This has bugged me for a while. I'd really really like to create my own category of properties to associate with elements. Way easier for users to query than tags, and something that Navigator can display in clash results. I've been able to successfully read these properties that other applications (i.e. InRoads) are able to create on their own (lucky ducks), but no success adding my own. I'd like to mimic the custom approach shown below to adding metadata. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!!!
It's possible IF you're will to use the MicroStation XML API. Not necessarily "quick and easy", but possible....
A "quick and easy" way is using key-ins. The steps are as below:
1. Save attached ECSchema file in the folder d:\ (I created this file for your with application Bentley Class Editor. This app is delivered in MicroStation SDK. I don't include all properties you want in this schema, just a demo).
2. Open your design file in MicroStation, keyin MDL LOAD Bentley.ECXAttributesAddin.dll to load ecxattribute application.
3. Keyin ECX Schema Import d:\TestSchema.01.00.ecschema.xml to import this external schema file into your active design file.
4. Select some elements you want assign properties to them. Keyin ECX Instance AttachWithStoredSchema TestSchema:Component to attach ECInstance to selected elements. Please see the captured pic which is just attached ECInstance to a shape element.
5. Use MVBA's PropertyHandler to assign values to these properties.
Answer Verified By: chrisedjohn
YongAn, thank you for going the extra mile to outline the process and display the output! I really appreciate your time and quick reply.
Yongan.Fu said:A "quick and easy" way [to create EC Schema data] is using key-ins
Thanks for that succinct but informative tutorial!
Regards, Jon Summers LA Solutions
could you just list the equivalents in the C++ API? I want to embed this behaviour into my own application.
stefan_bernsdorf said:Could you just list the equivalents in the C++ API?
Look for XML Instance API in the MicroStationAPI help document. When you install the SDK, look in the example projects to find XmlInstance.