Sunday, April 7, 2019

DWG/DXF Compare Autodesk® AutoCAD®

From the Autodesk App Store:

DWG/DXF Compare plugin compares two drawing files and the comparison result is shown in a new AutoCAD window. The comparison result is also stored in a new file for later use.

It has following features :
  1. This plugin compares two DWG/DXF files.
  2. By default the color preferences are set as follows for entities in result DWG file,
    1. Unchanged entities are shown in Grey color
    2. Modified entities are shown in Green color
    3. Delete entities are shown in Red color
    4. New added entities are shown in Blue color.
  3. This plugin compares 2D entities/objects in model space only.
  4. User can change the color preferences and choose any colors from Color Preferences dialog.
  5. Supports AutoCAD Version 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

XLSparam – Link Geometric Parameters of Dynamic Blocks and Constraint Parameters With Excel

From the Autodesk App Store:

The add-on LISP application XLSparam for Autodesk® AutoCAD® links geometric parameters of dynamic blocks and constraint parameters with Excel XLS tables. In this way you can export parameter values to Microsoft® Excel and subsequently read the changed values back into your DWG drawing. You can also establish links between the values of dyn.block parameters (or other object properties) and given tables, and then drive these parameters by changing the tables (local drawing tables or datalinked Excel tables or dynamic dataextracted tables).

XLSparam brings more intelligent parametric behavior to your DWG drawings. Dimensions, rotation, or other properties of drawing objects can be driven by complex computations performed from your Excel worksheets. Entities can dynamically react to the results of BOMs (data extractions) from the same or from other drawings. By changing a single parameter in a table you can influence multiple objects at once.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Critical Mass – 5-Star Rated Add-ins* on the Autodesk App Store for Winter 2018

Peer reviews can help one to decide on apps to use or purchase. Unfortunately, reviews on the Autodesk App Store can sometimes be hard to come by. Apps that have thousands of downloads can have just a few reviews. Furthermore, the App Store's sort-by-rating function doesn't take the number of reviews into account.

Listed below for your convenience are the 5-star rated AutoCAD add-ins on the App Store with at least four reviews, sorted by number of reviews, highest to lowest. Add-ins are also separated between free and paid.

Only add-ins for base-AutoCAD are included in this initial posting. We'll add apps for vertical products, such as Civil 3D and AutoCAD Plant 3D, over time.

We'll refresh this list every six months or so. And remember, reviews are important. Please take a few minutes to share your own experiences with apps on the App Store by submitting reviews!


Drawing Purge
"This plug-in helps to remove the unused DGN LineTypes, TextStyles, RegApps and Annotation Scales and other Purgeable items from the current drawing or multiple drawings in batch processing." | Free
 (179 reviews)

"A dialog box providing tools to increment numeric, alphabetic, alphanumeric, hexadecimal or roman numerals values contained in texts, mtexts or block attributes." | Free
 (58 reviews)

Free 3dPolyFillet

From the Autodesk App Store:

Two commands to create fillets (contiguous sequence of straight segments) on the 3D polylines.

The radius and number of segments can be set in a dialog within the commands.

Using of 3DPOLYFILLET and M3DPOLYFILLET commands.

Free QR Codes 2016-2019

From the Autodesk App Store:

Make text in your drawings scannable using any mobile phone or tablet with a camera. All you need is one of many available QR code reader applications for your device, and this plug-in.

QR Codes, also called mobile barcodes, can represent plain text, URLs, contact information, or geographic coordinates (using the FIELD command). Any existing text objects can be converted to QR codes by setting the Optically Scannable (text) property to 'yes' in the Property palette.

Solinas for Fabrication – Draw Piping With Advanced Fabrication Functionality

From the Autodesk App Store:

Solinas was born out of need to manage the piping fabrication process in an effective manner. Oil & Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical plants all involve piping extensive projects. Underestimating the facts can drive the piping activity to directly impact the critical path thus making or breaking a project.

Solinas Features Include:
  • Reads industry standard piping isomeric formats. 
  • AutoCAD® based UI. 
  • Versatile to meet varying piping business requirements. 
  • Simplifies work-packaging of piping in-line with workface planning, and lean construction. 
  • Interfaces with 3D visual controls, ERP, EDMS applications. 
  • Supports jacketed drawings which can be merged for more comprehensive isometric fabrication. 
  • Bend elements can be measured based on bending machine specifications. 
  • Changes and modification are handled with construction in mind. For example, welded components cannot be renamed; scraped material can be tagged, etc. 
  • Solinas handles non-modeled scope in a plant, scanned copies, etc. PDFs can be integrated to produce the relevant weld maps and materials. 

Solinas - Spool view

BatchInDatabase – Batch Edit Drawings Without Opening Them

From the Autodesk App Store:

BatchInDatabase takes Autodesk® AutoCAD® batch process to a new level with powerful built-in commands and an easy to use interface. Drawings are edited (in memory, without opening them in editor) in database level thus the taken to process each file is significantly reduced.

Key Features:
  1. Each drawing can be tasked to process different multiple built-in commands without opening them
  2. Find drawings contain particular Block/Education Stamp/Image/Layer /Layout/Page setup/Plot style/Text/Xref
  3. Clean up drawings without opening them using commands like Purge DGN linetypes, Purge All and Purge Shape files
  4. Automated batch process monitor helps to keep the batch running in the event of any drawing error or AutoCAD crash
  5. Identify the last saved drawing version instantly by loading drawings into the Batch process
  6. Import/Export of drawing list and commands list for later use
  7. Supports 32/64 bit Autodesk AutoCAD version 2013 to 2019 and verticals (Not AutoCAD LT compatible)