Introduction

AreaAnnotator™ CONNECT Edition is an AddIn or App that adds functionality to Bentley Systems MicroStation® CONNECT. It's a tool for Architects, Engineers and Planners.

AreaAnnotator facilitates annotatation of areas

See the Getting Started page for a quick introduction to AreaAnnotator tools.

Advanced use of AreaAnnotator

AreaAnnotator Settings Dialog

AreaAnnotator Purpose

AreaAnnotator's Purpose tag is a text value that you can assign when you tag an area object. The object's purpose is arbitrary: you can assign any value you want. Purpose can appear in a report or table. You might want to use Purpose for collating or sorting area tables.

For example, if you are planning an office layout, you may want to designate rooms and other spaces with a purpose value that is useful. Something like this …

User-Assigned Purpose
Purpose Comment
Office Office accommodation
Circulation Stairs, hallways
Meeting Meeting and conference rooms

You might create a MicroStation Report that you export to, say, Excel. In Excel you can perform calculations using the above Purpose values. For example, you can calculate the total office area, or the total meeting area by selecting only those areas having a particular Purpose.

They key-in to update the Purpose on multiple elements simultaneously is
ANNOTATOR TAG PURPOSE purpose
Where purpose can be any text you want.

This command will operate on a single element — just pick an element in the usual way. It's more useful, however, when tagging multiple elements in a selection set or fence.

See the AreaAnnotator commands page for information about a specific command.

AreaAnnotator AreaType

AreaAnnotator's AreaType tag is a text value that you can assign when you tag an area object. It is restricted to a small number of values. AreaType values are limited to …

You might create a MicroStation Report that you export to, say, Excel. In Excel you can perform calculations using the above AreaType values. For example, suppose you have a floor plan that shows an area that encloses a number of pillars. The AreaType of the floor plan is Enclosure; The AreaType of each pillar is Void. You can perform a net area calculation by subtracting each Void area from the Enclosure area.

They key-in to update the AreaType on multiple elements simultaneously is
ANNOTATOR TAG AREATYPE Enclosure|Void
Where Enclosure|Void means you choose one of the options Enclosure or Void.

This command will operate on a single element — just pick an element in the usual way. It's more useful, however, when tagging multiple elements in a selection set or fence.

See the AreaAnnotator commands page for information about a specific command.

Tagging Multiple Elements

AreaAnnotator lets you tag multiple elements on a named level. They key-in to annotate multiple elements simultaneously is ANNOTATOR TAG MULTI START

AreaAnnotator multiple tagging tool

Choose a valid level name and set the initial ID, Auto-Increment, Purpose and AreaType values. Press the Execute button. AreaAnnotator searches for valid elements on the named level, then tag and labels each one.

See the AreaAnnotator commands page for information about a specific command.

Return to the AreaAnnotator main page

Return to the AreaAnnotator main page.