There are four major innovations in MicroStation V8 XM Edition: structured workflows, structured content, 3D in PDF, and an updated GUI and new display subsystem.

Bentley Systems Incorporated announced that the XM Edition of its flagship MicroStation V8 product is now available as a beta release to all Bentley SELECT subscribers. XM brings a series of innovations for simplicity to one of the AEC industry's most powerful software platforms. The result is an unparalleled combination of power and simplicity.

This concept of power with simplicity is driven by four major innovations in MicroStation V8 XM Edition: structured workflows, structured content, 3D in PDF, and an updated GUI and new display subsystem.

  • Structured workflows: MicroStation V8 XM Edition dynamically applies a specific set of tools, standards, and interface elements to a particular task in a work process, enabling users to work consistently and create consistent work. Structured workflows present users with a focused palette of tools specific to each task, rather than the entire set of MicroStation commands. In addition, an organization's best practices (along with project, corporate, and industry standards) can be configured into MicroStation V8 XM Edition for each task, providing a superior alternative to referencing offline standards, manuals, and procedures. The ability to specify the correct tools, standards, and interface elements for each task in a workflow results in the standardization of core processes, enhanced efficiency, fewer errors throughout design and operations, and increased reusability of design. Structured workflows cut the learning curve for new users by reducing the number of tools they have to learn and use to do their jobs. Experienced users get their jobs done faster because they have instant access to tools specific to each task.
  • Structured content: Managing and organizing project content is made simpler in MicroStation V8 XM Edition by providing users with a structure of their project-specific information. The new edition provides a logical, structured view of projects, enabling users to easily navigate project content, define project organization, and establish and navigate links within and between designs, drawings, and supporting documentation. Managers now have the entire project and all of its complex relationships at their fingertips, making milestone reviews and project status reporting much simpler. This structured view of project information within the MicroStation XM interface also enables users to easily and intelligently manage plot sets and project deliverables.
  • 3D in PDF: MicroStation V8 XM Edition provides a simple way of packaging and delivering project information. With the touch of a button, an entire AEC project - including MicroStation and AutoCAD drawings, specifications, and PDF renditions of Microsoft Office files - can be packaged in a single PDF document. MicroStation V8 XM Edition users can now even include animated 3D models in PDF files, enabling AEC professionals and their clients to benefit from interactive 3D visualization. These interactive PDF files allow users to quickly navigate through an AEC project using hyperlinks, bookmarks, and pages to get the information they need faster. 3D in PDF is a simple, powerful way to instantly improve the quality of a design and engineering deliverable. Because it's PDF, everyone on the client side can view it; because MicroStation packages all project information into the PDF document, the deliverable is complete and interactive; and, because it's 3D, the deliverable richly expresses the entire experience of the complex, roadway, or other asset to be built or improved.
  • Updated GUI and new display subsystem: MicroStation V8 XM Edition introduces an updated user interface with improved customization tools to simplify design tasks. Patented keyboard position mapping gives each user the flexibility to configure his or her entire keyboard, providing immediate access to any MicroStation command with the touch of a key. MicroStation V8 XM Edition includes a new, more powerful, and faster graphics system that significantly increases view and navigation speed in 2D and 3D designs. This system leverages Microsoft DirectX technology, the same high-speed graphics technology that drives the video gaming industry. Element transparency, support of 24-bit colors including the PANTONE color system, and display priority have been added to further advance MicroStation's design, drafting, and visualization capabilities.

Attendees at BE Conference 2005, held May 8-12 in Baltimore, were able to preview the new MicroStation V8 XM Edition functionality. In addition to listening to keynote presentations from Bentley executives, attendees participated in New Technology Update sessions highlighting specific MicroStation V8 XM Edition functionality. Eager to try out this new technology, BE Conference attendees also filled every available seat in the XM test-drive sessions on each of the four days they were offered.

Source: Bentley, June 29, 2005