In the spirit of April Fools Day we have compiled a few MicroStation pranks you can play on our coworkers.
When your victim leaves their desk for a few minutes try one, or more of the following “tips” on their computer:
1. Turn on Level Symbology Overrides
In their View Attributes click on Level Overrrides. Depending on their configuration this may dramatically change the display of their drawing.
2. Change their Input Preferences
Select Workspace > Preferences from the top MicroStation menu bar. Choose the Input category. Modify the settings highlighted in the image.
3. Change their Line Weight Display Preferences
Select Workspace > Preferences from the top MicroStation menu bar. Choose the View Options category, then click the Line Weights button. Change all of the display values to 31.
4. Draw elements in the background color.
Select Settings>Color Table. In the Color Table dialog select an unused color in the design file. Edit the color so that it matches the background color. Now draw something cheeky in the background color.
When they print the drawing something unexpected will be revealed.
5. Lock all of the elements in their file
Use the MicroStation Selection tool to select all of the elements in their design file. Once selected click Edit > Lock from the MicroStation pull-down menu. Deslect all of the elements.
6. Set elements to Non-Snappable.
Use the MicroStation Selection tool to select all of the elements in their design file. Once selected click the Element Information tool. Choose the non-complex element types in the top of the dialog. In the Extended section change the Snappable setting to Not Snappable.
7. Put a message in a startup macro.
Follow our VBA tip to autorun a VBA macro found here https://envisioncad.com/tips/autorun-microstation-vba/
Change the initial message to something ominous.
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