AutoCAD Plug-ins / Add-ons

SuperTools add-on for AutoCAD 2009-2014

Some screenshots from SuperTools Add-on:

  • SuperTools for AutoCAD 2009-2014

    SuperTools for AutoCAD 2009-2014
  • SuperTools Toolbar

    The toolbar has twelve buttons

  • Injector Tool

    injector tool
  • Extractor Tool

    extractor tool
  • Steel Angle Tool

    steel angle tool
  • Black Pipe Tool

    black pipe tool
  • Copper Pipe Tool

    copper pipe tool
  • Black Pipe 3D View

    black pipe 3D view

Injector tool allows you to click on a polyline, which you use to measure room area and cicrumference, and automatically insert a room-labeling block with inserted area and circumference from polyline properties, and calculated volume. These three elements are on separate layers, so you can turn off circumference for example if you don't need it, by turning off the corresponding layer.

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Injector window
injector tool
Inserted room label looks like this

Extractor tool is used to collect data from all rooms and compose a summary in MS Excel 2010. The data can be extracted from polylines or from room-labeling blocks. You can select which layer contains area polylines.

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Extractor window
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Data extracted directly from polylines
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Data extracted room labels contains also room names

Add Lengths tool is used to add up total length of all selected objects. This tool is very useful for example when you want to measure total length of pipes or electrical conduits in a drawing. You can set the Model Space units in one of the other tools.

Steel Angle tool is used to draw equal leg steel angles of all sizes in section, plan and 3D views.

l-profile steel angle
Steel angle window
l-profile steel angle
Plan and section views
l-profile steel angle
3D view

Steel Angle With Unequal Legs tool is used to draw unequal leg steel angles of all sizes in section, plan and 3D views.

Flatten tool is used to set Z-coordinate of all selected objects to zero, so that all objects are on the same plane.

Strip MText tool removes all the text formatting from MText objects. This tool can't remove formatting from other types of objects like Mleaders, Dimensions, Tables and Multiline Attributes. If you need a comprehensive solution, I suggest you download original Strip MText AutoLISP routine. That is an AutoLISP tool which you need to load into AutoCAD, but there are installation instructions described in detail in the download package, and how to make it load automatically.

Black Iron Pipe tool is used to draw black iron pipes. You can draw section, plan or 3D views of the pipe, with or without a label.

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Black pipe window
black pipes tool
Plan and section views
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3D view

Copper Pipe tool is used to draw copper pipes. You can draw section, plan or 3D views of the pipe, with or without a label. Result is similar like with the iron pipes.

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Copper pipe window

Window, Door and Double Door tools are used to draw windows, doors and double doors.

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Window
After pressing the "Window" button the upper dialogbox appears
Door
The Door dialogbox is much like the Window command, but the end result is ofcourse a door
Door
This dialogbox differs a little because double doors are more complicated
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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Download the zip file, unpack it, run the SuperTools.exe installer, and follow instructions. After installation, run AutoCAD 2009-2014, and the toolbar should be visible. If the toolbar doesn't appear, try restarting AutoCAD, or check if the toolbar is closed by right-clicking on the surface where the toolbars are, and searching for SuperTools menu group. In case you have only Ribbon active, and can't right-click on toolbar placeholder, you might have to switch Workspace, in the lower-right corner, to AutoCAD Classic so that the toolbars appear. The add-on will get installed on all AutoCAD 2009-2014 versions on your computer. But if you have installed multiple products from the same year, like for example AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD MEP 2011, AutoCAD Civil 2011 and AutoCAD Architectural, SuperTools will be installed only on the product that was last run. The workaround for that would be: you could run the other product to make it 'current', and repeat SuperTools installation.
SuperTools were built to work on 32-bit and on 64-bit AutoCAD.
If you want to uninstall SuperTools, you'll have to search for the Uninstall.exe file that is located in the SuperTools installation folder, which would normally be located in C:\Program Files\Coderhythmics\SuperTools. Run Uninstall.exe, and SuperTools will be quickly uninstalled. You have to shut down all AutoCAD applications before uninstalling SuperTools.

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Installation is simple: just leave default installation folder and press Install

INSTALLATION TROUBLESHOOTING

In case the installation doesn't work for some reason, you might try to install the tools manually.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MANUAL INSTALLATION: Download the zip file SuperToolsFiles.zip , extract the files from it, and place the extracted Coderhythmics folder in C:\Program Files folder. Add a new SuperTools registry key in the Windows Registry. WARNING: IF YOU DELETE OR CHANGE ANY OTHER KEY IN THE REGISTRY, YOU MIGHT DISABLE YOUR ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEM, SO DON'T ATTEMPT THIS IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. For example, for AutoCAD 2013 you would add this key: HKEY_CURRENT_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R19.0\ACAD-B001:409\Applications\SuperTools. The part that reads R19.0 is the AutoCAD internal version number. It will vary depending on your AutoCAD version, as shown in the following table:

AutoCAD Key
2009 17.2
2010 18.0
2011 18.1
2012 18.2
2013 19.0
2014 19.1

If you would like to see a better AutoCAD version overview, than have a look at this Wikipedia article. The following part reads ACAD-B001:409, and it will also vary depending on the AutoCAD version and language. To understand it, and to identify your version, read this article. Inside that key, there is the Applications key. Inside the Applications key, create the new SuperTools key. You need to add four values to that key: DESCRIPTION, LOADCTRLS, LOADER and MANAGED. You need to adjust the LOADER value to point to the correct dll. For instance, if your AutoCAD version is 2013, than you need to point the LOADER path to SuperTools2013.dll. This is shown on the screenshot below:

registry key

After this start AutoCAD, and the toolbar will appear. Manual installation is completed.

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