Lars_Sandberg Posted September 23, 2005 Report Share Posted September 23, 2005 Hi, I thought it could be nice to hear you ME users, about which successes you had with Macro Express. For my own part I bought a license back in june 2003 and today I have more than 200 macros that help me very much in my everyday in front of my computer. It became a sport to me automating everything, that I could imagine, that was also quite som good training in programming ME. Last week I just ended a job which payed ME approx 130 times, in less than one week. A customer asked if anyone could help them in one way or another with exporting 13000 drawings from a windows-based 2D CAD system to AutoCAD's dwg format. The reseller who sold their 2D-CAD package, said that there was no possibility to automate that task, so the user had to do this export-job manually, which would take her around 12 full working weeks. I and the customer agreed about the job, that we would do for around 5300 USD and they uploaded these 13000 CAD drawings to our ftp-server. Within 15 minutes I have made the first version of my macro for the job, and started it. During the same evening my macro stopped many times because the CAD program had different dialogs for missing references, corrupt drawings etc, so I had to refine my macro for answering these dialogs also. The CAD software even crashed with Dr Watson, so my macro had to delete temp-files as well as dmp-files (with a bat-file) and then restart the CAD software, which was needed 990 times during the entire job. I programmed ME to log events into an ascii-file. It was very nice to see how easy ME handled that job, which would be devastating if done manually, just imagine if you had to wait 5-10 sec just for opening a drawing + other 5-10 sec for exporting the same drawing, then do it 13000 times (I would look for another job :-) Instead of 12 weeks the customer had their converted drawings within 6 days. I guess that many of you have similar experiences with ME ?? Regards Lars Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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