Wednesday, January 18, 2017

JTB Layout Palette for AutoCAD or BricsCAD

JTB Layout Palette is a new app from JTB World that makes it easier to work with and manage drawings with many layouts or when the layout names are very long.

Run command LAYOUTPALETTE or click to the ribbon panel to Show or Hide the Layout Palette. You can quickly browse for layout, add, delete or edit name like working on a spreadsheet. This app is for you when there are too many layouts, or the layout names are too long to effectively work with out-of-the-box in AutoCAD or BricsCAD.

Quickly show only the layouts you want to see with filters.

Edit layout names

Moving and Sorting layouts

If you would like to try it visit JTB Layout Palette.

Monday, January 16, 2017

SmartPurger 3.9 released

SmartPurger 3.9 is released and here’s what’s fixed:

  • "Delete only files older than specified number days" setting did before not delete files as expected. This is not fixed.
  • Fixed error that caused SmartPurger to stop when path or files names were very long.
  • Fixed error that caused SmartPurger to stop when it reached certain folders that could not be accessed by the current user.

Download the update either as a customer or if you want a trial.

What is SmartPurger? SmartPurger can batch purge CAD drawings as well as run custom scripts (SCR or LSP). Delete old backup and other files you may not want to take up space. Works with AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD and possibly other DWG compatible software. And there are more features.

"You provided an excellent product in “SmartPurger”. This application suits us perfectly." - Clint Hill, that found these issues and also helped to test this version.

Friday, January 13, 2017

DWG Columns for Explorer 3.1 released

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated to version 3.1.

DWG Created By, DWG id, DWG Reg and DWG Build are new columns in DWG Columns.

DWG Created By (can for example show AutoCAD 2017 or Inventor 2017), DWG id (for example ACAD0001409 making it possible to see difference between a drawing created in AutoCAD or an AutoCAD vertical like AutoCAD Architecture. ODA can show for a DWG created with the Open Design Alliance API), DWG Reg (Version in registry, for example 210 that stands for R21.0) and DWG Build (AutoCAD build number, for example N5200x64).

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

If you are also a Revit user our RVT Columns shows the Revit version and Revit build for RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT files.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

JTB Sort Table for AutoCAD and BricsCAD

JTB Sort Table app by JTB World, sorts data in AutoCAD or BricsCAD tables, ascending or descending in selected columns.

If you are looking for a command on the Table Cell tab to sort data in your table, and can not find it, this app is for you.

Click to see animation of JTB Sort Table

Just as easy as in Excel, you select table or cells (in AutoCAD), run the SORTTABLE command or start it from the Add-ins or Plug-ins ribbon tab in AutoCAD or the JTB Sort Table ribbon tab or toolbar in BricsCAD, then select columns to sort them.

You can sort ascending or descending. Cells with blocks and merged cells also be sorted.

If you want to try it before buying it visit the app page JTB Sort Table.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

JTB FlexReport LT 1.4 freeware for FlexNet license status

JTB FlexReport LT 1.4 is now available also as an app for AutoCAD on Autodesk App Store.

JTB FlexReport LT is a freeware product from JTB World to create HTML reports on current usage of FlexNet/FLEXlm network licenses.

Screenshots from a sample HTML report. All users using a license will be listed, when the license was checked out and how many hours it has been used.

The aggregated list sums up multiple license servers and gives an overview of the features (applications/modules/packages), number of licenses issued, in use and available.

For historic reports in list and chart format see our JTB FlexReport product.

Friday, January 6, 2017

RVT Columns for Explorer on Autodesk App Store

RVT Columns can now be downloaded as trial from the Autodesk App Store site as well as be purchased from there.

With RVT Columns you can see the Revit Version and Revit Build in Explorer and File browsing dialog boxes.

Friday, December 23, 2016

AutoCAD 2017.1.1 Update

I just launched Autodesk Desktop App and noticed that last month (Nov 17, 2016) there was an update for subscription (maintenance and students) users only.


It’s not available on AutoCAD 2017 Downloads but on the other hand on the Autodesk Account.


According to the readme:

This AutoCAD 2017.1.1 and AutoCAD LT 2017.1.1 Update contains all of the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017.

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility:


  • Occasional crashes when creating a 3D polyline after an Undo.
  • Occasional crashes when switching to the Top View in some AutoCAD Architecture drawings.
  • Occasional crashes when selecting some objects after using Wblock on certain drawings.


  • Occasional crashes when closing some xrefs after you edit the referenced drawings in place.

General Update Content:


  • All lines were displayed as continuous in Excel when they were pasted from AutoCAD 2017 with hardware acceleration enabled.
  • The linetype might be missed on the Ribbon when switching to the light theme.


  • Pressing a Function key during an active command would freeze AutoCAD after updating to the Windows 10 anniversary edition.
  • Publishing might degrade performance when opening some projects in the Sheet Set Manager.
  • Importing certain DGN files might fail.
  • The bubble notification needed to be closed twice when switching to a 3D Visual Style.
  • Customized Edit menu settings might be removed after installing 2017.1 Update.

AutoCAD 2017.1 Update

Friday, December 16, 2016

JTB FlexReport 10.3 released

JTB FlexReport updates JTB FlexReport Core and JTB Process Monitor. See the revision history for details and download the installers.

With JTB FlexReport you can create many different reports of software and license usage so you are in a better position to have enough licenses at all times or split costs on departments or any group of users or computers.

Contact us to get a time limited license file for free.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.0 released

JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.0 is here.

JTB Sheet Set Creator is an app for Autodesk AutoCAD that creates new Sheet Sets and Sheets based on an Excel template for usage in Sheet Set Manager(SSM).

  • Sheet Set Properties can be populated.
  • Sheet Set Custom Properties can be defined, created and populated.
  • Sheet Properties can be populated.
  • Sheet Custom Properties can be defined, created and populated.
  • Sheets (drawings) can be defined, created and have their properties populated.

Here’s what’s new in version 2.0:

  • Add creation of subset
  • Add progression bar
  • New license activation method
  • Each sheet can be create from a specific template drawing
  • Add Label Block View, Model View Locations and Callout Blocks
  • Add feature to create multiple sheets in one drawing
  • Add option to replace empty sheet property to another text value

JTB Sheet Set Manager

Free trial is available for JTB Sheet Set Creator.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac here

AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac are here. User Interface updates, tool sets into two tabs and customizable, File tabs, importing PDFs and running multiple AutoCAD sessions side-by-side, Full Screen Mode and more.

Introducing AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac has all details.

AutoCAD 2017 for Mac

More about AutoCAD for Mac

Monday, December 12, 2016

RVT Columns for Explorer

RVT Columns for Windows Explorer is now available.

With it you can see the Revit version and Revit build in Windows Explorer / File Explorer columns.

Even in file dialog boxes within Revit. Now you can know the Revit version and Revit build before even opening the file.

Sort files in Explorer based on any of the columns available like the Revit version.

InfoTip (ToolTip) with version and build can also be seen when hovering over a file.

Supported extensions and file types are RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT.

Free trial of RVT Columns for Windows Explorer is available.

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

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