This guide is for developers and content providers new to publishing plug-ins and other content on Autodesk® Exchange Apps – either free, trial or for fee versions. It outlines best practice guidelines and a few requirements for publishers to follow when creating products for the Autodesk Exchange Apps. These guidelines are designed to ensure that users on Autodesk Exchange have a consistent experience when downloading multiple products from the store.
You will be presented with a detailed list of requirements for publishing on Exchange when you first register to be a publisher. The information that follows is a summary. If there are any differences, then the online Publisher Agreement takes precedence.
All content types
Most of the information we need from you is collected via the web form you complete when submitting your content. This includes gathering information to auto-generate a HTML ‘quick start’ page that is included with the download of your product and viewable online. Other requirements are:
Additional requirements for Add-ins are:
Part and Assembly Libraries
Additional requirements for component libraries are:
Standalone applications and other content
There are no additional requirements for products that are not integrated with Inventor. If you wonder what kinds of products this might include – consider eBooks, video tutorials, industry specific calculators, connectors to Cloud based services and the like.
Use the Registry Free mechanism
We strongly encourage you to make use of the Registry Free mechanism to deploy your Add-in. Information on the required format for the associated ‘.addin’ file is included in the Inventor helpfiles – see Help->Community Resources->Programming Help in the Inventor menubar and search for “add-in-registration”.
You can also download some of the free Add-ins already available on Autodesk Exchange and study their format - the Autodesk Plug-in of the Month samples posted to Exchange Apps, for example:-
- Inventor LinkParameters
- PointLinker for Inventor
- ThreadModeler for Inventor
- FeatureMigrator for Inventor
- Screenshot for Inventor
Use the RibbonBar
Adding RibbonBar elements for your application is recommended when relevant, but how you do this will depend on your Add-in design:
- As a minimum, your Add-in or content library can add a panel to the ‘Add-Ins’ tab that either invokes the main command defined by the Add-in or displays a helpfile explaining how to use the library.
- Add-ins that install a single panel should normally add that panel to the ‘Add-Ins’ tab.
- Add-ins that create several RibbonBar panels may prefer to create a new Tab specific to that Add-In (and normally with the Tab name being the name of the Add-in).
- You can add any other UI elements via your Add-In (e.g. menubars and toolbars) as well, but you should still include a basic RibbonBar UI where applicable.
Use delay loading
Unless your Add-In absolutely has to load as soon as Inventor launches, you should design it to load only when it’s needed. This is to minimize the impact of installed Add-ins on Inventor startup performance. The .addin mechanism makes it very easy to setup demand load settings for your Add-in.
The ADN team is here to help you be a successful publisher on Autodesk Exchange store. We’ll do whatever we can do to help you. You are welcome to email [email protected] if you have any further questions after reviewing these guidelines and the other documentation on www.autodesk.com/developapps.
Thank you for participating on Autodesk Apps.