Pointwise Installation

Pointwise Installation
Pointwise Installation
3.2 Pointwise Quick Installation Guide
This document provides instructions for installing the Pointwise grid generation software on Windows, Linux, and Mac
The Pointwise installer is used after the FlexNet license server has been installed, either recently or with a previous
installation of Pointwise, and is denoted by pw-* at the beginning of the installer filename. If you have not installed the
license server yet, see the License Server Installation chapter before proceeding with these Pointwise installation
Administrative Privileges
For all platforms it is recommended that you install Pointwise as Administrator whenever possible.
When installing without Admin privileges on a Mac platform, you may receive a prompt for an Administrator password.
Click Cancel; then click Ignore for the next message that appears. Select a writable directory for installation and continue
with the remainder of the installation instructions.
Pointwise Download and Installation
Follow these instructions if you are installing Pointwise for the first time or alongside existing Pointwise installations.
For Windows and Linux platforms, there are two different types of installers:
• A Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installation which is denoted by *-jre at the end of the filename, and
• An installation without a bundled JRE which is denoted by *-nojre at the end of the filename.
Since most systems will already have a valid JRE and the bundled JRE adds approximately 20MB to the installer size, most
users will be able to download the smaller version of installer which does not include a JRE.
Note: If installing from CD instead of download, you will need to copy the file in Step 1 from the CD’s root
directory into a temporar y director y and proceed to Step 2.
1. Using your internet browser, go to http://www.pointwise.com/download. Download one of the following
files according to your platform to a temporary directory:
File with bundled JRE
File without bundled JRE
Windows 32-bit
Windows 64-bit
Mac OS X
(32-bit and 64-bit)
Linux 32-bit
Linux 64-bit
2. Start the installation process by performing the following actions for your platform from the temporary directory:
Windows 32-bit
Double-click pw-V17.0R1-win32-*.exe.
Windows 64-bit
Double-click pw-V17.0R1-win64-*.exe.
Mac OS X
1. Double-click pw-V17.0R1-macosx.dmg in the Finder.
(32-bit and 64-bit)
2. Double-click Pointwise Installer.app.
Linux 32-bit
Enter sh ./pw-V17.0R1-linux-*.sh in an X11 terminal window.
Linux 64-bit
Enter sh ./pw-V17.0R1_x86_64-*.sh in an X11 terminal window.
Note that for Windows and Linux platforms, if you have chosen the installer without a bundled JRE, you must have a JRE
installed on your system that is version 1.5 or higher. If a suitable JRE cannot be found on your system, then the install
wizard will notify you. You will have two options: select Locate and point to a JRE using the file browser or Cancel and
instead download the FlexNet installer that includes a JRE.
3. The Pointwise installation screen will appear to guide you through the remainder of the process. The first screen
that appears will be the Welcome to the Pointwise Setup Wizard. You will be asked to quit other programs
before continuing with installation.
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If this is a first time installation of Pointwise, please go to Step 4. If you already have this version of Pointwise
installed on your workstation, you will be asked if you wish to update the installation.
You can choose to either Yes, update the existing installation or No, install into a different directory.
• Selecting Yes will result in your existing installation being replaced with this installation. Press Next to
continue with the installation. Note that since you are updating the existing installation and have previously
selected a destination directory and chosen Start Menu options, steps 5 and 6 will be skipped.
• Selecting No will result in this version of Pointwise being installed in a directory parallel to versions of
Pointwise already installed on your workstation. For the parallel install to be successful, make sure you select
a different destination directory from the existing installation. Press Next to continue with the installation.
4. The Pointwise Right to Use License Agreement will be displayed next. If you wish to proceed with installation,
toggle on I accept the agreement. Press Next to continue with the installation. Otherwise, press Cancel to exit
5. In the Select Destination Directory screen, you can use the default installation directory displayed or use the
Browse... option to browse for a different installation directory.
Note that the directory specified will be referred to as pwi_home_path in the following sections. Also note that if
you do not have admin privileges to install Pointwise in the default directory, a message will be shown to indicate
that you do not have write permissions. In this case, click OK and select a writable directory. Press Next.
6. For Windows platforms, choose where the setup should place the Pointwise shortcuts in the Select Start Menu
Folder screen. Uncheck the box next to Create a Start Menu folder if you do not want shortcuts. Press Next.
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7. More options for setup are presented in the Select Additional Tasks screen and are dependent on your platform.
Select the additional tasks you wish to be performed during setup and press Next.
8. The process of extracting and copying the Pointwise files to the installation directory specified will begin.
9. The final screen will then be displayed, Completing the Pointwise Setup Wizard. Press Finish to exit the
Now that you have Pointwise installed, you will need to have access to a license server in order to run it.
If you have already configured and started a Pointwise license sever locally on your workstation, then you can refer to the
Running Pointwise section. If you want Pointwise to look either on your local area network (LAN) for a specific server name
to access an existing Pointwise license server or to point to a remote server, refer to the Running Pointwise with a Local or
Remote Server section.
Running Pointwise
Once you have a license server available, you can run Pointwise by one of the following methods:
• Select Start, All Programs, Pointwise, Pointwise V17.0, or
• Double-click on the Pointwise shortcut on your desktop, or
• Double-click a Pointwise native file (.pw) to launch Pointwise automatically with that file, or
• Double-click a Pointwise Glyph script file (.glf) to launch Pointwise automatically and run that script.
• In the pwi_home_path directory, use the following command at the command prompt:
• Browse in the Finder for pwi_home_path/Pointwise/. Double-click on the Pointwise icon.
• In a terminal window, change to the pwi_home_path/Pointwise/ directory. Execute the following command at the
command prompt:
open Pointwise
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Running Pointwise with a Local or Remote Server
If you need Pointwise to access a license server on a specific server locally or remotely, you will need to do the following:
1. Make sure that your machine is on the same LAN as the Pointwise license server or connected to the server
through a VPN connection. You may also access a remote server without a VPN connection by simply ensuring that
open ports exist on your workstation and the remote server to enable communication between them.
2. Install Pointwise on your machine using the installation instructions provided above. It will not be necessary to
configure or start a Pointwise license server on your machine.
3. Run the Pointwise license manager tools utility to have Pointwise use the desired license server.
• For Windows, go to Start, All Programs, Pointwise, and click on Pointwise License Tools.
• For Linux and Mac, use a command prompt and change to the pwi_home_path/ directory. Execute the
following command: ./pwlmtools.
4. The Pointwise FlexNet Tools screen will appear. Click on the Ser ver Path tab and set the Path equal to the path
to the license file, the license server name, or the license server IP address.
If setting Path equal to a license server name or IP Address, make sure to place an @ before the name or IP
Address. Examples:
• @My_Server_Name
• @My_Server_IP_Address
• C:\Program Files\Pointwise\licenses\pointwise_flexnet.lic
5. Click on Override Ser ver Path.
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