I have a converted dwg to dgn file utilizing model and sheet. I can't believe the amount of locations that it's possible to change a reference level's display properties, not to mention the fact the process is multiplied by 2 for on/off state changes. I'm completely overwhelmed.
I realize the initial creator of the file is mostly to blame but could someone help me get a handle on this? I'd like to control all the levels in one location. Additionally, I can't seem to find a setting to hold the level settings so they all revert after open/close. (dwg visretain=1 already??)
spear said:I can't believe the amount of locations that it's possible to change a reference level's display properties,
Is your question related to the default Microstation Level display mechanism or DWG related, only.
Are you familar with the " default Microstation Level display mechanism"?
For DGN files your have three "Level display methods" (see the Level Display Tool)
1. DISPLAY ON/OFF Level per View (not DWG compatiblel, but Microstation Default, for SAVE AS DWG see the DWG-Options)
2. GLOBAL DISPLAY ON/OFF Level (DWG compatible)
3. GLOBAL FREEZE LEVEL ON/OFF (DWG compatible)
4. for Reference attachments there is a GLOBAL/ON OFF
Indeed a Reference Attachment may have a level assingment in an DGN-Model like in AutocAD (DWG)
You may not use "file/Save settings" to revert you level settings after reopening your dgn file. Better try to use"SAVED VIEWS" for different Level settings and reusing them.
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thanks for the detailed response. I'm familiar with the level display mechanism in your first screenshot. however it doesn't seem to be working the way I interpret it.
My files and ref files are dgns but i'm unable to freeze a level globally (it only does it in model but the sheet ref level remain on) if I try and freeze a ref level in a sheet ref (viewport) I get a warning saying I can't do it there.
ref level overrides are on.
I'm not sure what you are saying in the last sentence but levels seem to be maintaining their settings after save/close now. (not sure what I did)
Spear- did you ever get this resolve? I'm having trouble trying to keep certain levels on in my sheet after Save setting and closing it. when i reopen file it the levels are off again.
Cause it's an F ing cluster mess. Try (temporarily) forgetting everything you know about level manipulation in Microstation. Then re-learn from AutoCad concepts. There is no such thing as a Viewport, Microstation sheets use reference files, not viewports. The entire Viewport concept is where we get tripped up, similar, but different. I always hate it when I have to work a project in DWG format, but it's rare.
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found a solution that works for me:
sheet view- level override ON
ref file - Display Overrides: ALWAYS
level Display - set levels on/off