The ADN Plugin of the Month technology preview allows you to download an add-in for one of our design applications that includes a pre-made working version as well as the source code for the add-in. It is meant to inspire you on-the-fence-about-programming Labs community members into developing your own add-ins. Learn more about them on Autodesk Labs.
The plugin for July is PointLinker for Inventor. This add-in was written by Xiaodong Liang of the Developer Technical Services team.
As noted in the read me:
Inventor can import point data from a Microsoft Excel file, but once the data has been imported, the link with Excel is not retained. If the user then updates the point data in the Excel file, the data must be manually re-imported and the associated model re-constructed. This is a time consuming and inefficient exercise.
The Point Linker for Inventor tool was developed to allow Inventor users to import points from an Excel file and retain a link to that file. The user can import data (as with the existing command), update with new data, or resolve to another Excel file.
The plugin is compatible with Inventor 2009-2012. Please give it a try and let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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