We post the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) plugins of the month to encourage would-be developers to extend our design applications with a little bit of programming. We want everyone to see how easy it can be by providing the source code for the plugins as learning material. The collection of plugins, past and current, are available on the Autodesk Labs site:
Despite our regular "go ahead and try programming encouragement", we know some people just use the plugins, as is, for the free functionality they provide. With this in mind, sometimes the ADN team members update them in response to user feedback. That happened for 2 plugins on Friday, May 4, a.k.a. Star Wars Day.
What It Does: This plugin can be used with Inventor to simplify the process of capturing images of parts of documents, or the entire document or application windows. It optionally allows you to remap the background to white and the foreground to black, and convert the entire image to grayscale, as well as sending the capture image directly to a printer.
What was Fixed: Fixed the problem of selecting a region in perspective view. Fixed the problem of printing on a 64-bit OS.
Point Linker for Inventor
What It Does: Inventor can import point data from an Excel file, but once the data has been imported, the link with the Excel file 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 plugin allows Inventor users to import the points with the link of the excel file. The users can import data (like the old command), update with the new data, or resolve to another excel file.
What Was Fixed: Fixed an install problem related to Inventor 2012.
If you have the original versions of these plugins, you may wish to download the updated ones. They are available on the catalog page. As always we welcome your feedback to [email protected].
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