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New and Changed in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 17

This topic summarizes the new features and enhancements in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 17.

AEC Transform while attaching an iModel and other Attach iTwin enhancements.

When both the reference iModel and the active model have a GCS, the Attach iModel as Reference dialog will enable the AEC transform option. You can choose to perform an AEC Transform to align the GCSs in the iModel and the active model during attachment, using this option. This allows an iModel attached as a reference to be aligned to Project North instead of the GCS.

The Attach iModel as Reference dialog is now enhanced to allow for greater flexibility while attaching iModels as reference.

Area Tools

You can now use Area Tools to measure area, calculate area and place it as text in a design. You can also place an area block and place the area as text. These tools will minimize effort and clicks while working with areas for any geometry.

Display Rules enhancements

You can now quickly and efficiently create conditions to add to display rules with the following enhancements made to the condition editor:
  • See available classes grouped into a list for easy access while adding a new criterion.
  • See classes for a selected element while adding a new criterion with the Show classes for selected element option.
  • Search quickly for desired classes and properties using the search field.
  • Use wild card like operator for filtering Level properties.

Dynamic Preview Symbology

You can now customize the preview symbology while adding features to a parametric element. Use the key-in dynamicsymbology Color Line Style Line Weight , to change symbology of the preview.

Left: Default symbology | Right: Custom symbology example (Color=3, Line Style = 4, Line Weight = 5)

You can revert symbology to default by using the key-in dynamicsymbology (followed by no command line argument).

Enhanced Issue Resolution Service features

Issue Resolution Service will now provide you with the latest capabilities. It is now independent of the MicroStation version and will comply with the IRS on the cloud to provide better alignment with iTwin services and latest workflows.

Manage Configuration

You can now create new configurations and manage existing configurations using the Manage Configuration tool. You can create a ProjectWise Drive configuration to work with your project data and synchronize project data to ProjectWise 365 work area connections. You can access Manage Configuration from the WorkPage.

ProjectWise Drive Integration

ProjectWise Drive is now available as a companion application with MicroStation CONNECT Edition. You can access and work on your ProjectWise projects directly from your desktop applications. ProjectWise Drive provides a link between your local computers and the ProjectWise 365 documents and Work Area Connections.

RealDWG 2023 Support

MicroStation CONNECT Edition is now updated to support RealDWG 2023, the latest RealDWG engine for best compatibility. Custom objects and object enablers are also supported.

Remove specific constraints or all constraints from a constrained geometry

Remove All is now renamed as Remove Constraints tool. You can now remove specific constraints or all constraints from a geometry using this tool. Earlier you could remove all constraints at once. But now you can choose the constraints you wish to remove and keep the rest.

Text Favorite Manager - New Field Sub Types introduced

While creating or editing a text favorite, you will now see new Field Sub Type options for Field Types Model Properties and Sheet Index Properties. A new field sub type called References is available for Model Properties and field sub type Index is available for Sheet Index Properties.

Ability to Copy and Paste Rows and Columns

You can now copy the entire selected row(s) or column(s) and paste it next to another row or column using this new capability in Tables.

Ability to Auto update Parametric Cell in the Cell Library

A new option is added to the Cell Library which allows you to Auto-Update Parametric Cells based on the cell selection.

Ability to search and sort variations in the Properties Dialog

You can now search and sort variations in the Properties Dialog. A list of variation is listed that you can sort in an ascending or descending order and search for a particular variation.

Ability to select Parametric Cell through Element Selection Dialog

You can now refine the selection of Parametric Cell in a DGN file via the Element Selection dialog. Until now it was only possible to select all parametric cells in a file, without any possibility of filtering by their name or variations.

Ability to define Hierarchical or Conditional Picklist

You can setup a Hierarchical or Conditional Picklist in the Picklist Settings dialog by configuring the excel sheet that contains the data. The worksheet values are displayed in the new Picklist settings dialog with Custom selected as a Picklist Option.

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) Apply Display Rules and Export to DGN and DWG/DXF

You can now easily apply display rules to a display style from the Apply Display Rules window accessible from the ribbon.

You can also export with display rules to DGN and DWG or DXF formats using the new Export with Display Rules in the file menu.

(Technology Preview) Importing a PDF with vector data

You can now import PDF files into MicroStation and use any vector data from PDF files as design elements. You can do this using the PDF Import option available in the File > Import menu.

(Technology Preview) Use Reference Scale

You can now measure in true model units while in a Sheet model that contains a scaled reference file. You can turn on the Use reference scale checkbox to enable this functionality. This setting is available for all Measure tools (Distance, Radius, Length, Area, and Volume) except for the Measure Angle tool where it does not apply.

(Technology Preview) Ability to Clone Item Types to an Element

You can now clone a single or multiple Item types to an element using the Clone Items feature.

(Technology Preview) Ability to propagate Item Type information while performing drop operation on elements

You can now drop item type information attached to an element along with the element. The item type information will be propagated to the resulting elements. You can use the new Item Types check box available in the Drop Element tool settings for this.

(Technology Preview) Ability to loft a given profile along closed section curves

You can now create a parametric solid by lofting given closed section curves. You can use the Loft Solid tool in the Create Solids tab in the ribbon for creating a lofted solid.

(Technology Preview) Ability to support Special Characters in Expressions

You can now use spaces, foreign characters, special characters and long strings in Expressions. Previously, foreign characters and spaces were not supported in Expressions and Expressions Builder. Values from both Excel and Look up, strings are displayed with foreign characters and spaces.

(Technology Preview) Ability to Populate an Item Type with Lat/Long properties

You can now use an Item Type Expression to extract the Latitude/Longitude coordinates of an element, so that it can be used, for example, to create smart annotations with Text Fields.

(Technology Preview) Ability to attach Point Cloud files from ContextShare

You can now attach Point Clouds files from the ProjectWise ContextShare platform with this new setting.

(Technology Preview) Ability to edit the value of text driven by Item Type property

You can now directly edit the value of text driven by Item Type property in the Edit Item Dialog. This dialog can be used to edit and update the Text fields created from Item Type property. You can now double click on the text field to open the Edit Item Dialog.

(Technology Preview) Enhancements in the Variables Dialog

You can now work with Variables Dialog with the newly improved features listed below:
  • Enhanced toolbar - File Menu and Tools Menu
  • New Folder structure for variables
  • Minimum/Maximum range values
  • X Button (Variables)

(Technology Preview) Enhancements in the 2D Constraint Tools

You can now work with enhanced 2D Constraint Tools in the Auto Constraint Setting Dialog
  • Auto 2D Constraint
  • Fixed 2D Constraint

(Technology Preview) Ability to select Parametric Cell through Right Click Menu

You can now select a Parametric Cell through the Right Click Menu. You can access this menu by selecting a parametric element and right clicking on it. You will see two new options, Select Same Type and Size and Select Same Type.

(Technology Preview) Ability to Edit Parametric Cells in Place

You can now Edit the Parametric Cells placedwithout dropping it or attaching to the cell library.

(Technology Preview) Ability to Use Variables to drive 2D shapes

You can now use parametric variables to drive some 2D shapes directly. When placing blocks, circles, ellipses, arcs and lines you can now use a variable to drive the shapes' geometry. This is independent from constraints, and it is aimed at creating simple parametric shapes quickly and easily

(Technology Preview) Ability to work with Tables and Reports with enhanced features

You can now work with Tables and Reports with the newly improved features

The following options have been added to Report Definition:
  • Add Calculated Column
  • Add Sr. No. Column
  • Show All Columns
  • Ability to Place Report as Table using Table Seed: Advanced Setting:
    The Advanced setting in the Place Table tool lets you predefine the layout and titles of headers and columns in the table. The values in the table can be edited once placed.

  • Transpose Tables
  • Table Style

Deprecated Features

Publish iModels - Publishing to iModel versions 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 is no longer supported.

Open and Reference iModels - Opening and referencing of following iModel versions is deprecated:
  • iModel 1.5 files (*.dgndb, *.idgndb, *.imodel,*.markupdb)
  • iModel 1.6 files (*.dgndb, *.idgndb, *.imodel)
  • iModel 2.0 files (*.bim, *.ibim, *.imodel)

V7 Workmode - Saving As V7 and Editing V7 files. (V7 files can be opened as Read-only).

RPC cells content library

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: