Updates are automatically installed and do not affect subscribers' data.
Every 90 days, BSD updates the SpecLink-E master database, making modifications (additions, deletions, and/or edits) to the master database. The charts and slides below provide details about how quarterly updates work.
Changes to the master database are summarized each quarter in our newsletter and can include changes to:
- Section text (over 600 sections are in the database).
- Automated links (SpecLink-E utilizes over 170,000 links).
- Master notes (users have access to over 35,000 notes about specifying issues, with hyperlinks to over 1,000 manufacturers' web sites).
- Reference standards (over 2,000 unique reference standards, cited in over 8,000 locations in the master text).
- The Model Project.
Click on the thumbnail pictures to see them full size... or view a short PowerPoint slide show version here.
When an existing project is opened after a quarterly update has been installed, this dialog box appears. You can update your entire project automatically – but without affecting any added or edited text!
If you choose to ignore the updates or to apply only manufacturer or reference standard updates, the project opens with any unresolved updates indicated by a magenta title in the section selection tree.
A right click on any paragraph marked by the rust color allows you to open a dialog box showing the current project text and how it would be changed if the update were applied – allowing you to update any individual paragraph or ignore the update.