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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Avanti Start-App to remotely start and shut down computers from your mobile

Avanti Start-App is a mobile app that allows you to remotely start, restart and shut down computers.

As a system administrator you will be able to view all your network PCs, identify their status (On or Off) start them, shut them down or restart them from your phone, from anywhere in the world as long as an internet connection is available.

A computer on for eight hours uses almost 600 kWh and emits 175 kg of CO2 per year. So leaving it turned on over a weekend just to be able to access it is not good for your organisation nor is it good for the environment.

During current pandemic times with COVID-19 Avanti Start-App is most helpful for distance home workers that use various means of remote desktop (RDP) to work on the computers located at the office.

No need to leave the organisation PCs turned on to gain remote access during or out of working hours.
Employees will also be able to use the Avanti Start-App using their domain\username & password. This will enable them to see their PC status (On-Off), start it, Shut it down or Restart it.

Find out more on our Avanti Start-App page.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Boost Sheet Set Manager with SSMPropEditor

SSMPropEditor 7.4 has been released and comes with support for AutoCAD 2021 and Vault 2021. 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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lines connected automatically to blocks in AutoCAD

This app automatically link blocks with other block(s) that have the same attribute value by a non-plottable line. Each master block may have many minions. If the attribute value is the same, a line is created automatically linking the master (from insertion point) to the minion (to insertion point). The link will stretch and remain connected to the blocks if the blocks are moved. If the attribute value is changed, the link will disconnect, and reconnect to another similar block if necessary.

If you would like any tailor made app like this one or anything else for your CAD software like AutoCAD, Revit, BricsCAD or the like contact us or take a look at our list of apps.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Actual usage reporting of borrowed network licenses with JTB Process Monitor

Do you have a lot of users borrowing network licenses and don't want to see 24 hours usage per day on the JTB FlexReport reports?

The blue line below shows borrowed licenses.

borrowed licenses

The solution is to add JTB Process Monitor and either get the time the monitored app is run or actively used.

Get reports in various ways like a list report showing hours used.

Or as a chart showing concurrent licenses used.

5 days usage

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

JTB World apps usage from home allowed

We have got inquiries if it is allowed to request license keys for our apps for home usage. Yes that is allowed and we will and want to help you so you can work from home using JTB World’s apps. Stay safe.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

JTB FlexReport 12.0.0 released with HASP, DPT and Tebis monitoring added

JTB FlexReport 12.0.0 is now ready.

Quite a lot have been add added, been improved and fixed in this release. Codemeter monitoring support was planned to be included but will come in next version in March.

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 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.

Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans

Autodesk is retiring plans based on serial numbers and launching new named user plans. No more concurrent usage with network licenses (Autodesk Network License Manager / FLEXlm / FlexNet) allowing multiple users share a license of say AutoCAD, Revit or Inventor.

How will you prepare for the transition to named user plans? At your first renewal date after May 7, 2020 you need to be prepared. Subscriptions with multi-user access and maintenance plans will retire on May 7, 2021 and cannot be renewed after this date. As part of retiring maintenance, the last version of the Design & Creation Suites will be released in April 2020 for customers to download, and the last date to renew Suites will be April 16, 2020.

UPDATE 2020-03-04 by Autodesk: We will extend the ability to purchase new multi-user subscription plans to August 7, 2020 and move their retirement to August 7, 2021. While we communicated that we would begin transitioning customers to named user starting May 7, 2020, we do not want to introduce a change at a time when business-as-usual is hard enough.

Will you guess or ask users how much they use Autodesk products?

Or will you use JTB FlexReport and be better prepared with actual numbers based on usage history?

Usage per Feature per Day.


More details on the terms and conditions page. There is an Autodesk forum to discuss and ask about these changes.

Discuss on Facebook group CAD Managers Unite! if you like. 

Donnie Gladfelter has made an extensive post on his blog. “this hypothetical customer would need to invest $24,550/year to maintain the level of access they have today for a cost of $5,925/year. That’s an increase of nearly 315%!”

Time to prepare so you know how to proceed when it is time for renewal. Considering options for users using AutoCAD too little to justify a full license. Maybe AutoCAD LT, a free DWG viewer, BricsCAD or similar.

Chart report on how many hours users have been using a feature.

Both now and in the future you might find use of our JTB Process Monitor that works with non-network licenses like the Named User Plans too. You don’t want to keep paying for expenses licenses that hardly are used.

Feel free to contact us to discuss how JTB FlexReport and JTB Process Monitor can help you. Free trial available.

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