AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition is an AddIn or App that adds functionality to Bentley Systems MicroStation®. It's a tool for Architects, Engineers and Planners.
MicroStation®, created by Bentley Systems, is a tool for designing, analysing, and presenting 3D models and 2D designs. MicroStation stores your models and designs in a DGN file.
We often want to create reports about DGN graphic elements. For example, suppose your job is to design an office floor layout or parking lot. You want to know information about the way you've divided the space. You might ask questions similar to the following …
This is where you might find AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition useful.
AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition works with MicroStation CONNECT to help annotate, measure and report areas in your DGN models.
AreaAnnotator™ is the answer to common questions posed by MicroStation CONNECT users …
AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition works with MicroStation CONNECT Text Fields and Item Types to annotate and update object measurements.
AreaAnnotator CONNECT Edition is a development of an earlier area annotation tool for MicroStation V8i. It lets you annotate an area feature, such as a shape or complex shape element, using MicroStation Text Fields. MicroStation observes changes to the shape and updates the area data in the shape's annotation automatically.
In the example above, you can see the following labels created by AreaAnnotator …
AreaAnnotator helps you to annotate object IDs. If you are annotating rooms
you may want a consistently-numbered room ID. For example, room numbering in your current model may start
100 and continue in increments of five. What's more, you can add explanatory text around the ID,
so your sequence would look something like
Room 105, …,
AreaAnnotator helps you to explain the purpose of an object. If you are annotating rooms you may want to describe rooms as office space, circulation, meeting etc.. AreaAnnotator's Purpose tag let's you assign a purpose to an object.
The screenshot above shows AreaAnnotator's Tool Settings for Labelling. The text fields show the values assigned to the blue rectangle. The toggle buttons on the right let you choose to include or omit data from the labels you create. For example, you might choose to show just the ID, or perhaps the ID and the Area.
AreaAnnotator CONNECT Edition does a very specific job, which is to monitor shapes and record their areas. It makes it easy to create Reports from those same data. When you want a report, AreaAnnotator sends a request to MicroStation's Reports dialog to display a report. The report is composed with a combination of AreaAnnotator's ID and Purpose Items and each area element's area property.
You can report both the measured area and a converted area. That is, if your DGN model master units are metres, then the reported area is square metres. If choose in addition to show an alternative area measurement, such as square feet, then those values can also be added to your report.
AreaAnnotator CONNECT Edition makes it easy to create Tables from those same data. When you request a table, AreaAnnotator first sends a request to MicroStation's Reports dialog to create a report. Next, it requests the Reports dialog to create a MicroStation table. The table is created and you then place the table in the usual way as a DGN element.
AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition includes a tool to tag multiple objects with the AreaAnnotator Item Types. The bulk tagging tool searches a DGN model for shapes on a named level. When it tags a shape, AreaAnnotator creates a label to provide a visual clue that the element is annotated.
The AreaAnnotator ID, which is visible in the label, is auto-incremented for each shape. For example, if your ID takes the form Room 101, then subsequent labels will be Room 102, Room 103, Room 104 …etc.
If you're familiar with AreaAnnotator for MicroStation V8i, then you may have come across ShapeTagger.
The functions of ShapeTagger are incorporated in AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition. ShapeTagger is not provided for MicroStation CONNECT, nor it is necessary.
LA Solutions' AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition is licensed software. When you first install AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition we grant you automatically a 30-day evaluation license. To continue using AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition you must purchase a license. You may purchase one or more licenses. Discounts are available for multiple license purchases.
AreaAnnotator CONNECT Edition is a new (2017), evolving, technology. We don't want to release it into the wild just yet. We're looking for beta-testers right now.
Who can beta-test? Anyone can beta-test, as long as you're prepared to adapt to the idiosyncracies of new software and explore its capabilities. AreaAnnotator CONNECT Edition relies on Item Types, Text Fields and other features of MicroStation CONNECT. It will help your understanding of AreaAnnotator if you have already explored those new features of MicroStation CONNECT.