Original Article Date: September 2003
Updated: December 2010
The following workflow was submitted by Matthew DeBeliso and explores a rather funky workflow for dealing with raster reference attachments. Way to go for thinking out of the box! Note, this article is for MicroStation V8. He writes....
Since migrating to MicroStation V8, and reading up on models we found a really cool way to mosaic and quickly display our raster attachments!First, create a new model who's only purpose in life is to "store" the raster attachments. Although you can name this model anything you'd like, we find that the name Orthos works for us. In this model, you can attach any and all raster images via the Raster Manager. Note that there are 195 images attached to the Orthos model.
Next, create a second design model for your vector graphics, in our shop that would typically be survey data. To this model you then attach the Orthos model as a reference, making sure that the Display Raster References is turned on in the attachment dialog.
So what's the result of this? Well, since MicroStation allows you to do self-referencing, you end up attaching one design model that brings it's raster attachments along for the ride. This means that tasks such as clipping and turning on/off the display of the images is now being controlled in the Reference dialog with just one click instead of via the Raster Manager using lots of clicks.
This has been an awesome discovery for us and hope you'll find it a great productivity tip!
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