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Sometimes there can be a reason why you want to change the application title in AutoCAD based products. It can be that you need to take nice screenshots for documentation for example. Instead of showing "Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 - UNREGISTERED VERSION" or "Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 - NOT FOR RESALE" you want it to show "Autodesk AutoCAD 2018" or something else. With JTB Change Title this can be done.
A variety of polylines created with the Spiro app in AutoCAD and its verticals.
Palette Auto-hide Speed is a freeware by JTB World. With it you can change the time it takes to show/hide or roll-up/roll-out the palette windows in AutoCAD when you have activated Auto-hide.
Here is when Roll-up and Roll-out are set to 0 to speed it up as much as possible.
Edit properties on multiple sheets belonging to Sheet Set Manager (SSM) for AutoCAD, GstarCAD and BricsCAD or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View with ease. If you want to change properties like a revision, date or name on two or more sheets at the same time SSMPropEditor is for you. Your productivity will increase and you will save time avoiding a lot of manual work.
Sheet Set Properties, Sheet Set Custom Properties, Sheet Properties and Sheet Custom Properties can be edited and bulk updated.
If you want to give it a try there is a free trial available.
SmartPurger 4.0 is released and here’s what’s fixed and updated:
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.
After I reported about the bug in the post AutoCAD Architecture 2018 and AutoCAD MEP 2018 New Feature Summary I got a workaround from Autodesk that I wanted to share:
Please see below workaround for the issue, suggested by our engineering team. You can enable the “Add-ins” Tab in the CUI and all the apps will be installed under this tab.
With the new DWG 2018 drawing file format be careful about if and when to upgrade and how it affects others involved, but in your team and customers.
Based on the “news” it seems like there’s only one developer left working for these products. Question is how long AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP will be around?
A bug managed to be introduced. It’s been in AutoCAD Architecture before. In the example below I have multiple apps installed and each app gets one tab named either Plug-ins or Add-ins.
Design Center has not been updated even though Autodesk Seek is no longer available. See image below. Not so much a vertical issue but rather an issue in vanilla AutoCAD.
Here are the “news” and it’s always nice to see some bugs to be fixed:
Approximately 400 new MVBlocks and block references are added to the metric content in the Design Center. The content includes lighting, furnishing, elevators, escalators, and electrical services.
Most AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP user interfaces are now optimized to work with high resolution monitors. As a result, dialog boxes such as the Style Manager and Display Manager dialog boxes, and palettes such as the Tool palettes and Styles Browser, scale correctly when you increase the text size in Windows display properties.
The value of the HPMAXLINES system variable has been optimized to reduce the time taken to open drawing files. The occasional crashes that occurred when opening and saving files, as well as when mirroring drawings containing Architecture entities are addressed.
Whenever an update is installed on AutoCAD Architecture 2018 or AutoCAD MEP 2018, the ribbon highlights the feature that was updated.
Projects addressing product reliability have resulted the following improvements:
System requirements found here.
One good news with AutoCAD 2018 is that “The file navigation dialog boxes for operations such as Open, Save, Attach and many others now remember the sort order of the column. If, for example, you sort by file size or reverse sort by file name, the next time you access that dialog box it will automatically display files using that same sort order.”
How it works in Windows Explorer / File Explorer. Show DWG properties like version, what software the dwg was created by and more.
If you only want to see the DWG version there is a freeware version of DWG Columns available as well.
A freeware version is available that only shows the DWG version.
Here’s a free system requirements analysis tool by Autodesk that can help to determine if your computer can run a particular Autodesk software product like AutoCAD or Revit.
“The Autodesk Prerequisite Checker analyzes the hardware and software environment of your computer and provides an output to let you know if you will be able to install and run a particular Autodesk product, or if you might run into difficulty.”
Read more about this tool and download it here.
It seems to have some issues though. Here’s what I found running a test on one machine. Obviously a horizontal resolution of 0 is incorrect.
It’s not yet been updated for Autodesk 2018 products.
The AutoCAD 2018.0.2 Update is now available for AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 through the Autodesk Desktop App,
or via the Autodesk Account.
But it’s not available on the Autodesk Knowledge Network site.
Here are the readme details:
The 2018.0.1 Update fixes described in this previous post are included. (This update was withdrawn some time after it was released)
New fixes in 2018.0.2 are:
More about AutoCAD 2018 here.
With the new Autodesk 2018 products the Autodesk Network License Manager does not need to be updated if you have version 18.104.22.168 or newer already installed.
But there are a few other new things that can be worth knowing.
For Collection Multi-User licenses: “Beginning with the 2018 release, package licenses will extend to 4 previous versions back to ease the process of transitioning from previous versions. The list of eligible previous versions and versions available for download on Autodesk account will continue to be the current version plus 3 previous versions.
For example, a package license for AutoCAD 2018 provides access to AutoCAD 2018 through AutoCAD 2014. Running an instance of any one of these versions consumes one license in the package. Running more than one version, even on the same machine, will consume more than one license in the package unless the license consumed is from an Industry Collection. Package licenses created for 2017 and earlier versions of Autodesk software contain current plus 3 previous versions.”
“Due to the new License Cascading behavior, users should launch the higher product first, then the lowest license after (i.e. Open Inventor Professional first, then AutoCAD afterwards). That way, the user would only consume 1 license.” Launching the lower product first will result in 2 licenses consumed.
“A multi-user Industrial Collection license will only consume a single license if the user launches different versions of the product within the collection on the same machine. For example if AutoCAD 2016 is launched with a Collection (multi-user) license and AutoCAD 2017 was also launched by the same user/machine, only a single license would be consumed.”
“If you have a combination of Subscribe and non-Subscribe products, DO NOT combine licenses into one file. They will need to be on different servers/workstations/virtual machines to avoid incorrect licensing count.”
For more details see this document Autodesk Licensing Changes and these links
Our page Autodesk Network License Manager has been updated as well.
JTB FlexReport works fine with the new Autodesk 2018 products. JTB FlexReport can help you to report on your license and product usage. See also our free JTB FlexReport LT product that shows the current usage in a nice HTML report.
Use the Get Feature Descriptions button in JTB FlexReport Config>Features or in JTB FlexReport LT to get the description for the new Autodesk 2018 feature codes that also are on our FlexNet Feature Codes page.
AutoCAD 2018 was released March 21, 2017. It’s the 32th version of AutoCAD.
There are not so many new features added. Especially if you already got the AutoCAD 2017.1 Update. Here are some of new ones listed:
AutoCAD LT 2018 and the free DWG TrueView has also been released and are based on AutoCAD 2018.
AutoCAD verticals like AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD MEP are also now available as 2018 versions.
Surprise, the free Autodesk Design Review is also updated as told by Scott Sheppard’s It’s Alive in the Lab blog. Remember DWF? This update of Design Review includes:
If you want to open DWG files with it you need to install DWG TrueView as well.
AutoCAD 2018.0.1 was made available just a day or so after AutoCAD 2018 was released. A word of warning though. It causes a problem to load certain digitally signed AutoLISP files. You may want to wait for another update or hotfix unless the fixes below are more important for you.
Autodesk AutoCAD 2018.0.1 Update readme.
Download via Autodesk Account page or Autodesk Desktop App. (no longer available)
A problem with Autodesk Desktop App was that even though the update was installed, Autodesk Desktop App notified that the update was not installed.
Just a few days ago this update was withdrawn, probably due to the problems with it. AutoCAD DevBlog posted about the problems with the signed VLX files. Autodesk found the root cause and if all set it may be shipped soon in another update.
For more details see our AutoCAD 2018 page. Other pages updated with AutoCAD 2018 information are:
JTB World’s apps are almost all updated to work with AutoCAD 2018.
Big changes to licensing of Autodesk products. I gathered some info I found on the topic. It may or may not be good for you. Steve Johnson at blog nauseam that looked at the costs find that you should stick with maintenance.
Here’s what Autodesk says:
Autodesk believes that subscribing is the best way for our customers to get the greatest value from our tools and technologies and that subscription will fundamentally change how we deliver extended capabilities and new functionalities through connected services. Only with subscription will you realize greater value through the following benefits:
- Latest and greatest product capabilities – Get access to Autodesk’s ongoing stream of innovation, updates to core products, cloud services for desktop products, and additional capabilities as soon as they are available, at no additional cost.
- Access to new industry collections – Available only through subscription, you’ll realize significant savings when you need two or more Autodesk software products.
- New and improved support – Enjoy faster response times and the option to receive help by scheduling a call with Autodesk technical support specialists.
- Simplified administration – Access tools that streamline deployment and software management when you standardize all of your Autodesk products on subscription.
On March 2, 2017 we announced several changes to our maintenance plan program. The changes are:
- Because managing two business models (subscription and maintenance plans) is costly, in order to continue supporting maintenance plans, beginning May 7, 2017, maintenance plan renewal prices will increase by 5% in 2017, 10% in 2018, and 20% in 2019.
- While we will continue to offer the choice of renewing your existing maintenance plans, effective February 20, 2017, multi-year maintenance plan renewals will no longer be offered. If you currently have a multi-year maintenance plan (i.e. 2-year or 3-year term), you are able to renew it for one year at a time.
- We have also announced a special offer for our maintenance plan customers. Beginning in June 2017, you will be able to move (switch) products that are on a maintenance plan to a subscription for up to 60% less than the cost of a new subscription. You can take advantage of this offer during your renewal period and it is valid once per seat of a product on maintenance. The price to switch from maintenance to subscription will increase 5% in 2018 and another 5% in 2019, so the earlier you switch, the less it will cost. When switching, you can choose to switch to a subscription of the same product or to an industry collection.
It is our objective to provide you with as much information as possible. Please see our FAQ for additional details and contact your Autodesk Sales Representative or Autodesk Reseller. Also feel free to use this forum to pose additional questions as these are big changes and we want to do everything we can to support you and your business. We appreciate your time and interest.
Subscription site at Autodesk.
Autodesk Maintenance Plans FAQ will help with these questions:
Autodesk’s Moving To Subscription forum
Autodesk Terms & Conditions
Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) Change to type of licenses provided through ADN
ADN subscription: How do I support customers on old versions? According to this post: “Under Subscription we will only support and provide the current release plus 3 releases back. Sorry but we are no longer able to provide perpetual license access.”
What does this mean? "Enjoy faster response times and the option to receive help by scheduling a call with Autodesk technical support specialists." According to this post: “Beginning May 2017, all subscribers will have the option of scheduling a call with an Autodesk technical support specialist to discuss and work through issues quickly.”
Interview with Amar Hanspal and Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk's interim co-chief executive officers.
According to Amar Hanspal: “So there’s a different price for each year, when that three-year lock in expires that customer immediately goes up to the terminal loyalty price a little over – roughly 60% more in their maintenance price, and then they’re kind of subject to ongoing price increases that will affect with our long-term pricing strategy.”
How is this going to affect education customers? According to this post: “even though your free educational licenses are based on a perpetual model (they are not subscription-based), there is no impact to the offer of free access to Autodesk software for qualifying students, teachers and academic institutions. We will continue with this program as is and as described on the education home page on autodesk.com.”
To further learn about your specific options talk with your Autodesk reseller.
JTB World’s JTB FlexReport can help you monitor usage of Autodesk network licenses as well as standalone licenses as well as other FlexNet based licenses and several other network license systems. With the data JTB FlexReport provides you can be in a better position when it comes to knowing how historical usage has been and how to plan for the future.
JTB World will continue developing apps and make custom solutions for Autodesk products like AutoCAD and Revit. If you decide to go with or already use other CAD products like for example BricsCAD, DraftSight, GstarCAD or ZWCAD we can also help to create apps based on your needs. Feel free to contact us.
JTB XClipClean 2.0 is now released. A few bugs have been fixed and there is now installer available.
JTB XClipClean is an Xclip-cutter app for AutoCAD to clean up xrefs or blocks that been clipped so that the information that is outside the clip is removed. This is useful when you need to remove hidden geometry and minimize DWG file size. AutoCAD allows blocks and xrefs to be clipped using the XCLIP command. Sometimes for different reasons you have to clean up the blocks or xrefs that have been clipped. JTB XClipClean can help you with that by deleting and trimming geometry that is outside the xclip boundary.
Revit does not handle xclipped blocks and xrefs so XClipClean can be useful to run on drawings before taking them into Revit.
Autodesk Inventor can work with AutoCAD DWG files in different ways and sometimes it can be good to know if the DWG file was created by Inventor or AutoCAD.
Here are some quotes from the post Drawings in Windows Explorer: Inventor or AutoCAD? on the IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog.
You can “right click on it and see if it shows the Inventor iProperties option through the Windows shell integration or use the Provider field in Autodesk Vault to see the creator of the program”. But there is a better way.
“Since the authoring program of the DWG has to be one that edits the native geometry of the DWG, a user has to know the correct program in which to open the file and make the edits. For instance an Inventor DWG that contains modeling data will not be able to be exploded in AutoCAD because Inventor contains the modeling and assembly feature data. Likewise an AutoCAD drawing containing vector geometry should be edited in AutoCAD so that the entities are properly modified or adjusted.”
About DWG Columns Mark Flayler says: “This is a must for any company with mixed AutoCAD and Inventor DWG files in legacy or production use around the company. If you are looking for a large amount of seats there is even a volume discount for your engineering teams. Go check it out and see the other things it can do as well. Even for a single seat it is really inexpensive to increase your sanity and productivity.”
Check out the trial of DWG Columns here.
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.
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.
JTB Sort Table 1.1 has been released with a couple of bug fixes:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
JTB Steel 1.3.1 is now released with following changes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you now use the SEEK command in AutoCAD either from command line
or from 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®
For more information please click on the link below, or click on the link to start browsing and downloading BIM objects from bimobject.com
Thanks to Steve Johnson at blog nauseam where I read about this first.
Here are the main news:
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.
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.