Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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I've downloaded SE 2D Drafting (the free product).

I would like to create a program to automate some queries of the draft document, but I receive an error with the following text:

Your current software license does not allow the creation of Automation Objects.

My guess is I will need to buy some sort of license so I can create the automation objects. Is this true? Any way to turn on the creation and manipulation of automation objects with the free version?

Thanks,

Brian Mansfield
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Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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The automation layer of Solid Edge is disabled in the free 2D Drafting
Software.
This is by design.
All of the advanced features are available in Solid Edge.
Regards,
Rick B.
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> I've downloaded SE 2D Drafting (the free product).
>
> I would like to create a program to automate some queries of the draft
> document, but I receive an error with the following text:
>
> Your current software license does not allow the creation of Automation
> Objects.
>
> My guess is I will need to buy some sort of license so I can create the
> automation objects. Is this true? Any way to turn on the creation and
> manipulation of automation objects with the free version?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Brian Mansfield
>
>
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Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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Hello,
I'm having the same problem. I need to insert small illustrations into Excel or Mathcad calculations, I want them to update themselves in real time based on results of these calcs. They need to be 2D, fast and simple. 3D software is expensive, heavy and slow, so it's not an option. SE 2D Drafting seems like an ideal choice, doesn't even need to be free, as it doesn't have a counterpart in the competition. Only it doesn't do automation. What a load of misery!
Konrad
PS Brian, any other options?

Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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Can you send an example of how you want to use variables to manipulate a
drawing?
We may have tools without the need for Excel.
Thanks,
Rick B.
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> Hello,
> I'm having the same problem. I need to insert small illustrations into
> Excel or Mathcad calculations, I want them to update themselves in real
> time based on results of these calcs. They need to be 2D, fast and
> simple. 3D software is expensive, heavy and slow, so it's not an option.
> SE 2D Drafting seems like an ideal choice, doesn't even need to be free,
> as it doesn't have a counterpart in the competition. Only it doesn't do
> automation. What a load of misery!
> Konrad
> PS Brian, any other options?
>
>
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Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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Hi Ricky,
The whole magic is to be able to send few values to an embedded object (drawing) through VBScript, and then read some others out of the object's properties (driven dimensions). Imagine you've got an illustration which shows what you are calculating- you can visually feel whether it's ok or still not. The illustration is adjusting to your numbers in real time. Preference is Mathcad (document) with any parametric 2D CAD drawing. SE free 2D would be ideal, but must support communication via scripting or any other convenient way. Mind you, this is meant to be used by design engineers, not software developers. Excel is another example, as people tend to use it as an engineering tool (terrible!).

I want to do it this way:
http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/products/mathsim/mathcad/oleautomation/activex.html

Well, some years ago there was Smartsketch, with no need for any coding, but I've never used it. Now when I need it, it's gone, ie after PTC acquired Mathsoft, they spoiled this interface so it doesn't work anymore. No wonder, why would they make life easier for their competition. The effect is, people try doing it with scipting, you've got an example with Imagineer (kaputt too). Autocad is pretty prohibitive- it's expensive and its object model looks like an iternational scandal. PTC is to issue Creo Sketch (allegedly free) and Creo Layout later this year, but whether it will want to work with Mathcad- nobody knows.

Regards
Konrad

Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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Konrad,
This is what I expected.
The free version of 2D Drafting has the API (Applications Interface) that is
used by external programs such as VB disabled.
This is deliberate. To get this capability you would need to purchase Solid
Edge.
Regards,
Rick B.
"konrad.anikiel@meggitt.com"

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> Hi Ricky,
> The whole magic is being able to send few values to an embedded object
> (drawing) through VBScript, and then read some others out of the
> object's properties (driven dimensions). You've got an illustration
> which shows what you are calculating- you can visually feel whether it's
> ok or still not. The illustration is adjusting to your numbers in real
> time. Preference is Mathcad (document) with any parametric 2D CAD
> drawing. SE free 2D would be ideal, but must support communication via
> scripting or any other convenient way. Mind you, this is meant to be
> used by design engineers, not software developers.
>
> I want to do it this way:
> http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/products/mathsim/mathcad/oleautomation/activex.html
>
> Well, some years ago there was Smartsketch, with no need for any coding,
> but I've never used it. Now when I need it, it's gone, ie after PTC
> acquired Mathsoft, they spoiled this interface so it doesn't work
> anymore. No wonder, why would they make life easier for their
> competition. The effect is, people try doing it with scipting, you've
> got an example with Imagineer (kaputt too). Autocad is pretty
> prohibitive- it's expensive and its object model looks like an
> iternational scandal. PTC is to issue Creo Sketch (allegedly free) and
> Creo Layout later this year, but whether it will want to work with
> Mathcad- nobody knows.
>
> Regards
> Konrad
>
>
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Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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Thanks Rick. You spared me some time trying. Siemens is not the way to go, but I won't cry :-)
Konrad

Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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You may want to contact a SolidEdge var. My understanding is that there are two versions of SE 2d, free and maintenance. The maintenance version includes API support. Note that the cost is only for maintenance, not a purchase price, so the cost is very minimal.

Thanks Rick. You spared me some time trying. Siemens is not the way to go, but I won't cry :-)
Konrad

Re: Automation Objects in SE 2D Free?

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The maintenance version of 2D Drafting is only available to existing Solid
Edge users.
You must have at least one license of Solid Edge to get the maintenance 2D
Drafting.
Regards,
Rick B.
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> You may want to contact a SolidEdge var. My understanding is that there
> are two versions of SE 2d, free and maintenance. The maintenance
> version includes API support. Note that the cost is only for
> maintenance, not a purchase price, so the cost is very minimal.
>
> konrad.anikiel@meggitt.com;208264 Wrote:
>> Thanks Rick. You spared me some time trying. Siemens is not the way to
>> go, but I won't cry :-)
>> Konrad

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