Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to uninstall and reinstall CodeMeter or Wibukey drivers

As per a previous article “The Pros & Cons of CodeMeter License Borrowing” which explained the difference between a Wibukey and a CodeMeter key. It  highlighted the fact: Currently the full commercial version of ArchiCAD is licensed using WibuKey or CodeMeter hardware protection, allowing full functionality of the software. CodeMeter is currently the latest “model”.

There are times that it is important to update the driver for the WibuKey or CodeMeter due to a change made to your computer, for example installing a new Operating System. e.g. Upgrading your computer from Windows 7 Professional 32-bit to 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to 10.7 (Lion). Another reason would be due to experiencing an inconsistency with functionality of the keyplug.

The first place to start would be to go to the Graphisoft webpage WibuKey and CodeMeter Driver and CodeMeter Enabler download this has:

  • The following WibuKey drivers were tested by Graphisoft to use with ArchiCAD version 7.0 to version 15.
  • The CodeMeter drivers were tested for ArchiCAD version 10 to version 15

But in certain circumstances (e.g. you experience a problem with the keyplug responding after applying a new OS System update) it might be necessary to download the driver directly from WIBU – User Software if directed to do so by a support consultant.

Uninstalling an “older” Wikukey or CodeMeter driver for Windows

From the Windows – Start menu > Control Panel – if you have:

“View by: Category” selected, then click on “Programs Uninstall a program”

“View by: Large icons” selected, then click on “Programs and Features”

Then in the list you will find: CodeMeter Runtime Kit OR WibuKey Setup (Wibukey Remove). It is possible to find both CodeMeter and WibuKey drivers installed on the same computer, including more than one driver listed, in which case select one by one to delete. N.B. before uninstalling or reinstalling the key plug must not be plugged into the computer. To uninstall > double click item in list – Confirm all prompts.

Once you have done this you can now proceed to install the new driver you downloaded. After you have done this it is a good idea to restart your computer (a prompt might appear to do this)  then you can plug your key plug back into any available USB slot.

Uninstalling an “older” Wikukey or CodeMeter driver for Mac OS X

The uninstaller for CodeMeter is called “CmUninstall”

The uninstaller for WIBU is called “WkUninstall”

N.B. For Mac OS X it does not matter if the key plug is connected to the computer or not, it makes no difference.



Updated ArchiCAD Tutorials for ArchiCAD 15

Graphisoft recently updated 2 of their Interactive Training Programs for ArchiCAD 15.

These programs are made available for free as Interactive Training Guides. There are currently 6 such training modules available. The recently updated modules are ArchiCAD Collaboration Part 1 & Part 2. ArchiCAD Tutorials

ArchiCAD Collaboration Part 1 (ArchiCAD Teamwork)

The first part of the ArchiCAD Collaboration ITG gives a step-by-step introduction to GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD’s Teamwork concept.

The Teamwork concept introduced in ArchiCAD 13 revolutionizes BIM collaboration, changing the work methods of members of an architectural team, consultants and clients.

The completion of the guide requires 4-6 hours.

ArchiCAD Collaboration Part 2 (Collaboration Techniques)

The second part of the ArchiCAD Collaboration ITG deals with the complex collaboration techniques between GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD and various other programs. Among the covered themes are Hotlinked Modules, Project Mark-up, collaboration with structural and MEP engineers, examples for DWG-conversion, IFC, xRefs and many more.

The completion of the guide requires 5-8 hours.

Another course that was updated for ArchiCAD 15 is:

ArchiCAD Essentials

The ArchiCAD Essentials training package guides you through the creation of a 10.500 square meters office building. Users will be introduced to the core architectural design, design-development and documentation concepts and techniques of ArchiCAD.

The completion of the guide requires 5-8 hours.

Although the other Training Programs have not been updated to include ArchiCAD 15 “new features” their content is still relevant even though they were introduced for ArchiCAD 12. In other words once downloaded they can be opened from ArchiCAD 15.

Two of these modules are in-fact advanced training,

Advanced Modeling

This Advanced Guide covers the following topics:

  • Generic modeling: basic volumes and shapes;
  • Architectural modeling: structural grids, terrains, slanted- and composite walls, columns, beams, stairs and roofs;
  • Special openings: skylights, corner windows;
  • Special constructions: TrussMaker and RoofMaker.

The completion of the guide requires 3-5 hours.

Building Objects Creation

This Advanced Guide covers Graphisoft’s GDL Object Technology concept.

  • Saving 2D symbols and 3D models as GDL objects, rotating and adding material parameters to them;
  • Auto saving rectangular and non-rectangular openings and creating custom door panels;
  • Basic and advanced GDL scripting.

The completion of the guide requires 4-6 hours.

Last but not least is:

Experience BIM

This guide is intended to support your first BIM experiences by providing step by step instructions to build the Massaro House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design from 1950. The construction documentation was created with ArchiCAD by a Wright-expert architect, Thomas A. Heinz, AIA, based on Wright’s 5 original pencil drawings.

The completion of the guide requires 2-4 hours.

The Pros & Cons of CodeMeter License Borrowing

First some background

ArchiCAD requires a hardware protection key to run in unlimited “full” or “commercial” mode.

There have been different types of these hardware protection key over the years. Currently the full commercial version of ArchiCAD is licensed using WibuKey or CodeMeter hardware protection, allowing full functionality of the software. CodeMeter is currently the latest “model”. It is a USB device with a shiny metal body.

The previous “model” was called a Wibukey. The earlier version had a parallel port interface for PC or ADB port interface for Mac, with time a USB interface was introduced. Both the parallel port and USB version had a green plastic body.

Introduction to CodeMeter: 

CodeMeter key was introduced with ArchiCAD 13 in year 2009.

Changes in Software Protection System from ArchiCAD 13

For new ArchiCAD users, GRAPHISOFT provides the new CodeMeter protection key (developed by WIBU) with ArchiCAD 13+. Like the familiar WIBU-key protection system, you can use it to transfer the license from one machine to another.
If you use the CodeMeter NET key, you have the option to purchase the license borrowing feature from your ArchiCAD distributor. This feature lets users borrow a license for a limited time, without having to transfer the physical network protection key itself. Consult your distributor for details on how to purchase the various types of borrowable licenses.

CodeMeter can still run ArchiCAD 10, 11 & 12. But to do this a CodeMeter Enabler needs to be downloaded and installed. Click here!

License Borrowing

The License Borrowing feature – available only with the CodeMeter NET protection system – allows individual users to “borrow” a license key temporarily if they will be going off-site, to enable use of the software even when the license server is not accessible – e.g. when visiting the client or on a business trip. This technology significantly reduces the risk of a lost or stolen hardware key.

The user can borrow a license with a single click using the ArchiCAD interface, and return it before it expires so that other users can access it.

You can purchase borrowable licenses with your NET key up to the number of ArchiCAD licenses available in the key. E.g. if you have a NET-10 key, you can make any or all of the 10 licenses borrowable.

There are two types of license borrowing:

CodeMeter “Act” (Soft) License Borrowing: The borrowed license is represented by a license file on your computer – this license file is specific to the computer and cannot be transferred to another computer. After the borrowing period the license will automatically be released to the server. The license can also be manually released before the borrowing period is up. This license type is recommended for laptop users who wish to travel without a physical hardware protection key.
CodeMeter “Key” License Borrowing: The license is borrowed into a physical CodeMeter hardware key. This is recommended for users who wish to take a license away to be used on their home (or any other) computer. The advantage of this compared to having a single-license hardware key is that losing the key does not mean losing the license, as borrowed licenses are automatically returned to the server after the expiration date.

CodeMeter “Act” (Soft) License Borrowing (CMA) and CodeMeter “Key” License Borrowing (CMK) are two different products. Only one type of borrowable license is allowed per CodeMeter NET key. If you want to buy both “Act” and “Key” borrowable licenses, you need to have 2 separate Codemeter NET keys – although we do NOT recommend having two NET keys in the same local network.

CodeMeter protection known issues Click here!

CodeMeter Error Codes Click here!

CodeMeter and License borrowing – “DO NOT”

As long as any of the licenses are in borrowed state,

  • do not uninstall the CodeMeter driver 
  • do not change the server computer’s IP address or hostname
  • do not reinstall the operating system on the server
  • do not transfer the key into an other computer even with the same network specification

All of these can be done after all licenses are returned and after the changes are made borrowing can be used again. If the server key has been already corrupted: contact your local distributor.