CellManager for V8 — more control over your MicroStation V8 cell libraries than ever before!

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CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — MicroStation users enthusiastically welcome the availability of V8 versions of Axiom products as they move to V8. Orders for Axiom’s MicroStation Productivity Toolkit for V8 now exceed Toolkit for V7 orders by 50%. Clearly Axiom’s clients are saying, when it comes to MicroStation Productivity Toolkit for V8, “Don’t leave V7 without it.”

CellManager for V8 empowers MicroStation users by giving them unprecedented control over their V8 cell libraries.

Just exactly what is happening in Axiom’s research and development division which garners such industry confidence? CellManager for V8, a component tool of MicroStation Productivity Toolkit for V8, is a good case in point. CellManager for V8 demonstrates Axiom’s commitment to V8. This article showcases CellManager for V8 and what was involved with migrating this application from V7 to V8.

The main CellManager for V8 interface

V8 technological advancements and CellManager for V8
On the surface, cell libraries work the same way in MicroStation/J and MicroStation V8 — attach a cell library and select its cells for placement in the active design file. But as V8 users discover, the underlying V7 and V8 cell library file formats are quite different. Enter the world of CellManager for V8.

Following are ten examples of V8-technology advancements which have been incorporated into CellManager for V8.

  1. In V8 cells are represented as models. The model’s name is the cell’s name. Any model can potentially be used as a cell – just check the “Can be placed as a cell” checkbox when creating a model.V7 cells are represented as type 1 complex elements in V7 cell libraries (these elements are what the V7 version of CellManager handles). CellManager for V8 was adapted to handle V8 models rather than type 1 complex elements.

    A V8 model can be placed as a cell. Cells are models!

  2. V7 cell names are restricted to 6 characters. V8 cell name length has been extended to 512 characters. CellManager for V8 handles 512-character cell names and 512-character cell descriptions – user-sizeable columns and flyover expansion of truncated fields were added for user convenience.
  3. CellManager for V8 dialogs accommodate 512-character cell names and descriptions.

  4. V7’s nested cells become nested models in V8. CellManager for V8 supports nested models in cell definitions.
  5. CellManager for V8 supports cell characteristics which are new to MicroStation V8.

  6. V8 cell definitions can now include reference files! CellManager for V8 supports reference files as part of a cell’s definition.
  7. CellManager for V8 lists both level names and level numbers to assist with user transition from V7 to V8.
  8. CellManager for V8 allows users to convert newly imported V7 cells to ByLevel symbology.
  9. With CellManager for V8 users can convert newly imported V7 cells to ByLevel symbology.

    With CellManager for V8 users can convert newly imported V7 cells to ByLevel symbology.

  10. CellManager for V8 allows users to move cell components to named levels. New levels can be selected from level definitions in the cell library itself or from an external project-level library – complete flexibility.
  11. V8 cell libraries are dimensionless – a V8 cell library can contain both 2D and 3D cells. CellManager for V8’s “Detail” dialog includes the dimension for each cell.
  12. V8 cell libraries now store a “Last modified” date for each cell. CellManager for V8’s “Detail” dialog includes the last modified date for each cell.
  13. 10. CellManager for V8 allows users to upgrade text in cells to True Type fonts. Further, CellManager for V8 can generate cell library documentation using popular Windows fonts, such as Arial or Times New Roman.

CellManager for V8 — not a V7 clone
Clearly CellManager for V8 is not just a recompilation of the source code in the V7 version of CellManager! CellManager for V8 is just one of the ever increasing number of new applications in Axiom’s MicroStation Productivity Toolkit for V8. Axiom’s V7 version of MicroStation Productivity Toolkit continues to be the MicroStation community’s most popular and most broadly used third-party suite of applications.

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