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RDS Usage and Guidelines

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08-01-2012 07:55 AM



I have a plug-in developed with the ObjectARX SDK, C#, VS2010 and the Autodesk supplied template. The plug-in is loaded into AutoCAD at start-up via a registry entry.


The plug-in is to be distributed privately and will not be submitted to the 'Marketplace' supplied by Autodesk for AutoCAD products.


I've noticed that there is a section on the AutoDesk website with regards to registering a custom prefix via the RDS scheme (http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=1075006)


Currently we have code within the following areas:


  • Class Namespaces e.g. "MyNamespace.Utility"
  • Functions
  • Custom Commands e.g. "DEBUGDATA"

Based on the current implementation and intended usage/distribution method is symbol registration required? I ask as I am not sure what would happen if another plug-in used by the user has a "DEBUGDATA" command.


If symbol registration is required could you provide a clear example of how developer symbols should be implemented within the code?


Many thanks




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Re: RDS Usage and Guidelines

08-01-2012 01:44 PM in reply to: USQ

This blog entry should answer your questions. You don't have to use an RDS, but doing so can avoid potential conflicts. If you installed an add-in from someone else who also didn't use an RDS, then they could have a class with the same name as one of your classes and that class could have a method with the same name as one of your methods and then there would be an ambiguous condition as to which method to execute.

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