CAD/BIM Tips & Tricks

10 Secrets for Better MicroStation–AutoCAD Translations

Which ones could you use? Rick DeWitt, Axiom’s senior product manager, has spent countless hours translating tens of thousands of files and recently released ten of his top secrets on how to reduce the mess when translating between MicroStation and AutoCAD. Sure, both MicroStation and AutoCAD have the ability to read and write each others’…

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Troubleshooting MicroStation problems made easy

Here is a cool tip that will help you troubleshoot a myriad of problems in MicroStation: Create an MSDebug file. What is an “MSDebug file”? An MSDebug file is a file that contains a whole lot of information about your installation of MicroStation. It lists all of the configuration files that run, it shows what…

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Create your own MicroStation tool box

Clearwater, Florida, USA — MicroStation is jam-packed with button-laden tool boxes. Every one of those buttons performs some exact, necessary function. It couldn’t be any other way. The ability to do all of these functions is part of what makes MicroStation one of the greatest pieces of CAD software in the world. It is common…

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RasterDgn Makes it Easy to Permanently Deskew Raster Reference Files

Change the actual raster reference file, not just the way it displays in one DGN file. By Eiren Smith Do you have crooked raster reference files of scanned drawings? Do you find yourself rotating the same raster reference file in MicroStation every time you attach that raster file to another DGN file? MicroStation’s Raster Manager…

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Mysteriously messed up V8 files

Clearwater, Florida, USA — Have you ever encountered: A “Tool not allowed” message? Models in which elements cannot be modified or added? Models that are “read only”, but shouldn’t be? Hidden levels? Hidden reference file attachments? Elements displayed with incorrect level symbology? Other odd design file behavior? The majority of Axiom clients have now moved…

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Don’t Lose a Single Beat when Last-Minute Changes Threaten Your Project Deadlines

Keep your CAD department singing — on your schedule! Last-minute changes, particularly when CAD projects are approaching a submittal deadline, are something every CAD design department has to contend with. Here’s a typical, but simple example of what can happen: You have 150 design files in your project. You find out that several levels you’ve…

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Axiom Releases Microsoft Office Importer for MicroStation PowerDraft

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — Axiom, the world’s largest independent provider of general-purpose MicroStation utilities, announces that it has released its Microsoft Office Importer for use with Bentley’s PowerDraft V8i. Previously, Microsoft Office Importer was only available for use with MicroStation. Microsoft Office Importer allows users to paste data such as spreadsheets into MicroStation PowerDraft with…

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Adding a cell to a tool box

An Axiom customer recently asked us to teach him how to add a frequently used cell to a button on a tool box, so that he could just click on an icon and place the cell, instead of having to find the cell in the cell library. Before you start: First, you have to attach…

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Replace text strings with Global File Changer

By Rick Sewell Global File Changer is exactly what it sounds like. This thing can change just about anything in your design files and fast. It is my personal favorite Axiom product due to its amazing versatility. While it is true that Global File Changer is incredibly multifaceted, the single most utilized feature by far…

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