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  • The PROJECT configuration level has been replaced by WORKSET
  • The SITE configuration level has been replaced by ORGANIZATION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  • Positional keyboard mapping shortcuts have been replaced by a new pop-up menu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  • Tag Elements have been replaced by Item Types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 is the Senior Systems Analyst at EnvisionCAD and has extensive experience in GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced.

7 comments on “MicroStation CONNECT Edition – The top five things you need to know

  1. Leos Reply


    What about point clouds? In microstation V8i is big problem wit working with point clouds with hight resolution (for example 4 bilions points), it make’s lags.
    How is it in new Microstation CONNECT?

  2. Rod Wing Reply

    MicroStation V8i is a 32bit application, while MicroStation CONNECT is a true 64bit application. This means MicroStation CONNECT can utilize the full memory space on a 64bit operating system and is better able to handle larger point clouds.

  3. pcramirez Reply

    Any idea where we can get a “MODZ” mdl app that is compatible with Connect Edition?

    • Rod Wing Reply

      In MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 12 a Set Element Elevation tool was added.
      You can find it on the ribbon under Drawing > Home > Manipulate > More > Set Element Elevation

      This should replace the functionality you had with the MODZ add-in.

  4. Marty Yanishewski Reply

    MicroStation BASIC macros will no longer function and have to be rewritten in another supported language. What is the other supported language?

    • Rod Wing Reply

      The MicroStation VBA language would most likely be the logical choice for your updated MicroStation BASIC applications. While the languages are different, there are enough similarities between them that anyone experienced in developing MicroStation BASIC macros should pick up the MicroStation VBA programming fairly quickly. The MicroStation VBA Help system is quite good, providing many examples you can copy and paste into your macros.

      The other benefit to using MicroStation VBA is that the language is virtually unchanged between MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries) and MicroStation CONNECT. Most VBA applications written for V8i can be moved to CONNECT with no modification.

      If you need some extra assistance our MicroStation VBA Fundamentals book can get you started. This book is written for MicroStation V8i, however it will work equally well for the CONNECT Edition. The only differences are in the Macro Recorder, and accessing the VBA Project Manager.

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