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Sometimes there can be a reason why you want to change the application title in AutoCAD based products. It can be that you need to take nice screenshots for documentation for example. Instead of showing "Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 - UNREGISTERED VERSION" or "Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 - NOT FOR RESALE" you want it to show "Autodesk AutoCAD 2018" or something else. With JTB Change Title this can be done.
A variety of polylines created with the Spiro app in AutoCAD and its verticals.
Palette Auto-hide Speed is a freeware by JTB World. With it you can change the time it takes to show/hide or roll-up/roll-out the palette windows in AutoCAD when you have activated Auto-hide.
Here is when Roll-up and Roll-out are set to 0 to speed it up as much as possible.
Edit properties on multiple sheets belonging to Sheet Set Manager (SSM) for AutoCAD, GstarCAD and BricsCAD or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View with ease. If you want to change properties like a revision, date or name on two or more sheets at the same time SSMPropEditor is for you. Your productivity will increase and you will save time avoiding a lot of manual work.
Sheet Set Properties, Sheet Set Custom Properties, Sheet Properties and Sheet Custom Properties can be edited and bulk updated.
If you want to give it a try there is a free trial available.
SmartPurger 4.0 is released and here’s what’s fixed and updated:
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.
After I reported about the bug in the post AutoCAD Architecture 2018 and AutoCAD MEP 2018 New Feature Summary I got a workaround from Autodesk that I wanted to share:
Please see below workaround for the issue, suggested by our engineering team. You can enable the “Add-ins” Tab in the CUI and all the apps will be installed under this tab.
With the new DWG 2018 drawing file format be careful about if and when to upgrade and how it affects others involved, but in your team and customers.
Based on the “news” it seems like there’s only one developer left working for these products. Question is how long AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP will be around?
A bug managed to be introduced. It’s been in AutoCAD Architecture before. In the example below I have multiple apps installed and each app gets one tab named either Plug-ins or Add-ins.
Design Center has not been updated even though Autodesk Seek is no longer available. See image below. Not so much a vertical issue but rather an issue in vanilla AutoCAD.
Here are the “news” and it’s always nice to see some bugs to be fixed:
Approximately 400 new MVBlocks and block references are added to the metric content in the Design Center. The content includes lighting, furnishing, elevators, escalators, and electrical services.
Most AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP user interfaces are now optimized to work with high resolution monitors. As a result, dialog boxes such as the Style Manager and Display Manager dialog boxes, and palettes such as the Tool palettes and Styles Browser, scale correctly when you increase the text size in Windows display properties.
The value of the HPMAXLINES system variable has been optimized to reduce the time taken to open drawing files. The occasional crashes that occurred when opening and saving files, as well as when mirroring drawings containing Architecture entities are addressed.
Whenever an update is installed on AutoCAD Architecture 2018 or AutoCAD MEP 2018, the ribbon highlights the feature that was updated.
Projects addressing product reliability have resulted the following improvements:
System requirements found here.
One good news with AutoCAD 2018 is that “The file navigation dialog boxes for operations such as Open, Save, Attach and many others now remember the sort order of the column. If, for example, you sort by file size or reverse sort by file name, the next time you access that dialog box it will automatically display files using that same sort order.”
How it works in Windows Explorer / File Explorer. Show DWG properties like version, what software the dwg was created by and more.
If you only want to see the DWG version there is a freeware version of DWG Columns available as well.
A freeware version is available that only shows the DWG version.
Here’s a free system requirements analysis tool by Autodesk that can help to determine if your computer can run a particular Autodesk software product like AutoCAD or Revit.
“The Autodesk Prerequisite Checker analyzes the hardware and software environment of your computer and provides an output to let you know if you will be able to install and run a particular Autodesk product, or if you might run into difficulty.”
Read more about this tool and download it here.
It seems to have some issues though. Here’s what I found running a test on one machine. Obviously a horizontal resolution of 0 is incorrect.
It’s not yet been updated for Autodesk 2018 products.
The AutoCAD 2018.0.2 Update is now available for AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 through the Autodesk Desktop App,
or via the Autodesk Account.
But it’s not available on the Autodesk Knowledge Network site.
Here are the readme details:
The 2018.0.1 Update fixes described in this previous post are included. (This update was withdrawn some time after it was released)
New fixes in 2018.0.2 are:
More about AutoCAD 2018 here.
With the new Autodesk 2018 products the Autodesk Network License Manager does not need to be updated if you have version 18.104.22.168 or newer already installed.
But there are a few other new things that can be worth knowing.
For Collection Multi-User licenses: “Beginning with the 2018 release, package licenses will extend to 4 previous versions back to ease the process of transitioning from previous versions. The list of eligible previous versions and versions available for download on Autodesk account will continue to be the current version plus 3 previous versions.
For example, a package license for AutoCAD 2018 provides access to AutoCAD 2018 through AutoCAD 2014. Running an instance of any one of these versions consumes one license in the package. Running more than one version, even on the same machine, will consume more than one license in the package unless the license consumed is from an Industry Collection. Package licenses created for 2017 and earlier versions of Autodesk software contain current plus 3 previous versions.”
“Due to the new License Cascading behavior, users should launch the higher product first, then the lowest license after (i.e. Open Inventor Professional first, then AutoCAD afterwards). That way, the user would only consume 1 license.” Launching the lower product first will result in 2 licenses consumed.
“A multi-user Industrial Collection license will only consume a single license if the user launches different versions of the product within the collection on the same machine. For example if AutoCAD 2016 is launched with a Collection (multi-user) license and AutoCAD 2017 was also launched by the same user/machine, only a single license would be consumed.”
“If you have a combination of Subscribe and non-Subscribe products, DO NOT combine licenses into one file. They will need to be on different servers/workstations/virtual machines to avoid incorrect licensing count.”
For more details see this document Autodesk Licensing Changes and these links
Our page Autodesk Network License Manager has been updated as well.
JTB FlexReport works fine with the new Autodesk 2018 products. JTB FlexReport can help you to report on your license and product usage. See also our free JTB FlexReport LT product that shows the current usage in a nice HTML report.
Use the Get Feature Descriptions button in JTB FlexReport Config>Features or in JTB FlexReport LT to get the description for the new Autodesk 2018 feature codes that also are on our FlexNet Feature Codes page.