Showing Off Your Project with RefMerge

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Easy-to-use options take the frustration out of merging only the DGNs you want.

Clearwater, Florida, USA — Your client needs a progress update — now! With all the layoffs happening, now would be a good time to impress your boss, but how do you quickly produce a file that includes everything that’s needed from all design and reference files in the project in a format your client can easily review? What if the client needs the progress update as an AutoCAD file? Having a client get upset because the MicroStation to AutoCAD conversion doesn’t have all the right reference files isn’t what you need right now. Is there a way to select specific reference files that need to be included as well as specific reference files that should be excluded when you create the merged file? Yes, and in this article, I’ll show you how.

Why make your client or boss wait just to see a progress update? RefMerge makes it easy to ensure that only the design and references files you need are included in one merged file.

Why make your client or boss wait just to see a progress update? RefMerge makes it easy to ensure that only the design and references files you need are included in one merged file.

Whether you’re working in V7, V8, or V8i, RefMerge makes it possible for you to breathe easily and do the above quickly while satisfying both your boss and the client. (The latest version also supports ProjectWise.) RefMerge creates a new output file that is the merged result of a master file and all its reference files based on the display of a view you designate in the master file. RefMerge can merge a single master file and its references or a whole set of master files, merging each, with all the references, automatically. This also means that if your company uses a document management system that doesn’t handle MicroStation reference files well, RefMerge is the answer because it combines everything into one file. How awesome would it be to have a way to quickly generate a new set of sheets where each sheet can stand on its own without the need for external reference files? You could also use a merged file for archiving or sending to a service bureau for plotting.

Since it creates new output files, your original project files are never changed and designers and engineers are free to continue working on them while RefMerge quickly processes the files.

How to Easily Include or Exclude Reference Files with RefMerge
Many customers have asked for the ability to control which reference files are merged and which reference files are not. RefMerge now handles this by an advanced reference filter in the latest release. The filters can be applied to determine which reference files are merged or they can determine the reference files to exclude from the merge.

For example, let’s say that you want to merge all references except reference files starting with “Border” as those files may change as the project progresses. Using RefMerge’s “Exclude specified attachments from the merge” option, you can ensure that all the reference files — except the specified border reference files — are merged into the output file.

To do this, select “Reference files” from the category list in the “RefMerge settings” dialog box. (See Figure 1.) Then, simply change the “Vector reference file options” menu button choice to and click on the
button.

Figure 1. The “RefMerge settings” dialog box gives you exact control over how your design files will be merged.

Figure 1. The “RefMerge settings” dialog box gives you exact control over how your design files will be merged.

Now using the “Filter reference attachments” dialog box (Figure 2) you can add files to the list. You can even use wildcard symbols such as the “*” to select your files.

In this example, you would use “Border*.dgn” to ensure that none of the reference files whose name starts with “Border” and has a .dgn extension will be included in the merged file. To start the merge process, simply close this dialog box and press the button on the main RefMerge dialog box.

Figure 2. A new feature in <i>RefMerge</i> allows you to filter which reference files to include or which ones to exclude, giving you complete control over which reference files get merged.

Figure 2. A new feature in RefMerge allows you to filter which reference files to include or which ones to exclude, giving you complete control over which reference files get merged.

Using default settings, RefMerge creates a what-you-see-is-what-you-get output. RefMerge gives you all the options you want for controlling the new output file’s name and location as well as many options that control how levels are added and how each element’s symbology is set when it is copied into the output file. This ensures that the output file looks just the way you want it to look, with only the necessary elements copied from references.

Merging Files Has Never Been Easier. Call Now!
To schedule a free, online demonstration or for more information on RefMerge, contact an Axiom MicroStation Consultant today. Call 727-442-7774 extension 1986 or e-mail 1986@AxiomInt.com or visit Axiom on the Web at http://AxiomInt.com now!

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