Sunday, May 12, 2019

CADconv 2020 – Export to PDF, 3D PDF, and PRC

From the Autodesk App Store:

CADconv is a stand-alone converter that allows the CAD user to convert hundreds of DWG/DXF files into 2D PDF, 3D PDF, and PRC (3D PDF or CAD Input).

CADconv creates 3D PDF or PRC alternatively with Net Models or the B-Rep Models.

CADconv supports 3D PDF 2D CAD Elements like Text, Line, Polyline, Dimension, Hatch...

CADconv can use the Autodesk® AutoCAD® Plot Style CTB files or the internal conversion table for Color and line Weight Conversion.

CADconv offers several easy to use scale and unit calculation methods for PDF or Raster output.

CADconv supports paper space, model space, and active layout as well as margins and page sizes of different sizes.

CADconv can convert each DWG layout to a separate PDF, one full DWG drawing to one PDF, or several selected DWG drawings to one PDF.

CADconv embeds searchable text, binds DWG external references and DWG raster images.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Free SketchUp Import 2020 from Autodesk

From the Autodesk App Store:

The SketchUp Import plug-in allows you to import SKP files into your Autodesk® AutoCAD® drawings.

Use the IMPORTSKP command to convert a SketchUp file, stored in a local or shared folder, and insert the model into the current drawing.

Note: SketchUp Import 2020 now supports SKP file format with versions 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Free 3D Warehouse Import 2020 from Autodesk

From the Autodesk App Store:

The 3D Warehouse Import plug-in allows you to add SKP models directly from the Trimble 3D Warehouse into your Autodesk® AutoCAD® drawings.

Use the GETMODEL command to browse or search the Trimble 3D Warehouse and download SketchUp models directly into your drawing.

Spatial Manager™

From the Autodesk App Store:

In a nutshell
  • Import into Autodesk® AutoCAD® from Google Earth (KML or KMZ), OpenStreetMap (OSM or PBF), Shapefiles (SHP), GPS, Points (many formats), Excel, Access, ESRI ArcInfo®, MapInfo, GML, PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial sources. 
  • Export from AutoCAD to Google Earth (KML or KMZ), Shapefiles (SHP), Points (many formats), MapInfo, PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial targets.
  • Transformation of coordinates optional.
  • Alphanumeric data tables as AutoCAD XDATA.
  • Powerful and Easy to use Background Maps.
  • Interface simple, intuitive and productive.
  • Perpetual licenses. Pay once, no periodic fees.
  • Not only works in basic AutoCAD: also in Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture, etc.


Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD is a powerful AutoCAD plug-in designed for AutoCAD users who need to import, export and manage spatial data in a simple, fast and inexpensive way, which includes many possibilities not seen so far in AutoCAD.

It comes in a lightweight application that runs inside AutoCAD and allows the user to import and export geospatial data between AutoCAD drawings and geospatial tables (files, data servers or data stores), display background maps and manage alphanumeric data and data tables

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.

Manage links

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)