Time travel is possible, if you use RefWriter.

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Is time travel possible? Does my time end if I don’t beat this deadline? The Axiom labs have discovered ways to bend time, meet deadlines and stop the neighbor’s dog from barking. This article will show you one method for traveling to and from reference files while shortening the time line between them.

Using Axiom’s RefWriter is like taking a shortcut through a wormhole.

How does this work?
Using Axiom’s RefWriter, the time saved editing reference files and returning to the master file is like taking a shortcut through a wormhole (a “wormhole” is a hypothetical phenomenon that is essentially a “shortcut” through time and space.) Let us consider the steps needed without RefWriter. Notice that in MicroStation an element in a reference file can’t be modified. Here are the steps to modify the element using MicroStation V8 without RefWriter.

  1. Place the cursor over the reference element to display the reference file name.
  2. Select the “References” tool from the “Primary Tools” toolbox.
  3. Find that reference file in the “References” dialog box.
  4. Right-click on that reference file attachment to display the reference tools.
  5. Select the “Exchange” command. The reference file opens up displaying the area, settings and view that were active the last time someone saved settings in it.
  6. Turn on or off levels to display needed elements or to hide elements obscuring the view.
  7. Window area or zoom to display only the relevant elements.
  8. Attach additional reference files if necessary to ensure changes on your reference file are accurate (this alone requires multiple steps).
  9. Modify the element.
  10. Select the original file from the recently used file list on MicroStation’s file menu.

Lab tests took 25 mouse clicks. You may have a few more or less depending on the state of the reference file.

Then, we did the same operation with RefWriter:

  1. Select RefWriter from the Axiom menu.
  2. Click on the “Select reference file by double-clicking element” icon.
  3. Select the reference element. The selected reference file automatically opens, with the same area, level settings, view settings, tool settings and reference files as the design file that you just left. These settings are applied temporarily. Upon exiting the reference file, settings remain as they were saved before opening it with RefWriter.
  4. Modify the element.
  5. Click on the RefWriter command “Return to previous master design file”.

Lab tests report that RefWriter saves at least 15 mouse clicks each time a reference file must be edited. Newtonian physics and Einstein’s theories have failed to explain how RefWriter warps time and reduces mouse clicks. Using networked supercomputers and advanced conversion formulas, time saved equals 907.18474 kilograms (1 ton). This conversion gives us the following equation: Time saved with RefWriter = a ton. Your results may vary.

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