Introduction to Using Inventor’s Programming Interface
There are several resources provided to help you use Inventor’s Application Programming Interface (API). These resources are all part of Inventor’s Software Development Kit (SDK). The
various elements of the SDK and some additional external resources are described below.
The help content consists of several parts:
Introduction to the API, which is what you’re reading now. What’s new in this release of Inventor. This lists the changes that have been made in Inventor that may require some changes to any existing programs and lists the new objects, method, properties, and events that have been added for this release. User’s manual which provides overview topics of much of the API.
Reference manual. The reference manual provides detailed information about every object, method, property, and event. If that topic is demonstrated in a sample, there is a
link to the sample in that topic. Sample programs. This is a categorized list of the sample programs. These are the same samples that are also accessed through links in the reference manual topics. They are primarily VBA programs, with a few C# programs. The API is the same regardless of what language is used. It’s the syntax that changes, so a program in any language can serve
as an example of how to use the API.