Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Tips & Tricks — Create more MicroStation screen real estate.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

By Rick Sewell
It seems that for every project that requires design work there are special menus that you have to use, certain palettes you need to keep open — not to mention the usual main menus you keep open all the time. Sometimes you cover more of your screen with menus than you do with your actual view window.

By default, MicroStation loads with the title bar at the top, a row of pull-down menus below that, then rows of docked menus (or at least one row) and finally your MicroStation View window. Did you ever notice that the …
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10 Secrets for Better MicroStation–AutoCAD Translations

Monday, 29 October 2012

Which ones could you use?

Translations between MicroStation and AutoCAD by Rick DeWitt

Rick DeWitt, Axiom’s senior product manager, has spent countless hours translating tens of thousands of files and recently released ten of his top secrets on how to reduce the mess when translating between MicroStation and AutoCAD.

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Tips & Tricks: How to Create Multi-page PDFs Directly from MicroStation!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Rick Sewell, MicroStation Customer Service

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.

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services
Here in Axiom Support Land, people regularly ask us if we have a tool that will perform some specific task in MicroStation. Usually, the answer is “Yes” and we show them the tool and how it works to save them time. But sometimes we give a different …
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Top 10 Forgotten MicroStation Commands

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Which ones do you know?

MicroStation has what, a gazillion commands? I’d place bets that no one actually knows all of them. I’d also place bets that no one really needs to know them either. (Might make for a good reality TV show of engineers, if the rest of the population were smart enough to understand the humor.) So there’s a lot of commands and you don’t need to know them all. But are there some that you were never told about (or have forgotten over the years) that would come in really handy on the project you’re working on …
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Tips & Tricks: Change Your Element Information Display

Thursday, 23 August 2012

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services

Rick Sewell, MicroStation Customer Service

Rick Sewell, beloved CAD ace, lives to help CAD users get their projects done on time.

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services
For years, you’ve been using the Element Information tool to see what kind of stuff your elements are made of. While you usually find the information you’re looking for, you also find a whole lot more information that you never want. This has changed in SELECTseries 3. Now there are settings that allow you more control …
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MicroStation Tips & Tricks — What file am I in anyway?

Friday, 29 June 2012

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services

Rick Sewell, MicroStation Customer Service

Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services, has been helping CAD users with their MicroStation problems for over a decade.

Ever have one of those super busy days where you’re being pulled in multiple directions by umpteen different people for one thing or another? This happens to me almost daily. Eventually you manage to handle their issues and finally get back to your desk to get some real work done. So you wiggle your mouse to ditch the screen-saver …
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Tips & Tricks — Quickly and easily move elements from one level to another in all of your design files — in batch.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

By Rick Sewell

Rejected! You know the feeling. It’s the one that washes away any feeling of satisfaction you might have had when you completed and submitted that last project. In looking over the reason the project was rejected, you find out that certain elements were put on the wrong level. In fact, all of the elements on “Electric-Main” shouldn’t be there and need to be moved to “Electric-Prime”. If it was just one design file, it wouldn’t be a problem, but this project has over 500 design files! So much for dinner with the family. While the changes aren’t …
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Tips & Tricks — MicroStation drawing inspection made easier than ever.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

By Steve Palmer

Are you often burdened with the task of manually inspecting multiple project design files in preparation for CAD standards inspections? Is it tedious for you to open up each project file, one by one, to check how well your drafting crew (or a subcontractor) complied with your drafting standards? How much time does this typically consume for each project — hours, days, weeks?

How would you like to dramatically reduce the amount of time required to inspect and correct multiple design files? Like minutes rather than hours, days or weeks?

Axiom’s CadExplorer™ (formerly known as CadExplore Browser) technology allows …
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Tips & Tricks — Replace the reference file paths in all of your sheet files at the same time!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

By Rick Sewell

Have you ever completed a project and then found out that the client needs some of the references saved with a different path? The purpose of this article is to show you how to replace the reference file path saved in your sheet files — while retaining all of your varying reference file names — in just minutes.

  1. Load RefManager from your “Axiom” menu in MicroStation.
  2. On the main dialog box, set “Action:” to “Modify Reference File Attachments”.

Tips & Tricks — How to quickly find any text string (or just about anything else) in all the design files at your entire site

Friday, 15 May 2009

By Rick Sewell

Have you ever had a need to determine which of your massive set of DGN project files contained a specific text string or a particular cell or model or level? How do you handle those situations now? How much time have you lost on projects just trying to locate things? How much money do you lose on time-consuming searches?

Now you can instantly and easily locate almost any design file component in any DGN file at your entire site — and that’s just the beginning.

I routinely field calls from MicroStation users and CAD managers who are looking for …
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