MicroStation Tip: Apply Element Template to Shapefile Attachment

Written by Rod Wing.


ArcView Shapefiles contain the graphics of individual GIS layers, but the graphics have no color, weight, or line style symbology. Starting in MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3) an Element Template can be applied to an attached shapefile so that it will display it with the correct symbology.

In the References dialog <R> on the column headings and select Element Template from the pop-up menu.

Element Template

Once the Element Template column is displayed, an element template can be selected and applied to the shapefile attachment.

Element Template

Element templates cannot be applied to dgn or dwg file attachments.


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