We have a requirement to convert/print large number of MicroStation/J files to PDF.
These are pipeline isometrics extracted from PDS 3D Model.
We can print one file at a time to PDF format.
However we do not know how to do batch print to PDF.
What software are using to open these Microstation J files?
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Hexagon (Intergraph) PDS is used to extract pipeline isometric files from PDS 3D Models. For PDS, MicroStation/J is a prerequisite. These files are MicroStation/J files, but have extensions .i01, .i02, .i03.....so on and so forth. If a line is split into 3 sheets, then filenames will be LineName.i01, LineName.i02 and LineName.i03. Sometimes we have 30 files for a line (.i30). We have to batch convert these into PDF format.
Are you actually using MicroStation/J?I don't recall if that version even had batch plotting - it might not.
I do believe it had MicroStation BASIC, so you could possibly write a program that could open and print files for you.
That is a very old version, and it lacked a lot of the more modern capabilities.
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MaryB said:Are you actually using MicroStation/J?
As Intergraph and then Hexagon developed PDS they chose to ignore the advances in MicroStation over the years. They didn't move to MicroStation V8, let alone MicroStation CONNECT. PDS users are stuck in an ancient version of MicroStation/J that most of us have forgotten.
MaryB said:I do believe it had MicroStation BASIC
Yes, MicroStation/J includes MicroStation BASIC. The 'J' stands for the Java programming language, which came and went with that version of MicroStation.
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I don't remember much about J but if it can batchplot it will be in the mdls folder and most likely called batchplt.ma or similar..should really be a pulldown tool from the distant dark clouds of time... but worth a looking in the mdls folder and run it from keyin mdl load batchplt.ma or what ever it was called back then... you'll still have to configure it with the print boundary etc , it wont have sheet models .. too old just model space and cells or objects...
the extensions should not matter microstation can still recognise its a dgn in reality...if not you have to use a freeware program to rename all your file names and extensions its called Bulk utility Renamer ... otherwise time to upgrade even only one license to latest version to take advantage of newer features and latest DWG recogition .. print organiser, new datums, Bing maps and aerials xrefs FREE, google earth pro interaction just to name a fraction since J....
FYI its not a batch conversion to pdf its a print function hence batch printing to pdf....should be same process in J as in XM and inV8i so if you dont have user manuals for J go find user manuals for XM or V8i
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J/V7 has the batchplot utility probably in puldownmenu File or Utility. If not, load it through the mdl menu.
Microstation supports PDF-printing since V8.5(2004). So in J/v7 you'll have to use a windows pdf driver of some sort.
There is probably a batchprocessor in J/v7 that will allow you to perform repetitive tasks on a bunch of files. If there is, you'll find in in Utility.
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We tried to convert MicroStation/J files to PDF using V8.
However, we are facing a new problem.
The filenames as I wrote before, is something like:
In short, though they are dgn files, the extensions are .i01, .i02, .i03, .i04 so on and so forth. Some has upto 30 sheets (.i30)
While batch converting to PDF, how do we add these extensions to the converted filenames.
we need the first file as Pipelinename1_i01.pdf
the second one as Pipeline1name1_i02.pdf