• Mon, Sep 18 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Configuration Tips : Reference file variables

    The following tips are valid for V8i applications, the variables mentioned have not changed in CONNECT Edition. From MicroStation help: When MicroStation opens a DGN file, it searches for DGN files that contain attached references as follows: If the file specification contains a custom configuration variable, it searches that directory, using the relative path, if any. It searches a list of directories which consists...
    • Thu, Sep 14 2017

    What is Power Platform?

    You may come across references to this term in our discussions and documentation. Power Platform is the MicroStation core application that underlies the CONNECT Edition products that are based on MicroStation. In the V8i world we delivered many discipline specific applications that relied upon being installed over specific versions of MicroStation, these have gradually migrated to integrated applications. For instance...
    • Mon, Sep 11 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Custom Configuration - Part 5 : Separating Project Data from Standards

    An out of the box installation of a CONNECT Edition application is largely centered on folders in Windows' default ProgramData folder. This has to be done so the application can be successfully installed in a fully functioning state. However, live operational data is in practice almost always located on network shares for security and sharing. The location of shared network resources in the Custom Configuration is discussed...
    • Fri, Sep 8 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Custom Configuration - Part 4 : Standards CFG File Contents

    As discussed in Part 3 , Standards can be applied at all configuration levels. As delivered Standards content is configured: At the Organization level by: C:\ProgramData\Bentley\MicroStation CONNECT Edition\Configuration\Organization\standards.cfg At the WorkSpace level by: C:\ProgramData\Bentley\MicroStation CONNECT Edition\Configuration\WorkSpaces\<WorkSpaceName>.cfg At the WorkSet level, e.g.: C:\ProgramData\Bentley...
    • Thu, Aug 17 2017

    CONNECT Edition - What does _USTN_USER_CONFIGURATION do?

    In CONNECT Edition - Custom Configuration - Part 1 : Initial Creation Steps I described how the installer can be used to specify the location of your Custom Configuration by setting the value of the variable _USTN_CUSTOM_CONFIGURATION listed in "C:\ProgramData\Bentley\MicroStation CONNECT Edition\Configuration\ConfigurationSetup.cfg" to the chosen Network Configuration path; e.g.: \\hal\CONFIGURATIONS\MCE. We also have...
    • Tue, Aug 15 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Custom Configuration - Part 1 : Initial Creation Steps

    This article is based in the MicroStation CONNECT Edition installation process. The process for other applications is similar but will generally have some additional steps to cover application specific requirements, AECOsim Building Designer (ABD) datasets for instance. The additional steps for ABD are linked from CONNECT Edition - Configuration : Customization Guides . The initial setup of WorkSets requires some manual...
    • Mon, Aug 14 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Custom Configuration - Part 2 : Standards Folders

    The process in Part 1 created the functional structure of the Organization with the first WorkSpace and WorkSet and the essential configuration files needed for it to operate. It did not create any of the resources that contain and deliver the Organization, WorkSpace or WorkSet standards. These resources need to be created or where they already exist be reviewed and copied into the appropriate locations. Then the configuration...
    • Mon, Aug 14 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Custom Configuration - Part 3 : Standards CFG Files

    Standards can be configured by files at all configuration levels. Organization The Standards.cfg is the primary configuration file for setting organization wide standards. This is the organization baseline for: locations and names of shared resources; configurable default settings: etc. The Organization standards resources are contained in the Organization folder's subfolders. Note: to highlight that the file is different...
    • Thu, Aug 10 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Deploying ConfigurationSetup.cfg

    When you create a Deployment Image for MicroStation CONNECT Edition or AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, the configuration stage of the installation enables the location of the Custom Configuration to be selected in the same way as a manual installation: This step writes the location of the Custom Configuration, normally on a network share (mapped drive or UNC) into the ConfigurationSetup.cfg that is created...
    • Tue, Aug 8 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Update news

    Two updates coming your way at the moment are an incremental update to the CONNECTION Client (, note a terminology change, the Personal Portal is now known as the CONNECTION Center to tie in with the way the services available are developing. MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 6 is now available for download and will appear as an update in the CONNECTION Client shortly. One thing to take note of is our installer...
    • Thu, Aug 3 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Edit WorkSet CFG in the Configuration Variables dialog

    The CONNECT Edition Configuration variables dialog is considerably more user friendly than its V8i predecessor, offering more space, column sorting and other improvements. However, one apparent limitation is that any changes made are saved to the current user’s Personal.ucf. This is usually fine for testing but requires manual editing to copy the changes made to the WorkSet or other CFG files. A CONNECT Edition key-in...
    • Tue, Jun 20 2017

    CONNECT Edition - AECOsim Building Designer and GenerativeComponents released

    The Commercial Release of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition is now available for download from Bentley's Software Downloads page. Please see the announcment from Jeff Ashley in the AECOsim | speedikon Announcements Forum . On YouTube we have the Tech Talk: What’s New in AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition . Please review CONNECT Edition - What Features/Capabilities have been Deprecated/Superseded?...
    • Fri, Jun 16 2017

    CONNECT Edition - The Ribbon

    The basic techniques for using the Ribbon are similar to those in Microsoft Office and other Ribbon based user interfaces. Here are a few tips that apply to all Power Platform products: Changing Ribbon Workflow At the top right of the Ribbon we have added the ability to move between a number of different Ribbon layouts, that we call Workflows, by picking the Workflow name from the pop-down menu. To speed this up, following...
    • Thu, Jun 15 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Using Position Mapping to get to Tools Really Quickly!

    One of the features of the V8i interface, loved by those that discovered and ran with it, was Position Mapping. The ability to drive the UI with simple alpha numeric sequences led to me receiving support calls from some users referring to tools by their Position Mapping sequences instead of the tool name! Position Mapping is the consistent mapping of keyboard characters to positions in the interface rather than attempting...
    • Fri, Jun 2 2017

    CONNECT Edition - AECOsim Building Designer Teaser

    While AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition's well known primary objectives are migration to 64-bit and the Ribbon interface there will be new/enhanced features, 'Place by Element' for instance: (Please visit the site to view this video)
    • Tue, May 30 2017

    Windows 10 - Installing Non-Store Apps

    In the Creator's Update Microsoft have expanded the use of the word 'app' to cover any application in their current terminology. This means that with default settings installing a Bentley application will throw up this dialog: Just turn it off here by selecting 'Allow apps from anywhere':
    • Thu, May 25 2017

    Configuration - Use Variables in Key-ins to Quickly Open Folders or Files

    For a long time we have been able to edit MicroStation cells by right-clicking and picking 'Open for Editing'. Editing other resources can involve repetitive navigation to locations in the Project/WorkSet or Workspace/Configuration. We have a couple of key-in structures that can help to avoid these repetitive steps. 1. Open a location in Windows Explorer key-in: $ %explorer $(<variableName>) '$' instructs that...
    • Tue, Apr 11 2017

    Bentley CONNECT Advisor - Learning on demand!

    Earlier this year we launched Bentley CONNECT Advisor, an in-product tool to access context relevant learning material. [Updated July 2017] CONNECT Edition Bentley CONNECT Advisor is installed with CONNECT Edition applications based on MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4 or later. It was offered as a Technology Preview in Update 4, then became a fully-fledged feature from Update 5 onwards. Updates to the CONNECT Advisor...
    • Sun, Apr 9 2017

    AECOsim Building Designer - VBA Errors on Startup

    Updated April 2017: In some situations a series of VBA errors can occur when starting AECOsim Building Designer. Two possible causes are: Misconfiguration of a project, in which case the Message Center should contain error messages listing incorrect paths to resources. The Verify Configuration and Validate DataGroup tools can be used to troubleshoot such problems which can usually be fixed by correcting the Project...
    • Wed, Feb 8 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Configuration Tips: Search in the Configuration Dialog

    The new Configuration Dialog makes life a lot easier. It can be resized, no more scrolling through a long list that only shows 6 lines at a time! Always use the search bar to find the right variable. Note that as well as the actual variable name, the search also looks through the underlying values and decription. This is intended to help you find variables that could be relevant to your question but do not contain the...
    • Mon, Feb 6 2017

    CONNECT Edition - Configuration Tips: Add the Configuration Dialog to the Quick Access Toolbar

    The new Configuration Dialog is a huge improvement over the V8i equivalent. If you use it frequently, add it to the Quick Access Toolbar above the Ribbon:
    • Tue, Dec 6 2016

    SpaceMouse Update for v10 Drivers

    Current 3Dconnexion drivers use a totally different xml configuration structure to pre v10 drivers. (For pre v10 drivers see my earlier article: Mice in Space!) The 3d Input Toolbox is still useful with SpaceMouse operations in MicroStation, see the end of this article for brief notes on that. The file contains the default button actions and macros used by 3Dconnexion drivers which look like this for my SpacePilot...
    • Fri, Dec 2 2016

    Setting Active Angle From Existing Graphics

    Here are a couple of golden oldies. While AccuDraw has the RE shortcut to temporarily rotate the compass to an element, in some cases you might want to set the Active angle to a specific angle from an element, perhaps on a on a survey drawing or other existing source material. We have two key-ins: active angle pt2 prompts for two points along an element or multiple element or just in space, then sets the Active...
    • Mon, Nov 21 2016

    Setting Up in the Real World – UK Coordinate Systems

    Update - November 2016: Ordnance Survey recently published OSTN15, " the new geoid for Britain ". We are working towards making this available. This blog will be updated once we have done so. UK users creating new data should always use the OSGB-GPS-2002 GCS when working with the UK National Grid to ensure that when converted to ETRS89 or WGS84 based datums, projection coordinates are the most accurate possible. The...
    • Mon, Sep 19 2016

    Site Standards - Migrating Custom Tools From V8i to CONNECT

    This article explains how to add a menu with links to useful locations or files in V8i applications and how to migrate the menu to CONNECT applications. The general processes for creating custom tools in V8i are covered in the help documents and Customizing tools and tool boxes in MicroStation . How to Migrate Old Customizations to the Ribbon covers the general principles of tool migration. One useful thing to do with...