JTB CAD Automation Tools for AutoCAD and BricsCAD
Multiple drawings can be automatically created from a typical drawing or updated based on a control file that can be created with an Excel template. Make the changes in Excel and let the program do all the work for you. This is a real time saver if you need to make adjustments on hundreds or thousands of drawings.
Optionally an AutoLISP file (*.lsp;*.vlx;*.fas) can be loaded for each drawing. Each drawing can use a separate AutoLISP file if needed. This gives you almost unlimited flexibility when it comes to what task you want to automate.
Example of usages: Add a stamp block; insert a title block; update text or attributes in the title block; insert text, block or xref; change text or attribute values and more. Change all external references (xrefs) from absolute paths to relative paths for archive purpose. Find and replace attribute or text values.
Bulk updating AutoCAD or BricsCAD drawings in most any way that you would like.
If you have an idea of what you want to automate but don't know how to realize it, contact us for a solution.
AutoGen creates new drawings based on one or more template drawings based on the control file. In the process text, mtext and block attribute values can be changed individually on each new drawing.
It is possible to change only a part of the text string. If the template drawing contain the text "SHEET #sheetno#" it can be updated to for example "SHEET 1" by specifying #sheetno# as the text to change.
Depending on your computer performance and the complexity of the drawing you can generate around 100 drawings in just 60 seconds.
AutoGen has been used by customers creating instrumentation drawings, loop diagrams (loop drawings), schematics in an automated way based on data in a spreadsheet.
AutoIns inserts text, blocks or xrefs into drawings based on the control file.
These are the properties that can be set using the control file.
In case you want to insert for example a circle or more complex geometry you can make a block of it and the insert it with the Explode property set to Yes.
AutoUpd updates existing drawings based on the control file.
It is possible to change both the whole text string or only a part of the text string. If the template drawing contain the text "SHEET #sheetno#" it can be updated to for example "SHEET 1" by specifying #sheetno# as the text to change.
It is also possible to update text found at a location by defining a rectangle with two coordinates. This is for example useful if a title block contains mtext or text objects not being part of a block object.
With the Import from drawings button you can get block and attribute information from one or many drawings.
Example on how to search and replace attribute values or text.
"I am very happy with this product."
One user had "4700 drawings to update" with different title blocks and was able to do it quickly with JTB CAD Automation Tools.
Trial version available for download:
AutoCAD Automation Tools 4.1 trial.zip (1.3MB).
Installer with support for AutoCAD 2012 to AutoCAD 2014
and includes menu on the Ribbon tab Plug-ins.
CADAutomationToolsTrial.zip (1.46MB). for
BricsCAD 10 or later
Full support is provided during trial period that is up to 30 days.
See the Autodesk Exchange Apps guide.
If purchase has been done via Autodesk Exchange Apps the download is available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps My Downloads page. Sign in with the same account used when purchasing.
Customers can contact us directly for access to download the full version.
AutoCAD 2000 or later or verticals based on AutoCAD, Bricscad
All verticals or flavors based on AutoCAD should be working like AutoCAD Architecture (ACA), Architectural Desktop (ADT), AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical , AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP (AMEP, ABS), AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D.
Compatible with those operating systems AutoCAD runs on like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
32 USD for one license or less depending on the amount of licenses.
When your purchase is completed you will get an email with a link to the download.
If you have really many users that you want to give access to this software we can discuss a discounted price based on your particular situation. Educational discounts available.
The license is perpetual and support is included. If you have more than one computer and you are the only user of the application one license is enough.
Available payment methods: Credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, Carte Bleue), PayPal, Local Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer, Bankgiro, Real-time Bank Transfer, Electronic Check (ECP), Skrill (Moneybookers), WebMoney and Alipay (PaySafeCard, Ukash, cashU, Boleto Bancario, Boleto Bancario can be made available upon request) Refund policy.
JTB CAD Automation Tools can also be downloaded, installed and purchased as an app from the Autodesk Exchange Apps site.
Alt 1. Extract the zip file to C:\ and the JTB CAD Automation Tools folder will be created. If you select another folder you will need to change the path in some files.
Alt 2. Run the installer.
Appload command can be used to load the VLX. To make sure it is loaded automatically click on Startup Suite Contents button and add it.
acaddoc.lsp can also be used.
If download has been done via Autodesk Exchange Apps site the application will automatically load and also add the AutoCAD Automation Tools panel to the Ribbon tab Plug-ins.
Control file creation
The copy button can be used to copy sample files to the C:\JTB CAD Automation Tools folder.
This shows an example how to use AutoGen and the steps are similar for the other commands.
Specify path and name for the drawing to be created as well as the path and name for the template to be used.
Use a button to select and populate the template sheet with the path and name for the drawings.
Use a button that automatically save the Excel template to the correct format.
The Control file should be in TXT tab delimited format.
Excel 2007 and newer versions supports more than 256 columns. Make sure to save the Excel file to the XLSM format that allows macros.
Recommendation is to close all drawings and start a new empty drawing.
Download AutoGen documentation.pdf
Download AutoIns documentation.pdf
Download AutoUpd documentation.pdf
Check out a folder to Work Space.
Tips and tutorial from the blog:
**IGNORE** can be used as a value if you don't want JTB CAD Automation to affect the value for a specific combination of drawing and attribute/text.
If the program is not working as expected run "Reset JTB CAD Automation Tools.reg" found in the installation folder and merge it to the registry to reset the paths.
Check AutoCAD's or BricsCAD's command line when you start a new drawing and see if there are some errors. This can cause the program to halt. One indication on this problem is that AutoGen produces the new drawings but does not update them.
If you have old templates they might not be compatible with most recent template format. Check that they are matching.
Contact us for further support.
"This is a super helpful tool for us and I cannot describe how many hours I have saved thanks to this program" - says a happy user.
"The AutoCAD Automation Tools from JTB World save me a lot of time when
editing individual files, and there have been many times when I couldn’t
have met deadlines without them."
If you want other features added feel free to contact us with your wishes.