Wouldn't it be sweet if you could attach live Google Earth imagery into your DGN like a reference file? Clip-able, Scalable, Printable.
Maybe tell the guys at Google that I will actually by google earth pro for this functionality?
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Hi. Just checked the Microstation CONNECT capabilities: 1. In Google Earth, define points that you can match to your design later 2. Save the points/places as a .kmz file 3. In Microstation, choose your correct Coordinate System (under Utilities --> Geographic) 4. Open 'Define Placemark Monument' tool (Utilities --> Geographic) and browse for the .kmz file 5. Match the 'Active Placemarks' from the .kmz file to the corresponding points on the design 6. Zoom to the perspective you desire in the design 7. Select 'Synchronize Google Earth View' 8. Ensure the view and perspective is correct in Google Earth 9. Back in Microstation, select 'Capture Google Earth Image' (Utilities --> Geographic) 10. It should add an image to the design with the size and perspective of Google Earth, but correct to the given points 11. Display the image by changing the Display Style to something other than Wireframe Unfortunately it's not live, it's not in colour and it seems the resolution is fixed. Would be nice to be 'live' when zooming, and in colour. Either way, we've used it to add some Google Earth maps as background to our designs, so hope it helps. Regards Loftey
The additional Red instructions below explain how to replace the B/W image with the full color image at highest resolution available from Google Earth.
Now update the view window to see the new color image on the mesh.