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146 VOTE
Status Planned
Categories 2D Drawing
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 27, 2021

Update Text editor with useful features

It would be nice if the text editor works like the one in Autocad!
We need an editor that acts more like a text real editor where we can type notes and paragraphs without needing to enter inhard returns.
We also need to be able to have columns of text in one string and have the column width actually be honored if a word it to long it wont break to another line and lets it go beyond the column width. While we're at it, you need a Justify text alignment that adjusts line spacing so that the left and right columns are uniform.
You guys really need to update the text editor...your main competitor is years ahead in this space
Not to mention if your text editor contains too much text it gets super slow to the point its unusable(Defect 1065758)

  • Guest
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    May 20, 2024

    The current editor is already capable of multiple sizes, fonts, text styles, formats and colors now.



  • Guest
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    May 19, 2024

    In MicroStation 2023 many of these ideas have been implemented and it is much improved, but sometimes it would be nice to be able to show some words in a different color and a different size to show headings or more importance etc.

    (See attached image from Word editor.)


  • Guest
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    May 17, 2024

    I'm not sure I understand the ask. You don't need hard carriage returns. The text editor is just a text editor. If you want text wrapping, change the size of the of the text box after you place the text element; it currently works like PowerPoint.

  • Guest
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    Dec 15, 2023

    I can see the status of this is "Planned" - any idea when it's coming? Even the text editor to write this comment on the ideas portal has more features than the Microstation text editor! It is likely one of the most used features of a any drafting package but is severely lacking...

  • Guest
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    Oct 3, 2023

    Just updated from Powerdraft V8i and was hoping the text editor would be far more advanced with the ability to format text, add bullet points, underline certain works, etc. etc. Unfortunately, it's just as unworkable as it was in Powerdraft. These are basic functions which the likes of AutoCAD have had for years. On the whole, I prefer Microstation but the text editor is really dropping the ball.


    We shouldn't have to use an external word processor to produce formatted bodies of text in a software like this.

  • Guest
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    Sep 7, 2023

    Connect Edition dropped so many features around the text editor it's pretty unusable. The workflows are convoluted just to change text alignment, styles, leader lines, etc.

  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2023

    Don't know about the features in Autcad - but have a look at Words tables, that would be fine.


    I also tossed the idea of linked Excel files. But that means a separate file, which is a showstopper?

    But if the data could be saved in the dgn but when 'used' appear in a .xls which should be editable that opens for a lot of fun with data in other apps and files - as sheet lists, rooms specification, lists of furniture etc etc.


  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2023

    How about putting the "undo" functionality back into the text editor? I never understood why it was removed in the first place.

  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2023

    This would be a huge improvement to Microstation. I hope it happens. I would also like to see a Case button on the main button row if the text editor, A button would be quicker than having to right click then selecting Change Case then selecting your choice.

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    Karol Kempski
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    Aug 16, 2023

    Thank you for your ideas and comments. Enhancements coming soon.

  • Guest
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    Aug 11, 2023

    Adding a nother vote to the pile. Other things to add are auto numbered lists and bullet point lists.

    Please add this soon.

  • Guest
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    Jul 11, 2023

    Will this ever happen? I see status says 'Planned'. I came here to see if this idea had been talked about, only to find I posted it years ago!

  • Guest
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    Jan 16, 2023

    Is there a way in Microstation "text favorites" to have more than one scale of each favorite added? So lets say you had a text on a 20 scale but also wanted to have one that you could pull up on say a 25 scale? Right now it seems that you can only just add to what has become a very long single list of items.

  • Guest
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    Aug 3, 2022

    I just want to add on to this with noticing and recording all of the Errors I have had almost always seem to happen when I go to edit text.

    An idea -to not just adjust the capabilities but start from scratch and make a whole new text tool less complicated & more user friendly with just the basics to be able to manipulate what you need. Such as layer, properties, orientation and spacing.

  • Guest
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    Jun 17, 2021

    I find the text editor very frustrating. Coming from AutoCAD, having a separate text editor dialogue box feels very 2000. There also seems to be lag quite often when editing text.

  • Guest
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    Apr 28, 2021

    I would like to throw my idea into the pot here too as it would pertain to this one. Please look up idea # "MS-I-275 Extend in line leader to text". Although that's more of a dimension style feature, it goes hand-in-hand in relation to how text and dimension elements interact. If it's not suitable to become part of this idea, at least go look it up and vote on it so it can become a new planned feature potentially. Thanks.

  • Guest
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    Apr 6, 2021

    Hi John, thank you very much for the idea. We are planning on reviewing our text capabilities and will reach out to get your direct feedback.

  • Guest
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    Feb 5, 2021

    Gregory Smith 11 months ago

    Hear Hear.
    I am sure there are a significant number of requests of this ilk, so all supporters should seek out and upvote them all.

    Yes, gains have been made in CONNECT EDITION, but there are a significant number of bugs that ppl just get into the habit of working around, getting formatting to work properly is one bugbear, and conversions from existing TEXT to CE TEXT is fraught with failure, to the extent I actually export out to TXT file, and then PASTE in. Another Workaround.


    Andrew Bell 10 months ago

    I have found "Enhancement 746712: Text Editor Enhancements" which may cover what you are talking about here. Do you think this covers what you have brought up here? I can add extra detail to this Enhancement if needed.

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    Please add more functionality inside the word processor:

    Add right-click context menu selections for

    1. Wrap text and remove the hard returns;
    2. Copy selected text without copying the formatting;
    3. Paste text from buffer without applying formatting from the source;
    4. Offer more Case change selections: Sentence, Invert, ...

    Attempt to make the editor more robust like modern editors.


    John Drsek 10 months ago in reply to Andrew Bell

    Can you update it to allow for setting column widths.

    wrap text only works if there are spaces. wrap text needs to work like Microsoft word does. if you set a width and there are no spaces then it needs to force the text to wrap so that it doesn't go beyond that width.



    mwlong 11 months ago

    Are you aware that you can apply word wrap to a paragraph so you do not need to use hard returns?

    I know this does not solve the rest of the issues you explain, but it should solve the issue for standard paragraphs. I believe everyone agrees that the text editor need to be more robust.

    BTW what version of Microstation are you referencing? I am assuming CONNECT.


    John Drsek 11 months ago in reply to mwlong

    I am aware and its okay but if there are no spaces it will not wrap and lets the line go beyond the "column distance" it should act like word if I set a wrap distance I expect nothin to go beyond that, which leads also not being able to have multiple columns.

    But this idea is really more of a call to update the text editor. its been long enough, autocad should not be so far ahead in functionality of a text editor and for so long.

    and yes im referring to connect.


    Joseph Slifka 11 months ago

    I agree a text editor similar to AutoCAD's would be useful

9 MERGED

Renaming and deleting point symbols in line style editor

Merged
It would be great to be able to rename and delete point symbols in the line style editor.(A general overhaul of the line style editor would also be awesome).
over 3 years ago in General 1 Planned