What is AreaAnnotator?

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

Here's a PowerPoint introduction to AreaAnnotator .

Annotate DGN Shapes

AreaAnnotator simplifies the task of tagging a MicroStation DGN shape element. By tagging, we mean attaching AreaAnnotator data to a MicroStation DGN shape element. Once tagged, your shape becomes an Area Feature. An Area Feature has both visible geometry and AreaAnnotator data.

Annotation Labels

Design an annotation cell in your corporate style, and add SmartText where you want AreaAnnotator data to be substituted. AreaAnnotator automatically connects your data to the cell's text fields. AreaAnnotator labels Area Features by updating text fields in your annotation cell.

Combined Tagging and Labelling

AreaAnnotator lets you combine tagging and labelling. You identify a shape, and it becomes an Area Feature complete with label.

Report Area Features

AreaAnnotator lets you harvest data in two ways …

Either way, you can sort and filter the worksheet, export it to Excel, or place it as a DGN table in your DGN model.

Search for Area Features

You can search for Area Features using AreaAnnotator's Search tool. The search tool let's you find area features tagged with matching data.

Categorise Area Features

You can categorise Area Features in one of two ways …

There are a number of MicroStation tools that work with Named Groups.

Display rules and display styles are also part of MicroStation.

Getting Started

Read the Getting Started section for a quick introduction to AreaAnnotator.


Read the Commands section to see AreaAnnotator's key-in commands.

Download AreaAnnotator

Visit the download page to register your interest in AreaAnnotator CONNECT Edition and download the installer.

License Terms

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 license, multiple licenses or a site license. Discounts are available for multiple license purchases.