Introduction

MicroStation users frequently ask for features that we have implemented in FlexiTable. FlexiTable can acquire data from a DGN model. You can modify certain types of data using FlexiTable. That is, you can use FlexiTable as an editor for certain MicroStation element types.

MicroStation Data Sources

FlexiTable can acquire data from a MicroStation DGN model. The result of data acquisition is a worksheet of information about the chosen element type. These include …

If you change the text in the FlexiTable worksheet, you can update the original text elements in the DGN model. Data editing works for element types that have non-geometric attributes. Thus, you can edit text or tag content, modify a text style, or apply fill symbology to an area element.

Tag Editing

Here's an example of tag data acquisition. FlexiTable shows …

In this case the tag names are ID, Code, Hinge Count, Height and Width …

FlexiTable Tag Acquisition

If you change the text in the FlexiTable worksheet, you can update the original tag elements in the DGN model.

Title Block Editing

It's common to store drawing data in a spreadsheet. It's natural to want to update your MicroStation model title block information from that spreadsheet.

FlexiTable (MicroStation V8i only) provides a Title Block Update tool. Provided that your spreadsheet matches certain criteria, FlexiTable will update title block tags with data extracted from your spreadsheet.

For FlexiTable to do its work, your spreadsheet must be organised methodically, with data stored in named ranges that match your title block tag names.

Text Editing

Here's an example of text acquisition …

FlexiTable Text Acquisition

Some modifications are so commonly requested that FlexiTable has special functions to accelerate the task. For example, it's common to want to change text to upper case, or to add (or subtract) a number to text that contains numeric data.

Area Resymbolisation

If you acquire area data, FlexiTable fills a worksheet with a list of shape elements. You can apply a colour to the shape in the worksheet, then tell FlexiTable to update the area element in your DGN model.

FlexiTable Area Fill Colours

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