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Mike Weaver

We have been hearing this for a while, but I'm now wondering if Autodesk will change directions now that Microsoft has appeared to change. It seems Microsoft is moving away from VSTA and back toward VBA. See this post: http://visualbasic.about.com/b/2010/03/27/vba-forever.htm

Lee Ambrosius

Things can change, but right now Microsoft is not offering anything for third-party vendors to embed VBA7. So until Microsoft allows embedding again like VBA6 did, I would not expect much to change. Anything is possible though, but it will be up to Microsoft in the end as to which way they decide.

Peter Kompier

Not true.

Lee Ambrosius

Not sure by what you mean as it is 'Not True'.

The page mentions you should port from VBA and move all future development to .NET. The AutoCAD ActiveX/COM library will continue to be supported for use with .NET/C++/AutoLISP/Microsoft Office products.

From the page:
'What is the status of VBA support in the AutoCAD 2011 product line?
Microsoft made the decision to stop offering VBA distribution licenses to new customers as of July 1, 2007 and they have expressed that there are no plans to provide VBA product enhancements in the future. As a result of this, though Autodesk will continue to “unofficially” support VBA in its 2011 products, software developers are strongly encouraged to base all future Microsoft Windows based development for AutoCAD based products on the Microsoft .NET Framework (VB .NET, C#, managed C++ etc).'

Patrick EMIN

This raises also the question of upgrading your AutoCAD software. Some will be tempted not to upgrade to keep the VBA... But not to upgrade is a technological risk and not be a good idea in the long term.

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