MicroStation Tip: Import Linestyles into a DGN Library

Written by: Bob Mecham

Linestyles can be delivered in the workspace two ways.  One option is to point to the Linestyle resource file (RSC) using the variable MS_SYMBRSRC.   The second options is to import a MicroStation linestyle resource file (RSC) into the DGN Library file and then use the MS_DGNLIBLIST variable.

To import a linestyle into a DGN file use the Linestyle Editor dialog box.

1. From the MicroStation pull down menu Element > Line Styles > Edit. The Line Style Editor dialog will appear.

2. From the Line Style Editor dialog pull down menu File > Import > MicroStation Resource File (RSC).

3. Path to the file and click the Open button. The Select Linestyles to Import dialog will appear.

dialog to import linestyle library

4. Select the linestyles in the list and click the Import button.  The linestyles will be imported into the file.

Note: if you want to delete a linestyle name use the keyin “delete unused linestyles [name]”

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.

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4 comments on “MicroStation Tip: Import Linestyles into a DGN Library

  1. David Renaud - MWU Reply

    Is there a way to print a list of the line styles? Ideally, it would be with the graphical representation of each line style, but a list of just names would be useful.

  2. robert hart Reply

    what is the name of that macro (to draw a line for each linestyle)? is that a free macro?

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