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Installing an AutoCAD Add-in for a Single User

This page describes how to install Design Master HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, or Photometrics for a single user.

Run the Installer

Download and run the latest installer from these links:

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 is installed. The default install location is C:\Program Files\Design Master Software\Admin.
  2. Type appload at the command line.
  3. Browse to the Admin folder. The default install location is C:\Program Files\Design Master Software\Admin.
  4. Select the VLX file that corresponds to the program you are loading and press the Load button.
    • HVAC: hvac-loadInAutoCAD.vlx
    • Electrical: elec-loadInAutoCAD.vlx
    • Plumbing: plumb-loadInAutoCAD.vlx
    • Photometrics: photo-loadInAutoCAD.vlx
  5. Press the Close button.
  6. Press the Local button.The Network and Network Laptop buttons are used when installing the software for multiple users.
  7. The folders should all be set correctly. Press the Ok button to finish the configuration.
  8. You will be asked if you want to install your license file. Press the Yes button, then select the license ZIP file we previously emailed to you.

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 is installed. The default install location is C:\Program Files\Design Master Software\Admin.
  2. Type appload at the command line.
  3. Press the Add button.
  4. Select the DES file that corresponds to the program you are loading.
    • HVAC: hvac-loadInAutoCAD.des
    • Electrical: elec-loadInAutoCAD.des
    • Plumbing: plumb-loadInAutoCAD.des
    • Photometrics: photo-loadInAutoCAD.des
  5. Press the Open button.
  6. Press the Load button.
  7. Press the Local button.The Network and Network Laptop buttons are used when installing the software for multiple users.
  8. The folders should all be set correctly. Press the Ok button to finish the configuration.
  9. You will be asked if you want to install your license file. Press the Yes button, then select the license ZIP file we previously emailed to you.

Installing a New License File

Each year, we will send you a new license file when you renew your subscription to Design Master. To install the license file, go to DM HVAC/Electrical/Plumbing/Photometrics->Help->Install License. Select the ZIP file that we sent to you. It will automatically be extracted to the correct location. You will be prompted to restart AutoCAD after the license is installed.

Installing Updates

To install an update to the software, download the installer using the links in the Install the Software section and run it.

When installing an update, it is necessary to update all three programs at the same time. You do not want to update one program and not the others.

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.

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