If the Show ribbon menus option is enabled as described in Personal Preferences, the ribbon appears above this bar instead of the menu bar (5).

Property page tabs

Click to display sets of related properties for the selected item. The quantity and names of property pages varies with the currently selected item or document type. If the document is a hybrid, a special Hybrid Parts property page tab appears at the right side that will show a list of the available hybrid parts for the selected document.

Document pane

Displays the property pages for the selected item, if one is selected. Activate shortcut menus as described in Shortcut Menus.

If no document or folder is selected, a General property page shows applicable information for the various types of views that are active in the navigation pane:

  • Navigation views – shows a hierarchical view of the properties that define the selected branch and their values
  • Collection views – shows the collection search criteria, which can be changed to refine the collection
  • Search Results – shows the search criteria, which can be changed to refine the search

Navigation pane

One of various hierarchical views of the vault contents. Select another view from the list in the context bar. Activate shortcut menus as described in Shortcut Menus.

URLs

Addresses of the selected document and its rendition (if available) that you can copy to the Clipboard and paste in other documents or systems to create a link to the document.

View bar Click an icon to show related read-only data in the document pane. The available views depend on the selected document from among: Document, View Document, View Rendition, Revisions, References, Master and Project Copies, Workflow Diagram, and Tags. Each view (except Document) can be undocked as a separate window.

PowerWeb hyperlinks are indicated by blue text. These allow you to open folders and the document log.

ClosedDifferences between PowerWeb and PowerUser

PowerWeb is almost identical to PowerUser with these limitations:

PowerWeb compared to PowerUser
PowerUser PowerWeb

Configurable window layout

Not supported

Local PC document templates Not supported

Thumbnail view

Planned

Assembly import tool

Packages

Briefcases

Packages

Email integration

Email Documents

History baselines

Not supported

Scanner support Not supported
Global Collaboration Framework support Not supported
Saved search settings Create And Edit a Collection
Unlock a master document that is the current document Unlock a Master Document From the Project Copy
Expand all folders in navigation trees Not supported

Some VBScript objects, properties, and methods

See VBScript and Meridian PowerWeb.

Automatic Inventor, SolidWorks, Revit, Office title block/property synchronization Not supported
Not supported Meridian Cloud Analytics property page for projects
Not supported Workflow diagram accessibility and usability optimizations
Not supported Open documents from within the assembly browser
Not supported Unlink From Meridian Portal command.

Add unlisted values to Lookup List

Not supported