CAD/BIM Tips & Tricks

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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Your Mouse and View Controls

In this tip, you will learn how to change the view control settings associated with your mouse’s wheel. This tip assumes two things: 1) you are using MicroStation V8 and 2) your mouse has a wheel. First, go to Workspace | Preferences and click on “Mouse” from the category selections. Preferences dialog box Under the…

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Introduction to models for the new V8 user

With V8, Bentley introduced MicroStation users to the concept of models. Whereas a V7 design file used to be one single design space, a V8 design file is a container of models, each of which behaves much like a separate design file. You can create an unlimited number of models in a DGN file. There…

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How to quickly find any text string (or just about anything else) in all the design files at your entire site

By Rick Sewell Have you ever had a need to determine which of your massive set of DGN project files contained a specific text string or a particular cell or model or level? How do you handle those situations now? How much time have you lost on projects just trying to locate things? How much…

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Maximize your batch processing power by executing your own MicroStation macros with Global File Changer.

It’s common to have to repeat the same task over and over in a given design file or in a series of design files. In these cases, it’s nice to have a macro recorded that will perform that repetitive action without your having to go through all the key-strokes and mouse-clicks each time to get…

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Don’t Make a New Reference File Clipping Boundary

Just change the one that’s there. By Rick Sewell, Axiom’s Resident Service Genius So you have your clip set up all nice and neat. Then you’re told that you must also include that little section of the reference that is just outside the boundary. Ah! What a pain to have to re-clip the whole thing.…

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Introduction to Level Libraries

Level libraries are a MicroStation V8 enhancement that allow you to ensure consistency by offering an easy way to standardize level settings in your design files. Level libraries are very similar to the LVL files found in previous versions of MicroStation [Editor’s note: In V7, the levels are not named, they are numbered and the…

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