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About

JTB XClipClean is an Xclip-cutter app for AutoCAD to clean up xrefs or blocks that been clipped so that the information that is outside the clip is removed. This is useful when you need to remove hidden geometry and minimize DWG file size.

AutoCAD allows blocks and xrefs to be clipped using the XCLIP command. Sometimes for different reasons you have to clean up the blocks or xrefs that have been clipped. JTB XClipClean can help you with that by deleting and trimming geometry that is outside the xclip boundary.

 

Kitchen with the xclip boundary visible

 

Here the boundary is visible

Kitchen without the xclip boundary visible

 

Here it is without the boundary

Kitchen without xlip or after exploded

 

This is how it look like both before using xclip, after deleting the xlip or exploding the block

Kitchen after XClipClean has been used

 

Here is the result after XClipClean has been used on the xclipped block. Either the block can be xclipped again so the text too is clipped or it can be manually adjusted. An option is to explode everything that crosses the boundary that is why the attributes for the tags has been removed. An option is to keep blocks with attributes.

Revit does not handle xclipped blocks and xrefs so XClipClean can be useful to run on drawings before taking them into Revit.

Limitations: XClipClean was built to solve some specific requirements and thus there are cases where XClipClean does not work well or at all. Nested clipped blocks are not handled. Inverted clipped blocks are not handled. It might be possible to modify the code to handle these cases but the work might be more than the gain.


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System requirements

Compatible with most AutoCAD versions (AutoCAD 2004 to AutoCAD 2018). 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.

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows 10.

VBA for AutoCAD is required. There is a separate installer for VBA in AutoCAD 2011 and newer versions but Autodesk only have it available for AutoCAD 2014 and newer. As of January 31, 2014, Autodesk is no longer authorized to distribute VBA 6 or earlier versions of VBA for use with Autodesk AutoCAD and other Autodesk products. This change affects the availability to download and install VBA for Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 or earlier.      

AutoCAD Express Tools has to be installed.  

JTB World is an Autodesk Authorised Developer

       

Purchase

50 USD for one license or less depending on the amount of licenses.

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When your purchase is completed you will get an email with a link to the download.

Purchase JTB XClipClean from the Autodesk App Store site.

If purchase has been done via Autodesk App Store the download is available on the Autodesk App Store My Downloads page. Sign in with the same account used when purchasing.

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 depending on country where payment is done from: Local Bank Transfer (Canada), Wire Transfer to Canada, Interac e-Transfer, Cheque (to Canada). Via BlueSnap (Global Payment Gateway) these methods may be available (not a complete list as it is updated from time to time by BlueSnap): Credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, Carte Bleue), PayPal, Local Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer, Real-time Bank Transfer, Electronic Check (ECP), Apple Pay, Skrill (Moneybookers), WebMoney, SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) Direct Debit, Sofort, Giropay, iDeal and Alipay (SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) Direct Debit, PaySafeCard, Ukash, cashU, Boleto Bancario, Boleto Bancario can be made available upon request) - Refund policy

Limitations: XClipClean was built to solve some specific requirements and thus there are cases where XClipClean does not work well or at all. Nested clipped blocks are not handled. Inverted clipped blocks are not handled. It might be possible to modify the code to handle these cases but the work might be more than the gain.

Documentation

Either all xclipped blocks or xrefs in a drawing can be cleaned or you can clean them one by one.

With XClipClean you can clean your xclipped blocks from everything that is outside the boundaries of the block.

  • Start with the command XCC to clean selected block. What will happen is that you will be prompted to select a block that is xclipped. The block will be saved to a temporary file during this process.

  • Use the command XCCAB for XClipClean All Blocks.

  • To do cleaning without exploding nested blocks use the XCC1 or XCCAB1 commands.

If you get this dialog box:
AutoCAD Warning
This operation may take a long time.
To greatly improve performance, the system can disregard Draw Order.
Disregard Draw Order for this operation?

and if you want to avoid it you can change the DRAWORDERCTL system variable. Enter DRAWORDERCTL on the command line and set the value to anything but 3 as seen below.

Value Description
0 Turns off the default draw order of overlapping objects: after objects are edited, regardless of their draw order, the objects are displayed on top until a drawing is regenerated (REGEN) or reopened. This setting also turns off draw order inheritance: new objects that are created from another object using the commands listed below are not assigned the draw order of the original object. Use this setting to improve the speed of editing operations in large drawings. The commands that are affected by inheritance are BREAK, FILLET, HATCH, HATCHEDIT, EXPLODE, TRIM, JOIN, PEDIT, and OFFSET.
1 Turns on the default draw order of objects: after objects are edited, they are automatically displayed according to the correct draw order.
2 Turns on draw order inheritance: new objects created from another object using the commands listed above are assigned the draw order of the original object.
3 Provides full draw order display. Turns on the correct draw order of objects, and turns on draw order inheritance.

If you run into unexpected behavior inform on any error messages, AutoCAD version, and send one or more sample drawings with instructions how to reproduce the problem.

Limitations: XClipClean was built to solve some specific requirements and thus there are cases where XClipClean does not work well or at all. Nested clipped blocks are not handled. Inverted clipped blocks are not handled. It might be possible to modify the code to handle these cases but the work might be more than the gain.

HIGHLIGHT variable may be set to 0 if the app fails and you need to restore it to 1 manually.

SDI set to 1 is not supported. SDI must be set to 0.

Version History

Most recent and previous versions:

  • 2017-10-10 - version 2.2.0
    • Minor bugs fixed that could cause the app to not work in some environments
    • Added test to see if VBA and Express Tools are installed
  • 2017-04-04 - version 2.1.0
    • Minor bugs fixed that could cause the app to not work on some drawings
    • Added support for AutoCAD® 2018
  • 2017-02-20 - version 2.0.0
    • Installer added
    • Minor bug fixes

License agreement


The license agreement is found here.

Customers

Some XClipClean reference customers

MCW Consultants Ltd.

Pick Everard





AMEC

SCA Consulting Engineers

Ingenieurbüro Schützko

TCI Fabrication

WOHA

Herzog & de Meuron



ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.

Cox Architects and Planners

Wood and Grieve Engineers


















Woodard & Curran Inc.

More customers are found here.

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Contact us for any questions, wishes or comments. A lot more can be done to automate the work in AutoCAD. Don't waste time and money to do work that can be automated.