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.

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


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

DWG TrueView


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.

For certain functions, the AutoCAD field options might include a comparable System Variable that you can substitute for the DIESEL expression.
  • 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.


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

Autodesk Viewer

Monday, February 11, 2019

Autodesk Network License Manager

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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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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

SSMPropEditor 7.1 released

SSMPropEditor 7.1 is now available.

For details on this release 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.

Friday, February 1, 2019

JTB Rebar 2.0 released

JTB Rebar is a BIM-like Rebar Callout - Automatic Rebar Table - Dynamic Beam Detailing app for AutoCAD.

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.

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