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To all M8Tools users:
 
If you experience any problems, crashes or irregularities,
please let us know.
Our goal is to make and keep our software up to date and stable.


05-08-2016 Added support for AutoCAD 2016 & 2017.

07-12-2015 Added support for AutoCAD 2015.

BatchM8 and CopyM8 discontinued.


12-12-2009 Updates for AutoCAD 2010.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v3.4
BatchM8 v1.47
CopyM8 v1.51
LeaderM8 v2.46
PlotM8 v4.4
RecoverM8 v1.22


11-20-2007 Fixed error in AutoM8, BatchM8 & PlotM8 when used in AutoCAD 2000, 2002.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v3.26
BatchM8 v1.47
CopyM8 v1.5
LeaderM8 v2.45
PlotM8 v4.26
RecoverM8 v1.21


10-12-2007 Fixed error in BatchM8..

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v3.25
BatchM8 v1.46
CopyM8 v1.5
LeaderM8 v2.45
PlotM8 v4.25
RecoverM8 v1.21


06-10-2007 Updated programs for AutoCAD 2008 Compatability.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v3.25
BatchM8 v1.45
CopyM8 v1.5
LeaderM8 v2.45
PlotM8 v4.25
RecoverM8 v1.21


04-25-2006 Updated programs for AutoCAD 2007.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v3.20
BatchM8 v1.40
CopyM8 v1.40
LeaderM8 v2.44
PlotM8 v4.20
RecoverM8 v1.20


03-29-2006 Correct errors in LeaderM8's initial defaults.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v3.10
BatchM8 v1.30
CopyM8 v1.30
LeaderM8 v2.43
PlotM8 v4.10
RecoverM8 v1.10


02-19-2006 Added short cut features to AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8.

Added reverse list option to CopyM8.

Corrected a first run default in LeaderM8 that controlled the Line mode.

Added a feature to AutoM8, BatchM8, CopyM8, LeaderM8, PlotM8 and RecoverM8  to quicken the registration process, there is now a button to copy the registration information (Computer name, Serial number, ID number, program name and version) to the Windows clipboard for it to be pasted into an email to complete the registration process and reduce the number of errors.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v3.10
BatchM8 v1.30
CopyM8 v1.30
LeaderM8 v2.42
PlotM8 v4.10
RecoverM8 v1.10


12-14-2004 Corrected processing issue with AutoCAD 2005 in AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.98
BatchM8 v1.19
CopyM8 v1.24
LeaderM8 v2.41
PlotM8 v3.98
RecoverM8 v1.02


11-23-2004 Corrected an issue in BatchM8 when when using the individual plot function BMSI and plot logging.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.97
BatchM8 v1.18
CopyM8 v1.24
LeaderM8 v2.41
PlotM8 v3.97
RecoverM8 v1.02


10-05-2004 Several internal tweaks to AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8 to correct a bad argument error that would cause the Plot option to crash.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.97
BatchM8 v1.17
CopyM8 v1.24
LeaderM8 v2.41
PlotM8 v3.97
RecoverM8 v1.02


06-16-2004 Corrected a bug in AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8 that would crash the programs if they were not unlocked after the 31 day demo period.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.95
BatchM8 v1.15
CopyM8 v1.24
LeaderM8 v2.41
PlotM8 v3.95
RecoverM8 v1.02


04-30-2004 Made internal tweaks to AutoM8, BatchM8, CopyM8, LeaderM8, PlotM8 and RecoverM8. These tweaks will let programs work even if the installation folder is not in AutoCAD's search path. They will pop up a reminder to add the folder and then let the user select a support file to load.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.94
BatchM8 v1.14
CopyM8 v1.24
LeaderM8 v2.41
PlotM8 v3.94
RecoverM8 v1.02


03-10-2004 Corrected an error in the plot save feature of AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8. This error would stop the processing of drawings after the first plot.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.93
BatchM8 v1.13
CopyM8 v1.20
LeaderM8 v2.4
PlotM8 v3.93
RecoverM8 v1.01


02-24-2004 Corrected an error in the plot setup of AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8. This error would crash the program when the user selected the Plot button from the main dialog.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.91
BatchM8 v1.11
CopyM8 v1.20
LeaderM8 v2.4
PlotM8 v3.91
RecoverM8 v1.01


02-20-2004

Added new file selection and sorting options to AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8.

Added option to save drawings after plotting to AutoM8, BatchM8 and PlotM8.

Added option to Export and Import plot settings for reuse by network users.

Added option to save plot files into a folder that is named for the printer/plotter that created the plot (*.plt) file.

Added two options to LeaderM8 that let the user control the currently running object snaps and ortho mode.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.9
BatchM8 v1.1
CopyM8 v1.20
LeaderM8 v2.4
PlotM8 v3.9
RecoverM8 v1.01


11-19-2003

Fixed an error in BatchM8 that might have kept it from running after installation.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.85
BatchM8 v1.01
CopyM8 v1.20
LeaderM8 v2.31
PlotM8 v3.84
RecoverM8 v1.01


11-11-2003

M8Tools.com releases two new utilities: BatchM8 and RecoverM8.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.85
BatchM8 v1.00
CopyM8 v1.20
LeaderM8 v2.31
PlotM8 v3.84
RecoverM8 v1.01


10-08-2003

M8Tools.com introduces BatchM8 and two new promotions.
M8Tools will now contribute 5% of of sales to charity and we are also starting a customer referral program.

07-25-2003

Made some internal changes on how LeaderM8 resizes its features when a user modifies the DIMSCALE dimension variable to change drawing scale.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.85
CopyM8 v1.20
LeaderM8 v2.31
PlotM8 v3.84


07-23-2003

Added an internal feature to CopyM8 to make sure that sorting is handled correctly.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.85
CopyM8 v1.20
LeaderM8 v2.30
PlotM8 v3.84


07-13-2003

AutoM8 - Fixed a problem in the Change option when it is used in the non-save mode.

Introducing our new program called CopyM8.
CopyM8 lets you select, organize and print AutoCAD plot files and have them printed out in collated sets.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.85
CopyM8 v1.10
LeaderM8 v2.30
PlotM8 v3.84


05-7-2003

AutoM8 and PlotM8 - Fixed a problem with the AM8FIX and PM8FIX commands.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.84
LeaderM8 v2.30
PlotM8 v3.84


05-01-2003

AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8 - Added support for AutoCAD 2004.

AutoM8 and PlotM8 - Corrected a problem with opening read only files in AutoCAD's single document mode. Fixed a problem with layout name being either appended or removed from plot file names when plotting all layouts.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.83
LeaderM8 v2.30
PlotM8 v3.83


03-10-2003 AutoM8 and PlotM8 - Added a feature to the Plot Current Layout option, users now have the option to disable the appending of the layout name to the plot file name. Also added an option of letting the user select a folder to store plot files when they are setting up their batch plots.

AutoM8 - Added a feature to the Change option that lets you run command against the selected drawings and not have the drawings saved (this can be used for data extraction).

AutoM8 and PlotM8 - Corrected several internal bugs that would corrupt the saved plot settings.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.81
LeaderM8 v2.29
PlotM8 v3.81


01-28-2003

Corrected a problem in AutoM8 and PlotM8 with respect to paper sizes that have the inch mark designation ( " ) in their description. This problem surfaces when plotting all drawing views or all paper space layouts.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.76
LeaderM8 v2.29
PlotM8 v3.77


01-20-2003

Added a feature to AutoM8 and PlotM8 that lets the user save a default folder for script files that will imported and/or exported.

Updated internal help functions in AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8 to use compiled html help files.

Changed program file type for AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8 from .fas (fast loading AutoLISP files) to .vlx (compiled files that combine the fas file and the dcl files into one).

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.75
LeaderM8 v2.29
PlotM8 v3.76


10-24-2002

Corrected a plot to file problem in AutoM8 and PlotM8 when using Current Layout option.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.74
LeaderM8 v2.28
PlotM8 v3.75


10-14-2002

Corrected a problem in AutoM8 and PlotM8 for non English version of AutoCAD. Also fixed error in creating DWF, PNG and JPG file types.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.73
LeaderM8 v2.28
PlotM8 v3.74

 


9-17-2002

AutoM8 and PlotM8. Added a feature to skip plotting views or layouts that have the NP prefix in their name.

Rename layouts or views with an NP prefix to make AutoM8 and PlotM8 skip over these while batch plotting via the "Plot All MS Views" or "Plot All Layouts" methods.

Added Tips and Tricks page for PlotM8.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.72
LeaderM8 v2.28
PlotM8 v3.73


8-28-2002

Fixed a bug in AutoM8 and PlotM8 that left out the first file name in the import drawing file list. Also fixed an error that occurred in PlotM8 when exporting a file list.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.71
LeaderM8 v2.28
PlotM8 v3.72


8-12-2002

Corrected a non functioning button in PlotM8. When a user picked the "Save Listing to File" button from the main dialog it wouldn't work. Users can now save out selected file listings.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.7
LeaderM8 v2.28
PlotM8 v3.71


7-10-2002

Updated the LeaderM8 dialog user interface to make more intuitive.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.7
LeaderM8 v2.28
PlotM8 v3.7


7-8-2002

Corrected an error in the 31 day demo/registration module of LeaderM8. If LeaderM8 was used after the 31 day demo period, it would crash when trying to go to the authorization code entry dialog box.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.7
LeaderM8 v2.27
PlotM8 v3.7


7-3-2002

Corrected plot file name truncations when plotting to a file, WBlock purge now saves to correct folder, delay option now works with Change and Purge options, corrected the default settings for the plot option "Scale Lineweights" when plotting paperspace layouts.

Added two new features to AutoM8 and PlotM8, you can now batch plot using the printer/plotter assigned to the layout and also the option to change the Plot Style when using the layouts assigned printer/plotter.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.7
LeaderM8 v2.26
PlotM8 v3.7


4-18-2002

Fixed an external function load in AutoM8 and PlotM8.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.62
LeaderM8 v2.26
PlotM8 v3.62


4-11-2002

Corrected an internal function call to an external subroutine in AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8.

Revised a default button in LeaderM8 that allows the user to select Yes to allow LeaderM8 to resize the arrowhead based on a changed DIMSCALE variable that controls dimensioning scale.
 
Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.61
LeaderM8 v2.26
PlotM8 v3.61


4-8-2002

M8Tools.com unveils new look on our web site.
 
Program Updates:
AutoM8 - Added a plot option to plot all Model Space Views, and plot to scale using the DIMSCALE dimension variable.
 
PlotM8 - Added a plot option to plot all Model Space Views, and plot to scale using the DIMSCALE dimension variable.
 
Corrected an error that appeared if a default printer/plotter was deleted from the system but not from AutoM8/PlotM8 defaults.
 
Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.6
LeaderM8 v2.25
PlotM8 v3.6

01-01-2002

Effective March 1st 2002, M8Tools will no longer support the following products for AutoCAD Release 14:
AutoM8 v1.1
LeaderM8 v1.4
PlotM8 v2.1

Versions for AutoCAD 2000 and later will be supported.


10-16-2001

Corrected Configuration/Registration access for AutoM8 and PlotM8 when software is used past the 31 day demo period.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.51
LeaderM8 v2.25
PlotM8 v3.51


8-22-2001

Added uninstall interfaces to AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8. To uninstall type: AM8UN for AutoM8, LM8UN for LeaderM8 and PM8UN for PlotM8.

Removed the plot view option in AutoM8 and PlotM8 when plotting multiple paperspace layouts.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.5
LeaderM8 v2.25
PlotM8 v3.5


8-16-2001

Added the Hall of Fame page to our site.  We wanted to show a list of all the companies that we have sold products to over the years.  If any company sees their name on that list and wants to have it removed or would like us to add a link to their web site, they can let us know.

6-26-2001

Updated and streamlined the registration interfaces of AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8.

Changed the way AutoM8 and PlotM8 work when AutoCAD 2000 and above is executing in the Single Document mode.

Current program version levels:
AutoM8 v2.42
LeaderM8 v2.24
PlotM8 v3.42


6-22-2001

M8Tools became an official member of the Autodesk Developer Network.

6-13-2001

Added a feature to AutoM8 and PlotM8 that corrects the problem that some users have experienced with AutoCAD losing its network license. This feature allows the user to add a selectable delay to the processing of drawings.

Added a button to AutoM8 and PlotM8's main dialog box  that allows the user to pick additional drawing files from different drives and directories.


6-12-2001

Corrected several issues in TopM8, XYDimM8, NorthM8.

LeaderM8 v1.41 fixed text ending bug that placed text at 0,0.


6-4-2001

Added zip file formats to the download library.

5-8-2001

Fixed 31 day trial expiration bug in AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8. Programs would get stuck in an infinite loop if the software was used after the 31 day trial period expired.

AutoM8 and  PlotM8 now store plot parameters with printer/plotter name. Now every printer/plotter can have the last plot settings saved for re-use.


4-26-2001

Fixed AutoM8's and PlotM8's problem with opening read only drawing files.

4-17-2001

Fixed AutoM8's and PlotM8's problem with plotting to a scale, eg: 1/8" = 1'-0" some drawings were probably setup in a different type of units and this would make the running script crash.
Also added the option to the Plot function to scale lineweights with plot scale.

4-13-2001

Fixed AutoM8's and PlotM8's operation in AutoCAD 2000 and 2000i single document mode.  If you use AutoCAD in a single drawing compatibility mode.  AutoM8 and PlotM8 will now set AutoCAD up in Multiple Document mode in order to Run AutoM8 or PlotM8.  System variable: SDI gets changed to 0 (zero).

4-10-2001

Fixed the initial loading error:
"error: bad argument type: stringp nil"
 in AutoM8, LeaderM8 and PlotM8.

4-6-2001

1) Fixed plotting  bugs in AutoM8 and PlotM8.
2) Added these options:
2a) Plotting the current paper space layout.
2b) Added Limits option to Layouts plotting.
2c) Users no longer have to add paths for plotters or plot styles.

3-26-2001

A change has been made in the Licensing Agreement, Item 7 transfer fees.

Programs updated for online registration.

Site Licensing


3-6-2001

Fixes the "Error: Automation Error. Invalid input" error for AutoM8 and PlotM8.

2-14-2001

Online payments now accepted.

1-25-2001

Newer version of LeaderM8 was uploaded.  A new bubble ending has been added.  The bubble ending was a user request, and falls into the category of the standard mechanical engineering balloon.
See leaderm8.htm

1-23-2001

Several users have reported that programs were crashing when they tried to run them.  This behavior was occurring randomly and was apparently tied down to a faulty copy of DOSLib v4.4.  A newer version of DOSLib v5.1.1 was uploaded to the site and can be downloaded and the user can replace this version with the older version.

12-08-00

A required slide library file was left out of the LeaderM8.exe uploaded to the web site.
See leaderm8.htm

 

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