Good afternoon. I can't figure out the levels in Microstation. As mentioned I am coming over from a CAD background, the layer functions in CAD were very easy to understand. Select a line or block and put it on a layer. And when you click on a line in CAD it will show you what layer its' on. In Microstation I can't simply select a line and put it on a layer. The software almost wants me to assign all aspects of a level (line type, color, thickness) instead of just allowing me to put a line on a level where all those parameters are already set. Its' very confusing, and takes a lot of time. Anyone have any advice. Thank you.
Hi and Welcome John
Have you gone to the Bentley Learn server and looked up Microstation For Autocad users? You cant beat getting some training ...There are some simple but important differences and workflows and some tools... for example if you move the mouse over an element and wait a second it will give a yellow fly out and tell you the level name and if its a xref. Or to match properties of an existing element Alt Left that element will make it the active settings so now if you place a line it will be on the active settings for level name , colour and weight...
There are many other little tricks but it helps if you have the active symbology tool enabled so you can see at a glance what is active
so from left to right starting at (Tex_18)
Level Name, Colour, Linetype ( or LC), weight, Transparency, Priority, Symbology preview
Currently Using V8iss10 (8.11.09.919)
and dabbling in CE update 16 (10.16.00.80)
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Answer Verified By: John Griffin
Great thank you very much. that really helps a lot.
in the help there is a section for acad etc and basic difference explanations about 2 pages but not enough compared to a training session, but better than nothing.. I also suggest you master accudraw and accusnap. its like orthosnaps and dynamic input combined.. you will never use construction lines again..( can even do arithmetic calcs like 1/3 etc this stuff is the tip of the iceberg ).
Also when you get near an element dont click, it should highlight then hold the Right mouse button down a secor so and wow a context sensitive menu pops.. better than Navigation tools or keyins as you dont type and dont lose your view focus as you mouse is where you were.. This option is a real speed booster if in Connect edition you also have the space bar to invoke tools as well as F7...