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.

Monday, November 18, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.7.0 now with dark theme on HTML report

JTB FlexReport 11.7.0 is now ready.

We added a dark theme for the HTML report and by editing the CSS you can customize the design yourself. Compare example of the light and dark theme.

We also added checking for newer version of JTB FlexReport Core, Service and Client. There are some bug fixes too. 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) 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.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.6.1 fixes export bug

JTB FlexReport 11.6.1 is now ready. There are some bug fixes. 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) 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.

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.1.1 - Batch edit attributes in BricsCAD or AutoCAD

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.1.1 has been released. We fixed an error when attribute can't be edited if tag contains space.

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.

Friday, November 8, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.6.0 now with ELM (EPLAN License Manager) support

JTB FlexReport 11.6.0 is now ready. There are some bug fixes, and ELM (EPLAN License Manager) support added. 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 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.

JTB FixRefs 1.3 released - fix your external references in AutoCAD

JTB FixRefs 1.3 is now available. Fix paths on your external references. Xrefs, Datalinks, Raster Images, PDFs, DWFs, and DGNs are supported.

Version 1.3 has more ways to add drawings, like automatically adding xrefs.

Free trial of JTB FixRefs available.

JTB OffsetInXref 2.0 better offset for AutoCAD

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 2.0 comes with the added ability to offset on dynamic blocks or other objects containing xdata. New licensing including optional network license. A bug was fixed that caused an error if the xref offsetting from was already opened.

Free trial available at JTB OffsetInXref.

Monday, October 21, 2019

JTB Batch Change 2.0.1 for AutoCAD

JTB Batch Change 2.0.1 is now available. JTB Batch Change allows you to automate AutoCAD from Excel.

Download is here as well as trial.

With JTB Batch Change a lot of different batch tasks can be done to help your work in AutoCAD. How about update block definitions on thousands of drawings? Or correct layer names or settings on all your project’s drawings? This can be done and much more.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

JTB FlagStone 1.3 released, create flagstone patterns in AutoCAD

How can I create flagstone patterns or arrangements easily in AutoCAD? There is no way to do it with an array or hatch.

But with the JTB FlagStone app you can.

Here is an example of the generated flagstone pattern.

Free trial of JTB FlagStone available.

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.6.4 for AutoCAD or BricsCAD

JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.6.4 for BricsCAD is available on the BricsCAD Application Store or for AutoCAD on Autodesk App Store (might take a few days) 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.

What CAD automation do you want? 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, September 13, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.5.1 license usage tracking

JTB FlexReport 11.5.1 is now ready. There are some bug fixes, especially if you already have upgraded or installed version 11.5. 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 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.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

HVACPAC update with support for AutoCAD 2020 and BricsCAD

HVACPAC is updated with support for AutoCAD 2020 and BricsCAD.

HVACPAC is an AutoCAD and BricsCAD app for HVAC and Piping design work in 2D and 3D.

HVACPAC includes all In-line duct fittings and equipment, air terminals and HVAC associated pipe work.

HVAC drawing.

Air terminals.

Piping drawing.

Visit HVACPAC to learn more and get the trial.

Monday, September 2, 2019

JTB FlexReport 11.5 license usage monitoring and reporting

JTB FlexReport 11.5 is now ready. There are some new features and several bug fixes. 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 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.

Monday, August 19, 2019

SSMPropEditor 7.3

Your best app as a Sheet Set user, SSMPropEditor, has been improved and got some new features and bug fixes. How about drag and drop to relocate sheets and subsets?

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

If you have any other time consuming or boring task you want automated we can help. Contact us.

Apps for AutoCAD and/or BricsCAD updated

Several apps by JTB World have been updated recently.

  • 2019-08-19 JTB Find 1.0.1 released, finally users of AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) based products including MEP, Map 3D and Civil 3D can find and replace text in the Extended Data tab in Properties, specifically for Property Sets and their Property Definition values (PSD).
  • 2019-08-19 ACAD_db 4.0.5 released
  • 2019-08-19 XClipClean 2.5.1 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Align Plus 4.2.1 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Sort Table 2.0.3 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Text Bubble Plus 3.2.1 released
  • 2019-08-12 JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.5.0 released

Trial is available for most of our apps.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

AutoCAD 2017-2019 Combo Security Hotfix and Autodesk Licensing 2020 update

Here are a couple of recent updates from Autodesk:

AutoCAD 2017-2019 Combo Security Hotfix

As part of Autodesk’s ongoing efforts to provide the best security possible to our customers, we are releasing these updates to remediate multiple vulnerabilities discovered through testing and research by software security experts. These critical updates should be applied by all customers.

Autodesk Licensing Service Update for 2020 product versions

This update for Autodesk Licensing Service is available for all the platforms - Windows, Mac and Linux. The update includes defect fixes related to install, launch, security and resiliency of Autodesk Licensing Service and its installer. For more details, please refer to the Improvements and Defects section below. This is a cumulative update and contains all the changes from the updates previously released. Autodesk strongly recommends installing the latest available version of the Autodesk Licensing Service for better reliability and performance

Thursday, August 1, 2019

AutoCAD 2020.1 Update

AutoCAD 2020.1 Update is now available.

AutoCAD 2020.1

Worth updating? Take a look at below from the release notes.

The AutoCAD 2020.1 Update contains the previously released block performance hotfix for AutoCAD 2020.

After applying this patch, the Product Version in the About box will be listed as Q.70.0.0 AutoCAD 2020.1. For specialized toolsets, Autodesk Civil 3D or Autodesk Advance Steel, the Built On version will be listed as Q.70.0.0 AutoCAD 2020.1.

Here’s a summary of the new features and enhancements provided in this Update.

Blocks Palette

  • Drag and drop actions now apply the settings for Scale and Rotation
  • The display of thumbnail images is improved
  • Tooltips can now be suppressed with the TOOLTIP system variable

Text on Layer

  • Sets a default layer for text and multiline text objects with the TEXTLAYER system variable.

Standards for Multileaders

  • Extends the Standards feature to support multileader styles.

Security

  • The SECUREREMOTEACCESS system variable has been expanded to control whether ObjectARX programs are restricted from uploading to internet locations or remote servers.

3D Translators

  • The translators used for importing several external 3D formats have been updated. These include Creo and Granite, SolidEdge, NX, Parasolid, JT, and Rhino.

Problems Reported Through the Customer Error Reporting Utility

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 including the following:

Blocks

  • Occasional crashes when using the BLOCKNAVIGATE system variable to specify paths and file names for blocks and drawings.
  • Occasional crashes when inserting DXF files from the Blocks palette.
  • Occasional crashes when using WBLOCK and selecting a field in some drawings.
  • Occasional crashes when launching AutoCAD if the Blocks palette displays a corrupted drawing in the Other Drawing tab.

Plot and print PDF

  • Occasional crashes when plotting to a PDF file when an included font name is more than 31 characters long.

General

  • Occasional crashes when changing the visual style in the Model Documentation mode.
  • Occasional crashes when grip editing multiple objects.
  • Occasional crashes when opening drawings that contain corrupted linetypes.
  • Occasional crashes when opening certain drawings and then switching from model to a paper space layout.
  • Occasional crashes when opening DXF files that do not include any layouts.
  • Occasional crashes when with the SHAREVIEW command for drawings containing zero-length objects.
  • Occasional crashes when switching to different layouts in drawings that contain geographic location information.
General Update Content

The following defects have been fixed:

Dimension

  • A preview might not display in the Dimension Style dialog box for the Annotative dimension style.

Display

  • The objects might not display after editing a block and switching from paper space to model space.

Performance

  • Opening some drawings takes longer than in previous versions.
  • Plotting some drawings to PDF is slower than expected.

Quick Measure

  • Quick Measure does not support rotated UCS orientations even when the XY plane of the UCS is parallel to the XY plane of the WCS.
  • Quick Measure doesn't work on some AutoCAD Mechanical custom objects.
  • Quick Measure results are partly hidden if the current layer is turned off.

Share View

  • With the SHAREVIEW command, drawings can be clipped incorrectly on the right side.

Underlays

  • External references cannot be detached when inserted multiple times.
  • PDF and DWF files might not display in the block editor.

General

  • The results might be incorrect when using PASTESPEC to insert a table.
  • Changes to the Default Scale List in the Options dialog box, User Preferences tab, aren't retained.

RVT Columns for Explorer supports Revit 2020

RVT Columns for Explorer has been updated to handle Revit 2020 files. With this app you can see the Revit Build and Revit Version on RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT files in Explorer as well as any products that shows Revit files in dialog boxes like Revit’s Open file dialog box.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.1–Batch Block Attribute Editor for AutoCAD and BricsCAD

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.1 has been released. Here are the news and fixes since version 3.0:

  • Under the [Add][+] menu, new "Select blocks on screen" option is added for you to edit a selection, rather than the whole drawing.

  • Installing unattended via command line and activate a network license server can now be done
  • Fixed a critical bug in loading the spreadsheet
  • Solved an issue in the network license
  • Fixed a bug in progression bar
  • Fixed a bug in Block Name Wildcards
  • Fixed bugs that hotkeys on the spreadsheet didn't work in BricsCAD
  • Fixed a bug in BricsCAD's multiline attribute

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, July 22, 2019

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.4.0 released

JTB Sheet Set Publish 2.4.0 has been released.

  • Sheet Set Publish output folder is defaulted to if available.
  • App installation folder changed to be in C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins.
  • Unattended installation and configuration of network license server made possible.

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.

Download is here as well as trial.

JTB Sheet Set Publish

Other new and updated apps we recommend:

JTB Find - find and replace Propert Set Data values.

JTB FixRefs - fix paths on your external references.

JTB BatchAttEdit - edit attributes on many drawings with ease.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

JTB Find new app to find and replace text in Property Set Data

With our new app JTB Find you can find and replace text in Property Sets and their Property Definition values (PSD).

JTB Find is an app for AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) based products including MEP, Map 3D and Civil 3D. If you want to try it we have a free trial available.

Do you need any custom development for AutoCAD verticals/toolsets like AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Map3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D we can help with that too.

Monday, July 15, 2019

ACAD_db 4.0.3 released - sync attributes with a database

ACAD_db 4.0.3 has been released. Make use of AutoCAD together with an external database. Block attribute values can automatically be updated back and forth to one or many external databases. If you make changes to the attribute values they can be synchronized back to the external database or the other way around.

New since version 4.0 is a Setup Window for the database table JTBW_AttSync is available to ease the task to create the connection between the database and the drawing.

Advance Edit Row:

Free trial available.

Do you have other needs to customize or automate your CAD work? Do you need this app for BricsCAD? We can help, feel free to contact us.

JTB Batch Change 2.0 for AutoCAD

JTB Batch Change 2.0 is now available. JTB Batch Change allows you to automate AutoCAD from Excel.

Download is here as well as trial.

In JTB Batch Change version 2.0 we added the ability to batch change attribute tags in title blocks and retain values, batch change layers and their properties on many drawings and more.

With JTB Batch Change a lot of different batch tasks can be done to help your work in AutoCAD.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

AutoCAD vs BricsCAD startup times

Do you experience that AutoCAD 2020 is quicker to start than AutoCAD 2019? It’s true when you open it after opening it once. The first time after starting Windows, it’s slower. BricsCAD is generally quicker to open than AutoCAD. Both often you find that a new version is slower to start then the previous version.

David Robison at Design Master Software shared this post comparing Startup Performance for different versions of AutoCAD and BricsCAD Platinum. Check it out for all test results. There you get explain what this graph is showing.

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On the topic, a while ago Steve Johnson at cad nauseam blog did a test comparing the time it takes to install AutoCAD vs BricsCAD.

Monday, July 8, 2019

How to add callouts and BOM on rebars in AutoCAD

With JTB Rebar you can add and edit Rebar Callouts, create an Automatic Rebar Table as well as Dynamic Beam Detailing functionality. Or maybe you need this for BricsCAD? if so, let us know.

JTB Rebar 2.0.2 has been released.

Here’s how to edit rebar callouts.

Create and update Rebar Tables.

Drafting multi-span beam with varying heights made easy.

If you do rebar design in AutoCAD take a look at what JTB Rebar can do. Free trial available.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Are you using an old AutoCAD version? Soon you can’t!

Previous version support change describes this change for not only AutoCAD but all Autodesk products. .

“Starting August 31, 2019, Autodesk will start enforcing its technical support lifecycle policy for all current versions of Autodesk software and previous versions (typically three versions back), listed on the subscription and maintenance plan eligibility lists.”

March 2021, product activation aligns with the Lifecycle policy so if you by then have AutoCAD 2018 and older you might find that you can use it as you no longer can activate it.

Autodesk have a dedicated forum now.

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.

You can subscribe to our newsletters if you like.

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.

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