Gary Lantaff

TMLs - Start Here

Blog Post created by Gary Lantaff on Oct 17, 2018

TBC now supports command extensions using the python language. The python scripts are scanned when TBC starts and valid macro commands are added to the command list in TBC.


TBC scans for macros (the *.py files) in the folder C:\ProgramData\Trimble\MacroCommands or any folder below that. This makes it convenient to place all the macros from one source (user developed, 3rd parties, Trimble) in separate folders.


Note, the folder C:\ProgramData is typically a hidden folder. You can either turn on the display of hidden items in File Explorer or just enter the folder path in File Explorer. 


Any macros downloaded from the community (or created by the user) can be placed anywhere under the macro folder. You may find it convenient to create a folder named "Community" to store the macros downloaded from here. Another option is to store the macros in a folder named after the macro author. 3rd party developers of macros are likely to store their macros in a named folder location. If you download a compiled macro (extension of *.pydll), you may need to unblock the file (see last field in file properties)



When TBC is installed, a small set of macros is placed in a folder named Trimble in the macro folder. Feel free to open these files with a text editor to see how macro commands are added to TBC. It's best not to add any macros obtained from other sources to this folder.


Whichever method you use, just unzip the downloaded macro into a location under the macro folder and the next time TBC is started, it will find the new macro commands and add them to the command list.


Warning: If you install the same macro in multiple folders (under the macro folder) then you will get an error when TBC starts (see image). Just delete the duplicate macro file to stop this error from occurring again.