Is there a "free-hand" drawing or "tracing" functionality available in MicroStation?
Yes, the Place Stream Line String tool allows a user to place a line string in a "free-hand" or "tracing" manner similar to how you would draw with a pencil or paint brush.This tool is commonly used for tracing images or drawing when Digitizing.Many vertices can be defined without having to enter a large number of data points. The resulting line string will be vectorized with data points for future editing.The tool can be found in the Drawing Workflow > Home Tab > Placement Ribbon Group > Place Multi-line Split Button
When using the tool, the movement of the pointer is sampled, and data points are recorded based on the tool settings. There are 4 options contained in the tool settings:Delta - sets the minimum distance, in working units, between sampled pointsTolerance - sets the maximum distance, in working units, between recorded data pointsAngle - sets the angle, in degrees, that when exceeded, causes the last sampled point to be recorded as a data pointArea - sets the area that, when exceeded, causes a sampled point to be recorded as a data point
Notes to keep in mind:- a line string element can have a maximum of 5000 vertices. If more than 5000 vertices are defined, a complex chain consisting of one or more line string elements is created- the tool settings can also be set in the Design File Settings > Stream category- to place a stream curve, use the Place Point or Stream Curve tool
Place Stream Line String - Help Doc
Digitizing - Help Doc