Which Edition of Microsoft Visual Studio to Use
 
 
 

Microsoft Visual Studio is available in multiple versions and editions. To use the .NET API for AutoCAD 2010, you need to use:

If you are using AutoCAD 2007 through AutoCAD 2009, you should use:

Microsoft Visual Studio is offered in two editions: for free and for pay. The free edition is known as Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition, while the for pay editions vary by name and price due to the different development tools that are incorporated into them. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition is the entry level edition which provides improved debugging over Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition along with a number of other features. The most common edition of Microsoft Visual Studio used by developers is Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition.

NoteWhile it is possible to use Microsoft Visual Studio Express with the AutoCAD .NET API, this guide assumes you are using one of the other versions such as Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition or Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition.

There are four main advantages to using Microsoft Visual Studio:

NoteUnlike VBA projects, .NET applications do not suffer from performance degradation when loaded and run in 64-bit AutoCAD.

For more information on the different editions of Microsoft Visual Studio, see http://www.microsoft.com/vstudio and http://www.microsoft.com/express.