Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Actual usage reporting of borrowed network licenses with JTB Process Monitor

Do you have a lot of users borrowing network licenses and don't want to see 24 hours usage per day on the JTB FlexReport reports?

The blue line below shows borrowed licenses.

borrowed licenses

The solution is to add JTB Process Monitor and either get the time the monitored app is run or actively used.

Get reports in various ways like a list report showing hours used.

Or as a chart showing concurrent licenses used.

5 days usage

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

JTB World apps usage from home allowed

We have got inquiries if it is allowed to request license keys for our apps for home usage. Yes that is allowed and we will and want to help you so you can work from home using JTB World’s apps. Stay safe.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

JTB FlexReport 12.0.0 released with HASP, DPT and Tebis monitoring added

JTB FlexReport 12.0.0 is now ready.

Quite a lot have been add added, been improved and fixed in this release. Codemeter monitoring support was planned to be included but will come in next version in March.

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), HASP, DPT, Tebis 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.

Autodesk user? Take a look at Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans.

Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans

Autodesk is retiring plans based on serial numbers and launching new named user plans. No more concurrent usage with network licenses (Autodesk Network License Manager / FLEXlm / FlexNet) allowing multiple users share a license of say AutoCAD, Revit or Inventor.

How will you prepare for the transition to named user plans? At your first renewal date after May 7, 2020 you need to be prepared. Subscriptions with multi-user access and maintenance plans will retire on May 7, 2021 and cannot be renewed after this date. As part of retiring maintenance, the last version of the Design & Creation Suites will be released in April 2020 for customers to download, and the last date to renew Suites will be April 16, 2020.

UPDATE 2020-03-04 by Autodesk: We will extend the ability to purchase new multi-user subscription plans to August 7, 2020 and move their retirement to August 7, 2021. While we communicated that we would begin transitioning customers to named user starting May 7, 2020, we do not want to introduce a change at a time when business-as-usual is hard enough.

Will you guess or ask users how much they use Autodesk products?

Or will you use JTB FlexReport and be better prepared with actual numbers based on usage history?

Usage per Feature per Day.

More details on the terms and conditions page. There is an Autodesk forum to discuss and ask about these changes.

Discuss on Facebook group CAD Managers Unite! if you like. 

Donnie Gladfelter has made an extensive post on his blog. “this hypothetical customer would need to invest $24,550/year to maintain the level of access they have today for a cost of $5,925/year. That’s an increase of nearly 315%!”

Time to prepare so you know how to proceed when it is time for renewal. Considering options for users using AutoCAD too little to justify a full license. Maybe AutoCAD LT, a free DWG viewer, BricsCAD or similar.

Chart report on how many hours users have been using a feature.

Both now and in the future you might find use of our JTB Process Monitor that works with non-network licenses like the Named User Plans too.

Feel free to contact us to discuss how JTB FlexReport can help you. Free trial available.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Wide Screens and AutoCAD Ribbon Tip to maximize screen real estate

Do you have a wide screen and/or high screen resolution?  If you want to maximize the drawing area in AutoCAD in height, docking the Ribbon vertically might be a help for you.


First Undock the Ribbon
Right-click the ribbon tabs and select Undock.


To Dock the Ribbon in a New Location
Click the title bar and drag the undocked ribbon to either the left edge, right edge, or top of the drawing area
When the outline of the window is displayed in the docking area, release the button.

Another trip is to undock the Ribbon and have it floating, minimize it or hide it.


Or try Clean screen by pressing Ctrl+0. Press Ctrl+0 again to restore.

Some other tips can be found in this AutoCAD knowledge base article to Optimize Your AutoCAD Drawing Space.

Looking for other ways to improve your AutoCAD usage? Check out our CAD apps or contact us for any custom development needs.

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