Thursday, February 23, 2017

AutoCAD network unavailable license alerts

If you wonder what happens to users of AutoCAD if the Autodesk Network License Manager is unavailable for whatever reason, here’s what.

Users that try to start AutoCAD will get the FlexNet License Finder dialog box showing up.

Your application was not able to obtain a license because the FlexNet license server manager could not determine where to find the licensing data it needs. Please choose one of the following: Specify the License Server System or Specify the License File

Pressing Cancel shows the Licensing Error dialog box.

Network License Not Available
Common causes: all licenses are in use, the server is down, or the license has expired. Contact your system administrator or support.
Error [-15.570.0]

Finally this License Error dialog box shows.

The License manager is not functioning or is improperly installed. AutoCAD will shut down now.

But what if a user is already running AutoCAD while the license manager gets unavailable?

After 2 hours this Unavailable License Alert dialog box will show up.

Your license is no longer available.
To re-establish the license, close and then restart this product.

If the user keeps using AutoCAD there is a 2 minutes grace follow by this Network License – Lost Connection dialog box.

A valid license could not be obtained from the network license manager. Please save your work and shutdown.
6 minutes remain before AutoCAD will shut down.
Save drawings and quit – All open drawings will be saved and the application will be shut down immediately.
Continue working – Return to the application to manually save your work during the grace period.
Quit without saving – The application will quit without saving any open drawings.

If the user click on Continue working and does not close AutoCAD the above dialog box will show up when there are 4 minutes remaining and eventually again when 2 minutes are remaining. If still using AutoCAD this final “Network License – Out of Time” dialog box shows up.

A valid license could not be obtained from the network license manager. What do you want to do?
AutoCAD will be closed now.
Save drawings and quit – All open drawings will be saved and the application will be shut down immediately.
Quit without saving – The application will quit without saving any open drawings.

If you want to monitor the network license usage see our JTB FlexReport product.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

JTB Sort Table 1.1 released

JTB Sort Table 1.1 has been released with a couple of bug fixes:

  • Fixed bug in cells with block
  • Fixed bug when sorting locked, read-only or linked cells

Sorts data in AutoCAD or BricsCAD tables, ascending or descending in selected columns.

If you are looking for a command on the Table Cell tab to sort data in your table, and can not find it, this app is for you.

Click to see animation of JTB Sort Table

There’s a 30 day trial available for JTB Sort Table.

If you need help with any BricsCAD or AutoCAD customization feel free to contact us.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DWG Columns for Explorer 3.2 released

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated to version 3.2 and got some performance improvements.

We have observed that the performance enhancement is more than 90% for almost all cases. The version 3.1 update could slow down file browsing in Explorer and especially the file selection dialog boxes within Autodesk software.

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

DWG Created By (can for example show AutoCAD 2017 or Inventor 2017), DWG id (for example ACAD0001409 making it possible to see difference between a drawing created in AutoCAD or an AutoCAD vertical like AutoCAD Architecture. ODA can show for a DWG created with the Open Design Alliance API), DWG Reg (Version in registry, for example 210 that stands for R21.0) and DWG Build (AutoCAD build number, for example N5200x64).

InfoTip showing when holding the mouse over a file:

If you are also a Revit user our RVT Columns shows the Revit version and Revit build for RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT files.

JTB DST Tool 1.2 released

JTB DST Tool can merge, purge and convert Sheet Set DST files for AutoCAD, BricsCAD and any other CAD software using Sheet Set DST files. For example AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View.

  • Merge one or more sheet sets.
  • The purging is useful for IT or CAD Managers to correct performance problems with SSM Sheet Sets that started to perform badly. Sometimes the DST file can grow unreasonable large and the purging can help.
  • Convert to XML for more advanced editing and convert back to DST again.

Version 1.2 fixes a bug in trial mode, related to decimal symbol so if you tried it before and it failed give it a try again.

If you work with the Sheet Set Manager and want to edit Sheet Sets see our SSMPropEditor app or if you want to create Sheet Sets and their properties in an automated manner take a look at our JTB Sheet Set Creator.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

JTB Steel 1.3.1 released

JTB Steel 1.3.1 is now released with following changes:

  • Fixed US Metric ST section: flange slope column missing
  • Added Japanese sections, Russian sections and Taiwan CNS sections

JTB Steel is an app running inside AutoCAD, adding powerful command features to help you draw simple and complex steelwork frames and details efficiently.

You can select and insert Steel Sections from JTB Steel library to AutoCAD drawing just as inserting blocks. You can draw Steel Frames just as drawing lines by 2 pickpoints. All created drawing objects are either blocks or dynamic blocks. Once Steel members are inserted, you can edit these using powerful editing commands located on Tools Palette.

JTB Steel includes advanced automation techniques for modifying dynamic blocks. This means that you can easily manage your drawings and quickly finalize your details. The below example was fully created using JTB Steel (this includes any alignment, rotation etc):

Trial is available for JTB Steel.

Monday, February 6, 2017

JTB Quick Perspective 2.5 released

JTB Quick Perspective 2.5 is released now. JTB Quick Perspective for AutoCAD will transforms Points, Lines, straight Polylines and "landscape" Blocks to perspective view drawing, all in 2D working space. Take a look here what can be done.

Free trial available at JTB Quick Perspective.

What do you want to be automated? We create custom apps. Contact us.

Monday, January 30, 2017

AutoCAD Lisp signing command line tool

You maybe knew about AcSignApply.exe but did you know that command line tool is available too? It’s not so obvious because AcSignApply.exe is found in the installation folder of AutoCAD but AcSignTool.exe is not. AcSignTool.exe can be downloaded here and described here. It’s for AutoCAD 2016 but should work for AutoCAD 2017 too.

AcSignTool.exe

In AutoCAD 2016 it was added the ability to digitally sign lisp files (.lsp, .fas and .vlx). There is the GUI version, AcSignApply.exe (which gets installed in the AutoCAD install folder) to sign the lisp files.

AcSignTool.exe is the commandline version of AcSignApply.exe. It is meant for signing lisp files in a batch process. AutoCAD doesn't need to be installed.

You can find the usage instructions by entering AcSigntool.exe /?

Usage: AcSignTool -sign /file:[inputfile] /cert:[certificate] /time:[timestamp] /comment:[description]
Usage: AcSignTool -verify /file:[inputfile]

Usage: AcSignTool -remove -force /file:[inputfile]

AcSignTool -sign /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp" /cert:12345678901234567890 /time:1
AcSignTool -verify /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp"
AcSignTool -remove -force /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp"
AcSignTool -issigned /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp"

/file:[inputfile] Full path of the file that needs to signed.

/file:[certs] Certificate to be used for signing, please enter the serial number.
The following certificates are available for signing on this machine.
----------------------------------------------------------------
/Serial Number                  Subject                 Issuer
----------------------------------------------------------------
123456789                       JTB World Inc.        DigiCert SHA2 Assured ID Code Signing CA

/time:[timestamp] Timestamp that should be used for signing please enter the index.
The following time sources are available.
----------------------------------------------------------------
Index                   Time Source
----------------------------------------------------------------
0               (No time stamp)
1               Time from this computer
2               National Institute of Standards and Technology (time-a.nist.gov)
3               Symmetricom (nist1.symmetricom.com)
4               CTS (tick.ucla.edu)


/comment:[description] Description to be included in the signature.


-force Clears the Read-only file attribute.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that AcSignCore16.dll is available with the tool, copy timesrvr.txt to AcSignTool exe folder.

If you need help with any Lisp customization feel free to contact us.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Autodesk Seek no more

If you now use the SEEK command in AutoCAD either from command line

Search Autodesk Seek

or from DesignCenter

Autodesk Seek in Designcenter

you will now notice find out that Autodesk Seek is no more.

You are now leaving Seek.Autodesk.com and will be automatically redirected to your desired search results page on BIMobject.

As of the 18th of January 2017 Autodesk has transferred the operation of its Autodesk®Seek business to BIMobject®

Autodesk Seek operations transferred to BIMobject

For more information please click on the link below, or click on the link to start browsing and downloading BIM objects from bimobject.com

BIMobject

Thanks to Steve Johnson at blog nauseam where I read about this first.

Friday, January 20, 2017

SSMPropEditor 6.4 available - Sheet Set Manager Editor

SSMPropEditor 6.4 is now available. Are you using the Sheet Set Manager then you will save a lot of time, frustration and money with JTB World’s SSMPropEditor.

Here are the main news:

  • Export and Import to Excel files does not require Excel to be installed. This makes it work with other software that can edit XLSX files.
  • Natural sorting implemented for sorting of sheets in the tree view. Before it was for example sorted like S-001, S-1001, S-101 but now as S-001, S-101, S-1001.

Version 6.4 has some known Vault issues that makes it not work in all environments. Work is being done to fix it ASAP.

For all details on this release see the revision history.

Downloads are available here and works in trial mode for 30 days. Existing customers can upgrade for free and use their existing license file.

More from JTB World: Create new Sheet Sets including drawings based on an Excel template with our JTB Sheet Set Creator or make merge, purge and convert with JTB DST Tool.

If you would need help to develop any custom app or program we can help. We specializes on AutoCAD and Revit but also do work for other CAD platforms as well as pure Windows apps. You are welcome to contact us.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

JTB Layout Palette for AutoCAD or BricsCAD

JTB Layout Palette is a new app from JTB World that makes it easier to work with and manage drawings with many layouts or when the layout names are very long.

Run command LAYOUTPALETTE or click to the ribbon panel to Show or Hide the Layout Palette. You can quickly browse for layout, add, delete or edit name like working on a spreadsheet. This app is for you when there are too many layouts, or the layout names are too long to effectively work with out-of-the-box in AutoCAD or BricsCAD.

Quickly show only the layouts you want to see with filters.

Edit layout names

Moving and Sorting layouts

If you would like to try it visit JTB Layout Palette.

Monday, January 16, 2017

SmartPurger 3.9 released

SmartPurger 3.9 is released and here’s what’s fixed:

  • "Delete only files older than specified number days" setting did before not delete files as expected. This is not fixed.
  • Fixed error that caused SmartPurger to stop when path or files names were very long.
  • Fixed error that caused SmartPurger to stop when it reached certain folders that could not be accessed by the current user.

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.

"You provided an excellent product in “SmartPurger”. This application suits us perfectly." - Clint Hill, that found these issues and also helped to test this version.

Friday, January 13, 2017

DWG Columns for Explorer 3.1 released

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated to version 3.1.

DWG Created By, DWG id, DWG Reg and DWG Build are new columns in DWG Columns.

DWG Created By (can for example show AutoCAD 2017 or Inventor 2017), DWG id (for example ACAD0001409 making it possible to see difference between a drawing created in AutoCAD or an AutoCAD vertical like AutoCAD Architecture. ODA can show for a DWG created with the Open Design Alliance API), DWG Reg (Version in registry, for example 210 that stands for R21.0) and DWG Build (AutoCAD build number, for example N5200x64).

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

If you are also a Revit user our RVT Columns shows the Revit version and Revit build for RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT files.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

JTB Sort Table for AutoCAD and BricsCAD

JTB Sort Table app by JTB World, sorts data in AutoCAD or BricsCAD tables, ascending or descending in selected columns.

If you are looking for a command on the Table Cell tab to sort data in your table, and can not find it, this app is for you.

Click to see animation of JTB Sort Table

Just as easy as in Excel, you select table or cells (in AutoCAD), run the SORTTABLE command or start it from the Add-ins or Plug-ins ribbon tab in AutoCAD or the JTB Sort Table ribbon tab or toolbar in BricsCAD, then select columns to sort them.

You can sort ascending or descending. Cells with blocks and merged cells also be sorted.

If you want to try it before buying it visit the app page JTB Sort Table.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

JTB FlexReport LT 1.4 freeware for FlexNet license status

JTB FlexReport LT 1.4 is now available also as an app for AutoCAD on Autodesk App Store.

JTB FlexReport LT is a freeware product from JTB World to create HTML reports on current usage of FlexNet/FLEXlm network licenses.

Screenshots from a sample HTML report. All users using a license will be listed, when the license was checked out and how many hours it has been used.

The aggregated list sums up multiple license servers and gives an overview of the features (applications/modules/packages), number of licenses issued, in use and available.

For historic reports in list and chart format see our JTB FlexReport product.

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