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Version:  Allplan 2021 / Allplan 2020 / Allplan 2019 / Allplan 2018  | Last modified: 18.01.2021
 

Allplan from version 2011

Parts of Allplan 2011 have been reprogrammed and are completely new. Allplan uses a graphics library, which has been developed especially for CAD programs and visualization tasks. Depending on the data type and application, the display speed of Allplan is much higher than that of earlier versions, and refresh operations are considerably shorter. What's more, you can create hidden line images in real time.
This new technology is not a one-to-one implementation of the software-based solution in the previous version. Instead, a hardware-based approach is used. When it comes to data processing, the graphics card takes on much of the work. The different behavior of these two technologies that may occur in some parts is inherent. Therefore, the resulting display and refresh operations may differ slightly from what you are used to.



General graphics card requirements for Allplan

To fully exploit hardware acceleration capabilities, you require an Open GL 2.0 and DirectX10 (chip-based) compatible graphics card with 512 MB or more memory. Although Windows XP does not support DirectX10, Allplan only requires the chip-based support of the graphics card to manage the graphics library. OpenGL 2.0 is used in 2D and in visualization windows. These changes employ the latest technology in graphic display, so selecting a capable graphics card, and using the proper drivers is essential.

For more information on graphics card specifications, go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_AMD_graphics_processing_units
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_NVIDIA_graphics_processing_units#Quadro)



Professional graphics cards versus Consumer-Level cards

Graphic card manufacturers typically have different product lines targeted for "gamers" and "professional users". While the hardware setup is very similar in case of both cards, there are key differences in their firmware and driver. "Consumer-Level cards" (such as Nvidia GeForce and AMD/ATI Radeon) are optimized for 3D games and technologically designed for DirectX10, as speed is more important than image quality.
Typically a 3D model in a game contains a low number of polygons with textures applied to them, while in CAD applications polygon count is high, and the image quality of wireframe models or shaded models is more important than navigation speed. Also, professional cards' memory usage is optimized for using multiple application windows, while in gaming this is not relevant.
Another key difference between the two product lines is the way they are delivered and supported. Professional cards (such as Nvidia Quadro and AMD/ATI FireGL/PRO) are built according to the video chip manufacturer's references, so you can always be sure that the driver delivered by the video chip manufacturer (such as Nvidia or AMD/ATI) fits your card.
The manufacturers of Consumer-Level cards (such as ASUS, Sapphire, Gigabyte, PNY and so on) may diverge from the chip manufacturer's references, so their drivers may not be compatible with the chip manufacturer's reference driver. Also, the product life cycle and driver release cycles are much shorter in case of gaming cards, usually 6 months up to 1 year at most and a 1-year warranty period maximum.

Example: comparison of graphics cards

Consumer-Level cards
Professional graphics cards / workstation
Products
Radeon
FireMV
FireGL/Pro
Mobility FireGL/Pro
Markets
  • Private customers: desktop systems and notebook systems
  • Corporate desktop systems
  • Corporate CAD and DCC desktop systems and notebook systems
Applications
  • Home/office publishing, productivity, multimedia, games, Internet
  • Finance, clearance, logistics, airport information displays
  • CAD/CAM/CAE, AEC, DCC, GIS, MI, visual simulation, scientific research/imaging
Certification
  • WHQL certification
  • Industrial applications
  • WHQL certification
  • Professional 3D applications
  • WHQL certification
Operating
systems
  • Windows 98SE / Me / XP
  • Windows Vista,
    Windows 7
  • Windows XP, XP64,Vista, Vista 64, Windows 7, Windows 7 64
  • Linux
Drivers
  • Optimized for DirectX
  • Basic Open GL
  • Optimized and designed for DirectX
  • Optimized and advanced Open GL
Life cycle
  • Available for 1 year on average
  • Available for 2-3 years on average
Support
  • Basic, private customers
  • Direct access to dedicated support by trained technicians
Warranty
  • 1 year
  • 3 years with replacementof components




Professional graphics cards versus Consumer-Level cards

Professional graphics cards differ considerably from "Consumer-Level cards" for private users with regard to specific market segments with special requirements:

  • Extensive application tests and certifications with CAD providers
  • Optimized and advanced support for API as well as further developments
  • Longer product life cycles and availability
  • Direct product support
  • Longer warranty period


Nemetschek Allplan GmbH cooperates with Nvidia und AMD to test graphics card drivers for the Nvidia FX Quadro/ Quadro and AMD/ATI FireGL/ Fire Pro series. These product lines are tested, certified and recommended for Allplan by Nemetschek Allplan Systems GmbH.

For more information on certified graphics cards, go to:

www.nemetschek.eu/info/grafikkarten
www.nemetschek.eu/info/graphiccards

There are four different categories and areas:

Graphics cardApplicationQuality testsStatus
Gaming graphics cards3D GamesTested / not testedNot recommended
    
Professional graphics cards3D basisCertified and recommendedEnd of life
    
Professional graphics cards3D performanceCertified and recommendedEnd of life
    
Professional graphics cards3D high performanceCertified and recommendedEnd of life




Recommended graphics cards for laptops (Windows)

For reasons detailed above, we cannot recommend any specific card and driver combination for laptops. However, there are professional graphics cards available for high-end laptops such as NVidia FX Quadro & Quadro NVidia "M" or AMD/ATI FireGL & FirePro "Mobility".
These graphics cards are just as good as their desktop counterparts.
Laptops with Consumer-Level cards have been tested only briefly and cannot be recommended. We have had bad experience with on-board Intel graphics cards.



Graphics cards drivers for Apple Macintosh

Since Macs come with a default graphics card (on-board or gaming), and the drivers are bundled with system updates, we cannot recommend a specific card.
Graphics cards for MacOsX 10.6 (Leopard) or later and Boot Camp support Open GL 2.0 and DirectX10. Currently, there is only one series that is equipped with a professional graphics card: Mac Pro with NVidia FX4800 for Mac.


Notes for Allplan and Macintosh:

  • There is no provision for a direct installation under Macintosh.
  • Access to Windows must be straight from the Boot Camp installation.
  • For performance reasons, Parallels Desktop cannot be used in conjunction with Nemetschek Allplan.


We kindly ask you to understand that Nemetschek Allplan cannot provide support for Boot Camp installations.



Installing graphics cards drivers (Windows)

Graphics cards only work properly if they have a hardware provider supplied driver (not system built-in driver) installed correctly. It may happen that remnants of a previous installation interfere with the current driver installation. If you experience display issues with the drivers listed below, please "clean-install" the driver again. "Clean-install" means removing all previous driver files before installing a new driver. Unfortunately, a simple uninstall may not efficiently remove all components of a driver. There are tools that can do it, like ATI's cat uninstaller or third-party tools like driver cleaner or driver cleaner pro 1.5.



Graphics card drivers for laptops (Windows)

In most cases, graphic card drivers for laptops are supplied by the laptop manufacturer, and graphic card provider supplied drivers will not install on laptops. This makes it practically impossible for us to test laptop graphics cards. If you are experiencing display issues with your laptop, and your supplier does not offer you a driver update, you might try - at your own risk - to tweak a desktop driver to work on your laptop. Note that this is obviously not encouraged by your laptop supplier.

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Version:  Allplan 2021 / Allplan 2020 / Allplan 2019 / Allplan 2018 / Allplan 2017 / Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 30.09.2020
 

Question:

How can I make several projects available to users when Workgroup Manager is installed?



Answer:

You can make several projects available to a user or define a user as the project owner of several projects.

Do the following:

First, log in as the Allplan administrator.
If necessary, set up an Allplan user for the new Windows user: Services application -> Workgroup Manager -> Configuration -> Add a user
(Allplan 2014 and later:Services application -> Workgroup Manager ->Administer users)

Start Allplan and then ProjectPilot by clicking
File -> ProjectPilot

Open the Projects folder in the area on the left.
You can see all the projects in the Contents of "Projects" area on the right.

a. Making several projects available to users:
In the area on the right, select the projects to which you want to add users or from which you want to remove users (CTRL or SHIFT key or use a selection rectangle).

Click one of the selected projects with the mouse button. On the shortcut menu, click
Add / remove authorized users...
The Add / Remove Authorized Usersdialog box opens.

Select the users you want to add to or remove from the selected projects.
Note:
The user list displayed only helps you select users. It does not list all the authorized users currently assigned to projects.

Click Addor Remove.
This adds or removes the selected users to or from the selected projects. Whether users you have already added to a project are added again is irrelevant. The same applies if you remove users you have never added to a project.

b. Defining a project owner for several projects
In the area on the right, select the projects for which you want to define the owner (CTRL or SHIFT key).

Click one of the selected projects with the mouse button. On the shortcut menu, click
Change project owner...
The Define Owner dialog box opens.

Select the user you want to define as the owner of the selected projects.
Note: The user list displayed helps you select users. You can define only one user as the owner.

Click OK.

c. Defining a project owner for a project or making a project available to several users(also applies to earlier versions):
In ProjectPilot in the area on the right, click the relevant project with the right mouse button. On the shortcut menu, click Properties.
The Properties for <project name>dialog box opens. Switch to the Security tab and define the owner and the authorized users.



Note:

You can add or remove project users or define the project owner only if the projects in question are in the current Allplan format.

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Version:  Allplan 2015 / Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013  | Last modified: 30.11.2017 17:22
 

Question:

How to install and run NemSLock Server?



Answer:

Before installing, check whether the package you received includes the following items:

  • Temporary licenses for NemSLock Server, e.g. 1234567a_001_psd.nslsrv
  • Temporary licenses for clients, e.g. 1234567a_001_psd_client.nslock



How to install NemSLock Server

  • Start the Setup program for NemSLock Server. You can find the latest Setup program on our FTP server:

ftp://nemhotline:ha37jvg8f@ftp.nemetschek.de/download/Allplan/Lizenzserver/2014/allplan2014-nemslock-lizenz.zip

  • Select one of the temporary license files for NemSLock Server. These licenses are valid for 30 days. However, each license includes only one seat of each configuration purchased. The full number of seats purchased will be available to you as soon as you have installed the registered licenses (see below). If you purchased a configuration for one seat only, you will, of course, receive only one temporary license.
  • When you opt for the “Custom” setup type, you can choose between the following program features:
    Console
    You can use this program to administer NemSLock Server. You can also install the console on more workstations so that you can administer the server from a number of different locations. However, you can only connect one console to the server at any one time.
    Server
    The actual license server.
    Logviewer
    This tool analyzes the log files of NemSLock Server.

By default, Setup installs all these features.
If you have several temporary licenses for NemSLock Server, use the server console to install the remaining licenses after the installation. The procedure is described in the section "How to install licenses".


How to register licenses

  • Open NemSLock 2006 Server Console by clicking the corresponding icon on the desktop or by selecting Start -> All Programs -> NemSLock 2006 Server -> NemSLock 2006 Server Console.
  • Click "Modules" on the left.
  • Select the seat you want to register. If your license includes configurations for several seats, you must send a separate registration request for each seat. You will then receive a registered license file for each seat. You must install each file.
  • Click the "Registration request (register.txt)" button.
  • Click "Edit".
  • You must fill out all fields marked with an asterisk (*). Make sure you enter your email address correctly, because the registered license file will be sent to this address (and not to the address of the person who sent the registration request!). Click OK to confirm.
  • Click "Create registration request". Windows Explorer opens and shows the register.txt file. If this window is closed, you can find this file in the program folder of NemSLock Server. If you installed the program to the path proposed, the path is:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Nemetschek\NemSLock Server 2006\Programs\License
  • Now you can use all the options provided by Windows Explorer to copy the registration file to a computer with Internet access on the network. Alternatively, you can also use an USB stick. You can then email this file to us.
  • Send the email with the registration request to register@nemetschek.de



How to install licenses

  • Open NemSLock 2006 Server Console.
  • Click "Stop server" on the left.
  • Click "Modules" on the left.
  • Click "Browse" to navigate to the registered license file.
  • Click "Install license file".
  • After this, you can start the server again by clicking "Start server".



How to set up users (optional)

  • predefined user ALLis created automatically. If there is no other user, each user is given the privileges of the user ALL. By default, this user can use all licenses but cannot check out any licenses. By double-clicking the user, you can change the user&apos;s privileges.
  • predefined user ALLallows all users to use licenses. In order to do this, the users must be able to access the server. You do not need to create individual user profiles until you want to assign specific rights to individual users or limit access to selected users. predefined user ALL. If you want to work only with individual users, you should deactivate the predefined user ALL by revoking the user&apos;s right to use licenses.
  • predefined user ALL has administrator privileges unless another user is created and appointed as the administrator. As soon as you have appointed an administrator, ALL no longer has administrator privileges.
  • You can enter users in the “Users.mcf” file. predefined user ALL has administrator privileges again. In addition, each user can once again administer the license server using the console.
  • The administrator user is not a special user. If there are several administrator users, only one administrator user can start the console for this license server at any one time.
  • If you are setting up users without giving administrator privileges to anyone, the program will ask you whether you want to appoint yourself as the administrator.


You can also specify a domain (user authentication for Windows server). However, this is not mandatory. If you do not specify a domain, the program uses the Windows user name for each user.

The program writes the user accounts and the associated access rights as ASCII text to the users.mcf file.

You can find this file in the \Programs folder of the NemSLock Server installation. You cannot rename, delete or move this file. If the program can no longer connect to this file, you must exit NemSLock Server, restart it and enter all users again from scratch. predefined user ALLis retained.

Note:
Experienced administrators can use the PowerShell script NemGenUsers.ps1. This file is in the \Programs folder of the NemSLock Server installation or you can find it as an FAQ in Allplan Connect:

connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20120907161911.html



How to install and configure clients

  • Use one of the nslock license files you received to install the clients. Do not use the trial license or the license server license. It is irrelevant which of the client licenses you use, as the actual license will come from the license server later.
  • You do not need to register the clients.
  • When switching from Hardlock to NemSLock (server), you need to update the client using a nslock license file.


After having installed the client, you need to switch to the license server:

  • Start -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager
  • If the license server window is not visible, select "Configure NemSLock Server" at the bottom. Lock this window. All you need to do is click the drawing pin icon.
  • Enter the computer name or IP address of the license server in the empty box. Then click the "Update” icon to the right.
  • Now the user can select one of the seats provided.
  • After having successfully connected to the license server, clear the check boxes for the trial licenses in the area at the top.
  • Click "Close" to complete the configuration. Now you can start Allplan.



Notes:

  • If a user selects several configurations for a seat and starts Allplan, the license server will provide the required licenses; in other words, starting Allplan once might require two licenses. Consequently, fewer licenses are available to other users.
  • 2014-1 and later: If the latest version of License Manager is installed (file version 1. 0. 26. 153 or later, see License Manager- Options- System), you can also select several licenses. If one of the selected licenses is currently being used by someone else, the program will automatically select the next available license.
  • Clients communicate with the server by TCP/IP via port 10977. So you need to configure the firewall accordingly.
  • The license server and the licenses are downward compatible; they can be used in conjunction with older Allplan versions.
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Version:  Allplan 2015 / Allplan 2014 / Allplan 2013 / Allplan 2012 / Allplan 2011  | Last modified: 08.05.2019
 

Question:

I would like to run the program on a different computer. How can I transfer the NemSLock license?



Information:

You can use the "Export/import - license transfer" tool to transfer an Allplan license temporarily from the registered computer to a different computer (a laptop, for example).
Licenses are always transferred between two specific computers. When you export the license from the source computer, you need to precisely specify the destination computer to which the license is to be transferred. A registered, running Allplan version must be installed on the source computer. At least a trial version of Allplan must be installed on the destination computer. Whether this trial version is still valid or has already expired is irrelevant.



Note:

The license should notbe transferred temporarily when you have bought a new computer and you want to run the program permanently on this new computer. The temporary license transfer is limited to 30 days. For more information please consult the online Help.


Answer:

Open the Services application -> Utilities -> License -> License Manager (NemSLock).

Select theExport/import - license transfertool.

You can choose between a transfer that is "Directly on the network" and one that is "Indirectly by transfer file". The direct transfer requires that the source computer and the destination computer are connected via a network. As opposed to the indirect transfer, you can also exchange licenses when you opt for the direct transfer.


A. Transferring the license directly

Preparing the destination computer for the license import

  1. Using the destination computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click the Export/import - license transfericon at the top. The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  3. Select Directly on the network.
  4. Select the (Re-)Import licenseoption.The computer name and IP address are displayed in a dialog box. You require one of these pieces of information to start the online transfer at the source computer.
  5. Click Reception.


Using the source computer to export the license file for the destination computer

  1. Using the source computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click the Export/import - license transfericon at the top. The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  3. Select Directly on the network.
  4. Select the Export license option. Enter the computer name or IP address of the destination computer. For the time limit, specify after how many days the license file is to be available at the source computer again. This will happen automatically as soon as this period expires.
  5. Click Finish.


Returning the license file to the source computer before the time limit expires

Source computer

  1. Using the source computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click the Export/import - license transfericon at the top. The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  3. Select Directly on the network.
  4. Select the (Re-)Import license option. The computer name and IP address are displayed in a dialog box. You require one of these pieces of information to start the online transfer at the source computer.
  5. Click Reception.


Destination computer

  1. Using the destination computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click the Export/import - license transfericon at the top. The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  3. Select Directly on the network.
  4. Select the Return license option. The "Return License" dialog box appears.
  5. Enter the name or IP address of the computer to which you want to return the license and click Return. A message appears announcing that the license has been exported to the destination computer.
  6. At each computer, clickOKto confirm.



B. Exchanging licenses while online

Specify which computer is to be the master and which computer is to have a subordinate role (slave).

Preparing the slave for the license exchange

  1. At one of the two computers, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Select the "Nemetschek Softlock License Manager" tab. Click the Export/import - license transfericon at the top.The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  3. Select Directly on the network.
  4. Select Exchange licenses -> Slave.The computer name and IP address are displayed in a dialog box. You require one of these pieces of information to start the online transfer at the source computer.
  5. Click Reception.



Exchanging license using the master

  1. Using the other computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click the Export/import - license transfericon at the top. The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  3. Select Directly on the network.
  4. Select Exchange licenses-> Master. Enter the computer name or IP address of the slave. For the time limit, specify after how many days the license file is automatically returned to the source computer.
  5. Click Finish.


Returning the exchanged licenses before the time limit expires

  1. Using the slave, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click Export/import - license transfer.The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  3. Select Directly on the network.
  4. Select Reverse license exchange -> Slave -> Reception.
  5. Using the master, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  6. Click Export/import - license transfer.The "License Transfer Wizard" dialog box opens.
  7. Select Directly on the network.
  8. Select Reverse license exchange -> Master. Check whether the proposed computer name or IP address of the slave is correct.
  9. Click Reverse.



C. Exchanging licenses while offline


Creating computer ID files for the source and destination computers

First you need to create two computer-specific ID files: one for the source computer and one for the destination computer. These files are valid until you change the hardware of the corresponding computer. If the hardware changes (adding a hard disk or a DVD/CD drive, for example), you need to create a new computer ID file.

To create a computer-specific ID file:

  1. Start the Nemetschek License Manager by clicking Start -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click the Export/import - license transfericon at the top and select Indirectly by transfer file.The "Offline License Transfer" dialog box is displayed.
  3. Select Create computer ID file.
  4. Click Browse...and specify the path where you want to save the computer ID file.
  5. Click Finish.


Note:

The folder you select must exist. The computer-specific COMPUTERNAME.nslid file is created in this folder.
If the source computer and the destination computer are connected on the network, you can specify the source and destination paths over the network without having to use storage media or email attachments.

Exporting the license file for the destination computer

  1. Using the source computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. At the top click Export/import - license transfer -> Indirectly by transfer file.The "Offline License Transfer" dialog box is displayed.
  3. Select the Export license option. The Import Computer IDdialog box is displayed.
  4. To export the license for a specific destination computer, do the following: Click Browse..., and select the computer ID file of the destination computer (name_of_destination_computer.nslid) and clickOpen. Click Next.
  5. For the time limit, specify after how many days the license file is automatically returned to the source computer.
  6. Click Create License Transfer Fileand clickOKto confirm. A file (name_of_destination_computer_date_time.NslTransfer) is created for the destination computer.


As soon as you have exported the license, Allplan no longer starts on the source computer.

Importing the license file into the destination computer

  1. Using the destination computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. At the top click Export/import - license transfer -> Indirectly by transfer file.The "License Transfer" dialog box is displayed.
  3. Select the (Re-)Import license option. Click Browse....and select the license file you want to import. Click Open.
  4. Click Import and clickOKto confirm.



Note:

Each license file can be imported just once. For this reason, the file name is preceded by the word "used_" after the import.

Returning the license file to the source computer before the time limit expires

  1. Using the destination computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  2. Click Export/import - license transfer -> Indirectly by transfer file.The "Offline License Transfer" dialog box is displayed.
  3. Select the Return license option.
  4. Click Browse...and select the path where you want to save the license file returned. Then click OKto confirm.
  5. Click Return and clickOKto confirm.
  6. Using the source computer, start the Nemetschek License Manager by clickingStart -> (All) Programs -> Nemetschek -> Nemetschek SoftLock 2006 -> License Manager.
  7. Select the "Nemetschek Softlock License Manager" tab. Click License transfer -> Offline license transfer. The "Offline License Transfer" dialog box is displayed.
  8. Select the (Re-)Import license option.
  9. Click Browse...and select the corresponding license file. Then click Open.
  10. Click Import and clickOKto confirm.
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