And Where Was That? (LT)

And Where Was That? (LT)

Win32 and 64, English

Ljubomir Blanusa
Often you must find one drawing in your archive, but all you know is a specific text you hope it contains. This add-in enables instant and simple search.

General Usage Instructions

-to start this add-in, at the command prompt type keyword AWWT, or click on AWWT icon in Autodesk® AutoCAD® add-ins.

-to ADD drawings locations for which you want to scan and index, click the Settings tab and drag and drop folders of your interest to list. Once folders or files are there, click Scan/Update to finish the process.

-to SEARCH by keyword, once you already have the files scanned, click the Search tab and enter the search words, and your list of file candidates will show up.

Examples of search expression:

-to search for drawing containing words both "blue" and "tower" type: blue tower

-to search for phrase, use quotation marks: "blue tower"

-to exclude words use "-" sign: blue tower -small

-can even type just the beginning of words : blu tow



Q: I have added folders to list of folders to scan, but nothing happens.

A: After you have finished with adding or removing items in list, click "Scan/Update" button to finalize.

Q: I have noticed that during "Scan/Update" process, my running instance of AutoCAD has lost some responsiveness.

A: Unfortunately, this happens since AutoCAD is not fully async capable. However, it affects only instance of AutoCAD running "Scan/Update".

Q: I have made some changes in drawings already scanned. When will those changes be visible.

A: Just click "Scan/Update", and program will find all changed files and update data.

Q: Some files were skipped during scan. Why?

A: Because of speed, program will skip all files currently open, damaged or otherwise require user attention for any reason.

Q: What type of AutoCAD objects can this application scan?

A: AutoCAD objects currently scanned are Text, Mtext, Table, Block, Mleader, overridden Dimension and, to some extent, embedded Excel text table objects.

Q: During Scan/Update, Excel starts with "Data connections have been blocked" and asks if to "enable" or "disable".

A: Your dwg is on a network location and contains Excel embedded OLE content. To be able to scan this content, click "enable". Alternatively, you can try to change security zone for your network drive, or in Excel options, Trust center, External Content, click on Enable all Data Connections.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Opens "And Where Was That? (LT)" palette window where you can search archive of drawings by knowing just a part of the text inside each drawing.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk App store has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the plug-in.

To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

How it works:

In the first step, program will find all files of interest. Then, every file is internally opened and best effort is made to find all the texts bits and remember them.

Once this is finished, simple and instant search is possible by using keywords. You can search by some of words from the drawing, or you can also search by filename.

Known Issues

Security issues:

Your data never leaves your local machine. However, if you scan drawings on network NAS storage disks, then parts of that text will be copied and stored in special protected folders on your local machine. Security of this data depends on security of your local machine.


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Ljubomir Blanusa

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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added latest support bug fix not showing dwg filename in some cases.


Added 2017 support

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