Monday, February 19, 2018

JTB Raster2OLE AutoCAD app to bind raster image files

AutoCAD has no Bind option available to bind raster images to a drawing.

In Revit when exporting to DWG all images are attached to the exported drawing as external references. This may be a problem with logotypes in the title block or other images.

In some projects you need to deliver your drawings without external references.

JTB Raster2OLE app for AutoCAD can help by binding all images in the current drawing or in multiple selected drawings. Free trial available.

JTB Text Bubble Plus 3.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Text Bubble Plus has been updated to support BricsCAD V18. The app also works with AutoCAD and GstarCAD.

With the app you can insert text bubbles to lines, curves, or draw leaders with it, or quickly make a schedule from text bubbles and/or other blocks. Incrementing of numbers or letters is done automatically.

Free trial available.

More about JTB Text Bubble Plus 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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JTB Align Plus 4.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Align Plus has been updated to support BricsCAD V18. This app also works in AutoCAD and GstarCAD. This app helps to align text and blocks to lines and curves. Check out all productivity features this app has at JTB Align Plus, a trial is available so you can give it a try.

Text will be aligned and placed at an the same offset distance as text in current dimension style. Block will be aligned and fit tangentially to curve. You can press TAB key or type F to flip aligned object(s) to either sides; Type O to move object(s) to specified offset distance; Type R to rotate object(s); Right click on line or curve to move object(s) rather than copy; Type U to undo previous action.

More interesting, if you pick on text or block, or on empty space, Match Text Content or Match Block command will run, help you easily manage your drawing's tags and symbol blocks.

Quickly line up texts and block's insertion points.

More about JTB Align Plus 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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JTB Layout Palette 2.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Layout Palette has been updated for BricsCAD V18. The app is also working for AutoCAD.

With this app you can manage drawings with many layouts easier in a palette.

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

There is a new Layout Manager in BricsCAD V18 why use this app:

  • it is not a palette. It is a modal form
  • click New layout and it add Layout8, Layout9 etc to the list instead of a 1, a 2, a 3 like JTB Layout Palette
  • It doesn't have sort A-Z, Z-A, Tab order
  • No filter

One thing in JTB Layout Palette is I make Edit Mode and non-Edit Mode. Only in Edit mode you can rename, select multiple layouts. In non-edit mode, clicking on a layout item mean make it current layout. This is a bit nuisance somehow. But at that time I might have some reasons, like I want single click instead of double click to activate layout. But while editing, user has to go up and down a lot and I don't want layout switching too many. etc.

Free trial version available that works for 30 days.

More about JTB Layout 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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JTB Layer Palette 2.0 for BricsCAD

JTB Layer Palette 2.0 comes with support for BricsCAD V18.

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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JTB Sort Table 2.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Sort Table has been updated to support BricsCAD V18.

This app allows you to sort data in AutoCAD or BricsCAD tables. Sort 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.

Just as easy as in Excel, you select the 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.

Free trial available.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

HVACPAC app for AutoCAD 2018

HVACPAC is an AutoCAD app for HVAC and Piping design work in 2D and 3D and is now also supporting AutoCAD 2018.

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

Free 30 day trial available at HVACPAC.

Monday, January 8, 2018

JTB FlexReport 11.0.4 released

JTB FlexReport 11.0.4 has been released.

Main news is: JTB FlexReport Core Setup updated to solve a problem where logging in some cases is not working for SQL Server. For more details see the revision history.

The upgrade is free for all customers with maintenance in place. If you would like to renew the maintenance to get access to this update please contact us.

Free trial of JTB FlexReport is available.

JTB FlexReport is a report tool for applications using the FlexNet / FLEXlm (flexlm license manager), IBM LUM (IBM License Use Management), DSLS (Dassault Systèmes License Server), SPLM (Intergraph SmartPlant License Manager), SLM/Sentinel LM/Sentinel RMS/Sentinel Protection Server/SafeNet Sentinel, LM-X, Solidworks SNL License Manager, T-Systems license manager product LICMAN, Vertex Systems, MathLM (Wolfram Mathematica license manager), RLM (Reprise License Manager), Ranorex, Venturis (TRICAD), Altium, Primavera from Oracle, GHSlm (Green Hills Software License Manager), LSTC-Dyna (LS-DYNA / Ansa / mETA / Livermore Software Technology Corporation), BETA LM (BETA CAE Systems), PKit license manager (PersonalQM / Method Park / Stages) or 12D software licensing.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

JTB FlexReport 11.0.1 released

JTB FlexReport 11.0.1 has been released.

Fixed error "Object reference not set to an instance of an object" that could show up. If you installed version 11.0, uninstall first the JTB FlexReport Core, JTB FlexReport Report Service and/or JTB FlexReport Process Monitor Service.

The upgrade is free for all customers with maintenance in place. If you would like to renew the maintenance to get access to this update please contact us.

Free trial of JTB FlexReport is available.

Monday, December 18, 2017

JTB FlexReport 11.0 released - license monitoring and statistics

JTB FlexReport 11.0 has been released. JTB FlexReport is a report tool for often expensive applications using various license managers like FlexNet, DSLS, SPLM, RLM, LM-X.

Do you want to optimize your software purchases for the future? JTB FlexReport is an inexpensive solution that will help you. By the license tracking JTB FlexReport does and the reports that can be produced JTB FlexReport will help you to manage and forecast future license usage and license usage trends at your company.

Here are some of the news:

  • Added support for GHSlm (Green Hills Software License Manager)
  • Added support for LSTC-Dyna (LS-DYNA / Ansa / mETA / Livermore Software Technology Corporation)
  • Added support for BETA LM (BETA CAE Systems)
  • Added support for PKit license manager (PersonalQM / Method Park / Stages)
  • Chart Client renamed to Report Client as it includes all list reports too
  • No need for MS Access to create detailed list reports as these have been added to the Report Client
  • The database has been size and speed optimized. The database structure is automatically updated

For a complete list see the revision history.

The upgrade is free for all customers with maintenance in place. If you would like to renew the maintenance to get access to this update please contact us.

Free trial of JTB FlexReport is available.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Connecting Rod and Piston Drafting Tutorial

Guest Article by Ethan Yakhin from Acuity Training on how to draw a Connecting Rod and Piston in AutoCAD.

NOTE: Measurements in tutorial not actual size of a Connecting Rod or Piston. However, the sizes are proportional.

This tutorial relies heavily on correct grid click and proper snap settings. Before beginning the tutorial, make sure your grid and snap setting look like this:

(Figure 1)

Your Object Snap settings should look like this:

(Figure 2)

Once your snap settings match mine, we will be ready to begin. We will be making a 2D representation of both a Piston, and a Connecting Rod. A Piston is a critical part of every car engine, and is a key part of the intake process. A Connecting Rod is a part that connects a Piston to a ‘crank’ or ‘crankshaft’.

PART 1: Connecting Rod (without) Piston

First, start by making a circle (C) with a radius of 3.5 inches. Make sure this circle is centered on a major grid point.

(Figure 3)

Next, you want to make a copy (CP) of our circle and place it in the same location as in Figure 4. Do not leave the CP command yet. With the snap settings we have set, it should be no trouble at all.

(Figure 4)

Add another copy at the location show in Figure 5. After clicking, you can leave the CP command.

(Figure 5)

Next, go back to the centre of the original circle, and make another one that has a radius of 3 inches.

(Figure 6)

It is going to get tricky now so make sure you follow the direction closely. Make a Line (L) with a start point on our first circle’s North Quadrant, and an end point 1’2” above that. Wait for further instruction before escaping the Line command.

Figure 7

With the Line tool still active, place your next click on the West Quadrant of the third circle we made.

Figure 8

Place your next click exactly 3” West. Then, finally, place your final click on the top of the first line we created. After this you can leave the Line Command.

(Figure 9)

You can delete the horizontal line. We won’t be needing it.

Refer carefully to Figure 10 for the next part. Using the Line tool (L), follow the clicks sequentially using the 4 endpoints circled in Figure 10.

(Figure 10)

Using the Trim tool (TRIM), select the 4 lines highlighted in Figure 11, and then press ENTER

(Figure 11)

After hitting ENTER, Select the outer parts of the left and right circle. Those part should, disappear leaving only an arc. Hit ENTER again to leave the Trim Command.

(Figure 12)

Delete the Vertical Line. We will not need it anymore.

Make a copy (CP) of our 2 center squares, and place it as show in Figure 13.

(Figure 13)

Scale (SCALE) the copy down to half of the original’s size. Make sure the centre point remains the same. After scaling it down, open up the Trim command againd. Select the outer circle and trim out every straight line that is within or above the 2 circles. You should end up with Figure 14.

(Figure 14)

Using the Line command, click the grid points circled in red in Figure 15, moving in numerical order. You may have to zoom in on Figure 15 to properly see all the numbers.

(Figure 15)

Often when designing things that involve arcs and straight lines missing, things end up a little deformed. To resolve this all that is need is proper adjustment. Move the endpoints of the 2 highlight lines from points 1 to points 2 (Figure 16), and trim the excess tips that are circled in Figure 17

(Figure 16)

(Figure 17)

Our Connection Rod is much better and now looks complete!

(Figure 18)

We have one last step, and the Connecting Rod (sans piston) will be complete. We still need to shade in the parts that aren’t hollow. Open up the Hatch Tool (HATCHADD). Choose any hatches you like and shade in every part except the inner 2 circles. Refer to Figure 19.

(Figure 19)

That’s how you do a Connecting Rod. All the arcs are properly centered around major gridpoints and this would be easy to even draft by hand, if needed.

PART 2: Connecting Rod (with) Piston

Now we will be going a Connecting Rod with the Piston attached. We will be working off our previous creation, so make a copy if you want to end up with both.

Select the top 2 circles, along with the hatch in between them, and then hit DEL to delete

(Figure 20)

Make a rectangle (RECTANG) following the endpoints of the one shown in Figure 21. Assuming your Object and Grid Snaps are still on, everything should work smoothly.

(Figure 21)

Select the Rectangle you’ve created and rest your mouse on the middle blue grabber of the bottom horizontal line. 3 options will pop up in a dialogue. Choose the one that says “Convert to Arc.

(Figure 22)

The radius of the arc doesn’t matter as much as it matters that it protrudes upward. Aim for something similar to Figure 23. It may be easier for you to turn off (F9) Grid Snap just for this part. Remember to turn it back on (F9) after. While the exact radius is not significant, it is better to make the arc as subtle as possible, and if you need to go back after and make it more evident you can. (EDIT: I actually ended up doing this later in the tutorial.)

(Figure 23)
Now what we are going to do is break apart (EXPLODE) the rectangle into individual lines and then delete the top horizontal line of the rectangle.

(Figure 24)

Copy the bottom arc we made onto the endpoints of the other lines. Use Figure 25 as a reference.

(Figure 25)

Note: I went back and made my arcs a little more arched after this.

Make a circle that has a half-inch radius and place it at the point shown in Figure 26.

(Figure 26)

Make 3 copies of the top arch and place the midpoint of each on one of the three red circles shown in Figure 27.

(Figure 27)

The only thing left to do is had the hatches to the Piston.

(Figure 28)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. See also the AutoCAD course for Architects with some free chapters.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Batch Attribute Editor app for AutoCAD - JTB BatchAttEdit

JTB BatchAttEdit is a new batch attribute editor app for AutoCAD from JTB World. The app collects attributes in all blocks of specified name patterns in multiple drawings and display in a wide spreadsheet. Then you can edit attribute texts as easy as working with Excel. Once done, click "Apply Attribute Changes" to update values to drawings.

This makes it a great app to for example edit title block attributes across many drawings instead of having to do it one drawing at a time.

JTB BatchAttEdit

Trial of JTB BatchAttEdit is available.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Autodesk University 2017 and automation

AU 2017 is going on right now. Autodesk's President and CEO, Andrew Anagnost, kicked off AU 2017 with a his and Autodesk’s perspective on automation through robots and software and the Future of Work. You can see the recording and other upcoming keynotes on the AU site. Interesting to see how Van Wijnen innovates in the way buildings are designed.

If you want to automate the design work at your company we at JTB World can help. We don’t create or use physical robots but our software still work the same by either doing the work for you or helping you with certain tasks. There are our existing software or we create customized apps based on your specific needs. It could be desktop solutions using AutoCAD, Revit or web/cloud solutions like Autodesk Forge or a combination. Feel free to contact us.

“We’ve been doing a ton of work with the LISP that you’ve developed for us, and happy to have it :)” – Customer doing roofing design

Here’s what a customer said about our SSMPropEditor: “Really wish I would have had this program several times in my career.  It would have saved me a ton of work.”

Monday, October 30, 2017

JTB DST Tool 1.4 released

JTB DST Tool has been updated to version 1.4. JTB DST Tool can merge, purge and convert Sheet Set DST files for AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD 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.

News in version 1.4:

  • Added ability to merge custom properties when DST files are merged.
  • Added network license feature.

If you’re interested in this app a free trial is available.

Existing customers of JTB DST Tool can upgrade for free.

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