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Bentley Systems’ V8i Now Supports 3Dconnexion 3D Mice


Award-Winning 3D Mice Offer Architects and Design Engineers Enriched Design Experience in New MicroStation V8i Software

Fremont, Calif.— 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, today announced that its award-winning 3D mice are now supported by Bentley Systems’ V8i software portfolio. The portfolio includes MicroStation V8i, MicroStation PowerDraft V8i, and Bentley View V8i. 3Dconnexion 3D mice integrate seamlessly into the latest features in V8i, including conceptual design and dynamic views, and bring new capabilities for more intuitive interaction and control.

“Collaborating with Bentley Systems significantly expands 3Dconnexion support for solutions in the AEC community,” said Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. “Our 3D mice deliver dramatic productivity gains to V8i users by streamlining workflow and increasing design performance. In long-term infrastructure projects that can take years to complete, our 3D mice can accelerate the design, visualization and review process, ultimately decreasing time to market.”

Unlike mice confined to motion on one flat plane, 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice enable design engineers to move in all three dimensions simultaneously, using six degrees of freedom. By gently lifting, pressing and turning the controller, users working in V8i can easily navigate 3D objects without stopping to select commands. In addition, an Auto Level View feature minimizes camera tilt to enable an optimal viewing angle for design visualization, and a customized tool bar allows design engineers to control each navigation mode within the application.

“3Dconnexion 3D mice complement the V8i portfolio, which is aimed to bring significant workflow enhancements for intuitive design modeling, streamlined interaction and project design performance,” said Joe Croser, global marketing director, Bentley Systems, Incorporated. “With a consistent user interface across various applications within V8i, 3D mice provide an easy and natural experience for navigating complex infrastructure projects.”

In the V8i platform’s new conceptual design tool, architects and design engineers can easily use 3Dconnexion 3D mice to pan, zoom and rotate to view complex surfaces and solids throughout the form modeling process. Users can also effortlessly move within a scene in the dynamic views feature to render elements and map textures with live views of the model, creating photo-realistic images without stopping to select keyboard commands.

3Dconnexion provides advanced and affordable 3D mice that are supported by more than 130 of today’s leading and powerful 3D applications, including Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Extended and Acrobat® 3D, CATIA, Google Earth™ and SketchUp®, Microsoft® Virtual Earth™, NX™, Pro/ENGINEER®, Second Life Grid® Platform, SolidWorks®, and all of the top-tier 3D CAD applications. For a complete list of applications supported by 3Dconnexion, visit:

Pricing and Availability

V8i supports 3Dconnexion’s product line on Windows® XP and Vista®. SpacePilot™ (MSRP $399), SpaceExplorer™ (MSRP $299), SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129), and SpaceNavigator Standard Edition (MSRP $99) are available from major resellers including Amazon, CDW, Dell, and HP as well as directly at


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