Hide Table of Contents

Create Model and Sheet Views Example (C#)

This example shows how to create:

  • model named view with gradient background.
  • model named view without a background.
  • sheet named view.
// 1. Create a C# Windows console project.
// 2. Copy and paste this project into the C# IDE.
// 3. Open the Immediate window.
// 4. Add a reference to:
//    install_dir\APISDK\tlb\DraftSight.Interop.dsAutomation.dll.
// 5. Add a reference to System.Windows.Forms.
// 6. Start DraftSight and open 
//    disk:\ProgramData\Dassault Systemes\Draftsight\Examples\pump housing.dwg.
// 7. Press F5.
// 1. A model named view, ModelView, is created with a gradient background
//    and is classified in the A category. 
// 2. A model named view, SavedModelView, is created without a background.
// 3. A sheet named view, SheetView, is created and
//    classified in the B category. 
// 4. Click View > Named Views and examine both the model and sheet.
// 5. Examine the Immediate window.
// NOTE: To change the background to:
// 1. Solid from gradient:
//    a. Uncomment these lines of code:
//       //SolidBackground dsSolidBackground;
//       //dsSolidBackground = dsViewMgr.CreateSolidBackground(dsColor);
//       //dsModelNamedView.SetSolidBackground(dsSolidBackground);
//    b. Comment out these lines of code:
//       GradientBackground dsGradientBackground;
//       dsGradientBackground = dsViewMgr.CreateGradientBackground(dsColor, dsColor2, dsColor3, false, 0);
//       dsModelNamedView.SetGradientBackground(dsGradientBackground);
// 2. Image from gradient:
//    a. Uncomment these lines of code:
//       //ImageBackground dsImageBackground;
//       //dsImageBackground = dsViewMgr.CreateImageBackground(imageFile, dsImageBackgroundPosition_e.dsImageBackgroundPosition_Tile, 0, 0, 0, 0);
//       //dsModelNamedView.SetImageBackground(dsImageBackground);
//    b. Perform step 1b.
using Microsoft.VisualBasic;
using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Data;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.IO;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DraftSight.Interop.dsAutomation;
namespace ViewManager_CSharp
    static class Program
        public static void Main(string[] args)
            DraftSight.Interop.dsAutomation.Application dsApp;
            Document dsDoc;
            ViewManager dsViewMgr;
            double[] dsCorner1 = new double[] {
            double[] dsCorner2 = new double[] {
            double[] dsCorner3 = new double[] {
            double[] dsCorner4 = new double[] {
            ModelNamedView dsModelNamedView;
            SheetNamedView dsSheetNamedView;
            dsCreateObjectResult_e result;
            Object[] dsSheetArray;
            Sheet dsSheet;
            GradientBackground dsGradientBackground;
            //SolidBackground dsSolidBackground;
            //ImageBackground dsImageBackground;
            Color dsColor;
            Color dsColor2;
            Color dsColor3;
            string imageFile;
            //Connect to DraftSight application
            dsApp = (DraftSight.Interop.dsAutomation.Application)Marshal.GetActiveObject("DraftSight.Application");
            //Get active document
            dsDoc = dsApp.GetActiveDocument();
            if ((dsDoc != null))
                //Get the view manager
                dsViewMgr = dsDoc.GetViewManager();
                //In the model space, create a model named view
                result = dsViewMgr.CreateModelNamedView("ModelView""A", dsCorner1, dsCorner2, out dsModelNamedView);
                dsColor = dsApp.GetNamedColor(dsNamedColor_e.dsNamedColor_Blue);
                dsColor2 = dsApp.GetNamedColor(dsNamedColor_e.dsNamedColor_Cyan);
                dsColor3 = dsApp.GetNamedColor(dsNamedColor_e.dsNamedColor_Green);
                //Create gradient background
                dsGradientBackground = dsViewMgr.CreateGradientBackground(dsColor, dsColor2, dsColor3, false, 0);
                //Create solid background
                //dsSolidBackground = dsViewMgr.CreateSolidBackground(dsColor);
                //Create image background
                imageFile = "C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\Sample Pictures\\Penguins.jpg";
                //dsImageBackground = dsViewMgr.CreateImageBackground(imageFile, dsImageBackgroundPosition_e.dsImageBackgroundPosition_Tile, 0, 0, 0, 0);
                Debug.Print("Result: " + result.ToString());
                Debug.Print("Model named view: " + dsModelNamedView.GetNamedView().GetName());
                dsModelNamedView = dsViewMgr.GetModelNamedView("ModelView");
                //Set background of ModelView and verify 
                //by getting its background type
                Debug.Print("Type of background: " + dsModelNamedView.GetBackgroundType()); 
                dsViewMgr.SaveCurrentViewAsModelView("SavedModelView""A"out dsModelNamedView);
                //Switch to sheet space and create a sheet named view
                dsSheetArray = (Object[])dsDoc.GetSheets();
                dsSheet = (Sheet)dsSheetArray[1];
                result = dsViewMgr.CreateSheetNamedView("SheetView""B", dsCorner3, dsCorner4, out dsSheetNamedView);
                Debug.Print("Result: " + result.ToString());
                Debug.Print("Sheet named view: " + dsSheetNamedView.GetNamedView().GetName());
                dsSheetNamedView = dsViewMgr.GetSheetNamedView("SheetView");
                dsSheet = dsSheetNamedView.GetSheet();
                dsViewMgr.SaveCurrentViewAsSheetView("SavedSheetView""B"out dsSheetNamedView);
                MessageBox.Show("There are no open documents in DraftSight.");

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Create Model and Sheet Views Example (C#)
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: API Help (English only) 2024 SP02

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.