All of the dimension settings are still available. However, the new Dimension Style dialog box is tabbed making setting up and modifying dimension styles easier. A comprehensive listing of the settings can be located under the Advanced tab. For example, the option to specify a level on which a dimension will be placed on has been moved to the General > Placement > Level option under the Advanced Tab.
Under the Advanced tab a new feature is the ability to Compare and show the differences between the dimension styles. In order to do this, select the two dimension styles from the dimension style tree listing on the left. The two dimension styles can be selected by holding down the CTRL key to select the dimension styles. Change the Mode to from Edit to Comparison or Differences.
If you hover your mouse over the dimension style it will say Local Style or Library Style indicating where the dimension style is being read in.
Select the Toggle Preview Icon which is the first icon on the right at the top of the Dimension Styles dialog box.
Yes, the dimension style is dynamic. When you make a change to the dimension style setting such as the symbology settings, the changes will automatically be reflected in the preview window.
If the dimension style is in a blue highlight and the dimension name is in blue when not selected, the dimension style has changed and currently has not been saved.
The check mark signifies that the dimension style is in synch with the dgnlib file that is being read in through the ms_dgnliblist variable. If the triangle or Delta symbol is displayed, it is signifying that a setting in the dimension style has changed between the local style and the style from the library.
The dimension style that is selected is from a dgnlib file and is currently not used in the design file. Once the dimension style is used, a copy of the dimension style will be copied to the local file. At this point in time, the settings will then be available. Optional ways of creating the dimension style into the local design file is to Save the Style or to Activate the dimension style.
Select the dimension styles that you want to save by either holding the CTRL button or Shift buttons while selecting with a data point to do a multiple selection set. Once this is done, select the Save Style icon and all of the dimension styles selected will be saved. This will also work for changing attributes in multiple dimension styles as well.
Having multiple dimension styles selected will also allow just these dimension styles to be updated if the update from library icon is selected. Previously, MicroStation V8 would update all of the dimension styles.
The coordinate readout in MicroStation XM has been combined with the Working Units under the Design File Settings. Changing the accuracy for the Linear and for the Angular settings will affect the measuring tools.
In MicroStation XM, the ability to place a line, box, rotated box, circle, capsule, hexagon, rotated hexagon, triangle, pentagon and octagon are now available.
This setting allows the text frame that is placed around the text when the Place Note tool is used to be scaled manually by the user in order for it to fit around the text. If this check mark is toggled off, the text frame will be automatically be scaled around the text.
The active angle has no effect on the rotation angle of the text frame. When the text frame is selected to be one of the rotated options, the box is rotated 45 degrees and the hexagon is rotated 30 degrees.
In MicroStation V8 XM Edition, when the CTRL is selected, multiple leaders can be placed from a single leader location.
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