- ARCHICAD Network Installation
(Instructions for BIM Managers)
- 1) Single-user Installation
- 2) Customize Work Environment Settings
- 3) Customize Templates
- 4) Customize DXF-DWG Translators
- 5) Customize IFC Translators
- 6) Quit ARCHICAD
- 7) Create “Defaults” Folder
- 8) Uninstall ARCHICAD; Re-start Installation
- 9) Start-up Presentation
- 10) Start Installation Wizard
- 11) Welcome Screen
- 12) Choose License Type
- 13) License Agreement
- 14) Program Folder Selection
- 15) Choose Setup Type
- 16) Choose Program Components
- 17) Install Company Standards
- 18) Install Customized Work Environment
- 19) Install Company Standard Template(s)
- 20) Installation Summary
- 21) Installation
- 22) Import Work Environment
- 23) Shortcuts/Automatic Updates
- 24) Restart Computer
- 25) Define File Path
ARCHICAD Network Installation
(Instructions for BIM Managers)
With a Commercial and certain Education licenses, GRAPHISOFT offers you the option of creating an Installation package that contains your company-standard settings.
Using this installation package, you can save time by installing ARCHICAD 20 at multiple workstations according to your customized, company-preferred configuration.
To do this, choose the special installation option that automatically records your installation process and creates the installation package. The resulting install file can then be started on any number of client machines. This process is detailed below.
Note for Educational Institutions: If your ARCHICAD license is registered to an educational institution, you can use the Installation Package Creation process to create a recorded installation and simplify the installation of multiple identical copies of the program – even if you wish to use factory defaults instead of custom-defined settings.
1) Single-user Installation
Follow the instructions at “Install ARCHICAD 20: Single License”. Choose the “Typical” Setup.
Next, set up your preferred Work Environment/Template/DXF-DWG and IFC translators, as described below:
2) Customize Work Environment Settings
Start ARCHICAD, then use the dialog boxes at Options > Work Environment to set up your company standard Work Environment settings. Most such options are found in three dialog boxes of Company Standard Schemes: Data Safety & Integrity; Network and Update; and Special Folders.
Once you have set these options, save these settings as schemes, then save the schemes in a company-default profile. To save a profile, go to Options > Work Environment > Work Environment Profiles.
3) Customize Templates
Create and save any number of template files. Template files include links to libraries loaded through Library Manager (e.g. “Office Standard Library”). Templates can also include Project Preferences (e.g. Working Units, Zone calculation preferences), and such items as Master Layouts, Project Info, placed elements (e.g. Elevation markers, entire buildings).
4) Customize DXF-DWG Translators
Use the DXF-DWG Translation Setup dialog box (File > File Special > DXF-DWG Translation Setup, to set up DXF/DWG Translators and save them to a shared folder on a server. A DXF-DWG TranslatorList.xml file is also created, which is a list of references to these translators.
5) Customize IFC Translators
Use the IFC Translation Setup dialog box (File > File Special > IFC Translation Setup) to set up IFC Translators and save them to a shared folder on a server. An IFC TranslatorList.xml file is also created, which is a list of references to these translators.
6) Quit ARCHICAD
7) Create “Defaults” Folder
8) Uninstall ARCHICAD; Re-start Installation
9) Start-up Presentation
After you insert the ARCHICAD DVD, or double-click on (extract) the ARCHICAD 20 Download folder, the start-up presentation will be launched.
10) Start Installation Wizard
11) Welcome Screen
12) Choose License Type
Click the option that corresponds to your license type: Hardware or Software Key for ARCHICAD, or a Serial Number (for Education and Trial Licenses).
13) License Agreement
14) Program Folder Selection
On this page, you can define the file path of the installation. As a rule, you should choose the path suggested by default, to simplify the installation of any future updates.
15) Choose Setup Type
16) Choose Program Components
17) Install Company Standards
Check Install Company Standard Defaults, and enter the file path location of the Defaults folder (containing Work Environment/Translators/Templates) which you created earlier. (See Create “Defaults” Folder at Step 7 above.)
18) Install Customized Work Environment
Choose Predefined Company Standard Profile Set to include your customized Work Environment in the Installation Package.
19) Install Company Standard Template(s)
20) Installation Summary
This screen summarizes your chosen configuration, so you can make any needed corrections to the installation settings.
22) Import Work Environment
23) Shortcuts/Automatic Updates
24) Restart Computer
25) Define File Path
The Installation Package will now be written. Depending on your hardware, this process may take several minutes.
You have now created an Installation Package. Users who start this package on a client machine will not encounter any options in the Installation wizard, and the installation process will begin immediately.