Friday, January 2, 2015

JTB Current Folder for AutoCAD released

Do you spend time to locate the current drawing’s folder in AutoCAD’s file dialog boxes? No need anymore.

With the help of JTB Current Folder every time you want to open a drawing, or attach external references, insert drawing as block or want to create a block, you will have a Current Folder item on the left of your file selection dialog box (in the custom places area). The Current Folder will bring your active drawing's path, which other ways is often several clicks away, to just 1 click away at your finger tip.

Give JTB Current Folder a try and see for yourself how convenient it is.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Engco for rebar detailing

The Engco for rebar detailing application is a very easy-to-use tool for rebar detailing in Reinforced Concrete. This application includes five main windows for input of Foundations by all types, columns (all shapes), Beams (Continues and simple beams), Walls elevations, and Around Openings rebar.

This main program allows producing the rebar shop drawings as AutoCAD drawing (dwg) along with automatically generated bar bending schedules (BBS) as Excel Sheet to ease the modifying process which reduces error risk to almost zero.

If you want to know more please visit the product page.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Autodesk Exchange Apps for all users

Have you installed an app from Autodesk Exchange Apps and found that it’s only installed for the current user but you want it available for all users logging in on that computer?

Here’s a simple trick that works if you have AutoCAD 2013 or newer.

Normally apps are installed within this folder
%appdata% can be a location like C:\Users\jtb\AppData\Roaming\ but instead of jtb it is the Windows user login name.

The app folder can be named like JTBW-SSMPropEditor.bundle so move this .bundle folder to
(expanded it can be C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins).

After that the plug-in will show up on the Plug-ins tab for all users on that computer.

Note that you can paste a folder path like %programdata%\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins to the File Explorer address field or press Windows+R, paste it and press ok.

Monday, October 27, 2014

JTB FlexReport web report demo

JTB FlexReport is JTB World’s license monitoring and reporting system supporting among others FlexNet (FLEXlm), Sentinel, RLM, LM-X and other license systems.

JTB FlexReport web report demo is now available to try in beta version.

Visit to try the web report demo. Note the dates for available data to report on. To learn more about the reports and functionality see the Chart Client documentation. It works pretty much like the current Chart Client but gives the option to run reports in a web browser and it’s hopefully easier to get started with thanks to the wizard that is activated by default. It also works on mobile devices.

Soon it will be made available for customers to set up in their own environment and with their own database.

Please contact us if you run into any issues or have any comments on this functionality.

Example of usage: Start with Report Settings and select the Report Type you like to use as well as Date Range and some other settings. Scroll down and click on Next.

If Continuous Line Report Type is selected you have two choices, Feature Server or Detailed. Use Feature Server if you want to select only Features, Servers or groups of them. To also select Hosts, Users and groups of them select Detailed.

Click on Generate Chart and here’s the result:

See more about JTB FlexReport here.

AutoCAD for Mac 2015 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015

AutoCAD for Mac 2015 is here and is catching up with AutoCAD for Windows.

Key new enhancements include:

  • Dynamic Blocks. Mac users gain the ability to create and edit Dynamic Blocks—a capability previously limited to Windows users. This feature enables them to insert one block that can change shape, size, or configuration instead of inserting several static blocks.
  • Layer States. Mac users can also now save their layer settings as Layer States, which store information like color, linetype, and information about whether a layer is turned off, frozen, or locked. Prior to the 2015 releases, Mac users were unable to view any of the layer states information their Windows colleagues had embedded within a drawing.
  • Data Linking. Users who need to link a table to data in a Microsoft Excel file can use the new Data Linking feature, and their table will automatically update as external changes are made. This feature is especially helpful when managing large amounts of information about things like materials or fixtures.
  • Quick Select. The Quick Select tool allows users to quickly select objects based on query criteria, enabling users to easily select exactly what they need in their drawing. The Quick Select tool also includes a “preview” option so that users can see what they’re about to select before they commit to the selection.

Read Full Release

Look here if you are interested in upgrading your operating system to Mac OS® X v10.10 (Yosemite) and want to know if AutoCAD for Mac products are compatible.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4

For Revit users there are a bunch of good reasons (see below at Update Enhancement List) to install the 2015 Update Release 4:

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit MEP 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit Structure 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit LT 2015 Update Release 4

Note: Once Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4 is installed, Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 for Subscription Customers will not be able to be installed. If you are an Autodesk Subscription Customer, please refer to the Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 subscription download page prior to installing Autodesk Revit Structure 2015 Update Release 4.

Autodesk Revit 2015 R2

Release Date: 2014-09-17

With Autodesk® Revit® 2015 R2, Autodesk Maintenance and Desktop Subscription customers get access now to new features that add powerful capabilities, make Revit perform faster, and can improve modeling productivity. Fully compatible with Revit 2015 releases, Revit 2015 R2 installs without disrupting ongoing work in Revit 2015.
Power: Revit 2015 R2 includes new features that enable you to do more with Revit.

  • Share more accurately predicted energy performance information in custom dashboards with Project Solon integrated into Revit.
  • Use existing geometry in a linked IFC model as a reference for dimensions, alignment, snapping, and hosting of some families in a Revit model.
  • Troubleshoot models better with the Reveal Constraints mode making all dimension alignment constraints in a view visible.
  • Explore visual programming with the Dynamo interface for computational design which now installs with Revit so you can more easily enhance and extend the power of the Revit API.

Performance: Autodesk Revit R2 meets requests for faster software performance with the goal of making your work easier.

  • Edit and regenerate complex toposurfaces, subregions, and building pads.
  • Get better performance of the energy analytical model in Revit, with Revit R2 using less memory when analyzing large models.
  • Experience faster updates to views that contain multiple instances of families.
  • See faster display of Revit links within views.

Productivity: You’ll welcome multiple enhancements in Revit R2 designed to improve your modeling and work productivity.

  • Work in perspective views, making quick adjustments without having to change views with some modeling capabilities now available in perspective views.
  • Save more time by editing multiple wall joins together
  • Find content more quickly with Search capabilities in the Type Selector and all drop-down lists.
  • Navigate PDFs exported from Revit more quickly with hyperlinked views.
  • Experience easier interaction with structural elements through user interface improvements.
  • Improve productivity with more streamlined Rebar modeling and shop drawings creation.


Update Enhancement List

* Indicates an issue that was reported by a Revit user.

** Indicates an issue resolved within the Multi-Category Schedules Hotfix for Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3.

Improvements made in Update Release 4 build (20140903_1530):

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015 Updates

· Updates graphics certification file.

· Improves visual display of filled regions, loss of color and pattern, when view is set to Realistic display style.*

· Improves export of fill patterns on transparent faces.*

· Improves stability when family-related corruption is encountered.*

· Improves transmitting models with multiple external linked files stored on Revit Server when using eTransmit.*

· Improves stability while tab-selecting into an element to add detail lines using the Pick Lines option.

· Improves stability when using names longer than 128 characters in the Family Types dialog.

· Improves stability when deleting an element that is in an invalid state.

· Improves stability when clicking the door type preview button in some upgraded models.

· Improves visual fidelity with surface types which contain singularities.

· Improves stability when using file upgrade operations.*

· Ensures the file name is populated within the upgrade dialog box.*

· Improves stability when splitting a wall with an edited elevation profile.

· Improves stability when iterating different wall join configurations.

· Improves stability when splitting a wall.

· Improves data integrity with Multi-Category schedules which include elements from a linked file.**

· Improves stability when trying to rotate a view during the placement of the view on a sheet.

· Improves stability when trying to Tag All in a view of a workshared model that is owned by another user.*

· Improves stability when a user edited a wall structure with the preview window open.

· Improves stability when placing a wall in files upgraded to Revit 2015.

· Improves stability when multiple users try to modify the same family in a workshared environment.

· Corrects the abundance of standard materials being created when repeatedly loading a family.

· Improves stability when editing wall joins.

· Improves stability when cancelling an IFC Link during the insertion of new IFC links.*

· Corrects the behavior of placing families in a project when the family type selector is expanded.

· Improves stability when adding a family to a design option set when the family type selector is expanded.

· Improves the visual fidelity of point clouds sections which have Far Clipping set to "Clip with Line."*

· Corrects the placement of an image or any element containing an image (such as a schedule) on a sheet when Autodesk Revit is installed on Windows 8.1.

· Improves stability when exporting to IFC with the second level space boundaries option enabled.*

· Improves visual fidelity of level head symbol within a legend view after file upgrade.*

· Improves stability when pressing Ctrl+Tab in the Material dialog.

· Improves stability when loading the layer export setting from a file.*

· Improves stability if the model was missing its revisions settings data.*

· Improves data integrity after saving a workshared model in Revit LT.*

· Improves visual fidelity of Space Tags placed on linked files after reopening a model.*

· Improves stability when reloading a circular nested family.

· Improves stability for WARP device.

· Improves visual fidelity of point clouds.*

· Improves exports with include images.

· Improves stability when modifying wall type layers of large thickness.

· Improves data integrity during worksharing Reload Latest when one user places the first instance of a family and another user renames the family.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 Updates

· Improves stability when running Heating Cooling Loads.

· Improves printing and exporting electrical families when the project base point is covered.*

· Improves visual fidelity for flex duct and flex pipe when rotating the view true north.*

· Improves data integrity for Duct Radius Elbow/Taps velocity parameter in Properties Palette and within Tags.*

· Corrects the length value of a beveled tap when it is calculated by a formula.*

· Improves MEP fitting sizing when based upon content settings.*

· Improves stability when changing system types.

· Improves display of selected electrical equipment families within the type selector.*

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 Updates

· Improves stability when upgrading a project with the structural setting Check for Member Supports enabled.*

· Improves stability when creating an automatic beam system which results in short Joist elements.*

· Improves data integrity of column families location when a Revit model is inserted as a group.

· Improves stability when editing the base offset of a column.

· Improves stability when placing a structural column using improper family parameters.

· Improves stability when changing a variable floor layer to use the function ‘Structural Deck’.

Autodesk® Revit® API 2015 Updates

· Improves reliability of retrieving the current selection in an API Dockable Pane.*

· Restricts the deletion of the drafting solid fill pattern from a model by any method, including the API.*

· Improves API behavior to reflect the user interface by enabling the API user to 1) open a local model when ignorable worksharing exceptions occur, such as a central model missing; and 2) open a host model (local or central) when ignorable worksharing exceptions occur on loading the linked model, such as a linked model missing.*

· Improves stability when errors are posted during calling API Document.SynchronizeWithCentral by addons.*

· Corrects the API by changing the exception from SEHException to OperationCanceledException for API Selection.PickBox.*

· Improves stability when the Pick Points API was invoked from within a Dockable Frame.*

Improvements made in Update Release 3 build (20140606_1530):

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015 Updates

· Improves performance when placing a large number of adaptive components.

· Updates graphics certification file.

· Improves multi-reference annotation tag grouping when tags contains more than one label.

· Improves preview image retention when families are saved in Project Browser.

· Improves stability of Revit user interface.

· Improves stability when opening Revit project by double-clicking RVT files in Windows Explorer.

· Enables display of project names containing apostrophes in Energy Simulation dialog.

· Improves stability of Energy Simulation when project includes sandwiched Revit elements.*

· Improves stability of rendering in the cloud when the selected view is missing light group data.

· Improves stability of Suite Workflows after double-clicking Workflow Manager.

· Improves rendering results when adaptive components are rendered in the cloud.

· Improves stability when upgrading legacy Revit projects.*

· Improves data integrity when copying or reloading groups that contain shared nested families between projects.

· Improves stability when loading a family while adding a Family Type parameter.

· Improves stability when editing a filter that is owned by another user.

· Improves performance when saving new central file to Revit Server.

· Improves data integrity in projects that contain large elements, such as ImageHolders.*

· Improves stability while opening IFC files.*

· Improves performance when editing masses with applied divided surfaces.

· Improves stability when exporting to SAT format with projects that contain linked files.

· Improves stability during use of the Paste command.

· Improves stability when opening IFC files and modifying Phasing settings.*

· Improves data integrity when swept surfaces are exported to SAT format.*

· Improves stability while exporting to ODBC database when project is missing assembly code settings.

· Improves data integrity in projects created from UK templates.

· Improves stability when canceling out of worksharing permission error while in Design Options.

· Improves stability when closing the Rendering dialog.

· Improves data integrity when closing a local file without synchronizing with central.

· Improves stability when creating material takeoff and then adding parameters.

· Improves stability when exiting Revit.

· Allows proper display of schedules on sheets when fields are sorted or grouped.*

· Allows proper display of selected elements when shadows are enabled in view.

· Improves stability when opening projects that include corrupt families.

· Improves data integrity when copying elements between projects.

· Improves stability when deleting family types from Project Browser.

· Improves stability when working with workshared files.

· Improves results when angular equality constraint

· Improves data integrity when default material for a host that is used by families is deleted.

· Improves stability when importing DWG files.

· Improves stability when exiting Revit while Ray Trace visual style is active.

· Improves stability when working with point clouds.

· Improves stability when loading nested families while in Family Editor.

· Improves stability when editing groups.

· Improves regeneration of families that include a reporting parameter.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 Updates

· Improves calculated airflow results when using a combination of imperial and metric units.

· Improves performance when working with mechanical and piping systems.

· Allows ducts to retain proper alignment after elevation of levels is modified.*

· Improves data integrity when using the Pipe Sizing tool.

· Improves consistency of undo/redo commands while editing a panel schedule template.

· Improves stability when generating pipe layouts.

· Improves data integrity of piping systems when calculation level is set to volume only.

· Allows proper updating of circuit numbers after circuits are moved in panel schedule.

· Allows proper assigning of ASHRAE tables to duct fittings.

· Allows proper display of 3-pole circuits in panel schedules.

· Allows proper retention of circuit loads after assigning a space circuit in a panel schedule.*

· Allows proper retention of circuit assignment after synchronizing with central.*

· Allows taps to remain connected to main duct when taps and ducts reside on different levels and then levels are modified.

· Allows proper updating of electrical fixture parameters when dependent on volts/poles instance parameters.

· Allows duct transitions to remain connected after changing the duct size.*

· Improves stability when dragging cable tray and/or conduit.

· Allows proper connection between circuit and panels to be retained when editing circuit information and panel schedules.

· Improves stability when creating in-place masses while System Browser is open.

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 Updates

· Improves retention of beam annotation settings in projects that were not created from a template.*

· Improves results when mirroring rotated beams and columns.*

· Improves appearance of intersections between concrete beams and walls.*

· Improves stability when editing slanted columns.

· Improves stability when moving shape handles on bar joists while in a section view after disallowing joining.

· Improves stability when using the beam Change Reference tool.

· Improves results when modifying the cross-section rotation of vertical braces.

Autodesk® Revit® API 2015 Updates

· Improves retention of device connections when using Wire.Create to create new wire connecting to a device.

· Improves display of wire connection points when using Wire.ConnectTo and Connector.Connect.

· Enable changes to MEPSystemType.CalculationLevel via public API.

· Level parameter correctly set when elements are placed via NewFamilyInstance().

· Improves retention of parameters in line boundary condition objects.

· Improves stability when using CompoundStructure.SetLayers.*

· Allows proper assignment of a Phase Created value when using DirectShapes.

· Improves alignment of text created via API.

· Improves stability when the API is in Automatic TransactionMode.

Improvements made in Security Release build (20140323_1530):

· Addresses Heartbleed vulnerability - a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library. Heartbleed is registered in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures system as CVE-2014-0160.

For more information, please visit the CVE dictionary at

Improvements made in Update Release 1 build (20140322_1515):

Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2015 Updates

· Improves data integrity when editing nested families.

· Improves stability when editing nested families.

· Improves stability when editing when expanding schedule columns.

· Improves upgrade of projects which contain rebar elements.

· Removes format constraints for assembly codes.

· Improves data collection when Customer Involvement Program is enabled.

AutoCAD Architecture 2015 Service Pack 2

Following AutoCAD 2015 SP2 comes AutoCAD Architecture 2015 Service Pack 2 that as well includes what’s been fixed in vanilla AutoCAD.

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD Architecture 2015 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD Architecture 2015 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites and bundled product.

  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2015

AutoCAD Architecture Updates in SP2:

Tool Palettes

  • AutoCAD Architecture tool palettes reset to plain "AutoCAD" tool palettes after restart.


  • When importing IFC files to AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP, some MEP entities do not get imported.


  • Lines erased from 2D sections get added again after refresh.

Wall object

  • Walls do not cleanup correctly in the 3D Model view if the crossing angle of the walls is a small fraction of a degree more or less than 90 degrees.

You might find these AutoCAD vertical updates useful too:

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 Service Pack 2

AutoCAD Mechanical 2015 Service Pack 2

AutoCAD MEP 2015 Service Pack 2

SP2 includes what’s in AutoCAD Architecture 2015 Service Pack 1 too.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 2

AutoCAD 2015 SP 2 is available for download via Autodesk Application Manager.

Service Pack 2 includes all of the updates from Service Pack 1. Service Pack 2 can be installed on either the original version or the Service Pack 1 version of AutoCAD 2015 or AutoCAD LT 2015.

The Readme tells what’s new with SP2:

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility


  • Occasional crashes when inserting a parametric block from a tool palette.
  • Occasional crashes when using the ribbon to insert blocks.


  • Occasional crashes when using Paste Special after capturing an image by Alt + Print Screen key combination.
  • Occasional crashes when opening a file with embedded TIFF images.

New Tab

  • Occasional crashes when closing drawings created from a New Tab.



  • Occasional crashes when panning with middle mouse button immediately after selecting.


  • Occasional crashes when using the AutoStack feature while editing dimension text.
  • Occasional crashes when copying or moving the drawing that contains shx font.


  • Occasional crashes when offsetting a spline.
  • Occasional crashes in AutoCAD LT when the Group Manager is left open.
  • Occasional crashes when closing the drawing after the second block insertion if the visual style is set to Realistic.
  • Occasional crashes when panning the drawing in 3D visual style.
  • Occasional crashes when exiting AutoCAD (additional to those in SP1).
  • Occasional crashes when starting AutoCAD after setting the PATH environment variable.

The following defects have been fixed:

3D Modeling

  • In certain cases, Subtract doesn't work for regions.
  • In certain cases, Slice doesn't work for the 3D solid with parts that do not touch.

3D Navigation

  • In certain cases, Zoom using 3D Connexion device doesn't work properly for some models.


  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes when creating classic array for the object with geometry constraints.


  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes when using array action on dynamic block with geometry and dimension constraints.
  • In certain cases, Block Editor toolbar doesn't disappear from view after exiting the Block Editor.


  • Draw order is not retained when pasting dynamic blocks from other drawings.

File Navigation

  • The drawing preview does not display in the File Open dialog box after using DXFIN.


  • Cannot hide hatches in a clipped view.
  • The transient hatch color and transparency doesn't display in the 2D Wireframe visual style.
  • The cursor stops for seconds when selecting a solid hatch with a circular boundary and legacy highlighting (SELECTIONEFFECT is set to 0).
  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes while evaluating hatch boundaries when a drawing is opened.
  • Hatch is not visible on its background if hatch background color is similar and Display plot style box is checked in the Page Setup Manager.
  • In certain cases, the hatch object doesn't display the correct plot style color.
  • In certain cases, the ghosted image is displayed after trimming a hatch object of a block reference.


  • The layer selection is lost with multiple layer selection after changing a layer property in the Layer properties Manager.


  • Cannot drag and drop a layout tab to import it into Sheet Set Manager.
  • Cannot duplicate a layout tab by using the CTRL key.

Plot and Publish

  • In certain cases, a hatch object inside a block displays incorrectly in Plot and Plot Preview.
  • In certain cases, Publish will clip the margins.
  • Publish doesn't work correctly when applying the named page setup for multiple layouts.

Point Cloud

  • A memory leak issue results in a loss of performance or a crash.
  • Point clouds are not selectable after cropping.


  • When using the Windows Classic or Basic theme, cursor ghosting occurs when moving over the top of a layout viewport that is set to a 3D visual style.


  • In certain cases, the border of a layout viewport flashes when the cursor moves within model space in that viewport if it's set to a 3D visual style.
  • Lines display in unexpected locations when the UCS is different than the WCS and the DYNMODE system variable is turned off.
  • The Autodesk 360 ribbon tab is disabled when AdSync is installed from a deployment.
  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes after running lisp a second time in Visual LISP.
  • The model and layout tabs in source DWG files cannot be selected in the preview window of DWG import dialog.
  • A memory issue occurs when switching between the Model tab and layout tabs.
  • In certain cases, the horizontal scroll bar is not displayed.
  • In certain cases, AUDIT doesn't fix the corrupted associative information in DWG file.

Security Hotfix

  • This Service Pack includes the Autodesk AutoCAD Security Hotfix. This Service Pack can be applied whether that security hotfix was originally applied to your system or not.
  • If you have Autodesk ReCap 2015 installed together with AutoCAD 2015, please install Autodesk ReCap 2015 Hotfix 1 via Autodesk Application Manager.

Finally in the readme you find Windows Command Line Switches that are useful to silently distribute the SP as well as how to Apply Service Pack in different ways like to a Network Administrative Image.

After installing the About dialog box will show Product Version: J.210.0.0, AutoCAD 2015 SP2. _VERNUM = "J.210.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Length of object label with free app for AutoCAD

LengthText.lsp is a free AutoLisp app for AutoCAD by JTB World to add length of objects as a text field label. Select the object and then where you want the text for the length to be. When the object is modified the text will also be updated automatically based on FIELDEVAL or the settings found in the OPTIONS dialog box. The current unit settings are being used to show the length.


Download LengthText.lsp or the AreaText.lsp that this was based upon. If you have a need for any AutoCAD customization work feel free to contact us.

Monday, September 8, 2014

JTB Sheet Set Creator 1.3 for AutoCAD released

JTB Sheet Set Creator 1.3 includes support for AutoCAD 2015 as well as some minor adjustments. Trial is available on Autodesk Exchange Apps as well as on our product website.

JTB Sheet Set Creator is an add-in for AutoCAD that creates new Sheet Sets and Sheets based on an Excel template

Here are some more apps from JTB World. If you don’t find what you need we also create custom solution for AutoCAD and Revit.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Slow to license and start Revit

A customer run into this issue: “It takes approximately 90 seconds or longer to license Revit 2013/2014, even though our Flex licensing server is on the LAN. It only takes 20 seconds to license AutoCAD, but 7x longer for Revit.”

I was not able to find the solution but eventually the customer found out that “we discovered that we were running an antiquated version of the FlexLM server. When we set up our new server, we used the latest version. This solved the Revit licensing delays. It just takes 10 seconds for all versions of Revit to license.”

So in case you also run into this kind of slow startup of Revit or possibly other programs try to upgrade the FlexNet license manager/Autodesk network license manager.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Autodesk Network License Manager 11.12 together with other vendor daemons can cause problems

Up and Ready describes how to solve port conflicts after starting to use Autodesk Network License Manager 11.12 and for ArcGIS, you also need to use the 32 bit version of the Autodesk Network License Manager.

“For example, when configuring Autodesk licensing service with Foundry, ArcGIS or CamWorks, you will need to edit our license files to use a differnet port for lmgrd.exe. i.e. 27000 (default) to 27001”

“if you are using Autodesk and Abaqus software in your company, you will need to even customize the adskflex.exe port (2080) in our license file”

For reporting on license usage check out JTB World’s JTB FlexReport.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3 can be download here. There are many fixes, stability and performance improvements making this an update you for sure want to apply.

The number of updates are:
Architecture: 45
MEP: 18
Structure 7
API: 9

JTB World has many years of experience programming for Revit for customers with both small and large complex projects so if you have anything you need to automate in Revit please feel free to contact us.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Autodesk Application Manager version 3

I got a critical notification that Autodesk  Application Manager needs to update.

When viewing details I found that there were a lot of news in this version that are welcome by Administrators (such as CAD, BIM, and IT Managers).

Version 3 includes several enhancements to the update notification and delivery experience, as well as a new set of asset management capabilities for software administrators, now available in the Autodesk Account Portal ( These are described below.

Please note that the Application Manager client updates to this most current version when you install the Version 3 update.

Client-Side Conditions
Before delivering an update, Application Manager checks to see if the right product files are present on your machine, acting as an extra check to ensure accuracy and reliability of new update notifications.

Check Now
Provides an optional, instant check for availability of product updates, instead of waiting for the next update check interval (a configurable parameter in Settings).

Update Dependencies
Automates presentation and retrieval of pre- and post-requisite packages that may be required for your update(s).

Product Extensions
Product Extensions provide incremental value and functionality to your applications between major releases. When available, Application Manager will notify you of new Extensions, only if your installed applications are on a active Maintenance or Desktop Subscription agreement.

Local Package Cache
Enables retrieval of Update files from a configurable, locally shared resource, rather than from an internet-based download source. This saves on bandwidth.

General Hotfixes
Notification and delivery of Hotfixes that are generally available to all users. Does not include "targeted" Hotfixes, which will continue to be available via the CER (Customer Error Reporting) system.

Update Rollups
Notification and delivery of aggregated Hotfixes, which have not yet been rolled up into the latest Service Pack (SP).

Administrator Tools

Administrators of Autodesk applications can login to Account Portal using their Autodesk ID. For eligible customers on Desktop or Maintenance Subscription, tools are provided for performing common administrative tasks, such as checking for all newly published product updates.

In Version 3, Administrators (such as CAD, BIM, and IT Managers) now have access to these new features, which aid in the discovery and management of product updates. For more information, please refer to the Application Manager Administrator's Guide.

Update List
A single online location for learning about all of the updates currently available for the applications you own and/or manage. This simplifies the process of update discovery.

Entitlement Aware
Account portal integrates to Autodesk business systems, making it possible to display restricted assets (such as Product Extensions only for Subscription customers) in the Portal as well as on the desktops running Application Manager.

Device List
A simple report that displays information about all of the managed systems in your environment running 2015 products on a current Subscription agreement. This list provides the basis for managing the distribution of updates to the users within your organization.

Administrator Preferences
Administrators can selectively (or globally) control the distribution of updates to managed devices that appear in the above List. The List can also edited, make it easy to identify managed users and devices in your environment.

To access the administrative area of Account Portal, your Autodesk ID will need to be assigned or promoted to administrator status within the context of an Autodesk Subscription Program, specifically as Contract Manager or Software Coordinator. If you are a CAD/IT manager who would like to access to the administrative tools in the portal, but do not have the correct status, contact your Contract Manager, or the person in your company responsible for purchasing software, and request to have Software Coordinator privileges assigned to your Autodesk ID.

Once assigned administrator privileges, and provided the Autodesk applications on your contract are currently on an active Desktop or Maintenance Subscription agreement, you will be able to access the administrative features.

About the Administrator's Role

The role of Administrator applies to anyone in your organization who is responsible for managing or supporting design software running on user machines, for example developing and applying CAD standards, creating network deployments, keeping installed applications up to date, and providing technical assistance to end users. This role may vary depending on the size of your organization. In smaller companies, Administrators such as CAD Managers may also have responsibility for other IT-focused tasks such as desktop maintenance, while in larger companies these areas are typically owned by multiple individuals.

In the Account Portal, Autodesk is making available new tools to help Administrators streamline and automate common software delivery tasks. Starting in June of 2014, the portal is being enhanced to provide Administrators with centralized access and control over the distribution of product updates and extensions to managed users in their organizations.

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