Thursday, March 22, 2018

Autodesk Network license Manager for Autodesk 2019 products

Autodesk Network License Manager is now available and required when using Autodesk 2019 products like AutoCAD 2019.

Download from Autodesk Knowledge Network.

Starting with version v11.14.1.3, the default installation folder has changed to C:\Autodesk\Network License Manager. If you had any licensing service configured earlier with previous versions of the Network License Manager, you will have to re-configure them after installing the latest version of the NLM (starting with v11.14.1.3) due to a change in the default install location of the NLM binaries.

In LMTOOLS on the System Settings tab the IPv4 and IPv6 addresses can be seen separately now.

LMTOOLS System Settings

On the Config Services tab there is a new checkbox “FlexNet Licensing Service Required”. It is required for optional features such as virtualization and trusted storage.

LMTOOLS Config Services

If you want to see current license status take a look at our freeware JTB FlexReport LT and if you want to monitor historic usage see our JTB FlexReport.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

AutoCAD 2018.1.2 Update

Another update for AutoCAD 2018 is here. AutoCAD 2018.1.2 is available to download from your Autodesk Accounts page or using the Autodesk Desktop App. This update is also available for AutoCAD LT.

AutoCAD 2018.1.2 Update

Details from the Readme:

The AutoCAD 2018.1.2 Update contains all of the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2018.

AutoCAD Updates can be applied to AutoCAD installed as a standalone application and AutoCAD-based vertical products. You can install the AutoCAD update in addition to any applicable updates for your vertical products listed below.

AutoCAD and Vertical Products:

  • AutoCAD 2018
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2018
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2018
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2018
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2018
  • AutoCAD MEP 2018
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2018
  • Advance Steel 2018

After applying this patch, the Product Version in the About box will be listed as O.161.0.0 AutoCAD 2018.1.2 Update. If you use one of the vertical products, the Built On version will be listed as O.161.0.0 AutoCAD 2018.1.2 Update. _VERNUM returns "O.161.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only). When installed it shows up as version in the list of installed updates in Windows.

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 with the following results:

Point Cloud

  • Occasional crashes when adding color schemes to point clouds no longer occur.


  • Occasional crashes when detaching external references in some visual styles no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when importing or attaching DGN drawings with some spline types no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when getting the UCS coordinate values from a dimension no longer occur.

Several additional defects have been fixed with the following results:


  • The image of a Web URL in the drawing displays correctly.

Model Documentation

  • No error dialog box displays after completing certain Model Documentation commands.


  • The characters show correctly when using double-byte characters with certain settings.

PDF / Plot

  • PDF files plotted using certain visual styles display correctly.
  • The plot result remains correct after changing the visual style in model space.


  • Object snap settings remain turned on during view editing commands.
  • AutoCAD startup time and network drive scanning speed are improved.
  • The dynamic input tooltips for dimensions display correctly on all supported operating systems.

Post about the previous AutoCAD 2018.1.1 Update

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.5 for BricsCAD

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.5 for BricsCAD is available on the BricsCAD Application Store as well as on our website. Installer for usage with BricsCAD is now available as well as support for BricsCAD 15 up to BricsCAD 18. Block handles have been added for AutoUpd, in cases there are 2 or more blocks of same name, this handles row helps to identify and populate changes to each block accordingly. The app is for AutoCAD too but still in version 5.3 but will soon be updated as well, beta is available upon request.

With JTB CAD Automation Tools multiple drawings can be automatically created from a typical drawing or updated based on a control file that can be created with an Excel template. Make the changes in Excel and let the program do all the work for you. This is a real time saver if you need to make adjustments on hundreds or thousands of drawings.

Example of usages: Add a stamp block; insert a title block; update text or attributes in the title block; insert text, block or xref; change text or attribute values and more. Change all external references (xrefs) from absolute paths to relative paths for archive purpose. Find and replace attribute or text values.

AutoGen has been used by customers creating instrumentation drawings, loop diagrams (loop drawings), schematics in an automated way based on data in a spreadsheet.

AutoGen Excel template

Visit JTB CAD Automation Tools for more info as well as trial.

Friday, March 9, 2018

JTB BatchAttEdit 2.0 for AutoCAD attributes editing

JTB BatchAttEdit 2.0 is now available and comes with several new features and bugs fixes.

Now you can export/import block attribute data to and from Excel so you can modify the data even further like renumbering, doing find and replace and much more. With filter functionality it’s easier to handle drawings with a lot of attributes. Find block on screen and Zoom to selected block can be done.

This batch attribute editor app for AutoCAD 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.

Free trial available for JTB BatchAttEdit.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Videos to learn how to use AutoCAD

If you look for ways to learn AutoCAD I can recommend the SOURCECAD site. There are some helpful free tutorials and blog posts there as well as several inexpensive AutoCAD Video Courses. Try before you buy it by looking at one or more of the previews available like the one on Making Isometric drawing.

Making Isometric drawing

Friday, February 23, 2018

DWG Columns for Explorer 4.0

DWG Columns for Explorer 4.0 is now available and can now show up to 30 custom properties.

Enhance your experience with DWG Columns for Windows Explorer / File Explorer by showing the DWG and DXF properties and metadata in Explorer columns.

Click to see a larger version with more columns

Even in file dialog boxes within AutoCAD or other applications like BricsCAD.

DWG Columns for Explorer is available as a trial as well as in a freeware version with limited functionality.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

How to explode text to lines in AutoCAD and BricsCAD

If you try to use the EXPLODE command you end up seeing “was not able to be exploded” message. But with Express Tools comes TXTEXP that can be used. It’s been around in AutoCAD for years and is now available in BricsCAD and as you can see BricsCAD has made it work even better. Note the internal lines within the outline in the first image below and how they are missing in the bottom image.

Thanks for covering these details R.K. McSwain @ CAD Panacea. See more here:

Exploding TEXT in AutoCAD and you learn the trick to mirror before using the WMFOUT and WMFIN commands if you want to do it manually.

Exploding TEXT in BricsCAD

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BricsCAD V18.2 comes with LISP IDE

BricsCAD V18.2 introduces BLADE, the BricsCAD LISP Advanced Development Environment. The BLADE command opens the advanced environment for editing and debugging LISP applications.

BricsCAD LISP Advanced Development Environment (BLADE)

AutoCAD’s VLIDE (Visual LISP IDE) has not been updated for a long time and has bugs like these that’s been around since at least AutoCAD 2008 and will probably never be fixed.

With this update I will do more development of AutoLISP within BricsCAD even when the code also will be used in AutoCAD.

I’m pretty sure that BLADE will be improved upon in coming years as well. I want a keyboard shortcut for the command “Load Selection in BricsCAD”. I’m sure it will be there very soon.

UPDATE: “My to-do list still has a number of major key features to be implemented. We want to add a hotkey editor, because every developer loves his own keystrokes and learning others is a nightmare!“ read this interview by Steve Johnson @ CAD NAUSEAM with the creator of BLADE, Torsten Moses. The whole interview is also on the Bricsys blog.

Monday, February 19, 2018

JTB Raster2OLE AutoCAD app to bind raster image files

AutoCAD has no Bind option available to bind raster images to a drawing.

In Revit when exporting to DWG all images are attached to the exported drawing as external references. This may be a problem with logotypes in the title block or other images.

In some projects you need to deliver your drawings without external references.

JTB Raster2OLE app for AutoCAD can help by binding all images in the current drawing or in multiple selected drawings. Free trial available.

JTB Text Bubble Plus 3.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Text Bubble Plus has been updated to support BricsCAD V18. The app also works with AutoCAD and GstarCAD.

With the app 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.

Free trial available.

More about JTB Text Bubble Plus here. For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects.

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JTB Align Plus 4.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Align Plus has been updated to support BricsCAD V18. This app also works in AutoCAD and GstarCAD. This app helps to align text and blocks to lines and curves. Check out all productivity features this app has at JTB Align Plus, a trial is available so you can give it a try.

Text will be aligned and placed at an the same offset distance as text in current dimension style. Block will be aligned and fit tangentially to curve. You can press TAB key or type F to flip aligned object(s) to either sides; Type O to move object(s) to specified offset distance; Type R to rotate object(s); Right click on line or curve to move object(s) rather than copy; Type U to undo previous action.

More interesting, if you pick on text or block, or on empty space, Match Text Content or Match Block command will run, help you easily manage your drawing's tags and symbol blocks.

Quickly line up texts and block's insertion points.

More about JTB Align Plus here. For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects.

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JTB Layout Palette 2.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Layout Palette has been updated for BricsCAD V18. The app is also working for AutoCAD.

With this app you can manage drawings with many layouts easier in a palette.

Run command LAYOUTPALETTE or click to the ribbon panel to Show or Hide the Layout Palette. You can quickly browse for layout, add, delete or edit name like working on a spreadsheet. This app is for you when there are too many layouts, or the layout names are too long to effectively work with out-of-the-box in AutoCAD or BricsCAD.

Quickly show only the layouts you want to see with filters.

Edit layout names

Moving and Sorting layouts

There is a new Layout Manager in BricsCAD V18 why use this app:

  • it is not a palette. It is a modal form
  • click New layout and it add Layout8, Layout9 etc to the list instead of a 1, a 2, a 3 like JTB Layout Palette
  • It doesn't have sort A-Z, Z-A, Tab order
  • No filter

One thing in JTB Layout Palette is I make Edit Mode and non-Edit Mode. Only in Edit mode you can rename, select multiple layouts. In non-edit mode, clicking on a layout item mean make it current layout. This is a bit nuisance somehow. But at that time I might have some reasons, like I want single click instead of double click to activate layout. But while editing, user has to go up and down a lot and I don't want layout switching too many. etc.

Free trial version available that works for 30 days.

More about JTB Layout Palette here. For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects.

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JTB Layer Palette 2.0 for BricsCAD

JTB Layer Palette 2.0 comes with support for BricsCAD V18.

JTB Layer Palette is a palette app for BricsCAD. You can manage layers in BricsCAD without leaving the drawing screen. Customizable view, multiple layers tasking, this will make managing layers much more easier.

More about JTB Layer Palette here. For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects.

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JTB Sort Table 2.0 updated for BricsCAD V18

JTB Sort Table has been updated to support BricsCAD V18.

This app allows you to sort data in AutoCAD or BricsCAD tables. Sort ascending or descending in selected columns.

If you are looking for a command on the Table Cell tab to sort data in your table, and can not find it, this app is for you.

Just as easy as in Excel, you select the table or cells (in AutoCAD), run the SORTTABLE command or start it from the Add-ins or Plug-ins ribbon tab in AutoCAD or the JTB Sort Table ribbon tab or toolbar in BricsCAD, then select columns to sort them.

You can sort ascending or descending. Cells with blocks and merged cells also be sorted.

Free trial available.

More about JTB Sort Table here. For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects.

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