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RE: Compatibility of AutoCad with Microstation J

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While I am no expert on MicroStation vs. Autocad, I do think you will run
into some problems with trying to read one file with the other program.
First, MicroStation J is the latest version of Bentley flagship product.  As
such, the other CAD systems have not had enough time to determine if their
product can read MS J much less make any changes to their product to
accomdate this new file format.  Therefore, I would think that even the
latest version of Autocad, considering that it came out BEFORE MicroStation
J would not be able to read a MS J file.

Also bear in mind that some of the features of MicroStation J will allow you
to treat drawing entities as objects and thus attach attributes to them.
So, if your client wants you to use MicroStation J for this purpose, chances
are that doing the work in Autocad and then translating it will cause the
drawing to be dumb vs. smart.


Dave Angelotti, PE
Business Process Steward
Facilities Design and Asset Management
Mail No. 544		(517) 496-6386 (Ph)
Dow Corning Corporation	(517) 496-5419 (Fax)
Midland, MI  48686-0995

-----Original Message-----
From: Vince Yu [mailto:v.yu(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 1:23 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Compatibility of AutoCad with Microstation J

Our firm has a new client that requires us to work in Microstation J.
We have only AutoCAD in our officeR14 and 2000.  We really don't want to
spend $4000 per station and to be re-trained in Microstation J for one
or two jobs unless we have to.  Does anyone know if AutoCAD can read
Microstation J files and output back to Microstation?  Thanks in advance
for any help.

Vince Yu
Pickard Architects

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