AreaAnnotator: a MicroStation Application

AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition is an AddIn or App that adds functionality to Bentley Systems MicroStation® CONNECT. It's a tool for architects, engineers, planners and technicians.

AreaAnnotator facilitates annotatation of areas

AreaAnnotator provides its own set of key-in commands. Once AreaAnnotator is loaded, those commands can be used to start actions by AreaAnnotator.

The MicroStation key-in to start AreaAnnotator is
mdl load AreaAnnotator

When AreaAnnotator is loaded, you will see its tool box …

AreaAnnotator Tool Box

AreaAnnotator Key-In Commands

There are several types of commands provided by AreaAnnotator …

Actions

Interactive Action Commands
Command Effect Comment
AREA TAG SINGLE Tag a single shape Attaches Item Types data and adds a text label
AREA TAG REMOVE Removes Item Types data and deletes label
AREA TAG QUERY Query a shape for its data Read but don't modify AreaAnnotator data
AREA TAG PROPERTY property name, new value Modify only the specified value Works with Fences and Selection Sets

Bulk Action Commands
Command Effect Comment
AREA TAG MULTI Tag multiple shapes Pops the Tag Multiple dialog. Attaches Item Types and labels to multiple shapes on a specified level
AREA ALIGN Move each label relative to its host Position depends on the justification setting

See the Advanced AreaAnnotator page for more information about Purpose, AreaType and tagging multiple shapes.

Search and Query

Search and Query Commands
Command Effect Comment
AREA QUERY CHOOSE Pops the Query dialog Technology Preview
AREA SEARCH Pops the Search dialog Technology Preview

See the AreaAnnotator Search page for more information about search and query tools.

Reports, Tables & Named Groups

Reports, Tables & Named Groups
Command Effect Comment
AREA REPORT CREATE Start MicroStation's Report tool Uses a pre-defined report template
AREA TABLE CREATE Start MicroStation's Table tool
AREA NAMED GROUP DIALOG property name Pops the Annotator Group Properties dialog Add DGN elements having the specified property to a Named Group

Settings

Settings Dialog
Command Effect Comment
AREA DIALOG SETTINGS Pop the AreaAnnotator Settings dialog
AreaAnnotator Settings Dialog
Settings Commands
Command Effect Comment
AREA SET TEXTSTYLE Set the Text Style used to create labels
AREA SET JUSTIFICATION Set the justification used to create labels
AREA SET ACCURACY Set the decimal accuracy when composing an area label Default is two decimal places
AREA SET FLAG PROPERTY Include the named property in a label Default is on
AREA SET FLAG AUTOLABEL Automatically label each DGN element Default is on
AREA SET FLAG INCREMENT Auto-increment the ID Item Default is on
AREA SET DELTA Set the ID increment delta (Δ) If Δ equals 2, for example, then Room 101 → Room 103. Default is Δ = 1
AREA SET LEVEL Set the level name used to create labels
AREA SET AREADECORATOR Set the units decorator used as a suffix to area measurement Units2, Square Units or Units²

Help

Help Commands
Command Effect Comment
AREA HELP ABOUT Pops a dialog with brief information about AreaAnnotator
AREA HELP LICENSE Writes license information to the Message Center
AREA HELP CFGVARS Shows the configuration variables used by AreaAnnotator
AREA HELP DOCUMENT Shows AreaAnnotator help
AREA HELP PROPLIST Shows a list of property names used by this app's Item Type
AREA HELP PROPPICKLIST Shows a list of values, if any, that can be used by the named property

AREA HELP ABOUT pops the About AreaAnnotator dialog with brief information about the product and your license …

About AreaAnnotator Dialog

AREA HELP DOCUMENT opens your default web browser at the AreaAnnotator web page.

File

File Commands
Command Effect Comment
AREA FILE EXIT Unload AreaAnnotator

License

License Dialog
Command Effect Comment
AREA DIALOG LICENSE Pop the AreaAnnotator License dialog

AreaAnnotator License Dialog

Return to the AreaAnnotator main page

Return to the AreaAnnotator main page.