Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Autodesk University 2016 Interview

Well, AU2016 is finished, I've recuperated from the hustle and bustle of the event and had a chance to reflect on the fun of catching up with old friends and the joy of meeting and making new friends. What an experience. I highly recommend your participation.

As mentioned in my previous post I took the opportunity this year to exhibit CadTempo and met plenty of interesting (and interested) people.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

CadTempo News

I’m excited to tell you of several recent developments with CadTempo.

Newest Version Release

There is an update to CadTempo that is available at no cost to current registered users.. This latest version, contains several fixes and I can tell you that it has been tested on the latest Windows 10 operating system (as well as earlier systems). Remember, when updating there is no need to uninstall your current copy. You will have the option to select a streamlined “Update’ installation.

CadTempo - Autodesk App Store

CadTempo is also available on the Autodesk App store. This has been updated as well to the latest version. You can find it here: CadTempo - App Store If you have an Autodesk account I encourage you to download the update from the store and if you have comments regarding CadTempo please feel welcome to leave them in the Customer Review.

CadTempo - Autodesk University

This is what has really got me excited, CadTempo will be exhibiting at Autodesk University 2016 in Las Vegas. The booth number is Booth 1467B. Although we do not yet appear on the exhibit floor map Exhibitor  Map, as you hover your mouse, the location is in the upper left right next to a Food Area. If you are attending the University I sincerely hope you stop by to say hello. I would be extremely pleased to meet you face to face.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tweaking AutoCAD, Inventor, and Windows to Improve CadTempo's CAD Time Keeping

There are a few things that can be tweaked so CadTempo can do its best in keeping track of your CAD file time.

Windows hides file name extensions, but making them visible helps CadTempo in file name discovery.

To show file name extensions in Windows Explorer

  1. Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button , click Control Panel, then click Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab, and then, under Advanced settings:
    • To show file name extensions, clear the Hide extensions for known file types check box, and then click OK.

AutoCAD too can be optimized for CAD file name detection by displaying the full path in the AutoCAD window title bar like this:

To show the full path in AutoCAD's title bar

  1. Open AutoCAD Options by right clicking in the AutoCAD command line or typing Options.
  2. Click the Open and Save tab, and then, under File Open settings, check the Display full path in title and then click OK or Apply.

Autodesk's Inventor does not have a convenient option to set as does AutoCAD, but thanks to a tip discovered on the CADforum by CAD Studio cadforum - how to display full document path in inventor title bar it is possible to do so.

To show the full path in Inventor's title bar

To display a full document path (subfolders) in the Inventor window titlebar, you can use a simple iLogic macro.

  1. Use iLogic to define a new rule (name it e.g. "LongCap") containing a single line: ThisApplication.Caption = ThisDoc.Path
  2. Then let the rule "LongCap" run/invoke (see Event triggers) automatically on each event of the type "Document open".
Since I do not have a copy of Inventor I asked a favorite blogging friend Paul Munford to confirm this works and indeed it does. Thanks Paul and of course CADforum.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creating a Batch Script for AutoCAD with CadTempo

Have you ever found yourself with a large number of AutoCAD drawings that you need to make changes to? It can be a very tedious and time consuming task.

AutoCAD comes equipped with a number of tools that can address this situation. The most simple of these is the script file - which also works with AutoCAD LT. I've used this method many times in the past to process hundreds of drawings at a time. When left to its own devices, the editing time that CadTempo had captured for those drawings was lost. In order to eliminate that problem a script generator was added to CadTempo. This article describes how to create a batch script within CadTempo and reclaim that logged time.

First, we need to enable and display the script maker. Open the CadTempo viewer and navigate to Options, then the Setting tab. Check the checkbox labeled Show Script Maker as shown in the image. *If you operate a different CAD program this will not be enabled. If your CAD program has scripting available please let us know and we will investigate adding its functioning.*

The AutoCAD Script Maker will now be visible when you return to the Files window and you can begin creating your AutoCAD script template.

CadTempo populates the script edit box with a basic script template. You can modify this script to suit your needs, or load a previously saved template. You'll notice there is a placeholder named Filename. When the batch script is created this will be replaced with the drawing names that you select for processing. Once you have determined the script template is functioning properly in AutoCAD you can save the template for future use.

Select the Drawing Files

If you already have multiple folders checked for other viewing or reporting purposes, you can save the current check list for later reloading. From the main menu bar go to File>>Save Check List. Now you can click the Clear Checked button. The button label will change to "Oops..." to immediately restore the checkbox state if needed.

Select the AutoCAD drawing files to be processed by placing a check next to the desired files in the list box. To process all the files in the folder you can place a check in the folder tree. If you wish you can restrict the files to be included in the batch script to a single folder by checking the "This Folder Only" checkbox.

Create the Batch Script

When you click the Create... button you will see a dialog box that displays the list of files that will be included in the batch script.

If you determine the list is incorrect the Cancel button will return you to the Files window and allow you to modify the selected files. Optionally you can add or remove files in the list, however care must be taken to insure each line entry is a valid drawing file name. When you are satisfied with your selection, press OK to create and save the batch script. After saving you will see a message reminding you to keep the CadTempo viewer open during the batch run. The Restore Logged Data button will be enabled.

If you wish to make a final examination before running the script open the saved .scr file. This is the result from the example.

After running the script in AutoCAD (or AutoCAD LT) click the Restore Logged Data button.

We are very interested in building a library of common tasks that can benefit from batch processing. If you would like to share a script template you find useful please send us an email with your template for future inclusion with CadTempo.