CAD/BIM Tips & Tricks

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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Survey Foot versus International Foot: What’s the difference?

In a recent thread on the Bentley newsgroups, we came across some confusion about the differences between an International Foot and a U.S. Survey Foot. We thought it would be fun to shed some light on what these “feet” are and how much measurements would deviate due to the difference in unit length. History According…

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The “Save View” key-in and reference files (for V7 and V8)

By Larry Shields, Graphics Designer at Stanley Consultants in Muscatine, Iowa If there is a particular area in a design file that you want so see as a reference file, then go into the file you will attach, zoom in to the area you want to see and save that view by using the key…

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The agony of renumbering an entire set of MicroStation sheet files

Do you like doing the same thing, over and over, for hours on end? Clearwater, Florida, USA — How do you handle the sheet numbers and sheet counts in title blocks after inserting a new sheet into a set? Do you edit the affected values in every title block in every sheet manually? While plodding…

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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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Microsoft Office Importer Adds ProjectWise Support

By Eiren Smith What do MicroStation users do if they want to easily import large spreadsheets and word processing data into their design files with perfect formatting? What if they want to maintain a link to the original spreadsheet so that if something changes in the spreadsheet, the design file can be easily — interactively…

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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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How to Globally Change Text Styles in any Number of DGN Files

And do it all in one fell swoop By Rick DeWitt, Axiom Senior Product Manager CAD standards may be a pain, but they’re a fact of life. So, what do you do when you’re faced with a situation where you have tens, hundreds or maybe even thousands of MicroStation files that use a text style…

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Create your own MicroStation pull-down menu

Clearwater, Florida, USA — The default installation of MicroStation has nine pull-down menus containing way over 100 menu items. That’s not counting a couple dozen submenus on these same menus that contain another 100-plus menu items. Clearly MicroStation has no shortage of available options. And every one of them is necessary in order to accommodate…

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