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Novapoint Virtual Map

Version 5.0.1
Installation Guide

16.2.2009
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1. Novapoint Virtual Map ............................................................................................................................ 3


2. System Requirements ............................................................................................................................ 4
2.1. Windows XP ....................................................................................................................................... 4
2.2. Windows Vista.................................................................................................................................... 4
3. Installation .............................................................................................................................................. 4
4. Unattended Installation........................................................................................................................... 5
5. Licensing ................................................................................................................................................ 6
5.1. Network License Borrowing ............................................................................................................... 8
6. Installing the Texture Library .................................................................................................................. 9
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1. Novapoint Virtual Map


Novapoint Virtual Map is a simple and easy to use tool for displaying projects as interactive 3D
virtual models. Users can walk, drive and fly freely inside the model and analyze design re-
sults. Virtual models can also be published on the Internet with the new Virtual Map ActiveX
technology. Novapoint Virtual Map makes designs better and designing more fun and effec-
tive.
Input Data
Novapoint Virtual Map can use almost any data from AutoCAD drawings. With AutoCAD MAP
it is possible to import from most GIS databases. Terrain is generated from contours, 3D points
or 3D break lines. Buildings, forests, fences, roads and other map elements are read directly
from AutoCAD. Virtual Map also supports custom 3D models with user defined materials and
texturing.
Automatic Model Generation
Based on the user configuration, the virtual model is generated automatically from input data.
The user doesnt need to take care of any 3D specific definitions because they are done by the
software. For example, modeling buildings, roads and forests is just about drawing polylines in
AutoCAD.
Virtual models are always as accurate as the input data. Errors in input data become clearly
visible and designers can correct them fast. Virtual models are the only media that combines
all design areas together and allows designers to see the design from the final users perspec-
tive.
Novapoint Virtual Map comes with a library of over 800 materials, facades, trees, bushes,
equipment, fences and other elements. Users can expand the library with their own materials
and elements.
Novapoint Integration
Novapoint Virtual Map integrates with other Novapoint design tools. Design models like road
surfaces, bridges and landscaping elements can be imported to Virtual Map. Designers can
check design quality, conflicts, aesthetics, safety and environmental fitting during the design
phase.
Presentation and Communication
Novapoint Virtual Map uses its own efficient viewer module for real time viewing of virtual
models. Interactive presentations are easy to make and virtual model serves as a good com-
munication tool. Users can save and print images and animations from the viewer. Models can
also be transferred to 3D Studio via VRML format.
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2. System Requirements
2.1. Windows XP
The minimum configuration for using of the Novapoint Virtual Map software under Windows XP
is:
1GHz or faster processor
512 MB system memory (2 GB recommended) and 500 MB free hard disk space
OpenGL compatible professional 3D graphics card. Please make sure you have the
latest drivers for your card!
AutoCAD or AutoCAD MAP 3D 2007/2008/2009
Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1 SP1. The installation program will check the existence
of this component and tries to install it, if it can not be found. Internet connection is re-
quired for the installation of this component.
o .NET Framework v1.1 and SP1 can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com
Installing latest Windows XP updates and fixes from Microsoft is recommended

2.2. Windows Vista


The minimum configuration for using of the Novapoint Virtual Map software under Windows
Vista is:
1.5GHz or faster processor
1024 MB system memory (2 GB recommended) and 500 MB free hard disk space
OpenGL compatible professional 3D graphics card. Please make sure you have the
latest drivers for your card!
AutoCAD or AutoCAD MAP 2008/2009
Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1 SP1. The installation program will check the existence
of this component and tries to install it, if it can not be found. Internet connection is re-
quired for the installation of this component.
o .NET Framework v1.1 and SP1 can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com
Installing latest Windows Vista updates and fixes from Microsoft is recommended

3. Installation
NOTE! The installation of Novapoint Virtual Map 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. If this is not done, installation doesnt recognize
AutoCAD installation.
Run setup.exe for Novapoint Virtual Map from the installation media (The Novapoint CD or a
separate extracted .zip package) by double clicking on it. This will extract installation files and
start the installation program. After this, you can follow the onscreen instructions.
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4. Unattended Installation
Novapoint Virtual Map can be installed unattended using the following command-line syntax:

English installation with default directories (no interface), English version of AutoCAD Map 3D
2009:
setup.exe /L1033 /s /v"/qn ACAD2009_CURVER=7002:409"

English installation, default directories (basic interface with progress bar), English version of
AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 :
setup.exe /L1033 /s /v"/qb ACAD2008_CURVER=6002:409"

Silent French installation with custom directories, French version of AutoCAD Map 3D 2009:
setup.exe /L1036 /s /v"/qn INSTALLDIR=\"C:\customdir\"
VMUSERFILESPATH=\"%MYDOCUMENTS%\VM5UserFiles\"
ACAD2009_CURVER=7002:040C"

Parameters:
/L language
o English 1033
o French 1036
o Finnish 1035
o Spanish 1034
o Swedish 1053
o Norwegian 1044
/s silent installation
/v allows passing parameters to msiexec
/qn no interface or /qb basic interface just a small progress dialog
INSTALLDIR specifies installation drectory. If not specified, defaults to [ProgramFi-
lesFolder]\Vianova\Novapoint\Virtual Map 5.
VMUSERFILESPATH specifies Virtual Map User Files Folder path. If not specified,
defaults to %MYDOCUMENTS%\VM5UserFiles or %MYDOCUMENTS%\Fichiers
de configuration (version 5) for the French version. Standard Windows environment
variables can be used in this path.
Note: %MYDOCUMENTS% is a non-standard variable that Virtual Map installation
supports. It will be resolved to the My Documents or Documents (Vista) folder in
Windows.
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ACAD2007_CURVER specifies the AutoCAD 2007 registry location, this value is


found in the registry in the branch:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\R17.0\ACAD-5002:409
Example: ACAD-5002:409 for English version of Autodesk Map 3D 2007. If not speci-
fied, installation tries to auto-detect this.
ACAD2008_CURVER specifies the AutoCAD 2008 registry location, this value is
found in the registry in the branch:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\R17.1\ACAD-6002:409
Example: ACAD-6002:409 for English version of AutoCAD Map 3D 2008. If not speci-
fied, installation tries to auto-detect this.
ACAD2009_CURVER specifies the AutoCAD 2009 registry location, this value is
found in the registry in the branch:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\R17.2\ACAD-7002:409
Example: ACAD-7002:409 for English version of AutoCAD Map 3D 2009. If not speci-
fied, installation tries to auto-detect this.

5. Licensing
1. NOTE! If you are running Windows Vista, Right-click on a Novapoint or AutoCAD
shortcut and select Run as administrator. This is only needed to complete the licens-
ing on Windows Vista, you dont need administrative privileges to run Virtual Map.

Windows XP users can start Novapoint/AutoCAD normally.

2. Start Virtual Map


a. If you are running Virtual Map on Novapoint 17 or newer, use the Novapoint
Module Loader
b. If you are using Virtual Map on Novapoint 16 or on plain AutoCAD, click on the
Virtual Map button to launch the software.
c. When Virtual Map is started for the first time, the following dialog appears:
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3. Select the licensing system to use


a. Novapoint Virtual Map permanent license is a license bound to the physical
hardware of the system (SLM license)
b. Novapoint 16/17 licensing is either Novapoint 16 / 17 network (NLM) license or
a single (SLM) license.
4. For Novapoint 16/17 licensing, the license server name will be asked and if a valid li-
cense is found, the program will start.
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5. If you chose Virtual Map licensing you will get a notification that the product is not cur-
rently registered.

a. Click "Go to the registration site". That should open the license registration
form in your browser.
b. Fill in all needed information. Select license type and select your nearest deal-
er.
c. Click on Continue button and confirmation page appears.
d. Check the information and click on Register button. The license key appears.
e. Copy the license key and save it as a backup for further use. The license key
will also be sent via email.
f. Close the browser and go back to AutoCAD. The license key should have
been inserted automatically. Just click ok and the registration is completed.
NOTE: A new demonstration license key won't work if you have already used
your free test period. You need to buy a permanent license key after that.

5.1. Network License Borrowing


The following is a description on how to borrow a Novapoint network license for Novapoint Vir-
tual Map 4.0 if you are not using the software together with Novapoint Base and Module
Loader:
1. The license server you are connected to must allow for license borrowing of the li-
cense.
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2. On the client machine, start the lmTools.exe application. LMTools.exe can be found
from the Virtual Map installation media in the folder:
NP16LicenseServer\FLEXlm_Network.
3. Open the Borrowing pane:

4. In the Vendor Name field, enter NOVAPT.


5. In the Return Date field, enter the expiration date of your borrow period in the format
dd-mmm-yyyy. The mmm part is the three first letters of the month written in English.
Return Time is optional.
6. Click the Set Borrow Expiration button.
7. Start Novapoint Virtual Map.
8. Disconnect the client machine from the network.
9. Exit the lmTools.exe application.

6. Installing the Texture Library


The basic software is accompanied with an extensive texture library with over 800 texture files
for various purposes. The installer does NOT automatically copy or install the library to the
hard disk.
The library is located in the installation media (CD or .zip file) in the folder VMTextureLib. To
install this library, use the following procedure:
1. Copy the folder and its contents to any folder in your hard disk or in a network drive.
The folder can be for example C:\VMTextureLib
2. Start Novapoint Virtual Map Model Builder
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3. From the menu select Tools->Texture Paths. The Texture Paths dialog starts.

4. Add the folder to the User paths (saved in registry) section by selecting the Add
button and entering the name of the folder where you copied the library.
5. Press Ok. The library is now installed and ready for use in your models.