Free MicroStation App for Area Annotation, $25 Value

We would like to thank all users that downloaded April’s free MicroStation app.

We have removed the Area Annotation macro download from our site. If you absolutely feel like you need this app you will need to contact us directly and plead your case ;)

Label MicroStation Areas

The Label Area macro allows the user to place area labels for multiple closed shape elements in a single operation. Use the MicroStation Element Selection tool to select the desired shape elements, select the text style to use for the label attributes, add a custom label prefix and/or suffix, and then click OK to automatically place a label at the centroid of each shape.

Download this application, and others, today while they are still free. Next month look for another free MicroStation application that provides bulk file renaming.

We would like to thank Lorys Lea, Senior Draftsman of Beca PTY Engineering Consultants out of the Melbourne Airport Cadd Services Office for the idea of this macro.

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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

7 comments on “Free MicroStation App for Area Annotation, $25 Value

  1. John Johnson Reply

    I worked in the private sector for many years before working for the government and one macro I would like to see in Microstation is a simple text rotate to the current screen rotation/alignment.

    It is hard to get real life to line up to true north and a simple macro to pick a single text entity or fenced area and roatate it to the screen view would be great.

    It would also be great if a macro could rotate cells to the current screen alignment.

    Thanks,
    John Johnson

  2. rod@envisioncad.com rod@envisioncad.com Reply

    John,

    The standard MicroStation solution to that text rotation problem is to place the text as View Independent, that way it does not get rotated with the view. For text that is already placed as non-view independent I think applying the view rotation, or converting it to view independent could be done as a freeware macro. I’ll look into it.

    Rod

  3. Marty Robbins Reply

    I recently downloaded and tested the Label Area macro tool. I compared the Label Area Square Footage with the Microstation Area tool and quantity in the Label Area Tool was 10x larger than the Microstation Area tool. Can you please verify.

  4. Rod Wing Rod Wing Reply

    Marty,

    We have not seen this before in any of our testing or with the hundreds of downloads of this macro. There have been some recent discussions in the BE Communities about an error in the MicroStation Area tool. The correct area is displayed in Element Information, but is incorrect in Measure Area. A TR has been logged by Bentley for this issue.

    More information about the problem can be seen here:
    http://communities.bentley.com/products/microstation/microstation_v8i/f/19565/t/78168.aspx

    If this is not the problem you are seeing then please send me a dgn file that exhibits the problem and I will check it against the macro.

    Rod

  5. Rod Wing Rod Wing Reply

    The problem Marty had was due to a blank sub-unit label definition in the Settings > Design File > Working Units setting. The macro has been updated to account for this. Anyone else who wants the update can email me directly and I will send you the new version.

    Rod

  6. Roberto González Reply

    Yo desarrolle algo similar en MicroStation V8, con MicroStation Basic, y algo que ayuda mucho es poner el tamaño del texto dependiendo del área de la Shape. saludes.

  7. Rod Wing Rod Wing Reply

    Roberto González’s Translated comment:
    “I developed something similar in MicroStation V8, MicroStation Basic, and something that helps a lot is to put the text size depending on the area of the Shape.”

    Thank you Roberto for that tip. I might add an option for that.
    Rod.

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