Solid Edge Plug-in ReadMe

1 Plug-in Description

This plug-in enables you to move objects in Solid Edge V20 to Solid Edge ST10 with the SpaceController. Furthermore it incorporates Solid Edge's tool bar items in the SpaceControl Panel's Key Configuration Dialog for easy mapping of these items to the SpaceController's function keys.

The plug-in is a DLL ("SC_SeAddIn_32.dll", "SC_SeAddIn_64.dll", resp.) which is loaded by Solid Edge at start-up. Supported operating systems are Windows XP to Windows 10, both 32 and 64 bit.

2 Setting the Rotation Center

There are some possibilities how you can move and rotate an object with the SpaceController. Basically you can change between the "scene" perspective (moving the cap seemes to move the scene you are looking at) and the "camera" perspective (moving the cap moves the camera looking into the scene). Further settings control the rotation center, switch a special hover mode on and off or lock the horizon. All this can be configured with the SpaceController Panel's Advanced Configuration dialog in the Move Mode panel:

Advanced Configuration Dialog

See chapter Advanced Configuration in the SpaceController's user manual for details.

The mode Camera Mode: Rotate around Camera is not supported by Solid Edge in orthographic mode, the rotation center will be the screen's midpoint instead (i. e. the mode will behave in the same way as the mode Camera Mode: Rotate around Focal Point). Hover will work in Solid Edge's perspective mode only, inherent to its functional principle.

Furthermore the plug-in is aware of the rotation center you can define in Solid Edge itself (ST4 and newer): Click with the middle mouse button on an area of an object. A little pink dot will appear which can be moved with the mouse. A left click defines the position of the dot as the new rotation center. This one supersedes all rotation centers defined in other places. The rotation center can be cleared again by clicking the middle mouse button on an empty place.
Attention: It turned out that retrieving this value causes the plug-in to stop working under some circumstances with ST8 and ST9 and probably with other versions too; this happens e. g. when leaving the menu item "PMI/Section". (ST4 does not show this problem.) The feature is disabled therefore by default. You can enable it again by setting the parameter "useSeRotCenter" to "on" in file "C:\Users\<username>\SpaceController\Applications\solidedge_plugin.ini". Close Solid Edge before editing the file, it will be overwritten otherwise.

3 Special Functions

The plug-in integrates its own menu into Solid Edge:

SpaceControl Menu

The following functions are available:

4 KeyShot

Together with Solid Edge the rendering software KeyShot is installed. KeyShot can be controlled with our devices as well by means of our Universal Plug-in.

Unfortunately KeyShot is programmed a little unhandily and consumes all the time 100 % CPU load. Together with the additional reading thread implemented in our Universal Plug-in to get the device's data this leads to a nearly unoperable computer. You can overcome this by setting KeyShot's priority from "High" to "Normal" or by detracting the first CPU core to give the operating system's user interface enough resources.


Open the Windows Task Manager, go to the "Details" tab, search for the KeyShot process and press the right mouse button to open the context menu. Here you can change the priority or set the processor affinity.

Unfortunately Windows does not rembember these settings when restarting KeyShot. An additional software may help here:,815-3.html.

5 Change Log

6 December 2017, Version 2.9.0

7 February 2017, Version 2.8.7

11 November 2016, Version 2.8.6:

22 August 2014, Version 2.6.4:

6 November 2013, Version 2.6.0:

22 February 2013, Version 2.5.0:

13 November 2012, Version 2.4.1:

16 March 2012, Version 2.3.0:

20 October 2011, Version 2.2.0:

16 June 2011, Version 2.1.0:

15 February 2011, Version 2.0.0:

28 April 2010, Version 1.4.0:

30 November 2009, Version 1.2.1:

23 July 2009: Version 1.0.1 beta:

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