Monday, March 2, 2015

Autodesk Network License Manager v11.12.1.4

Autodesk is preparing for their 2016 products like AutoCAD 2016 and Revit 2016.

“Autodesk 2016 products can obtain license from Network License Server – v11.12 and above. However, it is strongly recommended to upgrade the license servers to the latest version – v11.12.1.4 – when using 2016 products.”

Downloads for latest version is available here. And specifically for v11.12.1.4 here:

Windows:

Mac OS X:

Linux:

adskflex.exe, lmgrd.exe, lmutil.exe and lmtools.exe are all version 11.12.1.4 now.

JTB World’s JTB FlexReport license monitoring tool has been tested with and supports this new version and is prepared to be able to get statistics of license usage and report on it for all Autodesk 2016 products.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

JTB Align Plus 3.4 for AutoCAD

JTB Align Plus Version 3.4 is released and comes with a couple of bug fixes. JTB Align Plus is a great help when you want to align text or blocks to a line or curve in AutoCAD.

  • Fix run-time error in 3.3 version
  • Fix bug when align on scaled block

See also the post JTB Align Plus 3.3 for AutoCAD released. A free trial is also available on Autodesk Exchange Apps.

Friday, February 13, 2015

JTB Current Folder 1.1 for AutoCAD released

Have you ever been frustrated over the many steps you need to take to navigate to the same folder as where your current drawing is, in AutoCAD’s file selection dialog boxes? No need anymore.

When JTB Current Folder is installed, every time you open a drawing, or attach external references, insert drawing as block or 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 just 1 click away, which otherwise is often several clicks away.

Version 1.1 has a bug fix to solve problem with multiplying folders.

Give JTB Current Folder a try. It’s free and fully functional for a limited time.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Google Earth Pro is free now

As you can see in the post on Google Maps blog, Google Earth Pro is now free. “Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.”

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

JTB Text Bubble Plus 1.6 for AutoCAD released

JTB Text Bubble Plus 1.6 for has been AutoCAD released. If you work with different kind of text bubbles that has numbers or letters that you want to automatically increment, JTB Text Bubble Plus can be a great productivity help.

Based on user requests, here’s the news in version 1.6:

  • TBBRE now have option to renumber with/without grouping similar numbers.
  • Now the increment functionality covers a wider range of pattern. If you enter 1a, 1b then it will go 1c, 1d ... If you enter AB1, AB2 then it will go AB3, AB4 ...
  • Bug fixed when DimScale is set to 0.

The basic Text Bubble app has also be updated with these news.

You can read more about JTB Text Bubble Plus or purchase it from our product page.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Interview with me on Cadalyst’s blog CAD speed

Here’s an interview with me on Cadalyst’s blog CAD speed.

“Jimmy Bergmark of JTB World has decades of experience in the AutoCAD industry. That’s why he started his own business to help fellow CAD users. He agreed to share his experience in that industry with readers in this interview.” Read the rest here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

JTB Align Plus 3.3 for AutoCAD released

JTB Align Plus 3.3 for AutoCAD is now released. JTB Align Plus is a great help when you want to align text or blocks to a line or curve.

Here’s an example of aligning a block.

Or if you work with P&IDs this makes the work go quicker.

Recent improvements are:

  • Esc key now just step back 1.
  • The command prompt now look much better.
  • There is key + and - add to enhance offset move.
  • ALA command now take VIEWTWIST into account, therefore if your viewport is twisted, texts are still upward.
  • Match text content added to multipleader as well.
  • Fixed bugs in DimSpace, DimBreak, Align Any command.

Feel free to visit our product page JTB Align Plus for more information and if you want to get a trial of the app.

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%\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\.
%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
%programdata%\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins
(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 http://jtbflexreportdemo.jtbworld.com/ 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 http://cve.mitre.org

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.

IFC

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

Section

  • 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.


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