Friday, November 18, 2016

OsnapzBG and OsnapzBG Plus for AutoCAD news

OsnapzBG freeware or OsnapzBG Plus apps for AutoCAD have been updated.

With OsnapzBG loaded any change of OSNAPZ will also change the background and other specified colors depending on if OSNAPZ is set to 0 or 1.

OsnapzGB 1.3

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2014 to crash on start-up.

OsnapzBG Plus 1.1

  • Bugs fixed that could cause some colors to be forced to black and some colors not being set.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

How to use DWG Columns in Directory Opus

Directory Opus is a great replacement for Explorer with a lot of nice features. Single or dual pane file display and folder trees, Tabbed interface let you keep multiple folders open and switch quickly between them, Color-code your files, assign status icons, star ratings, tags and descriptions, Batch renaming including easy-to-use keyboard macros, FTP and much more.

Now our DWG Columns for Explorer works with Directory Opus 12 (or newer) as well as the Windows Explorer.

Right click on this link DWG_Columns.vbs.txt and save it as DWG_Columns.vbs without the .txt extension in the folder %appdata%\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\Script AddIns. The file can also be dragged and dropped into the Scripts dialog box that is access from Settings>Preferences>Toolbars>Scripts.

After that the columns can be showed by right click on the column headers via Columns>Script>DWG Columns

And as can be seen below DWG version and DWG title has been showed. Other drawing file properties or metadata from the Summary and Details tab can be showed too.

This works with DWG and DXF files edited with applications like AutoCAD, Dassault Systemes DraftSight, Caddie, progeCAD, Bricsys BricsCAD, IMSI TurboCAD, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, GstarCAD, nanoCAD, MicroStation, ZWCAD+ and others.

Interested to try or buy DWG Columns for Explorer?

Monday, October 31, 2016

DWG Columns for Explorer 2.3 released

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated to version 2.3. If you already have version 2.2 installed and it’s working fine there is no need to upgrade as this version only have improved the installation process to be more stable. There are now also 3 versions of DWG Columns. One fully functional version that can be purchased, one trial and one freeware.

If you want to see the DWG and DXF properties and metadata in Explorer columns please give the trial a try. No need to have AutoCAD or other CAD programs installed for this to work. After the trial has expired you can still use it to show the DWG version information as long as you like.

Click to see a larger version with more columns

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to get the center of a viewport with AutoLISP

The free viewportcenter.lsp has been updated with more functionalities.

This app shows the coordinates for the center of the current viewport on command line.

If command is run within a viewport in model space it can be run transparently for example like this using 'vpc
   Command: LINE
   Specify first point: 'vpc

If command is in paper space it will ask to select viewport and the point will be available as last used point and can be used with @ like this:
   Command: LINE
   Specify first point: @

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How to disable Skype birthday notifications on Android

Here’s how to disable Skype birthday notifications when using Skype on Android. You probably been as annoyed as me that there is no setting for this on the Skype for Android app and that the has a birthday checkbox setting isn’t synchronized from the desktop version of Skype.

has a birthday checkbox

Start a chat with any of your contacts. and type the following row:
and press enter or send.

This message won't be sent to the one in the chat and the change will affect notifications for all contacts.

If it works you may see a message like below:
System: Birthday notifications disabled

There are other available commands that can be found at

If you want to restore or enable the birthday notifications use this command:
/setupkey Lib/Conversation/EnableBirthday 1

The message showing will be:
setupkey: [Lib/Conversation/EnableBirthday] now '1'

I’ve not tested above but it should work for other platforms like iPhone, Windows phone, BlackBerry, Amazon Fire Phone and iPod touch, iPad, Kindle Fire HD, Windows, Xbox One, Apple Watch, Android Wear, Skype for TV, Max and Linux.

As a bonus tip. If you want to make text bold, italic or strikethrough

* surrounding text (*text here*) makes it bold.
_ surrounding text (_text here_) makes it italic.
~ surrounding text (~text here~) makes it strikethrough.

If you start a message with "@@ " (two ats with a space), every formatting function in your message will be ignored except emoticons.

If you start a message with "!! " (two exclamations with a space), every formatting function in your message will be ignored and font will be switched to monospaced.

Monday, October 24, 2016

JTB Layer Palette 1.2.1 for BricsCAD

JTB Layer Palette 1.2.1 for BricsCAD is now available and at half the previous price.

JTB Layer Palette is a palette app for BricsCAD. You can manage layers in BricsCAD without leaving the drawing screen. Customizable view, multiple layers tasking, this will make managing layers much more easier.

More about JTB Layer Palette here. For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

AutoCAD 2017.1 Update

AutoCAD 2017.1 Update is a subscription-only update for AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 and available either from your Autodesk Account or by using the Autodesk Desktop App.

Note that even security enhancements and bug fixes are only available for subscription customers. (UPDATE: the update is available for download for non-renters as well, see Steve Johnson’s post When is a subscription-only update not a subscription-only update?) (UPDATE: the update will be available for students. See Shaan Hurley’s post AutoCAD 2017.1 Feature Update for Students)

Import PDF Feature Enhancement - PDFSHXTEXT is a command that you can use after you import a PDF file that contains SHX geometry. It converts any selected PDF geometry into multiline text objects that use a matching SHX font. Several popular SHX fonts are supported. However, Asian Big Font SHX geometry is currently not supported. Commands: PDFSHXTEXT , -PDFSHXTEXT , TXT2MTXT

PDF Text Recognition Settings windows:

High Resolution Monitor Support(High Pixels per Inch) is a New Feature - In the AutoCAD 2017.1 Update, common user interface elements, such as the Layer Manager, Command Line window, Property Palette, File Navigation dialog box, pick box cursor, grips, View Cube, and UCS icon, are correctly adjusted to the Windows setting for the display scale.
For the best results, use Windows 10 due to operation system limitations.
Use a compatible video card for the best results.
Some dialog boxes in vertical products are not optimized.

Object Selection Feature Enhancement - Objects that are moved off screen during selection remain in the selection set. All linetype gaps can be selected and available for object snapping when High Quality Geometry is turned on. System variables: SELECTIONOFFSCREEN, LTGAPSELECTION

Linetype gap behavior is enhanced to support complex and DGN linetypes. In addition, this feature works with all objects, such as polylines with width and splines. Now you can select complex and DGN linetypes or snap to them by picking on the gaps between the geometry.

Security Feature Enhancement - Internal software security continues to be enhanced, closing potential exploits.

3D Graphics Performance Feature Enhancement - The performance and reliability of 3DORBIT is improved for rendered visual styles, especially for models with a large number of small blocks containing edges and facets. Command: VISUALSTYLES

Highlight New Features

And here is a couple examples of what it can look like.

As a result of the detailed information that Autodesk received from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, they were able to identify and fix the problems listed below:


  • Fixed occasional crashes when inserting some blocks a second time.


  • Fixed occasional crashes when zooming out of a drawing following the 3D Orbit command.


  • Fixed occasional crashes when purging DXF drawing files.

Web and Cloud

  • Fixed occasional crashes when modifying the Online Options settings and signing in to Autodesk A360 from InfoCenter.


  • Fixed occasional crashes when launching AutoCAD in Windows 10.
  • Fixed occasional crashes when inputting the system time in long string format, and then using the DIM command.
  • Fixed occasional crashes when switching layouts.
  • Fixed occasional crashes when performing a 3D rotate in drawings containing a point cloud.
  • Fixed occasional crashes when plotting to PDF using AccoreConsole.exe.
  • Fixed occasional crashes when performing an Undo after detaching a reference using the External References palette.
  • Fixed occasional crashes when PNG images were specified in a CUI resource file.

The following defects have been fixed:


  • Fixed. Xrefs on a frozen viewport layer would still be plotted.
  • Fixed. AutoCAD in Citrix might not default to the primary display adapter.

Open and Save

  • Fixed. Opening a drawing file using an Excel hyperlink was repositioning the AutoCAD application window.

PDF Import

  • Fixed. Importing a PDF Underlay that was attached with relative path could fail.


  • Fixed. The Xref status incorrectly displays the "Needs reloading" message when the dataset is opened from a UNC path to a shared folder.


  • Fixed. When opening drawings created with AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD might crash if the drawing was saved again.
  • Fixed. Plotting with certain visual styles might produce incorrect results.
  • Fixed. Migrating custom settings might fail.

The following are known feature limitations in the AutoCAD 2017.1 Update:

​Vertical Products

  • Some AutoCAD vertical product dialog boxes may not be optimized for viewing at scales greater than 100% on high resolution monitors.

TXT2MTXT enhancements are quite many:

  • You can select Mtext objects in addition to text objects.
  • A Settings option on the Command line displays the Text to MText Settings dialog.
  • Character codes translate correctly between Text and Mtext (for example the degree symbol appeared as %%d when converted to Mtext).
  • The “Select objects” prompt adheres to standard error checking and messaging. For example, objects on locked layers are filtered from the selection set, and so on.
  • Justification (Top left, Top center, Top right) is inferred for the Mtext object being created based on the positioning of the text objects in the drawing instead of always using Top left justification. When no justification can be logically inferred, it defaults to top-left.
  • Numbered and lettered list formatting is inferred when the word-wrap text box is checked. If a line starts with one or two characters followed by a period and up to 10 spaces, list formatting will be applied automatically.
  • An option was added to the Settings dialog box to not combine selection into a single mtext objects (converts text object to mtext without combining).
  • The top-down sorting order is relative to the current UCS and sorting is left-to-right when text objects are collinear. When multiple text objects are collinear, they are treated as if on the same line with a space between them.
  • A new Settings option enables you to force uniform line spacing or maintain existing line spacing.

AcAutoLoader.crx is updated with this update meaning that AutoCAD 2017 App Autoloader Hotfix is included.

See also Autodesk’s blog post AutoCAD 2017 Fall Update and the AutoCAD 2017.1 Update/Enhancement Preview Guide.

Monday, October 3, 2016

JTB DST Tool is a new Sheet Set Manager app from JTB World

JTB DST Tool can merge, purge and convert Sheet Set DST files for AutoCAD, BricsCAD and any other CAD software using Sheet Set DST files. For example AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View.

  • Merge one or more sheet sets.
  • The purging is useful for IT or CAD Managers to correct performance problems with SSM Sheet Sets that started to perform badly. Sometimes the DST file can grow unreasonable large and the purging can help.
  • Convert to XML for more advanced editing and convert back to DST again.

If you work with the Sheet Set Manager and want to edit Sheet Sets see our SSMPropEditor app or if you want to create Sheet Sets and their properties in an automated manner take a look at our JTB Sheet Set Creator.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Batch Publish for AutoCAD 2.1 released

JTB World’s Batch Publish for AutoCAD 2.1 has been released. This version comes with a bug fix to support paths containing unicode characters like é.

This AutoCAD app simplifies the process of publishing (plotting) sets of drawings to DWF and/or PDF.

This app can be used with AutoCAD (and verticals) to simplify the process of publishing sets of drawings to DWF and/or PDF. It runs as a command within AutoCAD - as opposed to a separate executable - and uses a separate executable to monitor AutoCAD's health and restart it, as needed. The status of the batch publishing operation is stored to disk, allowing it to pick up from where it left off and also for any failed documents to be retried without starting from scratch. A setting is available to only publish drawings that have been modified since they were last published, making it easier to publish sets of documents on a regular basis.

Give it a try for free: Batch Publish for AutoCAD

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DwgInfoTip 1.5 released

With DwgInfoTip you can see the DWG version and DWG properties as an Infotip (tooltip) in Windows Explorer / File Explorer or even from file dialog boxes within AutoCAD or any other CAD software using DWG files.

The freeware version only shows the DWG version and title.

See also the complementary application DWG Columns for Explorer to show the information in columns in Explorer.

Friday, September 16, 2016

How to get back the AutoCAD Security - Unsigned Executable File dialog box

If SECURELOAD system variable (introduced first in AutoCAD 2014) is activated (set to 1) you may see a dialog box like below. If you are not sure the executable file can be trusted do not load it.

Security - Unsigned Executable File

Dialog box text as below:

[Window Title]
Security - Unsigned Executable File

[Main Instruction]
The publisher of this executable file could not be verified and the file is not located in a trusted folder. What do you want to do?

Name:                JTBWPaletteAutoHideSpeed.lsp
Publisher:           Unknown Publisher
Location:            C:\Users\jtb\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\JTBW-PaletteAutoHideSpeed.bundle\Contents
Issuer:                 None
Date:                   08/26/2016  17:06

Make sure that this executable file comes from a trusted source and is located in a trusted folder.

[Always Load] [Load Once] [Do Not Load]

How do I decide what files to load?

But what if you have selected Always Load and later change your mind what can you do?

There is no way in OPTIONS to do this like you can with other dialog boxes using “Hidden Message Settings”. “Security Options” does not help either.

The trusted files are saved in Windows Registry so there’s a way to solve this. As always when editing the Registry be careful and backup if needed.

USERTAPS below HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R21.0\ACAD-0001:409\AutodeskApps holds apps that have been manually approved. R21.0\ACAD-0001:409 (this is for AutoCAD 2017) is depending on AutoCAD version and if it’s a vertical like AutoCAD Architecture or so.

If USERTAPS is deleted AutoCAD will show the dialog box “Security - Unsigned Executable File” again for all unsigned files.

Using Visual LISP you can delete USERTAPS like this:

  (strcat "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\"

Monday, September 12, 2016

JTB FlexReport 10.2 released

JTB FlexReport 10.2 has been released. JTB FlexReport helps to monitoring network license usage and software usage in general. With its charts and list reports you will see actual usage of often expensive licenses and be able to cut on license costs.


Here are the downloads.

Here’s the revision history describing what’s new and fixed in this release.

This update is for all customer with current maintenance agreement. If yours has expired you’re welcome to renew it.

Contact us to get a time limited license file for free. You can try it in your environment monitoring your own real license usage for a few weeks with full functionality. Support is free so if you run into any problems or have any questions we’re here to help you.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

HVACPAC app now with AutoCAD 2017 support

HVACPAC AutoCAD app for HVAC and Piping work is now available with AutoCAD 2017 support.

HVACPAC includes all In-line duct fittings and equipment, air terminals and HVAC associated pipe work.

Free trial is available for HVACPAC.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SmartPurger 3.8 AutoCAD batch processing and cleanup

SmartPurger 3.8 is now released.

SmartPurger is a batch and script utility for processing multiple AutoCAD drawings with full control. Execute LSP or SCR files on multiple drawings. SmartPurger handles crashes so the AutoCAD batch processing continues to the end and leaves bad drawings to be corrected manually. Many purge and cleanup settings available.

SmartPurger can make use of AutoCAD Core Console that was introduced in AutoCAD 2013 making the scripting process faster then ever as the Core Console takes less than a second to open per drawing.

-With this version it’s possible to only delete certain “garbage” files without having to also run AutoCAD to purge and process custom scripts. See the “Only delete files, don’t process any DWG files” checkbox on Delete tab in Settings.
-Quick access to deleted files log file through new button on Delete tab.
-Minor bug fixes related to usage with AutoCAD 2017

I received below screenshots and statement from Clinton Hill at Innophos. This functionality was added based on his wishes.

“You provided an excellent product in “SmartPurger”. This application suits us perfectly.”

These are the steps to take to only delete specified files with extensions like .BAK, .BK?, .SV$, .$$$, .AC$, .DMP, .ERR, .XLG, .DWL, .DWK or PLOT.LOG.

First click on Add Folders Only and select one or many folders. Sub folders will also be processed.


Next click on Settings and on the Delete tab check the “Only delete files, don’t process any DWG files” checkbox as well as what type of files you want to delete.

Now go back and click on the Run button.

When ready go back to Settings and click on Open log file to see what files were deleted.


Download the updated version or a free trial here. The upgrade is free if you already have purchased a license.

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