Tuesday, May 21, 2019

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.0 - Batch Attribute Editor for BricsCAD and AutoCAD

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.0 has been released. Here are the news:

  • Added BricsCAD support.
  • Added block's insertion point X, Y, Z columns.
  • Added Hide/Show columns option.
  • Fixed bug when pasting from Excel, an unwanted empty row is pasted at bottom of the selection.
  • Fixed bug when running AttSync, it resets value of empty attribute reference.

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, May 20, 2019

Some older Autodesk software will stop working on/after June 15, 2019, update available

Are you using Autodesk software that was released between the years 2013-2015 like for example AutoCAD 2016? If so your software might stop working soon unless doing this update.

Transport Layer Security (TLS): Updates Required to Maintain Software Access details:

Issue:
Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0/1.1 is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack that can compromise data exchanges. This applies to single-user subscribers using the software versions listed below; customers using software or versions not listed and customers using perpetual or multi-user (network) licenses will not be affected.
Environment:
This issue affects a selection of Autodesk software used on Windows, Mac, and Linux versions 2014, 2015, 2016 and/or 2017 (Mac only).
If you are using 2018, 2019, or 2020 versions, your software and account are not affected.
Solution:
To align with industry best practices for security and data integrity, Autodesk Identity Services will move to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 and stop supporting TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 on June 15, 2019.
The best solution to avoid connectivity issues is to download and install a newer version of your software through Autodesk Account or our Autodesk Virtual Agent (AVA).
We have been developing patches to prevent (or resolve) this issue as part of Autodesk’s ongoing efforts to provide the best security possible to our customers. Subscribers using the software versions listed below will need to download the appropriate License & Identity patch by June 15, 2019. These patches will support TLS 1.2 and above.
Failing to apply these patches may result in interrupted software access and connectivity.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

JTB Catenary 3.0 for BricsCAD and AutoCAD

JTB Catenary 3.0 comes with a lot of improvements in the process to create catenary curves in 2D or 3D. Besides working in AutoCAD, support for BricsCAD has been added.

How it works in 2D to draw multiple catenaries.

How it works in 3D.

Get a trial to see how it works.

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.

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.3.3 released

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.3.3 has been released.

We have fixed this bug: if a drawing is already open, it should not be closed after publishing.

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.

JTB Sheet Set Publish

Thursday, May 2, 2019

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.6.2 for BricsCAD and AutoCAD

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.6.2 for BricsCAD is available on the BricsCAD Application Store or for AutoCAD on Autodesk App Store as well as on our website.

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.

Monday, April 8, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.4 released

JTB FlexReport 11.4 is released. There is one new feature and several bug fixes. See the version history for details.

The upgrade is free of charge for customers with active maintenance. If the maintenance has expired please contact us to renew.

Free trial of JTB FlexReport is available.

Do you wonder what JTB FlexReport is? 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.

Friday, April 5, 2019

JTB World apps updated for AutoCAD 2020

Most of our apps have been updated recently.

We have apps for many purposes and if you can't find what you need please feel free to contact us.

AutoCAD 2020 and other Autodesk products have been released and others like Revit will soon be,  so we have updated our apps for them as well as for other CAD products like BricsCAD and GstarCAD.

Trial is available to download for most of our apps.

Batch and scripting apps:

Sheet Set Manager apps:

Windows Explorer apps:

Plot and publish apps:

Database DWG sync apps:

Other productivity, drafting and freeware apps:


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.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Auto formatting numbers in block attributes in AutoCAD

Say you in AutoCAD want a numerical attribute formatted in a special way like a specific number of decimals or with a thousands separator like in this past on Autodesk’s forum. Or maybe show the numeric value like 1800mm as a imperial value of 5’-10 7/8” as seen below.

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This is achieved by linking attributes with two nested fields. One of the attributes could even be set as invisible or on a non plottable layer.

Start by using Insert Field on one inserted block.

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Select Objects category and Formula. Right click in the formula text box and select I set Field. This is still not working in BricsCAD.

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Now select Object and click on the button next to Block Reference and select the same block as you initially edited. Then select the attribute that is manually entered.

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Click on Evaluate and formatting options will show up.

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Now the FORMULA attribute below will be formatted as 1,234 based on the NUMBER attribute value of 1234.

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To have this on multiple blocks you need to copy the initial block because if insert is used the steps above need to be redone.

This is how it can be achieved out-of-the-box in AutoCAD. If you need help with other CAD related functionalities or custom programming contact us

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.3 released

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.3 has been released.

We have added the Sheet Set Manager properties Project Name, Project Number, Project Phase, and Project Milestone to the formula builder.

It 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.

JTB Sheet Set Publish

Monday, February 25, 2019

SSMPropEditor 7.2 released

SSMPropEditor 7.2 is now available. SSMPropEditor can speed up your usage of the Sheet Set Manager.

Drag and drop a DST into the app has had some issues that now are fixed.

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 with JTB DST Tool, DST Converter, or publish with JTB Sheet Set Publish.

If you have any other tedious task you want automated we can help. Contact us.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

DWG TrueView problems with Fields fueled with DIESEL

This is a bit old but still a problem that a customer run into that I want to share. If you in AutoCAD makes use of Fields containing DIESEL code and open the drawing in DWG TrueView you may end up with missing or wrong text. RTEXT usage also is not working with DWG TrueView.

Issue:
Fields containing DIESEL expressions in an AutoCAD drawing file display the interpreted value in AutoCAD, but only display a portion of the DIESEL expression itself in DWG TrueView (or other DWG viewers).

Example (in a title block):

  • A field contains the following DIESEL expression: $(getvar, “ctab”)
  • It should display the current layout tab name: Layout1 or Model or First Floor Plan

AutoCAD

  • But instead the expression is displayed as follows in DWG TrueView: $(GETVAR,??)

DWG TrueView

Causes:

DWG TrueView has pared-down capabilities compared to AutoCAD, and one of the capabilities that is not included in DWG TrueView is the DIESEL expression interpreter.

Therefore, any Field that uses a DIESEL expression will not return the same result as AutoCAD.

Solution:
For certain functions, the AutoCAD field options might include a comparable System Variable that you can substitute for the DIESEL expression.
Example:
  • DIESEL Expression = $(getvar, “ctab”)
  • System Variable equivalent = ctab

If there is no System Variable equivalent for the particular DIESEL expression you need, for viewing purposes, a DWF plotted from AutoCAD will preserve the field values and display correctly in DWG TrueView.

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Autodesk’s web viewer Autodesk Viewer works at least with DIESEL.

Autodesk Viewer

Monday, February 11, 2019

Autodesk Network License Manager 11.16.2.0

Autodesk Network License Manager (FlexNet Publisher 2018 R4 based) has been updated. License administrators must upgrade the license servers to the latest version, v11.16.2.0, when using Autodesk’s 2020 products like AutoCAD 2020 or Revit 2020. As it’s soon time for the new 2020 products you can prepare in good time.

You find the latest installer here. adskflex.exe, lmgrd.exe, lmtools.exe and lmutil.exe are updated.

Our license usage monitoring software JTB FlexReport and the freeware JTB FlexReport LT work fine with this new version. More about Autodesk Network License Manager.

10 months usage

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

JTB SmartBatch 5.0 released (aka SmartPurger)

JTB SmartBatch 5.0 is released.

  • New licensing system with support for network licenses
  • Refreshed UI
  • Fixed problem to browse for folder on Settings>SaveAs
  • Fixed problem to Check for Update
  • Improved functionality to close dialog boxes
  • .NET Framework 4.6.1 or later needed
  • SmartPurger renamed to JTB SmartBatch to better reflect that it is more of a Batch app than a Purge app

Download the update either as a customer or if you want a trial. Purchase a new license or upgrade here if previous purchase was before 2018.

JTB SmartBatch (aka SmartPurger) is a batch and script utility for processing multiple DWG drawings with full control with AutoCAD, BricsCAD or GstarCAD.

JTB SmartBatch closes dialog boxes that might otherwise stop batch processing like for example dialog box showing missing fonts. Execute LSP or SCR files on multiple drawings. JTB SmartBatch handles crashes so the AutoCAD batch processing continues to the end and leaves bad drawings to be corrected manually. Many purge and cleanup settings available. Useful before backups and distribution of drawings. The file's modified time stamp can be restored.

The free trial without license file is fully functional except that you can only batch process 10 drawings per session to give you the chance to confirm that the program works as expected. When you purchase you can use JTB SmartBatch with no limitations.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.3 released

JTB FlexReport 11.3 is released. There are a few bug fixes. See the version history for details.

The upgrade is free of charge for customers with active maintenance. If the maintenance has expired please contact us to renew.

Free trial of JTB FlexReport is available.

Do you wonder what JTB FlexReport is? 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 that has been updated to version 1.8. App for AutoCAD available.

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