I wrote this tutorial years ago, while I still working in a Bentley reseller. I wrote it in Indonesian, when it’s still V8XM. I decided to rewrite it in English, and update some screenshot with V8i. Thanks for my partner, I can get 30 days trial to do so. I know there are not many similar tutorial available. That’s why I decided to share this on my blog. I hope this tutorial series will be helpful to you. Enjoy! You can also bookmark the complete list in this table of content.
MicroStation is a Windows compliant software. As any other software, you can start it from Windows start menu, double click the icon from desktop, or clicking the icon in quick launch if you put it there.
When you start the application, you will see a dialog box: MicroStation Manager.
Not like another popular CAD platform, this application allows you to select user, project, and interface at this dialog. You can find these options on lower right of this dialog.
Let’s change the user to examples. And change the project to building. What we just did is we set the folder to examples>building at default location. This is where is it on Vista. If you use XP, you will see it on different folder.
Let’s just open folder drawings, and select file BSI300-GroundFloorPlan.dgn. You should see it because it’s included in default installation. Open it.
This is how MicroStation looks like. It’s not as complicated as this actually. I just arrange them closer so you can see all components in limited image.
I assume that you already get used to Windows applications. Menu in this application work just the same. You can access all the tools and settings through available items in this application menu.
Task navigation is where your tools are.
You can change active task from tasks list. Let’s say you need to give your objects dimension. If you want to focus to dimension tools only, you can switch the active task to drawing>dimension. You will only see dimension tools in active task.
Main tasks are the tools you will see no matter what your active task is. Main task mostly consist tools related to objects manipulations and modifications.
See several icons next to active task title bar? You can change the display by clicking it. Choose which you think suit you most.
Now try to click the icon. That will activate the tool. Yeah, aren’t all Windows application works that way? But now try to click on Place SmartLine tool, hold your mouse button. What do you see? You will see all similar tools to create lines! You can select any other tools you want.
Try to click the ‘open linear as toolbox’ from the selection. That will open a toolbar for linear tools.
Activating and Using tools
Now you already know how to start MicroStation. You know where you can access MicroStation tools. You just need to click on a tool from the list to activate it.
So how do you know what tool is active? You can see it from status bar and from tool settings.
Tool settings will show you only settings related to active tool. In this example, place smartline. Try to click several points in your drawing area. There you go! It’s easy isn’t it?