Monday, March 1, 2021

Multi-User to Named User Autodesk licenses update

If you have not yet traded your Multi-User to named user cloud-based licensing, see this updated post by Autodesk.

“Starting February 25, 2021, we will provide customers the option to take advantage of the multi-user trade-in offer at their first and all future renewals between August 7, 2020 and until August 7, 2023.”

You might have used JTB FlexReport for network license monitoring and with JTB Process Monitor you can keep monitoring the usage of named user licenses. If you for example had 50 Multi-user licenses and traded them for 100 named user licenses you might not want to keep paying for 100 licenses if you only have 75 licenses used on a regular basis. You probably don’t want to pay for users that rarely use the software.

Take a look at Autodesk Named User usage reporting, Autodesk Network Licenses RIP, New Named User Plans and Prepare for the switch to Autodesk Named User Licenses.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

JTB FlexReport 2021.2.0 - New Feature Group report

JTB FlexReport 2021.2.0 is now ready.

We have added and fixed few things in this release.

  • JTB FlexReport Service/Client
    • New list report with Feature Group aggregation. "Server - Feature Group - User - Host".
    • Bug fixed that caused erroneous number of licenses issued and licenses in use in some rare cases.

Feature Group list report

See the version history for all 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 (FlexNet), IBM LUM, DSLS, SPLM, Sentinel, LM-X, RLM, EPLAN (ELM), HASP, DPT, Tebis, CodeMeter 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 and Prepare for the switch to Autodesk Named User Licenses. You may still find use for JTB FlexReport together with JTB Process Monitor. We can help analyze your historic usage so you can prepare for the switch.

Monday, February 8, 2021

DST merging with JTB DST Tool 2.1.0

JTB DST Tool can merge Sheet Sets containing Sheet Views and their fields in the drawings. For this specific functionality full AutoCAD is needed. Otherwise the app works without the need of any CAD installed.

You can also purge, convert and fix paths for Sheet Set DST files for AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD, NanoCAD Plus/Pro, Graebert's ARES Commander 2022 and newer, and any other CAD software using Sheet Set DST files.

When ready a detailed status log is showed for all processed sheets.

Fields get updated so they point to the merged Sheet Set DST file.

More about the app at JTB DST Tool.

JTB Batch Publish 3.0.0 released now with PDF merging

JTB Batch Publish 3.0.0 has been released.

  • Renamed the app from JTB Sheet Set Publish to JTB Batch Publish
  • Added option "Plot to multi-sheet PDF files"
  • Upgraded the publishing log window

JTB Batch Publish is an app for AutoCAD and BricsCAD 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.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Batch scripting for ZWCAD with JTB SmartBatch

JTB SmartBatch 5.3 is released.

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 2019.

JTB SmartBatch is a batch and script utility for processing multiple DWG drawings with full control with AutoCAD, BricsCAD, ZWCAD 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 CAD 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.

ZWCAD batch scripting

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, January 26, 2021

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.4.0 - Batch edit block attributes in AutoCAD or BricsCAD

JTB BatchAttEdit 3.4.0 has been released.

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.

JTB BatchAttEdit

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.

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, AutoCAD Architecture, Revit, BricsCAD, ZWCAD and other CAD platforms.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Find DWGs with Student plot watermarks with JTB EduFinder

An education watermark is added to the drawing for AutoCAD and AutoCAD vertical products licensed by student and educators through the Autodesk Education Community.

Now you might have a commercial license and for one or another reason got one or many drawings infected by non-commercial usage. To quickly find drawings with the watermark use our app EduFinder. It has just been updated to version 2.1.0.

When plotting or doing a plot preview of a drawing created with a product licensed by students or educators, users will see this watermark PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK STUDENT VERSION or PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT.

When using a commercial license of AutoCAD to open a drawing with the education watermark, the following task dialog is displayed “This drawing was saved with a Student Version of the product and marked with a plot stamp.”.

See also the post with more details here.

Monday, January 18, 2021

JTB FlexReport 2021.1.0 - monitor ZWCAD, ZW3D license usage and more

JTB FlexReport 2021.1.0 is now ready.

We have fixed and improved a few things in this release.

  • JTB FlexReport Core
    • Fixed problem that could cause logging to stop if the c:\Windows\Temp folder was filled with tmp files.
    • Fixed another problem where the FlexNet debug log import could fail to work.
    • Removed saving current usage from FlexNet debug log because it can be incorrect if the imported log is older than a few hours. And if weeks or months old log it can result in very long incorrect usage.
    • Various minor fixes.
  • JTB FlexReport Service/Client
    • Fixed problems when multiple servers or features could not be selected and reported on.
    • Fixed another bug caused by ' character in user and host names.
    • Fixed a problem where dates in exported Excel files could fail to be correct in some countries date formats.
    • Various minor fixes.
  • JTB Process Monitor Service/Client
    • Performance improvements for the Client causing less CPU strain.
    • Various minor fixes.

See the version history for all details.

ZWCAD and ZW3D are among the many products JTB FlexReport can monitor usage of.

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 (FlexNet), IBM LUM, DSLS, SPLM, Sentinel, LM-X, RLM, EPLAN (ELM), HASP, DPT, Tebis, CodeMeter 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 and Prepare for the switch to Autodesk Named User Licenses. You may still find use for JTB FlexReport together with JTB Process Monitor.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

What is Line Space Style in mtext in CAD?

Some users have run into some odd behavior with multiline text (mtext) in DWG editors like AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD and ZWCAD. What helped in these cases was to change the Line Space Style.

What is mtext Line Space Style?

There are two styles:

  • At Least. Adjusts lines of text automatically based on the height of the largest character in the line. More space is added between lines of text with taller characters. This is the default setting.
  • Exactly. Forces the line spacing to be the same size for all lines of text regardless of format differences such as font or text height Useful to line up text in tables.

To ensure that line spacing is identical in multiple multiline text objects, use Exactly and set the Line Space Factor to the same value in each multiline text object.

Note: Using Exactly can cause text in lines located above or below lines with large font characters (commonly used in Asian languages) to overlap the larger characters.

I run into this several times being Swedish and having accented letters like Å, Ä and Ö that are higher than most characters.

If you use Justify like Middle center you can see how the insertion point is at different heights related to the text and also affects the Background mask and Text frame. The cyan line shows the insertion point.

Multiline text placement on a leader can also be affected as seen below.

Multiline text with 4 columns below.

Sample DWG to download.

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