Uploaded Tif files and tracing in MicroStation Connect

I've been using a file in MicroStation v8i for years that our mapper created before he retired.  His position wasn't filled after he retired, and I've used his file for a few years to create new very basic drawings from what he had created.  My company upgraded to MicroStation Connect recently, and I am having trouble creating drawings within my existing file.  Previously, I could upload a tif file and draw shapes on top of it "trace" the uploaded tif sketch in the background.  I finally figured out how to upload the tif, but it doesn't stay visible to trace when adding shapes on top of it.  I've tried changing the transparency of the shapes, bringing tif to front, but nothing changes.  I don't know if there are new commands in the new version, or perhaps the settings saved on my v8i file have disappeared.  I was provided a link for learn Bentley, but same problem as others have mentioned. Wheel spins, and no videos load.

  • Doesn't stay visible..Does the TIF disappear completely (leaving a black screen)? Are your shapes covering up your TIF? Is your DGN 2D or 3D? There are a few different factors that might have been "improved" in Connect.


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  • Basically you need to follow this workflow:

    1. Attach TIF using Raster Manager

    2. Drag the raster in raster dialog up or down to change between foreground or background

    3. In case of 3D file you will have to set z height of the raster. Also check that view is in  Wireframe rendering mode.

    4. Draw on top of raster using drawing tools and check that element transparency is off.

  • if you have access to any GIS software you dont need to trace it will create the rastor to vector ( lines)  ..or you can get free Qgis and use  the instructions here


    It will export GEOTIF ( raster)  to shp file or DXF... and keep its coordinates ( GCS) 

    Depending on your raster this may be a quicker and more accurate way than manual tracing by eye as msnt cannot snap to raster pixels...

    and you can keep adding more tiffs to the same qgis file to create single shp file  later with multiple shapes...


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