Dynamically enable a control (Become an expert)

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Getting ready

We will implement an IExternalCommandAvailability interface where we allow the command to be enabled only when a door element is selected in the current model.

How to do it…

  1. Add a new class named AvailabilityDoorSelected.vb.

  2. Enter the IExternalCommandAvailability code as shown, which returns true only when a door element is selected in the model:

    Imports Autodesk.Revit.UI
    Imports Autodesk.Revit.DB
    ''' <summary>
    ''' Enables a Command Only if a
    ''' Door is Selected in the User Interface
    ''' </summary>
    Public Class AvailabilityDoorSelected
    Implements IExternalCommandAvailability
    ''' <summary>
    ''' Command Availability Implementation
    ''' </summary>
    Public Function IsCommandAvailable(appData As _
    selectedCats As CategorySet) _
    As Boolean Implements _
    ' Iterate Categories
    For i = 0 To selectedCats.Size
    ' Get the Category
    Dim m_c As Category = _
    TryCast(selectedCats(i), Category)
    ' Is it a Door?
    If m_c.Name = "Doors" Then Return True
    End Try
    Return False
    End Function
    End Class

  3. Open the ApplicationRibbon class and enter the following code right before the ‘ Success line in the AddPushButton function that will assign this availability implementation to our sample button:

    ' Availability - Door Selection
    m_pb.AvailabilityClassName = _

  4. Run the add-in in the debugger and open one of the sample project models that ship with Revit.

  5. Select the door element in the model to enable the sample button. Deselect the door and the button will become disabled again.

How it works…

Our AvailabilityDoorSelected class will execute anytime that a user control that this class is assigned to is either made visible in the Revit user interface or an element in the model is selected. Element selection will only execute this class when an assigned control is visible in the Revit UI. There is no limit to the number of user controls that you can assign to any class that implements IExternalCommandAvailability nor is there a limit to the amount of IExternalCommandAvailability implementations that you can use in your projects. The following illustration shows on the left-hand side how the main button looks without a door selected and on the right-hand side how it becomes enabled when a door is selected.

We could have generated a more complex scenario for our availability implementation, but in an effort to keep it simple we only included door selection as a requirement to enable our command. The possibilities for this functionality are endless and I’m sure you will find plenty of uses for it in your own projects in the future.


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