Written by Bob Mecham
Ever make a mistake? Who hasn’t, save yourself some grief.
- By keying in the word ‘backup’ MicroStation creates a duplicate copy of you file. To control where the file is saved, use the configuration variable MS_BACKUP. If MS_BACKUP is not defined the file is saved in the current directory with a “.bak” extension. Try it out. Better yet, set a function key to do it for you.
- The variable may look something like: MS_BACKUP=C:/TEMP/DGN
- Did you know you can set ‘marks’ in MicroStation? Try Edit>Set Mark. Do some work and set another mark. Now you can Edit>Undo Other>To Mark to step back through your design file. Think of them as ‘groups of undos’.
- Need to get your MicroStation file back to how it was when you first logged in? Edit>Undo Other>All.
- When placing a linestring and you place a vertex in a wrong location. Don’t reset out of the place smartline command, just hit the Undo icon and watch the individual vertex locations get undone.
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Backup is a musthave, a few years back I found an macro, that still works fine. Maybe it’s something te share.
‘ MS_BACKUP must be defined
‘ BACKUP_TIME must be defined in minutes
‘ Use the backup key-in with the Runmacro MDL application.
‘ 1. Create or record a macro that creates a backup by key-in
‘ 2. Make sure macro is placed in MS_MACRO folder (default = …BentleyWorkspaceStandardsmacros)
‘ Here the example syntax for a macro that will create a backup:
‘ 3. Set configuration variable MS_DGNAPPS to value: …Bentleyprogrammicrostationmdlappsrunmacro.ma
‘ 4. Set the configuration variable MS_DGNMACROS to value:
‘ This will create a backup of each file when it is opened. I’m not sure how to do this when the file is closed.