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Version:  Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 15.09.2017
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Question:

My computer does not have Internet access, but I would like to activate the license with the Product Key. What can I do?


Information:

The easiest way to activate and return Allplan licenses is to do this online. In other words, the computer has Internet access. However, you can also activate Allplan on a computer without Internet access (offline licensing). Offline licensing is particularly useful if some Allplan computers in your office do not have Internet access and do not use a license server either.

If the computer without Internet access and the computer with Internet access are neither close to each other (for example, the computer in the office hasInternet access, but the computer at home does not haveInternet access) nor connected with each other (for example, using LAN), offline activation is not very suitable, as you have to access both the computer with Internet access and the computer without Internet access.

Requirements for activating a license offline:

  • You have a valid Product Key.
  • You have installed Allplan on the computer without Internet access (for example, as a viewer).
  • You have another computer with Internet access.


Important: Activating a license offline involves two steps. In addition, you need to upload a receipt file so that you can return the license offline later.

There are the following basic steps:

  • Creating and uploading the license request file
  • Downloading and importing the license update file
  • Creating and uploading the receipt file


The online computer uses the following web page:
lc.codemeter.com/59885/depot/index.php


Note:

As both the license file and the receipt file are saved with the name of the container number by default, it may happen that you mix up these two files. Therefore we strongly recommend that you use meaningful names for the files. For example, the name could include the name of the computer and the Product Key or the words “license” and “receipt”.
This is particularly important if you want to activate several computers offline.


Answer:

A: Activating licenses offline

To activate licenses, use CodeMeter Control Center.

Start CodeMeter Control Center.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. An an alternative, go to the Windows search box and type Codemeter.

You can find the container numbers in the ‘License’ area.
If you have a stand-alone license, the name of this container is Allplan GmbH and its number is 327XXXXXXX.

Select this container and click Activatelicense on the right. Select
Create license request. Create a *.WibuCmRaC file for your container.

Take this file to a computer that is online.
Go to the following web page:
lc.codemeter.com/59885/depot/index.php

Enter your Product Keyin the “Ticket” line and click Next. You can now see your license.
Click Activate license.

You can see your license and all available updates, which should be selected. Click Offline License Transferat the bottom on the right.

You can now upload the *.WibuCmRaC file (Browse....) by clicking Upload license request now. This creates your license, which you can download by clicking Download license update file now. Install this license on your computer.

To do this, go to CodeMeter Control Center and click File-> Importlicense.


You can see the activated license in the Services application -> Utilities -> License settingsand you can now use this license for Allplan.


Finally, upload the receipt file.
To do this, open CodeMeter Control Centeragain and select the new Allplan GmbH license with the number 128-XXXXXXX.

Then click License update -> Next -> Create receipt.
Create the receipt file for this container.
Upload this receipt file using the web page.

Take this file to the computer that is online. Click Nexton the web page.
If you have already closed the web page, use the link given above and enter your Product Key once again. Then select Continue with license transfer.
Select the receipt file and click Upload receipt now.
Click OKto confirm. This completes license activation.




B: Returning licenses offline

You can return licenses in the same way:
Start CodeMeter Control Center and select the container with the license (Allplan GmbH with the number 128-XXXXXXX). Then click License update -> Next -> Create license request.
Here, too, create a *.WibuCmRaC file for your container.

Take this file to a computer that is online.
Here, too, go to the following web page:
lc.codemeter.com/59885/depot/index.php

Enter your Product Keyin the “Ticket” line and click Next. You can now see your license.
Click Move license.
Click Offline License Transferat the bottom on the right.
You can now upload the *.WibuCmRaC file (Browse....) by clicking Upload request now.
Then click Download license update file now. Download the file and import it. To do this, go to CodeMeter Control Centerand click File -> Importlicense.

Then create a receipt by clicking License update -> Next -> Create receipt.
Upload this receipt file using the web page.
To do this, click Nexton the web page.
If you have already closed the web page, use the link given above and enter your Product Key once again. Then select Continue with license transfer.
Select the receipt file and click Upload receipt now.
Click OKto confirm. This completes license activation.

The license is now available again and can be used on another computer.

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Version:  Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 07.07.2017
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Question:

How can I transfer the license permanently to a new computer?
How can I temporarily transfer the license of a registered computer to a different computer?
How can I interchange the licenses of two registered computers?



Answer:

If you activated the license online by entering a Product Key, you can return the Product Key and then use it for a different computer. You can return and activate the license only if the computers have Internet access. The computer where you want to return or activate the license does not have to be online all the time. It is enough if it is online while you are returning or activating the license.


Returning a license
To return a license in online mode

  • Open the 'License settings' dialog box: Services application -> Utilities -> License settings
  • Write down the Product Key for the license you are returning.
  • Click License activationon the left. Then click the license you want to return.
  • Click Return license.


You can now activate the license on a different computer.


Activating a license
If you want to transfer the license permanently, you can activate a license while you are installing Allplan or after you have installed Allplan. By activating a license, you connect the license with the new or other computer. As a result, you can start Allplan on this computer.
If you want to transfer the license only temporarily, install Allplan as a viewer on the second computer and
activate the license later.

To activate the license during installation:
Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed.

  • In the 'Installation Option' dialog box, select the 'Enter Product Key' option and click 'Next'.
  • Enter your Product Key.
  • Click 'Activate license'.


To activate the license after installation:

  • Open the 'License settings' dialog box: Services application -> Utilities -> License settings
  • Click License activationon the left.
  • Enter your Product Key.
  • Click Activate license.



Here comes a practical example:

If you want to use a Product Key for running Allplan on two or more computers, you must use computer A to return the license before you can use this license with computer B. To return the license, open the Services application -> Utilities -> License settings -> Return license. If this computer always uses the same Product Key, you can find this Product Key in the box below License activation. This box always displays the last Product Key entered.

If you switch between several licenses, it is a good idea to save the Product Keys used in a text file on the desktop. This way, you can copy the Product Keys quickly and easily to the license settings.


Notes:

You can also find your Product Key in Allplan Connect. Go to connect.allplan.com/license
Click Profile -> License administration.
Only administrators can use this function.

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Version:  Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 21.07.2017
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Question:

I would like to install Allplan, which requires a Product Key. How can I install Allplan or activate the Product Key later?


Answer:

Allplan is using since version 2016 a new protection system. Licensing is based on CodeMeter by Wibu Systems AG since then. You can no longer use Softlock or hardlock with Allplan 2016 and higher.

Allplan requires a Product Key. Using this key, you can activate your license online. The Product Key is a unique, 26-digit character string. You can use it to activate a license for Allplan.
You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect. Go to connect.allplan.com/license
Note: The license is downwards compatible til version Allplan 2016 even if a higher version is displayed.

You can activate a license while you are installing Allplan or after you have installed Allplan. By activating a license, you connect the license with the computer. As a result, you can start Allplan on this computer.

The easiest and quickest way to activate a license is to do this online. In other words, the computer has Internet access.

To activate the license during installation:
Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed.

  • In the 'Installation Option' dialog box, select the Licenser activationoption and click Next.
  • Enter your Product Key.
  • Click Activate license.



To activate the license after installation:

  • Open the 'License settings' dialog box: Services application -> Utilities -> License settings.
  • Click License activationon the left.
  • Enter your Product Key.
  • Click Activate license.



Notes:

You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect. Go to connect.allplan.com/license
Click Profile -> License administration.
Only administrators can use this function.


Step-by-step guide as a film:
You can watch a film about the new licensing system. To do this, go to: connect.allplan.com/de/support/loesungen.html

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Version:  Allplan 2015 / Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013  | Last modified: 21.09.2016
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Question:

After I updated Windows (8 to 8.1; 8.1 to 10), Allplan only starts as a viewer. What can I do?


Answer:

Windows update corrupts Nemetschek Softlock License Manager.
Fix Nemetschek Softlock License Manager as follows:

You can download the current Softlock License Manager. Use the following FTP link:

ftp://nemhotline:ha37jvg8f@ftp.nemetschek.de/download/Allplan/2015/NemSLock/

Download the Nemetschek_Software_Lock.exe file.

Execute the "Nemetschek Software Lock.exe"file and select "Fix program".

After the installation, you can open License Manager again (Services application -> Utilities -> License -> License Manager). Next, install the temporary license (*_psd.nslock): "Install - Install license"

You can download the temporary license from Allplan Connect:
connect.allplan.com

Note: the status of the temporary license is set to "Expired".

Next, create a new registration request.
To generate a registration request, do the following:

Open License Manager (Services application -> Utilities -> License -> License Manager). Select the license entry for your seat and click "Request license".
Follow the instructions displayed on screen. Complete the form. Do not forget to enter your email address.

Check that the Client ID and CD Key are correct.

Send the registration request to: register@nemetschek.de.

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Version:  Allplan 2015  | Last modified: 17.05.2017
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Question:

An error occurs during installation of hotfix 2015-1-11 or later. What can I do?



Answer:

To install this and future Allplan 2015 hotfixes using auto-update, you must update the installation service. Requirement: Allplan 2015-1-10 is installed.

1. You can find a batch file attached to this FAQ. Save and extract this file and execute it on every Allplan workstation (right-click this file -> select "Run as administrator" on the shortcut menu...). The batch file looks for the "InstallAULService.exe" file in the local PRG folder of the Allplan installation and runs it as the administrator. This updates the installation service.
Be careful: this requires administrator privileges.

If your e-mail program blocks this file, you can also download it from our FTP server.
Enter the following address in WindowsExplorer (do not use Internet Explorer!):

ftp://nemhotline:ha37jvg8f@ftp.nemetschek.de/download/Allplan/2015/Hotfix/2015-1/UpdAUL.bat


2. Auto-update should now work as usual.



Note:


As an alternative, you can also install the full version of Allplan 1/12/2015. This also updates the installation service.
You can download the full version fromconnect.allplan.com/deor from our FTP server:

To access our FTP server, you require a current Windows operating system. Do the following:
Enter the following address in Windows Explorer (do not use Internet Explorer!):

ftp://nemhotline:ha37jvg8f@ftp.nemetschek.de/download/Allplan/2015/CD/DoWn-allplan2015-1-12-cad.zip

Download the corresponding ZIP file and extract it. Right-click the exe file and start it using "Run as administrator".
Install the update.

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Version:  Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016 / Allplan 2015 / Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013 / Allplan 2012 / Allplan 2011  | Last modified: 07.07.2017
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Question:

I just installed an upgrade. How can I convert all the projects at once?



Answer:

Back up all the projects beforehand!

Do the following:

  • Exit Allplan on all workstations.
  • Only when working with Workgroup Manager:
    Log in as the Allplan administrator (sysadm).
  • Start the Services application.
  • Only when working with Workgroup Manager:
    Make sure all the computers where projects are located are up and running.
    To check this, select:
    Services application -> Workgroup Manager -> Information -> Display Project List(the second column displays the computer where the project is located).
  • Go to the computer where you want to convert the data and set the drawing file size to the maximum value:
    Services application->Service ->Hotline Tools->docsize ->512 (or 1024, if available) ->OK
    Note:
    After data conversion, you can set the drawing file size back to the initial value.
  • Start converting the data (use the computer where you have changed the drawing file size):
    Services application ->Service ->Hotline Tools -> datwaprjs: convert data of all projects
    If you reply "Yes" at the following two prompts, the program will convert the data of all projects.



Notes:

The time it takes to convert the data depends on various factors:

  • Number of projects
  • Size of each project
  • Performance of the computer converting the data
  • Network performance


It is possible to start data conversion from several workstations at the same time.

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Version:  Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016 / Allplan 2015 / Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013 / Allplan 2012 / Allplan 2011 / Allplan 2009  | Last modified: 12.10.2017
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Question:

  • Why can't I create elements?
  • Why can't I move a drawing?
  • Why are elements not created correctly?
  • Why does the program crash when I import a DXF file from the land registry office?
  • Why is the outline of a circumscribed area not detected correctly?
  • Why can't I calculate shadows?
  • Why are elements not displayed correctly in animation?
  • Why are parts of dimension text missing?
  • Why do the contents of the screen suddenly rotate?
  • Why can't I get a preview when I move or copy elements?
  • Why are areas not calculated correctly?




Finding the reason for these problems:

Check whether an offset is set in the project settings (File -> New Project, Open Project-> select the project and open the shortcut menu -> Properties; Allplan 2009 and earlier: Tools -> Options ->Advanced Draft -> Settings). If there are offset coordinates, clear the check box.

Select Tools -> Measure(->)Coordinates.
Click in the middle of the drawing in plan view.
If there are very large values (for example, x/y/z greater than 5000 m), you have found the reason for these problems.

The system has problems calculating and displaying data with very large coordinates. The more data you have with very large coordinates, the greater this effect.



Solution:

  • Click Tools -> Options... -> Desktop environment -> Generaland select Optimize working with large coordinates(Allplan 2009 and earlier: Tools -> Options -> Global Options -> Miscellaneous tab -> Optimize working with large coordinates). After this you must restart Allplan. Otherwise, this setting has no effect.

This is a user setting you must define separately for each user.

  • Usually, the best solution is to move the data towards the Allplan origin. Use the "Move" tool. When Allplan prompts you to specify the target point ("To point"), select Global point in the dialog line. You can find detailed information in the help for Allplan. Look for the Global pointtopic.


Note:

If the data are still not displayed correctly, do the following:
Exit Allplan -> Services application-> Service -> Hotline Tools-> cleanup -> start Allplan.

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Question:

Allplan does not react promptly or seems to hang after I have selected the "Open on a Project-Specific Basis" or "New Project, Open Project" tool.

One of the following virus scanners is running: Trendmicro, McAfee, Kaspersky, Avira, F-Prot and others.
What can I do to solve this problem?



Answer:

Check whether updating the software of the virus scanner solves the problem.

If it doesn't, configure the real time scanner of the virus scanner so that it no longer scans the program folder and data folder of Allplan.

Start the Services application. Make a note of the following paths displayed in the Services application window:

Program folder
General program data
Central file storage folder

Define these folders as exemptions in your virus scanner.


Bear in mind that virus scanners may be installed on the server and the clients (provided you work with a server).
For more information on the virus scanner, contact the manufacturer.

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Version:  Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 24.07.2017
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Question:

Allplan does not start. When you open license selection in the license settings, you can see the following message: "Cannot find a license for running Allplan." Sometimes you might also see one of the following error messages: "This license is no longer available", "CmActLicense runtime system is not installed!" or "NemAll_DataResource20.dll: Start Error 102". Allplan no longer starts after these messages. How to solve this problem?

Answer:

Check the following points:

On the client:

Open the license settings: Services application -> Utilities -> License settings

1. Has the license been blocked on the client?
Click this symbol to unblock the license again. If you want, you can select the check box in front of the license to select it as a favorite. Allplan will then prefer this license.
If you do not select any license or if you have selected several favorites, Allplan will automatically use the first free license it finds.


2. Has the server been found?

Select the 'Find license server automatically' option. You should now see the license provided by the server.

Note: In some cases, such as VPN connections, Allplan may not be able to detect a server automatically. In this case, you can enter the server manually.


3. Is the local Windows service, which is used by licensing, running correctly?

If communication with the local Wibu service is blocked, Allplan cannot find the license anymore. This is often caused by the virus scanner.
So you need to exclude the "Codemeter" folder from virus scans. You can find this folder in the following path: C:\Program files (X86)\Codemeter or C:\Programme (x86)\Codemeter

Then restart the service:

Start CodeMeter Control Center.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen and enter Codemeter.

CodeMeter Control Center -> Process -> Start CodeMeter Service
If the service is running, stop it and restart it.


On the license server:

4. Is the 'Start network server' option active?

Start CodeMeter Control Center on the server.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen, enter Codemeter and press ENTER. A dialog box opens. Click WebAdmin at bottom right.

Or
Enter Localhost:22350in the address bar of your browser.

  • Select Settings -> Server -> Access serverin the Network serverarea and click Activate.

Update the license settings on the client. To do this, click Updateor open the dialog box with the license settings again. You should now see the license on the client.


5. Restart the license server service on the server

To start and stop the license server service, you can use CodeMeter Control Center.

  • CodeMeter Control Center -> Action -> Stop CodeMeter Service
  • CodeMeter Control Center -> Action -> Start CodeMeter Service


Update the license settings on the client. To do this, open the dialog box with the license settings again. You should now see the license on the client.


6. Is the virus scanner blocking the Windows service, which is used by licensing, at the server?

If communication with the Wibu service is blocked, Allplan cannot find the license anymore. This is often caused by the virus scanner.
So you need to exclude the "Codemeter" folder from virus scans.
You can find this folder in the following path: C:\Program files (X86)\Codemeter or C:\Programme (x86)\Codemeter
In addition, exclude the C:\Program Files\Allplan GmbHfolder.

Then restart the license server service:
If the service is running, stop it and restart it.


7. Check the firewall

Allplan communicates with the license server via TCP/IP. By default, communication is via port 22350 unless you change the port in CodeMeter WebAdmin. So you need to configure the firewall accordingly.

If a firewall is active on your computer, you must enable port 22350 for TCP and UDP. If the firewall filters in an application-specific manner, you have to enable the CodeMeter.exe license server service. You can find this service in the %Program Files (x86)%\CodeMeter\Runtime\bin Windows folder. Define the CodeMeter.exe service as an exception in the firewall. Some anti-virus programs also include firewall functions. If you are not sure, contact the manufacturer of the anti-virus program.

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Version:  Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016 / Allplan 2015 / Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013  | Last modified: 26.07.2017
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Question:

A new computer is to replace the existing one.
How can I transfer the existing data and settings of the existing Allplan installation to the new computer?



Solution:

Please note that this solution only works with stand-alone versions.
Install the same version of Allplan on the new computer and transfer the data as follows:

1st - transferring the data:
Transfer the following folders from the old computer to the new one:
Project folder (PRJ)
Office standard folder (STD) and
User folder (USR)

You can determine the path to these folders on both the new computer and the old computer as follows:
Services application->Service->Hotline Tools->Showcfg: shows system variables ->OK
You can find the paths to the folders after PRJ, STD and USR.

2nd - transferring the toolbar configuration:
Export the configurations from the old computer by clicking View -> Toolbars -> Customize... -> Export...
You can then import the configurations to the new computer by clicking View -> Toolbars -> Customize... -> Import...

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