Note: MicroStation CONNECT Edition runs on 64-bit systems only
Memory: 4 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended. More memory almost always improves performance, particularly when working with larger models.
Hard Disk: 9 GB free disk space (which includes the 5.6 GB install footprint for a complete installation)
Video: See the graphics card manufacturer for latest information on DirectX drivers. 256 MB of video RAM or higher is recommended. If insufficient video RAM or no graphics card supported by DirectX can be found, MicroStation attempts to use software emulation. For optimal performance, graphics display color depth should be set to 24-bit or higher. When using a color depth setting of 16-bit, some inconsistencies will be noted. For more information on recommended workstation profiles for MicroStation, see MicroStation System Requirements and Hardware Recommendations.
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 or higher.
Yes, the V8 DGN format remains unchanged for the MicroStation CONNECT Edition
You can install MicroStation CONNECT Edition on workstations that are also running the V8i edition of Bentley products.
CONNECT Edition releases of Bentley applications will become available. Until then, V8i applications are still compatible with this version at the file level, since the V8 DGN format has not changed.
MicroStation CONNECT Edition commercial release will support ProjectWise Explorer Client CONNECT Edition commercial release. The ProjectWise Explorer Client CONNECT Edition will be able to connect to ProjectWise Integration Servers V8i SS4 version 08.11.11.111 or higher.
After familiarizing yourself with the layout, be sure to use the integrated search found in the upper right corner of the interface to find any command quickly. You can also launch commands directly from the search bar.
The MicroStation CONNECT Edition ships with Autodesk ® RealDWG™ 2016 which supports DWG versions 14 – 2016.
Any object enablers that are compatible with Autodesk ® RealDWG™ 2016
MicroStation CONNECT Edition adds new concepts to the application's configuration. Please check the product documentation for details on how to upgrade existing Workspaces to a CONNECT Edition configuration.
In particular the Configuration topic as well as the The WorkSpaceSetup.cfg Configuration File topic should be consulted.
All of your exiting toolboxes, tasks, cursor menus and custom application user interfaces from MicroStation V8i are supported in this version. We have also provided easy migration tools to upgrade your existing V8i customizations to the new ribbon and ribbon panel popups when you chose to do so. We estimate that 80-90% of your user interface customizations are immediately useful in this version.
Here is a complete list of what V8i user interface concepts are supported in this release with no additional effort
MicroStation no longer includes MicroStation BASIC, it is suggested that existing MicroStation BASIC macros be rewritten as VBA to be used in the new version. The MicroStation VBA help documentation provides a good reference for VBA creation and we have included some of the primary differences between the two languages below to help you get started. Additionally, the Bentley Institute offers several MicroStation VBA Programming courses which provide in-depth instructions for customizing MicroStation with VBA
MicroStation BASIC macros can be migrated to the new version with one of the following methods:
MicroStation will run without a license for 7 days as an evaluation period. After being licensed, it must communicate with a license server at least every seven days to continue operation. In fact, all Bentley desktop products are now standardized on a seven day activation period. This ensures better, more accurate reporting and helps to make sure a company does not inadvertently exceed their license count.
For those customers running disconnected or mobile solutions the best option for uninterrupted operation is to check out a license. A checked out license can run up to a year without connecting to a license server.
New element types are generally displayed in previous versions of MicroStation but remain read-only in that they cannot be edited or moved. However they can be copied or deleted.
Although two usage records are recorded, one for each product, only one usage is calculated as it is run on one unique machine. So the behavior is the same as if two instances of the same version were started at the same time.