[python-win32] SMIEngine(COM)

Tim Roberts timr at probo.com
Wed Apr 11 19:12:42 CEST 2012

takeshi ikeya wrote:
> Thank you Tom.
> I tried 'EnsureDispatch()' following your advice.
> ...
> pywintypes.com_error: (-2147467262, 'Inteface is not supported', None,
> None)
> Same error occured on 'Shell.Autoplay'. And so on my 'SMIEngine.SMIhost'.

Not every COM object was intended to be used by the "general public". 
There is no public definition that corresponds to the class ID for

> Then I went tolaunch  'makepy.py'
> I was asked to 'Select library'
> But what is this 'library' mean ?
> Nothin like 'Shell.autoplay' or 'SMIEngine'.
> Sorry I'm not familiar with COM.

Well, that's a problem, if you plan to use COM objects.  It is
worthwhile to do a little reading about COM basics.

In order to use a COM object, somehow your application has to learn what
functions that object provides, and what parameters each function
expects.  You can't just make that up.  That can be done in three basic
ways.  (1) If the object was designed only to be used from C++, you
might have a C++ header file that describes the object.  (2) If the
object was designed for "late binding", it will support the IDispatch
interface.  (3) If the object was designed for "early binding", there
will be a "type library" that includes all of the definitions.

A type library contains a collection of COM class definitions and
interface definitions in a partly compiled form.  That's what makepy.py
wants.  When you installed the SMI product, it registered its objects. 
If it also registered its type library, you can use that to build the
Python interface.  Note that the name of a type library often includes
the manufacturer, so look for "Animatics SMIEngine".

Animatics says on their web site that the SMIEngine interface works with
Python.  Have you considered contacting them for support?

Tim Roberts, timr at probo.com
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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