Placing cell from cell library with different color table


When placing cells in files there are times when the cell library that is attached has a color table that is not the default color table or maybe even a custom color table. i.e. Cell library may have the AutoCAD color table(acadcolor.tbl) attached. This can cause the cells to appear with different color when being placed. Ideally you want to have the same color table in the cell library as you do in your destination file. But when you don't what can you do? 

Steps to Accomplish

  1. Go to the file that you are attaching the cell library
  2. Go to Workspace > Preferences > Remap Colors on Copy setting
  3. Turn this setting off

Even though this setting is under reference file preferences it also controls the behaviour when placing cells as well copying elements from references.

By default, this preference is on so that MicroStation will preserve the RGB color of the original element and not the color index. Remapping the color indices to the closest rgb match in the destination helps keep the color as close to the original color in the cell library even though the color table.

Keeping the color index means that the same color RGB number will be used from the cell library. While the color value will not be matched the color number will be consistent from cell library to DGN file. This is important if all your cell placements should be done with same color number. 

See Also

MicroStation V8 Cell

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 Original Author:Reginald Wallace