Engineering\CADD Systems Office CADD Manager's Series Customizing the Interface.

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Engineering\CADD Systems Office CADD Manager's Series Customizing the Interface Slide 2 Learning Objectives Upon completion attendees will: u Know how to create custom tool boxes. u Know how to create Tasks and Workflows. u Know how to create context menus. Slide 3 User Level Customization u If a file named FDOTSS3.dgnlib is created in the C:\FDOTSS3\Workspace\Interfaces\MicroStation\FDOTSS3 directory it will automatically be loaded into the workspace when FDOTSS3 starts. u This was provided so users can customize their interface without access to the server. Slide 4 Creating a DGNLIB Interface customization should be stored in a DGN Library (.DGNLIB) file. u Create a new design file with a DGNLIB extension. u Append the path to your DGNLIB to the MS_DGNLIBLIST variable. Must be in MS_DGNLIBLIST before customization tools are available. Slide 5 A DGN Library stores many types of resources. u Levels u Custom Linestyles u Text, Dimension, and Print Styles u Civil Cells u Features u Standards Be very careful not to embed unwanted resources!!!! Dont draw in the DGN Library when testing tools. Compress unwanted resources when necessary. The DGN Library Slide 6 Customize Dialog Used to add and manage custom toolboxes, tools, tasks, and Main tasks; and customize menus, context menus, view pop-up menu, tentative pop-up menu, and icons. Opens when you select Workspace > Customize. Slide 7 Tools & Tool Boxes u Custom tools and tool boxes are the building blocks for your custom interface. The Tools store the key-in or commands to be executed. Custom toolboxes are used to organize tools. u You can drag and drop both tools and tool boxes into other areas of the customize dialog to create tasks or menus. This creates a link to the original tool making maintenance easier. Slide 8 Tool Boxes u Tool Boxes are created by clicking the New Tool Box icon in the Customize dialog. Or right-click on you DGNLIB file in the User Tools section and select New Tool Box from the context menu. u The toolbox is added below your insertion point in the left pane. u The toolbox's name must be unique to the DGN file, it can be of any length, and it cannot contain the backslash (\) character. Slide 9 Tools u Custom tools can be set up to help you draw elements, adjust settings, run other applications, link to Web sites, and more. u Tools are created by clicking the New Tool icon in the Customize dialog. Or right-click on you DGNLIB file in the User Tools section and select New Tool Box. u The tool is added below your insertion point in the left pane. The tool's name must be unique to the toolbox, it can be of any length, and it cannot contain the backslash (\) character. Slide 10 Tool Properties The tools properties define its function and appearance. u Key-in: Enter a key-in for the tool to run. u Balloon Text: Tooltip that appears when you pass the pointer over the icon. u Icon: You can change that icon to a file in the open DGN file, an imported bitmap file (BMP file), an imported icon file (ICO file), or a MicroStation icon. u Tool Presentation: Determines what is presented for the tool in the custom toolbox: Icon and Label (the default), Icon Only, or Label Only. Slide 11 MenuBar MicroStation allows you to customize its main menu bar. u You can change the standard MicroStation menus and menu items by deleting them or adding to them. u You can create custom menus and menu items by copying standard ones or by creating new ones. Slide 12 Menu Capabilities There are several capabilities available, should you need to change the default display of menus. u _USTN_CAPABILITY