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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

JTB Layouts2PDF 1.0 AutoCAD app released

JTB Layouts2PDF for AutoCAD helps you print selected layouts with selected plot style to one pdf file. Your current Page Setup on each layout will be used. Free trial available.

Here’s the app in action:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

JTB Spot Elevation 1.2 AutoCAD app released

JTB Spot Elevation is an app to insert surveying Spot Elevation blocks and manage them on an Edit Properties spreadsheet.

Run SPINSERT command to insert Spot Elevation block. You can enter elevation value at command prompt or via a dialog window.

If your drawing have these spot elevation already drawn by lines and texts, you can run SPCONVERT command to convert these lines and texts to standard Spot Elevation blocks.

Run SPEDPROPS command to open a design spreadsheet window for editing many Spot Elevations all at once. On this spreadsheet, you can renumber Spot Elevations in increasing order, adjust their elevations by a specified distance, change their colors, scales, unit settings, and many more. This is a powerful command to manage Spot Elevation properties.

The free Trial version usage is limited to drawing file size of less than 700 objects only.

JTB Spot Elevation is available as an AutoCAD app on the Plug-ins or Add-ins tab.

More about and download for JTB Spot Elevation here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

AutoLISP error: no function definition: VLAX-ENAME->VLA-OBJECT

Have you got this error in AutoCAD running some command or app that is AutoLISP based?

First thing to ensure is that Visual LISP is loaded so run (vl-load-com).

Below shows a result that is expected and all is working. Note that the drawing needs to have at least one object in it.
Command: (vl-load-com)
Command: (vlax-ename->vla-object(entlast))
#<VLA-OBJECT IAcadLine 0000005ce02af728>

If you get below result then something is broken in AutoCAD.
Command: (vlax-ename->vla-object(entlast))
; error: no function definition: VLAX-ENAME->VLA-OBJECT

I have not got this problem myself but a repair or reinstallation of AutoCAD has helped a couple of customers, one with AutoCAD 2016 and another with AutoCAD 2017. Suspected cause of this could be having run some registry cleaner or anti-virus that deleted vital registry settings that AutoCAD needs. One had run Malwarebytes the day earlier.

There might be an easier remedy but until this is found you know what to do to solve this problem. If you haven’t install any recent service pack or hotfix (that comes with an installer) this might also be a solution.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

JTB Batch Change 1.4 for AutoCAD released

JTB Batch Change 1.4 is now released.

Updates in version 1.4:

  • Add ObjectDBX Disabled Mode to process drawings with proxy objects if Save Error happens in Normal Mode.
  • Fix bug in Import sheet - Find Value formula.
  • Add Xref Layer object.

In version 1.3 this was fixed and added:

  • Fix bug in Owner Name (the owner block's name) of Attribute Reference.
  • Add Width Factor and ObliqueAngle properties to Text, Attribute and Attribute Reference objects.

JTB Batch Change allows you to automate and batch process AutoCAD through Excel. Some examples of usage 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.

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 that want to save time doing manual work doing updates on many drawings.

JTB Batch Change is available as a trial.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

AutoCAD Architecture 2017 SP1

You might have noticed that verticals like AutoCAD Architecture 2017 are getting service packs. Either download via Autodesk Desktop App or from here: AutoCAD Architecture 2017 Service Pack 1.

Unlike the previous service packs, this service pack DOES NOT include AutoCAD 2017 Service Pack 1. Autodesk recommends that you install AutoCAD 2017 Service Pack 1 before installing AutoCAD Architecture 2017 Service Pack 1. Refer to the AutoCAD 2017 Service Pack 1 readme for more information. Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2017 Service Pack 1 without installing AutoCAD 2017 Service Pack 1 can cause unexpected issues. Some Architecture defect fixes require AutoCAD Service pack 1 to be installed.

Here’s from the readme:

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of the detailed information that we received from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, we were able to identify and fix a number of problems. Updates were made to the following commands and features:

Project Navigator

  • There were occasional crashes when opening a drawing which has camera view from Sheets tab in Project Navigator.

General Service Pack Updates

The following defects have been fixed:

AutoCAD Integration

  • Application hangs when switching between Model Space and Layout in some drawings.


  • Application hangs when a drawing is saved in Front view after creating a Section line.
  • Section line is seen as continuous linetype in Front view.

Project Navigator

  • New sheets created in Project Navigator do not appear until project is refreshed.

Display Representation

  • In some drawings the display is corrected.
  • In the "Display Properties" dialog box, transparency settings are not saved.


  • "Migrate from previous Release" option will suppress "Manage content Library" dialog in the Styles Browser.

Mass Element

  • Trimming or Splitting of mass elements does not work in non-default UCS.

Schedule Tables

  • Schedule table has incorrect results when converted or exported to an excel table.

See also

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

AutoCAD 2017 App Autoloader Hotfix

AutoCAD 2017 SP1 introduced an issue that caused many AutoCAD apps to not work, among them many of JTB World’s apps both on Autodesk App Store and on our website. As it will take a while for Autodesk to publish this hotfix I was allowed to make it available.

Download: AutoCAD 2017 Exchange App Autoloader from JTB World.

UPDATE: Autodesk has made the download available at their Autodesk Knowledge Network. Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2017 Exchange App Autoloader Hotfix

You can verify that this is a valid file from Autodesk by right-clicking on it and select properties and look at the Digital Signatures tab.

From the Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2017 Exchange App Autoloader Hotfix readme:

This Hotfix addresses a problem with Exchange Apps that target the AutoCAD 2017-based products.

Description of Problem

Exchange Apps may not display on the Add In tab after installing the AutoCAD 2017 Service Pack 1 if settings are reset. Commands for Exchange Apps may no longer work. Newly installed Exchange Apps might not load.

Affected Products

The following products are affected after installing the Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD-based products:

  • AutoCAD 2017
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2017
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2017
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2017
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2017
  • AutoCAD MEP 2017
  • AutoCAD P&ID 2017
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2017
  • AutoCAD Utility Design 2017

Installation Instructions

To install this Hotfix

You must have administrative privileges on your Microsoft® Windows® operating system to complete the installation process. For your security, it is strongly recommended that after you install this Hotfix, you restore your previous security setting rather than running under Administrative privileges.

This installation process requires you to modify an installed product, which may cause Windows security warnings to appear. For all Windows security warnings that appear during installation, click Continue.

We recommend that you update your Autodesk applications with the latest service packs or updates.

  1. Close all software applications.
  2. Navigate to the folder where your Autodesk product is installed.

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2017

  1. Right-click AcAutoLoader.crx and go to properties. On the Details tab check the file version. If the version is this hotfix should be applied. If the version is this hotfix has been applied.
  2. Right-click AcAutoLoader.crx and rename it as AcAutoLoader.bak. (Please note there is also an AcAutoLoader.arx file that you should not edit.)
  3. Download the Hotfix to a location on your local computer.
  4. Copy the downloaded file (AcAutoLoader.crx) from step 5 (from the 32-bit or 64-bit sub-folder depending on whether you have 32-bit or 64-bit software) to your product installation folder i.e. to the folder specified in step 2.
  5. Repeat step 3 to ensure the hotfix has been applied.

To remove this Hotfix

  1. Close all software applications.
  2. Navigate to the folder where your Autodesk product is installed,

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2017

  1. Delete AcAutoLoader.crx (the file you downloaded and installed).
  2. Rename AcAutoLoader.bak to AcAutoLoader.crx

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