I have successfully exported .esriaddin I created in 10.2 Arcobjects SDK to 10.0. The installation succeeded but the problem I am having is that whenever I use the command me.Close() to close the form Arcmap 10.0 crashes when i press the button. I have inserted that code in the OnClick method of a button on the form. However the same esriaddin works fine in 10.2 and me.close() has no problems.

Any ideas?

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    a) see @jon_two answer b) do you have a try/catch in the button OnClick method that handles the exception and doesn't rethrow? Make sure it's a messagebox or log or something. Jan 19, 2016 at 11:03
  • i used the following code: Try Me.Close() Catch ex As Exception Windows.Forms.MessageBox.Show(ex.Message) End Try
    – Daz
    Jan 19, 2016 at 14:05

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Addins are not backwards compatible and cannot be installed on an earlier version of ArcMap.

You'll have to set up a development machine or VM with ArcGIS 10.0 and Visual Studio 2010 to compile the addin then it can be distributed to PCs running later versions of ArcGIS.

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    10.0 is also retired: downloads.esri.com/support/product%20life%20cycle/… Jan 19, 2016 at 11:03
  • @JayCummins ha, tell that to our clients! :-)
    – jon_two
    Jan 19, 2016 at 11:06
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    I hear you! I have 10.0 client myself! Thankfully, just 1! Jan 19, 2016 at 11:18
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    you are right, but I am only able to get hold of 10.2 on the VM. Thought it would be ok if I compiled the addin in 3.5 framework and change the Target in the xml file to 10.0. [link]gis.stackexchange.com/questions/46724/…
    – Daz
    Jan 19, 2016 at 13:12
  • @Daz I hadn't seen that post before - didn't know you could do that! I imagine you'd still run into problems if your addin uses parts of the API that didn't exist at 10.0 though.
    – jon_two
    Jan 19, 2016 at 15:22

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