Like V8i? You'll Love CONNECT - Configuration Variables Dialog Improvements

As you are aware, the Configuration dialog is frequently required to modify the location of your library files or control the behavior of certain features.

Though a very useful dialog, it certainly had a few usability issues in V8i:

  • Finding a configuration variable – Since there were numerous configuration variables, it was cumbersome to find a specific configuration variable from the long list. Manually scrolling through the list was painstaking.
  • Need for session restart – Some configuration variables require restarting MicroStation session after you change their values. However, there was no way to know beforehand whether the configuration variable you edit will require session restart.
  • Consolidated list of defined configuration variables and their values – Say you wanted to check the location of all the DGN library related configuration variables. There was no way to get a consolidated list of all configuration variables and their values.
  • Not resizable – The dialog box was fixed in size.

The following enhancements to the Configuration Variables dialog overcame many of the issues you faced in V8i and hence saves time when working with configuration variables:

  • Search – You can now search for a configuration variable using the Search bar.
  • Status – The Restart icon in the flags column of the configuration variables list box indicates whether the configuration variable requires session restart for the changes to take effect.
  • Configuration variables list – Selecting File > Show Configuration Values opens a text file listing all the configuration variables, the Configuration level at which they are stored, and their values.
  • You can resize the dialog box.

The following video demonstrates the new enhancements in CONNECT Edition.