ArchiCAD installation

by GRAPHISOFT and Marton Kiss · updated: 10.15.2013

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Installation on Mac

 

What is installed with ArchiCAD:

  • ArchiCAD
  • Protection key driver, Wibu or CodeMeter – which is selected during the installation/none in case of using a serial number (EDU) CodeMeter driver with Trial installation

What is installed with BIM Server, Server Manager:

  • only the application

Where does the installer install components:

  • ArchiCAD or BIM Server or BIM Server Manager to the specified folder, the default is Application/Graphisoft/
  • User specific settings – created after first startup of the program
    • ~Library/Preferences/Graphisoft/ (Work Environment)
    • ~Library/Application Support/Graphisoft/ (DWG/IFC translators, TeamWork local cache – TW Data, etc.)
  • Preferences – created after first startup of the program

Java:

The installer and the GS products require installed Java. Until OSX 10.6 Java was distributed through OSX’s Software update feature. From 10.7 OSX doesn’t come with installed Java, though it will be automatically installed when running the first software that requires it. For computers without Internet connection, the package can be downloaded from Apple’s website and then transferred to the computer where it needs to be installed. For more details see: MacOSXLion


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Installation on Windows

 

What is installed with ArchiCAD:

  • ArchiCAD
  • Java, see below
  • Quick Time if not found
  • Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package
  • .NET Framework 2.0
  • Protection key driver, Wibu or CodeMeter – which is selected during the installation/none in case of using a serial number (EDU) CodeMeter driver with Trial installation

What is installed with BIM Server, Server Manager:

  • the application
  • Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package

Where does the installer install components:

  • ArchiCAD or BIM Server or BIM Server Manager to the specified folder, the defaults
    • system drive\Program Files\Graphisoft\
  • User specific settings – created after first startup of the program
    • Users/<userhome>/AppData/Local or Roaming/Graphisoft (Work Environment)
    • Users/<userhome>/Graphisoft/ (DWG/IFC translators, TeamWork local cache – TW Data, etc.)
  • Preferences – created after first startup of the program

Compatible Java versions:

Every ArchiCAD is shipped with a Java installer. In case the computer doesn’t have Java installed this version will be installed automatically or the outdated Java versions will be updated to this version. There might be problems with Java versions released later than on this list:

  • ArchiCAD 9: Java 1.4.2
  • ArchiCAD 10: Java 1.5.0
  • ArchiCAD 11: Java 1.6
  • ArchiCAD 12: Java 1.6.3
  • ArchiCAD 13: Java 1.6.16
  • ArchiCAD 14: Java 1.6.18
  • ArchiCAD 15: Java 1.6.23
  • ArchiCAD 16: Java 1.6.32

You can download these versions from here: Install/Java

As a general solution uninstall all Java versions (Control Panel/Add Remove Programs) and the ArchiCAD installer will install the compatible version. For hotfix installation or for uninstallation you need to install Java from the ArchiCAD DVD.

Quick Time:

The installation of Quick Time does not run in silent mode, so you need to go thorough the steps and as a consequence it can be canceled. Without installed QuickTime ArchiCAD cannot be run, so if the previous happens install QT manually from the installation DVD or from Apple’s website.

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