CAD/BIM Tips & Tricks

How to Add a Scale Bar to a Drawing

Scale bars can be added as a cell, a reference file or directly created in the design file. It is a full scale representation of actual size. It will scale up or down proportionally to whatever size image you create. Since a scale bar reflects what a specific distance is within the JPEG image, a…

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Easily Clean Up Noisy Raster Reference Files

Do you work with scanned drawings, such as TIF or CIT graphics files, referenced to MicroStation DGN files? Do you notice that they never seem to be perfectly level and they’re often full of noise? Do you currently have to fix them outside of MicroStation, or in a complicated MicroStation add-on product like I/RAS B…

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MicroStation V8i Keyboard Shortcuts

Want to speed up your design work in V8i? Try using these keyboard shortcuts. With V8i, you can easily interact with MicroStation’s Main Toolbox, Tasks Toolbox, View Toolbox and Tool Settings dialog box using keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts allow you to quickly call up a specific tool or tool option without moving the mouse cursor…

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Quick two-letter key-ins

Although a graphical interface is great for many things, sometimes it’s faster to use two-letter MicroStation key-ins to adjust settings. For example, to set the active scale to 2.0, you can simply type “as=2” in the key-in browser. MicroStation has quite an extensive list of these two-letter key-ins for setting all manner of things from…

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Tips & Tricks: MicroStation V8i Shortcuts

Want to speed up your design work in V8i or XM? Try using these keyboard shortcuts. Ed Mendoza, veteran CAD Professional and Axiom Learning Expert, provides tips from his storehouse of experience. Since the introduction of V8 XM, you can easily interact with MicroStation’s Main Toolbox, Tasks Toolbox, View Toolbox and Tool Settings dialog box…

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Tired of manually turning on or off level display in tens, hundreds or thousands of design files?

Have you ever received a set of project files and found that all of the reference file levels you need to see have their display turned off? It’s a pain to go through them all and manually turn on the appropriate levels. Luckily you don’t have to. RefManager can handle this in a few or…

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CAD Standards Compliance Headaches?

One of the biggest headaches in getting CAD standards compliance is finding a fast and pain-free way to verify CAD standards are being followed. You find yourself with hundreds of files and you have to manually go through each one, ensuring they all follow the required standards. You spend hours upon hours, clicking, dragging and…

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Tips & Tricks: How to Create Multi-page PDFs Directly from MicroStation!

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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Try This Trick to Speed Up Design Projects Using the Microsoft Office Importer App

You have been there — a project deadline is closing in and you still have to import several giant spreadsheets, containing material information, specifications or measurements, into your CAD drawing. You try to import one spreadsheet and, to your horror, they’ve imported strangely. The cells are off, the numbers are misplaced and they don’t follow…

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