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Question:

I want to switch to Windows 10 (64-bit). What do I need to know?


Answer:

Depending on the initial situation, keep in mind the following points.

Windows 8.1 to Windows 10:

You work with Allplan 2016 or later.
Wibu:
Changing the operating system should not affect the protection system. However, we nevertheless recommend that you return the license of the computer before you switch to Windows 10. Reactivate the license afterwards.
You can find a description of the steps at:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150821083335.html

You work with Allplan 2015 or an older version.
Softlock:
Allplan is protected by Softlock. Fix Softlock License Manager as described in the following document:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20131024085525.html

Hardlock:
If Allplan does not accept the hardlock after the switch, reinstall the hardlock driver. You can find a description of the steps at:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20131028125253.html



Windows 7 to Windows 10:

You work with Allplan 2016 or later.
Wibu:
You must return the license of the computer before you switch to Windows 10. Reactivate the license afterwards. You can find a description of the steps at:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150821083335.html

You work with Allplan 2015 or an older version.
Softlock:
As this switch changes all system components, you must keep in mind the following points. Return the license to us before you switch to the new operating system. You can find a description of the steps at:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150821084653.html
After the switch fix Softlock License Manager as described in the following document: https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/0001cc7e.html

Hardlock:
If Allplan does not accept the hardlock after the switch, reinstall the hardlock driver. You can find a description of the steps at:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20131028125253.html



Note:
Allplan 2015-1-10 and later versions are running on Windows 10.
Allplan 2016-0-2 and later versions are running on Windows 10.
We cannot say whether earlier Allplan versions are compatible with Windows 10.

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Version:  Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013 / Allplan 2012 / Allplan 2011  | Last modified: 30.11.2017
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Question:

Can I run Allplan on Apple computers?



Answer:

You have to options for running Allplan on Mac computers: natively using Boot Camp or virtually using Parallels Desktop. Please note that Allplan supports Boot Camp only. For installations with Parallels Desktop, we merely offer an installation guide ("Allplan On Mac", see below).

Hardware requirements

  • MacBook Pro or iMac
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 20 GB free hard disk space
  • AMD or Nvidia graphics card


Software requirements

  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
  • Windows 7, 64-bit, Service Pack 1


In addition when using Boot Camp:

  • Boot Camp Windows installation
  • A blank CD or DVD
  • The function of the DEL key needs to be moved to an existing key; otherwise, logging on to Windows requires an external keyboard.


In addition when using Parallels Desktop:

  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
  • A license for Parallels Desktop 8 (you can request a trial license for Parallels Desktop while installing)
  • Allplan On Mac setup file; you can download this file from Allplan Connect: connect.allplan.comde/support/downloads.html
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit license and DVD
  • Allplan 2012-1 DVD or download
  • You can find further information on Allplan On Mac at:https://connect.allplan.com/de/more/allplan-on-mac.html




Notes:

There is no provision for a direct installation under Mac OS.
We kindly ask you to understand that Allplan cannot provide support for installing Boot Camp.

An installation with Parallels Desktop is subject to the following conditions and restrictions:

  • The Allplan On Mac software is free to download.
  • Setup is offered as a "technology demo".
  • As this is a technology demo, Allplan does not assume any responsibility or liability for the reliability of the complete system in any environment; nor does it provide any technical support.
  • There may be some restrictions in conjunction with some hardware combinations.


We tested the following constellations: Windows 7 64-bit | Parallels 8+9 | Allplan 2013-1
Allplan 2014-1 runs with Parallels 9.

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Version:  Allplan 2018  | Last modified: 23.11.2017 09:33
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Question:

What license issues do I need to consider when upgrading from Allplan 2015/2016/2017 to Allplan 2018?



Answer:

Depending on the licensing system you use, you need to consider different points.


1. Upgrading stand-alone workstations

1a. Stand-alone workstation - upgrading from Allplan 2016 or 2017
The license for Allplan 2018 updates automatically. Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed. When you are prompted to select the license file, click ‘Use active license’.
Follow the instructions and install Allplan.

Note: Licenses only update automatically when you upgrade. If you want to install Allplan 2018 on a new computer, read the following instructions: https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618131629.html

You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to http://connect.allplan.com/license


1b. Stand-alone workstation - upgrading from Allplan 2015
Allplan 2016 introduced a new protection system. Licensing is now based on CodeMeter by Wibu Systems AG. You require a Product Key for Allplan. Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed. When you are prompted to select the license file, click 'License activation'. Enter your Product Key (26-digit code) and click 'Activate license'. By activating the license, you connect the license with the computer. Follow the instructions and install Allplan.
You can find detailed information at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618130717.html




2. Upgrading license server workstations

2a. License server workstations - upgrading from Allplan 2016 or 2017
Start by updating your license(s) at the license server. After this, upgrade the clients.

Check the version of the license server. If you use the license server 2016-1-4 or later, you can find the version number (Build-ID) at bottom left in the License Settingsprogram. The version number should be at least 1.614.x.x. If you cannot find the Build-ID, you work with an older license server. In this case, update the license server first. Download the software for the license server from Allplan Connect.

You can find detailed information at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20160527114300.html

After having updated the licenses, you can upgrade Allplan at the clients. Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed. The license server license will be detected automatically on the network. When you are prompted to select the license file, click 'Use active license'. Follow the instructions and install Allplan.

Note: You can only use an existing license server to update licenses. If you want to use a new license server with Allplan 2018, read the following instructions:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618134224.html

You can find your Product Key for Allplan 2018 in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to http://connect.allplan.com/license


2b. License server workstations - upgrading from Allplan 2015
Start by installing the license server. After this, upgrade the clients.
You can find detailed information at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618084450.html


Downloading licenses from Allplan Connect

You can find your license for Allplan 2014 BCM and the activation code for Allplan 2018 IBDin Allplan Connect. As an extra servicewe provide the old licenses for hardlock stand-alone workstations, the temporary licenses for NemSLock and the Product Keys for the new software protection system. Click
Profile > License administration.
Only administrators can use this function.


License for Allplan Allfa 2017
You will get your license by mail from customercare@allplan.com. So that we can create the license for you, please send us your IP address or the Host ID of the Allfa database server (Oracle)

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Version:  Allplan 2020 / Allplan 2019 / Allplan 2018  | Last modified: 24.10.2019
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Question:

How can I switch Allplan from German to English?



Answer:

Allplan 2018 is the first version to include English in the license by default.
This means that by installing Allplan 2018, you automatically install the English version too.
As a result, you can switch languages using the Services application.

Important! This switch only applies to the program itself.
The content of the defaults (standards and country-specific content) does not change and is still in German.

Before starting Allplan, you can select the language using the Services application.
To do this, select Configuration -> Language. ‘Current setting’ shows the language currently selected.
Select the required language in the area at the bottom, that is, English.
A German default license only includes German and English.





Allplan now starts in English.



Note:

If English is not included in the Services application, you can install this language (or other languages you purchased) at any time.

All you need to do is download the current installation package of the version you use. You can find this package at www.connect.allplan.com

During installation, select Update installationand Use active license.

Select Customfor the Setup type.

When it comes to selecting Features, select the required language(s) in the ‘Language packages’ area.
This area lists the languages included in your license.
Do not change the other settings and click ‘Next’ to confirm the following dialog boxes.




After installation, start the Services application-> Configuration -> Language. Select the required language.

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Version:  Allplan 2021 / Allplan 2020 / Allplan 2019 / Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017  | Last modified: 16.10.2020
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Question:

I have some questions about large radii of circles:

How can I display them so that they are completely circular?
How can I transfer them correctly using PDF export?
How can I display them correctly in printouts?



Answer:


What large radii of circles look like depends on the settings in the ‘Options’.
Select Tools -> Options -> Desktop environment -> Display ->Hardware acceleration -> graphics -> Speed / quality and move the slide bar to the right: ‘Perfect’ setting.

When it comes to PFD files, you can use the settings in the ‘PDF Export’ dialog box to define how large radii of circles look.
Select the Export document of better qualitycheck box in this dialog box.

When it comes to printouts, you can use the settings in the palette to define how large radii of circles look.
Do the following: Create -> Layout Editor -> Print Layouts -> ‘Printer’ tab- More settingsarea
Select the ‘Print at highest quality’ check box.

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Version:  Allplan 2020 / Allplan 2019 / Allplan 2018  | Last modified: 27.12.2019
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Question:

What are the reasons why I cannot modify the format properties (pen thickness, color, ...) of elements in a DWG/DXF file I have just imported?



Answer:

There are four reasons why these elements cannot be modified.

1st -the elements are smart symbols:

  • To retain the smart symbols but still be able to modify the elements, select Modify -> Bonus Tools -> Smart Symbols -> Modify Smart Symbol(until V2006: Modify -> Bonus Tools -> Smart Symbols -> Modify Display Parameters) and click the relevant element. Now you can modify it (using Modify Format Properties, for example). For more detailed information on how to modify smart symbols, please contact us.
  • If you do not want to retain the smart symbol, you can also resolve it: Modify -> Bonus Tools -> Smart Symbols -> Unlink Smart Symbol, select the smart symbol(s) you want to resolve and click the right mouse button to confirm.
  • To resolve the smart symbols during import, select the file to be imported, click the"Options..."button,open the "Advanced Settings" tab (until Allplan 2008 "Advanced Transfer Settings")and select the"Smart symbol"check box in the"Explode elements" area. To confirm the dialog box, click OKand open the file.


2nd - theelements are composite elements:

  • To explode a composite element, select Modify -> Advanced Draft -> Explode Composite Element. Select the composite element(s).
  • To resolve the composite elements during import, select the file to be imported, click the "Options..." button, open the"Advanced Settings" tab" (until Allplan 2008: "Advanced Transfer Settings") andselect the "Composite elements"check box in the"Explode compounds" area. To confirm the dialog box, click OKand open the file.


3rd - the elements are on frozen layers:

  • To modify these elements, you first have to set the corresponding layers to modifiable. Open the layer selection by clickingFormat -> Select, Set Layers.On theSelect Layer/Visibilitytab, set all the layers to modifiable.


4th - the elements have the "from layer" format property:

  • To find this out, click an element with the right mouse button and selectFormat Propertieson the shortcut menu: pen thickness, line type or line color is not available for elements with the "from layer" format property.
  • To modify the format properties of the layer, select Format -> Select, Set Layers and open the'Format Definition' tab. Check that the''Match from layer based on line style, pen, line, color assigned (fixed setting)"optionis selected in the"Layers' format properties" area. Next, select the layer on which the element resides and change its format properties.
  • To remove this property, clickEdit -> Modify Format Properties, select the"Change 'from layer' for pen, line and color" option(pen thickness, line type and line color must not be selected) and select the elements.
  • To resolve the "from layer" property during import, select the file to be imported, click the "Options..." button, open the"Advanced Settings" tab" (until Allplan 2008: "Advanced Transfer Settings") andselect the "From layer"check box in the"Explode compounds" area. To confirm the dialog box, click OKand open the file.




Note:

If you have any further questions regarding data exchange, this topic is described in detail in the online Help. All you need to do is press the F1 key. Open the Index tab and selectInterfaces.

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Version:  Allplan BCM 2014 / Allplan BCM 2013 / Allplan BCM 2012 / Allplan BCM 2011 / Allplan BCM 2009  | Last modified: 28.07.2015
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Question:

How can I export and import projects using Allplan Building Costs?



Note:


The following FAQ describes this topic only briefly.
For detailed information, please refer to the help by clicking Help -> Contents and Index:
Backing up data and archiving projects -> Backing up and archiving projects using archive administration -> Backing up projects


Note:

If you have received data from us or if you send data to us, please read the 'Important information' section at the end of this FAQ!

Exporting:

  • SelectProject data -->Archive...; the Archive Administration dialog box opens.
  • Click Pathand set the archive folder.
  • Please make sure that Formatis set to Archive (version 4.0 and later).You can find this setting at bottom right.
  • Select the project you want to archive in the list box on the left.
  • ClickArchive projectto start backing up the data.
  • The project appears in the list box on the right.
  • As a result, the program has created an XXX.arafile.


Importing:

  • StartAllplan Building Costs.
  • SelectProject data -->Archive...
  • Click Pathand set the archive folder.
  • The project appears in the list box on the right; select it and click Restore archive.
  • If the program asks whether you want to create a copy, you are advised to do this to protect existing data.
  • The project appears in the list box on the left; you can now edit it.




Important information:

You can use this type of archiving to back up project data. Please note that this backup does not contain the complete database!
This type of archiving is very useful if you want to transfer data to technical support.
If you send a project, please do not forget to provide us with a detailed description of the problem.
This description should include the following information:

  • Program and version
  • When does the error occur? Or what did you do when the error occurred?
  • What does the error message say? A screenshot would be very helpful.
    (Pressing the Printkey copies the current contents of the screen to the Clipboard. Using CTRL+V, you can paste this screenshot into a Word document, save this file and send it to us.)
  • Office name or customer number and telephone number so that we can contact you.

We kindly ask you not to make any changes in the project in the meantime.

A note on fixed projects:
Please do not copy any data from a corrupt project to a fixed project as this may transfer the corrupt data to your current project!

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Version:  Allplan 2015 / Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013 / Allplan 2012 / Allplan 2011 / Allplan 2009  | Last modified: 11.07.2016
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Question:

How can I move NemSLock License Server to a new server?



Answer:

If you want to run NemSLock 2006 Server on a different or new server, you first need to render the license ineffective. For this, you still require the old server. After this, you need to contact Nemetschek Allplan Systems GmbH in order to activate the license for the new server.

As soon as you return the license, the status of the existing license is set to trial for 48 hours; then it will expire.

Note:Transfer the license to the new server while the old server is still available.

Do the following:

  • At the new server:install NemSLock 2006 Server with the temporary license files provided with the program.
  • At the clients:Exit Allplan on all workstations.
  • At the old server:return the license(s). Open NemSLock 2006 Server Console, click "Stop server", switch to "Modules" and click "Transfer license permanently". Then select "Next" and "Create". Click the "Send" button to send the .hwchs file you just created to "register@nemetschek.de" (provided an email program is installed and configured on this server). Otherwise, click "Browse" to open the folder with the .hwchs file in Windows Explorer. Now you can use any computer to send this file to the address mentioned above.
    Finally, click "Start server". The existing licenses are valid for two more days.
  • At the clients:for the time being the clients can continue to work with the old license server.
  • At the new server:After a few minutes, our server will send you an email confirming that the licenses have been returned. Now you can generate registration requests for all licenses. Next, install the licenses.
  • At the clients:Now you can switch the clients one after the other to the new server. To do this, open the License Manager by clicking Start -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek Softlock 2006 -> License Manager.




Tip:

To transfer the existing users to the new server, back up the Users.mcf file, which you can find in the program folder of NemSLock 2006 Server, and copy this file to the new server after the installation. Prior to copying the file, stop the "NemSLock Server 2006" Windows service, copy the file to the program folder and start this service again.

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Version:  Allplan 2017  | Last modified: 08.05.2019
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Question:

What license issues do I need to consider when upgrading from Allplan 2014/2015/2016 to Allplan 2017?



Answer:

Allplan 2016 introduced a new protection system. Since then licensing has been based on CodeMeter by Wibu Systems AG. Allplan 2017 uses this protection system, too.




1. Upgrading stand-alone workstations

1a. Stand-alone workstation - upgrading from Allplan 2016
The license for Allplan 2017 updates automatically. Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed. When you are prompted to select the license file, click 'Use active license'.
Follow the installation instructions.

Note: The licenses only update automatically when you upgrade. To install Allplan 2017 on a new computer, please read the following instructions: https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618131629.html

You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to http://connect.allplan.com/license

1b. Stand-alone workstation - upgrading from Allplan 2014 or 2015
Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed. When you are prompted to select the license file, click 'License activation'. Enter your Product Key (26-digit code) and click 'Activate license'. By activating your license, you connect it with your computer. Follow the installation instructions.
You can find detailed information at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618130717.html





2. Upgrading license server workstations

2a. License server workstations - upgrading from Allplan 2016
Start by updating your license(s) at the license server. After this, upgrade the clients.

Check the version of the license server. If you use the license server 2016-1-4 or later, you can find the version number (Build-ID) at bottom left in the License Settingsprogram. The version number should be at least 1.614.x.x. If you cannot see the Build-ID, you work with an older license server. In this case, update the license server first. Download the software for the license server from Allplan Connect.

You can find detailed information at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20160527114300.html

After having updated the licenses, you can upgrade Allplan at the clients. Start Setup and follow the instructions displayed. The license server license will be detected automatically on the network. When you are prompted to select the license file, click 'Use active license'. Follow the installation instructions.

Note: You can update the licenses only at a license server you have already installed. If you want to switch to Allplan 2017 and move the license server to a new server, please read the following instructions:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618134224.html
You can find your Product Key for Allplan 2016 in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to http://connect.allplan.com/license

2b. License server workstations - upgrading from Allplan 2014 or 2015

Start by installing the license server. After this, upgrade the clients.
You can find detailed information at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618084450.html


Downloading licenses from Allplan Connect

You can find your license for Allplan 2014 BCM and the activation code for Allplan 2017 IBDin Allplan Connect. As an extra servicewe provide the old licenses for hardlock stand-alone workstations, the temporary licenses for NemSLock and the Product Keys for the new software protection system. Click
Profile > License administration.
Only administrators can use this function.

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Version:  Allplan 2018  | Last modified: 18.05.2018
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Question:

Can I run Allplan 2018 on an Apple computer?



Answer:

Basically, you have two options to run Allplan 2018 on an Apple computer.


1. Allplan 2018 with Parallels Desktop 13

Quality assurance at Allplan tested this option with the following components:


Hardware requirements

  • iMac (end of 2015 or later)
  • Intel Core i5, i7 or i9 processor
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • 50 GB of free hard disk space
  • AMD graphics card or NVIDIA graphics card (Note: Parallels does not support OpenGL 3.3. Consequently, Allplan uses GDI+, and the graphics card is labeled as unsuitable by the system test.)


You can also use the following hardware, which was not tested:

  • MacBook Pro (end of 2015 or later)
  • Intel Core i7, i9
  • NVIDIA graphics card


Software requirements

  • Mac macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 or later
  • Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac
  • Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit
  • Allplan 2018-0-6 or later


Please note that running Allplan 2018 on Parallels Desktop 13 is much slower than running Allplan 2018 on a native Windows operating system.
Parallels Desktop 13 supports OpenGL 3.2. Therefore, Allplan 2018 must use the GDI+ mode, which is generally not suitable for architectural data. We do not recommend using this approach. Parallels Desktop 13 is available as a free 30-day version. So, you can test Parallels Desktop 13 for 30 days and see for yourself.

Important note: You cannot activate an Allplan trial license or presentation license with Parallels Desktop 13.



2. Allplan 2018 with Boot Camp

This option has not been tested by quality assurance at Allplan. With Boot Camp, Allplan 2018 runs on a native Windows operating system. Therefore, Allplan 2018 with Boot Camp is faster than Allplan 2018 with Parallels Desktop 13.
Make sure you use current hardware and software (Mac macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 or later).
We do not provide support for this installation.



Note:

You can find the software requirements and hardware requirements for Allplan 2018 on this page:

https://www.allplan.com/info/sys2018

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