New Microstation user

Good afternoon.  I am a new Microstation user.  I come from a CAD, and GIS background.  Can Microstation view attribute tables (.dbf files) from GIS ?  I am finding Microstation is only 50% of what I need.  I.e., Its' more of a design only software, not as much of a mapping software.  But if I could view .dbf files like you can in GIS it would be very handy.  Anyone have experience with this ?  Thank you. 

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  • Hi John,

    I am finding Microstation is only 50% of what I need.

    because you do not share any information about MicroStation version you use (please, follow the best practices), and also what your requirements are, it's hard to guess whether the required functionality is available in MicroStation or not.

    Its' more of a design only software, not as much of a mapping software.

    As Mary wrote: MicroStation is CAD and it never was developed like GIS software, so to try to use MicroStation as GIS can easily lead to confusion. OpenCities Map (OCM) is the product, built on top of MicroStation, providing GIS functionality. But even than, it's not to compare ArcGIS and OCM, because they follow different concepts and priorities ... so OCM is great when working with 3D (GIS) data, technical maps and aggregating different data sources. It's not so good where ESRI products excel: to analyze and visualize well organized GIS data.

    I'll give this a try.

    When you reference (or import to DGN) SHP data, you can do a lot of with them. One, very often required, but not supported now, functionality is to resymbolize SHP data based on attributes values. Some functionality can be reached using Display Rules (ability to change elements properties when displayed), but e.g. to replace point feature by a cell have to be solved using e.g. VBA.

    With regards,

      Jan

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  • Hi John,

    I am finding Microstation is only 50% of what I need.

    because you do not share any information about MicroStation version you use (please, follow the best practices), and also what your requirements are, it's hard to guess whether the required functionality is available in MicroStation or not.

    Its' more of a design only software, not as much of a mapping software.

    As Mary wrote: MicroStation is CAD and it never was developed like GIS software, so to try to use MicroStation as GIS can easily lead to confusion. OpenCities Map (OCM) is the product, built on top of MicroStation, providing GIS functionality. But even than, it's not to compare ArcGIS and OCM, because they follow different concepts and priorities ... so OCM is great when working with 3D (GIS) data, technical maps and aggregating different data sources. It's not so good where ESRI products excel: to analyze and visualize well organized GIS data.

    I'll give this a try.

    When you reference (or import to DGN) SHP data, you can do a lot of with them. One, very often required, but not supported now, functionality is to resymbolize SHP data based on attributes values. Some functionality can be reached using Display Rules (ability to change elements properties when displayed), but e.g. to replace point feature by a cell have to be solved using e.g. VBA.

    With regards,

      Jan

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