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Original Article Date: Feb 13, 2001
MicroStation is delivered with 8 pre-defined line styles and although they are adequate for most drafting requirements, we often have the need to represent our data with something entirely different. Enter Custom Line Styles!
Authors note: This article also appears in the November 2000 issue of the MicroStation Manager Magazine and is part 1 of 2. Go to Give your files some style with Custom Line Styles - Part 2.
MicroStation is delivered with 8 pre-defined line styles and although they are adequate for most drafting requirements, we often have the need to represent our data with something entirely different. Enter Custom Line Styles or User Defined Line Styles.
I'm using linear patterns now, so why should I use custom line styles?
From the Primary Tool Bar, select Line Style > Custom > Show Details. This opens the Lines Styles dialog box which is used to browse the contents of the library, activate a selected styles and adjust the graphical appearance of the style.
The two options are:
Origin: If the dash strokes were created with width, this setting will define the starting width of those strokes. The values are expressed in master units.
End: Similar to Origin except that it defines the end width of the dash stroke. If this switch is enabled in conjunction with the Origin switch, the element will be tapered according to the values used.
Fraction - the element will be drawn as normal with the exception of the first and last stroke segments which will be drawn a fractional length of the defined length. This option is only valid for line styles whose segment lengths are defined as ‘variable' and if the Shift key-in fields are set to a value less than 1 in the definition.
I’ve placed a few elements but don’t like their appearance...now what?
Once an element has been placed in your file, you have the option of making a variety of changes by using the following tools:
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