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.

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

Wide Screens and AutoCAD Ribbon Tip to maximize screen real estate

Do you have a wide screen and/or high screen resolution?  If you want to maximize the drawing area in AutoCAD in height, docking the Ribbon vertically might be a help for you.

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First Undock the Ribbon
Right-click the ribbon tabs and select Undock.

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To Dock the Ribbon in a New Location
Click the title bar and drag the undocked ribbon to either the left edge, right edge, or top of the drawing area
When the outline of the window is displayed in the docking area, release the button.

Another trip is to undock the Ribbon and have it floating, minimize it or hide it.

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Or try Clean screen by pressing Ctrl+0. Press Ctrl+0 again to restore.

Some other tips can be found in this AutoCAD knowledge base article to Optimize Your AutoCAD Drawing Space.

Looking for other ways to improve your AutoCAD usage? Check out our CAD apps or contact us for any custom development needs.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Sheet Set Manager workaround to use backslash in sheet title

“Do you have a workaround for “\” to be accepted on sheet titles used with the Sheet Set Manager?”

Yes I do. Try any of these three alternatives: ⧵⧹\

Just copy and paste one of them. Works with layout names and file names too. Should work with the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD or NanoCAD.

See also Add a comma to the sheet title of a sheet in AutoCAD and our apps working with the Sheet Set Manager like SSMPropEditor.

Monday, December 9, 2019

JTB License Manager for software developers

JTB License Manager is a License Manager affordable for small and medium sized software development companies.

Do you want to offer your customers time limited or functionality limited trials, single licenses or network licenses?

Do you develop apps for Windows using VBA, .NET, C#, VB.NET or AutoLISP?

Do you develop apps that runs as Add-ins on AutoCAD or BricsCAD?

JTB License Manager is a proven product used by JTB World for our apps for many years and upon request we now offer you access to it.

We allow you to brand it with your logo and company name.

Contact us if you are interested.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.5 released

JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.5 got some improvements and fixes. The Sheets tab has a new button “Generate Custom Property Columns (skip If it exists)” to simplify the creation and sorting of custom property columns.

JTB Sheet Set Creator is an app for AutoCAD that creates new Sheet Sets and Sheets with all properties based on an Excel template.

Download the upgrade or try it. JTB Sheet Set Creator

If you purchased on or after December 1, 2017 the upgrade is free of charge.

If you are using Sheet Sets you can make batch edits of properties with SSMPropEditor or make merge, purge and convert with JTB DST Tool, DST Converter, or publish with JTB Sheet Set Publish.

Update Autodesk Desktop App to avoid being exposed to hackers

If you do have Autodesk Desktop App installed you should update it now if you have 7.0.16.29 and earlier installed.

CVE-2019-7365, was discovered in the Autodesk desktop application. The desktop app -- AdAppMgrSvc.exe -- is related to Autodesk software from 2017 to the present day and runs with NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM. A missing DLL call made by an accompanying library also permitted the loading of arbitrary DLLs. In addition, there is no digital certificate validation, and so unsigned DLLs can be executed.

"After an attacker gains access to a computer, he might have limited privileges which can limit access to certain files and data," the researchers say. "The service provides him with the ability to operate as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM which is the most powerful user in Windows, so he can access almost every file and process which belongs to the user on the computer."

Autodesk said, "Autodesk released a patch for CVE-2019-7365 on 27 November for Autodesk Desktop Application (ADA) users. We highly recommend that customers apply the latest update for ADA by clicking the update button on the application. A security advisory with more information is available on the Autodesk Trust Centre."

Thanks to R.K. McSwain for this Blog post.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

JTB OffsetInXref 2.1 to offset nested lines

JTB OffsetInXref can be used with 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.

Version 2.1 comes with the added ability to move offset nested entity to the container's layer if its layer is "0".

Free trial available at JTB OffsetInXref.

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