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Plotting from a vba program
« on: December 29, 2015, 10:17:16 AM »
Hello swampers
Happy New Year! (A little early.)

I have the following code that  inserts a block into  the current open drawing as a block in model space which the user sees in paper space.  Is there a way to now print that insert from within this code?

Public Sub PrintInsertCA_gtc_pump_hw_spyddcVFD()
 PrintCA_gtc_pump1 ("V:\gtc_proj\Common_Assy\Hot_Water_Circ_Pump\ca-gtc_pump_assy_01.dwg")
End Sub
 Sub PrintCA_gtc_pump1(strBlockName As String)

 Dim dblInsertPt(0 To 2) As Double
 Dim dblScale As Double
 Dim dblRotation As Double
 Dim objAcadDoc As AcadDocument
 Dim objBlockRef As AcadBlockReference
 GTC_comm_assy_main.Hide 'End vba Insert the selected block
  dblInsertPt(0) = 0
  dblInsertPt(1) = 0
  dblInsertPt(2) = 0
  dblScale = 1
  dblRotation = 0
Set objAcadDoc = ThisDrawing
Set objBlockRef = objAcadDoc.ModelSpace.InsertBlock(dblInsertPt, strBlockName, dblScale, dblScale, dblScale, dblRotation)
'This is where I would like continue to plot the paperspace drawing with the new block insert and the program.
End Sub

can this be done? any help appreciated...


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Re: Plotting from a vba program
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2015, 12:35:39 PM »
Here's a snippet from an old program that we don't use anymore (we use Sheet Sets to plot everything now). Basically it loops through all of the tabs in a drawing and if the name is "Model" or contains "PDF*" it skips it. There are variables being used that I didn't include in the code. Hopefully you can make sense of the rest.

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    For Each objLayout In ThisDrawing.Layouts
        If objLayout.Name = "Model" Or UCase(objLayout.Name) Like "PDF*" Then
            Debug.Print "Skipping Model Space or PDF tab."
        ElseIf UCase$(objLayout.Name) Like (strTabID & "*") Then
            ThisDrawing.ActiveLayout = ThisDrawing.Layouts(objLayout.Name)
            ThisDrawing.ActiveLayout.ViewToPlot = strPlotView
            ThisDrawing.ActiveLayout.PlotType = acView
            With ThisDrawing.ActiveLayout
                .ConfigName = "PDF-B&W.pc3"
                .CanonicalMediaName = strMediaName
                .StandardScale = ac1_1
                .ScaleLineweights = False
                .StyleSheet = strCTB
                .PlotRotation = ac90degrees
                .ViewToPlot = strPlotView
                .CenterPlot = True
                .PlotType = acView
            End With
        End If
    Next objLayout
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Re: Plotting from a vba program
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2015, 07:47:17 AM »

I just wanted to take the time and thank you.  You have always replied to my inquiries for help that gets me started in the right direction! That being said, you are a great example of what the swamp is all about.  May you truly be blessed in the up and coming new year!  I have used "and butchered" snippets of your code many times to make my daily tasks easier and faster.  I just wish i had more time to truly get a better understanding of programming in VBa and but my daily job functions do not permit that.  I will look at this and probably use some of this in the following weeks to come, with more inquiries i am sure.