MicroStation CONNECT Edition – The top five things you need to know

Here at EnvisionCAD we were all excited  when MicroStation CONNECT Edition was released. We had been testing the technology preview releases, but seeing the general release got the inner geeks in us into overdrive.

When you go to the SELECT Fulfillment Center to download MicroStation CONNECT your first indication that this is a significant upgrade is that the MicroStation version number has jumped from v08.09.11 to v10.0.0 . While the MicroStation V8 file format remains the same, a lot of other things definitely have not. Before you decide to take the plunge for yourself we’ve listed the top five things you need to know before installing MicroStation CONNECT Edition.

1. MicroStation CONNECT Edition is only available for 64-bit operating systems

  • Windows 7 and above

2. Workspace configurations will have to be redone

  • The Interface setting has been removed
  • The USER configuration level remains, but users can no longer select between multiple User configurations
  • The PROJECT configuration level has been replaced by WORKSET
  • The SITE configuration level has been replaced by ORGANIZATION
  • WORKSPACE and ROLE configuration levels have been added

3. Custom add-on macros and applications

  • MicroStation BASIC macros will no longer function and have to be rewritten in another supported language
  • MDL and Native code applications will have to be recompiled
  • VBA applications will still function, but may require some modification
  • Updates to the MicroStation-based vertical applications (GEOPAK, InRoads, Descartes, Map, etc.) will be required to function with MicroStation CONNECT

4. Task menus have been replaced with a Ribbon-style interface.

  • Custom toolboxes and pull-down menus can be moved to display on the ribbon
  • Positional keyboard mapping shortcuts have been replaced by a new pop-up menu
  • AccuDraw shortcuts are integrated into Home position – no more worry about which dialog has focus
  • Users will need training to become familiar with the new interface

5. Tag Elements are no more

  • Tag Elements have been replaced by Item Types
  • Tag Reports have been replaced with a new Report tool


Make no mistake, the upgrade to MicroStation CONNECT Edition will be a major undertaking for your organization.

You don’t have to tackle this alone. Whether it’s workspace configurations, custom add-on application development, custom menus, user training, or other assistance – WE CAN HELP!   CONTACT US when you start planning your upgrade to make this as smooth a transition as possible.



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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