Update on Update 13

With the release of MicroStation V8i SS10, we have now turned our full attention to MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 13.  In response your feedback, the MicroStation team has been putting nearly all of our effort into maturing the CONNECT Edition.  This has taken precedence over our quarterly update cadence. 
We anticipate MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 13 to be available before Summer (in the northern hemisphere).  Its main improvements include:

  • The familiar V8i Task Navigation interface, is now easily opened from the Workflow drop-down list, so you can stay productive while becoming familiar with CONNECT Edition
  • Decreased time to open large files (~1.5-2 GB file size) compared to MicroStation V8i 
  • Introduction of physically-based materials, supported in both model views and renderings, for easier texturing and more realistic visualizations
  • Integration of Components Center (as a Technology Preview), a service for organizations to create and manage content libraries
  • Resolution of many user-reported issues

The complete list of what’s new and changed, as well as a list of the resolved issues, will be available here in Communities when Update 13 is available.
We will continue to put increased quality and stability above all other work, with an eye toward making your path from V8i to CONNECT Edition a smooth one.  We will also continue to finish the last mile items that enhance the benefits of CONNECT Edition over previous versions, particularly the many property-driven workflows will result in even more productive modeling and documentation workflows.
We welcome your feedback about the changes we’re making and look forward to hearing your voice about where we should focus our work for the upcoming fall and beyond.

Best regards,

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Makai Smith
Director, Product Management
MicroStation Product Line
Bentley Systems, Inc.