A Task pane is a panel that resides on the right hand side of the SolidWorks graphics area by default. It is a great place to provide information to users regardless of their environment (part, assembly, or drawing). Follow the steps below to create a task pane, later videos in this series will add functionality to it.
Creating an add-in from the SDK is very quick and easy, but it requires the full version of visual studio to utilize. An alternative to that is to download a source project created by the SDK without modifications and then make the changes below. The files can be downloaded here. This is how to customize an add-in:
This video demonstrates how to download and install the SolidWorks Software Development Kit. It is part one in the series because the SDK is the easiest method for creating a new add-in. Creating a SolidWorks Add-in using the SDK is very simple, but a lot of people have trouble getting it set up in the first place. If you have an active subscription it is possible to download it from the customer portal. Just follow the steps in the video below. Please note that the SDK only works for full versions of visual studio.