I have already arrived the Select Series 1 version of PowerMap V8i (8.11.05.19) that brings some interesting news.
PowerMap, like PowerDraft and PowerCivil do not occupy a Microstation license, but it is included as Runtime at a fairly low price compared to Bentley Map + Microstation. So it runs as if it were an application developed by yourself on the Microstation API, with all the functionalities except that it will not run on this other Bentley program such as Geopak, Descartes, etc.
Among the most interesting novelties are the changes made to the Browser, which is very similar to a conventional tabular display, but it is more than that, since it is possible to edit attributes in blocks (grid editing), save searches and other things. It also looks interesting, although I have not tried it yet, an alternative to assign attributes to objects without having to build them (Promote feature Method).
Among other novelties it is mentioned:
- Union of tables (join), including xml structures in the dgn
- Split / merge of polygons with option to inherit data
- Topological analysis report. Now, the results of a layer crossing or selection by attributes can be sent as a report and displayed in the Data Browser.
- Labeling, based on annotation properties.
- Conversion of dynamic labels to permanent annotations.
All these things are old in other GIS programs, but, well, we welcome them.
At first I got the error:
Exception: The file 'C: \ WINDOWS \ Cursors \ hcross.cur' could not be found.
For a moment I thought it had been because I didn't install the prerequisites, since I already had Microstation V8i installed, but when I did, I see that only the XML Parser 6 from Service Pack 1 and DirectX 9c were updated. So I end up believing that it is a type of cursor that my Windows does not have installed.
To solve this, just go to the folder C: \ WINDOWS \ Cursors \ and make a copy of one of the cross cursors, renaming it as hcross.cur
Ready, for this miserable reason the program did not let me activate the view. I will be playing, to see if we lower the level of astrality with a good step-by-step tutorial, in a project for the integration of Cadastre with Urban Planning that for days has brought me down.
There I tell you, as it is likely that I will take back the tools that had been Developed for XFM in 2005, But of generic use.