How to use DGNLib Saved Views ?

                A saved view is a view definition, which includes the level display for the active model and references, the clip volume, and other view attributes. It is saved with a unique name.

                A DGNLib saved view is a saved view that is shared across multiple files of a project and among multiple users. These DGNLib saved views are used as standards by members of a workgroup.

                Each DGNLib saved view has a unique name that identifies it. When you use a DGNLib saved view in your active DGN file, it is copied into the active DGN file and is given the same name.

In addition to promoting the sharing of saved views, DGNLib Saved Views provide other advantages:

  • DGNLib saved views allow administrators to create shared resources in one place and to distribute them to many users. Having a central location for saved views makes the maintenance and management of them easier.
  • You start by copying a saved view from a DGN library, but it is not "locked" to prohibit you from changing it. You can make changes to the local copy of saved view as needed.

Creating DGNLib Saved Views:
                DGNLib files are created in the same way as a normal DGN files but with recommended file extension of .dgnlib. To view saved views from a DGNLib file in current working DGN file, we will need to point MS_DGNLIBLIST configuration variable to desired DGNLib file.

                Now, Saved Views dialog will show all saved views: saved views from active DGN file (Untitled-1, Untitled-2....) and saved views from DGNLib file (Saved View from dgnlib-1, Saved View from dgnlib-2....).

 Following attributes are shown for each saved view in the SV dialog.

Applying a DGNLib Saved View
Applying a DGNLib saved view makes a local copy of it in the active DGN file and applies it. This action will change saved view's status to following.

Modifying local copy of DGNLib Saved View
                Using "Update Saved View Settings" tool, you can update a saved view with modifications you made to the active view window. Whenever a local copy of a DGNLib saved view is modified, it shows following status in Saved Views dialog.

Updating DGNLib Saved View from library
                We can always get back to the original settings of DGNLib saved view using "Update from Library" tool in Saved Views dialog.

Deleting local copy of DGNLib Saved View
                Delete action on local copy of saved view never deletes the saved view from DGNLib file, but only deletes the local copy in the active file. And now DGNLib saved view is again shown in Grey color.

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  • This is actually very handy, and I've wanted to do this for some time.

    Set up a blank dgnlib with a Sheet Model.

    Attach the cut sheet sized title blocks [for Saved View placement reference]. The create Saved Views around the desired locations.

    Detach title blocks and place the DGNLib in the network or local library search path.

    Now all users will have default Saved Views available.

    Call one of the Saved Views 'thumbnail' and it will show up in File Explorer and PW Explorer as the default preview icon ;-)

  • I am unable to get this to work in OpenRoads Designer. Is there anything I need to do differently since it is a new program?

  • On thing I preach in our training classes is to use saved views for printing. Set up the correct level display and view attribute settings for different types of sheets. Once the saved view imported to your drawing, window in on your print area and update the location.

    Just apply the saved view prior to printing and your levels and view attribute displays are setup correctly.

  • Hello

    I've just had a little play around with this and have found it very useful. It may be preferable, initially, to just use this to standardise/harmonise the 'viewing location', as in just the location and orientation of the view (not the levels/display styles).

    if well implemented, this could potentially replace/complement the 'Standard Views' currently available in the 'View Rotation' toolbox (should they not meet the requirements of you current project)

  • This will be very useful for us.  We created 79 saved views of  "zoomed in" areas for the city, plus an overall view.

    Now to "zoom" quickly to an area of choice, choose the name of that view and it brings you there. It doesn't matter which file is open, it will zoom to that geographic area but for this we chose not to change any level/file settings.  Putting this in a DGNLIB allows everyone the same functionality.