Thursday, January 14, 2021

What is Line Space Style in mtext in CAD?

Some users have run into some odd behavior with multiline text (mtext) in DWG editors like AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD and ZWCAD. What helped in these cases was to change the Line Space Style.

What is mtext Line Space Style?

There are two styles:

  • At Least. Adjusts lines of text automatically based on the height of the largest character in the line. More space is added between lines of text with taller characters. This is the default setting.
  • Exactly. Forces the line spacing to be the same size for all lines of text regardless of format differences such as font or text height Useful to line up text in tables.

To ensure that line spacing is identical in multiple multiline text objects, use Exactly and set the Line Space Factor to the same value in each multiline text object.

Note: Using Exactly can cause text in lines located above or below lines with large font characters (commonly used in Asian languages) to overlap the larger characters.

I run into this several times being Swedish and having accented letters like Å, Ä and Ö that are higher than most characters.

If you use Justify like Middle center you can see how the insertion point is at different heights related to the text and also affects the Background mask and Text frame. The cyan line shows the insertion point.

Multiline text placement on a leader can also be affected as seen below.

Multiline text with 4 columns below.

Sample DWG to download.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

JTB LayoutsToDwgs 2.0 AutoCAD freeware

JTB LayoutsToDwgs 2.0 adds the a new command that purges and bind xrefs before splitting out each layout to a separate drawing.

The app will save each of your layouts to a single-layout drawing. Model space is copied as is.

New drawings are named after the layouts, with a prefix and a suffix specified by you. Drawings are saved in source drawing folder.

You will be asked to use WBLOCK or SAVEAS command to proceed. Use SAVEAS command to keep current drawing properties, page setups and other settings in the new drawing(s). Use WBLOCK command for better performance.

Then, you enter a prefix and a suffix text to name target drawings. Hit enter and drawings will be created from all layouts, saved in the current folder.

Batch process multiple drawings with JTB SmartBatch.

JTB LayoutsToDwgs

Do you need it for BricsCAD, ZWCAD or any other CAD app let us know.

Monday, December 7, 2020

JTB FlexReport 2020.12.0 - monitor BricsCAD license usage and more

JTB FlexReport 2020.12.0 is now ready.

We have fixed a few things in this release.

  • JTB FlexReport Core
    • Fixed a problem where the FlexNet debug log import could fail to work.
  • JTB FlexReport Service/Client
    • Fixed another bug caused by ' character in user and host names.

See the version history for all details.

BricsCAD is among the many products JTB FlexReport can monitor usage of.

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 together with JTB Process Monitor.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Keynote list with symbol around the number with JTB Text Bubble Plus

JTB Text Bubble Plus 3.4 has this feature added. Use TBBCV command to convert numbers in a MTEXT list by adding a circle, triangle, square, hexagon or other block around the numbers. It is common drafting standard that the keynote list matches the symbol used for the leader.

With the Text Bubble Plus you can insert text bubbles to lines, curves, or draw leaders with it, or quickly make a schedule from text bubbles and/or other blocks. Incrementing of numbers or letters is done automatically. Works with AutoCAD, BricsCAD and GstarCAD. Do you want this for ZWCAD or any other CAD software let us know.

Free trial of JTB Text Bubble Plus is available.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Merge Sheet Sets with JTB DST Tool 2.0.0

JTB DST Tool can now fully merge Sheet Sets containing Sheet Views and their fields in the drawings. For this specific functionality full AutoCAD is needed. Otherwise the app works without the need of any CAD installed.

When ready a detailed status log is showed for all processed sheets.

Fields get updated so they point to the merged Sheet Set DST file.

You can also purge, convert and fix paths for Sheet Set DST files for AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD, NanoCAD Plus/Pro and any other CAD software using Sheet Set DST files. More about the app at JTB DST Tool.

Monday, November 9, 2020

JTB FlexReport 2020.11.0 license and app usage monitoring

JTB FlexReport 2020.11.0 is now ready.

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

  • Startup time of the Client had been improved.
  • Bug fixes for some list reports.

See the version history for all details.

JTB FlexReport Config > Update DB is needed after installing.

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 together with JTB Process Monitor.

Monday, October 19, 2020

JTB Page Setup Fix for AutoCAD

The app JTB Page Setup Fix will search all page setups in your drawing and check every plotters, paper sizes and plot styles. If a plotter is no more available in your PC, it will be replaced by your selected default plotter. If paper size is not applicable, it will be replace with best matched paper size. If a plot style is not found, it will be replaced by your default plot style.

You can also set up for the fix routine to run every time a drawing is open.

Trial license for JTB Page Setup Fix is available for 15 days.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Better offset for BricsCAD and AutoCAD with JTB OffsetInXref 2.3

JTB OffsetInXref can be used with BricsCAD and AutoCAD to enable the OFFSET command to work with externally referenced drawings, blocks, and lines within associated arrays, dimensions and tables.

  • Once loaded, the standard OFFSET command will work with blocks and externally referenced content: instead of responding "Cannot offset that object.", the app will automatically copy the selected object into the current drawing, allowing it to participate with the OFFSET command.
  • The lowest-level object will be selected, if part of a nested Xref or block, but some objects - such as Hatches - will still cause the "Cannot offset that object" prompt to be displayed.
  • The app can either have the OFFSET command create geometry on the current layer (the default) or the source layer. The XOFFSETLAYER command allows configuration of this option.

Free trial available at JTB OffsetInXref.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Edit CAD Sheet Sets without CAD with JTB SSMPropEditor

JTB SSMPropEditor 2020.9.0 has been released and comes with a some improvements and fixes.

  • More editing functionality for Label block for views, Callout blocks, Page setup overrides file, Sheet storage location and Sheet creation template.
  • Silent command line installation is now also uninstalling previous version unattended.
  • Chinese localization. 图纸集管理器
  • Graphical issues fixed that could happen in some systems due to text scaling and DPI.

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 of JTB SSMPropEditor available.

Monday, September 28, 2020

JTB FlexReport will help when migrating to Named User licensing by Autodesk

If you have used Autodesk network licenses you might have or will migrate to the new Named User plans. JTB FlexReport will help with your reporting needs as well as to prepare before it’s time to know how many Named User licenses you need. For example by importing old FlexNet debug logs and create reports on them.

JTB FlexReport 2020.9.3 is now ready.

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

  • Added support to import FlexNet debug log usage and denials.
  • GHSlm improved to handling large logs without interrupting other monitored  license systems.
  • DS-2 bug fixed to use correct server name.
  • Fixed a bug where logging could stop in some cases.
  • Fixed  bug that could result in an empty HTML report.
  • Raw data list and pinged hosts reports use date filters.
  • Gridline settings saved and used as expected in future reports, auto reports and favorites.

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.

Autodesk user? Take a look at Autodesk Named User usage reporting, Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans and Prepare for the switch to Autodesk Named User Licenses.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

JTB Pline Closure Report for AutoCAD polylines

When you have a drawing where there is a polyline drawn from surveying data around an area, you need to check how the polyline is properly closed. The distance between the start point and the end point of the polyline is the Closure Error Distance. Ideally, it should be zero, but very often it is not. JTB Pline Closure Report will help you to create that Pline Closure Report. Including in the report, it lists the pline's coordinates and closed area. See images below for more details of all values in the report.

Case 1.

Case 2.

Dimensions of a curve.

Polyline enclosure text report.

Trial license of JTB Pline Closure Report is available for 30 days.

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.

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