For several days now I had been talking about BentleyMap, recently we considered the migration Of data and the possibility of automating the process, in this case we will show an example of customization tools Geographics had and that we needed when we started operating xfm.
Before Bentley Map came out, at the 2004 conference the xfm scheme was presented as an alternative to where they were walking although it did not sound as attractive as the Geospatial Administrator seemed so difficult as now. After seeing its functionalities we had time to sit down to think how possible it was to integrate xfm without leaving Geographics and from there an interesting project was born that I will speak to you at another time. In this case I want to focus on the first thing we did when the nostalgia for Geographics tools was not seen anywhere in Bentley Map, we did it with a recently graduated program from the Catholic University and with a good .net domain.
Indispensable Geographics tools.
The problem of Bentley Map is that it left out some elementary functions of Geographics, that the user does not find how to solve (not in a traditional way). If they are fixed, they are basic, and from there a great weakness of Bentley Map, which lacks simpler conventions but that other less robust tools have them and if they have them they are very hidden even for the users of their predecessor. Let's see what these were:
This video can be downloaded from geofumadas, the lower images are taken from it. The development was about .net, the project was about Geographics 8.5 and the database was Oracle 9.
This simple bar allowed to convert graphic objects of the dgn into elements associated to the project through the feature table, practical but Bentley Map did not bring anything about it, so we reconstructed it:
Selection of Feature choosing the category, type and feature, this solves what we did with utilities / feature manager.
Also the bottom button allows to make the selection of feature based on an object that already has and the other lTo assign the active feature to one or more elements.
Then in the lateral tab were placed the other tools to see the information of the feature and remove it, which are what we knew as atach and detach.
Subject resolved, except for priority change (which was never used), the 5 commands for handling features was solved.
Always in the right panel, a button was placed to capture the information of the geometry, when selecting the object it raises a panel that allows to choose which one we want to update: area, perimeter, length or range of coordinates. This was done in Geographics with database / area-perimeter-coordinates update
And then a last button was made to transfer data between one object and another; It asks if the data is replaced.
In terms of visualization, or what in Geographics was called display manager, a functionality for it was developed within the same application, almost as geographics did. Here they can watch the video.
If they are fixed, it is the list of categories, with their attributes and buttons to turn off, turn on, select or deselect everything. With an additional option to choose the view.
As far as I know, this was one of the first implementation steps done on xfm, the 2005 year, less than a year after Bentley presented it at the 2004 conference in Orlando. Right now that Bentley Is doing the promotion Of its new tool by trying to get users to leave Geographics.
Do we conclude? While Bentley Map Allows you to develop over VBA and doing almost any personalization, what Bentley does by forgetting what his users are used to doing is not adequate. In our case, we had geofumados developers at this level, but it is not what an "out of box" software should promote if it wants to massify itself.