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Stephen Preston
California, USA
Global Manager, Developer Technical Services, Autodesk
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By Stephen Preston The Forge Developer Conference (Forge DevCon), the largest gathering of design and engineering software developers in the world, is ramping up. This year we are partnering up with Autodesk University (AU). No longer do you need to choose between DevCon and AU. You can do both. New... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala This post to make sure that it reaches all our Publisher community, for some reason digitally signed .vlx binaries are not working, i.e., the binaries are loading but execution commands returns an error. We know the importance and impact of this behaviour, we escalated to Engineering, our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala This is a continuation of the post written by my colleague. In this blog we will explore the Associative mechanism applied to custom solid, previous blog solution may not be applicable when Dimensions are applied using snap points on the sub-entities of a solid. I have created... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala In this post we will discuss about cropping a point cloud, first we will look at how we can attach a point cloud from *.rcs which is an Autodesk Recap Scan File. Later, in the code we will crop the attached Point Cloud, I will add two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala We have received this query from one of our ADN publisher, I’m blogging it for benefit every developer. Thanks to Amod for helping me out. As I’m fairly new to OMF and >NET API for ACA_MEP. The following code is self explanatory. public static void PrintToCmdLine(string str)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala Large corporations prefer to deploy custom AutoCAD OEM suites using SCCM, here is preferred way to do, in the configuration manager tool you need to enter setup.exe /t /q /c AOEM: INSTALLDIR="C:\Program Files\MyApp" InstallLevel=5 Where MyApp is OEM program name. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala Though the post is very much related to AutoCAD Architecture or MEP, I have taken little liberty to attract AutoCAD audience too There isn’t a direct API to make annotative MVBlock, however if the internal ACAD block is annotative, same behaviour can be exposed to MVBlocks, we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala I have received a query from ADN on how to update the parameters of a drawing which is not an active document but read as in-memory database. For active drawing, we can use DIMREGEN in case if associated dimensions are updated, associated dimension may not act automatically... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala I have received a query from an ADN partner, how to read the scale, rotation angle, insertion point and underlay reference path of NWD model, though API to handle such information is not exposed to ObjectARX, but still not to loose hope we can retrieve the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala We have an inbuilt AutoCAD command CONVTOSOLID, but this command is very limited doesn’t work effectively on Polyfacemesh <AcDbPolyFaceMesh> entities. We will create an in-memory subDMesh <AcDbSubDMesh> object from pfmesh [read as Polyfacemesh], first we will extract vertex and face information from pfmesh and use this information... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala I have discussed on this in detail on my earlier blog post, I have been receiving similar queries from our ADN partners, so I have recorded a small tutorial to help publishers. Do let me know for any queries. You can download full video in a MP4... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala It’s been long time since I hit to blogging, I was occupied with some other personal work. I have received few queries on Action Body last week, in the best interest of the community I planned to blog it. How to find out if an object has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Virupaksha Aithal If you’ve been thinking about developing on the Autodesk® Forge Platform, Autodesk’s new cloud platform, or on Autodesk® Fusion 360™—or, if you’re just curious about learning more about these technologies and what they could do to help your business or your career—join us for our upcoming free... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala AutoCAD 2016 introduced a new class AdApplicationFrame which has exposed a bunch of API to access the application frame. In this blog post we will see how we can create and add our custom menu replacing the existing ‘MENUBAR’. With help of AdApplicationFrame instance we can do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala The colour of SUN is calculated algorithmically based on geographic location and date \time of that day. With ObjectARX 2017, we have an API to get color same as that appear on Sun properties palette. The code is self explanatory. The API may come of us, if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala In this blog post, we will see how we can create Array objects, the three array parameters deriving from AcDbAssocArrayCommonParameters AcDbAssocArrayPathParameters AcDbAssocArrayPolarParameters AcDbAssocArrayRectangularParameters will be used to provide an interface for manipulating array parameters that are common to Rectangular, Path and Polar Arrays. AcDbAssocArrayActionBody is an associative... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
Hi Peter, I'm not going to argue with your opinion on the price. Either your business model gives you an ROI from licensing RealDWG or it doesn't. However, this is now a very old article. RealDWG is still alive and well, but we have recently introduced another option - AutoCAD I/O. AutoCAD I/O is AcCoreConsole (think headless AutoCAD) running on a server - to which you can submit batch jobs. AutoCAD I/O has an advantage over RealDWG, because it can also plot. The service is currently in Beta and is therefore free. Eventually, possibly as early as next month, Autodesk will announce a pricing model, which will be usage based so you only pay for what you expect to use. See for more info. Cheers, Stephen
By Madhukar Moogala We have been receiving queries on OEM 2017 makewizard, to reach large audience I posting the necessary Visual studio 2015 set up requirements needed for successful build of OEM application. Problem: ‘Next’ button is greyed out in OEM makewizard 2017? Developing Environment for AutoCAD \OEM 2017 is... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog
By Madhukar Moogala We will discuss few workarounds to tackle the problem with the creation of an off-screen View in .NET, For C++ interested user, following comprehensive sample should help. Problem 1: The problem is that the off-screen view that I have to create looks as a "mirror" or "upside... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at AutoCAD DevBlog