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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.
' 4. foodprocessor.pdf opens.

Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.sldworks
Imports SolidWorks.Interop.swconst
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics

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
        ' Activate 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)
        swExportPDFData.ViewPdfAfterSaving =
        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

    Public swApp As SldWorks

End Class

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