CellTool for MicroStation CONNECT Edition

The wait is over!!

On request from our users of MicroStation CONNECT Edition, the CELLTOOL has now been ported and is available for download. You can download this application from here.

In MicroStation CONNECT Edition, you can access this tool from:

Utilities > MDL Applications in the Ribbon

Cell Tool

The CellTool application provides some useful extensions to MicroStation’s standard cell placement tool. CellTool gives you the ability to: 

  • Place Active Cell with an interactive rotation angle
  • Place Active Cell on a selected element with interactive rotation angle
  • Place Active Cell on an element by partially deleting the target element to fit the cell.
  • Place multiple copies of the active cell along or offset from a selected element at a given distance between each copy.

Installation Instructions:

Place CellTool.ma and CellTool.dll in the..\MicroStation\mdlapps\ folder.

To load CellTool

Key-in MDL LOAD CELLTOOL in the Key-in dialog.

OR

Ribbon: Utilities > MDL Applications > Browse, select CellTool

This will load the CellTool MDL application and all the tools in the group.

To load the CellTool palette

 

  1. Key-in: DIALOG PALETTE CELLTOOL
  2. Select the appropriate tool.
  3. Enter name of cell to be used.
  4. (Optional) Set the angle of the active cell.
  5. Follow prompts for specific tool operation.

Place Cell and Rotate - The simplest of the CellTools, Place Cell and Rotate mimics the standard Place Cell tool with one notable difference. After placing the active cell, this tool puts the cell into an interactive rotation or spin mode around the cell’s origin.

To place a cell and rotate it

  1. Select the Place Cell and Rotate tool.
  2. Enter a data point to position a cell.
  3. Enter a data point to define the rotation angle.

Or

Reset to place the cell at the Active Angle.

Place Cell On and Rotate – Similar in function to the previous tool, the Place Cell On and Rotate tool utilizes an existing element for locating the origin point and initial angle of the selected cell.

To place a cell on an element and rotate it

  1. Select Place Cell On and Rotate tool.
  2. Identify an existing element on which you want to place the cell.
  3. Enter a data point to accept it.
  4. Enter a data point to define the rotation angle of the cell.

or

Reset to place the cell at the Active Angle with respect to the existing element.

 

Place Cell On - This tool works in a similar fashion as Place Cell On and Rotate with one very important difference. When the cell is placed on the selected element, the original element is partially deleted to remove that portion obscured by the cell. This can result in two or more new elements replacing the original element.

To place a cell on an element with trim

  1. Select Place Cell On tool.
  2. Identify an existing element on which you want to place the cell.
  3. Enter a data point to accept it.
  4. Enter a data point to define the rotation angle of the cell

or

Reset to place the cell at the Active Angle with respect to the existing element.

Place Cell Along - Acting like a tape measure, the Place Cell Along will place cells at a set distance along the entire length of a selected element. In addition to placing the active cell on the selected element, this tool can be configured to place the cell offset from the center line of the element. This is accomplished with the Offset tool setting.

To repeatedly place a cell a set distance along an element:  

  1. Select the Place Cell Along tool.
  2. Set the Spacing, Offset and Angle tool settings to the values desired.
  3. Identify the existing element at the point where you want the repeating cells to start.
  4. Enter a data point to accept it.

 

NOTE: This offset is calculated from the normal direction of the chosen element (from the first endpoint entered). This direction is determined by the order in which the element’s coordinates were placed. If your offset appears on the wrong side of the element, select the Undo command and try a negative offset value. 

Key-ins applicable in CONNECT Edition: 

V8i Key-In

CONNECT Edition Key-in

PLACE CELL ON DIALOG

PLACE CELL ON

 

PLACE CELL ROTATE ON DIALOG

 

PLACE CELL ROTATE ON

 

PLACE CELL ROTATE POINT DIALOG

 

PLACE CELL ROTATE POINT

 

PLACE CELL ALONG DIALOG

 

PLACE CELL ALONG

 

DIALOG PALETTE CELLTOOL

 

DIALOG PALETTE CELLTOOL

 

CELLTOOL VERSION

 

CELLTOOL VERSION

 

Please note that the CellTool has been ported as is and there will be no further development to enhance its functionalities.