take this for what it is worth
I have trained several Acad people on MicroStation and while it may be
difficult to believe,
without exception the people who I have trained, who have gone on to spend
over a month in full MicroStation production
have no desire to return to Acad
Don't get me wrong, there is a huge difference in the Acad vs. Microstation
thought process, and it is very difficult to get over this
this is not meant to be a challenge but just something to think about-
set down 2 comparably experienced MicroStation and Acad users, side by side
on equal, dual monitor machines, give them Acad and MicroStation fresh out
of the box, a sample drawing exercise and then start the clock ticking if
you see better results with Acad then stick with it, if not then seriously
consider your results and the implications to your productivity
also give them the same exercise in advance and let them work it on their
customized installations- again consider your results
look at the cost differences, level of support, upgrade/format issues
and most importantly consider the fact that MicroStation has full Acad
compatibility built into it, offering full version- saveas back to Acad 2.6
like I said, take it for what it is worth- if you choose to work in Acad and
it works for you then more power to you
but keep in mind there might be a better way of doing things.
I don't work for Bentley (I know it sounds like I do but I don't really give
a shit about that)- it just that I have enjoyed the product and support for
several years now and thought I'd pass that experience on
I would believe it. I have done the same with Turbocad. Once familiar with
the program, they often don't want to switch back. What it really comes down
to is that you can't proclaim a cad program to be the best. They all have
their strengths and weaknesses. Personal style, work habits and type of work
being done all influence whether a cad program works for you or not. I,
after several years of using Turbocad, had to use AutoCAD for about a year.
I now prefer it for 2D work. For 3D, it's back to Turbocad.
Thomas, you must include the discipline be equal.
Most of my training from either was how to draw circle, lines, arcs, text,
(little) dimensioning, and even less plotting. I can't plot today without
When my group got serious about training the focus when how we used the
software, not the other way around.
Any user worth is weight has some customization. (Profiles/Workspace)
Yes I have used Microstation from ver 4 through SE. I even like 90+% with
this exception, working units. The 'Peg Hole Theory' limits me. On the
other hand the ability for Microstation to reference itself within model
space was an advantage for us at that time.
W. Kirk Crawford
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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