As for question, I am trying to adjust Grid Map labels via Arcobjects with Python. For now I do have:

from comtypes.client import CreateObject, GetModule
import arcpy

def CType(obj, interface):
   """Casts obj to interface and returns comtypes POINTER or None"""
       newobj = obj.QueryInterface(interface)
       return newobj
       return None

def NewObj(MyClass, MyInterface):
   """Creates a new comtypes POINTER object where\n\
   MyClass is the class to be instantiated,\n\
   MyInterface is the interface to be assigned"""
   from comtypes.client import CreateObject
       ptr = CreateObject(MyClass, interface=MyInterface)
       return ptr
       return None

esriCarto = GetModule(r"C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\com\esriCarto.olb")
esriCartoUI = GetModule(r"C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\com\esriCartoUI.olb")
esriMapUI = GetModule(r"C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\com\esriArcMapUI.olb")
esriFrame = GetModule(r"C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\com\esriFramework.olb")


pApp = NewObj(esriFrame.AppROT, esriFrame.IAppROT).Item(0)
pDoc = pApp.Document
pMxDoc = CType(pDoc, esriMapUI.IMxDocument)
pLayout = pMxDoc.PageLayout
pGraphContLayout = CType(pLayout, esriCarto.IGraphicsContainer)
iFrameElement = pGraphContLayout.FindFrame(pMxDoc.ActiveView.FocusMap)

As far as I understand, iFrameElement is an interface of an abstract class from which I need to inherit attributes (pointer) to MapFrame object. How do I do that? How do it get to object with IMapGrids interface. Any suggestions?


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I did ask this question also at SO site (question at SO). Code sample is below:

pGraphContLayout = CType(pLayout, esriCarto.IGraphicsContainer)
pFrame = pGraphContLayout.FindFrame(pMxDoc.ActiveView.FocusMap)
pGrids = CType(pFrame, IMapGrids)
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    Yeah you just need to cast/QI between interfaces implemented by the class. I would strongly suggest reading the ArcObjects SDK conceptual help and object model diagrams before setting out to do anything with Python and comtypes which don't have the static typing and intellisense/pre-compilation warnings of a compiled language like C#.
    – blah238
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 21:35

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