Raster Manager is a high-performance raster engine that allows the display of raster reference files in MicroStation. Raster Manager is a combination of MicroStation's Raster Reference and Image Manager, which provides users with a variety of image manipulation tools, such as warping, image navigation, interactive placement modification and non-destructive raster clipping tools.
Yes, Raster Manager is also certified with MicroStation PowerDraft v7.1.
No. Raster Manager will be delivered in place of Image Manager.
For MicroStation/J, only MicroStation Raster Reference and Image Manager are replaced. When MicroStation Descartes/MicroStation ReproGraphics are used, they both have their own version of Image Manager.
For MicroStation V8, Raster Manager will be the standard default raster engine. A new version of MicroStation Descartes, based on Raster Manager will be released soon.
If MicroStation Descartes or MicroStation ReproGraphics are loaded while Raster Manager is displaying images, the images will be transferred to Image Manager. The upcoming version 8 of MicroStation Descartes will support Raster Manager.
A Beta version of Descartes is currently available at the following location for SELECT Services members: http://selectservices.bentley.com/downloads/web/index.htm
No. Only MicroStation/J v7.1 and later are supported.
Raster Manager's clipping is done entirely in memory (RAM).
You must first open your design file and then import your .PRJ file using File > Project > Import.
Raster Manager supercedes and therefore disables Raster Reference and Image Manager. Once installed, you will no longer have access to Image Manager or Raster Reference on that particular installation. The Raster Manager installation will not affect existing installations of the MicroStation Descartes and MicroStation ReproGraphics Image Manager, which will function as usual.
The Raster Manager Help file is located under \Bentley\Documentation\raster_manager_en.chm.
In the 2004 Edition, there is a special setting specifically designed to enhance opening speed when attaching an image via a network drive. To enable this feature, you must create the following configuration variable: MS_RASTER_LOADMODE
Set this variable to "3" in order to speed up the attach/display operation for any image accessed through a network drive. A cache file will be created on the local drive in the folder pointed to by the Windows Environment variable TMP or TEMP. You may control the location of these cached files by specifying a System Environment variable HMRTempDirectory and setting it to the desired folder on your local drive.
If images are opened from a local drive, the default value will optimize speed for local raster files (loadmode is not set in the configuration).
The following parameter can be used to specify the background color of monochrome raster in Raster Manager:
To set the background color, edit the following variable in the .PLT driver used to generate the plot: BACKGROUND = 0
BACKGROUND = 0
where 0=white, 1=black, 2=color.
Updated georeference data is stored in the DGN type 90 reference. When the image is detached or the design file closed, the georeference information is automatically written in the image header, or a sister file. To avoid modification of either file, open your images as read-only. To do so, simply turn on the "Open Raster Files Read-Only" in the Attach Raster Reference File dialog box. By doing so, only the type 90 reference will be updated.
The file is automatically saved when the design file is closed and/or when the raster file is detached.
The foreground color is identified by the color index 1 and the background is color index 0. The weight of each color is irrelevant.
No. Contrast and brightness settings are stored in the Raster Reference attachment (type 90).
Possible values are one single color or all colors.
Use the Escape key to halt Raster Preview and still be able to open image files.
If this problem occurs, simply modify the color of either the background or foreground and the image will appear. To modify the color settings, click the Show Image Settings arrow at the bottom of the main Raster Manager dialog box, or choose File > Settings > Attachment > Color from the Raster Manager menu.
Clipping of vector and raster are independent from each other. To clip raster, choose File > Clip from the Raster Manager menu.
Yes, multiple color transparencies will be retained when the project is opened in Raster Manager. However, when you re-open this image with more than one color set to either translucent or transparent, you will no longer have the ability to remove or add color transparencies.
Add the HMRTempDirectory variable to your System Environment variables and set it to a drive/directory combination of your choice. This problem occurs when there is not enough free space to create the cached files on the drive where the default TEMP file is located.
Add the HMRTempDirectory variable to your System Environment variables and set it to a drive/directory combination of your choice.
In older design files created with different MicroStation/J applications (for example I/RASB, and some Geotiff and Intergraph TIFF attachments created with Raster Manager version 07.11.36.38 or earlier), the Raster Attachment found in the design file may give a different georeference than the one found in the Raster file's header. If the file header georeference has to take precedence over the design file's Raster Attachment georeference, it is suggested to use the Utilities > Preferences > Raster Manager dialog box and set the "File Georeference Has Priority When Raster Is Loaded" to on. When the design file is closed, then reopened, this will allow the images to place themselves according to the raster file header's georeference and to overwrite the georeference found in the design file's Raster Attachments. Previously, it was necessary to detach and reattach the images to overcome this problem.
Raster Manager does not support LZW compression.
Raster Manager uses a special feature called "transformation matrix," which lets you "dynamically" warp an image. Some features of the transformation matrix are not supported in Intergraph raster formats. On-the-fly supported transformations are move and scale.
Rotation and Affinity transformations can be displayed in MicroStation I/RAS B by applying the transformations to the file rather than to the transformation matrix.
Before closing the design file or detaching the image:
It is possible to view or set the GeoTIFF and World file unit under the MicroStation menu Workspace > Preferences > Raster Manager.
If the raster file was already attached as a Raster Manager file, it is possible that the georeference information stored in the type 90 (raster attachment information stored in the design file) has priority over the georeference information stored in the raster file's header.
To have Raster Manager always use the raster file's georeference header information:
Yes, when a GeoTiff has an unknown unit, you can set the default values in Workspace > Preferences under the "GeoTiff Default Unit Label" field.
Yes, you can set your own units in the Workspace > Preferences menu under the "WorldFile Default Unit Label" field. The default unit is set to m for meters.
When converting file formats which refer to a DGN file for georeference information, because "rastconv.ma" operates offline, the utility cannot access the referenced DGN file and the proper creation of Intergraph format output files is impossible. Use Raster Manager's Batch Conversion tool for these formats.
The following table lists the image formats supported by Raster Manager:
The main reason for this problem is that most of the time, these files are in fact GeoTIFF files. World files provide georeference information for applications that do not support the GeoTIFF format. In order for Raster Manager to read the values contained in the World file, turn OFF the "File Georeference Has Priority when Raster Is Loaded" in Workspace > Preferences > Raster Manager and use the RASTER SETCONFIG USEGEOTIFFSISTERFILE... keyins to make the worldfile location values override the geotiff header's location information.Use the keyins as follows:
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