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This example demonstrates how to get local copies of the file and all the dependencies to be used in desktop application. This macro is an equivalent of the following command:
PDM is a server based application and files are cached locally when they are accessed in PDM via Windows File Explorer. Files cache can be cleared or outdated. That means that desktop applications may fail when trying to access the file in PDM vault if it has not been cached locally. File Not Found error will occur (e.g. when using SOLIDWORKS API to open the file or using File System Object to traverse the folders structure or read any attributes).
To increase the performance this macro utilizes the IEdmBatchGet SOLIDWORKS PDM API interface which enables batch files processing.
To test this scenario
- Get the path to any SOLIDWORKS file in the vault
- Clear the cache of the vault:
- Comment out the GetLocalCopyFromVault call in the main procedure of the following macro
- Run the macro. Notice that pointer to swModel is null and file open call failed
- Uncomment the GetLocalCopyFromVault and run macro again. Now the model is successfully opened as the file has been cached locally.
Const FILE_PATH As String = "FULL PATH TO FILE" Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks Sub main() Set swApp = Application.SldWorks GetLocalCopyFromVault FILE_PATH, "VAULT NAME", "USER NAME", "PASSWORD" Dim swOpenDocSpec As SldWorks.DocumentSpecification Set swOpenDocSpec = swApp.GetOpenDocSpec(FILE_PATH) Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2 Set swModel = swApp.OpenDoc7(swOpenDocSpec) End Sub Sub GetLocalCopyFromVault(path As String, vaultName As String, userName As String, password As String) Dim pdmVault As New EdmLib.EdmVault5 pdmVault.Login userName, password, vaultName If pdmVault.IsLoggedIn Then GetLocalCopies pdmVault, Array(path) Else MsgBox "Failed to login to vault" End If End Sub Sub GetLocalCopies(vault As EdmLib.EdmVault5, vFilePaths As Variant) If Not IsEmpty(vFilePaths) Then Dim pdmBatchGetUtil As EdmLib.IEdmBatchGet Set pdmBatchGetUtil = vault.CreateUtility(EdmUtil_BatchGet) Dim i As Integer Dim pdmSelItems() As EdmLib.EdmSelItem ReDim pdmSelItems(UBound(vFilePaths)) For i = 0 To UBound(vFilePaths) Dim filePath As String filePath = vFilePaths(i) Dim pdmFile As EdmLib.IEdmFile5 Dim pdmFolder As EdmLib.IEdmFolder5 Set pdmFile = vault.GetFileFromPath(filePath, pdmFolder) pdmSelItems(i).mlDocID = pdmFile.ID pdmSelItems(i).mlProjID = pdmFolder.ID Next pdmBatchGetUtil.AddSelection vault, pdmSelItems pdmBatchGetUtil.CreateTree 0, EdmLib.EdmGetCmdFlags.Egcf_RefreshFileListing pdmBatchGetUtil.GetFiles 0 End If End Sub