Note: try avoid using this template since Thinkwise does not provide support for it. By using C# this extender is limited to only one Windows or Web GUI, in some cases even one version. It is not available for Universal GUI.
Step 1 - Download template
A Visual Studio project template for creating your own Objectmodel Extender is available here.
Once you have downloaded the template zip you can add this to the following Visual Studio folder:
C:\Users\<User name>\Documents\Visual Studio 2017\My Exported Templates
Step 2 - Create a new project
In Visual Studio click File > New Project and select the ObjectmodelExtenderTemplate:
New project with the right template
- The Name can be filled with the name of your company + ObjectmodelExtender add the end, e.g.
- The Location of your project is free of choice.
- The Solution name can be the same as the Project Name.
The Name you choose will also be the name of the DLL which is build at step 8.
Step 3 - Rename the csharp file
Right click on ObjectmodelExtender.cs, choose rename and give it the same name as your project, e.g.:
Step 4 - Reference GUI DLL's
To be able to build the project we need to add these two GUI DLL's to your project folder:
GUI DLL's needed
- The Thinkwise.Runtime DLL can be found in the root of the GUI folder
- The Thinkwise.Shared DLL can be found in
After the DLLs are added to your project folder you can reference them in Visual Studio by right clicking References and selecting Add Reference...:
Browse to your project folder and select the 2 DLLs. Click Ok and from now on no more red lined should be visible in Visual Studio:
No more errors
Step 5 - Change namespace
Change the namespace from ObjectmodelExtenderTemplate to Workshop, also the first part of typeof:
Step 6 - Change classname
Change the class name from ObjectmodelExtenderTemplate to WorkshopObjectmodelExtender, also the second part of typeof. Also change the name of the DLL:
Classname and DLL name changed
Step 7 - Add objectmodel extender settings
Within the ExtendModel method the required settings can now be added. The available settings may differ due to the version of the referenced GUI DLL's.
For more information about the settings contact the Research and Development department.
Step 8 - Build and use
When all settings are done you can build the project by clicking Build > Build Solution.
A DLL is now available in
\<Project folder>\bin\Debug or
In our example we have
To use this extender in your Software Factory model, you have to move it to a specific folder in the GUI called Projects. For both the Windows as Web GUI this folder is available in the root folder, if not create it. In this Projects folder create a folder with the name of your Software Factory model. In case you want to use the objectmodel extender for a branch in the SF, choose the branch name.
Now move the created DLL to this folder.
Restart the GUI and check if the objectmodel extender is working as expected. For the Web GUI you have to restart IIS.