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How create Indesign application using vc++

May 15, 2012 8:55 PM


I want to ask  that How create Indesign application using vc++ ?

I am able to develop application in C# using COM and generate Interop.Indesign.dll using Adobe Indesign CS5.5 Type Library


I am sucessfully create Indesign instance using this code


Type type = Type.GetTypeFromProgID("InDesign.Application");


InDesign._Application application = (InDesign._Application)Activator.CreateInstance(type);


I am not understand how use COM with vc++ or there is another method to create Indesign instance using vc++.


How use Interop.Indesign.dll in vc++ to create indesign instance.

There is no .tlb file in indesign directory by which i generate .h and .cpp file that i can use in my project.


I want to create Indesign in vc++.



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    May 15, 2012 11:47 PM   in reply to Bill joy

    Hi i am not a VC++ programmer per se so cannot give you the code, but i can give some general steps which can get you going and hopefully solve your problem.


    We can use the Indesign COM object to drive Indesign and its functionlaity from VC++ or C# and the like. What we need to do is import the tlb files in our project so that we have the declerations of the methods exposed by the Indesign's COM interface and make a call to them.


    The .tlb file is present at "C:\ProgramData\Adobe\InDesign\Version 7.0\en_US\Scripting Support\7.0\Resources for Visual Basic.tlb". You can use this to create your .h files using the #import statement.


    Once you have the .h created i think you will be able to call the Indesign methods, of course you will have to create an instance of the Indesign application.


    Some links that could be of help to you are.


    Have a look they discuss the issue you are facing.


    P.S.: The .tlb file exists at multiple locations in your system so to be sure that you are using the latest tlb. Search for "Resources for Visual Basic.tlb", rename it and then launch Indesign(it should recreate these files which will have the latest object model). On Win7 launch Indesign using Admin privelages else thes file won't be created.


    Manan Joshi


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    May 16, 2012 3:08 AM   in reply to Bill joy

    Bill, You should have the file on your system. Try searching for the file name in the whole system. And Bill my .tlb file won't be any good for you as the list of plugins loaded by the Indesign on my machine maybe different from your machine.


    And if you try to call methods exposed by any such plugin that exists on your machine and not mine then we are headed for a sure crash.



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