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Save File as PDF Example (VB.NET)

This example shows how to save multiple drawing sheets to a PDF file.


' Preconditions:

' 1. Specified drawing document to open exists.

' 2. The folder (c:\test) to which to save

'    the PDF file, exists. If it does not exist,

'    create it or change the path to one that

'    exists on your system.


' Postconditions:

' 1. Specified drawing document is opened.

' 2. All but the last drawing sheet are saved to an array.

' 3. The array of drawing sheets are saved to a PDF

'    file called foodprocessor.pdf.


Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices

Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks

Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst

Imports System

Partial Class SolidWorksMacro

    Public Sub main()


        Dim swExportPDFData As ExportPdfData

        Dim swModel As ModelDoc2

        Dim swModExt As ModelDocExtension

        Dim swDrawDoc As DrawingDoc

        Dim boolstatus As Boolean

        Dim filename As String

        Dim errors As Integer

        Dim warnings As Integer

        Dim objs() As Object

        Dim obj As Object

        Dim dispWrapArr() As DispatchWrapper


        ' Save PDF file to this folder and filename

        filename = "c:\test\foodprocessor.pdf"


        ' Open drawing document

        swModel = swApp.OpenDoc6("C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\samples\tutorial\advdrawings\foodprocessor.slddrw", swDocumentTypes_e.swDocDRAWING, swOpenDocOptions_e.swOpenDocOptions_Silent, "", errors, warnings)

        swModExt = swModel.Extension

        swExportPDFData = swApp.GetExportFileData(swExportDataFileType_e.swExportPdfData)


        ' Get the names of the drawing sheets in the drawing

        ' to get the size of the array of drawing sheets

        swDrawDoc = swModel

        obj = swDrawDoc.GetSheetNames

        Dim count As Integer

        count = UBound(obj)

        ReDim objs(count)

        Dim i As Integer

        ' Active each drawing sheet, except the last drawing sheet for

        ' demonstration purposes only, and add each sheet to an array

        ' of drawing sheets

        For i = 0 To count - 1

            boolstatus = swDrawDoc.ActivateSheet(obj(i))

            Dim swSheet As Sheet

            swSheet = swDrawDoc.GetCurrentSheet

            objs(i) = swSheet

        Next i


        ' Convert the .NET array of drawing sheets objects to IDispatch

        dispWrapArr = ObjectArrayToDispatchWrapperArray(objs)


        ' Save the drawings sheets to a PDF file

        boolstatus = swExportPDFData.SetSheets(swExportDataSheetsToExport_e.swExportData_ExportSpecifiedSheets, dispWrapArr)

        boolstatus = swModExt.SaveAs(filename, swSaveAsVersion_e.swSaveAsCurrentVersion, swSaveAsOptions_e.swSaveAsOptions_Silent, swExportPDFData, errors, Warnings)


    End Sub


    Function ObjectArrayToDispatchWrapperArray(ByVal Objects As Object()) As DispatchWrapper()

        Dim ArraySize As Integer

        ArraySize = Objects.GetUpperBound(0)

        Dim d(ArraySize) As DispatchWrapper

        Dim ArrayIndex As Integer

        For ArrayIndex = 0 To ArraySize

            d(ArrayIndex) = New DispatchWrapper(Objects(ArrayIndex))


        Return d

    End Function


    ''' <summary>

    ''' The SldWorks swApp variable is pre-assigned for you.

    ''' </summary>

    Public swApp As SldWorks


End Class

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