CAD/BIM Tips & Tricks

Translations Between DWG and DGN Done Right the First Time: Now for Everyone!

Translation Manager has for many years helped MicroStation users get translations between DGN and DWG done right the first time. With the latest release of Translation Manager, those AutoCAD 2010 or later users who don’t have access to MicroStation V8 can now get the help they need with translations between DGN and DWG even if…

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How to Handle the Rats’ Nest Masquerading as “Nested References” in Some MicroStation Files

“Most everyone recognizes that nested references can be cool — except when you’re a few levels deep and have to start keeping a spiral notebook to track them. The real goat rodeo gets started once you add inexperienced users and/or piss-poor file management into the overall mix. – Anonymous CAD Manager.”   MicroStation’s Live Nesting…

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Creating Cell Libraries from Block Libraries

These days, it is totally normal to find AutoCAD shops designing for MicroStation clients and MicroStation shops designing for AutoCAD clients. You do all the work in one CAD application and then convert the finished product to the other platform. We have a lot of customers who are doing this sort of thing. So the…

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Pasting spreadsheets into AutoCAD and Civil 3D just got a whole lot easier!

In the latter half of 2012, a meeting was quietly convened in a small coastal town in the southeastern United States. No news outlets heralded the meeting. No heads of state were present. The only invitees were our senior technical staff. The subject of this meeting: AutoCAD and Civil 3D. Developing software to help CAD…

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Measure Distance Quickly With Tentative Point Snaps.

Did you know that you can use tentative point snaps to quickly measure distances between elements in your design files?   You’re probably thinking, “Why don’t you just use the ‘Measure Distance’ tool?” You certainly could, but that also means you couldn’t have another tool active. See, when you’re using tentative point snaps to measure,…

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Want a Faster Way to Change Working Units, Resolution or Annotation Cell Settings?

How to do it fast! BY RICK DEWITT MICROSTATION SOLUTION SENSEI Saving time and making more profit on projects are evidence of doing your job right. MicroStation cells, leveraged fully, reduce drafting time and increase profits. A new way to leverage cells is to place them as “annotation cells” in models that will be referenced…

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MicroStation Users Can Now Control Tag Data When Replacing Cells

Clearwater, Florida, USA — Axiom announces the release of a major enhancement to Global File Changer, which gives MicroStation users the ability to easily replace cells (such as title block cells) in hundreds of files in just minutes without losing any of the tag data. MicroStation users need to replace cells for a variety of…

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Do Translations Between DGN and DWG Files Make You Want to Scream?

How to get your composure back! By Rick DeWitt, Lead Solutions Provider for the Men in Black Translations Team I’ve talked to hundreds of AutoCAD users and even more MicroStation users over several decades and they all agree — the other guys do it wrong! Any time you have to fix something that shouldn’t have…

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Automatically Check Only Recent Changes When Verifying CAD Standards

Rick Sewell, beloved CAD ace, lives to help CAD users get their projects done on time. He really lives for this stuff. Give him a call and put him to the test. By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services Here in Axiom Support Land, people regularly ask us if we have a tool that…

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