Friday, November 27, 2015 is now mobile-friendly

After some work on our main website it is now mobile-friendly as well having a responsive design that is adapting to the size of the web browser you use.

If you still find any issues on the site please let us know.

Monday, November 16, 2015

ACA_db 4.1 released - for AutoCAD Architecture and MEP

With ACA_db you can use AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP even more as part of your BIM process. Property Set values can automatically be updated back and forth to one or many external databases. If you make changes to the Extended Data values within a Property Set they can be synchronized back to the external database. Any Property in a Property Set Definition can be exported and all editable Properties can be imported.

This release adds support for AutoCAD Architecture 2016 or AutoCAD MEP 2016 as well as some bug fixes.

Synchronization between database and CAD

Contact us to get a time limited license file for free.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DWG Columns for Explorer 2.2 released

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated. We've fixed an issue with cleaning up column information when uninstalling. It has also been tested with Windows 10.

If you want to see the DWG and DXF properties and metadata in Explorer columns please give the trial a try. No need to have AutoCAD or other CAD programs installed for this to work. After the trial has expired you can still use it to show the DWG version information as long as you like.

Click to see a larger version with more columns

Monday, October 12, 2015

ArcGIS License Server and lmutil.exe problem

A couple of customers of JTB FlexReport reported about an issue with the the usage monitoring of ArcGIS licenses (like ARC/INFO, Grid, Tin, Viewer). The number of issued licenses and the number of licenses in use were 2-5 times higher than what the ArcGIS License Server Administrator showed. We found that it was the FlexNet tool lmutil.exe that caused this problem. lmutil.exe v11.12.1.4 and v11.12.1.2 did not work but v11.11.1.2 and v11.11.1.0 did work. Thus the solution was to take an older version of lmutil.exe and put in the JTB FlexReport folder.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

JTB FlexReport - Supervision et optimisation des licences

If you speak French better than English or just prefer French head over to our reseller RasterTech's new webpage "JTB FlexReport est une solution économique mais complète pour un suivi des actifs logiciels et des licences, fournissant des statistiques enrichies." JTB FlexReport is not localized to other languages (yet) but our French reseller RasterTech has done product documentation in French and can also provide product support in French.

Monday, October 5, 2015

HVACPAC for AutoCAD 2016

HVACPAC for AutoCAD is now available with support for AutoCAD 2016. Are you still doing HVAC and Piping work more or less manually in AutoCAD HVACPAC is the plug-in for you that will automate your work and save valuable time. Visit HVACPAC for AutoCAD for a 30-day trial.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1

AutoCAD 2016 has got its first service pack and there are quite a lot of fixes so I suggest you install it.

AutoCAD service packs are now separate and independent of the specific service packs for AutoCAD-based vertical products.

  • In the past, AutoCAD-specific fixes were included in the verticals service packs and you only needed to install the appropriate verticals service pack.
  • From now on, you will need to install the AutoCAD service pack in addition to any applicable service pack for your vertical products.

Read more on the Autodesk's Knowledge Network page or get SP1 from Autodesk Application Manager:

Direct links to the installers:

According to the readme:

The following operating systems are officially supported for 32-bit and 64-bit AutoCAD 2016 with Service Pack 1.

  • Windows 10 Enterprise edition
  • Windows 10 Professional edition

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

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 a number of problems. Updates were made to the following commands and features:


  • Occasional crashes when adding dimension, mtext, or mleader objects in layout viewports.


  • Occasional crashes when working in a drawing containing a large image file.
  • Occasional crashes when working in a geolocation drawing with an attached image.
  • Occasional crashes when using the mouse wheel to zoom out in certain drawings with attached images.

Point Cloud

  • Occasional crashes when docking or closing the Point Cloud Manager palette in Windows 10.


  • Occasional crashes when publishing multiple layouts to single-sheet PDFs.


  • Occasional crashes after object selection in a drawing with many xref layers.


  • Crashes on startup when using certain AMD display cards with a recent driver.
  • Occasional crashes when working with customized object snaps.
  • Occasional crashes when there are a large number of polylines with assigned lineweights.
  • Occasional crashes when opening certain drawings.
  • Occasional crashes when attaching a PDF file.
  • Occasional crashes when closing the program when there are a large number of layers in the drawing.
  • Occasional crashes when moving objects using object snaps in 3D to a block or a reference in a layout.
  • Occasional crashes when opening drawings from network folder shortcuts in Windows 10.
  • Occasional crashes when selecting and deleting a subobject in a 3D solid.
  • Occasional crashes when repeatedly opening and closing AutoCAD, and using the Refedit command along with Undo and Redo operations.

General Service Pack Updates

The following defects have been fixed:

3D Modeling

  • Applying a Curve Surface Intersection between a plane and a line gives an incorrect result in some cases.


  • A nested block moves in some cases after it is fully exploded.

Cursor Badge

  • The Zoom cursor badge does not turn off for the Zoom Window command even when the CURSORBADGE system variable is set to 1.


  • Associative dimension values change when you change their dimension style in some cases.


  • Part of the complex DGN linetype in a curve is missing when High Quality Geometry is turned on.
  • The wrong linetype displays when opening a drawing with complex DGN linetypes that are assigned to pline arcs.
  • Concentric arcs with a small opening angle may not be displayed as concentric at some zoom levels.
  • Ellipses and elliptical arcs on a layer with VP Freeze turned on display outside the layout viewport.
  • Some object colors change when using ZOOM together with 3D Visual Styles with faces displayed.


  • The associativity of gradient fills turns off when you create them by clicking inside boundaries.
  • Cannot set the hatch origin when using the ribbon when the COMMANDPREVIEW system variable is turned on.
  • The hatch pattern definition is limited to 80 characters.
  • The intersection osnap doesn't work for hatch patterns.
  • The hatch pattern doesn't change in some cases when choosing a different hatch pattern from the ribbon during hatch creation.


  • There is double space between each layer when the Layer Properties Manager is first opened.

Object Snap

  • The intersection osnap does not work inside hatch patterns.

Plot and Publish

  • Wipeout and masked text prints black when using the DWG to PDF PC3 file under Printer/Plotter.
  • A hatch set to the color white is printed as black in a PDF in some cases.
  • Hyperlinks attached to certain blocks causes the plotted PDF files to inflate in size.
  • The text formatted for reading right-to-left is printed upside down.
  • A high resolution image in a drawing might have an unexpected result when exported as a DWF file in some cases.
  • A mismatched plot page size results in an error report and halts the print job in some cases.
  • The default PDF file name discards all characters that follow a period.
  • In some Truetype fonts, characters with diacritical marks that are underlined in a text object do not plot.
  • When plotting PDF files, SHX text in PDF comments can be turned off by setting EPDFSHX=0 (the default is 1). In addition, some PDF viewers display text that uses SHX fonts as comments and this system variable addresses this issue as well. In a future release, we plan to rename this system variable to begin with the letters PDF.


  • Performance slows down for the OPEN and REGEN commands in drawings that contain many dynamic block with fields.
  • Performance slows down with the PUBLISH command in some cases.
  • Performance is affected when opening drawings containing references to unresolved data extraction (DXE) files.

Quick Properties Palette

  • The Quick Properties palette is not displayed anymore after closing the Block Editor when the Ribbon is closed.
  • The Quick Properties palette displays unexpectedly when editing a Hatch object.


  • Includes a security patch to address a vulnerability where a specially crafted raster image in a drawing can trigger unauthorized code execution.

User Interface

  • With right-click set to operate as an Enter at the Command prompt, a menu appears instead.


  • The 3DCLIP and DVIEW options, CLip and Camera, doesn't clip circles, arcs, ellipses and elliptical arcs when High Quality Geometry is turned on.
  • Lines are not clipped by the edges of layout viewports if the drawing contains a clipped PDF, DWF, or DWFx underlay.
  • The ALIGN command doesn't work correctly for an object that is slightly rotated.
  • Signed VLX files containing DCL dialogs boxes fail to display.
  • Using eTransmit includes xrefs despite the Bind External References option being checked.
  • The Start tab, Design Feed palette, and Help window do not display correctly with higher DPI settings.
  • Customized Table Data in Table Style Settings fail to display.
  • The tooltip from the Start tab remains displayed when Design Feed palette is open.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Solution for when KB3074683 fails to install problem

If you have Windows 10 installed and also have an NVIDIA graphic card you might run into a problem installing KB3074683 where the computer restarts several times and fails to install the "Security Update for Windows 10 for x64-based Systems (KB3074683)".

Have you been trapped in a reboot loop? The update reaches a certain percentage of installation before failing and rolling back.

This might be a solution to the endless reboot cycle. It worked for me.

Run regedit in Windows. Hold down the Windows button on the keyboard and press R and enter regedit and click on OK. (As always with regedit, be careful and if needed make a backup of the registry first)

Then locate this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Now right click on ProfileList and select Find and enter UpdatusUser and click Find Next.

On the key where you find UpdatusUser in the ProfileImagePath, right click and click on Delete.

Now let Windows 10 make the update and hopefully it works for you too.

I found the solution that worked for me here. And if you want to know What is NVIDIA ’UpdatusUser’?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AutoCAD 2016 Hotfixes

Since AutoCAD 2016 was released there have been some hotfixes with the latest just a few days ago.

Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2016 VLX Hotfix

This Hotfix addresses a compatibility problem with signed VLX files containing DCL dialogs.

Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2016 Hotfix 1

The following issues are addressed by this Hotfix:
- A display issue with the design feed palette, Geographic Location dialog, Help window browser, and Start page for Windows 8.1 operating systems at high DPI settings;
- A performance issue with the Publish command;
- A plotting issue where text formatted right-to-left plots upside down.

Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2016 Hotfix 2

The following issues are addressed by this Hotfix:
- Miscellaneous crash issues in DWG™ files containing attached images;
- Miscellaneous issues with DGN Export functionality.

There are also these hotfixes:

Localization Hotfix: AutoCAD 2016 Learn Tab (Brazilian Portuguese Only)

Localization Hotfix: AutoCAD 2016 OSNAP Options (Polish Only)

Localization Hotfix: AutoCAD 2016 Attach Navisworks Files (French Only)

If you’re looking for other downloads here are AutoCAD 2016 Language Packs, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Object enabler and Open Light 2016 Object Enabler (32-bit and 64-bit) as well as if you want to Download & Install AutoCAD 2016 Product Help.

For up to date access to downloads visit this Autodesk page.

If you want any small or large app created for AutoCAD or other Autodesk products please feel free to contact us at JTB World with your inquiries.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Autodesk Exchange Apps Store 1 Million Download Milestone

As you might know JTB World has several of the apps on Autodesk Exchange Apps Store and now this store has reached the 1 million download milestone! This has been posted about on Autodesk’s In the Fold blog.

“We’re celebrating the one-millionth app download on the Autodesk Exchange Apps, a web-based design and engineering app store created for the Autodesk community.”

JTB World is also mentioned: “One person operations such as SoftDraft, LLC, RedTransit Consultants, LLC and JTB World have also participated in Exchange Apps, contributing anywhere from 15-50 apps – with JTB World emerging as an early adopter of new store features like the BlueSnap payment gateway.”

Take a look at our apps here and you might find a productivity favorite among them making your AutoCAD work easier or quicker.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Windows Live Writer and Blogger NotFound: Not Found error

Yesterday a problem started with Windows Live Writer and Blogger making it impossible to post blog posts or open published posts on Google's Blogger. I use the latest build of Microsoft's Windows Live Writer 2012. (Build 16.4.3528.331)
The first error showing says "Blogger returned the following error: NotFound: Not Found

Then the Sign in dialog box shows and clicking on OK shows the above message again.

The WLW log file shows the following:
WindowsLiveWriter,1.27804,None,00031,27-May-2015 09:52:23.884,"WindowsLive.Writer.Extensibility.BlogClient.BlogClientAuthenticationException: Account Login Failed - Please check your user name and password.
NotFound - Not Found
   at WindowsLive.Writer.BlogClient.Clients.GDataCredentials.EnsureLoggedIn(String username, String password, String service, Boolean showUi, String uri)",""

Not sure yet if this is an intentional change of the Blogger API or not. Hopefully Microsoft or Google fixes this issue soon.

Apparently this issue happens with other apps that are using the Blogger API too. Even Word 2016 Preview for Windows is not working with Blogger.

In the meantime a workaround that can be used is to create the post in Windows Live Writer and copy and paste to the Compose mode in Blogger, alternatively and sometimes the best option is to switch to Source in Windows Live Writer, select all, copy and paste to the HTML mode in Blogger. Note that this will not work if you normally upload images through Windows Live Writer. In this case you need to re-insert the images in Blogger. But if you have the images already online it is a decent workaround.


Update: Hopefully a solution is coming soon. This is a comment on the Blogger forum:
Hi everyone,
Thank you all for reporting this issue. The Blogger team is now working to fix it as soon as possible.
We will post an update here, once everything is back to normal.
Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Blogger Team

New update that does not sounds promising: We appreciate you coming here and letting us know about this issue. It looks like this error is a result of an authentication problem between Google and Live Writer. A long time ago, we announced we were deprecating our old authentication system and we encouraged developers to move to the new one (OAuth 2.0). It seems that Live Writer is still using our old system, which is causing the issue. We are currently looking into it, but we suggest that users also reach out to Microsoft to report the issue.


Blogger Suport Team

p.s. please disconsider the previous official announcement.
Latest update from Google:

Hello again everyone,

We just want to let you know that we are working in partnership with Microsoft to come up with a quick resolution for the issue with Windows Live Writer and Blogger. We will provide you with more information as soon as we have it.


Blogger Support Team

Update June 2: Today it works again to post blogs from Windows Live Writer to Blogger. Thanks Google and Microsoft for working together on this.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

JTB Steel 1.2.1 released

JTB Steel is an AutoCAD add-in that helps with drafting of steel frames and steel detailing. Version 1.2.1 is now available.

A free trial is also available.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FlexNet feature codes for Autodesk 2016 products

The list with FlexNet feature codes has been updated with Autodesk 2016 products.

In JTB FlexReport Config>Features and our freeware JTB FlexReport LT you can use the “Get Feature Descriptions” button to get the descriptions for codes like 86445ACD_2016_0F and more so the feature description is used in reports instead of the feature code.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Autodesk 2016 Product Keys

When you’re going to install different Autodesk 2016 products like AutoCAD 2016 you need to use the correct product key or you will get into problems to activate the products.

You can now find a complete list of Autodesk 2016 Product Keys here among product keys dating back to Autodesk 2010 products.

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