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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:31:34 PST

 



JTB Sort Table 1.1 released

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:36:00 PST

JTB Sort Table 1.1 has been released with a couple of bug fixes:

  • Fixed bug in cells with block
  • Fixed bug when sorting locked, read-only or linked cells

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.

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There’s a 30 day trial available for JTB Sort Table.

If you need help with any BricsCAD or AutoCAD customization feel free to contact us.




DWG Columns for Explorer 3.2 released

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:06:00 PST

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated to version 3.2 and got some performance improvements.

We have observed that the performance enhancement is more than 90% for almost all cases. The version 3.1 update could slow down file browsing in Explorer and especially the file selection dialog boxes within Autodesk software.

If you want to see the DWG and DXF properties and metadata in Explorer columns please give the trial a try. No need to have AutoCAD or other CAD programs installed for this to work. After the trial has expired you can still use it to show the DWG version information as long as you like.

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DWG Created By (can for example show AutoCAD 2017 or Inventor 2017), DWG id (for example ACAD0001409 making it possible to see difference between a drawing created in AutoCAD or an AutoCAD vertical like AutoCAD Architecture. ODA can show for a DWG created with the Open Design Alliance API), DWG Reg (Version in registry, for example 210 that stands for R21.0) and DWG Build (AutoCAD build number, for example N5200x64).

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InfoTip showing when holding the mouse over a file:

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If you are also a Revit user our RVT Columns shows the Revit version and Revit build for RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT files.




JTB DST Tool 1.2 released

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:47:00 PST

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.

  • Merge one or more sheet sets.
  • The purging is useful for IT or CAD Managers to correct performance problems with SSM Sheet Sets that started to perform badly. Sometimes the DST file can grow unreasonable large and the purging can help.
  • Convert to XML for more advanced editing and convert back to DST again.

Version 1.2 fixes a bug in trial mode, related to decimal symbol so if you tried it before and it failed give it a try again.

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If you work with the Sheet Set Manager and want to edit Sheet Sets see our SSMPropEditor app or if you want to create Sheet Sets and their properties in an automated manner take a look at our JTB Sheet Set Creator.




JTB Steel 1.3.1 released

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:03:00 PST

JTB Steel 1.3.1 is now released with following changes:

  • Fixed US Metric ST section: flange slope column missing
  • Added Japanese sections, Russian sections and Taiwan CNS sections

JTB Steel is an app running inside AutoCAD, adding powerful command features to help you draw simple and complex steelwork frames and details efficiently.

You can select and insert Steel Sections from JTB Steel library to AutoCAD drawing just as inserting blocks. You can draw Steel Frames just as drawing lines by 2 pickpoints. All created drawing objects are either blocks or dynamic blocks. Once Steel members are inserted, you can edit these using powerful editing commands located on Tools Palette.

JTB Steel includes advanced automation techniques for modifying dynamic blocks. This means that you can easily manage your drawings and quickly finalize your details. The below example was fully created using JTB Steel (this includes any alignment, rotation etc):

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Trial is available for JTB Steel.




JTB Quick Perspective 2.5 released

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:25:00 PST

JTB Quick Perspective 2.5 is released now. JTB Quick Perspective for AutoCAD will transforms Points, Lines, straight Polylines and "landscape" Blocks to perspective view drawing, all in 2D working space. Take a look here what can be done.

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Free trial available at JTB Quick Perspective.

What do you want to be automated? We create custom apps. Contact us.




AutoCAD Lisp signing command line tool

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 04:41:00 PST

You maybe knew about AcSignApply.exe but did you know that command line tool is available too? It’s not so obvious because AcSignApply.exe is found in the installation folder of AutoCAD but AcSignTool.exe is not. AcSignTool.exe can be downloaded here and described here. It’s for AutoCAD 2016 but should work for AutoCAD 2017 too. In AutoCAD 2016 it was added the ability to digitally sign lisp files (.lsp, .fas and .vlx). There is the GUI version, AcSignApply.exe (which gets installed in the AutoCAD install folder) to sign the lisp files. AcSignTool.exe is the commandline version of AcSignApply.exe. It is meant for signing lisp files in a batch process. AutoCAD doesn't need to be installed. You can find the usage instructions by entering AcSigntool.exe /? Usage: AcSignTool -sign /file:[inputfile] /cert:[certificate] /time:[timestamp] /comment:[description] Usage: AcSignTool -verify /file:[inputfile] Usage: AcSignTool -remove -force /file:[inputfile] AcSignTool -sign /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp" /cert:12345678901234567890 /time:1 AcSignTool -verify /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp" AcSignTool -remove -force /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp" AcSignTool -issigned /file:"c:\files\foo.lsp" /file:[inputfile] Full path of the file that needs to signed. /file:[certs] Certificate to be used for signing, please enter the serial number. The following certificates are available for signing on this machine. ---------------------------------------------------------------- /Serial Number                  Subject                 Issuer ---------------------------------------------------------------- 123456789                       JTB World Inc.        DigiCert SHA2 Assured ID Code Signing CA /time:[timestamp] Timestamp that should be used for signing please enter the index. The following time sources are available. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Index                   Time Source ---------------------------------------------------------------- 0               (No time stamp) 1               Time from this computer 2               National Institute of Standards and Technology (time-a.nist.gov) 3               Symmetricom (nist1.symmetricom.com) 4               CTS (tick.ucla.edu) /comment:[description] Description to be included in the signature. -force Clears the Read-only file attribute. IMPORTANT: Please ensure that AcSignCore16.dll is available with the tool, copy timesrvr.txt to AcSignTool exe folder. If you need help with any Lisp customization feel free to contact us. [...]



Autodesk Seek no more

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:46:00 PST

If you now use the SEEK command in AutoCAD either from command line

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or from DesignCenter

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you will now notice find out that Autodesk Seek is no more.

You are now leaving Seek.Autodesk.com and will be automatically redirected to your desired search results page on BIMobject.

As of the 18th of January 2017 Autodesk has transferred the operation of its Autodesk®Seek business to BIMobject®

Autodesk Seek operations transferred to BIMobject

For more information please click on the link below, or click on the link to start browsing and downloading BIM objects from bimobject.com

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Thanks to Steve Johnson at blog nauseam where I read about this first.




SSMPropEditor 6.4 available - Sheet Set Manager Editor

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:49:00 PST

SSMPropEditor 6.4 is now available. Are you using the Sheet Set Manager then you will save a lot of time, frustration and money with JTB World’s SSMPropEditor.

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Here are the main news:

  • Export and Import to Excel files does not require Excel to be installed. This makes it work with other software that can edit XLSX files.
  • Natural sorting implemented for sorting of sheets in the tree view. Before it was for example sorted like S-001, S-1001, S-101 but now as S-001, S-101, S-1001.

Version 6.4 has some known Vault issues that makes it not work in all environments. Work is being done to fix it ASAP.

For all details on this release see the revision history.

Downloads are available here and works in trial mode for 30 days. Existing customers can upgrade for free and use their existing license file.

More from JTB World: 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.

If you would need help to develop any custom app or program we can help. We specializes on AutoCAD and Revit but also do work for other CAD platforms as well as pure Windows apps. You are welcome to contact us.




JTB Layout Palette for AutoCAD or BricsCAD

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:02:00 PST

JTB Layout Palette is a new app from JTB World that makes it easier to work with and manage drawings with many layouts or when the layout names are very long.

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.

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Edit layout names

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Moving and Sorting layouts

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If you would like to try it visit JTB Layout Palette.




SmartPurger 3.9 released

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:30:00 PST

SmartPurger 3.9 is released and here’s what’s fixed:

  • "Delete only files older than specified number days" setting did before not delete files as expected. This is not fixed.
  • Fixed error that caused SmartPurger to stop when path or files names were very long.
  • Fixed error that caused SmartPurger to stop when it reached certain folders that could not be accessed by the current user.

Download the update either as a customer or if you want a trial.

What is SmartPurger? SmartPurger can batch purge CAD drawings as well as run custom scripts (SCR or LSP). Delete old backup and other files you may not want to take up space. Works with AutoCAD, BricsCAD, GstarCAD and possibly other DWG compatible software. And there are more features.

"You provided an excellent product in “SmartPurger”. This application suits us perfectly." - Clint Hill, that found these issues and also helped to test this version.

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DWG Columns for Explorer 3.1 released

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:14:00 PST

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated to version 3.1.

DWG Created By, DWG id, DWG Reg and DWG Build are new columns in DWG Columns.

DWG Created By (can for example show AutoCAD 2017 or Inventor 2017), DWG id (for example ACAD0001409 making it possible to see difference between a drawing created in AutoCAD or an AutoCAD vertical like AutoCAD Architecture. ODA can show for a DWG created with the Open Design Alliance API), DWG Reg (Version in registry, for example 210 that stands for R21.0) and DWG Build (AutoCAD build number, for example N5200x64).

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If you want to see the DWG and DXF properties and metadata in Explorer columns please give the trial a try. No need to have AutoCAD or other CAD programs installed for this to work. After the trial has expired you can still use it to show the DWG version information as long as you like.

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If you are also a Revit user our RVT Columns shows the Revit version and Revit build for RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT files.




JTB Sort Table for AutoCAD and BricsCAD

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:47:00 PST

JTB Sort Table app by JTB World, 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.

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Just as easy as in Excel, you select 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.

If you want to try it before buying it visit the app page JTB Sort Table.




JTB FlexReport LT 1.4 freeware for FlexNet license status

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:50:00 PST

JTB FlexReport LT 1.4 is now available also as an app for AutoCAD on Autodesk App Store.

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JTB FlexReport LT is a freeware product from JTB World to create HTML reports on current usage of FlexNet/FLEXlm network licenses.

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.

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

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For historic reports in list and chart format see our JTB FlexReport product.




RVT Columns for Explorer on Autodesk App Store

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:22:00 PST

RVT Columns can now be downloaded as trial from the Autodesk App Store site as well as be purchased from there.

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With RVT Columns you can see the Revit Version and Revit Build in Explorer and File browsing dialog boxes.

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AutoCAD 2017.1.1 Update

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:33:00 PST

I just launched Autodesk Desktop App and noticed that last month (Nov 17, 2016) there was an update for subscription (maintenance and students) users only. It’s not available on AutoCAD 2017 Downloads but on the other hand on the Autodesk Account. According to the readme: This AutoCAD 2017.1.1 and AutoCAD LT 2017.1.1 Update contains all of the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017. Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility: Graphics Occasional crashes when creating a 3D polyline after an Undo. Occasional crashes when switching to the Top View in some AutoCAD Architecture drawings. Occasional crashes when selecting some objects after using Wblock on certain drawings. General Occasional crashes when closing some xrefs after you edit the referenced drawings in place. General Update Content: Display All lines were displayed as continuous in Excel when they were pasted from AutoCAD 2017 with hardware acceleration enabled. The linetype might be missed on the Ribbon when switching to the light theme. General Pressing a Function key during an active command would freeze AutoCAD after updating to the Windows 10 anniversary edition. Publishing might degrade performance when opening some projects in the Sheet Set Manager. Importing certain DGN files might fail. The bubble notification needed to be closed twice when switching to a 3D Visual Style. Customized Edit menu settings might be removed after installing 2017.1 Update. AutoCAD 2017.1 Update [...]



JTB FlexReport 10.3 released

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:45:00 PST

JTB FlexReport updates JTB FlexReport Core and JTB Process Monitor. See the revision history for details and download the installers.

With JTB FlexReport you can create many different reports of software and license usage so you are in a better position to have enough licenses at all times or split costs on departments or any group of users or computers.

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Contact us to get a time limited license file for free.




JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.0 released

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:00:00 PST

JTB Sheet Set Creator 2.0 is here.

JTB Sheet Set Creator is an app for Autodesk AutoCAD that creates new Sheet Sets and Sheets based on an Excel template for usage in Sheet Set Manager(SSM).

  • Sheet Set Properties can be populated.
  • Sheet Set Custom Properties can be defined, created and populated.
  • Sheet Properties can be populated.
  • Sheet Custom Properties can be defined, created and populated.
  • Sheets (drawings) can be defined, created and have their properties populated.

Here’s what’s new in version 2.0:

  • Add creation of subset
  • Add progression bar
  • New license activation method
  • Each sheet can be create from a specific template drawing
  • Add Label Block View, Model View Locations and Callout Blocks
  • Add feature to create multiple sheets in one drawing
  • Add option to replace empty sheet property to another text value

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Free trial is available for JTB Sheet Set Creator.




AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac here

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:25:00 PST

AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac are here. User Interface updates, tool sets into two tabs and customizable, File tabs, importing PDFs and running multiple AutoCAD sessions side-by-side, Full Screen Mode and more.

Introducing AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac has all details.

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More about AutoCAD for Mac




RVT Columns for Explorer

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:00:00 PST

RVT Columns for Windows Explorer is now available.

With it you can see the Revit version and Revit build in Windows Explorer / File Explorer columns.

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Even in file dialog boxes within Revit. Now you can know the Revit version and Revit build before even opening the file.

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Sort files in Explorer based on any of the columns available like the Revit version.

InfoTip (ToolTip) with version and build can also be seen when hovering over a file.

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Supported extensions and file types are RTE, RVT, RFA and RFT.

Free trial of RVT Columns for Windows Explorer is available.




OsnapzBG and OsnapzBG Plus for AutoCAD news

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:45:00 PST

OsnapzBG freeware or OsnapzBG Plus apps for AutoCAD have been updated.

With OsnapzBG loaded any change of OSNAPZ will also change the background and other specified colors depending on if OSNAPZ is set to 0 or 1.

OsnapzGB 1.3

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2014 to crash on start-up.

OsnapzBG Plus 1.1

  • Bugs fixed that could cause some colors to be forced to black and some colors not being set.

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How to use DWG Columns in Directory Opus

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:50:00 PST

Directory Opus is a great replacement for Explorer with a lot of nice features. Single or dual pane file display and folder trees, Tabbed interface let you keep multiple folders open and switch quickly between them, Color-code your files, assign status icons, star ratings, tags and descriptions, Batch renaming including easy-to-use keyboard macros, FTP and much more.

Now our DWG Columns for Explorer works with Directory Opus 12 (or newer) as well as the Windows Explorer.

Right click on this link DWG_Columns.vbs.txt and save it as DWG_Columns.vbs without the .txt extension in the folder %appdata%\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\Script AddIns. The file can also be dragged and dropped into the Scripts dialog box that is access from Settings>Preferences>Toolbars>Scripts.

After that the columns can be showed by right click on the column headers via Columns>Script>DWG Columns

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And as can be seen below DWG version and DWG title has been showed. Other drawing file properties or metadata from the Summary and Details tab can be showed too.

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This works with DWG and DXF files edited with applications like AutoCAD, Dassault Systemes DraftSight, Caddie, progeCAD, Bricsys BricsCAD, IMSI TurboCAD, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, GstarCAD, nanoCAD, MicroStation, ZWCAD+ and others.

Interested to try or buy DWG Columns for Explorer?




DWG Columns for Explorer 2.3 released

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:00:00 PDT

JTB Word's DWG Columns for Explorer has been updated to version 2.3. If you already have version 2.2 installed and it’s working fine there is no need to upgrade as this version only have improved the installation process to be more stable. There are now also 3 versions of DWG Columns. One fully functional version that can be purchased, one trial and one freeware.

If you want to see the DWG and DXF properties and metadata in Explorer columns please give the trial a try. No need to have AutoCAD or other CAD programs installed for this to work. After the trial has expired you can still use it to show the DWG version information as long as you like.

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How to get the center of a viewport with AutoLISP

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:08:00 PDT

The free viewportcenter.lsp has been updated with more functionalities.

This app shows the coordinates for the center of the current viewport on command line.

If command is run within a viewport in model space it can be run transparently for example like this using 'vpc
   Command: LINE
   Specify first point: 'vpc

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If command is in paper space it will ask to select viewport and the point will be available as last used point and can be used with @ like this:
   Command: LINE
   Specify first point: @




How to disable Skype birthday notifications on Android

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:04:00 PDT

Here’s how to disable Skype birthday notifications when using Skype on Android. You probably been as annoyed as me that there is no setting for this on the Skype for Android app and that the has a birthday checkbox setting isn’t synchronized from the desktop version of Skype. Start a chat with any of your contacts. and type the following row: /nobday and press enter or send. This message won't be sent to the one in the chat and the change will affect notifications for all contacts. If it works you may see a message like below: System: Birthday notifications disabled There are other available commands that can be found at http://www.skype.com/go/help.chathelp If you want to restore or enable the birthday notifications use this command: /setupkey Lib/Conversation/EnableBirthday 1 The message showing will be: setupkey: [Lib/Conversation/EnableBirthday] now '1' I’ve not tested above but it should work for other platforms like iPhone, Windows phone, BlackBerry, Amazon Fire Phone and iPod touch, iPad, Kindle Fire HD, Windows, Xbox One, Apple Watch, Android Wear, Skype for TV, Max and Linux. As a bonus tip. If you want to make text bold, italic or strikethrough * surrounding text (*text here*) makes it bold. _ surrounding text (_text here_) makes it italic. ~ surrounding text (~text here~) makes it strikethrough. If you start a message with "@@ " (two ats with a space), every formatting function in your message will be ignored except emoticons. If you start a message with "!! " (two exclamations with a space), every formatting function in your message will be ignored and font will be switched to monospaced. [...]



JTB Layer Palette 1.2.1 for BricsCAD

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:03:00 PDT

JTB Layer Palette 1.2.1 for BricsCAD is now available and at half the previous price.

JTB Layer Palette is a palette app for BricsCAD. You can manage layers in BricsCAD without leaving the drawing screen. Customizable view, multiple layers tasking, this will make managing layers much more easier.

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More about JTB Layer Palette here. For more of JTB World’s software that you might find useful visit our software list. We also offer custom programming services and can help you with both small and large projects.

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