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!

Free

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)

Increment
"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)


Express Clipboard – Perform a Variety of Functions on Clipboard-Copied Entities via a Toolbar

From the Autodesk App Store:

The 'Express Clipboard' app provides a variety of functions that allow you to handle the clipboard-copied entities in the form of a toolbar for reuse and to categorize the contents by the purpose of the toolbar.

The Window toolbar can be docked on any side of Autodesk® AutoCAD® screen (top, bottom, left and right) and can also be used as Fly out.

Clipboard dialog box in toolbar format

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Product Roundup – Naviate for Civil 3D

Naviate for Civil 3D

With Naviate on top of Civil 3D you are ensured the most efficient way to design your infrastructure projects. Browse through the solutions below to learn more.

Naviate Landscape
With Naviate Landscape you get tools and templates to design your surroundings more efficiently. Templates conform to industry standars and can be adapted to suit your own needs. Naviate coupled with Civil 3D provide strong volume calculation methods as well as various visual styles | From €910.00/year

Naviate Water & Sewage
With Naviate Water and Sewage you get tools for efficient and dynamic project design. Included in the software are templates and network parts lists that conform to industry and national standards. Together with Civil 3D you have everything you need for your design | From €1,060.00/year

Naviate Autopath
With Naviate Autopath you get an easy to use module for vehicle tracking. With Easy Drive you can interactivly define a vehicles path and change your design accordingly | From €1,060.00/year

Naviate Infrastructure for Civil 3D

From the Naviate website:

Naviate Infrastructure

Naviate Infrastructure is a bundle of Naviate Road, Water & Sewage and Landscape.



Naviate Infrastructure is brought to you by Symetri. Pricing was not known at press time.

A 30-day trial is available on the Naviate website »

Questions? Contact the original publisher »

Naviate Traffic for Civil 3D

From the Naviate website:

Naviate Traffic

With Naviate Traffic you get a large library of Swedish road signs as well as a dynamic tool to create your own signs. Dynamic roadmarkings are created around native Civil 3D objects. Both signs and road markings can easily be visualised in 3D.



Saturday, March 2, 2019

Naviate Road for Civil 3D

From the Naviate website:

Naviate Road

With Naviate Road users have access to templates and setting files for Nordic standards, as well as functions that together with Civil 3D create an efficient workflow. Project managers have access to powerful tools for managing and updating multiple files and settings at once.



Naviate Autopath for AutoCAD & Civil 3D

From the Naviate website:

Naviate Autopath

With Naviate Autopath you get an easy to use module for vehicle tracking. With Easy Drive you can interactively define a vehicles path and change your design accordingly.



Naviate Water & Sewage for Civil 3D

From the Naviate website:

Naviate Water & Sewage

With Naviate Water and Sewage you get tools for efficient and dynamic project design. Included in the software are templates and network parts lists that conform to industry and national standards. Together with Civil 3D you have everything you need for your design.



Naviate Landscape for Civil 3D

From the Naviate website:

Naviate Landscape

With Naviate Landscape you get tools and templates to design your surroundings more efficiently. Templates conform to industry standars and can be adapted to suit your own needs. Naviate coupled with Civil 3D provide strong volume calculation methods as well as various visual styles.



Friday, March 1, 2019

Product Roundup – Civil 3D Products from CTC Software

CTC Express Tools by CTC Software

CTC Express Tools were created by CTC Software to enhance the productivity and creativity of AEC professionals. With robust software add-ins and data-rich content packs for Revit and Civil 3D, CTC Express Tools feature seven Suites, and two Productivity Packs. Used across the world, our tools will continue to push the envelope in BIM and CIM Technologies.

CIM Project Suite
Autodesk Civil 3D users, both Civil and Survey, will find great value in the CIM Project Suite with tools for Corridor Management, Pipe Networks automation, and Survey Database workflows. Users of all levels and firms of any size performing road, rail, site, or utility work will see productivity gains with the CIM Project Suite | 550.00 USD

CIM Manager Suite
Civil 3D and AutoCAD production management staff will greatly benefit from the CIM Manager Suite. Tools for automated Styles, Layer, and Linetype creation and editing will make supporting production teams easier than ever | 1,495.00 USD

Corridor Productivity Pack
The Corridor Productivity Pack helps you bring your Corridor modeling to the next level and allows for full control on cross sections and quantities, and works where out-of-box solutions fall short. The CPP is a content pack for AutoCAD Civil 3D Corridors and includes Powerful Subassemblies made from Subassembly Composer. The CPP includes both Imperial and Metric versions, as well as MNDOT-specific Subassemblies | Please enquire for price

Corridor Productivity Pack for Civil 3D

From the CTC Software website:

Corridor Productivity Pack

Description

The Corridor Productivity Pack helps you bring your Corridor modeling to the next level and allows for full control on cross sections and quantities, and works where out-of-box solutions fall short. The CPP is a content pack for AutoCAD Civil 3D Corridors and includes Powerful Subassemblies made from Subassembly Composer. The CPP includes both Imperial and Metric versions, as well as MNDOT-specific Subassemblies.

Features Include:

  • Built to realistic geometrics
  • Customizable Codes for detailed Cross Section and Quantity Takeoff
  • Full Targeting capability
  • Editable in Subassembly Composer
  • Detailed help files

See all of our CPP videos on CTC’s CPP YouTube channel.



CIM Manager Suite 2019 for AutoCAD & Civil 3D

From the CTC Software website:

CIM Manager Suite 2019

Description

Civil 3D and AutoCAD production management staff will greatly benefit from the CIM Manager Suite. Tools for automated Styles, Layer, and Linetype creation and editing will make supporting production teams easier than ever.

  • Speed up template Layer and Object Layer Settings management though
  • dynamic spreadsheet syncing
  • Improve template management with automated annotation and Civil 3D
  • styles tracking and replacing
  • Automate Description Key Set and Figure Prefix DB management through
  • spreadsheet syncing
  • Easily create and edit Linetypes without dealing with tedious .lin files

Suite Tools

Linetype Manager*
Layer Boss
Survey Template Manager
Template Tracker

CIM Project Suite 2019 for Civil 3D

From the CTC Software website:

CIM Project Suite 2019

Description

Autodesk Civil 3D users, both Civil and Survey, will find great value in the CIM Project Suite with tools for Corridor Management, Pipe Networks automation, and Survey Database workflows. Users of all levels and firms of any size performing road, rail, site, or utility work will see productivity gains with the CIM Project Suite.

The CIM Project Suite comes with two free tools, the Assembly Namer and the Feature Line to Alignment. Click on any one of the tool icons for videos and information. Purchase or download a free trial of the CIM Project Suite for 14 days. After the trial period, the free tools will continue to work. Network floating licenses, standalone licenses and upgrades are available.

  • Better manage Corridors with thru Corridor splitting, target management and automatic Assembly name labeling
  • Work more efficiently with Pipe Networks through multiple Part swapping, and Manhole Schedule automation
  • Improve your workflows with Survey Databases and Construction Staking routines
  • Efficiently manage Civil 3D Styles and Layers in your templates and drawings