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My plugins are compatible with all the latest versions of AutoCAD and BricsCAD. Read more about compatibility here.

All my program you can load from Autodesk AppStore. Plugins that are compatible with BricsCAD you can find in the Bricsys App Catalog. But the process of publishing new versions takes time. Therefore the AppStore are usually older versions of my programs.

Download

You can get the latest version in the shared folder Plug-ins:

Dropbox or Google Drive

The online installer is located in the INSTALL.exe file. No other files usually need to be downloaded.


You can find drawings of test programs in the shared folder Example DWG:

Dropbox or Google Drive

Installer

The Install.exe file is in the plugins folder. This is an online installer for all A>V>C> plugins. It can do all the work for you to download and install the plugins correctly. Just download this one small file and run. The program has a minimum of settings.

    • Close AutoCAD and BricsCAD. You may need to temporarily disable overly active antivirus programs.
    • Run install.exe. The installer must be run by the user who will be using the plugin, not the administrator. If you have administrator rights, it is advisable to use the context menu to "Run the program as administrator". However, you cannot use the "Run as Another User" context menu because the plugins will end up in that other user's folder.
    • Windows will display the usual warning about an unknown program. Approve the launch. The program does not pose any threat to your computer.
    • Select a language from the list at the top of the dialog.
    • Select the collection A>V>C> Pro or A>V>C> Kit or tick the plugins with one command. Each item has a hint about what this program does. Please note that you can install the collection, and activate only a few necessary commands.
    • If you want to download the debug version of plugins in order to be the first to try new functions, then check the Install BETA version checkbox.
    • It is advisable to register plugins as sources of error messages for Windows event logs. This will require restarting the installer with elevated privileges and administrator rights. But you may not register. This will not affect the work of plugins.
    • If you have already run BricsCAD, the installer will prompt you to register plugins in the Windows registry for automatic loading. You can turn off the plugins autorun option and you will have to register plugins for startup with the _AppLoad command (see below)
    • Click the Start button and the plugin installation will begin.
    • If you have checked the options requiring administrator rights, then the installer will try to reboot with elevated privileges.
    • The program will try to connect to the A>V>C> server. If you do not have access to the Internet or the outgoing TCP port 1433 is closed on the firewall, then you will not be able to use the installer. In this case, download the plugins in the 7z archives and unpack according to the instructions (see below)
    • In the process, you will see the messages of the program in a special window.
    • Upon successful completion of the installation, the program will close itself.

Features of work

    • All plugins are downloaded by the installer from the A>V>C> server, and not from DropBox or GoogleDrive. This is always the most recent version, even if you downloaded the install.exe file itself a long time ago.
    • All old versions of A>V>C> plugins that you had before will be automatically updated to the most recent version. There is no way to use old and new versions of different A>V>C> plugins at the same time.
    • The plugins are not big, it only takes about 5MB of traffic to download ALL plugins.
    • The installer does not require administrator rights, it can also work from a powerless user. But in powerless mode, errors in Windows event logs will not be saved and autoload will not be registered in Bricscad.
    • The installer removes old versions of plugins if it finds them.
    • The installer always installs plugins in the %appdata%\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins folder. You cannot select another folder.
    • Don't look for the checkboxes to configure plugin autoloading in AutoCAD. AutoCAD will auto-load itself when it finds a new plug-in in the correct folder.
    • In any case, libraries are installed for both AutoCAD and BricsCAD. It is impossible to disable unnecessary things.
    • The installer removes unnecessary copies of plugins if they are found in the C:\Program files\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins or C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins folders. However, to remove files from these folders, the plugin must also be run with administrator rights.
    • The installer cleans the Support folders of all versions of AutoCAD from the old AVC_ menu files so that AutoCAD can recreate them.

Running from the console

The installer understands the following command line arguments:
    • -runAsAdmin - Instantly start the installation without clicking the Start button. It is assumed that you have already given the program administrator rights.
    • -syslog - Log Windows event logs
    • -noSyslog - Don't log Windows event logs
    • -bricsAutorun - Register plugins to BricsCAD autoloading
    • -noBricsAutorun - Do not register plugins for BricsCAD autoloading
    • -del - Remove all A>V>C> plugins and programs. Clear system.
    • All plugin names (short English name, as indicated in the name of the archives) - install this plugin. Don't put a minus in front of the title. You can omit the AVC_ prefix
Separate arguments with spaces.

Built-in app store

All A>V>C> plugins have their own app store built in. By installing only 1 plugin, you can easily find and install any other A>V>C> programs (So far, these are all plugins for AutoCAD|BricsCAD).
Call the A>V>C> settings command AvcOptions, open the "All Programs" tab. Select the plug-in you are interested in from the list. The list is divided into several categories. Each program has a description, a list of CAD commands, and a license price. Click on the program and close AutpCAD | BricsCAD. Next, the installer will open and the installation will take place without your participation. Run CAD again and you will see that the new plug-in is already installed!All the features of the online installer also apply to installation from the application store: CAD must be closed, it is desirable to have computer administrator rights.

Off-line installing

If you do not trust the automatic installer or if the Internet is disabled on your target computer, then you can install plugins from the 7z archive.
  • All plug-in will be packed to the archive AVC_xxx_yyyy_mm_nn.7z
  • xxx - name of plug-in,
  • yyyy_mm_nn - number of version (in contain year and month of publication).
  • For install any plug-in you must download only one file with maximal version number in name.
  • After download check the properties of the downloaded archives 7z. If you see on the first page of the file properties check box "Unblock" then be sure to set it.
  • For unpack you can use program 7z.
  • All archives actually contain the same plugin file. The only difference is the files with the interface settings - toolbars and menus. Therefore, I recommend that you always download only one archive: Avc_Pro. It has a menu for all A>V>C> commands. And you can activate and use only the programs you need.
The MSI folder contains offline installers of individual plugins that can be used for Windows group policies, but they always contain the old version of the plugin.

Installation into AutoCAD

  • You do not need administrator rights; Installing plug-ins can make the most powerless user.
  • You must close AutoCAD. It knows how to pick up plugins on the fly, but it can get fatal error.
  • Unzip folder AVC_xxx.bundle to Windows system disk to folder

c:\Users\<your login>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\

  • It is important to save the .bundle extension in the folder name, otherwise AutoCAD will not find the plugin.
  • AppData is a hidden folder and you must first enable the display of hidden files in Windows Explorer. Or you can type %APPDATA% in the address string of Windows Explorer and press Enter.
  • If you have not used the online plug-in installer, then the first launch of AutoCAD is recommended as an elevated administrator. Then the plugin will be able to create itself an error log in the Windows system logs. But this is not necessary and does not affect the operation of the plugin.
  • When you start AutoCAD it will find the new plug-in and will ask your permission to run AVC_XXX.dll. You must click the button "Always Load" that this request has not occurred again.
  • If new buttons appear and the commands do not start, then most likely the plugin file has been blocked by your system. Locate all the dll and arx files in the \Content\Windows folder and in the file properties check the "Unblock"
  • If you have any problems please read F.A.Q. If this does not help - feel free to email me avc.programming@gmail.com.

Installation into BricsCAD

    • You must have PRO version of BricsCAD, otherwise my plugins will not work, because uses the .Net API.
    • The BricsCAD does not provide automatic loading of plug-ins. You must do everything yourself.
  • Unpack the plugin to any folder. Better to create the same folder as AutoCAD creates:

c:\Users\<your login>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\

    • Inside this folder there should be a plugin folder from the archive, with the plugin name in the name ending in ".bundle". Renaming the bundle-folder will lead to the complete inoperability of the plugin.
    • For automatic updates to work properly, it is necessary that all plugins be inside the same folder and in the ".bundle" subfolders.
    • Run BricsCAD, call the AppLoad command. You will see a dialog "Load Application Files"
    • Click add application button (+)
    • Select file

AVC_xxx.bundle\Contents\Windows\AVC_Starter_Br.dll

    • Check box "Autoload".
    • Click on the checkbox "Loaded". In this case, a check mark in the checkbox does not appear, but you will see a message on the command line about the successful loading of the plug-in.
    • The plugin will try to find and load its buttons and menus. But if you do not see a new menu section, you can try to load the menu manually. Сall the command CUI, on the File menu, select "Load additional menu file" and find the file

AVC_xxx.bundle\Contents\Resources\En\AVC_xxx.cuix

    • If you have not used the online plugin installer, it is recommended that you run BricsCAD once as an elevated administrator. Then the plugin will be able to create itself an error log in the Windows system logs. But this is not necessary and does not affect the operation of the plugin.

Automatic plugin removal

  • If you downloaded the installer from the Autodesk store, then uninstall the plug-in through the Windows Control Panel like any other program.

  • If you used the A>V>C> Installer, then it will also register itself in the Windows control panel. But there will be only one entry to remove all A>V>C> plugins at once.

  • You can run the A>V>C> Installer (install.exe) from the plugin folder or downloaded from this site. At the bottom of its window you will see the button "Remove all A>V>C> programs". The installer can clean all the plugin folders, temporary folders, update folders, the Support folder with the plugins menu, the Windows registry, settings, autoruns, and the list of programs in Control Panel. Note that the installer can remove itself as well.

Removing plugins manually

You can also remove plugins manually.

    • Close AutoCAD and BricsCAD.
    • Close the updater AVC_Updater.exe and the file copy program AVC_FileCopy.exe. Check that there are no icons in the system tray in the taskbar.
    • Delete the folder AVC_xxx.bundle from ApplicationPlugins.
    • After removing the plugin, you can delete its settings from the Windows registry. Use Regedit.exe. Delete section:

CU\Software\AVC\AVC_xxx

    • If you used automatic updates, then you must also delete them from the folder:

c:\Users\<your login>\AppData\Roaming\AVC\Plugin

Update

A>V>C> Plugins have a built-in system of automatic updates. By default, it is turned on in Request mode and will warn you when a new version is available. But if you don't trust automation, you can download updates yourself:
    • Follow my news on Facebook or Twitter. There I announce the release of new versions and list all the changes.
    • Also about all the changes you can read in the Changelog page.
    • Download new versions from my site (but not with Autodesk App Store)
    • Just overwrite all old files with new ones. CAD course must be closed.
Updates are free within one year from the date of license receipt.Reactivation is not needed.