Friday, May 14, 2010

VBA 7 for AutoCAD 2012?

VBA is having 7 lives it seems.

Office 2010 is now available in a pure 64-bit version. How about VBA then? This document mentions that with the introduction of the new 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010, a new version of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), known as Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 7.0 (VBA 7), is being released to work with both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

VBA 7 is a new code base, replacing the earlier version of VBA. VBA 7 exists for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2010.

This is an old quote from Microsoft. “We understand that VBA is a critical capability for large numbers of our customers; accordingly, there is no plan to remove VBA from future versions of Excel.”

Autodesk is having plans to remove support for VBA in AutoCAD 2012 and have prepared for that by having VBA as an optional installer. Now that Microsoft officially keep supporting VBA will Autodesk follow along and make use of VBA 7?

See also Learn how to migrate from VBA to .NET for AutoCAD.

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