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Bringing the Power to CAD

Inventor News.... By Elise Moss
Barrett Kamille jokes that if he has anything to say about it there will be no Release 13 of Inventor. Fearing the ghost of AutoCAD R13, which was notoriously buggy, he wants to talk the powers that be to skip from R12 to R14 of Inventor when the time comes. Well, even the MGM Grand Hotel had a 13th floor.

There is a Batch Process Migration tool for Inventor available under the Bin subdirectory. This will allow you to migrate a bunch of Inventor files from a lower release to your current release. This beats sitting there watching that "Migrating file" message at the lower left corner of your screen when you are opening files from a prior release.

There are a bunch of VB samples under the Inventor SDK subdirectory (assuming you did a full install). Boos to Brian Ekins/Autodesk who wrote the files in VB (admittedly easier to deal with than VBA), but it means that users have to have a seat of Visual Basic 6 in order to open and read the files. For many users who are still experimenting with VBA and seeing if they want to take the leap into customizing Inventor, it would have been a lot nicer to have the files available in VBA. Reminds of the "where's the pony joke" from my college days. Brian means well, but like a lot of programmers, suffers from obliviousness to the baby VB'ers. In the beginning days of AutoLisp, many Lispers learned how by opening AutoCAD's lsp files and studying them. By including VB files that can only be read in VB, not VBA, Autodesk is failing to fully support Inventor users.

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