1. Installation

1.1. System Requirements

1.1.1. Windows Vista, Windows7, Windows 8, Windows 10

The minimum configuration for using of the VDC Products under Windows is:

  • 2 GHz or faster processor
  • 8 GB system memory and 500 MB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL compatible professional 3D graphics card. See note in chapter 1.1.3.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0. .NET Framework v4.0 can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com 
  • Installing latest Windows updates and fixes from Mocrosoft is recommended

Note! Windows Vista must have "Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable" installed (x64 bit version)

Download link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632

1.1.2. Supported AutoCAD versions (VDC Modeler)

To install VDC Modeler, you need to have an Autodesk AutoCAD product installed.

The following versions are supported:

  • AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map3D or AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

If you do not have AutoCAD installed, you can still install VDC Explorer.

1.1.3. Graphics card note

We recommend professional workstation level graphics cards to be installed. These are for example NVIDIA Quadro and ATI FireGL / FirePro series. Also upper end NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon gaming cards are recommended.

Graphics cards that are meant for office and basic 2d uses are not recommended as they have limited 3d-graphics capabilities. These not recommended cards include NVIDIA NVS, ATI FireMV and all lower end integrated graphics chipsets like Intel G/GM. They don’t perform well with bigger models.

Generally it is always best to check that latest graphics card drivers are installed. Latest drivers can be downloaded from graphics card manufacturer’s web pages like www.nvidia.com and www.ati.com.

Note: NVIDIA drivers newer than 178.46 seems to work slower in VDC Explorer in some systems. If that happens it is recommended to install version 178.46 drivers. This might have been fixed in latest versions so always try first latest drivers and if there is problems go to older versions.

1.2. Installation

NOTE! The installation of VDC Products requires administrative privileges.

NOTE! AutoCAD needs to be started at least once before the installation with the user this installation is going to be done.

NOTE! Right-click on AutoCAD shortcut and select “Run as administrator”.

Run setup.exe for VDC Products from the installation media by double clicking on it. This will extract installation files and start the installation program. After this, you can follow the onscreen instructions.

Unattended install can be done using command line syntax:

msiexec.exe /i <msi filename> /qb