Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Change attribute order of block in many CAD drawings

To change attribute tag order in one drawing use BATTORDER (AutoCAD) or BATTMAN (AutoCAD and BricsCAD). With it you can update the block definition of the block.


Then wblock out the block to a separate DWG file. In the example below it us C:\temp\TITLEBLOCK.dwg

In below example the block is named TITLEBLOCK so you will need to modify the name and path (separate folders with double backslashes). Save the AutoLISP code to an LSP file.

(if (tblsearch "block" "TITLEBLOCK")
(command "_.-insert" "TITLEBLOCK=C:\\temp\\TITLEBLOCK.dwg" "_Y")
(command "_.attsync" "_N" "TITLEBLOCK")

Then you can use JTB SmartBatch to update all drawings with this LSP. Specify the use of the LSP in JTB SmartBatch Settings > Script/lisp file. Now add all drawings to be updated and you’ll have all title blocks or other blocks of your choice updated.

Monday, October 4, 2021

JTB FlexReport can monitor Autodesk Flex

Autodesk Flex is a new option to pay as you go for occasional product use. While you can get some usage reports from Autodesk they are limited.


When a user opens and signs into an Autodesk product included with Flex, they will be charged a daily rate per product once every 24 hours.

For example, a user opens and signs into AutoCAD from 8am-9am will be charged 7 tokens, same as a user using it the whole day. Even just starting and closing AutoCAD will cause a charge if 7 tokens (around $21). Revit will take 10 tokens.

With JTB FlexReport and JTB Process Monitor you can get additional valuable reports to identify users that just use a product a short time per day. You can get the total time the product has been running as well as the active time the user used the product. With this users using the products just a short time can be identified.

Contact us for a free trial or if you have any questions.

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