Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Tips & Tricks: MicroStation V8i Keyboard Shortcuts

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Want to speed up your design work in V8i? Try using these keyboard shortcuts.

With V8i, you can easily interact with MicroStation’s Main Toolbox, Tasks Toolbox, View Toolbox and Tool Settings dialog box using keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts allow you to quickly call up a specific tool or tool option without moving the mouse cursor all over the screen. To take advantage of this, you simply need to enable it. (more…)

Tips & Tricks: Saving 3D DWGs to 2D DGNs

Monday, 21 October 2013

By Rick Sewell, Beloved CAD Ace

You may live in a 3D world, but for most MicroStation projects, you need 2D files. Anymore, it’s become quite common these days for MicroStation users to receive DWG files that need to be converted to DGN. By default, all DWG files start off in 3D. Yet, even though 3D drafting is really cool, most MicroStation work is still done in 2D.
So how do you get your 3D DWG files to 2D DGNs? It’s really very easy. Here’s how:

  1. I like to start by opening the AutoCAD file. Just so I can see how it …
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Adjusting the PDF Plot Driver

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

MicroStation Tip

  1. Open a design file and select File | Print from the main menu. This opens the Print dialog box.
  2. Locate the magnifying glass icon under the Print and Paper Size label. It should be next to the Bentley Driver drop-down menu.
  3. From the Select Printer dialog box, choose the PDF.PLT file and press {OK}. This activates the PDF plot driver.
  4. Edit the PDF plot driver file. Select File | Edit Print …
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Additional Colors for Pastel Effect

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Question: Is there a way to add additional colors into a drawing to get a pastel effect?

Answer: Any colour can be added/edited directly from the Color Table.

Select the menu item Settings | Color Table… to open the Color Table.

To edit any color, all you need to do is double-click it or click on “Change”. (I wouldn’t advise editing the colors you use for your levels’ ByLevel settings.)

Use the Modify Color dialogue that opens to set the colour by eye or by numerical value. You can use RGB, HSV or CMY (no K) to define your colors so you should …
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Changing the AccuDraw Coordinate Units

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Ever wanted your AccuDraw window to display North (N) and East (E) coordinates instead of X and Y? Well, you can change that! In the Key-in window (Utilities | Key-in) type the following:

accudraw settings northeast

The AccuDraw dialog box will look like this:

To change it back to XY, key-in:

accudraw settings xy

Now the image will look like this:

Thanks to Khoi Dinh-Vu of the Australian magazine ControlAltDelete for this tip.

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Tips & Tricks — Don’t make a new reference file clipping boundary.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Just change the one that’s there.

Rick Sewell, MicroStation Customer Service

Rick Sewell, beloved CAD ace, helps CAD users every day. Give him a call and find out how you can save time on your projects.

By Rick Sewell, Axiom’s Resident Service Genius

So you have your clip set up all nice and neat. Then you’re told that you must also include that little section of the reference that is just outside the boundary. Ah! What a pain to have to re-clip the whole thing. My solution is to not do it! Instead, …
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Tips & Tricks — Help! I need to turn off reference file display.

Friday, 14 June 2013

By Rick Sewell, Customer Support
Clearwater, Florida, USA — Large MicroStation projects tend to be broken up into multiple design files by discipline. You might have one set of designers working on plumbing, another set on electrical and so on. Then, a corresponding file from each discipline is referenced to a master file to complete the picture for that one set of files. Of course, that one finished set of files is only one of many such sets needed to complete the project — but normally each set of files is handled in the same fashion.

Now, what happens when …
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MicroStation Tips & Tricks: Plotting a 3D Reference as a 3D PDF

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services


Rick Sewell, beloved CAD ace, lives to help CAD users get their projects done on time. He really lives for this stuff. Give him a call and put him to the test.

If you want to impress your co-workers and superiors, then provide them with a 3D PDF that really shows your handiwork. (As a note, you will need a PDF viewer that can handle 3D PDFs such as Adobe PDF Viewer or BlueBeam’s Revu.) Here’s how:

  1. Start by opening your sheet model and ensure …
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MicroStation Tips & Tricks: Load Your Favorite MicroStation V8i Command Fast with a Function Key

Thursday, 31 January 2013

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services


Rick Sewell, beloved CAD ace, lives to help CAD users get their projects done on time. He really lives for this stuff. Give him a call and put him to the test.

Busy MicroStation users are always on the lookout for faster ways to get work done. Covered here is a simple way to speed things up using your Function keys.

Have you ever noticed that the row of keys at the top of your keyboard that start with “F” never seem to get much …
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10 Tricks with MicroStation Reference Attachments

Thursday, 31 January 2013

These video tutorials will save you time.

Ed Mendoza

Ed Mendoza, veteran CAD Professional and Axiom Learning Expert, provides tips from his storehouse of experience.

What if every time you had to work with MicroStation reference attachments you had a few tricks up your sleeve that made your work easier and could save you minutes or even hours of time? I’ve created ten free video tips that will show you time-saving tricks such as how to:

  • Gray out your reference attachments to make your active file stand out.
  • Apply 3D display styles to 2D reference …
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