MicroStation V8 migration made easy

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Streamline V8 migration by incorporating Toolkit into your migration workflow.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — As V8 migration becomes a more realistic trek for the MicroStation community, it is important that you understand how reference files and cell libraries have changed since MicroStation J and how these old formats will behave in V8. Also, it is important for you to know about the time-saving utilities found in Axiom’s MicroStation Productivity Toolkit. Why are these applications even more vital for MicroStation projects than before? Read on to find out.

Both RefManager and CellManager have been valued components of Axiom’s MicroStation Productivity Toolkit since this time-saving, productivity-boosting package was first offered to the MicroStation community nearly ten years ago. How can RefManager and CellManager help you save time on your projects?

How to live with “live nesting”
“Live nesting” is a powerful new feature available for the first time in MicroStation V8. Live nesting retains the parent/child relationship between a master file and its reference file attachments when the master file itself becomes an attachment to another design file. All nested attachments, up to a user-selectable nesting depth, are displayed.

In V7, the elements in nested reference file NestedRef.dgn are not visible in Master.dgn. Live nesting is not supported in V7 version of MicroStation.

In V8, due to live nesting capabilities, the elements in NestedRef.dgn are visible in Master.dgn. Use RefManager for V8 to take full advantage of MicroStation V8’s live nesting.

If you want to take advantage of this new V8 feature as you migrate your V7 files to V8, you can use RefManager for V8 to activate live nesting on one or hundreds of project design files and define the nesting depth at the same time. (“Live nesting” and “nesting depth” are just two of the 70 reference file settings MicroStation users can control with RefManager for V8).

Develop fond attachments with RefManager.
When MicroStation project files are moved from one directory to another directory, or from one network drive to another network drive, links to reference files are often broken. Remedying broken links is RefManager’s forté.

To begin, RefManager’s reports provide a complete account of the status of project design files and their reference file attachments. Then, use RefManager’s Modify command to fix the broken reference file links – mdash; it is not uncommon for RefManager owners to fix hundreds or thousands of attachments in a single processing run.

Both V7 and V8 shops count on RefManager to fix their broken reference file links.

De-kludge before moving to V8.
How many of the reference files in your project directories are no longer used? This is a great question to answer for any project — particularly before migrating a project to V8. Don’t perpetuate project kludge when you move to V8.

RefManager’s Cross-reference report resolves this quickly and automatically by providing a concise report about reference files that aren’t actually used anywhere. Archive or delete those files and move to V8 kludge-free.

Streamline cell libraries.
Whether you’re entrenched with V7 or on the verge of migration to V8, use CellManager to get your cell libraries into shape. Two of the most popular commands in CellManager are “Export” and “Draw Pages”.

CellManager’s Export command allows you to copy or move cells from one cell library to another. Collect frequently used cells from multiple cell libraries into a single lean and mean, compact cell library. Also, you can export cell libraries as AutoCAD blocks.

CellManager’s Draw Pages command allows you to create comprehensive, custom-formatted cell library documentation. CellManager’s documentation includes cell graphics and text descriptions. Project personnel can then assemble the pages of customized cell library documentation into a PDF document for fast reference and review.

One way street for V7 cells
V7 design files can be upgraded to V8 format and, with MicroStation V8’s “Save As” option, V8 designs can be converted back to V7 format. This is not true for cell libraries — upgrading a V7 cell library to V8 is a one-way street – mdash; as there is no “Save As” option to convert a V8 cell library to V7 format.

Surprised to find that out? You are not alone!

This fact is one of the compelling reasons to clean up your cell libraries as you migrate to V8. Use CellManager to update and standardize your cell libraries — don’t allow years of accumulated non-standard cells to perpetuate themselves in your V8 projects.

Here’s one final tip: CellManager for V8 allows you to upgrade your cells to use V8’s new ByLevel symbology — upgrade all of your library cells in a single processing run!

Don’t spend your time needlessly!
MicroStation Productivity Toolkit’s applications can save you and your clients countless man-hours of tedious work. Don’t spend time trying to work around a problem, just look in Axiom’s MicroStation Productivity Toolkit for the solution — chances are you will find the answer!

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