Latest Toolkit additions focus on increasing quality of deliverables.

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Customer-driven additions help streamline design file revision and clean-up process.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — When Axiom first offered its eagerly-awaited MicroStation Productivity Toolkit for V8 in 2003, the collection included eight applications. It has now grown to include 15 software applications.

MicroStation Productivity Toolkit for V8 offers full-featured, real-world-tested solutions that increase your organization’s productivity (less time, less effort, more profit). Also, Axiom constantly expands MicroStation Productivity Toolkit’s functionality by improving existing applications and adding new ones. The most recent additions to Toolkit for V8 are Duplicate Element Remover and DgnCompare for V8. Axiom implemented the V8 versions of these V7 favorites in response to client demand.

DgnCompare reports differences between similar design files (different revisions of a design file or two versions of a design file that evolved from a common “ancestor”).

DgnCompare also allows MicroStation users to:

  • Review changes made to a file from one day to the next.
  • Identify unwanted design changes and interactively delete them.
  • Identify redundant elements between a master file and its attachments.

MicroStation users can use DgnCompare to view element differences one by one (interactively) or generate detailed reports listing element differences – both text reports and graphical reports (a design file that indicates added, modified and deleted elements with user-definable symbology).

What’s more, perhaps surprisingly, Design History does not need to be activated to use DgnCompare for V8 with your V8 design files and cell libraries.

Duplicate Element Remover
Duplicate Element Remover automatically identifies and optionally removes duplicate and near duplicate elements from design files – and V8 cell libraries.

Duplicate elements are well known to most MicroStation users. They can result from “flattening” 3D designs to 2D or by merging files or accidentally copying groups of elements, among other causes. But what are “near duplicates”? What about two lines which almost exactly overlap except that they have slightly different vertices? How about two lines with identical end points – except the end points are stored in reverse order?

Duplicates and near duplicates interfere with MicroStation projects by:

  • Ruining plots.
  • Wasting your time figuring out why (duplicate) elements are still present after being deleted.
  • Slowing screen updates and other MicroStation operations.
  • Wasting disk space, slowing backups and wasting backup media.

Like DgnCompare, Duplicate Element Remover offers both detailed text reports and graphical reports (a design file that highlights duplicate elements).

These are the reasons V7 devotees demanded a V8 version of Duplicate Element Remover – so it has also been added to Toolkit for V8.

Global File Changer
Global File Changer’s true power lies in its powerful and growing set of custom commands which allow MicroStation users to accomplish complex bulk modifications that are impossible to perform otherwise.

With Global File Changer’s ever-growing list of custom commands you can do the following in multiple project files in one processing run (partial list):

  • Copy design file settings from a donor file to a set of multiple project files.
  • Modify any text attribute in all text elements or in specific text elements selected using Global File Changer’s Element Selection Utility.
  • Do any number of text search and replace combinations, on any number of files using wildcards or regular expressions.
  • Move all elements in a 3D file to a specified “Z” value.
  • Flatten 3D files.
  • Dozens of other taks.

Global File Changer’s Element Selection Utility gives MicroStation users the ability to create rules defining the elements to be modified, save and re-use those rules and utilize the saved rules to make sophisticated changes throughout any set of design files. With Global File Changer’s Element Selection Utility virtually any element attribute or set of attributes can be used to select elements in one design file or hundreds. For example, with Global File Changer’s Element Selection Utility you can specify whether a shape element is filled or not and with which color, how many vertices it has and even the length of its perimeter. You can select any symbology value or range of values. This type of fine-tuning is not possible with MicroStation’s SelectBy — and that’s just one example.

One of the huge advantages that Global File Changer owners enjoy is access to Axiom’s fast-response technical support team. If you don’t know how to make needed bulk changes to your project files, chances are Axiom Support has already helped other clients do the same thing or something similar. Just call us to benefit from our experience — at no additional charge for maintenance holders.

Learn More
We didn’t get to mention FileFixer in this article. In fact, there are 12 more applications in the V8 Toolkit and 17 more applications in the V7 Toolkit; we simply don’t have adequate space to cover them all in one issue of MicroStation Today. That’s too bad, because all of these applications are designed to help you and your colleagues complete projects in less time and with less effort. With MicroStation Productivity Toolkit, you can look forward to lower costs, more profits and evenings and weekends off.

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