User Guide

ActCAD Network Licensing allows license floating between LAN connected computers. One NFL (Network Floating License) license key will allow one ActCAD client to work at a time in the network. If five NFL keys are purchased, you can use ActCAD in any five computers in LAN which are launched first. If ActCAD is closed in any client machine, the license will be transferred back to the ActCAD Network License Server (NLS). Thus, license will float between the NLS and client machines automatically. All you need is LAN connection (internet is not required). We support both Ethernet and Wifi connected computers.


Network license steps

ActCAD Network License Server (NLS) program is available inside ActCAD install directory. No need to install the server separately. Any regular computer can be used to Manage Network Licenses by ActCAD NLS. NLS will issue available licenses to clients on demand and get them back when ActCAD is closed on any client computer. This network communication is automatic and NLS should not be closed while clients using ActCAD licenses. Double click on "ActCADNetworkLicenseServer" file to launch it from the location shown below:


Network license steps

ActCAD NLS will get licenses from either USB Dongle or License File. You can choose one of these options based on your convenience (extra charges applicable forUSB dongle option). When you buy certain quantity of NFL keys, we will provide you either USB dongle or NFL Key as desired by you. You can split the purchased licenses if you want to use them in multiple networks. If NLS finds USB dongle in that computer, it will directly show available licenses. Otherwise it will look for the local license file. Activation needed first time to generate the license file.


Network license steps



Network license steps

In ActCAD Client computer, open the install directory/bin folder through windows explorer. Delete any files in this folder, and create a text file with name serverip.txt in that folder. Enter the IP address of ActCAD NLS server in this file and save. Now launch ActCAD in this computer and it will open if license is available at NLS.


Network license steps

ActCAD NLS will update the details of license availability and client PC details as shown below:


Network license steps

When ActCAD client in above Pc is closed, the license will be transferred back to NLS. Now the license is available for use by another computer in Network.


Network license steps

NETWORK LICENSE SERVER ACTIVATION STEPS:

  • Open the ActCADNetworkLicenseServer.exe from the Install directory.
  • Add license keys (one key per line) in activation dialog and submit.
  • In client PC, open ActCAD install directory/ bin folder and create a text file with name "serverip.txt". Delete any other files in this folder.
  • Enter the IP address of ActCAD NLS server in this file and save.
  • Now launch ActCAD in this computer and it will open if license is available at NLS.
  • ActCAD NLS will update the details of license availability and client PC details.
  • When ActCAD client in above PC is closed, the license will be transferred back to NLS.
  • Now the license is available for use by another computer in Network.

NOTE:
  • Do not Close ActCAD Network License Server if client machines are using ActCAD.
  • ActCAD is not supported on Windows SERVER OS.
  • Any normal computer with Windows Vista/7/8/10 OS can be used as ActCAD Netowork License Server.