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  • Configuring Standard Settings for DWG Open and Save As DWG

    Overview With the standard installation of MicroStation, a user can set the DWG Open options or the Save As DWG options and they are saved on their PC in the DWGdata folder. There are times when a company would like to always use a standard set of settings for opening a DWG file or saving to a DWG file. They may also what to have some project specific setting that are different than the standard settings and may vary from project to project. This...
  • MicroStation V8i SS3 has been released.

    MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3) has been released. When you download and install it, you will notice some changes with previous versions of MicroStation V8i. Here are some technical points of note: The installer has been changed considerably and now directly incorporates the prerequisites. Similar to other products (i.e. Bentley View), you no longer need a separate download and install of the Bentley Desktop Prerequisites -- the installer...
  • Archiver is retiring...

    Still have Archive (.mar) files around?? If you still have MicroStation Archive files and want to be able to access the data inside, it is recommended to convert them to packager zip files. Beginning in MicroStation V8i Select Series 3, the ability to extract/open archive files will no longer be available. Click here for detailed information on the Archive tool in MicroStation V8i Select Series 2. Click here for information regarding using...
  • Settings Manager is retiring…

    Information If you have not heard yet, Settings Manager will be removed from MicroStation in a future TBD release; however it has been replaced by much better functionality. For a while now, Bentley has provided a better solution that supercedes Settings Manager -- DGNlibs, Tools, Tasks, and Templates. The ability to migrate any functionality you have created in Settings Manager into these items also exists. Bentley wants to give our users...
  • Introduction to Sheet Border

    This blog is about the Sheet Border utility in MicroStation. Many times we need to develop our drawings at different standard drawing scales. To overcome this difficulty, MicroStation provides sheet borders to develop a perfectly scaled sheet layout. These customized sheet borders are actually design files available in the System folder of the MicroStation Workspace, and are ready to use with minimal modifications. The System folder that comes...
  • Key in to set transparency for (nested) reference levels

    How to set the transparency of specific levels in a master file as well as in a (nested) reference file to a specific value, using a key-in. Actually setting the transparency is quite close to setting the display for (nested) reference levels (see: http://communities.bentley.com/products/microstation/b/microstation_blog/archive/2010/12/17/key-ins-to-switch-levels-on-off-in-a-master-file-and-nested-references.aspx ) So also here, editing of ...
  • Key-in for changing the Global Origin

    In MicroStation V8i an enhancement was made for setting the global origin (GO=) and also a change in how the current origin is reported. For more information regarding the change in how the global origin is reported there is a good blog by Tim Hickman that covers this in detail - “ It aint the same old origin ”. With regards to changing the origin in MicroStation V8i, when you key-in “GO=” or “Active Origin”…...
  • Key-ins to switch levels on/off in a master file and (nested) references

    How to switch a level in a nested reference on or off using a key-in. In order to be able to switch on/off levels on a nested reference, the following settings/variables need to be checked first, to allow editing and saving the changes to the levels: Key-in: set refleveloverrides on As that is a file specific setting, make it permanent by using File>Save Settings Variables: MS_LEVEL_EDIT_NESTED_ATTACHMENT_LEVELS = 1 MS_LEVEL_LOAD_ATTACHMENT_FILTERS...
  • DWG Fidelity and DWG Workmode

    This term "DWG Fidelity" used in conversation lately. Also, this scenario appears to be a rising trend... Electronic deliverables for a project need to be in DWG. The project is started in DGN format. At or near the end of the project, the project files are converted to DWG. Some translation issues show up. Now with limited time, you scramble to correct these issues to meet your deadlines. DWG workmode is the perfect solution...