Thursday, September 17, 2020

JTB FixRefs 2.0 released - fix your external references in AutoCAD

JTB FixRefs 2.0 is now available. Fix paths on your external references. Xrefs, Datalinks, Raster Images, PDFs, DWFs, and DGNs are supported.

Version 2.0 news:

  • Retain drawing's thumbnail and xref override properties after saving
  • Added option to retain date modified after saving
  • Added button to open drawing's folder in Window Explorer

Free trial of JTB FixRefs available.

Monday, September 14, 2020

JTB Tool Palettes for AutoCAD

JTB Tool Palettes app has palettes similar to AutoCAD Tool Palettes but with some unique advanced features useful for companies with a lot of AutoCAD users.

But when you get into the work of creating, editing and distributing the palettes to other users, JTB Tool Palettes has powerful spreadsheets and tools for you as AutoCAD administrator, coordinator or CAD manager.

The Edit Command Window is a very wide spreadsheet of many tool columns.

Unless running in trial license, this window requires admin password to open. Admin password will be sent after you have purchased the license.

JTB Tool Palettes saves all palettes and palettes group to 1 .dat database file. Different set of tool palettes are saved to different dat file. Reference image files default location is the "Image" folder

You can put this Data folder on the network and share it with everyone. Other user can run the JTBToolPalettes_SelectDataFile to browse for it.

Trial license of JTB Tool Palettes is available in 30 days.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

BricsCAD customization and programming services

Are you using BricsCAD and need AutoCAD apps migrated or new apps created?

We have extensive experience creating both small simple commands and more complex apps for BricsCAD using LISP, VBA, VB.NET and C#.

We look forward to hear from you. Contact us with your needs.

Some apps for BricsCAD by JTB World:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Autodesk Named User usage reporting

Are you considering what Autodesk plan for Named Users you will go ahead with, now that there will be no more network licenses?

Product usage reporting with user details comes with the Premium plan and Enterprise plan for Autodesk Named Users at an extra cost compared to the Standard plan. With it you can see which individuals are using each product and version, and their frequency of use.

If the usage reporting sounds compelling you might find that the price is much higher for the Premium or Enterprise plans than if you stay with the Standard plans and add JTB FlexReport that together with JTB Process Monitor will give you great usage reporting of your named user licenses.

You can even monitor both the total usage time and the active usage time. You don’t want to lock up a license for a user using the license for a few hours per week or month.

JTB FlexReport with JTB Process Monitor works fine with any of Autodesk’s plans; Standard, Premium, Enterprise and Education. You can also monitor other software of your choice.

If you’re interested, try JTB FlexReport and JTB Process Monitor for free.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

AutoCAD THUMBSIZE–DWG thumbnail preview images

Thumbnail previews in the AutoCAD 2013 DWG file format and newer are stored as PNG images and provides higher-quality thumbnail previews in a smaller file size than previous image format did. Image resolution is still controlled by the THUMBSIZE system variable. However, the maximum valid value has increased from 2 to 8. If you do not wish to include thumbnail previews in the drawing you can still use the RASTERPREVIEW (THUMBSAVE) system variable to disable them.

Here is how THUMBSIZE is described in the documentation for AutoCAD 2013: Specifies the display resolution in pixels for all thumbnail preview images. It’s saved in the registry with the initial value 3. Whether preview images are saved in drawings is controlled by the THUMBSAVE system variable.

THUMBSAVE (Save a thumbnail preview image) is also available in OPTIONS dialog box on the Open and Save tab, clicking on Thumbnail Preview Settings. THUMBSIZE is only available on the command line.

The larger thumbnail preview used the longer it takes also to save the drawing so if you really want to optimize size and speed set THUMBSAVE to 0 for off.

The preview size in AutoCAD’s file dialog boxes is only showing max 174x101 in resolution. It’s a pity larger options are not available.

The actual size of the thumbnail also depends on how AutoCAD’s application window is sized. Normally it is much wider than higher resulting in thumbnails that are using max width but less in height.

If the current view is using the 2D Wireframe visual style the max height or width of the thumbnail will be 256 even if THUMBSIZE is higher than 2. I can certainly see a need for a change here in an upcoming AutoCAD version as the preview sometimes makes more sense with 2D drawings.

THUMBSIZE Resolution DWG File Size
N/A N/A 152 KB with THUMBSAVE 0
(only 1 KB less than with THUMBSAVE 1 and THUMBSIZE 0)
0 64 x 64 153 KB
1 128 x 128 155 KB
2 256 x 256 158 KB
3 512 x 512 168 KB
4 1024 x 1024 191 KB
5 1440 x 1440 213 KB
6 1600 x 1600 225 KB
7 1920 x 1920 242 KB
8 2560 x 2560 284 KB

To really see the larger thumbnails I used Windows Explorer’s preview pane.

THUMBSIZE=0

THUMBSIZE=3

Here is a test using a drawing with 3D objects and materials and note how the thumbnail adds up to 9 MB to the drawing. The increase due to the thumbnail depends on how the PNG image is compressed and can in worst case probably be up to 15-16 MB for the largest resolution.

THUMBSIZE Resolution DWG File Size
N/A N/A 1154 KB with THUMBSAVE 0
(1 KB less than with THUMBSAVE 1 and THUMBSIZE 0)
0 64 x 64 1155 KB
1 128 x 128 1186 KB
2 256 x 256 1203 KB
3 512 x 512 1261 KB
4 1024 x 1024 1495 KB
5 1440 x 1440 4472 KB
6 1600 x 1600 5172 KB
7 1920 x 1920 6671 KB
8 2560 x 2560 10277 KB

Here is an example using THUMBSIZE set to 1.

THUMBSIZE set to 2.

THUMBSIZE set to 3.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

JTB FlexReport 2020.8.0 released

JTB FlexReport 2020.8.0 is now ready.

We have added, improved and fixed things in this release. Some of it:

  • TLM usage monitoring supported. TASKING License Management by Altium.
  • FlexNet licenses with a mix of permanent and temporary (leased) licenses can now be separated. "Feature Expiry" is a new column on the FlexNet tab grid in JTB FlexReport Config to enable this together with specifying the license file to get the number of issued licenses for each.
  • RLM can now be monitored by snapshots as an alternative to the reporlog.
  • Some older versions of Sentinel is added support for. Like SentinelLM 7.0.0 Application Monitor by Rainbow Technologies, Inc.
  • List Report Type "Host Groups" has added "Min Max Avg" as new report option.
  • JTB Process Monitor now with option to log Total usage, Active usage or both.

See the version history for details.

Trial is available if you want to give it a try.

If your maintenance has expired you can try the new version for a few weeks, if you want to keep using it contact us to renew the maintenance. The upgrade is free of charge for customers with active maintenance.

What is JTB FlexReport? JTB FlexReport is a license usage report tool for applications licensed using network license systems like FlexNet, IBM LUM, DSLS, SPLM, Sentinel, LM-X, RLM, EPLAN (ELM), HASP, DPT, Tebis, CodeMeter among others. Track usage over time, hours used and much more.

If you have FlexNet licenses check out our JTB FlexReport LT freeware. App for AutoCAD available.

Autodesk user? Take a look at Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans and Prepare for the switch to Autodesk Named User Licenses. You may still find use for JTB FlexReport.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

JTB FlexReport 12.3.0 released

JTB FlexReport 12.3.0 is now ready.

We have added (DS-2 License Manager usage logs supported. DS-2 is a PLM of Zuken PCB Design.), improved and fixed things in this release. See the version history for details.

Trial is available if you want to give it a try.

If your maintenance has expired you can try the new version for a few weeks, if you want to keep using it contact us to renew the maintenance. The upgrade is free of charge for customers with active maintenance.

What is JTB FlexReport? JTB FlexReport is a license usage report tool for applications licensed using network license systems like FlexNet, IBM LUM, DSLS, SPLM, Sentinel, LM-X, RLM, EPLAN (ELM), HASP, DPT, Tebis, CodeMeter among others. Track usage over time, hours used and much more.

If you have FlexNet licenses check out our JTB FlexReport LT freeware. App for AutoCAD available.

Autodesk user? Take a look at Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans and Prepare for the switch to Autodesk Named User Licenses. You may still find use for JTB FlexReport.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Prepare for the switch to Autodesk Named User Licenses

If you today have Autodesk network licenses and when it’s time to decide you want to know if you need more or less Named User licenses. You will get help by the reports JTB FlexReport provides. Create reports on concurrent licenses used, get number of hours used per user per feature and much more.

10 months usage

After the switch to Named User licenses (products with single-user access) you can get our JTB Process Monitor to keep monitoring the usage of the Autodesk software your users use. If you purchase JTB FlexReport now and know you within a few months will make the switch you might even get JTB Process Monitor at no extra cost.

JTB FlexReport is not limited to Autodesk monitoring. Any FlexNet based licensed products can be monitored and a lot of other systems like the recently added CodeMeter. And with JTB Process Monitor most any Windows software can be monitored.

Download and try JTB FlexReport today.

See also Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans.

Monday, July 6, 2020

JTB FlexReport 12.2.0 released

JTB FlexReport 12.2.0 is now ready.

We have added, improved and fixed things in this release. See the version history for details.

Trial is available if you want to give it a try.

If your maintenance has expired you can try the new version for a few weeks, if you want to keep using it contact us to renew the maintenance. The upgrade is free of charge for customers with active maintenance.

What is JTB FlexReport? JTB FlexReport is a license usage report tool for applications licensed using network license systems like FlexNet, IBM LUM, DSLS, SPLM, Sentinel, LM-X, RLM, EPLAN (ELM), HASP, DPT, Tebis, CodeMeter among others. Track usage over time, hours used and much more.

If you have FlexNet licenses check out our JTB FlexReport LT freeware. App for AutoCAD available.

Autodesk user? Take a look at Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans. You may still find use for JTB FlexReport.

Monday, June 22, 2020

JTB FlexReport 12.1.1 released with CodeMeter monitoring added

JTB FlexReport 12.1.1 is now ready.

Quite a lot have been add added, been improved and fixed in this release. CodeMeter monitoring support added. JTB Process Monitor Client is much easier to distribute to multiple users.

User only list report is a new report type. It aggregate the effective time the user used any feature to give a total time for that user no matter what server/feature used. Works for both network licenses and apps monitored with JTB Process Monitor.

Example:

  • Server A, Excel 9:00 – 12:00
  • Server A, Notepad 12:00 – 13:00
  • Server B, Notepad 11:00 – 13:00
  • Server A, BricsCAD 14:00 – 15:00

The above is 5 hours of usage, not including any duplicate usage.

More list report options to create Min/Max/Avg Usage list reports.

See the version history for details.

Trial is available if you want to give it a try.

If your maintenance has expired you can try the new version for a few weeks, if you want to keep using it contact us to renew the maintenance. The upgrade is free of charge for customers with active maintenance.

What is JTB FlexReport? JTB FlexReport is a license usage report tool for applications licensed using network license systems like FlexNet, IBM LUM, DSLS, SPLM, Sentinel, LM-X, RLM, EPLAN (ELM), HASP, DPT, Tebis, CodeMeter among others. Track usage over time, hours used and much more.

If you have FlexNet licenses check out our JTB FlexReport LT freeware. App for AutoCAD available.

Autodesk user? Take a look at Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans. You may still find use for JTB FlexReport.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sheet Set Manager productivity with SSMPropEditor

SSMPropEditor 7.4.3 has been released and comes with a few minor fixes. Are you using Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD or NanoCAD? If you do, then SSMPropEditor will help a lot, save time and effort updating properties across sheets. Free trial available.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Autodesk Civil 3D custom programming services

Are you looking for ways to expand or improve the functionality of Civil 3D? JTB World can help you create custom apps to help and automate your civil design workflow. You're welcome to contact us with an inquiry.

Civil 3D

Programming languages and API’s like C#, VB.NET, C++, ObjectARX, AutoLISP, VBA are mainly used. Database connections can be created to fit example SQL Server or MS Access or export/import to Excel.

Examples of objects or tasks that be automated or modified: Points, Point Groups, Surfaces, Alignments, Sites, Catchment, Pipe Networks, Pressure Networks, Corridors, Assemblies, Intersections, Survey, Parcels, Grading, Profiles, Elevations, Sections, Mass Haul, Survey Data, Feature Lines, Roundabout design, Rail tracks, Visualization and analysis, Sanitary and Storm drainage systems. Do you need help with the design process, integration with other systems, Property set definition editing, quantity take off, Batch update across multiple drawings, drawing generation, etc.? We can help.

What is Autodesk Civil 3D? It’s a civil engineering design software that supports BIM (Building Information Modeling) with integrated features to improve drafting, design, and construction documentation.

JTB World is an Autodesk Authorised Developer

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

AutoCAD 2021 potentially unwanted?

AutoCAD 2021 with its main executable acad.exe is detected as a potentially unwanted app by Windows Defender Antivirus as Program:Win32/Unwaders.A!ml

It’s said that this program has potentially unwanted behavior. Of that I can sometimes agree.

acad unwanted

“Win32/Unwaders.A!ml is a detection for computer adware that shows unruly advertisements on the infected computer. This threat usually penetrates the computer is several ways including malicious ad campaign and software bundling method.

There is really no difference how Adware:Win32/Unwaders.A!ml attacks as compare to all threats from this same category. All of them are taking advantage of software bundling hoax to sneak onto computer even without permission from users.“

Personally I think this is a false positive. It happens once in a while even with our apps that Antivirus programs think they are a threat even if they are not. Usually it is fixed by an updated Antivirus definition within a few days.

Update: Now also AutoCAD 2020 is detected in the same way.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Avanti Start-App video

Now we have a video about Avanti Start-App that makes it possible to start, stop or restart your work computer from your phone.

See the previous post for more details.

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