Friday, September 13, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.5.1 license usage tracking

JTB FlexReport 11.5.1 is now ready. There are some bug fixes, especially if you already have upgraded or installed version 11.5. 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 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.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

HVACPAC update with support for AutoCAD 2020 and BricsCAD

HVACPAC is updated with support for AutoCAD 2020 and BricsCAD.

HVACPAC is an AutoCAD and BricsCAD app for HVAC and Piping design work in 2D and 3D.

HVACPAC includes all In-line duct fittings and equipment, air terminals and HVAC associated pipe work.

HVAC drawing.

Air terminals.

Piping drawing.

Visit HVACPAC to learn more and get the trial.

Monday, September 2, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.5 license usage monitoring and reporting

JTB FlexReport 11.5 is now ready. There are some new features and several bug fixes. 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 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.

Monday, August 19, 2019

SSMPropEditor 7.3

Your best app as a Sheet Set user, SSMPropEditor, has been improved and got some new features and bug fixes. How about drag and drop to relocate sheets and subsets?

For details on this release and previous releases see the revision history.

You find the download here. If you purchased on or after November 1, 2017 the upgrade is free of charge. Trial for 30 days is available.

Edit properties on multiple sheets belonging to Sheet Set Manager (SSM) for AutoCAD, GstarCAD and BricsCAD, NanoCAD Plus/Pro 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 batch updated either directly within the app or by exporting to Excel, make edits and import back.

If you are using Sheet Sets you can create new Sheet Sets including drawings based on an Excel template with our JTB Sheet Set Creator or make merge, purge and convert of Sheet Sets with JTB DST Tool, DST Converter, or publish with JTB Sheet Set Publish.

If you have any other time consuming or boring task you want automated we can help. Contact us.

Apps for AutoCAD and/or BricsCAD updated

Several apps by JTB World have been updated recently.

  • 2019-08-19 JTB Find 1.0.1 released, finally users of AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) based products including MEP, Map 3D and Civil 3D can find and replace text in the Extended Data tab in Properties, specifically for Property Sets and their Property Definition values (PSD).
  • 2019-08-19 ACAD_db 4.0.5 released
  • 2019-08-19 XClipClean 2.5.1 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Align Plus 4.2.1 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Sort Table 2.0.3 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Text Bubble Plus 3.2.1 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.5.0 released

Trial is available for most of our apps.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

AutoCAD 2017-2019 Combo Security Hotfix and Autodesk Licensing 2020 update

Here are a couple of recent updates from Autodesk:

AutoCAD 2017-2019 Combo Security Hotfix

As part of Autodesk’s ongoing efforts to provide the best security possible to our customers, we are releasing these updates to remediate multiple vulnerabilities discovered through testing and research by software security experts. These critical updates should be applied by all customers.

Autodesk Licensing Service Update for 2020 product versions

This update for Autodesk Licensing Service is available for all the platforms - Windows, Mac and Linux. The update includes defect fixes related to install, launch, security and resiliency of Autodesk Licensing Service and its installer. For more details, please refer to the Improvements and Defects section below. This is a cumulative update and contains all the changes from the updates previously released. Autodesk strongly recommends installing the latest available version of the Autodesk Licensing Service for better reliability and performance

Thursday, August 1, 2019

AutoCAD 2020.1 Update

AutoCAD 2020.1 Update is now available.

AutoCAD 2020.1

Worth updating? Take a look at below from the release notes.

The AutoCAD 2020.1 Update contains the previously released block performance hotfix for AutoCAD 2020.

After applying this patch, the Product Version in the About box will be listed as Q.70.0.0 AutoCAD 2020.1. For specialized toolsets, Autodesk Civil 3D or Autodesk Advance Steel, the Built On version will be listed as Q.70.0.0 AutoCAD 2020.1.

Here’s a summary of the new features and enhancements provided in this Update.

Blocks Palette

  • Drag and drop actions now apply the settings for Scale and Rotation
  • The display of thumbnail images is improved
  • Tooltips can now be suppressed with the TOOLTIP system variable

Text on Layer

  • Sets a default layer for text and multiline text objects with the TEXTLAYER system variable.

Standards for Multileaders

  • Extends the Standards feature to support multileader styles.


  • The SECUREREMOTEACCESS system variable has been expanded to control whether ObjectARX programs are restricted from uploading to internet locations or remote servers.

3D Translators

  • The translators used for importing several external 3D formats have been updated. These include Creo and Granite, SolidEdge, NX, Parasolid, JT, and Rhino.

Problems Reported Through the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of the detailed information that we received from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, we were able to identify and fix several defects including the following:


  • Occasional crashes when using the BLOCKNAVIGATE system variable to specify paths and file names for blocks and drawings.
  • Occasional crashes when inserting DXF files from the Blocks palette.
  • Occasional crashes when using WBLOCK and selecting a field in some drawings.
  • Occasional crashes when launching AutoCAD if the Blocks palette displays a corrupted drawing in the Other Drawing tab.

Plot and print PDF

  • Occasional crashes when plotting to a PDF file when an included font name is more than 31 characters long.


  • Occasional crashes when changing the visual style in the Model Documentation mode.
  • Occasional crashes when grip editing multiple objects.
  • Occasional crashes when opening drawings that contain corrupted linetypes.
  • Occasional crashes when opening certain drawings and then switching from model to a paper space layout.
  • Occasional crashes when opening DXF files that do not include any layouts.
  • Occasional crashes when with the SHAREVIEW command for drawings containing zero-length objects.
  • Occasional crashes when switching to different layouts in drawings that contain geographic location information.
General Update Content

The following defects have been fixed:


  • A preview might not display in the Dimension Style dialog box for the Annotative dimension style.


  • The objects might not display after editing a block and switching from paper space to model space.


  • Opening some drawings takes longer than in previous versions.
  • Plotting some drawings to PDF is slower than expected.

Quick Measure

  • Quick Measure does not support rotated UCS orientations even when the XY plane of the UCS is parallel to the XY plane of the WCS.
  • Quick Measure doesn't work on some AutoCAD Mechanical custom objects.
  • Quick Measure results are partly hidden if the current layer is turned off.

Share View

  • With the SHAREVIEW command, drawings can be clipped incorrectly on the right side.


  • External references cannot be detached when inserted multiple times.
  • PDF and DWF files might not display in the block editor.


  • The results might be incorrect when using PASTESPEC to insert a table.
  • Changes to the Default Scale List in the Options dialog box, User Preferences tab, aren't retained.

RVT Columns for Explorer supports Revit 2020

RVT Columns for Explorer has been updated to handle Revit 2020 files. With this app you can see the Revit Build and Revit Version on RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT files in Explorer as well as any products that shows Revit files in dialog boxes like Revit’s Open file dialog box.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.1–Batch Block Attribute Editor for AutoCAD and BricsCAD

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.1 has been released. Here are the news and fixes since version 3.0:

  • Under the [Add][+] menu, new "Select blocks on screen" option is added for you to edit a selection, rather than the whole drawing.

  • Installing unattended via command line and activate a network license server can now be done
  • Fixed a critical bug in loading the spreadsheet
  • Solved an issue in the network license
  • Fixed a bug in progression bar
  • Fixed a bug in Block Name Wildcards
  • Fixed bugs that hotkeys on the spreadsheet didn't work in BricsCAD
  • Fixed a bug in BricsCAD's multiline attribute

This batch attribute editor app for AutoCAD and BricsCAD collects attributes in all blocks of specified name patterns in multiple drawings and display in a wide spreadsheet. Then you can edit attribute texts as easy as working with Excel. Once done, click "Apply Attribute Changes" to update values to drawings.

This makes it a great app to for example edit title block attributes across many drawings instead of having to do it one drawing at a time. How do you edit all title block data?

If you want to export the attributes to Excel use the "Export - Import" button. Optionally you can make modifications in Excel for example with help of functions and formulas and then import back.

Try it for free by downloading from JTB BatchAttEdit. Existing customers just need to download and install this update.

For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list and our apps available on Autodesk App Store. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects where we specialize on the AutoCAD, Revit and BricsCAD platforms.

Monday, July 22, 2019

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.4.0 released

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.4.0 has been released.

  • Sheet Set Publish output folder is defaulted to if available.
  • App installation folder changed to be in C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins.
  • Unattended installation and configuration of network license server made possible.

JTB Sheet Set Publish is an app for AutoCAD that publishes sheets in Sheet Sets, layouts in other drawings, folders or drawings in DSD files to files like PDF and DWF or images like PNG. The files created are named as you want based on a naming formula that you specify. Use date fields and/or sheet properties of your choice to build up the output filename.

Download is here as well as trial.

JTB Sheet Set Publish

Other new and updated apps we recommend:

JTB Find - find and replace Propert Set Data values.

JTB FixRefs - fix paths on your external references.

JTB BatchAttEdit - edit attributes on many drawings with ease.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

JTB Find new app to find and replace text in Property Set Data

With our new app JTB Find you can find and replace text in Property Sets and their Property Definition values (PSD).

JTB Find is an app for AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) based products including MEP, Map 3D and Civil 3D. If you want to try it we have a free trial available.

Do you need any custom development for AutoCAD verticals/toolsets like AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Map3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D we can help with that too.

Monday, July 15, 2019

ACAD_db 4.0.3 released - sync attributes with a database

ACAD_db 4.0.3 has been released. Make use of AutoCAD together with an external database. Block attribute values can automatically be updated back and forth to one or many external databases. If you make changes to the attribute values they can be synchronized back to the external database or the other way around.

New since version 4.0 is a Setup Window for the database table JTBW_AttSync is available to ease the task to create the connection between the database and the drawing.

Advance Edit Row:

Free trial available.

Do you have other needs to customize or automate your CAD work? Do you need this app for BricsCAD? We can help, feel free to contact us.

JTB Batch Change 2.0 for AutoCAD

JTB Batch Change 2.0 is now available. JTB Batch Change allows you to automate AutoCAD from Excel.

Download is here as well as trial.

In JTB Batch Change version 2.0 we added the ability to batch change attribute tags in title blocks and retain values, batch change layers and their properties on many drawings and more.

With JTB Batch Change a lot of different batch tasks can be done to help your work in AutoCAD.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

AutoCAD vs BricsCAD startup times

Do you experience that AutoCAD 2020 is quicker to start than AutoCAD 2019? It’s true when you open it after opening it once. The first time after starting Windows, it’s slower. BricsCAD is generally quicker to open than AutoCAD. Both often you find that a new version is slower to start then the previous version.

David Robison at Design Master Software shared this post comparing Startup Performance for different versions of AutoCAD and BricsCAD Platinum. Check it out for all test results. There you get explain what this graph is showing.


On the topic, a while ago Steve Johnson at cad nauseam blog did a test comparing the time it takes to install AutoCAD vs BricsCAD.

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