Friday 3 January 2014

Cust 10: Document & Environ Type: C++ with MFC Part 1

This is part 1 of the two part tutorial where you learn:

  • How to determine the type of a document currently open in Solid Edge using C++ with MFC i.e. pure C++.
  • Difference between Solid Edge Document and Environment types.
  • How to determine Solid Edge Document and Environment types.


    Also note:

  • This tutorial does not intend to teach MFC, classes or their hierarchy, objects, Document-View architecture or any of the MFC concepts or features. Use Google for that.
  • This tutorials does show you step-by-step how to get things done in a cookbook style and explains all concepts where Solid Edge interfaces with MFC.
  • VS 2010 and Solid Edge 20 are used.
  • For Solid Edge 20, VS 2008 was also found to be working.

Start Visual Studio and under Visual C++, select MFC Application.


Name the project suitably and click OK.

In the MFC Wizard, click Next on the first screen.


On the next screen, change the Application type to Dialog based.


Un-check Use Unicode Libraries, so the settings appear similar to as below:


In the next screen, un-check most options as shown in the image on the right and specify a suitable Dialog title.

Next, on the Advanced features screen, un-check just about everything possible as shown below.

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The final screen shows generated classes.
Click Finish here.

Observe the Solution Explorer and note 3 folders:
Header Files
Resource Files
Source Files

Lets assume you have named the project as Cust01

In VS 2008, the default dialog box created may not be visible initially.

Expand the Resource Files folder and double-click

This will display the Resource View dialog.

Expand the Dialog folder and double click on IDD_CUST01_DIALOG to show the dialog created by the MFC wizard.


Click anywhere on the dialog and observe the Properties pane.

The Dialog title specified in the Wizard is available for modification as the Caption property.

Note that a Static Text control with Caption TODO: Place dialog controls here. is created by default.

Also note that two buttons OK and Cancel are created.


Click View > Toolbox.

Create a Button
image_thumb22 and two Static Text image controls on the dialog and change their Captions as shown in the image besides.

Also resize and move the default OK Cancel pair at the bottom of the dialog.

Delete the default Static Text control with text TO DO: Add … that the wizard adds to the dialog.

Click Build > Build Solution and then press F5 to check everything is working fine.

The OK button should work without any code.

In design mode, double click the Document & Env Type button which opens Cust01Dlg.cpp

The cursor is inside the function stub for the button.

void CCust01Dlg::OnBnClickedButton1()
    // TODO: Add your control notification handler code here


Press Ctrl+Home to go to the top of the code window. Add the lines #include <iostream> and using namespace std; at the end of the existing lines as below:

#include "stdafx.h"
#include "Cust01.h"
#include "Cust01Dlg.h"



#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

Next, right click anywhere inside line #include "Cust01Dlg.h" and select Open Document.


At the top of the cust01Dlg.h file which opens, add an #import statement below the #pragma line:

// Cust01Dlg.h : header file
#pragma once

#import "D:\Program Files\Solid Edge V20\Program\framewrk.tlb" \
rename("GetOpenFileName", "SeGetOpenFileName")

Here the framewrk.tlb is a Type Library. Specify the complete path for this file from where Solid Edge is installed on your computer.

The rename attribute is used when a name in the type library (Solid Edge in present case) coincides with a macro definition in the system header files (stdafx.h etc.)

If this situation is not resolved, various syntax errors will be generated, such as Compiler Error C2059 and Compiler Error C2061… – MSDN.

Build > Build Solution at each step to ensure its on track. Do not debug the project yet.

Scroll down and inside the class definition:

class CCust01Dlg : public CDialogEx,

add the following line to the class as a public variable:

    SolidEdgeFramework::ApplicationPtr oApp;

This is the pointer variable for Solid Edge and Intellisense should work for both Solid Edge and ApplicationPtr which is a typedef for _com_ptr_t

Return to the file Cust01Dlg.cpp and scroll down to find the definition for:

BOOL CEnvTypeDlg::OnInitDialog()

Under this function, locate the comment

// TODO: Add extra initialization here

and add the following below this comment line:

catch(_com_error &error)
  MessageBox("COM Error", "Error", 0);

CoInitialize starts the COM library.

Build > Build Solution to verify this is working.

Below the CoInitialize statement, add the line:



The GetActiveObject method defined in comip.h helps to connect to a running instance of Solid Edge.

Here, SolidEdge.Application is the Program ID for Solid Edge which does not change from version to version.

To check this, start the Registry Editor by pressing Windows+R button to invoke the Run utility. Type regedit and press ENTER.

In the registry editor application which looks like the Windows Explorer, select Edit > Find or press F3 and type SolidEdge.Application. After a while it searches for SolidEdge.Application and displays the search as below:


If you click the LocalServer32 just above ProgID folder in the left panel, it displays the installed path for Solid Edge.


Build > Build Solution to check if everything is working fine.

Double click the Document & Env Type button and add the following line of code for the button:

If (this->oApp->Documents->Count > 0)
  switch (this->oApp->ActiveDocumentType)

To determine the type of the currently active document, first check if there is at least one document open using the if statement as above.

  Set up a switch construct to check the document type using the ActiveDocumentType property of the Solid Edge Application object.

  The ActiveDocumentType is a SolidEdgeFramework.DocumentTypeConstants enum

Summary of Part 1:

You learned how to set up a MFC project and add Button and Static controls and how to access Solid Edge.

Complete the switch statement as below:

This two part tutorial post continues in Part 2…

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