Deep Discount: 3-Month Membership For $99

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UPDATE: This coupon expired on May 31, 2020.

We live in interesting times. Our regards go out to all of those who are affected by COVID-19. Indeed, our main office is located in Washington state, where most US-based COVID cases have occurred. Fortunately, almost everyone at CADSharp works remotely so you should see no change to how you do business with us.

Given the disruption to many peoples’ work and the general economic turmoil, we hope that our three-month access to CADSharp.com’s power user membership for only 99 USD will provide value to you during this time. This is the deepest discount we’ve ever offered with a membership. It does NOT include technical support access, but you will still have access to ALL of our online content at CADSharp.com.

Originally this discount was intended to be only for potential customers in nations with bad conversion rates against the US dollar. We know this has prevented many people from affording a membership in the past who might have liked to use our training. Given the current economic turmoil, however, we decided to extend the discount to all users.

How To Get the Discount

If already registered at CADSharp.com:

  1. Log into CADSharp.com
  2. Go to the Videos page
  3. Click Upgrade in the Member’s Area on the right
  4. Choose 3-month membership
  5. Enter the coupon code “learnapi”
  6. Proceed with payment

If not yet registered at CADSharp.com:

  1. Go to our Memberships page
  2. Enter your user name and email
  3. Choose 3-month membership
  4. Enter the coupon code “learnapi”
  5. Proceed with payment

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Stay safe and keep learning!


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Block Commands With the SOLIDWORKS API

Blog 3.2.2020 No Comments

CADSharp is pleased to present a new free tool called Command Blocker that blocks specific commands from running in SOLIDWORKS. Optionally, you can also run a macro in lieu of the default behavior, effectively overriding the command with your own custom functionality. This tool might be used by both users and CAD admins to prevent intentionally or accidentally using certain commands:

<> Custom property dialog

<> Addin dialog

<> Copy to Adobe Illustrator

<> Edit title block

As demonstrated in the video above, this is made possible by listening for the values of commands and then entering them in a settings dialog. This means that any command in SOLIDWORKS can be blocked — use with caution!

Download

Download the Command Blocker installer here.

How It Works

The secret sauce to this addin isn’t a secret for anyone who has taken one of CADSharp’s Advanced Program Development Using .NET training course. If you haven’t taken that class, I’ll still let you in on the secret: CommandOpenPreNotify event. By listening for this event, you can cancel the default the behavior and replace it with your own. You can see a open source example of such a listener here. The class containing the event listener is shown below:

The Next Level

If you can envision this tool being useful for your organization in some modified form then please reach out to us to discuss your needs. For example, if this were to be used by a CAD administrator then additional features might include:

1. Preventing users from accessing the Settings dialog

2. Allowing the Settings dialog to import blocked commands from a list kept on a server.

Reach out to us if you’re ready to take Command Blocker to the next level. Until then, thanks for checking out this tool and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter below so you can learn about more products like this.


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Upcoming API Training Class Near Portland

Blog 2.1.2020 No Comments

CADSharp is offering a four-day live training class in Vancouver, WA, USA on April 27 – 30 on SolidWorks addin and stand-alone development using Visual Studio and VB.NET. Here’s what others have said about our classes:

You’re the best programming teacher I’ve ever had. I took two programming classes in college and neither of the teachers broke the subject down and explained every line of code like you do.

Alex B.,

Why You Should Attend

<> Highly rated. The last 40 survey respondents averaged 8.4 / 10 for the question, “Were you satisfied with how much you learned?”

<> Beginner-friendly. No previous programming experience is required.

<> Personal. Small class size allows for excellent teacher-student interaction.

<> Professional. Content is designed and taught by Keith Rice, a leading SolidWorks API expert and software developer.

<> Flexible. Lessons are tailored on-the-fly to student needs and interests.

<> Learning doesn’t end. Complimentary one-year premium membership included.

Course Description

Download syllabus for Advanced Program Development

Ready to go to the next level? If you already have experience writing VBA macros for SolidWorks (prerequisites are stated in syllabus), then this course will cover all aspects of professional add-in and stand-alone development: program setup and architecture, object-oriented programming techniques, using Visual Studio, source code control and collaboration using GitHub, documentation, deployment, and administration. The contents of this course is borne out of years of real-world experience and has never been published in any form.

Price

1500 USD per person

Date and Time

April 27 – 30. Training is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM with an hour break for lunch. Trainees may stay after the class to ask additional questions.

Location

915 Broadway St, Vancouver, WA 98660 USA

Our training center is located just 10 minutes away from the Portland International Airport (PDX) with plenty of excellent hotels, eateries, and outdoor attractions in the area.

Registration and Payment

Registration is limited to six people. Email me to register.

I have one computer available for rent for 200 USD. First come, first serve. Otherwise, you will be expected to bring your own computer.

Invoices may be paid by check, wire transfer, or credit card. If by credit card, an additional 3% processing fee is included. Invoices will be sent out a week before the class starts.

I hope you can join me for a great time of learning! Let me know if you have ANY questions.

Keith

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