New and Changed in MicroStationCONNECT 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
Ability to add placement points to Graphic and Shared cells
You can now also add placement points to Graphic and Shared cells. Earlier this functionality was only available for parametric cells.
Ability to convert Smart Solids to Parametric Solids using the Convert to Solid tool
You can now use the new option available in the Convert to Solid tool, to convert Smart solids to Parametric solid. This option will convert an existing smart solid to a parametric type without retrofitting a profile and adding any constraints; it will only change the type of solid.
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 .
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 Synchronize 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 Set Reference Presentation tool.
Ability to remove an item from the recently used list in the Ribbon Search
Ability to search for a Picklist value in the Attach Item dialog
Ability to control the visibility of Placement Points on elements in the View Attributes dialog
You can now turn on the Placement Point setting in the View Attributes dialog, Presentation section to show placements points on cells with placement points in the active view. Placement points will display only when the Show Placement Points option is selected in the reset menu for the cells after placement.
Enhancements in the Cut Solid with Curve tool
- You can select multiple solids to cut.
- You can use the drag line, window, or element (data point) method to select solids and cutting profiles.
- Cut Direction will automatically adjust to follow the direction of curve of the cutting profile to create the cut. This eliminates the need to manually set the cut direction in the tool setting window.
- You can use <Shift> to switch between inside and outside profile to cut. Cut Method field is removed from the tool settings
- Orthogonal and Split Solid options are available as checkbox in the tool setting window.
Ability to search/filter cells in the Cell Library dialog
You can now search for cells by Name, Description, and Type in the Cell Library dialog using the List Filter icon in the dialog's toolbar
Ability to control the size of Text Subscript and Superscript using Key-ins
You can use the following key-ins to adjust the size of subscript and superscript text in custom Text Styles:
TEXTDISPLAYSCALE SUPERSCALE [ scale value ]
TEXTDISPLAYSCALE SUBSCALE [ scale value ]
Ability to Create New Variables and New Expressions from Dimensional Constraint tools
Ability to apply changes to a variable's value to all variations
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.
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.
RealDWG 2022 Support
MicroStation CONNECT Edition is now updated to support RealDWG 2022, the latest RealDWG engine for best compatibility.
About Technology Preview Features
(Technology Preview) Ability to Extract faces and edges from Smart solids
You can now extract faces and edges from Smart solids. After extraction the faces and edges will maintain their association with the parent solids. Smart solids will get converted to Parametric solids after extraction.
(Technology Preview) Ability to Modify and Update Sheet Properties
(Technology Preview) Ability to use Quick Element Information
You can now view the Quick Element Information for a selected element using <ALT> + Reset. A pop-up menu is displayed with the general description of the element.
CONNECT Advisor - The CONNECT Advisor's features will be combined with CONNECTION Client.
Luxology - Luxology Rendering is replaced by VUE Rendering. VUE render engine supports more advanced rendering capabilities. Features related to Luxology Rendering are removed. However, you can export to Luxology (.lxo) files and render in Modo.
Vector Icons - The vector icon workflow is affected by the deprecation of Luxology rendering. Luxology rendering and generating icons are no longer available in this update.