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Visual C++ 6.0 Standalone and Add-in Applications

Standalone Applications (.exe files)

To create an instance of the SolidWorks software, your executable project should contain lines of code similar to the following:


//Import the SolidWorks type library

#import "sldworks.tlb" raw_interfaces_only, raw_native_types, no_namespace, named_guids

//Import the SolidWorks constant type library    

#import "swconst.tlb"  raw_interfaces_only, raw_native_types, no_namespace, named_guids  


int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])  


//Initialize COM



//Use ATL smart pointers

CComPtr<ISldWorks> swApp;


//Create an instance of SolidWorks

HRESULT hres = swApp.CoCreateInstance(__uuidof(SldWorks), NULL, CLSCTX_LOCAL_SERVER);


. // Your code


//Shut down SolidWorks



//Release COM reference

swApp = NULL;


//Uninitialize COM



return 0;


Add-in Applications (.dll files)

Visual C++ applications have the option of using a COM or Dispatch interface. See COM vs. Dispatch for details.

NOTE: For COM DLL add-ins, success or failure on import/export is returned by the add-in through the HRESULT.

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