PlantExpressTools

PlantExpressTools

Win32 and 64, English

CAD STUDIO ABCOM GmbH
PlantExpressTools is a must have set of utilities to assist Autodesk® plant project administrators in common tasks not easily accomplished in AutoCAD® P&ID and AutoCAD® Plant 3D.

General Usage Instructions

When using the coordinate function additional properties will be created in which the calculated coordinates will be stored. 

When using rename/copy project you can rename a project or copy a project with or without drawings. 

The assembly routine creates a new class and a default symbol. After that you draw a polyline and convert into an assembly. After that you can assign the objects within the polyline to the assembly. 

With Export/Import you can export, edit and import selection lists, symbol and class properties. 

Update Line annotations assigns line annotations to the closest line segment. 

Nozzle check compares the sizes of the nozzle with the line segment. 

From/To update creates additional properties to store useful from and to values. 

Update Tags and Acquisition rules updates those either in the current drawing or the whole project.

Take a look at the online documentation to fully understand the features within PlantExpressTools.

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

AQAPETUPDATEREMAININGFROMTOTASKS

This updates the remaining tasks to update the From and To information in the project.

AQAPETIMPORTEXPORT

Opens the dialog to either Export and Imports selection lists, symbol properties or Class properties.

AQAPETUPDATETAGSDRAWING

Updates the Tags for the current drawing.

AQAPETUPDATEACQDRAWING

Updates acquisition rules for the current drawing.

AQAPETUPDATEFROMTO

When clicked the first time the routine creates the predefined properties for the PipeLineSegment and PipeLineGroup class. After that the feature will recalculate the From and To info for PipeLineSegments and PipeLineGroups.

AQAPETRENAMECOPYPROJECT

Opens the Rename/Copy dialog for renaming or copying a project with or without drawings.

AQAPETUPDATELISTINDRAWING

Update lists of P&ID objects.

AQAPETUPDATEANNOTATIONSALL

Updates Line Annotations in cases where the annotation is not longer close to the line segment it originally belonged to.

AQAPETASSEMBLIES

When clicked on the first time, the Assembly class will be created. Every other click PlantExpressTools check and link symbols and lines to Assemblies.

AQAPETCHECKNOZZLES

Compares the size between an equipment nozzle and the line and shows the result in a dialog.

AQAPETEDITCALCULATIONS

Opens dialog to define calculated properties.

AQAPETUPDATEACQPROJECT

Updates acquisition rules for the whole project.

AQAPETUPDATECALCULATIONSDRAWING

Updates calculated propertiers in drawing.

AQAPETSYMBOLSPALETTE

Opened the Symbol's Palette of PlantExpressTools

AQAPETCOORDINATES

Creates drawing properties when clicked the first time in a drawing. After that a click on the button recalculates the coordinates again.

AQAPETSETTINGS

Opens the settings dialog with various tabs for the different PlantExpressTools features.

AQAPETUPDATETAGSPROJECT

Updates the Tags for the whole project.

AQAPETLISTSETTINGS

Create lists of P&ID objects.

AQAPETDWGEXPORT

Exports 3D drawings as standard AutoCAD® with standard AutoCAD® objects.

Installation/Uninstallation

PlantExpressTools will be installed like any other windows application. The PlantExpressTools ribbon will be installed for all installed AutoCAD® P&ID and AutoCAD® Plant 3D products on your machine. The PlantExpressTools ribbon can be found under Plugins.

Additional Information

Online documentation can be found here.

Known Issues

There are no known issues as of now. Bugs which are reported are fixed ASAP and a new release will be published.

Contact

Company Name: CAD STUDIO ABCOM GmbH
Support Contact: plantapp@cadstudio.com

Author/Company Information

CAD STUDIO ABCOM GmbH

Support Information

Send an email to support@cadstudio.com and the next available support person will take care of your ticket. Please attach a detailed description preferably as screenshots or video.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

2.0.0.0

New: Support for AutoCAD® Plant 3D 2020 New: Added a search option in Symbols Palette New: Allow changing the graphical style in PET Properties Palette Change: Updated to DevExpress 19.1.3 Bug fix: Xrefed drawings which weren't part of the project weren't considered with DWG Export Bug fix: Error when opening PET Settings through PlantProjectManager if no drawing was open

1.76.0.0

New: Additional options when removing drawings from a project in PlantProjectManager New: Versions and Revisions can be created from drawings New: FileNameFormat can be defined for each category New: Start of PlantProjectSetup allows defining Project and Drawing properties also as Selection Lists from any data source Change: Suppress message in command line if calculations are skipped Bug fix: PlantProjectManager didn't work properly with projects using UNC paths Bug fix: Removed documents weren't moved to the project recycle bin Bug fix: User created categories in PlantProjectManager got lost when switching between projects Bug fix: Wrong/Missing English text when updating selections Bug fix: Default Values weren't imported when importing project setup from Excel file Bug fix: Acquisition Rules weren't imported when importing project setup from Excel file

1.75.0.0

New: PlantProjectManager is now fully functional (with a few exception) New: Open PET Properties palette on startup and closing AutoCAD Properties palette on startup Bug fix: Sometimes updating calculations for ACAD properties caused hanging in PID/P3D and PET/PL did not function correctly anymore

1.74.0.0

New: DWG Export works for P&ID drawing now New: DWG Export support for AutoCAD 2018 file format New: Improved file selection in DWG Export dialog New: P&ID Symbols can be renamed now Change: Additional settings on DWG Export tab Change: Project export adds filter and macros (Command column) in Excel file Bug fix: DWGs couldn't be opened through Plant Project Manager

1.73.0.0

New: Support for AutoCAD® Plant 3D 2019 New: Preview of the upcoming project manager. AQAPETPLANTPROJECTMANAGER New: When multiple classes are selected for the list function ordering by a common property Change: The PET properties palette was replaced with a new much faster version Change: Updated to DevExpress 17.2.7 Bug fix: Bug fix: Importing selection lists from Excel could cause the import to fail in case if NULL or empty cells Bug fix: Issues when importing project setup from Excel Bug fix: List function didn't create the list in full if multiple equipment sub classes were selected

1.72.0.0

New: Symbols can be shown with their SymbolName or the Class' DisplayName (settings) New: Symbols can be sorted A-Z, Z-A or not New: Symbol images can be exported Change: Classes with no symbols aren't shown Change: Symbol names are shown localized Change: Speed improvement in From/To and assemblies Bug fix: Symbols palette always recreated symbol images instead of using the cached images Bug fix: Symbols palette sometimes didn't show any classes or symbols Bug fix: When importing selection lists for properties used in a Tag Format, the property disappeared temporarily from the Assign Tag dialog

1.71.0.0

New: Batch updating selection lists New: Added calculation function (PTFormat, PTFormatDouble) Change: Updated to DevExpress 17.2.3 Bug fix: Issue when moving objects out of the assembly boundaries Bug fix: For some projects, Plant 3D was crashing when updating assemblies Bug fix: Line Annotation stopped with error when lines of a line segment had a length of 0 Bug fix: Line annotation update doesn’t consider the free standing annotations anymore

1.70.0.0

New: Multiple Assembly classes can be defined New: One Assembly can have multiple closed polylines or can be on multiple drawings New: Project classes, symbols and properties can be ex- and imported New: Added calculation function (PTSwitchCase, PTSwitchCondition) Bug fix: Symbol Palette didn't always load symbols Bug fix: Importing csv files as selection lists, sometimes showed wrong results Bug fix: Deleting Assemblies didn't update calculations property

1.69.0.0

New: A new properties palette is available to better structure properties New: Added calculation function to get the longest string of a list of strings (PTLongestString) Change: Relationship to an assembly will be created when the P&ID object is inserted Change: Updated to DevExpress 17.1.5 Bug fix: Coloring of 3D objects wasn't handled correctly Bug fix: Calculations for ACAD properties, sometimes blocked interaction with AutoCAD P&ID/Plant 3D when inserting some symbols Bug fix: Settings dialog for Assign Tag didn't always show the scroll bars correctly for class tree and properties list Bug fix: For SLINEs which were drawn as loops the "Update Line Annotations" function didn't associate the line annotation with the SLINE Bug fix: Symbol Palette didn't auto-hide correctly Bug fix: Loading symbols for Symbols Palette sometimes hung

1.68.0.0

New: Linked Line Annotation can use leaders

1.67.0.0

New: Calculated AutoCAD Properties like Color or Layer can be set to the DefaultValues of the object

1.66.0.0

New: Support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® Plant 3D® 2018

1.65.0.0

Bug fix: Polyline with duplicate vertices prevented the assembly routine to create relationships Bug fix: Graphical issue on symbol palette when selecting symbols for hiding/showing Bug fix: Sometimes loading or refreshing symbols for the symbol palette failed with error

1.64.0.0

Change: Speed improvements for assembly update Change: Improvements in DWG Export for nested XREFs Bug fix: Update Assemblies improved to work in paper space and viewports

1.63.0.0

New: AutoCAD Properties like Color, Layer and so on, can be calculated now es well New: Optional the Symbols Palette can show only the symbol defined under GraphicalStyleName, not all class symbols New: Hide Symbols in SymbolsPalette New: Turning off tool palette for P&ID drawings New: The GraphicalStyleName is available as a field in the expression editor for calculated properties Bug fix: "Assign Tag" didn't work for PipeLineGroups and SignalLineGroups in P&ID Bug fix: Spaces in additional properties in Assign Tag dialog were removed

1.62.0.0

New: Extended "Assign Tag" dialog (>= Version 2014)

1.61.0.0

Bug fix: Error message when copy/rename project due to a change in API with 2017.1

1.60.0.0

New: New Symbols Palette (>= Version 2014)

1.59.0.0

Change: PnPID and ClassName not available to be calculated properties Bug fix: Calculations in drawing didn't work for PipeLineGroups/SignalLinGroups Bug fix: Catching several issue with projects when using copy/rename project

1.58.0.0

New: Added Calculated Properties Change: Lists can be create for NonEngineeringItems now Bug fix: Tags of object as part of an assembly weren't always updated

1.57.0.0

Change: The Tag of P3dLineGroups won't be updated anymore in cases where there are missing delimiters (Plant 3D bug) Bug fix: Acquisition update caused an error if a drawing could not be opened and "Automatically save and close all new loaded drawings, when using 'Update Acquisitions in Project'" was checked

1.56.0.0

Change: Speed improvements for 'Line Annotation Update' Change: Orhpaned line annotations will be replaced with new annotations Change: The button wrongly named 'Update From/To in project' is now showing 'Updates remaining From/To tasks' and calls command AqaPetUpdateRemainingFromToTasks Bug fix: List function was deactivated when AutoCAD P&ID was used Bug fix: 'Line Annotation Update' and 'List Update' caused orphaned annotations when 'On Drawing Save' was used Bug fix: Orphaned line segments cause 'Line Annotation Update' to stop working

1.55.0.0

New: From/To command includes SignalLines now (optional)

1.53.0.0

Bug fix: DWG Export hung when drawings to export were located in deeper subfolders Bug fix: Invalid xrefs were not handled correctly

1.52.0.0

Change: Autodesk changed API between Beta and Final release of AutoCAD® P&ID/Plant 3D® 2017 which caused errors Bug fix: When executing the 'Update list in drawing' command, sometimes the 'PnIDAssetTool.dll' could not be loaded Bug fix: Update didn't start when initiated

1.38.0.0

New: Support for AutoCAD® P&ID/AutoCAD® Plant 3D® 2016

1.37.0.0

Bug fix: Line Annotation Update did update only the first attribute of an annotation

1.36.0.0

Bug fix: Line Annotation Update could end in an endless loop
Bug fix: Line Annotation Update didn't always link the annotation to the correct line due to inaccuracies in the 10th decimal place
Changed: The setting On Drawing Save for Assemblies was moved to the On Drawing Save tab

1.35.0.0

Changed: Change of Workflow of From/To feature
Bug fix: PipeLineGroup Tag wasn't updated
New: Update Acquisitions OnDrawingSave
Change: Show result window for Tags as an option
New: Update Tags OnDrawingSave
Change: Show result window for Acquisition rules as an option
New: Update Line Annotations OnDrawingSave
New: Update Coordinates OnDrawingSave

1.34.0.0

Changed: PlantTool is ready for Autodesk Exchange Apps. The PlantTool icons will be found under "Plugins"

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