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MX to MicroStation FAQ

Frequently asked questions about MX to MicroStation.

How do I respond to a prompt for seed file information?

I received error messages about cells not being found. How do I find them?

Why are my linestyles or symbols in MicroStation too big/small?

Why are items are not landing on the correct levels in MicroStation?

back to topHow do I respond to a prompt for seed file information?

Select the "browse" button next to the "Model" and "Drawing" panels. Navigate to the \standards\seed\ directory of the MicroStation workspace and select nhseedm.dgn for metric projects or nhseedft.dgn for Imperial projects. The cell library to be used is \standards\cell\exist-in.cel. Make sure to check "Use common cell library" box.

seed files dialog box

back to topI received error messages about cells not being found. How do I find them?

This is usually caused when MX is looking for the wrong cell file to select the MicroStation cells. In MicroStation, select Cells from the Element menu. The correct cell file should be \standards\cell\exist-in.cel under the MicroStation workspace.

If this is not correct, it needs to be modified. See the notes above for selecting the seed and cell files.

Why are my linestyles or symbols in MicroStation too big/small?

This may have been caused by the styles being scaled when they were transferred to MicroStation. This is a setting in MX that needs to be changed.

While MX in MicroStation is running, select View from the MX menu. Then select Configuration, then MX to MicroStation. On the panel that appears, select the Macro Line Styles or Macro Symbols... button. Look for the check-box labeled Ignore MX Macro Scaling. Make sure this box is checked. Also, check to make sure the cell file setting is correct (see question above). Delete the DGN that was created by MX and re-create the drawing.

back to topWhy are items are not landing on the correct levels in MicroStation?

This usually means that the MX model defaults for the model being drawn need to be adjusted. If the style and feature sets listed in the model defaults do not match the data in the dpw/dpf, then the elements will not be placed on the correct MicroStation level.

While in MX select Model Defaults... from the Tools menu. The style set should be set to the one used to create the drawing (or xsu.pss for section drawings). The feature set should be NHDOT.fns for plan drawings and xsu.fns for cross sections.

If this does not resolve the problem, contact your CAD/D administrator. It is possible that there is a discrepancy between level information in the style and feature sets.


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