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Understanding ADS compatibility

The primary difference between ADS and SDS is that all SDS functions have an sds_ prefix, and ADS functions have a variety of prefixes, such as ads_, acad_, and acrx_. The exception is dialog-related SDS functions, which have the dlgr_ prefix. progeCAD accepts either prefix. Other differences include the additional SDS functions listed in the following table.

SDS functions with no ADS equivalent

SDS function name Description
sds_grclear Clears all graphics from the drawing window; similar to the LISP (grclear) function.
sds_name_clear Clears the entity name or selection set.
sds_name_equal Verifies whether two entity names or selection sets are equal.
sds_name_nil Verifies whether the entity name or selection set has been cleared.
sds_name_set Copies one entity name or selection set to another drawing.
sds_pmtssget Similar to the ads_ssget function, but allows you to display a prompt appropriate for the specific command, rather than the generic "Select object" prompt.
sds_point_set Copies a point from one variable to another.
sds_progresspercent Displays the percentage done in a progress bar.
sds_progressstart Starts the progress bar.
sds_progressstop Ends the progress bar.
sds_readaliasfile Loads the PGP file into progeCAD.
sds_sendmessage Sends a message to the progeCAD command line.
sds_swapscreen Flips the off-screen device context to the display.

Some ADS functions are not supported in SDS, including: ads__msize, ads_ssgetx, ads_ssnamex, ads_tablet, ads_ssGetKwordCallbackPtr, ads_ssGetOtherCallbackPtr, and adsw_acadDocWnd.

For more information

  • Read the online documentation for SDS functions.
  • See the \progeCAD.1\Api\Sds folder, which contains the SDS include, header, and library files.
  • See the \progeCAD.1\Api\Dcl folder, which contains the core DCL files.

About working with other programs

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Programming progeCAD

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Using ADS applications

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Using data from other programs in progeCAD drawings

Using LISP routines

Working with other data and programs

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Load a LISP routine

Run a LISP routine

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