Thursday, July 21, 2016

OsnapzBG Plus introduced

OsnapzBG Plus is based on our freeware OsnapzBG but adds ability to set any of the drawing window colors like those in the 3D parallel projection, 3D perspective projection or the command line context and interface elements and have these changed depending on the value of the AutoCAD system variable Osnapz.

Drawing Window Colors

When the AutoCAD variable OSNAPZ is changed many have found it useful to have a more visual change to indicate its state. In verticals like AutoCAD Architecture you have a small button that indicates the state of the “Z lock” but some might want to even have different drawing window colors change just like the Block Editor changes the background color. With OsnapzBG Plus loaded any change of OSNAPZ will also change drawing window colors depending on if OSNAPZ is set to 0 or 1.

Usage of OsnapzBG Plus where drawing windows colors are changed when OSNAPZ is changed.

OsnapzBG Plus usage

Both OsnapzBG Plus and OsnapzBG now supports AutoCAD 2017.

Friday, July 15, 2016

JTB Layer Palette for BricsCAD

JTB Layer Palette for BricsCAD is now available.

JTB Layer Palette is a palette app for BricsCAD. Now 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 Align Plus for GstarCAD

JTB Align Plus is now available for GstarCAD.

JTB Align Plus makes it easy to copy and align your text, block or selection of objects at picked point of selected line or curve. Curve can be Arc, Circle, Polyline, Leader or 3D Polyline, in current space as well as nested inside Blocks or Xrefs.

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.

JTB Align Plus for BricsCAD

JTB Align Plus is now available for BricsCAD.

JTB Align Plus makes it easy to copy and align your text, block or selection of objects at picked point of selected line or curve. Curve can be Arc, Circle, Polyline, Leader or 3D Polyline, in current space as well as nested inside Blocks or Xrefs.

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.

JTB Text Bubble Plus for GstarCAD

JTB Text Bubble Plus is now available for GstarCAD.

With JTB Text Bubble Plus 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.

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.

JTB Text Bubble Plus for BricsCAD

JTB Text Bubble Plus is now available for BricsCAD.

With JTB Text Bubble Plus 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.

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.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

JTB Steel 1.3 released

JTB Steel is an AutoCAD app that helps with drafting of steel frames, shapes and steel detailing.

Version 1.3 is now available with these changes:

  • Add hatched property to steel sections
  • Fix issue in AutoCAD 2015, 2016, Windows 64 bit: error when changing steel frame section.
  • Added support for AutoCAD® 2017
  • Minor fixes


A free trial of JTB Steel is also available.

SmartPurger to clean AutoCAD drawings

Here’s a review of SmartPurger: “This one is another great app that you can use to clean your drawing.” Via Six efficient ways to clean AutoCAD drawings by SourceCAD.

SmartPurger can clean up AutoCAD drawings in a very controlled way. Even if you have drawings that causes AutoCAD to crash, SmartPurger will proceed with the batch processing. Great if you want to batch process even if you have thousands of drawings.

You’re not limited to only purge with SmartPurger. You can change the version of the drawing in the process as well as run any custom LISP or script that you have on each of the drawings.

A free trial is available for here as well as on Autodesk App Store.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

JTB World’s Text Bubble 2.6 released

JTB World's Text Bubble for AutoCAD has been updated.

This app inserts Text Bubbles at end of lines, arcs, polylines, splines and leaders or at any other location of your choice. Renumber the text bubbles quickly as needed.

Here are the news:

  • AutoCAD 2017 is supported.
  • Other minor fixes.

Free trial download is here.

The upgrade is free for customers. 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.

See also our more advanced app, 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 where we specialize on the AutoCAD and Revit platforms.

JTB Align Plus 3.7 released

JTB Align Plus for AutoCAD makes it easy to copy and align your text, block or selection of objects at picked point of selected line or curve. Curve can be Arc, Circle, Polyline, Leader or 3D Polyline, in current space as well as nested inside Blocks or Xrefs.

Version 3.7 has these news: 
Fixed bug that did not release highlight entities as well as a minor change.

Version 3.6 had these news: Fixed bug in AutoCAD 2016 when geometry center osnap is ticked. Added support for AutoCAD 2017

Trial download is here.

The upgrade is free for customers. 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.

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 where we specialize on the AutoCAD and Revit platforms.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

JTB Text Bubble Plus 2.3 released

JTB Text Bubble Plus for AutoCAD has been updated.

With JTB Text Bubble Plus 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.

Here are the news:

  • Fix leader angle error if drawing unit setting is inches - architecture.
  • Add toggling insertion position by press TAB or + key. Position available are end point, middle point and center point. 
  • Fix 3D issues in some cases.
  • AutoCAD 2017 is supported.

Free trial download is here.

The upgrade is free for customers. 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.

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 where we specialize on the AutoCAD and Revit platforms.

Monday, July 11, 2016

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.0 released

JTB CAD Automation Tools is a batch processing app for AutoCAD that both can be used to create new drawings based on templates or modify existing drawings.

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.0 news.

  • Updated Excel files to handle export when cells contains only . or , characters.
  • Fixed issues in AutoUpd Excel files that could cause issues between 32-bit and 64-bit.
  • AutoUpd Excel files function to Import from Drawings updated.
  • Changed from using .XLS to .XLSM files.
  • Excel export supports different language settings for decimal symbol and date formats and other custom formats.
  • Digitally signed .XLSM files.
  • Some bugs fixed.

The AutoGen command has been used by customers creating instrumentation drawings, loop diagrams (loop drawings), schematics in an automated way based on data in a spreadsheet.

The AutoIns inserts text, blocks or xrefs into drawings based on the control file.

The AutoUpd updates existing drawings based on the control file. In the process text and attribute values can be changed individually on each new drawing.

Download trial or purchase here.

Friday, July 8, 2016

JTB Sheet Set Creator 1.4 for AutoCAD released

JTB Sheet Set Creator 1.4 includes support for AutoCAD 2017 as well as some minor adjustments. Free trial is available.

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

A complementing app from JTB World is SSMPropEditor that makes editing of existing Sheet Sets a breeze.

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.

Tips how to show folder metadata in Explorer

Do you want to see metadata in folders in Windows Explorer/File Explorer as well as be able to edit them?

Copy the text in italics below into Notepad and save it as desktop.ini in the folder(s) of your choice. Change TitleHERE, SubjectHERE, AuthorHERE and TagsHERE to be the metadata you want to see in Explorer.

[{F29F85E0-4FF9-1068-AB91-08002B27B3D9}]
Prop2=31,TitleHERE
Prop3=31,SubjectHERE
Prop4=31,AuthorHERE
Prop5=31,TagsHERE

Then show the Authors, Subject, Tags and Title columns in the parent folder.

To change them just edit the ini file in Notepad.

You can make this ini file hidden too.

Now you can quickly see what’s in the folders and even sort by any of the columns or folder properties.

If you want to make use of other columns there are ways to see them as well.

If you find this useful and want an easier way to work with it contact us and we can create a custom solution based on your needs.

See also our DWG Columns for Explorer.

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