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June 19, 2006: Welcome
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Welcome to “Through the Interface”, a blog dedicated to programmers working with Autodesk technologies. My team, Autodesk’s Developer Technical Services (DevTech), provides technical services to members of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN), including programming support, consulting, training and evangelism. I’ll...

June 20, 2006: Introduction to DevTech
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I'm very pleased to be part of a great team at Autodesk: the Developer Technical Services team (DevTech), whose focus is on providing high quality services to members of the Autodesk Developer Network. Aside from providing technical support for programming-related...

June 21, 2006: Getting started with Autodesk's APIs
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Autodesk has a wide range of products that expose Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), to the point that it can be a bit overwhelming for developers new to our products. A great place to look for introductory information around developing with...

June 23, 2006: Webcast in the making
Comments: 2 | Categories: AutoCAD , AutoCAD OEM , DWF , RealDWG
I thought I’d mention one of the projects we’re working on in DevTech right now. We’re planning a webcast for later this year, to talk our developers through the various technologies Autodesk provides to create/access/view native DWG data and published...

June 26, 2006: Compatibility of AutoCAD applications between releases
Comments: 13 | Categories: AutoCAD
This is a huge topic, so I'm not going to be able to do it justice in this one post. Applications developed using AutoCAD's APIs need to be tested (and sometimes ported) to make sure they work with a new...

June 28, 2006: .NET and AutoCAD
Comments: 8 | Categories: AutoCAD , AutoCAD .NET
The AutoCAD Engineering first prototyped a "managed" (for "managed" read ".NET") API for AutoCAD 2004. It was pretty revolutionary stuff at the time - a mixed-mode DLL was created to expose the managed interface and marshall these calls through to...

June 30, 2006: Civil 3D 2007 Service Pack 1A Released
Comments: 0 | Categories: Civil 3D
A number of additional fixes have been included in this Service Pack, with one being of particular interest to our development partners. If you use the Civil 3D API via COM Interop from Visual Studio 2005 (and possibly earlier versions...

July 3, 2006: Getting started with AutoCAD and .NET
Comments: 44 | Categories: AutoCAD , AutoCAD .NET
To get started with writing a .NET app for AutoCAD, download the ObjectARX SDK for AutoCAD 2007. Contained within the samples/dotNet folder of the SDK are a number of helpful samples showing how to use various features of the managed...

July 5, 2006: Getting the ObjectARX Wizard to work with Visual Studio Express editions
Comments: 46 | Categories: AutoCAD , AutoCAD .NET , ObjectARX , Visual Studio
This topic was suggested by one of our ADN members - Paul Richardson, from CAD System Engineering - and answered by Cyrille Fauvel, from DevTech EMEA. So all I really had to do was copy/paste and some minor editing... now...

July 6, 2006: Debugging using Express Editions
Comments: 38 | Categories: AutoCAD , AutoCAD .NET , Debugging , Visual Studio
Most of our desktop products support a "plug-in" model of development: you create a DLL (which may or may not be renamed with a number of extensions, such as DBX or ARX) which gets loaded into the calling executable's memory...

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