user`s manual

USER'S MANUAL
01
INSTALLATION IN WINDOWS
Download the installation package from www.prodlib.com. Note that Autodesk applications
and ArchiCAD use separate packages.
Begin the installation by double clicking the “ProdLibSetup.exe” file.
If you're not logged in as administrator, start installation by clicking the ProdLibSetup.exe
file with the right mouse button and select the option “run as administrator”.
NOTE
These instructions are applicable for
installation, registration and usage of
the ProdLib application.
ProdLib works as an independent
application in Windows 64-bit environment and together with AutoCAD
LT, AutoCAD, Revit and ArchiCAD
software.
ProdLib requires AutoCAD or Revit
version 2013 or newer.
Installation requires administrative
rights.
1. Start installation and follow the instructions on the screen.
Click “Next” to proceed.
2. Accept the License Agreement and click “Next” to proceed.
02
INSTALLATION IN WINDOWS
Continue the installation procedure,
3. Confirm and begin installation by selecting “Install”.
4. You will be notified after a successful installation.
03
INSTALLATION IN MAC OS
Download the installation package for ArchiCAD Mac OS from www.prodlib.com and unzip it.
If you have ArchiCad open, please close the program for the changes to take effect.
NOTE
ProdLib for Mac OS is only compatible with ArchiCAD
1. Copy the ProdLib XX.bundle to the corresponding ArchiCAD Add-Ons folder.
2. Start ArchiCAD again. ProdLib can now be found under the Options menu.
04
DOWNLOADING LIBRARIES
After the installation is complete, the Library Manager window will automatically open.
Here you can browse available product libraries and choose which ones you want to
install.
1. Go to “Available Libraries” tab
NOTE
You can open the Library Manager
by clicking on the ProdLib icon in the
Windows system tray.
2. Install library
05
REGISTRATION
When you install content for the first time, you will be prompted to register a ProdLib
user account. Follow the instructions to do so.
After successful registration, you must approve the EULA agreement. Once approved,
application starts to download manufacturer specific content. Depending on the speed
of your network connection, download can take 2-10 minutes. Once the library is downloaded, ProdLib is ready to be used.
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NOTE
In case you don’t receive the activation e-mail within a few minutes,
please check the spam folder in
case the automatic activation mail
got filtered as spam.
1. If you already have a ProdLib account, enter
the email associated with it. Otherwise, click
"Register".
2. Fill the contact information form and continue
by selecting the arrow.
3. An activation email will be sent to you. Click
the activation link to complete registration.
06
CREATING SHORTCUTS
The ProdLib standalone application can be used to browse product libraries and to
open technical documents.
A method to make using ProdLib more convenient is to create manufacturer specific
shortcuts to you desktop.
1. Open Library Browser by clicking
the ProdLib icon in Windows notification area and select "Browse
Libraries".
2. Click on desired library with right mouse button
and select "Add Shortcut to Desktop"
3. A shortcut is added to your desktop.
Open the standalone library from the shortcut.
07
USAGE AS A STAND ALONE APPLICATION
With many CAD software, including AutoCAD LT, CADS, DraftSight, ZWCAD and others,
ProdLib is used with the stand alone drag & drop interface.
Click the ProdLib icon in the Windows notification area and choose "Browse Libraries". Open
the library you want to use.
1. Browse the library to find a suitable product
2. Drag and drop into CAD software
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USAGE WITH AUTOCAD
1. Select the ProdLib tab
NOTE
ProdLib is integrated directly into the
AutoCAD ribbon menu system.
2. Open the desired
product library
3. Browse the library to find the item
you want to insert
4. Insert item by dragging the file directly into AutoCAD or clicking the Insert button
09
USAGE WITH REVIT
1. Select the ProdLib tab
NOTE
ProdLib does not support Revit LT.
2. Open the desired
product library
3. Browse the library to find the item
you want to insert
4. Insert item by clicking the Insert button.
10
USAGE WITH ARCHICAD
The ProdLib library can be found from the Options menu.
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DOWNLOAD LIBRARIES WITH ARCHICAD
Select the library you want to download and click "Download". When the download is
complete, click "Add to project" to make the library available for your current project.
12
REGISTRATION WITH ARCHICAD
The first time you download content, a pop up will appear asking you to enter an email address for registration purposes.
Enter your email and click "Ok." You will be taken to the registration website.
Fill all the information fields and click "Register". An activation email will be sent to you.
NOTE
Your email client might prevent any
hyperlinks from appearing in the
email out of precaution. You might
have to select in your email client to
allow all content within the email to
show.
If it appears you haven't received the
activation email, check your spam
folder.
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ACTIVATING YOUR ACCOUNT
After receiving the activation email, click this link
to activate your ProdLib account
NOTE
Once you have completed
registration, continue with
downloading product libraries
as shown in section 10.
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ADDING PRODUCTS TO ARCHICAD PROJECTS
2. Browse the added library
to find the product you want
1. Select the
Object tool
3. Change parameters to suit your project
4. Click Ok to add the product
15
UPDATING PRODLIB
ProdLib will notify you at the bottom of the Library Manager window when there's a new
version available.
You can also update ProdLib from the Settings tab.
Click to update ProdLib
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UPDATING PRODUCT LIBRARIES
ProdLib checks automatically if the content in the product library is up to date. If new
content is available, an automatic notification will appear in the Windows notification area.
To start a library update, open the Library Manager. If new content or updates to existing
content is available, the “update” button will be visible.
NOTE
Libraries marked with green checkmarks are up to date
Click to update library
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FORCING LIBRARY UPDATES
If you suspect issues have occurred in content downloads, it's possible to perform a forced
library update.
Start the update by hovering mouse over the library you want to update and click the black
“Force update of this library" icon.
NOTE
You can remove libraries by clicking
the red "Delete Library" icon.
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QUESTIONS?
If you have any issues or questions about registration or usage of ProdLib application,
please contact us at info@prodlib.com
You can also find some frequently asked questions and video of the installation on the
ProdLib homepage at www.prodlib.com