MicroStation CONNECT Edition Help

New and Changed in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 16

This topic summarizes the new features and enhancements in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 16.

Ability to assign a unique name to Tables

You can now define a unique table name and table description for each table. This name will display in the Description section of the Properties Dialog.

Ability to define a Picklist from Excel and .dgnlib files and enhanced Picklist settings

You can now define a Picklist for an Item using Excel Files or DGN Files in the Picklist Option available in the Item Types dialog. Picklist Source allows you to choose from where the Picklist can be derived. The selected values of Picklist, if set as Excel Files are displayed in the properties of the selected Item type in the Attach Item dialog. You can also find these values in the Picklist Option in Properties Dialog.

Ability to define a Grid Shift file for a user defined Datum

You can now specify a Grid Shift file for a custom datum. You can select the method as Grid Shift Files and specify a desired grid shift file name in the Edit Datum Properties dialog.

Ability to edit Vue Render settings using the Render Setup manager dialog

You can now produce sophisticated photo-realistic rendering with the Vue rendering engine. You can quickly render very high-quality images and animations from huge datasets using the Render SetUp Manager.
Note: The Luxology Render settings are now replaced by the advanced VUE Render Setup Manager. If you wish to use Luxology for your renders you will need a token to enable it. Help content for Luxology is no longer available in MicroStation, however, you may find help for some ancillary topics related to Luxology still available in the help.

Ability to fix a Placement Point while placing a parametric cell

You can now enable the setting to fix a placement point in the Place Parametric Cell dialog while placing a parametric cell. In a parametric cell with multiple placement points, you can choose a placement point to remain fixed after placement. This will fix the position of the cell with respect to the fixed placement point. Any variation applied to the cell will honor the position of the fixed placement point.

Ability to modify the design model with new option in the Synchroniser View

You can now modify and use the View Attribute settings of View 1 and copy it to all the design models by setting the Synchronize View to Settings from Design Model in the Reference Presentation dialog.

Ability to search for a Pick List value in the Attach Item dialog

You can now search for a pick list value in the Attach Item dialog from the search drop-down in the Properties section. You can also search for a value by name in the search box or choose values from the list.


Ability to select an element and view its properties in Text Favorite Manager with Select Element

You can now select an element and view its properties with the Select Element button newly added in the Text Favorite Manager.

One Configuration

As a user or an organization working on a project using multiple Bentley products, you can now manage your project standards with One Configuration. There will now be a single configuration folder shared by the different products. Individual products will however have the ability to extend the configuration and resource files (for example .cfg, .cells, .dgnlibs, etc.). One Configuration will NOT disrupt your current CONNECT Configurations. One Configuration will simply align the configuration of different Bentley products to avoid conflicts. One Configuration works with WorkSpaces utilizing Configuration Sets that use various combinations of standards to meet your organization's needs. These Configuration Sets can be easily adopted by other organizations that you work with.

Upgraded Parametric Cell workflows to merge updated item type library information

You can now update a parametric cell with a newer version having updated item type and parametric information. You can also place a parametric cell with updated item type libraries in a DGN that has older item type libraries attached.

About Technology Preview Features

Some features in this update are provided as Technology Preview.
Note: Take advantage of this Technology Preview, a non-public software service and/or application for evaluation purposes only. Please use the Technology Preview in your normal business environment as needed to form an opinion concerning the performance of the Technology Preview. Bentley personnel would welcome your valued feedback concerning the performance of the Technology Preview as you evaluate the capabilities. Please be aware that at some point, you may receive notice from Bentley that such use must cease or this Technology Preview will become unavailable to you. As we receive feedback, this Technology Preview may also be enhanced, updated or also discontinued without notice. As a Technology Preview, it is provided to you "as-is" without the benefit of any Bentley warranty, indemnity or support obligation.

(Technology Preview) Ability to execute MicroStation Startup Scripts

You can now execute the start up script in the command queue on startup with the help of Execute Startup Script button in the Preferences Dialog, Operations Category.
Note: This setting is disabled by default. You must enable this setting if you wish to save multiple images using Distributed Rendering.

(Technology Preview) Ability to Modify and Update Sheet Properties

You can now modify and update the sheet index properties of a sheet in the Manage Sheet Index setting available in the Explorer Dialog, Sheet Index Tab.

Deprecated Features

The CONNECT Advisor's features will be combined with CONNECTION Client.

Features Moved from Technology Preview to Commercial Release

The following features that were available as Technology Preview in previous updates, have been commercially released in this update: