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Latest SysCAD Version: 17 January 2023 - SysCAD 9.3 Build 139.32335
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When SysCAD is installed a number of folders and files are created and for SysCAD to function correctly, it is necessary to keep certain files at the correct locations. The default name for the main SysCAD folder given during install is 'SysCADxxx'.
Please note that SysCAD is not a 'lean' client, and as such it must be installed on the computer that is to run SysCAD. A user may not install the software on another computer, or server, and then run SysCAD on their PC. (Of course, SysCAD can be installed on a remote computer and SysCAD can be run on the remote computer from another computer using Remote Desktop or similar software)
To illustrate the function and necessity of these folders and files, an example install is used and the sample file location tree is as follows:
Base Files Folder
Base Files User Folder
This folder is used to store users defined Graphics Symbols. These symbols will be available for use in SysCAD in the same list as the standard symbols. When moving to a new computer, you can copy your Symbols between PCs.
When SysCAD is installed, it places all the program files in the bin folder. These include:
- Dynamic Link Libraries (dlls);
- DLLs for users with custom add-ons; and
- COM Type Libraries (tlb) files.
Please see SysCAD Files for a more detailed list of the files present in this folder.
If the user wishes to upgrade to the latest SysCAD version, but not run a full install, then they can unzip the upgraded SysCAD bin files into this folder.
- Full user access permissions are required in this folder.
- This is the default license location and contains all of the licensing files.
- User may move this folder to another location or rename it before the license is issued and then browse to the new location the first time that SysCAD is opened (thereafter the software will remember the location).
- The license does NOT normally need to be upgraded when SysCAD is upgraded.
Note: This folder may be deleted, moved or renamed, only if the license is NOT stored in this folder or it has not yet been issued. Once a license has been issued to this location, the folder must not be moved or renamed. If either of these steps is carried out the SysCAD license will be lost.
The setup folder has a number of sub-folders containing software that is used in tandem with SysCAD. Most of this software is installed when SysCAD is installed, but it is also available here if the user wishes to re-install it.
This folder may be deleted or moved.
For more information on the Tutorial documentation, please see Tutorial Overview
SysCAD Project Folder
- SysCAD project folder has the extension .spf (syscad project folder). This extension should not be deleted.
- The SysCAD project folder contain a number of documents, these may include:
- Model files - ModelData.db3, stores the project model data.
- Graphics files - xxxx.DXF and xxxx.scg file. These are always in pairs, the .scg file is used to load the .dxf into SysCAD. In Build139 and later, these are stored in sub folder \DocsGraphics.
- Trend and Trend with Controls files - xxxx.trn or xxxx.trc file. In Build139 and later, these are stored in sub folder \DocsTrend.
- TagList files - xxxx.lst file. This is available in Build139 and later, these are stored in sub folder \DocsTagList.
- Control files - stored in sub folder \Controls. This is optional, used to store .pgm and .mp files used by general controller and model procedure files.
- Reaction files - stored in sub folder \Reactions. This is optional, used to store .rct files
- Report Files - stored in sub folder \Reports. This is optional, used to store SysCAD reports.
- Print Files - stored in sub folder \Print. This is optional, created when Print Multiple PDF command is used.
- Exported Symbols Files - stored in sub folder \Symbols. This is optional, created when Export All Symbols command is used.
- Backup files - Backup.CfgFiles.2.zip and Backup.RmtFiles.zip. Used to store a copy of the cfgfiles and any remote files used by the project.
- Historian files - Histxxxx.xxx. Used to store data when historian is switched on.
- Various Project ini files
- Controls.Data (was called Other.dat in Build138 or earlier), in Build139 this file exclusively contains PGM & MP data.
- Project.spj file. This file must NOT be renamed, SysCAD requires this file to load the project.
Most of the SysCAD created files are essential and care should be taken to keep these files in the correct location.
The following files are required to run SysCAD or are used for related functionality:
Main SysCAD Files (Dynamic Link Libraries)
- SysCADxxx\bin\xxx.dll (Model libraries eg. Basic1.dll Control1.dll, Piping1.dll...)
- NOTE: This group of files are added during full SysCAD installation, they are not supplied with Bin update files.
SysCAD Files for COM Automation (COM Automation)
SysCAD Marshal files (SysCAD Marshal)
OPC Server Test files
SysCAD data files
SysCAD License Files (Licensing)
- SysCADxxx\License\CKS.exe (Used by SetupEx.exe)
- SysCADxxx\License\SetupEx.exe (The CrypKey License Service Setup Install program)
- SysCADxxx\License\SetupEx_Force.cmd (Force install, see Re-installing Crypkey)
- SysCADxxx\License\SysCAD.exe (required)
- SysCADxxx\License\crp32002.ngn (required)
- SysCADxxx\License\SysCAD.CIHS (created)
- SysCADxxx\License\SysCAD.ckn (created)