DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL
Download the ProdLib installer and run it.
Follow the installation instructions.
Installation requires administrative rights.
After installation, a ProdLib icon will appear in your system tray at the bottom right corner of your desktop.
REGISTER YOUR ACCOUNT
After installation the ProdLib ‘Library Manager’ will open automatically.
Select a manufacturer whose content you want to download.
You will now be asked to log in or register. Select ‘register’ and fill out the form with the required details. Make sure to add a valid email address.
After submitting the form you will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link in the email to activate your account.
GET MANUFACTURER CONTENT
Open the Library Manager by clicking on the ProdLib system tray icon and selecting ‘Library manager’.
Select ‘Available libraries’ from the tabs at the top. You will see an overview of all the available manufacturer libraries on the ProdLib service.
Simply select the manufacturer you want and click on the ‘install’ button to download and install their product library.
After installation, the library will appear in the ‘Installed libraries’ tab. From there you can update and manage any libraries you have installed.
INSERT PRODUCTS INTO YOUR MODEL
Open the Library Browser by clicking on the ProdLib system tray icon and selecting 'Browse Libraries'.
Alternatively, open the integrated library browser inside AutoCAD or Revit.
Select the library you want to use. Once opened, find the product you want by browsing the menu on left.
Select your product and either click the 'Insert' button or drag and drop the model directly into your design software.
Questions and Answers
There are two possible reasons that can normally block the network traffic.
1. Firewall is blocking the traffic. Depending on where you launching the registering user interface from, you need to allow that exe-file to pass through the firewall. You should allow Tcp port 80 and 443. There are 4 possibilities:
- ProdLib.StandAlone.exe (in C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\ProdLib.bundle)
- ProdLib.exe (in C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\ProdLib.bundle)
- acad.exe (where AutoCAD is installed)
- Revit.exe (where Revit is installed)
It's recommended to unblock all of the above. Also the UpdateChecker.exe (in C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\ProdLib.bundle) is recommended to unblock, if you need to be able to receive update-notifications about new library- or software updates.
2. Proxy-server is blocking the traffic. If your company is using a proxy-server, please check how to configure the settings in the question below
Configuring ProdLib to use a Proxy-server
Proxy settings are specified by editing the user settings file:
If you can’t see a file there, create the file and copy the content below into it.
See the sample with test values below. Username and Password are not required for proxies allowing anonymous access
Installation parameters (mass deployment)
The ProdLib setup program accepts optional command line parameters. All available parameters can be displayed with the /HELP-parameter (ProdLibSetup.exe /HELP). These can be useful to system administrators, and to other programs calling the setup program.
Some of the most useful are the /SILENT- and /VERYSILENT-parameters, which enables system administrators to run a mass deployment of the software. There are no other important parameters concerning the mass deployment. Just remember to run it with elevated rights.
If you also wish to use ProdLib with a centralized data storage, see below.
Can I use ProdLib with centralized data storage?
Yes! Download instructions to do so from this link
See above for notes about installation parameters when using mass deployment.
Is ProdLib free for users?
Downloading and using the application is free and it always will be.
How do I install ProdLib?
Simply download the installer file from the homepage. If you have any troubles during installation, please find the installation instructions here.
Why do I have to register?
The registration is for analytic purposes, so that we can optimize the application for our users. We will also occasionally send a newsletter to our users. They contain information about updates and latest additions to ProdLib. Don’t worry, you won’t receive any spam mail from us!
Are your BIM objects tested and verified?
Most of the Revit content available in the ProdLib application was created by us. And even if the content is done by somebody else, we check that everything is correct. Revit content is saved for each supported version of Revit so that we can be sure that content works correctly in each new version and without the need for users to upgrade models when opening them.
What are the software requirements?
The application currently supports Revit, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD and AutoCAD LT.
We will always support at least the most recent three editions of the software.
At the moment we support Autodesk software versions 2015, 2016 and 2017 and ArchiCAD versions 18, 19, 20.
Do I have to install product libraries that I don’t need?
Not at all. Product libraries are installed one by one, and you have full control to select to download only the libraries that are interesting for you.
How do I update the product libraries?
When a manufacturer launches new products on the market, we will provide an update for you. You can update your product library in two ways.
In the library manager you can easily update the product library by clicking the update button.
You can also update the library from the library interface itself. Just go to the Update page and click the button to update the library.
How do I update ProdLib?
ProdLib will notify you in the Windows Notification area when there's an update available. There will also be an update icon in the Library Manager and your libraries.
In the product library interface, the software update button can be found on the Update page.
A product library doesn't work, what should I do?
The first thing you should do is remove the library and re-download it to ensure that you have the latest version and it's not corrupted in any way. Go to the Library Manager and remove the library by clicking on the trash can icon. Then go to Add Libraries tab and download the library again.
If this doesn't fix the issue, contact our technical support.
I have another question.
Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you have. We will try to answer your answer within one working day.