Friday, July 27, 2018

AutoCAD 2019.1 Update

AutoCAD 2019.1 Update is available through Autodesk Account or Autodesk Desktop App. But the update is not available for customers with maintenance.

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Readme found here. Main things are:

The AutoCAD 2019.1 Update contains all of the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2019. AutoCAD 2019.0.1 Update, AutoCAD 2019.0.1 Update Draw Order Hotfix and AutoCAD 2019 User Data Hotfix - GDPR

AutoCAD Updates can be applied to AutoCAD including specialized toolsets installed as a standalone app’s as well as Autodesk Civil 3D and Autodesk Advance Steel. You can install the AutoCAD update in addition to any applicable updates for your toolsets, products and services listed below.

AutoCAD products and services:

  • AutoCAD 2019
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD MEP 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2019 specialized toolset
  • Autodesk Advance Steel 2019
  • Autodesk Civil 3D 2019

After applying this patch, the Product Version in the About box will be listed as P.103.0.0 AutoCAD 2019.1. If you use one of the vertical products, the Built On version will be listed as P.103.0.0 AutoCAD 2019.1.

Feature Enhancement Summary

Drawing Compare - Drawing Compare has been improved to support objects that were created with the AutoCAD Architecture specialized toolset, such as wall objects.

Icon Refresh - The new and remaining icons on the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar have been updated in the new style. The Command window now supports the light and dark themes.

Problems Reported Through the Customer Error Reporting Utility

Display

  • Occasional crashes when editing revision clouds no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when editing xrefs and blocks in-place when ATTDIA = 0 no longer occur.

Editing

  • Occasional crashes when using the INTERFERE command in certain drawings no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when zooming in certain drawings with images when hardware acceleration is turned off no longer occur.

Import and Export

  • Occasional crashes when exporting a layout to model space no longer occur.

General

  • Occasional crashes when right-clicking the Copy to Clipboad or using Ctrl+C in certain drawings no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when using the HATCH command in certain drawings no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when clicking the Insert button on the ribbon for certain drawings no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when changing the default pointing device to another option no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when changing an object’s layer while UNDO is turned off no longer occur.

General Update Content

Display

  • Xref-dependent blocks in the bind status with certain linetypes display correctly with 3D visual styles.
  • Draw order is maintained correctly when modifying objects in paper space.
  • Hatch colors in blocks display correctly in paper space.

Text

  • Multiline text objects display normally in all drawings.
  • Updating the multiple line attributes of an annotative block works correctly after the block has been moved or modified.
  • The text imported into multiline text from rich text with subscript and superscript text displays correctly.

User Interface

  • The icons in customized toolbars display correctly after restarting.

General

  • The SHAREVIEW command can be completed successfully when the network username includes spaces.
  • An xref opened by the XOPEN command correctly maintains its file name capitalization.

More can be found about AutoCAD 2019 here.

Monday, July 9, 2018

License Borrowed Dialog Closer 1.3 for AutoCAD released

Our freeware app License Borrowed Dialog Closer has been updated to close the License Borrowed Dialog box “Lizenz entliehen” in German AutoCAD. If you don’t want to see the License Borrowed dialog box this app is for you and if you want support for other languages just send us a screenshot of the dialog box.

Lizenz entliehen

If you want to monitor borrowed network licenses take a look at our JTB FlexReport product.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Working with SSMPropEditor in AutoCAD

If you are new to the Sheet Set Manager and Sheet Sets this tutorial is for you.

CAD applications supporting Sheet Sets are AutoCAD and its verticals, BricsCAD, GstarCAD and NanoCAD Plus/Pro.

This is a Guest Article by Acuity Training. See also the previous article: An Introduction to Working with Sheet Sets

SSMPropEditor is a third-party appl that you can install from the Autodesk App Store. It costs $50 but there is a free 30-day trial available as well. The purpose of SSMPropEditor is to automate tedious tasks like updating drawing properties when working with a Sheet Set or with multiple sheet sets. It displays Sheet Set and Sheet properties in a far more effective manner than the default AutoCAD Sheet Set window. As such, SSMPropEditor takes the concept of Sheet Sets a step further giving us previously unavailable automation options. AutoCAD is not the only program that is compatible with SSMPropEditor, it also works with GstarCAD and BricsCAD and AutoCAD Architecture’s Project Navigator.

AutoCAD doesn’t come with SSMPropEditor pre-installed, so before you can use it, you have to download it–which you can do here. Remember, you must have an Autodesk account to download this (or any other) appl through the Autodesk App Store. Make sure before you download it, that AutoCAD is not open. After you’ve gone through the installation process, you can open AutoCAD. Once open, you should see a dialogue pop up in the top-right corner that looks like this:

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(Figure 1)

If you navigate to the Add-ins Tab on the Ribbon, you will now see a new icon. The SSMPropEditor icon. Click it, and the SSMPropEditor applet will open.

You immediately notice the user-friendly interface and the ease of accessibility

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(Figure 2)

If you would like to follow along with this tutorial, you should download these files. 

In the SSMPropEditor window, click File, then Open. Navigate to the Tutorial Folder, then the Sheet set dst folder, and then double-click on the file SheetSetTutorial.dst.

Let’s do some bulk-editing of these files. Select the 3 Plans by clicking on the first one, holding down on SHIFT, and clicking on the last one.

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(Figure 3)

Click the fill box next to the “Category” Property, and type “Plan.” Click anywhere in the Navigation Browser (White box on left) and a dialogue will come up asking you if you want to apply your changes. Apply these Changes, and remember to always apply changes in this tutorial unless told otherwise.

Now all 3 Sheets are identified as the Category of “Plan”. We can even see this on AutoCAD. Before you can view any Sheet Properties on AutoCAD however, you have to unlock them. Click “Sheet Set Tutorial” in Navigation Browser, then click Unlock.

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(Figure 4)

Go to SheetSet in AutoCAD. If you right-click on any of the plans and click Properties, you will see that the word “Plan” is in the Category Property.

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(Figure 5)

You can use this method for bulk-adding your name or other similar properties.

It can become really tedious having to retype the same properties across multiple Sheet Sets. This is where SSMPropEditor comes in. We can use the applet to transfer properties from one Sheet Set to another Sheet Set.

Go back to your SSMPropEditor window, and re-lock the Sheet Set. Afterwards, type this in the Description Property box of the entire sheet set: “ This Sheet Set is for the purpose of tutorials.”

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(Figure 6)

Click Copy Properties.

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(Figure 7)

After you’ve applied your changes, save everything and go to File>Open. Open the other Sheet set file, Sheet Set Prop Tutorial.dst.

Click Paste Properties. The description will have transferred, along with other Properties.

You can even use SSMPropEditor to choose which Sheets will and will not be printed. This is really useful in the instance you are sending the sheet set to multiple people for print, but only want certain people to print certain sheets. In the past you would have had to create custom files for each person, but now you can send the same file to multiple people with only a property changed.

Go back to the previous Sheet Set. Click on 1 - Floor Plan and change the “Include for Publish” property to No.

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(Figure 8)

After unlocking, go back to AutoCAD and open up the Sheet Set Print dialog. As you can see in Figure 9, only Sheets 2 and 3 have been marked for print.

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(Figure 9)

SSMPropEditor has other useful features not available in AutoCAD. You can select any Value and by clicking “Increment Value”, increment that value by one.

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(Figure 10)

In our tutorial, the Foundation Plan is a different .dwg file than the other 2 Plans. But what if someone drew up a Foundation Plan on the other dwg? Well you could easily change the File Name by making it the same as the other ones (houseonedone.dwg). In 3 – Foundation Plan, change the File name Property to houseonedone.dwg. Apply and Save. In the future, opening the Foundation Plan Sheet won’t open the foundation drawing.

Tip: make sure that you are hitting Apply, and also Save as frequently as possible

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. See also the AutoCAD course for Architects with some free chapters.

JTB World also has several apps that further helps working with Sheet Sets.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

JTB BatchAttEdit 2.3 - Batch Attribute Editor for AutoCAD

JTB BatchAttEdit 2.3 has been released and got some bugs fixed and performance improvements.

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.

JTB BatchAttEdit

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sheet Set Manager shows up blank in AutoCAD

Have you run into a problem in AutoCAD where the Sheet List is empty in Sheet Set Manager?

Empty Sheet Set Manager

Autodesk Support has posted about this problem in this article here.

The solution is to fix a problem in the Windows registry at the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\ObjectDBX location. In the article there is a download for it. Another solution is reinstall of AutoCAD. Not sure if repair option will fix it or not though.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

An Introduction to Working with Sheet Sets

If you are new to the Sheet Set Manager and Sheet Sets this tutorial is for you.

CAD applications supporting Sheet Sets are AutoCAD and its verticals, BricsCAD, GstarCAD and NanoCAD Plus/Pro.

This is a Guest Article by Acuity Training.

Sheet Sets are used to provide automation and synchronicity when working with a multiple of drawings. This is particularly important when each of those drawings has multiple layouts.

The Sheet Set Manager is also popular in corporate environments because of its collaborative capabilities. Knowing how to use Sheet Set Manager will save you time and make your life much easier when working on lengthy, complicated projects.

For this tutorial we’re going to look at a simple house drawing I’ve created. Between 2 files, we will use Sheet Set Manager to create different plans. These 2 files have everything we need to make several plans, including a Foundation Plan and an Electrical Plan.

If you would like to download these files to follow along please find them here.

To start we need to split our drawing into several layouts. We start by opening my drawing which is called houseonedone.dwg.

Then use the LAYER command to open up the Layer Properties layer. Turn on any Layers that are off. You can tell which layers are off because there will be a blue lightbulb instead of a yellow lightbulb next to the layer’s name. You can change the color of the lightbulbs by clicking on them.

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(Figure 1)

Now that all of our Layers are on, we are ready to make our first SheetSet. Type SSM into the command line and hit ENTER. This will bring up the Sheet Set Manager Panel. Open the drop-down and select ‘New Sheet Set…”

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(Figure 2)

Select ‘Existing drawings’ and then click Next.

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(Figure 3)

In the next window, name your Sheet Set as “Sheet Set Tutorial” and once again hit Next.

Now the next screen is important. Click “Browse…”. A Windows Explorer applet will open. Use it to navigate your way to the “untouched” folder that was part of the Tutorial download. After selected, click Next, and Finish.

You’ll notice that the Sheet Set we have made is not visible in the Sheet Set Manger Panel. That’s because we have to open it. So once again open the drop-down, and this time click “Open…”

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(Figure 4)

Now open the dst file we made (Sheet Set Tutorial.dst).

This is what should be visible now in your Sheet Set Manger Panel:

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(Figure 5)

You’ll note that you can double-click any of the layouts to open it up.

Now that we have our Sheet Set, let’s go to the Layout 1 tab. It looks messy, right? We’re going to clean it up, and then make Layout 1 into our Electric Plan. If you wish to rename it to Electric Plan, you can.

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(Figure 6)

What we want to do is get rid of all the layers except for Walls, Doors, and Electrics, but we want to do this only on THIS layout.

It’s pretty simple. Double-click the border of the viewport to open it. Then follow these steps.

1. Type LAYFRZ, hit ENTER.

2. Type S, hit ENTER.

3. Type V, hit ENTER.

4. Type V, hit ENTER.

Now you can select whatever layers you want to hide in this viewport. Be sure to get rid of the roof, room names, and anything else that doesn’t belong on an Electrical Plan. Obviously keep switches, outlets, walls, windows, and doors.

This is how mine ended up. When you’re ready to leave the Viewport, double-click the blue border circled in red in Figure 7.

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(Figure 7)

If you open the Sheet Set Manger Panel again (the command is SSM), you will see that Layout 1 is still named ‘houseonedone - Layout1’ and not ‘Electric Plan’. This is because we made the Sheet Set before renaming the Layout. There’s a simple fix. Right-click it and click on ‘Rename and Renumber…’

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(Figure 8)

Now this is a pretty important Panel, there’s a lot we can do here. Besides Renaming, we can also Renumber the sheet. For the purpose of this Tutorial, leave it at 3. After you’ve made your changes, click OK to leave the window.

Sheet Set Manager allows you to make subsets of your Sheet Set. We are going to make 2: one will be named ‘Models’ and the other ‘Layouts’. To do this, right-click the Sheet Set name and then click “New Subset…”

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(Figure 9)

Do this twice, naming one subset ‘Layouts’ and the other one ‘Models’. After that, drag the Electric Plan onto Layouts.

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(Figure 10)

There is another layout in the houseonedone file named Layout 2. We can make it into a floor plan, getting rid of Layers using the method previously discussed in this tutorial.

The ceiling fans and white lines are on the same layer as the text, and while we want to get rid of them, we want to keep the text. So move them to a different layer. Selecting all ceiling fans at once is pretty simple. You click on one, right-click, and then choose “Select Similar…” Then, move them to a new layer, or one of the electric ones.

Note: If you like, you can get rid of the grid by pressing Ctrl-G.

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(Figure 11)

After Leaving the Viewport, and opening the Sheet Set Manger Panel, you will notice that the Floor Plan Layout isn’t shown. Drag in onto the Layouts subset. You may have to rename and renumber it to your liking.

Now double click on ‘finalversionoffoundation - Arch D (2)’ to open that layout. This is our Foundation Plan. Do all the renaming and renumbering necessary, and then drag it onto the Layouts subset.

After that, you can delete the other foundation Layout from SSM, titled ‘finalversionoffoundation - Arch D”. To delete sheets, you can’t just click them and press the delete key. You have to click, right-click, and choose “Remove Sheet”.

Once all of that is done Sheet Set Manger Panel should look like this:

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(Figure 12)

Without getting too much into fields and title blocks, which is an entire tutorial in and of itself, we can have the pages numbered very easily and they will also update automatically based on any changes. We can also have automatic naming.

Click on your Foundation Plan Layout in the Sheet Set Manger Panel. It has a Title Block, but for the purpose of our tutorial, we will ignore this.

Type MTEXT, hit enter, click on an empty space above the viewport, type ‘Sheet Number:’ and then click the Fields icon in the Text Editor Tab of the Ribbon.

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(Figure 13)

Pick the options circled in Figure 14.

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(Figure 14)

After clicking OK, a 1 in a gray box will show up next to what we typed. Hit ENTER, and click the Fields icon again. Use Figure 15 this time to make your selections.

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(Figure 15)

You may need to play around with the text to make it look right. However, after setting up the fields, if there are any number or name changes, all you have to do is type REGEN and hit Enter and it will automatically update.

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(Figure 16)

You can get as fancy as you want with fields and Title Blocks. The options are limitless.

This was a very brief introduction to the use of Sheet Set Manager. Hopefully by using what you learned here you will be able to get started with the basics.

One final tip for working with Sheet Sets. Hovering over a Sheet in the Sheet Set Manager Panel will show all sorts of great information about the sheet, including live updates of who is working on it at that moment.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. See also the AutoCAD course for Architects with some free chapters.

JTB World also has several apps that further helps working with Sheet Sets.

Monday, May 28, 2018

JTB XClipClean 2.4 released

JTB XClipClean 2.4 has been released and fixes 3 problems.

  • Fixed loading problem that could happen in some older AutoCAD versions.
  • Fixed a problem when run on some non-English AutoCAD that either made it not work or show some unexpected dialog boxes for each clipped block.
  • Fixed installer to request to be run as administrator.

If you are using clipped xrefs or blocks you may find this app useful.

Kitchen with the xclip boundary visible

JTB XClipClean is an Xclip-cutter app for AutoCAD to clean up xrefs or blocks that been clipped so that the information that is outside the clip is removed. This is useful when you need to remove hidden geometry and minimize DWG file size.

AutoCAD allows blocks and xrefs to be clipped using the XCLIP command. Sometimes for different reasons you have to clean up the blocks or xrefs that have been clipped. JTB XClipClean can help you with that by deleting and trimming geometry that is outside the xclip boundary.

Revit does not handle xclipped blocks and xrefs so XClipClean can be useful to run on drawings before taking them into Revit.

Friday, May 25, 2018

AutoCAD 2019 User Data Hotfix - GDPR

AutoCAD 2019 User Data Hotfix can be downloaded here.

“To improve user data privacy in compliance with GDPR requirements, we’re providing this hotfix to eliminate the transmission of user serial numbers when using an Autodesk program to access an Autodesk download site.”

Similar GDPR hotfixes are available for other products and versions. Currently I found these:

AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD Mechanical 2017 User ID Hotfix

AutoCAD Architecture 2016 User ID Hotfix

Monday, May 14, 2018

AutoCAD 2019.0.1 Update Draw Order Hotfix

AutoCAD 2019 has got a hotfix that addresses an issue with Draw Order not functioning correctly after switching layouts.

Download it from Autodesk Knowledge Network here. There is no installation, just replacement of the file acdb23.dll with file version 23.0.61.1. The version I replaced it with was 23.61.0.

Monday, April 30, 2018

JTB FlexReport 11.1 released

JTB FlexReport 11.1 is released. There are a few new features as well as a bunch of 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 FlexNet, IBM LUM, DSLS, SPLM, Sentinel,  LM-X, RLM among others. Track usage over time, hours used and much more.

Friday, April 20, 2018

AutoCAD and Controlled folder access

“One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format. The operation was not completed and no file was created.” is an AutoCAD Message that might not be so helpful. In my case I tried to save the drawing to a specific folder.

AutoCAD Message

If you get this message check if you in Windows 10 have activated Controlled folder access. Either turn it off or allow AutoCAD (acad.exe) through Controlled folder access.

Controlled folder access

There can be a lot of other reasons for seeing this message. Here’s what can be found on the Autodesk Knowledge Network:

Causes:
This error can have multiple causes:
  • Corrupt drawing.
  • Corrupt user profile.
  • Low free disk space.
  • File server issues.
  • Missing drive (such as a USB drive that is no longer connected).
  • Proxy objects (objects created by third-party applications or other Autodesk applications) that are not recognized by AutoCAD.
  • The DACH Extension is installed (AutoCAD Civil 3D) and "empty" surfaces and the "DTM Dreiecksbeschriftung" function is present.
  • Network adapter settings
Solution:
Enable full saves instead of incremental saves in AutoCAD
On the command line in AutoCAD, type ISAVEPERCENT and set the value to 0 (zero).
Corrupt drawing / low free disk space
  • Use the AUDIT command to repair your drawing. This should allow it to be saved.
  • Use SAVEAS or WBLOCK to create a new file.
  • If the drawing immediately shows the error when you save without making changes in the drawing, insert the drawing into a new drawing created from the acad.dwt template.
Corrupt AutoCAD User Profile
Reset AutoCAD (see How to reset AutoCAD to defaults).
Corrupt Windows User Profile
Login as another user and try again. If this works an administrator has to reset the Windows User profile
File Server issues
If this error occurs when you are saving drawing files inside file management software, set AutoCAD and the file management software to both run as administrator and disable User Account Control in Windows.
Proxy objects
Enable recognition for proxy objects by setting the following variables to 1: ​Use the command -EXPORTTOAUTOCAD to create a new file that only contains AutoCAD-native objects. Then use that new file going forward.
Remove the German DACH Extension
See Error: "DGM-Beschriftung Wird neu erstellt" Civil 3D 2016.
Windows Search service
Check the folders that contain your drawings to see if they can be indexed by the Windows Search service (right-click > Properties > Advanced). Make sure Windows is not indexing the folders. On occasion, the indexing repeatedly causes this error with AutoCAD drawings.
Network adapter settings
Disable the TCP Offload setting in your network adapter. For instructions on this, consult the manufacturer of your Ethernet adapter. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

JTB BatchAttEdit 2.1 - Batch Attribute Editor for AutoCAD

JTB BatchAttEdit 2.1 has been released. We have added support for AutoCAD 2019, editing multiline attribute and editing of field codes in attributes. Field codes are being used by Sheet Set Manager as well as if you have manually added fields to attributes.

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.

JTB BatchAttEdit

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.0 with AutoCAD 2019 support

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.0 comes with support for AutoCAD 2019 as well as some bug fixes and minor UI changes.

JTB Sheet Set Publish is an app for AutoCAD that publishes sheets in Sheet Sets to files like PDF and DWF. 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.

Example after publishing subsets to separate folders:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

JTB XClipClean 2.3 released to support AutoCAD 2019

JTB XClipClean 2.3 has been released. It comes with AutoCAD 2019 support as well as some bug fixes.

JTB World’s XClipClean is an Xclip-cutter app for AutoCAD to clean up xrefs or blocks that been clipped so that the information that is outside the clip is removed. This is useful when you need to remove hidden geometry and minimize DWG file size.

AutoCAD allows blocks and xrefs to be clipped using the XCLIP command. Sometimes for different reasons you have to clean up the blocks or xrefs that have been clipped. JTB XClipClean can help you with that by deleting and trimming geometry that is outside the xclip boundary.

Kitchen with the xclip boundary visible

Revit does not handle xclipped blocks and xrefs so XClipClean can be useful to run on drawings before taking them into Revit.

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