Original Article Date: February 2004
Updated: March 2012
Well, Michael Briggs has done it again with Scale Manager! This "must have" utility for V8 and X allows you to control the scale of text, cells, and custom line styles for plotting. It eliminates the costs associated with repetitively modifying data and the redundancy of storing multiple copies of the same data to be presented at varying scales. Scale Manager is an application is designed to modify the scale or size of selected point features (text, cells and simple closed shapes) and selected custom linestyles in a design file as they are drawn on the screen or written to a plot file, without changing the original data. This allows such data to be stored in one form but easily presented in a variety of forms according to the users changing requirements.A simple example is cadastral data with street names and lot numbers, or an exploration map showing wells and a variety of text. As the scale of presentation changes from one usage to the next, the user can apply Scale Manager to make the textual data an appropriate size for the scale, therefore remaining legible on the plot or screen. Refer to the sample shown below.
Map symbols represented by cells or simple polygons may also be scaled up or down to improve legibility and aesthetics. Custom linestyles used to represent linear features may have a scale factor applied to enable consistent presentation at varying plot scales.The control of element scale may be applied to elements in reference files as well as the master file.Multiple selection sets may be defined so that different sets of features can be separately scaled according to their own requirements. The definitions of the selection sets and the particular scaling criteria applying to them may be saved to a resource file and recalled for repeated use.Selection sets are defined based on file, level, symbology, and element properties particular to the element type such as;
Scale Manager adds value to data by allowing it to be used for more applications. It also eliminates the costs associated with repetitively modifying data and the redundancy of storing multiple copies of the same data to be presented at varying scales.
Use the following links to download Scale Manager:For MicroStation V8 2004 Edition: 180_V8.zip
For MicroStation V8 XM Edition, download from this page: http://communities.bentley.com/Communities/Other_Communities/AskInga/m/askinga-files/default.aspx
For MicroStation V8i 08.11.05.xx ONLY , download here:
For complete usage instructions, please refer to the delivered documentation found within the zip files.
This program is supplied as is. AskInga, Bentley Systems Inc., and the author of the program assumes no liability for damages direct, indirect, or consequential, which may result from the use of this program. Use this program at your own risk.
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