If you are a MicroStation V8i user who is intrigued by the new features that CONNECT Edition offers, here is a comprehensive list of CONNECT Edition features/tools and their availability and compatibility in V8i. This information will help provide confidence about the use of CONNECT Edition features and tools for use in workflows that involve V8i users and encourage you to migrate to the latest and best update.
CONNECT Features Not Available in V8i
Bing Maps Background Maps in View Attributes
Create Stereoscopic VR Rendering
DWG 2018 File Open and Save
EXIF data Support in Photomatch tool
Export Business data to LumenRT
GCS Description in Reference Dialog
iModel 2.0 Support
Issue Resolution Service
Overlap While Placing Named Boundaries by Length
New Mesh Tools (Facet, Re-triangulate, Split, etc)
Parametric Modeling Tools
Place Active Line Terminator maintains association of the cell with the element if moved or rotated
Place Label Cell Filter by Element
ProjectWise ContextShare Browser
Raster Custom Linestyles
Renaming Model Automatically Updates Saved View Links
Revit 2018 File Support
Scalable Mesh File Support
Units Selection Support when Export to FBX
User Feedback Service
WorkSet Link Set sorted in DGNWS
CONNECT Features available in V8i but with limited compatibility:
Below table enlists CONNECT Features that do have some compatibility in V8i:
CONNECT Edition Features
Bing Map Background
Cannot create, display, modify or delete in V8i. Existing data is retained in V8i roundtrip.
Bing Map Support in Scalable Meshes
Centralized Proxy server settings
Split into several dialogs in V8i and not easy to manage for a large team
Not Required in V8i
Existing data is retained in V8i roundtrip. Properties are displayed when saved as .i.dgn.
Mesh Edge Display
Feature not available in V8i, setting is honored in v8i and retained in roundtrips
Publish and Print to ProjectWise Share
Available in V8i SS10, but service is deprecated
Reality mesh classification tools
RFA File Support
RFA content is shown as simple geometry. Existing data is retained in V8i roundtrip.
Scalable meshes (3sm) file support
Set Element Elevation Tool
Elements remain at location when file is opened in V8i, move tool used or SetZ command used in V8i to do the same
Can display. Cannot create, modify or delete. Data is retained in V8i roundtrip.
Not compatible. Data is retained in V8i roundtrip.
Workspaces and Work Sets
Compatible in CE + V8i hybrid environment
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