Friday, May 31, 2013

Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2014 network license

RSA 2013 to RSA 2014 Pro network license issue

Autodesk customers already owning Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2013 will be automatically upgraded to Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional 2014.
For the network installations under subscription, as usual once upgraded, you will need to get a new license file. The new license file will be valid for the current and prior 3 version of the product but, this concerns the Professional versions only.
In fact, if you previously had an Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2013 network license, you will not be able to get a license from the new file.
You have to request a combined file that integrates both the 2014 Professional and the 2013 (
Note: combining the files that you own won’t work as they have different issue dates.

If you upgraded from Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2013 Professional version everything is fine with the new license file.

Via Up and Ready’s post.

For more about Autodesk Network License Manager (FlexNet) and usage reporting using JTB FlexReport.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

AutoCAD 360 formerly known as AutoCAD WS

AutoCAD WS has been renamed to AutoCAD 360 and is from now on formally a member of the Autodesk 360 cloud based family. AutoCAD 360 offers viewing, editing, and sharing of CAD drawings (DWG), simplifying on-site redlining, as-built documentation, and design review and approval. But it has not only a new name…

A new mobile app update available at iTunes App Store or Google Play. In the mobile app the new “Smart Pen” will make it much easier to sketch with. If you sketch a circle it will be able to turn the rough circle into a real circle for example.

There are new AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app plans and here are the top 12 reasons to get a Pro plan.

  1. Create New Drawings - Easily create new drawings from scratch; perfect for initial layout sketching in the field.
  2. Large File Support - Open and work on larger drawings with support for files up to 30MB with a Pro plan, or up to 40MB with a Pro Plus plan.
  3. Third-Party Storage - Easily view, mark up, and edit drawings directly from popular cloud storage solutions, including Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, Buzzsaw, and custom WebDAV connections.
  4. Advanced Layer Management - Advanced layer-management tools provide more control over your drawing. Quickly add, rename, isolate, invert, and lock layers for easier viewing and editing.
  5. Properties and Attributes - Easily view object properties such as layer, length, and area. Also view, edit, and add block attributes data while you're in the field.
  6. Block Libraries - Easily drag and place blocks onto a drawing directly from the drawing's block collection.
  7. Drawing Coordinates - View the coordinates of points in a drawing, and use them to draw with more accuracy.
  8. Added Drawing Tools - Added Arc and Arrow drawing tools help you draw and call out notes in drawings.
  9. Faster, More Accurate Editing - More editing tools such as Extend Vertex, Offset, and Mirror help you edit drawings faster and with more accuracy.
  10. More Measuring & Dimension Tools - Accurately measure lines, radius, and angles in your drawing. Also, additional dimension tools help you document drawings using line, radius, diameter, and angle dimensions.
  11. Priority Support - Receive top-priority support and get quick problem resolution and fast answers to your questions.
  12. Increased Storage Space - Take all of your drawings with you! AutoCAD 360 Pro plans afford you plenty of added storage space—up to 25GB with a Pro plan, and up to 100GB with a Pro Plus plan.

And here, you can compare the AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app plans. The Pro plan is at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year while the pro plus is at $99.99 per year.

Finally there is a new, free AutoCAD 360 web app beta. It’s a ground-up redesign of Autodesk’s AutoCAD WS web app that was based on Flash but now is based on HTML5 and JavaScript.

This is what the web app looks like right now with drawing, editing and annotate tools.

Here’s the Welcome to AutoCAD 360 video.

More info on the subject:

Friday, May 17, 2013

AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2

AutoCAD 2013 SP2 is now available to download here. You don’t need to install earlier SP before installing SP2. If you have AutoCAD LT 2013 the download is here.

I and other beta testers have used SP2 for some time but if you don’t want to be the first to run into any unexpected problems you might want to wait a few weeks. (remember SP1 that quickly was replaced by SP1.1) Other than that there are a lot of fixes in SP2 making it worth installing.

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD 2013 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD 2013 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites.

  • AutoCAD Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013

The following operating systems are also now officially supported for 32-bit and 64-bit AutoCAD 2013 with Service Pack 2.

  • Windows 8 Standard edition
  • Windows 8 Enterprise edition
  • Windows 8 Professional edition

_VERNUM (product version) details:
AutoCAD 2013 SP2: G.204.0.0 (UNICODE)
AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1: G.114.0.0 (UNICODE)
AutoCAD 2013 SP1: G.112.0.0 (UNICODE)
AutoCAD 2013: G.55.0.0 (UNICODE)

As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following commands and features:

3D Navigation Tools

  • Occasional crash related to navigation tools.

Autodesk 360

  • Crash with long file path in the Autodesk 360 folder.
  • Occasional crash when opening AutoCAD with the InfoCenter off.


  • Occasional crash when clicking a block table grip with only one row of values available.

Command Line

  • Crash when switching Input Method Editor (IME) after canceling a command when DYNMODE is set to 0 and the command window is docked.

DGN Support

  • Fatal error when scrolling the DGN linetype in the Properties Palette.


  • Occasional crash when grip-editing annotative dimensions.

External Reference (XREF)

  • An OLE Object in an xref was not correctly set before the xref was detached. This crash issue has been resolved by opening the xref before erasing it.


  • Occasional crash when using MATCHPROP with multileaders.


  • Occasional crash when closing the application with a drawing that contains an OLE object.


  • Occasional crash when changing or switching profiles in Options.


  • Occasional crash when plotting with a wipeout in the drawing.

PDF Underlay

  • Crash when specifying other PDF file from Saved Path field in External Reference palette.


  • Occasional crash when opening AutoCAD drawings in Windows 8.
  • Occasional crash due to using Intersection object snaps on lightweight polylines.
  • Some corrupt drawings crash when opened or saved and are not fixed automatically.
  • Exiting the Text Editor while previewing text style causes a crash.

The following defects have been fixed:

3D Navigation Tools

  • Zoom speed varies with 3Dconnexion device in perspective view.

3D Modeling

  • Issue with the MASSPROP command with sliced 3D solids.


  • Issue with the display of the Block Property Table cascading menu.

CUI (Customize User Interface)

  • Missing checkboxes in the Customize User Interface (CUI) dialog box when NET 4.5 is installed.

DGN Support

  • Issues with exporting files to DGN, even after exploding contents of file.
  • Import of a DGN arc as an Ellipse.


  • Radial dimensions for regions can become associated to wrong arc.
  • Dimension text background fill cannot be reset in Properties.
  • Jogged radial dimensions in paper space may reflect the wrong value of an extruded cylinder in model space.


  • MONOCHROME BITMAP attached in DWG file is not shown correctly.


  • MASSPROP reports an incorrect mass and centroid for a solid swept along a planar spline.


  • Multileader scale is not always updated when multileader style is changed.

Model Documentation - Detail View

  • Changing the Hatch property of a Detail view derived from a Section view sometimes causes AutoCAD to hang.


  • Ellipse is sometimes distorted during stretching.


  • The font doesn't match the setting in -STYLE command in Windows 8.


  • There is a black stripe when plotting some drawings with a clipped image.
  • A printer cannot be added after adding multiple driver folders in the Options dialog box.
  • Drawings cannot be plotted with the oversized paper size and transparency on.


  • Grips for attributes of blocks are not automatically made hot upon sub-selection.
  • Selection preview is reset to off when IntelliMouse® zooming is ended.

Visual Lisp

  • DCL files whose code page matches the system but not the product are not recognized and loaded properly.


  • Saving some DWG files that contain 3D solids is slow.
  • A UCS other than the World UCS results in an incorrect location for the wipeout frame.
  • Prompts to save are not displayed when closing a hyperlink drawing that has been changed.
  • Performance is slow when saving the drawing created with Release 2010 and earlier.

Fixes in the previous AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 1.1 are included.

See also more details in the posts AutoCAD 2013 SP1 & AutoCAD LT 2013 SP1 and AutoLISP and VBA Security Controls in AutoCAD 2013 SP1.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

JTB FlexReport 7.4 released

Software usage and monitoring product JTB FlexReport has been updated to version 7.4.

Downloads here. See also the Upgrade tips. Customers with maintenance have access to this release at no extra cost.

Main news are:

  • Added feature description download button to JTB FlexReport Config>Features. Descriptions are taken from this FlexNet features code page that has been updated with Autodesk’s 2014 products.
  • Edit functionality for auto report settings.

But there are much more, see the revision history for more details on this release.

Contact us to get a time limited license file for free. You can try it in your environment with your real data for a few weeks with full functionality.
Full support is provided during trial period.

About JTB FlexReport: JTB FlexReport from JTB World is a report and monitoring tool for applications using the FlexNet / FLEXlm (flexlm license manager), IBM LUM (IBM License Use Management), SPLM (Intergraph SmartPlant License Manager), SLM/Sentinel LM/Sentinel RMS, LM-X, Solidworks SNL License Manager, T-Systems license manager product LICMAN, Vertex Systems, MathLM (Mathematica), Primavera from Oracle or 12D software licensing. With Process Monitor any Windows application like Acrobat, Visio, Bentley MicroStation, single licensed AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT can be reported usage of.

See also: Autodesk Network License Manager downloads and Software Vendor Audits are Increasing as well as the guide to the Network License Manager for FlexNet/FLEXlm in general and Autodesk licensing in particular as well as our freeware JTB FlexReport LT.

Monday, May 13, 2013

AutoCAD Automation Tools 4.1

AutoCAD Automation Tools 4.1 is now publicly released and makes it possible to update text found at a location by defining a rectangle with two coordinates. This is for example useful if a title block contains mtext or text objects not being part of an AutoCAD block object. The installers have also been updated to support AutoCAD 2014.

With AutoCAD 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.

Existing customers can contact us for a free upgrade.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Live Update 1 for Autodesk 360 desktop companion

If you have any Autodesk 2014 product installed like for example AutoCAD 2014 this might be for you.

This update applies to Autodesk 360 desktop companion if your version is to

To see your version of your 360 desktop companion, right-click on the system tray icon and select preferences (the version is listed in this dialog).

Fixes in this live update include but are not limited to:

  • Better Inventor file and folder structure support
  • Customer Error Reporting Support
  • Performance fixes
  • Stability Improvements

Download found here.

What is Autodesk Sync? Many Autodesk 2013 products include a desktop software component called Autodesk Sync. It enables you to open documents from and save documents to Autodesk 360 online storage from within the product.
If you don’t want Autodesk 360 installed you can “hack” an ini file before installation of the Autodesk product where it is included or you can uninstall it after as there is no option to deselect it during installation of for example AutoCAD 2014. See details about 2014 deployments.

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