Getting Started with AreaAnnotator

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

AreaAnnotator ToolBox

After installing AreaAnnotator, the next time you start MicroStation CONNECT you should see AreaAnnotator's toolbox …

AreaAnnotator Tool Box

Each button in the toolbox start one of AreaAnnotator's more commonly-used commands. To see all the commands available with AreaAnnotator, see the Command Table.

Looking at the toolbox screenshot above, here's a brief description of each tool, going from left to right.

Label Shape

Tool Box: Label Shape

Click this button to start annotating area elements. An area element is any planar closed shape. This includes MicroStation shape elements, complex shapes, ellipses and B-spline surfaces.

AreaAnnotator prompts you to choose a shape. This operation is similar to other MicroStation tools that require you to identify an object. MicroStation's tool settings changes to show relevant dialog items. You can define …

Once you've adjusted the tool settings to your requirements, give a datapoint to place the new label. This completes area annotation.

The current command remains active, waiting for you to label more areas.

Remove Item Data

Tool Box: Delete Item Data

AreaAnnotator prompts you to choose a shape. The shape must already be annotated with AreaAnnotator Item data. On confirmation, AreaAnnotator removes the Item data from the chosen element and deletes the annotation label.

Use the Label Shape command if you want to annotate that shape once again.

Create a Report

Tool Box: Create Report

This command starts MicroStation's Report utility.

Place a Table

Tool Box: Place Table

This command starts MicroStation's Create Table from Report utility.

Settings Dialog

Tool Box: Settings Dialog

This command pops AreaAnnotator's Settings dialog …

Settings Dialog

Explanation of settings and how they affect your annotation and labels …

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