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Guidelines for installing and updating AC10.

All AC installation files are located at 3 Resources/AC/AC Program Files. All the files for AC10 are in the '10' folder.

Initial Installation (The AC version in question is not installed):

Open the AC10-USA.dmg file. This is a disk image of the AC installation CD. (On an Intel Mac, use the file AC10-USA-Mactel.dmg) Run the Archicad installer. You should generally accept the defaults: Commercial version, Typical install, install in Applications/Graphisoft. Dock icon yes, desktop icon no. The installer will ask you to restart when it's finished.

Note: The AC installation itself doesn't require a restart. The restart is to finalize the installation of the WIBU driver, the software that recognizes the protection key. AC is just an application, but the WIBU driver is placed deep in the system.

Once the WIBU driver is installed with the original installation, AC itself can be installed or updated via drag and drop instead. Since we're doing a drag install, I can customize the Archicad 10 folder in advance. The customizations include:

• Several standard add-ons, which we now need to download instead of getting from the CD or updater.

• Deleting the Eventlogger left over from the beta test, which they forgot to take out. Deleting all the FindOutMore junk.

• Adding a link to this site to the WWWLinks folder, so it shows up on the help menu.

Whenever an update is released, I run it, battle the installer, track down the workarounds for the update failing, etc, and place a pretty new 'ArchiCAD 10' folder at 3 Resources/AC/AC Program Files/10/Drag Install.

Therefore: If this isn't the initial installation, either because it's an update or you're restoring the app for some reason, don't run the installer, and don't run any updater.

Update installation (Current major release (10, etc) has been installed before):

Rename your Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 10 to 'ArchiCAD 10 OLD'

Locate the appropriate Drag Install folder at 3 Resources/AC/AC Program Files/10/.

Important: There are separate folders for PowerPC (regular Mac) and the new Intel Macs. At this writing, we're still mostly PPC, and if you have a new Mactel you probably know it.

Drag Install Folders

Drag that 'ArchiCAD 10' folder to your Applications/Graphisoft folder.

Remove your current AC icon from the dock. It points to the old folder. Drag the new AC (Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 10/ArchiCAD 10) to the dock in its place.

DWG Translators:

Since the DWG Translators don't live in the ArchiCAD folder, you have to do them separately. They are located in your home Library at Application Support/Graphisoft/DXF-DWG Translators. There are several files placed there by the initial installation. Our default translators are these:

• Export Default 2002.Xml

• Export Default 2004.Xml

• Import Default.Xml

For a new installation, you need to get these files and place them in your local Home/Library/Application Support/Graphisoft/DXF-DWG Translators. The files are kept at 3 Resources/AC/DWG Translators/DXF-DWG Translators. This folder contains the translators that ship with AC as well.

For updates, the translators should already be there, and they will be unaffected by the update.

Preferences and Work Environment:

And really, the important part of the prefs is the Work Environment.

For a new installation, you will need to import the WE. Read this.

For updates, the prefs should not be affected, and no WE import is needed.

Append Date:

Not an AC component, but you can't follow our workflow without it. Full treatment of Append Date is here.

If, for some reason, you don't have it, you need it. It lives at 3 Resources/Software. Copy it to your local Applications/Utilities folder, and make sure it's on the dock.