MicroStation CONNECT: Add Custom Tools to the Ribbon

Written by Rod Wing

The Menu Bar pull downs are no longer supported in MicroStation CONNECT. Many organizations created custom pull downs for organizing workflows, hard to find tools, and custom macros/mdl’s. These can be easily added as ribbon selections. Prior to configuring MicroStation CONNECT to find your custom GUI DGNlib, open it in the MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries)  Workspace > Customize dialog and copy your custom Menu Bar to either a Toolbox or User Task.

Once that is done you can then copy your GUI DGNlib to MicroStation CONNECT, then configure your custom toolboxes and menus to show up in the ribbon.

1. Open your GUI DGNlib file in MicroStation CONNECT.

2. Select File > Settings > Configuration > Customize.

3. In the Customize dialog, copy your custom toolbox to a User Task if it is not already there.

MicroStation CONNECT Customize

4. Close the Customize dialog.

5. In the Active Workflow drop down, select Task Navigation.

6. In the Task Selection drop down, select your custom task menu.

Your custom toolbox or former menu bar will be displayed in the ribbon

MicroStation CONNECT Toolbox to Ribbon
Rod Wing

Rod Wing

Rod joined EnvisionCAD in March 2007 and has nearly three decades of experience working in the CADD industry. He led the IT evaluations of Bentley InRoads and AutoDesk Civil 3D at Wisconsin DOT in their overall CAiCE replacement evaluation. He also led the MicroStation V7 to V8 upgrade effort at Wisconsin DOT which included updating not only the CADD standards to accommodate the changes in the file format but also updating legacy MDL and macros to work in the new environment. Rod received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Cartography and a Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. Rod has extensive experience in CADD as well as the areas of GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. In all of these areas, he has produced custom tools and developed workflows to enhance productivity between diverse sets of applications. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced applications.

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