I was reading through the CONNECT online help and I noticed that Tags are now considered deprecated. I previously used Tags in my Titleblocks however I am now left wondering what users are now utilising instead for titleblock text?
Also, when I was last using MicroStation, I created a VBA project in Excel with which I was able to import Tag information from DGN files, edit the tag values and export updated values back to the DGN files. Is the replacement for tags (Item Types?) something that can be as easily manipulated via Excel VBA?
You are correct that Item Types have replaced Tags in this particular operation. The following Wiki gives an overview of this.
The following may also be helpful with upgrading your Tags to Item Types.
There is a new tool being developed that you may be interested in specifically related to Item Types and Excel interoperability.
I hope this information is of assistance.
RegardsAndrew BellTechnical SupportBentley Systems
Barry Lothian said:Tags are now considered deprecated
That what Bentley would like us to accept. But remember that Microsoft deprecated VBA many years ago, when .NET arrived? VBA is still with us.
Item Types are great, but there remain one or two things that tags do that Item Types don't yet offer. We already offer a set of TagWorks tools that use Item Types in MicroStation CONNECT. Contact me by e-mail if you would like to discuss a TitleBlocker using Item Types.
Barry Lothian said:Is the replacement for tags (Item Types?) something that can be as easily manipulated via Excel VBA?
VBA support for Item Types arrived with MicroStation CONNECT Update 10.
Regards, Jon Summers LA Solutions
Morning Andrew, thanks for the reply.
I'll need to take a look at Item Types to get an understanding of what they are and how I need to use them.
The new tool sounds interesting but I have a couple of immediate concerns:
Jon Summers said:That what Bentley would like us to accept. But remember that Microsoft deprecated VBA many years ago, when .NET arrived? VBA is still with us.
Indeed however there is enough evidence to suggest Bentley will remove tools considered deprecated as we have examples of them already doing so in relatively recent past:
Those are just a few that come to mind (as an aside, each of those was not replaced with a superior alternative - in my opinion) so I don't hold much hope for tags.
Barry Lothian said:Bentley will remove tools
Bentley Systems tend not to break long-standing technology. Why are enter-data fields still with us? Many people have incorporated tags into their workflow since the technology was introduced with MicroStation v5 (approximately). It would break too much to eliminate tags.
That's rather different than replacing a tool with something superior (or otherwise). A new tool doesn't break the DGN file format.