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Visual API

ptc-303881
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Visual API

Hello,

Anyone used Visual API with ProE and can share experience or have an easy
example to start with. Think I will leave trailfiles for my adaptions if I
manage to start using Visual instead.

Thanks.

Best regards,
Magnus Persson
Dynapac
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bfrandsen
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(To:ptc-303881)

I believe you can find examples in the API's wizard found under your
installation directory like with the other APIs.

I have not used Visual API, but have learned from PTCUSER that it only
supports asynchronous mode which makes it a rather slow API compared to
APIs supporting synchronous mode. It is build on the same foundation
classes and has the same limitations as J-Link and Web-Link, meaning that
e.g. feature creation is not possible except UDFs.

Regards,
Bjarne Frandsen



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Hello,

Anyone used Visual API with ProE and can share experience or have an easy
example to start with. Think I will leave trailfiles for my adaptions if I
manage to start using Visual instead.

Thanks.

Best regards,
Magnus Persson
Dynapac-----End Original Message-----


> Anyone used Visual API with ProE and can share experience or have an easy
> example to start with.


Check out these examples/discussion about VB API:

http://inversionconsulting.blogspot.com/2008/06/proe-visual-basic-api-first-look.html

http://inversionconsulting.blogspot.com/2008/06/proe-vb-api-not-just-for-visual-basic.html


Included are some important caveats not explained well in the documentation.
Definitely check out the documentation as there are some examples in there.


> ... Think I will leave trailfiles for my adaptions
> if I manage to start using Visual instead.


Don't give up on trail files just yet! While all of the API's let you get
straight to the data you need, not every last action can be performed. This
includes VB API, J-Link, Pro/WebLink, as well as Pro/Toolkit. For example,
until recently, none of the API's could tell you what the active drawing model
was for a drawing.

If you can do what you need with trail files, there may be no added benefit to
using any of the API's. It just depends on what you need to do.

In terms of data conversion, it's super easy to have a trail file perform the
Save A Copy action, but involves quite a bit of code using the API's. On the
other hand, if you need to add parameters to all models in an assembly, chances
are one of the API's will allow you to perform this 100x easier than with a
trail file or mapkey.


Those not familiar with trail files can check out the start of my ongoing series
on trail files at:

http://inversionconsulting.blogspot.com/2008/05/proe-anatomy-of-trail-file-part-1.html



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