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Posts: 68
Registered: ‎11-12-2015

Java plugin - custom editing function

I would like to implement my own editing function for GMSC using java plugin. I want to see this function in the editing pane with default functions like move, split line etc.


Which classes/methods should I implement/use? I have already tried to create action class like that 


public class MyEditAction extends EditAction
implements Runnable, MeasurementListener


then plugin with Action like that


public void GE_MYEDITFN( a)
EditAction action = new MyEditAction(this.editPlugin);;


and I tried to programatically starts editing with EditSettings settings.setActions(ActionConfiguration.parseMapActions("GE_MYEDITFN"));


Editing starts but without my editing function - I got 16:51:24 WARNING: GE_INTERPOLATELINE isn't a known action!


I have two questions:

1) Is this the correct way to implement own editing function and if it is, what else should I do to make it work?

2) If the answer to 1) is NO, where should I start (which classes/methods should I implement) to create custom editing function? (Just need to know where to start)





Technical Evangelist
Posts: 148
Registered: ‎10-20-2015

Re: Java plugin - custom editing function

Hi Tereza,

I never tried to add a custom EditAction by using a GMSC plugin but from my current point of view it should work.


Your code itself looks good, but you missed one special thing. GMSC has a so-called ActionDispatcher is able to call methods which are marked by the annotation.


The ActionDispatcher is powerful but this class isn't able to find @Action marked methods without your help, because you have to tell the ActionDispatcher which classes contain such marked methods.


The GMSC framework contains two AbstractActionDispatcher implementations:

  1. The global ActionDispatcher - hold's actions which are populated to the whole application
  2. the MiniDispatcher - can be used for more local stuff, like dialogs


The EditPlugin itself uses a MiniDispatcher and therefore you have to do the following:

  1. Get the EditPlugin's MiniDispatcher
  2. Register all actiosn of your MyEditAction class

The following code sould do that for you.

 ApplicationContext.getPluginCurator().getByType(EditPlugin.class).ifPresent(p -> {

Best Regards,


Posts: 68
Registered: ‎11-12-2015

Re: Java plugin - custom editing function

Hi Steve,


thanks for the answer. I tried to apply proposed solution, but it gave me the error: 


30.11.2015 12:29:10 SEVERE: Can't start edit! --> 
java.lang.IllegalStateException: state is NOTINITIALIZED but a state > PREPARING was expected!
at com.intergraph.web.plugin.edit.EditPlugin.getDataModelHandler(


The problem is that the action has to be registered BEFORE start of editing, but  EditDataModelHandler and MiniDispatcher are initialized AFTER editing started. I guess I need to register the action somewhere earlier. 




Posts: 1,108
Registered: ‎10-18-2015

Re: Java plugin - custom editing function

Hi Tereza,


We checked the problem and unfortunately that was the only chance we had to do something like that.

Another solution would be to write your own Action which is visible in your tab, map-context or favorits.


Best regards,


Stefano Turcato
Presale Engineer
Hexagon Geospatial
Posts: 68
Registered: ‎11-12-2015

Re: Java plugin - custom editing function

Hi Stefano,


thanks for the answer, I will try a different solution.