Installing for a Single User

This page describes how to install Design Master Photometrics for a single user.

Install the Software

Download and run the latest installer.

Configure AutoCAD

After the software is installed, AutoCAD needs to be configured. If you have multiple versions of AutoCAD on your computer, this needs to be done for each version of AutoCAD.
If you are using BricsCAD, see the instructions below.
To configure AutoCAD:

  1. Open the “install.dwg” file in the “Admin” folder where Design Master Photometrics is installed
    (Typically C:\Program Files\Design Master Software\Admin). If you are given a warning that the file is in use or read-only, press the Yes button to open the drawing in read-only.
  2. Type APPLOAD at the command line.
  3. Browse to the “Admin” folder.
    (Typically C:\Program Files\Design Master Software\Admin.)
  4. Select the “photo-loadInAutoCAD.vlx” file and press the Load button.
  5. Press the Close button.
  6. You will be asked to select an installation type. Press the Local button.The Network and Network Laptop buttons are used when installing the software for multiple users.
  7. You will be asked to configure your installation settings. The default folder locations are provided for you. Press the OK button to finish the configuration.
  8. The first time you run a command, you will be asked if you want to try the software, purchase a license, or install a license. Press the Install License button, enter the license ID and password we emailed to you, and press the Activate button.

Configure BricsCAD

After the software is installed, BricsCAD needs to be configured.
If you are using AutoCAD, see the instructions above.
To configure BricsCAD:

  1. Open the “install.dwg” file in the “Admin” folder where Design Master Photometrics is installed (Typically C:\Program Files\Design Master Software\Admin).
  2. Type APPLOAD at the command line.
  3. Press the Add button.
  4. Select the “photo-loadInAutoCAD.des” file and press the Open button.
  5. Press the Load button.
  6. You will be asked to select an installation type. Press the Local button. The Network and Network Laptop buttons are used when installing the software for multiple users.
  7. You will be asked to configure your installation settings. The default folder locations are provided for you. Press the OK button to finish the configuration.
  8. The first time you run a command, you will be asked if you want to try the software, purchase a license, or install a license. Press the Install License button, enter the license ID and password we emailed to you, and press the Activate button.

Fixing an Incorrect Configuration

If the software is configured incorrectly and needs to be fixed, it is simplest to remove it from AutoCAD or BricsCAD and then put it back.

  1. Type APPLOAD at the command line.
  2. Browse to the “Admin” folder where Design Master Photometrics is installed (Typically C:\Program Files\Design Master Software\Admin).
  3. Open the “dm-unloadFromAutoCAD.vlx” or “dm-unloadFromAutoCAD.des” file and press the Load button.
  4. Press the Close button.
  5. Restart AutoCAD or BricsCAD and confirm that Design Master Photometrics is not being loaded.
  6. Configure AutoCAD or BricsCAD as described above.

Installing Updates

To install an update to the software, download the installer using the links in the “Installing Design Master on the Network” section and run it.

You need to have AutoCAD or BricsCAD closed when you run the update installer.

None of your existing customization will be overwritten during the update process.

Limited Privileges Installer

Some Windows configurations that limit install privileges do not work well with our installer. We provide this limited privileges installer to help with those cases.

First, download and run the regular installer from above.

After you have run that installer, download and run the limited privileges installer: