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Item Types

You can create item types and attach items based on these to objects or elements within a DGN file. Once created, the item's properties display in the Properties dialog along with the other properties of the object or element.

Item types can be used to store information about elements in the form of properties. Following are some instances where item types and attached items can be used:
  • Items can be attached to a model within a cell library; every time that model is placed as a cell, the attached items are copied to the new cell.
  • Items can be attached to an element template; every time the element template is used, a copy of the template's items are attached to the new element.
  • The properties in item types can be used to label, report, or change the display of the elements or objects.
  • Door schedules and signage reports are some of the real world examples where item types can be used.

The Attach Item tool allows you to attach an item to an element.

The Detach Item tool allows you to detach an item from an element.

The Item Types dialog allows you to create and manage item types.

Upgrading Tag Sets to Item Types

You can also upgrade the old tag sets to item types. When you upgrade tag sets, the tags in the tag sets are converted to properties of item types. The tag sets that are attached to elements are converted as items attached to elements. The tag elements that are displayed in the model are converted into text fields that point to the item type properties.

If the tag set has any non-associative tags, they are not upgraded to item types.

Once upgraded, if the tag sets do not have any non-associative tags, the tag sets are deleted.

You can upgrade tag sets from the Upgrade Tag Sets dialog.