ORD – MicroStation Tip: MS_DGNLIBLIST variables

In the CONNECT Edition products there are many new resource-specific MS_DGNLIBLIST variables. When do you use them, and when do you not?

I’ve had problems in MicroStation and ORD where text styles, dimension styles, etc. were not showing up even though MS_DGNLIBLIST was pointing to the correct .dgnlib files. Turns out you have to use the correct MS_DGNLIBLIST variable to define them.

Here’s a little tidbit from the C:\ProgramData\Bentley\OpenRoads Designer CE\Configuration\Organization-Civil\_Civil Default Standards – Imperial.cfg file that explains how they work.
# Restricts Text Styles to only populate from the listed file(s) plus the current active file.
# Text Styles defined in other dgnlib files pointed to by MS_DGNLIBLIST variable are ignored.
# All dgnlib files that include the string ‘Text Style’ in their name will be loaded.
MS_DGNLIBLIST_TEXTSTYLES                < $(CIVIL_ORGANIZATION_STANDARDS)Dgnlib/Feature Definitions/*Text Style*.dgnlib
 
The same holds true for all of the resource-specific dgnliblist variables.
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_CLASH
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_DETAILINGSYMBOLSTYLES
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_DIMENSIONSTYLES
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_DISPLAYSTYLES
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_DRAWINGSEEDS
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_LEVELS
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_LINESTYLES
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_LINKS
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_PRINTING
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_RENDER
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_TEXTFAVORITES
  • MS_DGNLIBLIST_TEXTSTYLES
  • MS_COLORBOOK_LIBRARIES
  • MS_GUIDGNLIBLIST
Rod Wing

Rod Wing

Rod is the Senior Systems Analyst at EnvisionCAD and has extensive experience in GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced.

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