Looking at the various topics that come up when I type the title of this question, I am overwhelmed by the many options, and overly concerned by those entries that are so old as to possibly be invalid.
I am learning ProjectWise Renditions, Specifically PDF Renditioning. My learning path involved taking a MicroStation CE CAD file from ProjectWise, and creating a .pdf plot using standard Plotting, Print Organizer, and then PDF Renditions. The task was to assume that the Standard plot was correct, and make all three the same.
Ultimately I was able to make it work but I was surprised at what I could not do in the Renditions interface that I was able to do otherwise.
If I am on the right track here, I learned after the fact that One must use Design scripts in place of .PLT or .PLTCFG files to achieve the same results the other two options use with those files.
As such, I was looking for both some good "Training / learning" resources on creating these scripts, as well as any other direction I might need.
I also realize that when you look at the "Source File Presentation Setting" under "Rendition File Components", the main controlling factor here is the "Settings File". So when I open one of these files with "ProjectWise Interplot Organizer", The default directions and descriptions for this is somewhat lacking, so I am left guessing what some of the most important elements are.
Thanks in advance for your assistance; upon reviewing the above, I realize there is a lot here. I look forward to being on the other side of the learning curve.
Thanks for the reply. Are there specific resources for learning Design scripts, like examples, or lessons?
Ron Koons EXP | BIM ManagerChicago, IL USA
Don't know about lessons, but there's introductory material and examples for each design script keyword under https://docs.bentley.com/LiveContent/web/MicroStation%20Help-v18-16-1/en/GUID-622DD570-6DB4-E292-6B2D-5CD7A87631D8.html
Answer Verified By: Ronald Koons
To a newcomer, especially switching between the MicroStation and InterPlot documentation, some aspects can be very confusing due to their development history. Some so some quick tips.
"Design Scripts" used to be called "pen tables" in InterPlot, before pen table were invented in MicroStation. So in some older InterPlot documentation, the terms may be used interchangeably. Also InterPlot still retains the old default ".pen" extension for design scripts, although the MicroStation ".dscript" extension may be used instead.
Design scripts are hand-written text files containing comparison/assignment keywords and conditional logic. They are very flexible but require learning the language. MicroStation pen tables were developed with the idea of solving the most of the same printing problems without the programming language. They are also text files (.tbl) but are not intended to be edited directly. MicroStation offers a pen table editor, where you define a set of criteria that identifies an element. For every element that matches that criteria, the print resymbolization actions associated with that criteria are applied to the entire element. The pen table can have any number of input criteria / output action sections. In a design script, this logic would be implemented as a collection "if (1) then (A) else if (2) then (B) else if (3) then (C) etc." conditions.
For the most part, design scripts and MS pen tables are two different ways to accomplish the same thing. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. And their features do not entirely overlap, so sometimes there is a need to use both types of resymbolization files.
The MicroStation pen table also offers some additional capabilities that don't fit in with the element criteria sections. Namely, text substitution, mapping integer line weights to physical line widths, and mapping integer colors to print colors and line widths. The design script offers most of the same features, but the MS pen table weight and color mapping dialogs are easier to use. Tasks that used to require editing the .pltcfg file are now better suited for pen mappings in an MS pen table.
After MicroStation pen tables were invented, InterPlot added support for them. So similar to a MicroStation print style, an InterPlot settings (.set) file can contain references to both a design script and an "MS pen table" file.