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Seek clarification about macro creation process

Seek clarification about macro creation process

Seek clarification about macro creation process

I am not always certain if a particular failure to do something is my own misunderstanding of the program, or because of my I-Deas installatino being administered by people in another country.  Also, my computer is "locked down" for security purposes.

I am having problems creating a macro to add "REF" to a number of dimensions.  However, I can't seem to see my program.  I don't know if I am doing it wrong, or that the program is set to prevent me from creating a program.  Below are the steps I follow to create the program;

1) Start wtih an open drawing.
3) A window to choose the name and where to save the program;
    I type a filename, and then use the folder icon  to indicate
    where I want the file to go. The browser window that opens
    shows the folder on my local hard drive where I want to save
    the program.
4) Click OK.
5) I do the actions I want to record.

If I use Windows to view the directory where I should have saved the program, it is empty.

If I use FILE/RUN PROGRAM, I am prompted with the same window as when I created the program. If I type the name of a program I recorded earlier, it will run.  But, if I use the file browsing icon , and look at the directory I had saved the programs, there is nothing there.
I do not know if I am doing something wrong, or perhaps do not understand how I-Deas saves the program.  It might be that I-Deas has been set by the administrators to prevent me from recording a program.
Do you know why I can't see the program files I record?  Should it have saved in the diretory I choose with the steps I took?
Thank you very much for your help.
Joe Dunfee

RE: Seek clarification about macro creation process

What is your path that you are writing the PRG file to?  Make sure the path location has no spaces in the path.  FOr Example C:\windows\my desktop\.  Will not work.   

RE: Seek clarification about macro creation process

Thank you SDETERS, that was it.  It now works fine.

While my path didn't have spaces, I had forgotten about the "no spaces" rule, and probably named the program with a space.

Now that I am a bit more empowered, I though I might ask if there might be a repository of macros for I-Deas.  These things are quite common for AutoCAD, and more common parametric programs like SolidWorks.

Is there a .prg repository on the net?

Joe Dunfee

RE: Seek clarification about macro creation process

Not that I have found.  There is a couple floating around here and there.  Check the PLMworld Website they used to have an I-Deas library with PRG files on that site.  I do not know if it exist anymore.

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