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You may have seen my threads as i seek to use Excel to drive the creation of objects in BricsCAD. Currently, it is simply copying a series of commands from within Excel and then pasting them to the command line of BricsCAD. This functions like a script.
With the current approach, I am drawing every object from scratch. However, I imagine that if I can somehow manipulate a constrained drawing, I can more easily use complex drawings. The workflow might be as follows;
I automatically went to the idea of writing the process in Excel VBA, because VBA is not well documented for use in BricsCAD. But, I imagine the process would work better inside of BricsCAD. Then, the user might initiate the special “Auto Block” routine, which would give him a menu of Auto Block files to choose from, and present them with a menu of choices for that block. The choices might just be a list of model#’s. But, for example, if the parts were bearings, it might ideally also be possible to sort by load capacity, and choose a bearing based on that.
It may also be good to use a different program from Excel, since there are some fairly good open-source spreadsheets out there. I also do suspect that it is important to use a spreadsheet, rather than just editing a table. This is so the user can use formulas to help fill out some of the dimensional values.
However, I have no idea if it is possible for a routine (VBA or any other program) to be able to "see" a dimensional constraint in BricsCAD and edit its value.
Do you all think this is viable?