• Customization Blog Series: Designing a Ribbon Group Pop-up - Blog 2 of 2

    Customizing and Creating a Ribbon Group Pop-Up

    You can customize a delivered ribbon group pop-up or create a new one as desired. In this blog we will do both, customize a delivered ribbon group pop-up and create a new one.
    Keeping in mind the typical drafting tools for a roadway designer we will customize the ribbon group pop-up. You can download the sample file (test.dgnlib) containing the customizations explained in…

    • Mon, Jan 8 2018
  • Customization Blog Series: Designing a Ribbon Group Pop-up - Blog 1 of 2

    Introduction to Ribbon Group Pop-ups and Keytips

    A ribbon group pop-up is a quick menu of tools and shortcuts for speedy access in MicroStation. It is a convenient way to access some of the most commonly used tools without having to switch workflows or tabs. A ribbon group pop-up can be invoked using an assigned keyboard shortcut and is displayed at the cursor point.
    The keyboard shortcut for accessing the default ribbon…

    • Mon, Dec 18 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 – Bing Map Background Map

    Previously, you required a Microsoft Bing authentication key to attach Microsoft Bing Maps as rasters. In Update 7, this is no longer required.  If you are a CONNECTED User, you can display the Microsoft Bing Maps imagery from the View Attributes dialog itself. Another reason to get CONNECTED  

    The technology is based on that developed for ConceptStation in the DgnDb/iModel environment, adapted for use in PowerPlatform.…

    • Thu, Dec 14 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 – Selecting i-model Version

    To convert a design file into an i-model, you need the Bentley DgnDb i-model Importer. Different Bentley applications support different versions of i-models. For example, Bentley Navigator CONNECT Edition versions up to Update 2 support i-model version 1.5, whereas, Bentley Navigator CONNECT Edition Update 3 and later support i-model version 1.6 and later. To create an i-model of a version, you need a matching version…

    • Thu, Dec 7 2017
  • Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 4 of 4

    Managing Visibility of Tools

    Up to the last blog, we created a workflow, added tabs, groups and tools within them. All seems done! However, just consider a situation where you have a tool that can be used only in a sheet model. You don’t want it to be displayed when a design or drawing model is opened. How do you restrict the display of this tool? The answer is, by selecting appropriate named expressions in the Visibility…

    • Tue, Dec 5 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 - Productivity

    Place Active Line Terminator Enhancement

    This was a request on the Ideas forum of Bentley Communities. Previously, if you placed a cell as an active line terminator, the association of that cell was not maintained with the line or element on which it was placed as a terminator. Due to this, when you moved the element, the cell wouldn’t move along with it. In this update, MicroStation associates the line terminator cell…

    • Thu, Nov 30 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 - Raster Custom Linestyle

    Some of you may be wondering if we ever will have a real-life image of a line style instead of the usual plain and simple line style, great news is that we now have it for you.  The raster custom line style is the new Technology Preview feature being...
    • Thu, Nov 23 2017
  • Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 3 of 4

    Adding Tools to the Ribbon Group

    In this blog, we will add tools or buttons to the ribbon group.

    1. In the Customize Ribbon dialog, in the Roadway workflow, select the Common Tools ribbon group.
    2. In the Choose components from drop-down, make sure Buttons is selected and from the list box, scroll down to select the Element Selection tool.
    3. Click the Add button.
      You can also drag the button into the Common Tools ribbon group…
    • Tue, Nov 21 2017
  • MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 is here and it's packed with productivity

    MicroStation CONNECT Edition Gets a Big Update

    We are pleased to announce the availability of MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7. This major update includes some significant new capabilities!

    Real-time visualization

    • In addition to MicroStation’s built-in capabilities for producing lifelike movies and renderings, every user now gets a companion installation of Bentley LumenRT to create real-time visualizations. Bentley…

    • Fri, Nov 17 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 - Extrude Along - Circular Profile

    MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 introduces the "Circular Profile" option in the Extrude Along tool.

    This feature allows you to quickly create a circular extrusion along a path, without the the need of separately drawing a circular input element.

    The tool supports variables for creating smart parametric solids and a range of design variations in just a few clicks.

    The feature is very easy and intuitive…

    • Thu, Nov 16 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 - Edit Item Dialog

    MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 introduces a new "Edit Item" dialog for an easier and quicker way of editing Item properties.


    When you right click on an element, the "Edit Item" option is shown if there are one or more item types attached to it.

    You can easily select which Item Type to edit using the drop down menu at the top of the dialog and search or filter only properties with an already…

    • Wed, Nov 15 2017
  • Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 2 of 4

    Creating Custom Ribbon Components

    In this blog, we will use the Customize Ribbon dialog and create custom ribbon components such as workflow, tab, and ribbon group. To know more about each of these, refer to my previous blog.

    In this example, we will create a customized ribbon that contains a simplified set of tools, grouped together, that a typical roadway designer will use while working on roadway projects.

    Note: Ribbon…

    • Tue, Nov 7 2017
  • Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 1 of 4

    Introduction to the Ribbon Interface

    The MicroStation ribbon interface typically follows the Microsoft Office ribbon with some enhancements. The following image shows the different components of a ribbon.

    The size of the ribbon components automatically adjusts as you resize the product window. This adjustment also happens when you view the application on different screen sizes. You can also customize the ribbon, about…

    • Tue, Oct 24 2017
  • Composing Drawings Blog Series: Drawing Boundaries, Named Boundaries and Fields - Blog 3 of 3

    Inserting Fields in the Composed Sheet’s Title Block

    In the previous blogs (Blog 1 and Blog 2), we learnt how to create drawing boundaries in seed files, create new sheets from these seed files and populate the drawing boundaries with content from named boundaries. In this blog, we will complete the work flow by inserting Fields in the title block of the composed sheets to fill relevant information.

    A Field is a…

    • Fri, Sep 29 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 7 - Issue Resolution Service

    The Markup and Redline workflow is always part of the design process.  The traditional way to do this is to print a copy of the design and have an engineer or field technician use a red pencil to markup the changes they want to the drawing.  Then that paper is handed back to a draftsperson and they “pick up” the redlines by making the changes to the digital drawing.

    The Issue Resolution Service is a digital…

    • Sat, Sep 9 2017
  • Creating a Parametric Steel Section

    In this video (with audio instructions), you will learn to create a Parametric Steel C section, that can be placed as a cell in a design. Advanced Parametric Modeling features of MicroStation CONNECT Edition are used for this purpose. Parametric modeling in CONNECT Edition allows greater flexibility than the STEEL App supported in MicroStation V8i. Other types of steel section cells can be created and used, following the steps…

    • Wed, Sep 6 2017
  • Composing Drawings Blog Series: Drawing Boundaries, Named Boundaries and Fields - Blog 2 of 3

    Populating Drawing Boundaries with Content from Named Boundaries

    In the previous blog we created drawing boundaries in a seed file for plan and details. In this blog, we will add content within these drawing boundaries from named boundaries. Content within a named boundary dynamically updates when any changes are made in the design file.

    Let us see an example of how this can be done:

    Open the DRAINAGE STRUCTURES.dgn file…

    • Tue, Sep 5 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 6 - Online Help

    Hurray! The Online Help is finally here. You no longer need to check the old static help for our products. MicroStation documentation is now officially available online.

    Some of the key features of the online help are:

    • Accessibility from the product
    • Context sensitive
    • Always get up to date documentation
    • Ability to post comments
    • Advanced search options
    • Improved interface
    • Easy to share

    How to Access Online Help?

    From this…

    • Thu, Aug 31 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 6 – Change Mesh Normal

    A new Change Mesh Normal tool has been introduced as a Technology Preview feature in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 6. In addition to the old Reverse and Unify Normals features, the following new features are provided in this new tool:

    • Average Normals – Hides edges for facets whose angle is less than average normal value provided.
    • Make stored normal at vertices consistent with order – Vertex normals are changed…
    • Thu, Aug 24 2017
  • Composing Drawings Blog Series: Drawing Boundaries, Named Boundaries and Fields - Blog 1 of 3

    Creating Drawing Boundaries in a Seed File

    MicroStation CONNECT Edition offers the Drawing boundary and Named boundary features to simplify the cumbersome process of sheet creation and further enhance the dynamic views workflow. Using a Drawing boundary, you can quickly and easily define the location of a drawing. You can place multiple drawing boundaries on a sheet model. These drawing boundaries can then be populated…

    • Mon, Aug 21 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 5: References Enhancements

    MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 5 has added a new feature for attaching reference files. You can now set the visible edges display directly from the Reference Attachment Properties dialog. This will save a step that you would previously have to do in the References dialog after your visible edges file would have been attached. This option will only be available when attaching a 3D model to a 2D sheet model or 2d drawing…

    • Thu, Aug 17 2017
  • Composing Drawings Blog Series: Building Design Blog 3 of 4

    Managing Sheet Index

    In the previous blog, we customized the drawing seed and used it for automating dynamic views. In this blog, we will add sheets to the sheet index and customize the sheet numbering.

    Creating Sheet Index Structure

    You can organize the sheets in a sheet index by different categories. For example, by discipline such as Plumbing, Electrical etc. Each category is a different folder in the sheet index.…

    • Thu, Aug 17 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 6: Scalable Meshes and ProjectWise ContextShare integration

    MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 6 introduces support for the new scalable meshes file format. Scalable meshes are a new type of multi-resolution meshes that, amongst many advantages, offers faster processing, improved visualization and much better streaming performances for a more efficient and leaner handling of reality meshes.

    You can attach scalable meshes that are stored locally or streamed from Bentley’s ProjectWise…

    • Tue, Aug 8 2017
  • Composing Drawings Blog Series – Building Design blog 4 of 4

    In the previous blog, we learnt about adding sheets to the sheet index and customizing the sheet index numbering. Once all the sheets are included in the sheet index, you want to create a report of sheet index and place it as a table. Let’s see how to do it.

    Placing the Sheet Index as a Table

    Placing the sheet index in the form of a table is pretty simple.

    1. In the Explorer’s Sheet Index tab, click the Place…
    • Tue, Aug 8 2017
  • New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 5: Protrusion Tool Enhancement

    In MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 5, you now have a more advanced tool setting for Protrusion. Earlier you could only choose a direction for protrusion i.e. Forward, Back or Both, but now you can also choose to protrude a profile through a desired distance, up to a solid or a selected face of a solid.

    Through setting offers the following options:

    • Up to body – Extends the protrusion up to the selected solid or surface…
    • Tue, Aug 1 2017