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.
When you annotate an area feature, Annotator provides two types of label …
An Annotator text label is a MicroStation text node element. The text in the text node is populated with data about the tagged element …
The cell template can contain a mixture of DGN graphic elements, text elements and SmartText elements.
The SmartText in the screenshot below are those words surrounded by dollar signs (e.g.
Note: There is bug in MicroStation CONNECT that prevents text fields in a cell from being updated automatically. That is, if you tag and subsequently edit an area feature, the area and perimeter of that feature will initially be correct but won't be correct after you modify that area feature.
That bug is known to exist in MicroStation CONNECT Update 11 and earlier. The bug does not exist in MicroStation V8i.
SmartText is text that an application, such as Annotator, can replace automatically. Annotator uses SmartText in label templates that you design. SmartText is a placeholder: it is the name of an Annotator property wrapped in special delimiter characters, such as a dollar sign.
For example, one AreaAnnotator property is Purpose.
In a template cell, place text
$purpose$ to instruct Annotator to
$purpose$ with the value of that Item Type in the area feature that you are tagging.
In the above examples, you can see SmartText in several places.
One example is
You put that SmartText where you want the ID to appear when you tag an area feature.
Once the feature is tagged, AreaAnnotator substitutes the actual value of the ID for the
SmartText in your label cell.
It continues substituting the actual value for each piece of SmartText it finds in your label design.
Finally, it adds the label to the active DGN model.