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Last Build Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:06:10 PDT


JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.2 released

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:06:00 PDT

JTB CAD Automation Tools for AutoCAD has been updated to version 5.2 and got a couple of bugs fixed and some minor updates.

  • Fixed bugs in AutoUpd command
  • Fix bugs when attribute text is changed by Excel because it is formatted as number or formula
  • Add sorting options in AutoUpd Excel file (We got this question and now it's possible: Is it possible to export the attributes of the block in order as the attributes appear in the DDATE  fill-in screen?)
  • Minor changes for better user experience

If you love to use Excel spread sheets to make edits then JTB CAD Automation Tools is for you as you can do a lot of AutoCAD automation with help of Excel like creating new drawings based on templates, update title block attributes, inserts text, blocks or xrefs, run custom LSP files and much more.


Autodesk AutoCAD 2015-2018 Geolocation Online Map Hotfix

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:01:00 PDT

Autodesk AutoCAD 2015-2018 Geolocation Online Map Hotfix is now available. Microsoft is ending support for version 7 of Bing Maps on June 30th, 2017. This Hotfix will upgrade your version of Bing Maps to version 8 so that you can continue to use the Geolocation Online Map Data feature. This Hotfix applies to all 32-bit and 64-bit publicly released versions of the following products (including Service Packs and Updates): Autodesk AutoCAD 2015, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2015, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2015-based vertical products Autodesk AutoCAD 2016, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2016, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2016-based vertical products Autodesk AutoCAD 2017, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2017, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2017-based vertical products Autodesk AutoCAD 2018, Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2018, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2018-based vertical products Using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT 2014? See More About End of Feature Support for Bing Maps Version 7 Please check the Readme for detailed instructions and download the hotfix. Extract and run Autodesk_AutoCAD_2015_to_2018_Geolocation_Online_Maps_Hotfix.sfx.exe The hotfix can’t be uninstalled and even a repair or reinstall of AutoCAD will not restore this specific file. In this case it’s not too bad as it will not work anyway soon but for other hotfixes it can be a problem. The hotfix installer does not even create a backup copy of the old version. Also the hotfix will probably not show up in Autodesk Desktop App which is too bad. Delivering hotfixes like this is not a good practice. The Autodesk product version showing in the About dialog box and the _VERNUM are not updated by this hotfix so only way to tell if it’s installed is by checking the version of the AcGeoLocationUI.arx located in the AutoCAD main installation folder. File version for AcGeoLocationUI.arx: AutoCAD 2015: AutoCAD 2016: AutoCAD 2017: 21.0.402.3 AutoCAD 2018: If you’re curious what the hotfix installer does and learn some VBScript take a look at the vbs files in C:\Autodesk\Autodesk_AutoCAD_2015_to_2018_Geolocation_Online_Maps_Hotfix This can be used to modify so you can install it in an environment with many AutoCAD installations. Update. After June 30th, 2017 when you run for example GEOGRAPHICLOCATION command you can see a dialog like this: Geolocation - Online Map Data You do not have permission to access Online Map Data. Go to Account Settings and check your entitlement to use online maps. You can continue using Geolocation without access to maps. Followed by: Geolocation - Online Map Data Update You must update your software before 2017-06-30 to continue using Online Map Data. Get update information – You will be redirected to the Autodesk update website for more information. Update later – If you choose not to update, then you can continue to use Geolocation without maps after 2017-06-30. [...]

BOMLengths.lsp AutoLISP freeware

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:37:00 PDT

Get the accumulated length of multiple objects with this free AutoLISP app. The total length of lines, circles, arcs, ellipses, polylines and splines are supported.


In this update it was added support for circles and ellipses and fixed a bug in the error handler.

BOMLengths.lsp has been tested on AutoCAD 2018 with this update but should work for other versions of AutoCAD as well and possibly on other CAD applications supporting AutoLISP like BricsCAD, DraftSight, GstarCAD, CADopia, IntelliCAD, progeCAD and ZWCAD.

How to Automatically Update the Sheet List Table

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:24:00 PDT

The Sheet List Table that comes with the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD needs to be updated manually by default causing troubles like new or changed sheets not showing up correctly or certain properties not being up-to-date.


The command DATALINKUPDATE can also be used. Run the command and select the option “Update data link” followed by “all data linKs”. It’s possible to select the table or specify the name of the Sheet Set as well.

Now to how this can be done automatically. Here’s one way using AutoLISP:

(command "._datalinkupdate" "_u" "_k")

If you want to run this automatically when a drawing is opened you can make use of acaddoc.lsp. If you want this to happen during publish make sure background plotting (BACKGROUNDPLOT system variable) is turned off as acaddoc.lsp is not loaded then. This limitation can be worked around but will require customization in .NET and something we can help with. If you want the update to happen automatically before running the plot command on the current drawing then there are ways to do this by using a reactor, something we also can help with.

Hopefully this can help you avoid discrepancies in the Sheet List Table in the future.

A wish for future updates to AutoCAD is that DXEVAL settings would be used to automatically update also the Sheet List Table.

JTB Batch Change 1.6 AutoCAD app

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:47:00 PDT

In JTB Batch Change version 1.6 we fixed bug in find and replace text in Mtext that happens since version 1.3 and added support for Drawing Template file(*.dwt). Batch process AutoCAD with the help of Excel with JTB Batch Change. Some feature examples are: With Batch Rename Objects you can rename layers in hundreds of drawing by substituting text "Concrete" with "CONC", or add a prefix of "AC " to each layer's name With Batch Find and Replace you can find and replace text on multiple drawings. You can import and update all blocks from a standard drawing to hundreds of other drawings. You can replace all inserted blocks "DOOR-BD3" in layer "Archs" with block "DOOR-AC1", and move them to layer "ARCH-FURN" You can change all texts whose styles are not prefixed with "ELEC" to "ELEC Standard" style, then change all block's attributes whose tag is "DATE" to current date. You can convert all your inserted blocks from dynamic to static, or to anonymous blocks. You can flatten all your drawing objects by setting all Z coordinates to 0. You can Unload or Detach xrefs or change their name, file name or path. Batch change drawing properties Additionally, you can perform Batch Audit and Purge as well as much more. When done with a batch processing you can see what has been processed in the log. This is a great tool in the hands of AutoCAD users or CAD managers. [...]

How to convert block to xref in AutoCAD

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:10:00 PDT

Here are a couple of solutions if you run into a situation where you want to convert a block to xref.

One is to use the Express Tool command BLOCKTOXREF. See “Convert block to xref” on the Express Tools Ribbon tab.


It replaces all instances of a specified block with an xref. The command searches the entire drawing for references to a specified block name and replaces them with an xref that you specify. You can use this tool to unbind an xref, replacing the block with the original referenced drawing. Afterwards, you can use the PURGE command to remove the unreferenced block definition from the drawing. If the xref is not already existing use for example WBLOCK of the block in question and so the file is created before running the command. It can be run on the command line as well using -BLOCKTOXREF.

There is also BlockToXref.lsp that is a free app from JTB World that let you select one or many blocks in a drawing and change them to xrefs.

JTB Sheet Set Publish 1.0 for AutoCAD released

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:29:00 PDT

JTB Sheet Set Publish is a new app by JTB World for AutoCAD that publishes sheets in Sheet Sets to files like PDF and DWF. 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.

Create formula for filename:


Output folder after publishing:


Free trial of JTB Sheet Set Publish is available.

And we have more Sheet Set Manager apps like SSMPropEditor, JTB DST Tool and JTB Sheet Set Creator.

OsnapzBG Plus updated for AutoCAD 2018

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:42:00 PDT

OsnapzBG Plus and the freeware OsnapzBG have been updated for AutoCAD 2018 and also got a few bugs fixed like changes of Auto Snap Marker to white incorrectly fixed and OsnapzBG Plus got support for more color elements.

With OsnapzBG and OsnapzBG Plus loaded any change of the AutoCAD variable OSNAPZ will also change the drawing window colors depending on if OSNAPZ is set to 0 or 1.

OsnapzBG Plus is based on our freeware OsnapzBG but adds ability to set any of the drawing window colors like those in the 3D parallel projection, 3D perspective projection or the command line context and interface elements.


AutoCAD Architecture and MEP 2018.0.1 Update

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:59:00 PDT

The following defects have been fixed in AutoCAD Architecture 2018 and AutoCAD MEP 2018 according to the readme:

External Reference

  • Architecture object components set to display ByLayer, displays the Xref layer properties instead of the parent file layer properties.
  • Multi-View Blocks in external reference file display in color while plotting.


  • Few contextual tabs like Block Editor or Text Editor are missing from the Ribbon and CUI after migrating from previous release.

Object Enabler

  • Fixes file version issues for Object Enabler in AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP 2018 non-English products and AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP installed as part of Autodesk Suites."

In the About dialog box we can find the Product Version: and if you want to find it using AutoLISP here’s how: How to know what service pack is installed for AutoCAD


The bug with the Ribbon tabs for apps is not solved.


JTB LayoutsToDwgs freeware for AutoCAD

Wed, 31 May 2017 21:04:00 PDT

JTB LayoutsToDwgs is a freeware for AutoCAD that now is available with installer on Autodesk App Store.

If you have a multiple-layout drawing the LayoutsToDwgs command will save each of your layouts to a single-layout drawing. Model space is copied as is.
New drawings are named after the layouts, with a prefix and a suffix specified by you. Drawings are saved in source drawing folder.


JTB CAD Automation Tools 5.1 released

Wed, 31 May 2017 03:49:00 PDT

JTB CAD Automation Tools for AutoCAD has been updated to version 5.1 and got a couple of bugs fixed.

  • Fixed bug where Add drawings button may add a drawing on row 9
  • Fixed bug where processing of custom LSP files did not work as expected

If you love to use Excel spread sheets to make edits then JTB CAD Automation Tools is for you as you can do a lot of AutoCAD automation with help of Excel like creating new drawings based on templates, update title block attributes, inserts text, blocks or xrefs, run custom LSP files and much more.


AutoCAD 2016.0.10 Update

Mon, 29 May 2017 01:01:00 PDT

AutoCAD 2016.0.10 Update was released 04/28/2017 and is only available to download from the Autodesk Account or via Autodesk desktop app. According to the readme this update contains all of the hotfixes released previously and applies to the following releases with the AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1 installed. The following resolutions are addressed by the earlier hotfixes and this update: 2016 Hotfix 3 Occasional crashes when panning transparently in multiple viewports. Performance problem opening files containing specific objects in AutoCAD 2016 may appear as if files cannot be opened. Use of the LISP (command) function within the (mapcar) function results in VVC Internal Error. Grip stretch doesn't work properly when DYNMODE equals value other than 2 or 3. acedCallBackOnCancel is not detected for Lispcallable Functions. Certain VBA Macros throw an execution error. DWG file fails to insert into another DWG file. Occasional crashes when when Copy/Paste a block by Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V. Occasional crashes when opening AutoCAD in Windows 10. AcSettingSync.exe launched when running OPTIONS command. Annotations in Architectural Units format are changing to Decimal format. 2016 Hotfix 4 There is a security vulnerability with ATIL image files within a drawing. The primary display adapter is not shown as the default in a Citrix environment. Opening an Excel hyperlink resizes the AutoCAD application window to match the Excel sheet size. Locked objects can be edited by Matchprop command. Publish borders are cut off with certain sheet sizes. Background masks are not ignoring the Xrefoverride setting. 2016.0.10 Update Enterprise Single Sign On accounts are signed out when multiple users have the same credentials. Cloud Rendering URLs are updated to the current https location. Can initiate the 3dpoly command after undo without crashing. STEPIMPORT imports the full STEP model in specific cases. Sheet set publishing to PDF is faster. F8 Key during an active command no longer freezes AutoCAD in Windows 10 Language switching between Korean and English works after using the move command. Publish no longer cuts off the borders of A size paper. Elliptical arcs do not display extra lines when plotting while shaded. Keynote fields no longer lose the association to a value for editing Xref in place. Edit block in place no longer crashes when Factory Utilities are loaded. ECW images no longer display distorted after applying the ATIL update. For AutoCAD 2016.0.10 _VERNUM (product version) is “M.107.0.26 (UNICODE)” [...]

How to rename Sheet Set or Sheet Custom Property names

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:05:00 PDT

This can’t be done in AutoCAD, GstarCAD or BricsCAD without deleting the Custom Property and adding a new one, loosing the values in the process. One reason why you may want to rename the Custom Properties could be that you want to have them sorted in a special way and as the show up in sorted order and not in the order they are created you may want to use prefixes to force the sorting as you want it. The good news is that with our JTB DST Tool this can be done. After converting from DST to XML advanced edits can be made like renaming Sheet Set Custom Property names, Sheet Custom Property names, subset names, view category names and most anything else and then convert the XML back to DST. Edits of the XML can be done in Notepad or an XML editor. Say there is a Custom Property name like “Project Name” that you want to change to “6 Project Name”. Open the XML file and search for propname="Project Name" and replace it with propname="5 Project Name". Just make sure that only change on all places where the element is AcSmCustomPropertyValue as seen below. The GUID values could be different. Here’s the result in AutoCAD after renaming a few Sheet Set Custom Properties. And if you want to use our SSMPropEditor it looks like below because it currently shows the properties in the order they were created. There are plans to be able to show them in either the order they were created or in sorted order. [...]

Autodesk License Service 5.1.5 Hotfix 1

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:54:00 PDT

Product crash when communicating with Licensing Server – Hotfix is available.

Product users of version 2018 Autodesk single-user subscriptions may experience an intermittent crash. The crash occurs when it has been more than 24 hours since the last successful authorization check and there is intermittent or no internet connection, or the licensing authorization server is unavailable. The licensing authorization check occurs in the background and is completely unrelated to activities the user is performing at the time of the crash.
A fatal error  message may be shown by the product. For example:
FATAL ERROR: Unhandled e06d7363h Exception at ee563c58h

The error will likely be followed by a dialog requesting to submit the error report.

This affects all users of 2018 product versions on subscription with single-user access, on both Windows and Mac.

If you use AutoCAD 2018 make also sure to install AutoCAD 2018.0.2 Update if you have 2018.0.1 installed or it will cause the product subscription to expire on June 1st, 2017.

AutoCAD 2017.1.2 Update

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:49:00 PDT

AutoCAD 2017 has got an update. Readme for AutoCAD 2017.1.2 Update here.

This AutoCAD 2017.1.2 Update contains all of the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2017. After applying this patch, AutoCAD 2017.1.2 Update, the Product Version number in the About box will be listed as N.402.0.0 AutoCAD 2017.1.2. If you use one of the vertical products, the Built On version will be listed as N.402.0.0 AutoCAD 2017.1.2.

What has been fixed?

  • Occasional crashes when zooming in while HQGEOM is disabled on specific drawings.
  • Occasional crashes running common commands after loading specific ARX files.
  • Compiling PFB fonts can produce a non-usable .SHX file.
  • After executing certain commands, the local language cannot be switched.
  • Copying and pasting might lead to AutoCAD freezing.
  • When changing the view of a drawing, the objects in that view might disappear.

JTB Sort Table updated for AutoCAD 2018

Fri, 19 May 2017 03:55:00 PDT

JTB Sort Table has been updated for AutoCAD 2018.

Sorts data in AutoCAD or BricsCAD tables, ascending or descending in selected columns.

If you are looking for a command on the Table Cell tab to sort data in your table, and can not find it, this app is for you.

Just as easy as in Excel, you select the table or cells (in AutoCAD), run the SORTTABLE command or start it from the Add-ins or Plug-ins ribbon tab in AutoCAD or the JTB Sort Table ribbon tab or toolbar in BricsCAD, then select columns to sort them.

You can sort ascending or descending. Cells with blocks and merged cells also be sorted.


Free trial available.

JTB Quick Perspective updated for AutoCAD 2018

Fri, 19 May 2017 03:53:00 PDT

JTB Quick Perspective has been updated for AutoCAD 2018.

JTB Quick Perspective will transforms Points, Lines, straight Polylines and "landscape" Blocks to perspective view drawing, all in 2D working space.

If you want to add some simple perspective view to your drawing without getting involved in complicated 3D modeling, you will find JTB Quick Perspective invaluable. All you need is one command and you will be taken through a simple procedure where you will control required extrusion and rotation. Newly created objects are polylines and can be used as source frame for the next command call. With JTB Quick Perspective you will create 3D-like perspective views with just a few clicks!


JTB Quick Perspective 30-day trial is available.

JTB Layout Palette updated for AutoCAD 2018

Thu, 18 May 2017 02:51:00 PDT

JTB Layout Palette has been updated for AutoCAD 2018 and is also working with BricsCAD.

Manage drawings with many layouts easier in a palette.

Run command LAYOUTPALETTE or click to the ribbon panel to Show or Hide the Layout Palette. You can quickly browse for layout, add, delete or edit name like working on a spreadsheet. This app is for you when there are too many layouts, or the layout names are too long to effectively work with out-of-the-box in AutoCAD or BricsCAD.

Quickly show only the layouts you want to see with filters.


Edit layout names


Moving and Sorting layouts


Free trial version available that works for 30 days.

Sheet Set Manager Path Edit updated for AutoCAD 2018

Thu, 18 May 2017 02:49:00 PDT

Sheet Set Manager Path Edit has been updated for AutoCAD 2018.

With this app for AutoCAD you can find and replace a path prefix for all sheets in a Sheet Set.

In the project below all sheets has "Status: File is missing" because the files where moved to a new location and this can be fixed with this app.


JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.1 released

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:34:00 PDT

JTB Sheet Set Creator has been updated for AutoCAD 2018 and also now supports the Subset New Sheet Location setting.

JTB Sheet Set Creator is an app for AutoCAD that creates new Sheet Sets and Sheets based on an Excel template.


Free trial available.

JTB DST Tool updated for AutoCAD 2018

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:32:00 PDT

JTB DST Tool has been updated for AutoCAD 2018.

JTB DST Tool can merge, purge and convert Sheet Set DST files for AutoCAD, BricsCAD and any other CAD software using Sheet Set DST files. For example AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View.


OffsetInXref updated for AutoCAD 2018

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:39:00 PDT

JTB World’s OffsetInXref app updated for AutoCAD 2018. This app can be used with AutoCAD to enable the OFFSET command to work with externally referenced drawings (xrefs), blocks, and lines within associated arrays, dimensions and tables.


Free trial is available.

JTB FlexReport LT updated for AutoCAD 2018

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:38:00 PDT

JTB World’s freeware app JTB FlexReport LT has been updated for AutoCAD 2018. JTB FlexReport LT makes it easy to show current usage of FlexNet licenses. Way easier than checking the status with lmtools.exe or lmutil.exe.

With the handy Get Feature Descriptions button you will automatically get descriptions for FlexNet features like 86830ACD_2018_0F (Autodesk AutoCAD 2018). These descriptions are then used in the report.


Screenshots from a sample HTML report. All users using a license will be listed, when the license was checked out and how many hours it has been used.


The aggregated list sums up multiple license servers and gives an overview of the features (applications/modules/packages/bundles/collections), number of licenses issued, in use and available.


Click here to see a sample HTML report.

JTB FlexReport LT is free so get it now.

JTB VPLayer Tools 1.0 released

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:47:00 PDT

JTB VPLayer Tools by JTB World is a new app for AutoCAD to simplify layer override settings within viewports.

If you use VPLAYER frequently setting up overrides for linetype and lineweight of layers on viewports, this app will help you do it quickly.


Free trial is available for JTB VPLayer Tools.

JTB Text Bubble Plus updated for AutoCAD 2018

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:44:00 PDT

JTB Text Bubble Plus and basic Text Bubble app have been updated for AutoCAD 2018.

With the app you can insert text bubbles to lines, curves, or draw leaders with it, or quickly make a schedule from text bubbles and/or other blocks. Incrementing of numbers or letters is done automatically.


Free trial available.