Selecting when Addin is visible - API

I've created an Addin by using the Addin template from the SW website.

It seems to be working fine, but i can't figure out how to change it's availability. if SW has no file open, or a part file open, the menu is visible. as soon as i open an assembly, the menu disappears.

i did find the 'CommandGroup' object, and it's methods, in the help file, but none of the links there work, and the 'ShowInDocumentType' property didn't help me either...

has anyone worked with the addin template? do you know where in the code it determines what type of document it's available for? It doesn't even use the 'ShowInDocumentType' property anywhere.

Any ideas?

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I.M.O it is "documented" in the API help, altough with no details:

Output: (long ) *ShowInDocumentType Types of documents in which to show this CommandGroup as defined in swDocTemplateTypes_e

When the addin loads, you get a command manager for the addin (SldWorks::GetCommandManager). Then you can create command groups by calling CommandManager::CreateCommandGroup. After adding individual command items (CommandManager::CreateCommandItems) you can define the document types in which the command group should be visible (CommandGroup::ShowInDocumentType). For example,

Dim foo as SldWorks.CommandGroup ... foo.ShowInDocumentType = swConst.swDocTemplateTypes_e.swDocTemplateTypePART

As swDocTemplateTypes_e is a bitmask, you can combine document types by ORring them together.

I have used the command manager api, and IMO it works rather well; it is much better than the original SldWorks::AddMenu and SldWorks::AddMenuItem methods since you can easily create both menus and toolbars with same function calls.

Hope this helps!


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Heikki Leivo

i tried the ShowInDocumentType, setting it to the assembly option, but it didn't work. with that setting it should ONLY show in assembly documents, but it still shows in everything BUT assembly documents.

the stranger thing is that the Addin template you can download from solidworks is available in all document types except assemblies, but ShowInDocumentType is never used. i can't find in their code how it's decided when it's shown and when it's not.

has anyone successfully changed the template to show in assemblies?

here's a l> > has anyone worked with the addin template? do you know where in the

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Check if you have used swDocumentTypes_e.swDocAssembly instead of swDocTemplateTypes_e.swDocTemplateTypeAssembly. It is mentioned in the API help that

swDocTemplateTypes_e.swDocTemplateTypeAssembly equals 4, whereas swDocumentTypes_e.swDocAssembly equals 2. Quite confusing, huh? swDocumentTypes_e is a normal enum (1, 2, 3, ..) but swDocTemplateTypes_e is a bitmask (1, 2, 4, 8...).

I tested with Visual Studio 2005 and SW 2006 Add-In template and it works as expected.


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Heikki Leivo

getting closer, but still no luck... i can now control wether it's shown in parts, or if nothing's open, but i still can't get it to show in assemblies.

in AddCommandMgr(), I've add a line just before: cmdGroup.HasToolbar = True which is now: cmdGroup.ShowInDocumentType = swDocTemplateTypes_e.swDocTemplateTypeASSEMBLY + swDocTemplateTypes_e.swDocTemplateTypeNONE

which should mean, the addin is visible in assemblies, and when nothing is open, but it's only visible when nothing is open.

Heikki Leivo wrote:

i think somehow my ShowInDocumentType is overridden in the eventhandling section. when an assembly is opened, it goes through a load of modelview connections that i don't understand, and the menu disappears.

Ok, revelation... the toolbar works as expected, but the 'VBAddin' Menu still disappears.

need to find out how that happens....

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This is how to do it using a command group Vb.Net 2005 Example

Public Sub AddCommandMgr()

Dim cmdGroup As ICommandGroup Dim iBmp As New BitmapHandler Dim thisAssembly As Assembly

thisAssembly = System.Reflection.Assembly.GetAssembly(Me.GetType())

cmdGroup = iCmdMgr.CreateCommandGroup(1, "FireWorks", "FireWorks", "", -1) cmdGroup.LargeIconList = iBmp.CreateFileFromResourceBitmap("FireWorks.Prop-n-ExcelLarge.bmp") cmdGroup.SmallIconList = iBmp.CreateFileFromResourceBitmap("FireWorks.Prop-n-ExcelSmall.bmp") cmdGroup.LargeMainIcon = iBmp.CreateFileFromResourceBitmap("FireWorks.AE-Logo.bmp") cmdGroup.SmallMainIcon = iBmp.CreateFileFromResourceBitmap("FireWorks.AE-Logo.bmp")

cmdGroup.AddCommandItem("Edit Material", -1, "Allows you to select a material to apply to the active document", "Edit Material", 0, "EditMaterial", "EnableEditMaterial", 0) cmdGroup.AddCommandItem("Estimate material", -1, "Estimates the material used in this body and saves the data to Excel", "Estimate Material", 2, "EstimateMaterial", "EnableEstimateMaterial", 2)

cmdGroup.HasToolbar = True cmdGroup.HasMenu = True cmdGroup.Activate()

thisAssembly = Nothing iBmp.Dispose() End Sub

''' ''' This method is used to Enable Edit Materials controls depending on the open document ''' ''' ''' Public Function EnableEditMaterial() As Integer Dim MD As SldWorks.ModelDoc2 MD = iSwApp.ActiveDoc Select Case MD.GetType Case SwConst.swDocumentTypes_e.swDocPART Return 1 Case Else Return 0 End Select If MD Is Nothing Then Return 0 End If End Function

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