Monday, October 16, 2017

Data Extraction in AutoCAD shows DeleteMe in Excel

If you run into this there is an explanation in this Autodesk Community post. Here’s the result after running DATAEXTRACTION and making the output to Excel.

DeleteMe

I noticed the problem in AutoCAD 2018 and it seems like it is the same with older versions of AutoCAD too.

The solution is not a good one as you may put your computer in danger by uninstalling the Windows security updates.

We have become aware that Microsoft recently released some security updates for Windows operating systems. There are currently three updates that I am aware of that break functionality in Core AutoCAD and its connection with Microsoft Excel.  For instance, customers can expect that when running a Data Extraction and saving the results in an Excel spreadsheet, the first cell (A1) will display ‘DeleteMe’ and no other data will appear.

The three update numbers are:

The remedy at this point in time is to simply uninstall the security updates until a more permanent solution is determined. Removal should restore full functionality of the features.

Inventor 2015-2011 also appears to be affected. Removal of the security updates will restore functionality of placing such features as holes and threads. Another solution, to be taken at the customer’s own risk is to change the following registry key setting:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\Inventor\RegistryVersion XX.0\System\Preference\Part\UseExcelToReadthreadFile to 1

Thursday, October 12, 2017

JTB XClipClean 2.2 released

JTB XClipClean 2.2 for AutoCAD is now released.

JTB XClipClean is an Xclip-cutter app for AutoCAD to clean up xrefs or blocks that been clipped so that the information that is outside the clip is removed. This is useful when you need to remove hidden geometry and minimize DWG file size.

Here are the news in version 2.2:

  • Minor bugs fixed that could cause the app to not work in some environments
  • Added test to see if VBA and Express Tools are installed

The upgrade is free for customers of this app. If purchase was done via Autodesk App Store the download is available on My Downloads page. Sign in with the same account used when purchasing. Otherwise contact us for a link to download.

More about JTB XClipClean here.

What do you want automated in AutoCAD, Revit, BricsCAD or other CAD systems? We can help. Contact us with your inquiry.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

JTB FlexReport Services automatically stops – solution

Here’s a problem and solution I wanted to share that caused our network license monitoring solution JTB FlexReport (specifically the report Client/Service) not working.

Question: When using Test Service Engines I get the error: Please start the Services before testing. The remote name could not be resolved: 'localHost'. But I had started the services right before pressing the test buttons in the JTB FlexReport Service Configurator. The client configurator also shows error when testing service engines.

Another error showing in a dialog box and also in Windows Event Logs: Could not load type 'System.Runtime.Diagnostics.ITraceSourceStringProvider' from assembly 'System.ServiceModel.Internals. Version=4.0.0.0. Culture=neutral. PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35'.

When manually checking if the JTB FlexReport Auto Chart Service and JTB FlexReport Chart Service are running I find that they are not running and after starting them they stops directly.

.NET Framework 4.5 is installed.

Answer: This issue can be resolved by installing .NET Framework 4.5.2 or newer (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42642)
After that you will need to restart the server and the issue should be fixed.

Monday, October 2, 2017

AutoCAD Architecture 2018.0.3 Update

Another update for AutoCAD Architecture 2018 is released Sept 29, 2017. Get it via Autodesk Desktop App or from the Autodesk Account website. It’s not on the Autodesk Knowledge Network so it’s only for those on maintenance/subscription.

AutoCAD Architecture 2018

Issues fixed in 2018.0.3 according to the readme:

Project Navigator

  • Creating a new view from the Project Navigator in a zero doc state crashes the application.

Dialog Box

  • Detail Component Manager dialog box does not remember size and location.
  • Wall Style Properties dialog box does not remember size and location.

Security

  • LandXMLSDK.Aec.dll has been rebuilt with compiler security flags.

Export To AutoCAD

  • ExporttoAutoCAD using bind option does not migrate all architecture specific layers.
  • AutoCAD 2018 file format is missing in the application menu.

Section

  • BLDGSECTIONLINEGENERATE and 2DSECTIONRESULTREFRESH produces unexpected results when geometry is added to a building.
  • When section is generated on solids, some geometry is not shown in the section result.

User Interface

  • Wall objects are not displayed in 3D realistic view for some drawings.

In the About dialog box we can find the Product Version: 8.0.73.0 and if you want to find it using AutoLISP here’s how: How to know what service pack is installed for AutoCAD

Some other updates you may want to take a look at are AutoCAD MEP 2018.0.2 Update, Vehicle Tracking 2018.1 Update and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.1 Update.

Previous update AutoCAD Architecture 2018.0.2 Update and latest AutoCAD update AutoCAD 2018.1.1 Update.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.2 released

JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.2 for AutoCAD is released with these new features.

  • Network license implemented.
  • Added Default Plot Location to SheetSet Properties tab in the Excel template.

Trial download is here.

The upgrade is free for existing customers of this app. If purchase was done via Autodesk App Store the download is available on My Downloads page. Sign in with the same account used when purchasing. Otherwise contact and let us know you want the update and we send the link to the full version.

JTB Sheet Set Creator is an app for AutoCAD that creates new Sheet Sets and Sheets based on an Excel template.

  • 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.

If you make use of the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD you might find our other apps SSMPropEditor, DST Converter, JTB DST Tool or JTB Sheet Set Publish useful.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Palette Auto-hide Speed tips

With our Palette Auto-hide Speed freeware you can adjust how the palette roll-up/roll-out (show/hide or minimize/expand) for most palettes in AutoCAD and its verticals.

Here the tips: Set Roll-up to 0 (or higher if he want the palette to stay open longer after moving away from it) and Roll-out to a high value like 5000. Using this trick you either will need to click on the title bar of the palette to show it or wait 5 seconds hovering over it before it rolls out. 

Palette Auto-hide Speed 

Here’s an animation showing how it works and notice that just moving the mouse over the bar does not open the palette. It is first when clicking on the bar that the palette is opened.

Palette Auto-hide Speed animation

Give Palette Auto-hide Speed freeware a try and use your preferred settings.

What do you want customized or automated? Take a look what we can do and Contact us.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mastering AutoCAD Sheet Sets guide

Mastering AutoCAD Sheet Sets is made easier thanks to a guide R.K. McSwain (CAD Panacea blog) and Heidi Hewett (Autodesk) put together. 

Read the Mastering AutoCAD Sheet Sets series on the AutoCAD Blog here or if you don’t want to wait for all posts to be published, you can get it for free by downloading the Mastering AutoCAD Sheet Sets guide.

“Whether you design manufactured parts, maps, or buildings, the sheet set functionality in AutoCAD enables you to efficiently create, manage, and share your entire set of sheets from one convenient location. At first glance, the powerful functionality offered by the Sheet Set Manager may seem overwhelming but the good news is you don’t have to learn and implement all the functionality simultaneously.

We have developed this 60-page free e-book so you can immediately begin reaping the benefits of Sheet Set functionality. The eBook is structured to be self-paced, allowing you to progress through each level of implementation from the simplest to the most complex at your own speed. Spend just a few minutes each week or at your own pace until you’ve created a fully functional sheet set with minimum disruption to your current workflow.

The e-book is conveniently organized into 17 chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to create a new sheet set, how to transition to sheet set master and how to implement sheet sets for maximum efficiency.”

Sheet Set Manager (aka SSM) is available in AutoCAD since version 2005, in AutoCAD LT from version 2012, in BricsCAD V13 and newer, and GstarCAD 2015 and newer.

More resources about the Sheet Set Manager and some related apps from JTB World:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

AutoCAD 2018.1.1 Update

AutoCAD 2018 has got another update with bug fixes. This time the AutoCAD 2018.1.1 Update.

Either get it via the Autodesk Desktop App or Autodesk Account. Not publically available on Autodesk Knowledge Network.

Here are some details from the readme:

The AutoCAD 2018.1.1 Update contains all of the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2018 so the download is up to 452 MB depending on if it’s for AutoCAD LT, 32-bit or 64-bit.

AutoCAD Updates can be applied to AutoCAD installed as a standalone application and AutoCAD-based vertical products. You can install the AutoCAD update in addition to any applicable updates for your vertical products listed below.

AutoCAD and Vertical Products:

  • AutoCAD 2018
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2018
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2018
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2018
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2018
  • AutoCAD MEP 2018
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2018
  • Advance Steel 2018

After applying this patch, the Product Version in the About box will be listed as O.154.0.0 AutoCAD 2018.1.1 Update. If you use one of the vertical products, the Built On version will be listed as O.154.0.0 AutoCAD 2018.1.1 Update. _VERNUM returns "O.154.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only). When installed it shows up as version 22.0.154.0 in the list of installed updates in Windows.

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 several defects with the following results:

  • Occasional crashes when opening the block editor no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when selecting or creating a non-associative hatch no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when clicking the Insert View button on the ribbon in some drawings no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when modifying certain dimension styles no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when editing the grip of a spotlight in some drawings no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when opening DXF files containing Xrefs no longer occur.

Several additional defects have been fixed with the following results:

Blocks

  • The attribute position of a block remains the same after editing the block.

PDF/Plot

  • PDF files plotted from certain drawings now display correctly in Adobe Reader.
  • Hatch patterns in PDF files are consistent with lineweight.
  • Raster images are plotted correctly when Shadeplot is set to the Rendered option.

General

  • The AEC property-set data in DWG files can be successfully exported to 3D DWF files.
  • Certain Pro/E files can now be successfully imported into AutoCAD.

Monday, August 21, 2017

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.3 released

JTB CAD Automation Tools for AutoCAD has been updated to version 5.3 and got a bug fixed.

  • Fixed bug in AUTOINS command that showed error "no function definition: XREFPATHTYPE".

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 (useful for electrical diagrams and more), update title block attributes, inserts text, blocks or xrefs, run custom LSP files and much more.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to fix problem with multiple ribbon tabs for apps in AutoCAD

Have you run into the problem with apps (plug-ins or add-ins) showing up in separate ribbon tabs? AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D and possibly other AutoCAD verticals have this problem.

I noticed this problem in also AutoCAD Architecture 2018. Note even the updates have fixed this.

Steps to solve this were found here.

(Note that Steps 2-4 are not necessary for 2015 and newer, though you may just want to check that the alias is there.)

1. Open the Customize User Interface (CUI) dialogue box by typing the CUI command (or choose Customize from the Workspace drop down list)

2. Under Customizations in All Files, and All Customization Files, expand Ribbon > Tabs and select Add-Ins

3. Under Properties > Advanced, click on the [...] that appears next to Aliases

4. Type ID_ADDINSTAB in the Aliases dialogue box, then click OK

5. Under Customizations in All Files, expand Workspaces and select [Your Workspace]

6. Under Workspace Contents, click on Customize Workspace (the Workspace Contents values should turn blue)

7. Under Customizations in All Files, scroll down and check the box next to "Add-Ins" (under Ribbon > Tabs)

8. Under Workspace Contents, click Done

9. Under Customizations in All Files, expand Partial Customization Files

10. Right-click each plug-in .CUIX that you have and choose "Unload..." (examples of plug-ins are: SKETCHUPIMPORTSKP, CHRONICLE, APPMANAGER

11. Click OK at the bottom of the CUI dialogue box

12. Make sure to select Add-ins from the left pane and change Show to Yes

13. Restart AutoCAD

Much better:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Altair HW monitoring with JTB FlexReport tip

Altair HW now uses almutil.exe, take copy of this file and rename to lmxendutil.exe and put in the JTB FlexReport folder and point to the location of it in JTB FlexReport Config>LM-X.

With JTB FlexReport you can report on and monitor license usage.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

AutoCAD Architecture 2018.0.2 Update

AutoCAD Architecture 2018.0.2 Update was released Aug 1, 2017 and comes with these fixes. Get it via Autodesk Desktop App or from the Autodesk Account website. It’s not on the Autodesk Knowledge Network so it’s probably only for those on maintenance/subscription.

  • Fatal error caused due to unwanted increase in windows graphic objects during AEC object insertion.
  • The viewport layers do not stay frozen on MVBlocks. Related to External References.
  • AEC Objects in Xref with display override frozen in viewport still plot.

Readme

In the About dialog box we can find the Product Version: 8.0.60.0 and if you want to find it using AutoLISP here’s how: How to know what service pack is installed for AutoCAD

See also AutoCAD Architecture and MEP 2018.0.1 Update and AutoCAD 2018.1 Update.

Monday, July 31, 2017

AutoCAD 2017 Model Documentation Hotfix

An AutoCAD 2017 Model Documentation Hotfix has been released. Get it and ready about it here. The download is 143 MB. Not available via Autodesk Desktop App and Autodesk Account.

This Hotfix resolves multiple issues when using views in conjunction with the model documentation feature.

AutoCAD Model Documentation

This Hotfix applies to the following: All publicly released 64-bit versions of Autodesk AutoCAD 2017 and Autodesk AutoCAD 2017-based vertical products.

When installed it shows up with version 21.0.451.0 among installed updates in Windows.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

AutoCAD 2018.1 Update

AutoCAD 2018.1 Update is here and comes with some good new features and some bug fixes.

If you start AutoCAD you may see this notification

AutoCAD Notifications

Autodesk Desktop App

Autodesk Desktop App

Autodesk Account

Autodesk Account

Here’s the full readme and below is partly an excerpt from it:

The AutoCAD 2018.1 Update contains all of the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2018.

AutoCAD Updates can be applied to AutoCAD installed as a standalone application and AutoCAD-based vertical products. You can install the AutoCAD update in addition to any applicable updates for your vertical products listed below.

AutoCAD and Vertical Products:

  • AutoCAD 2018
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2018
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2018
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2018
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2018
  • AutoCAD MEP 2018
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2018
  • Advance Steel 2018

After applying this patch, the Product Version in the About box will be listed as O.107.0.0 AutoCAD 2018.1 Update. If you use one of the vertical products, the Built On version will be listed as O.107.0.0 AutoCAD 2018.1 Update. _VERNUM returns "O.107.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only). When installed it shows up as version 22.0.107.0 in the list of installed updates in Windows.

New Feature and Feature Enhancement Summary

The following table summarizes the new features and enhancements provided in this Update. For detailed information, consult the AutoCAD 2018.1 Update Preview Guide and this YouTube video.

Feature
New Feature or Feature Enhancement
Feature Comments
Xref Layers Override New Feature

Improvements to Xref Layers make it easier to identify overrides and restore them to their default values.
System variables: VISRETAINMODE, XREFLAYER, LAYEROVERRIDEHIGHLIGHT
Xref Layers Override

Toggle Override Highlight

A new system variable, XREFLAYER, allows you to specify a default layer on which to place attached Xref files regardless of which layer is set as current.

When you rename or delete an Xref layer in the Xref drawing, it will automatically be renamed/deleted when you reload it in the host drawings.

VISRETAINMODE (System Variable) controls the behavior of VISRETAIN system variable when you set it to 1. Use this system variable in conjunction with the VISRETAIN and the XREFOVERRIDE system variables to control which xref layer property overrides you want to automatically sync on reload. See online help for more.

LAYEROVERRIDEHIGHLIGHT (System Variable) Toggles the visibility of the background color highlighting for layers that have overrides.

Views and Viewports New Feature

A new Named Views panel is added to the View tab to make it easy to create and restore named views from the ribbon, and to create scaled views and viewports for your layouts. The new layout viewports are automatically assigned a standard scale that can easily be changed from a new scale grip on the viewport.
Primary commands: MVIEW, NEWVIEW

Insert View

Viewport Grip Enhancements

Viewport Grip Enhancements

NEWVIEW (Command) Saves a new, named view from the display in the current viewport, or by defining a rectangular window.

High Resolution Monitor Support(High Pixels per Inch) Feature Enhancement Supports additional dialog boxes. Palettes and icons are correctly adjusted to the Windows setting for the display scale.

For the best results, use the Windows 10 operating system and a compatible video card.

More than 200 dialog boxes and other User Interface elements have been updated to ensure the best possible viewing experience on 4K displays and higher.

3D Graphics Performance Feature Enhancement

Work on performance continues to optimize the speed of 3D display for the Wireframe, Realistic, and Shaded visual styles. Increases in graphics performance will vary depending on the size and content of the 3D DWG files. For the best results, use these 3D visual styles in their default states on a 64-bit machine with a compatible graphics card.
Primary Commands: 3DORBIT, ZOOM, PAN, VSCURRENT    

Measuring the frames-per-second performance in six large benchmark models, the median FPS performance increase in AutoCAD 2018 Update was 175% faster (2.75x) than the FPS in AutoCAD 2017, and 37% faster (1.37x) than in AutoCAD 2018 (pre-update).

Plot and Preview offer significant performance improvements for drawings with missing SHX fonts.

Defects fixed

  • Occasional crashes when switching the visual style to 3D after using the PDFCLIP command no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when right-clicking the drawing from the Start tab no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when saving to the AutoCAD 2004/LT 2004 Drawing format or an earlier format no longer occur.
  • The properties of complex linetypes are now supported by standards files (.dws).
  • AutoCAD no longer hangs on Windows 10 when copying objects between AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD 2017.
  • Crossing Window and Fence selection can select objects that are not on the current UCS XY plane.
  • The Digital Signature Warning dialog box does not display on every save or autosave operation.
  • Plot preview performance is improved on some drawings that previously were slower than expected.

Quote from the readme: “Your reports gave us the opportunity to improve the product for everyone's benefit.” Well, not really everyone. Unfortunately these defects are not deemed serious enough (Severity: High according to Autodesk Account) to be made available to customers without paid maintenance/subscription. See also Steve Johnson’s blog post.

More about AutoCAD 2018.1 Update here.

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