Microstation V8i: Task Navigation

Microstation v8i what's new

Of the most novel thing that I have been able to see, like a bird's flight in Microstation V8i is the navigation bar known as Task Navigation that really gives a new face to the handling of commands and possibly send to recycling the key in.

Why a bar

CAD programs have the peculiarity of having thousands of commands, which romantically pleased those who combed some Gray hairs But that to the extent that the orientation to objects invaded the programming is no longer necessary to know them via text commands.

In the case of Microstation, the commands via key-in were disappearing little by little with the buttons but the difficulty is where to store so many bars without wasting the workspace. In the case of AutoCAD, it chose from the 2009 version the Ribbon, which is a similarity of Microsoft Office, in which the commands are kept grouped contextually in a horizontal top bar.

Microstation has decided to go from a vertical bar that seems to be a good solution because it is easier to control it in the form of a tree. It seems to us a rather successful idea and with little drastic changes, it has a certain similarity to the way it is structured in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

As seen

The bar is practical in terms of how to order the icons, collapse and even drag anywhere on the screen. To activate the deployment easily, they have associated a letter, such that when pressed on the keyboard they are displayed on the right ... simply great, before you had to press the button and wait for it to expand.

Microstation v8i what's new

Then there are pre-established profiles as Civil 3D does, in which depending on Microstation v8i what's newthe installed applications you can choose your tools associated with common tasks. Note that having Geopack installed, I can select a profile with the commands that interest me such as:

  • Survey
  • Geometry
  • DTM tools
  • Site
  • Drainage
  • Water Sewer
  • Landscape
  • geotechnics
  • etc.

Actually with this they smoked marijuana in the Dutch style, because the practicality is very good, contrary to the old one that was necessary to be looking for toolbars or typing commands in the key in.


The taskbar can be configured in at least three options, these are defined in "workspaces / preferences / task navigation". You can also define icon sizes between small, medium or large; a good solution for our eyes or reduced monitor sizes.

Dialog. With this, the old form is maintained, or at least as it was done in XM, from primary bars that can be displayed in associated tools. V8 style then, since I see that not many saw XM yet.

Tool box. This is the style I have shown above.

In views. With this alternative, the bars are hanging on the edge of the views, interesting because it saves space but I still do not find all the logic and I think it could be complicated.


It is a good solution for handling commands, as first impression seems good in terms of functionality.

I suggest you try it, it is even possible on the right button to choose a toolbar to be displayed as a loose bar, and of course it is very good that they can be displayed as a panel, list or icons. These properties can be independent by bar, can be customized and also see the option to apply the mode to all bars.

Microstation v8i what's new

In short, very good innovation although Bentley must market this product very strongly as we know, many users are hard to migrate, not because they do not want to take the new version but because they feel happy with what they already have (or what it cost them to pirate it). pitifully).

At this point I have seen people using Microstation J, and even Microstation SE ... and they love it !!!. So between V8, XM and V8i we could have a situation of clients resistant to change only by interface novelties, if your program continues to handle the same V8 format that was implemented for more than 6 years and to migrate without an ELS means cost extra.

Changes beyond the interface we'll see later, for now I'm back on tour and the wireless connections are depressing. I tell you, I installed V8i in the Acer netbook mini... surprisingly runs very well and solves my crazy Way to travel, You only have to define sizes of small icons because I do not have so much space.

One Reply to "Microstation V8i: Task Navigation"

  1. Well, microstation is very slow. It really is not that there is resistance to change, what happens is that the form of the mstation in its commands is very little logical. The Autocad is very superior in many aspects. Even with the 2011 version. And they do not want to change because there are many tools missing in the Mstation. A lot of time is lost selecting the icons, with repetitive steps that in the autocad does not happen. Another disadvantage is the programming in VBA, AUTOLISP, DCL quite simple in the Autocad, but in the Mstation is a headache and does not have all the capacity. The 3D handling of the Autocad 2011 is infinitely superior in surfaces, 3D objects, views, etc.

    The Mstation is smaller in its format than the autocad, but does not save drawing configurations, such as multiline scale, justification etc. You have to always configure the data of the variables and in autocad that does not happen.

    There is no REFEDIT to edit blocks (cells in mstation) in real time. There are no Parameters, Dynamic Blocks, Table insertion, Exports tables to excel, Exception data collection, 3D navigation cube, GIZMO 3D and so on ... .. to infinity. It's boring the Mstation.

    With programming you can make drawings very fast, 20 times faster than in the Mstation and with only 2 or 3 keys. You can also share data quickly with EXCEL, such as line lengths, scale, thickness, labels, texts, almost all the data of the entities can be exported.

    The help is very little explicit in the Mstation. It has no practical examples. The autocad has an explanation for everything and shows all the related topics, video tutorials, variables, commands, examples, applications, web links, etc. I never have problems in understanding what a command is for even in its programming manual.

    The Mstation is a basophony. I only use it because a client asks for it, but when it is a lot of work I prefer Autocad.

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