In MicroStation, there are three commonly known ways to access tools: from the ribbon at the top, from ribbon group pop-ups, which are in-place at the cursor position, or using keyboard shortcuts. There is one more relatively uncommon but very interesting way to access tools, that is screen menus. Let us learn to create and use them in this blog series.
Using screen menus, you can build your own UI layout and access tools from it. Screen menus provide many advantages over the regular UI:
If you work primarily on a limited set of tools and desire more screen space for working on your designs, screen menus can be very useful for you. You can create screen menus consisting of your frequently used tools and minimize the ribbon. The screen menu can be popped up with a keyboard shortcut or kept active at one corner of the view, thereby freeing the space occupied by the ribbon and increasing the design space. Screen menus can also be very useful when you mostly use a limited set of tools and need more design space.
The following video shows few screen menu samples.
In the next blog, you will learn to create a simple screen menu.