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Nebraska User Group Spring 2005




SALT LAKE CITY PORTLAND SEATTLE BALTIMORE OMAHA
www.prosoftnet.com












MicroStation for AutoCAD Users
Learn to be MORE Productive than EVER BEFORE!







Presented by


Jeanne Aarhus
ProSoft NET - Omaha


[email protected]

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SEED File vs. TEMPLATE/PROTOTYPE
Similar procedures take place here…both systems use “BASE” files to create NEW files.

MICROSTATION: SEED files store the desired settings for “future” design files. SEED files have a .DGN

extension by default.


AUTOCAD: TEMPLATE or PROTOTYPE files store the settings for “future” design files. These files
can be inserted into “older” files to force or inherit “template” file settings. Not all settings
can be inherited this way. TEMPLATES have the file extension .DWT; while
PROTOTYPES have the file extensions .DWG.



TENTATIVE SNAP vs. OBJECT SNAP
Achieving exact precision requires the user to “snap” to all elements while drawing.

MICROSTATION: MicroStation has two methods for snapping to elements.


First, the TENTATIVE SNAP uses a combination of mouse buttons to highlight and snap
to elements. MicroStation allows you set ONE snap “running constant” and have a
SECOND snap “single-shot”.

”EXTRA” Snaps Available in MicroStation:

Keypoint (multiple keypoints…equivalent to ACAD
center;endpoint;midpoint;and quadrant)
Perpendicular FROM
Tangent FROM
Bisector
Through Point (similar to OBJECT TRACKING in 2000)
Point On (similar to OBJECT TRACKING in 2000)

Second, the new ACCUSNAP works very similar to what AutoCAD users are used to.
This tool will display SNAP ICON representing the active snap setting. You have several
ACCUSNAP settings to allow you to “tweak” how this new tool works.

It also displays additional information about the
element; including type [level]

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AUTOCAD: Object Snaps are AutoCAD’s way of
“snapping” to objects. AutoCAD
allows you to have as many Object
Snaps set RUNNING as you like. You
are not limited to “two” like in
MicroStation.

Object Snaps in 200x saw the biggest
improvement in years. The addition of
PARALLEL and EXTENSION added
some missing functionality.


Extra Object Snaps available in AutoCAD 200x:

AccuDraw and AccuSnap provide a “close” match for these -
Temporary Track Point
From
Point Filters
Osnap Markers
Extension
Node (similar to a POINT in MicroStation)


Exercise: Getting TENTATIVE to work…
This exercise will help you get used to the need for the TENTATIVE SNAP, and how you can change how it
functions if you just CAN’T get your fingers to do both buttons at once!


STEP 1: File Open….TENTATIVE.DGN

STEP 2: Select Workspace Button Assignments

STEP 3: Highlight TENTATIVE from the list of buttons and move your cursor over the BUTTON
DEFINITION AREA

STEP 4: Press the mouse button that you prefer to use for your
TENTATIVE button

STEP 5: Pick OK to save the changes



Now let’s try to use the TENTATIVE SNAP to snap to the intersection of non-
intersecting lines.


STEP 6: TENTATIVE SNAP to P1 and TENTATIVE SNAP to P2.
If you performed this maneuver successfully the lines should
appear dashed and/or highlighted

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ESC to Cancel in BOTH
MicroStation V8 2004 provides a user preference to allow the AutoCAD user to set the ESC key to cancel any
command in MicroStation.




















Question & Answers
If time allows….at this point I will open it up for general questions and answers.

As you can see MicroStation has most of the same functionality that you had in AutoCAD…plus more! I hope
I was able to show you some tools that will help you get comfortable quicker and with the least amount of
“pain”. Remember, most of our frustration is “emotional”, and the sooner you take the plunge the better.
Have fun…I feel confident that you will be extremely happy with what MicroStation has to offer.

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WELL…..that's probably more than I have time for….but hopefully not more that you wanted to know! I hope
this has been a benefit to each of you.




Thank you for your time


Hope you enjoyed the session!




For high quality and affordable Training and Consulting Services


Contact:


Jeanne Aarhus


ProSoft NET - Omaha
12005 Quail Drive

Omaha, Nebraska, 68123-1175


402-292-6016


[email protected]
















MicroStation is a registered trademark of Bentley Systems, Inc. AutoCAD is a registered trademark of Autodesk Corporation. Other products and services may be
mentioned in this seminar and/or handout that are registered trademarks of their respective companies and the author makes no claim to these marks

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