5 Signs You are a MicroStation Dinosaur

Published on April 24, 2012
As I was introducing myself last week I said that I have been using MicroStation and InRoads since 1992. Then I paused and thought to myself that is 20 years. I am a dinosaur using this software!


Here are 5 signs that this could also be you.


1. You refer to MicroStation as PseudoStation and you know the origin of the name.


2. You talk about the ‘good ole days’ using the Intergraph Vax systems and Clix boxes.


3. You hold your coffee cup in your left hand and do everything with the mouse.



4.You think AccuDraw is EVIL >:(


5. When you get together with all your cronies at BE Together and all you do reminisce about the old IGUG conferences (they were awesome weren’t they?).


Please share some of your dinosaur comments below.  We would love to see your old pictures of the hardware you used, software screen captures, and old conference photos if you have them.

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29 Responses to “5 Signs You are a MicroStation Dinosaur”

  1. Rod Wing Says:

    April 24th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    When you see the abbreviation WTF you immediately translate that to “Words To Follow”

  2. Mark Harrington Says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Mouse? We used screen menus and digitizer pens!! Real CAD for real people!!

  3. Rod Wing Says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Yes Mark, Real CAD people detested the WIMP interface:
    W – Windows
    I – Icons
    M – Mice
    P – Pop-up menus

  4. Rod Wing Says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Push a button on the back of the keyboard to reboot your station.

  5. Rod Wing Says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Everyone has to log off of the VAX so one designer can render their 3D model.

  6. Rod Wing Says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    ED stands for Enter Data field/character. It’s not something you treat with viagra.

  7. Rod Wing Says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Installing MicroStation from 5 1/4″ floppy disks.

  8. Dave Says:

    April 25th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Using inter graph in 1983, had to take a break to update the screen

  9. Dan Bruno Says:

    April 26th, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I still use a digitizer tablet. It makes a great keyboard rest and I put my important notes, etc. under the crear plastic cover. It’s just the right angle for me to use as an arm rest. I think I still have a puck somewhere around here LOL.

  10. Ron Brys Says:

    April 26th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Dinosaur? Vax… that was transformational!
    Try these on for size.

    1. Drafting boards
    2. T-squares
    3. Leroy Guides
    4. Koh-I-Nor Rapidograph ink pens
    5. Ames lettering guides
    6. Hand drafting on vellum & bumwad
    7. When electric erasers rocked!

    Please tell me someone else remembers these times!

  11. Shawn Says:

    April 26th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    You may be a dinosaur…

    If you what APDP is
    If you ever injected ink into a pen plotter as it was plotting
    If you ever hurt your back by putting RAM into a plotter
    If you still hang onto your blue Sidebar menu
    If you don’t understand why your keyboard doesn’t have huge function keys and matrix menus
    If you still have your MicroStation 3D glasses
    If you pulled a muscle moving your Interact 20″ CRT
    If you followed the footsteps from the MicroStation Mall at IGUG to the Bentley party
    If you know what SE in MicroStation SE stood for
    If you still have you MicroStation SE Bonus Material CD
    If you know what TriForma actually meant
    If you still have all your copies of MicroStation Manager Magazine

  12. Chris Says:

    April 26th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    If you’ve ever had to add an EOF using EDG to get back into your dgn file

  13. Karsten Says:

    April 26th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I remember evaluating the latest and greatest Microstation 3 on clix for ABB just after ABB was formed in ’89.
    Didn’t like it as it was slower that the Inhouse cad based on Computervision CADDS 3.
    IT dept.s in ABB were sent a memo and told to evaluate Intergraph as it was free, but warned that any trial must be terminated and no sales contracts should be signed.
    Funnily enough I started working at I/UK in Dec. and remember Easter ’90.
    That was when when the no. 1 sales man found his office locked and he was fired/kicked out by Dick Fox.
    The sales dept had just come back from a free trip to Barbados with lots of ABB bosses.
    The free trip had been awarded due to the massive sales to ABB.
    Dick blew a fuse when ALL the sales made to ABB started coming back.

    here are some other things I remember..
    I/NFM 🙁

    Intergraph :Brics => Bentley :Triforma
    Brics was bought by Intergraph to squash it as it was a rival to Modeldraft.

    ASID = another UD format like DMRS used by Intergraph’s EE suite.

    Another thing I remember is Intergraph using surface mounted and glued IC boards.
    One IP2750 kept crashing, PANIC’ing after being used a bit.
    The Intergraph engineer found the fault.. bacteria in the anti static fluid sprayed around the office every now and then had eaten the glue and the gfx card was hanging loose.
    He fixed it with lots of sellotape!! And ordered a replacement machine.
    The machine worked fine with the sellotape for another 3 weeks when it was swapped with a new unit.

    I remember people laughing when I ordered the first MDL manual from Bentley (’90) and I’d said I thought PCs and MDL Microstation would be the next big thing.

    Did anyone else ever try to fix the white dot on the second screen on Intergraph TD1’s with 2 S928 graphic cards?
    I spent couple of hours using EDG searching for a white dot in a file.
    Then I noticed that every dual screen TD1 has the same white dot on the second screen.
    Memory Bug with the S928 graphics card.

  14. Rod Wing Says:

    April 27th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    When you purchased, or upgraded, you got printed user manuals!

  15. Gary Mansager Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    On running 2.5. Getting into a friendly disagreement just to have Keith Bentley settle it by stating: Actually, yes, version 2.5 was the released for the PC!

  16. Ken Largent Says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Diazo machine. ’nuff said.

  17. Debbie Wilson Says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Ditto all of the above. I’m a proud veteran beginning with IGDS in 1982.

    OK, entering the Wayback Machine…
    Remember ‘Design File Limits Exceeded’?
    Our first PCs running MicroStation 3.something on DOS used Decnet to connect to the Vax. It was revolutionary!
    IGUG conferences were a blast, particularly the ones in New Orleans. But also loved the parties at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Nothing like riding the Space Shot after you’ve had a few. 🙂

  18. Rande Robinson Says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Anyone remember MicroStation MAC? IGDS and TDP?

  19. Leroy Toledo Says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    How about this one;

    You’re a next generation CAD person when you see a drawing done by hand drafting from way back WHICH LOOKS ALOT BETTER than the ones you are producing today with either Autocad & MicroStation.

  20. Marion B. Says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Sadly (because it dates me to be one of the oldest of these dinosaur types) I remember all those Microstation versions dating back to V3. Still have my digitizing pad I guess to use as a large paperweight? How about, does anyone remember when you could call integraph or Bentley for help and they used to actually talk to you and provide it? Last time for me was in early 2000’s when I called at night and reached tech support from Austrailia. Thanks mate.

  21. Len Says:

    May 10th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Anyone remember the BVRC that used to take care of the stroking (BAPP01) and plotting (VEND01) of IDGS files on the old PDP 11/70’s? How about the old Tektronix 4014’s with the x and y thumbwheels instead of a cursor and digitizing tablet before Intergraph started branding their own terminals? I can still remember the old RSX-11M+ and VMS operating systems…almost seems like yesterday.

  22. Carl A. Broyles Says:

    May 10th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    -Interactive Graphics Design System D’oh :>)
    -Still have the FAT_DGN files E.G. Bar1.dgn and Bar2.dgn and have used them.
    -Know what PLine means and can decipher “T,co=green;P,pcirr;2;”
    -Still want to have EDG back on a monthly basis.


  23. Matt Says:

    May 30th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I just say.. ModelView!

  24. Phillipe Cantin Says:

    May 30th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Back when Eagle Point was [only] on Microstation

  25. Gazza Says:

    May 31st, 2012 at 1:11 am

    -286-10 with a 287 co-processor, 256Kb DIM, 5Mb full height, 14″ EGA, 3 button Genius.
    -John Leavy’s MicroStation Reference Guide.
    -Go Figure
    -Brain Fault

  26. Lis Says:

    July 16th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    If you still have the original Big Mac design file and can build a Matrix Menu on IGDS (1984)

    And nearly a decade later, you know EaglePoint was ORIGINALLY only on AutoCAD…they came over to Mstn and MDL in 1992 on MstnV4.

  27. Michael Kolster Says:

    August 21st, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    When you know what it means “allocate blocks” and what happens when you don’t guess correctly…your green screen updates and you are missing half of your drawing.

    Oh, remember swap? A video card that allows you to have a virtual monitor?

    Having to buy a co-processor.

  28. Peter M Says:

    September 25th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I must be about the same vintage as Len – I worked on the first “Intergraph” software version, when they had just changed their name from “M & S Computing”, on the old storage tube Tectronix “Skyhook”, with one large and one small screen, I frequently had to take my turn setting the 16 bit switches and rebooting the 11/70, hanging 9-track (and sometimes 7-track) tapes to load older drawings, changing out the disc pack, cleaning the BVRC every Monday morning, etc…

  29. Rande Says:

    April 21st, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    All of them fit except the coffee one…I’m versatile and can drink coffee with either hand.

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