1. If the data set does not actually have to be shared, either modify the existing data set during migration to V8i, or create a second data set and modify the elements.
To modify the elements:
a. Open the file in V8i
b. Start the move tool
c. Set the snap mode to Origin
d. Snap to the origin of the text element
e. Move it back to the physical location that should be the origin (e.g. center or right edge)
2. Text nodes store their origin point, while text elements do not (it must be re-computed during every edit). Thus, promoting a text element to a text node can prevent shifts due to range computation differences across versions. It should be noted, however, that some Enter Data Field tools across various versions of MicroStation cannot operate on text nodes, so this may be unacceptable in your workflows.
a. Open the file in any version of V8
b. Edit the text element, and add a second line of text (e.g. press <end><enter>a)
c. Accept the changes
d. Edit the text a second time, and remove the second line; editing the text should only potentially promote an element to a node, but never revert a node to an element.