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I have created an application that will do some varies tasks.  One of which it will send prints to a printer, or create PDFs.  Here is why my struggles are.  Is there a way to show a preview of the drawing file.  I don't have an exact way that it needs to be done, just need to show a preview of the drawing.  


Any starter code would be nice.  I've searched around trying to find some examples for PlotFactory.CreatePreviewEngine, without any luck.


Thanks in advance for all your help.





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Did you want to use the preview image from the drawing, as used in Explorer?


if so then something like this might do the trick, the ides behind each file type are the same so every CAD file these days has an embedded bitmap that explorer can view.

Public Sub PreviewBitmap_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles PreviewBitmap.Click
    End Sub
    Private Sub DrawBitmapPreview(ByVal file As IEdmFile5)
            Dim varEnum As IEdmEnumeratorVariable5
            varEnum = file.GetEnumeratorVariable
            Dim preview As IEdmBitmap5
            preview = varEnum.GetThumbnail
            If preview Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
            preview.Draw(Me.Handle.ToInt32(), 45, 220, 0, 0)
        Catch ex As System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException
            MessageBox.Show("HRESULT = 0x" + ex.ErrorCode.ToString("X") + " " + ex.Message)
        Catch ex As Exception
        End Try
    End Sub

copied from : http://help.solidworks.com/2017/english/api/epdmapi/get_bitmap_preview_of_file_example_vbnet.htm

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