Friday, July 21, 2017

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.2 released

JTB CAD Automation Tools for AutoCAD has been updated to version 5.2 and got a couple of bugs fixed and some minor updates.

  • Fixed bugs in AutoUpd command
  • Fix bugs when attribute text is changed by Excel because it is formatted as number or formula
  • Add sorting options in AutoUpd Excel file (We got this question and now it's possible: Is it possible to export the attributes of the block in order as the attributes appear in the DDATE  fill-in screen?)
  • Minor changes for better user experience

If you love to use Excel spread sheets to make edits then JTB CAD Automation Tools is for you as you can do a lot of AutoCAD automation with help of Excel like creating new drawings based on templates, update title block attributes, inserts text, blocks or xrefs, run custom LSP files and much more.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Autodesk AutoCAD 2015-2018 Geolocation Online Map Hotfix

Autodesk AutoCAD 2015-2018 Geolocation Online Map Hotfix is now available.

Microsoft is ending support for version 7 of Bing Maps on June 30th, 2017. This Hotfix will upgrade your version of Bing Maps to version 8 so that you can continue to use the Geolocation Online Map Data feature.

This Hotfix applies to all 32-bit and 64-bit publicly released versions of the following products (including Service Packs and Updates):

  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2015, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2015, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2015-based vertical products
  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2016, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2016, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2016-based vertical products
  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2017, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2017, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2017-based vertical products
  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2018, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2018, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2018-based vertical products

Using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT 2014? See More About End of Feature Support for Bing Maps Version 7

Please check the Readme for detailed instructions and download the hotfix.

Extract Autodesk_AutoCAD_2015_to_2018_Geolocation_Online_Maps_Hotfix_32bit_64bit.zip and run Autodesk_AutoCAD_2015_to_2018_Geolocation_Online_Maps_Hotfix.sfx.exe

The hotfix can’t be uninstalled and even a repair or reinstall of AutoCAD will not restore this specific file. In this case it’s not too bad as it will not work anyway soon but for other hotfixes it can be a problem. The hotfix installer does not even create a backup copy of the old version. Also the hotfix will probably not show up in Autodesk Desktop App which is too bad. Delivering hotfixes like this is not a good practice.

The Autodesk product version showing in the About dialog box and the _VERNUM are not updated by this hotfix so only way to tell if it’s installed is by checking the version of the AcGeoLocationUI.arx located in the AutoCAD main installation folder.

File version for AcGeoLocationUI.arx:

AutoCAD 2015: 20.0.210.31

AutoCAD 2016: 20.1.107.33

AutoCAD 2017: 21.0.402.3

AutoCAD 2018: 22.0.102.0

If you’re curious what the hotfix installer does and learn some VBScript take a look at the vbs files in C:\Autodesk\Autodesk_AutoCAD_2015_to_2018_Geolocation_Online_Maps_Hotfix
This can be used to modify so you can install it in an environment with many AutoCAD installations.

Update. After June 30th, 2017 when you run for example GEOGRAPHICLOCATION command you can see a dialog like this:
Geolocation - Online Map Data
You do not have permission to access Online Map Data.
Go to Account Settings and check your entitlement to use online maps.
You can continue using Geolocation without access to maps.

Geolocation

Followed by:
Geolocation - Online Map Data Update
You must update your software before 2017-06-30 to continue using Online Map Data.
Get update information – You will be redirected to the Autodesk update website for more information.
Update later – If you choose not to update, then you can continue to use Geolocation without maps after 2017-06-30.

Geolocation

BOMLengths.lsp AutoLISP freeware

Get the accumulated length of multiple objects with this free AutoLISP app. The total length of lines, circles, arcs, ellipses, polylines and splines are supported.

In this update it was added support for circles and ellipses and fixed a bug in the error handler.

BOMLengths.lsp has been tested on AutoCAD 2018 with this update but should work for other versions of AutoCAD as well and possibly on other CAD applications supporting AutoLISP like BricsCAD, DraftSight, GstarCAD, CADopia, IntelliCAD, progeCAD and ZWCAD.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Automatically Update the Sheet List Table

The Sheet List Table that comes with the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD needs to be updated manually by default causing troubles like new or changed sheets not showing up correctly or certain properties not being up-to-date.

Sheet List Table

The command DATALINKUPDATE can also be used. Run the command and select the option “Update data link” followed by “all data linKs”. It’s possible to select the table or specify the name of the Sheet Set as well.

Now to how this can be done automatically. Here’s one way using AutoLISP:

(command "._datalinkupdate" "_u" "_k")

If you want to run this automatically when a drawing is opened you can make use of acaddoc.lsp. If you want this to happen during publish make sure background plotting (BACKGROUNDPLOT system variable) is turned off as acaddoc.lsp is not loaded then. This limitation can be worked around but will require customization in .NET and something we can help with. If you want the update to happen automatically before running the plot command on the current drawing then there are ways to do this by using a reactor, something we also can help with.

Hopefully this can help you avoid discrepancies in the Sheet List Table in the future.

A wish for future updates to AutoCAD is that DXEVAL settings would be used to automatically update also the Sheet List Table.

JTB Batch Change 1.6 AutoCAD app

In JTB Batch Change version 1.6 we fixed bug in find and replace text in Mtext that happens since version 1.3 and added support for Drawing Template file(*.dwt).

Batch process AutoCAD with the help of Excel with JTB Batch Change. Some feature examples are:

With Batch Rename Objects you can rename layers in hundreds of drawing by substituting text "Concrete" with "CONC", or add a prefix of "AC " to each layer's name

With Batch Find and Replace you can find and replace text on multiple drawings.

You can import and update all blocks from a standard drawing to hundreds of other drawings.

You can replace all inserted blocks "DOOR-BD3" in layer "Archs" with block "DOOR-AC1", and move them to layer "ARCH-FURN"

You can change all texts whose styles are not prefixed with "ELEC" to "ELEC Standard" style, then change all block's attributes whose tag is "DATE" to current date.

You can convert all your inserted blocks from dynamic to static, or to anonymous blocks.

You can flatten all your drawing objects by setting all Z coordinates to 0.

You can Unload or Detach xrefs or change their name, file name or path.

Batch change drawing properties

Additionally, you can perform Batch Audit and Purge as well as much more.

When done with a batch processing you can see what has been processed in the log.

This is a great tool in the hands of AutoCAD users or CAD managers.

Monday, June 12, 2017

How to convert block to xref in AutoCAD

Here are a couple of solutions if you run into a situation where you want to convert a block to xref.

One is to use the Express Tool command BLOCKTOXREF. See “Convert block to xref” on the Express Tools Ribbon tab.

It replaces all instances of a specified block with an xref. The command searches the entire drawing for references to a specified block name and replaces them with an xref that you specify. You can use this tool to unbind an xref, replacing the block with the original referenced drawing. Afterwards, you can use the PURGE command to remove the unreferenced block definition from the drawing. If the xref is not already existing use for example WBLOCK of the block in question and so the file is created before running the command. It can be run on the command line as well using -BLOCKTOXREF.

There is also BlockToXref.lsp that is a free app from JTB World that let you select one or many blocks in a drawing and change them to xrefs.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

JTB Sheet Set Publish 1.0 for AutoCAD released

JTB Sheet Set Publish is a new app by JTB World for AutoCAD that publishes sheets in Sheet Sets to files like PDF and DWF. The files created are named as you want based on a naming formula that you specify. Use date fields and/or sheet properties of your choice to build up the output filename.

Create formula for filename:

Output folder after publishing:

Free trial of JTB Sheet Set Publish is available.

And we have more Sheet Set Manager apps like SSMPropEditor, JTB DST Tool and JTB Sheet Set Creator.

Monday, June 5, 2017

OsnapzBG Plus updated for AutoCAD 2018

OsnapzBG Plus and the freeware OsnapzBG have been updated for AutoCAD 2018 and also got a few bugs fixed like changes of Auto Snap Marker to white incorrectly fixed and OsnapzBG Plus got support for more color elements.

With OsnapzBG and OsnapzBG Plus loaded any change of the AutoCAD variable OSNAPZ will also change the drawing window colors depending on if OSNAPZ is set to 0 or 1.

OsnapzBG Plus is based on our freeware OsnapzBG but adds ability to set any of the drawing window colors like those in the 3D parallel projection, 3D perspective projection or the command line context and interface elements.

OsnapzBG Plus usage

Friday, June 2, 2017

AutoCAD Architecture and MEP 2018.0.1 Update

The following defects have been fixed in AutoCAD Architecture 2018 and AutoCAD MEP 2018 according to the readme:

External Reference

  • Architecture object components set to display ByLayer, displays the Xref layer properties instead of the parent file layer properties.
  • Multi-View Blocks in external reference file display in color while plotting.

Migration

  • Few contextual tabs like Block Editor or Text Editor are missing from the Ribbon and CUI after migrating from previous release.

Object Enabler

  • Fixes file version issues for Object Enabler in AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP 2018 non-English products and AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP installed as part of Autodesk Suites."

In the About dialog box we can find the Product Version: 8.0.53.0 and if you want to find it using AutoLISP here’s how: How to know what service pack is installed for AutoCAD

The bug with the Ribbon tabs for apps is not solved.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

JTB LayoutsToDwgs freeware for AutoCAD

JTB LayoutsToDwgs is a freeware for AutoCAD that now is available with installer on Autodesk App Store.

If you have a multiple-layout drawing the LayoutsToDwgs command will save each of your layouts to a single-layout drawing. Model space is copied as is.
 
New drawings are named after the layouts, with a prefix and a suffix specified by you. Drawings are saved in source drawing folder.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.1 released

JTB CAD Automation Tools for AutoCAD has been updated to version 5.1 and got a couple of bugs fixed.

  • Fixed bug where Add drawings button may add a drawing on row 9
  • Fixed bug where processing of custom LSP files did not work as expected

If you love to use Excel spread sheets to make edits then JTB CAD Automation Tools is for you as you can do a lot of AutoCAD automation with help of Excel like creating new drawings based on templates, update title block attributes, inserts text, blocks or xrefs, run custom LSP files and much more.

Monday, May 29, 2017

AutoCAD 2016.0.10 Update

AutoCAD 2016.0.10 Update was released 04/28/2017 and is only available to download from the Autodesk Account or via Autodesk desktop app.

According to the readme this update contains all of the hotfixes released previously and applies to the following releases with the AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1 installed.

The following resolutions are addressed by the earlier hotfixes and this update:

2016 Hotfix 3

  • Occasional crashes when panning transparently in multiple viewports.
  • Performance problem opening files containing specific objects in AutoCAD 2016 may appear as if files cannot be opened.
  • Use of the LISP (command) function within the (mapcar) function results in VVC Internal Error.
  • Grip stretch doesn't work properly when DYNMODE equals value other than 2 or 3.
  • acedCallBackOnCancel is not detected for Lispcallable Functions.
  • Certain VBA Macros throw an execution error.
  • DWG file fails to insert into another DWG file.
  • Occasional crashes when when Copy/Paste a block by Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V.
  • Occasional crashes when opening AutoCAD in Windows 10.
  • AcSettingSync.exe launched when running OPTIONS command.
  • Annotations in Architectural Units format are changing to Decimal format.

2016 Hotfix 4

  • There is a security vulnerability with ATIL image files within a drawing.
  • The primary display adapter is not shown as the default in a Citrix environment.
  • Opening an Excel hyperlink resizes the AutoCAD application window to match the Excel sheet size.
  • Locked objects can be edited by Matchprop command.
  • Publish borders are cut off with certain sheet sizes.
  • Background masks are not ignoring the Xrefoverride setting.

2016.0.10 Update

  • Enterprise Single Sign On accounts are signed out when multiple users have the same credentials.
  • Cloud Rendering URLs are updated to the current https location.
  • Can initiate the 3dpoly command after undo without crashing.
  • STEPIMPORT imports the full STEP model in specific cases.
  • Sheet set publishing to PDF is faster.
  • F8 Key during an active command no longer freezes AutoCAD in Windows 10
  • Language switching between Korean and English works after using the move command.
  • Publish no longer cuts off the borders of A size paper.
  • Elliptical arcs do not display extra lines when plotting while shaded.
  • Keynote fields no longer lose the association to a value for editing Xref in place.
  • Edit block in place no longer crashes when Factory Utilities are loaded.
  • ECW images no longer display distorted after applying the ATIL update.

For AutoCAD 2016.0.10 _VERNUM (product version) is “M.107.0.26 (UNICODE)”

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How to rename Sheet Set or Sheet Custom Property names

This can’t be done in AutoCAD, GstarCAD or BricsCAD without deleting the Custom Property and adding a new one, loosing the values in the process.

One reason why you may want to rename the Custom Properties could be that you want to have them sorted in a special way and as the show up in sorted order and not in the order they are created you may want to use prefixes to force the sorting as you want it.

Custom Properties

The good news is that with our JTB DST Tool this can be done.

JTB DST Tool

After converting from DST to XML advanced edits can be made like renaming Sheet Set Custom Property names, Sheet Custom Property names, subset names, view category names and most anything else and then convert the XML back to DST. Edits of the XML can be done in Notepad or an XML editor.

Say there is a Custom Property name like “Project Name” that you want to change to “6 Project Name”.

Open the XML file and search for propname="Project Name" and replace it with propname="5 Project Name". Just make sure that only change on all places where the element is AcSmCustomPropertyValue as seen below. The GUID values could be different.

<AcSmCustomPropertyValue clsid="g8D22A2A4-1777-4D78-84CC-69EF741FE954" ID="g8F7DC303-A284-473B-8A92-BCE9B83B1D15" propname="Project Name" vt="13">

Here’s the result in AutoCAD after renaming a few Sheet Set Custom Properties.

Sheet Set Custom Properties

And if you want to use our SSMPropEditor it looks like below because it currently shows the properties in the order they were created. There are plans to be able to show them in either the order they were created or in sorted order.

SSMPropEditor

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Autodesk License Service 5.1.5 Hotfix 1

Product crash when communicating with Licensing Server – Hotfix is available.

Product users of version 2018 Autodesk single-user subscriptions may experience an intermittent crash. The crash occurs when it has been more than 24 hours since the last successful authorization check and there is intermittent or no internet connection, or the licensing authorization server is unavailable. The licensing authorization check occurs in the background and is completely unrelated to activities the user is performing at the time of the crash.
A fatal error  message may be shown by the product. For example:
 
FATAL ERROR: Unhandled e06d7363h Exception at ee563c58h

The error will likely be followed by a dialog requesting to submit the error report.

This affects all users of 2018 product versions on subscription with single-user access, on both Windows and Mac.

If you use AutoCAD 2018 make also sure to install AutoCAD 2018.0.2 Update if you have 2018.0.1 installed or it will cause the product subscription to expire on June 1st, 2017.

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