Download ProdLib

ProdLib is a platform for distributing product information libraries for architects and structural engineers. After installing the ProdLib software, you can download and manage individual libraries from within the platform.

The libraries contain product information, documentation, BIM and CAD models and other files for AutoCAD, Revit and ArchiCAD – all organized and up to date.

Installing ProdLib for multiple users?

Read more on how to setup centralized data storage below.

Need help getting started with ProdLib?

Refer installation instructions below on how install ProdLib and libraries. Read User's Manual for more information.

ProdLib for most CAD software

Support for other CAD software by dragging and dropping content from ProdLib.

ProdLib for ArchiCAD (versions 19-22)

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ProdLib for single user

Installation instructions

1

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.
2

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.
3

Get manufacturers' 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.
4

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.

ProdLib for multiple users

Centralized data storage

When using a centralized data storage, some designated persons in the organization are responsible for installing and updating ProdLib libraries to a shared network location. All other users are using the ProdLib client, which retrieves all the files from the shared location. This provides companies with the possibility to keep all ProdLib libraries stored on a server instead of having all libraries synchronized to each client.

Using a centralized data storage offers companies the following advantages:

  • Saves hard disk space on clients’ computers
  • Reduces network traffic outside of LAN
  • Enables companies to have consistent versions of their ProdLib libraries
  • Focuses management of the libraries to the BIM managers

The following things should be taken into account when using the centralized data storage:

  • Client-users are not able to install new libraries or update existing ones
  • Client-computers need to have a connection to the LAN
  • All users need to have write access to the shared network location where the libraries are stored

Process flow

ProdLib server
Manager’s computer
Uses Library Manager to download libraries
Shared network location
\\hostname\sharename\...

Read/write access for all users

User’s computer
Cannot install or update libraries

How to setup

1

Configuring the clients

Clients are configured to use the centralized data storage by adding the ClientSettings.xml file to ProdLib binary folder.

Typically the path to the binary folder is

C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\ProdLib.bundle\
but the path might be different if Windows has been configured to use a custom ProgramData folder.

The content of the ClientSettings.xml file should be as follows:

<?xml version=”1.0” standalone=”yes”?>
<ClientSettings>
    <Singles>
        <UseCentralizedDataPath>true</UseCentralizedDataPath>
        <CentralizedDataPath>\\machinename\sharename</CentralizedDataPath>
    </Singles>
</ClientSettings>
UseCentralizedDataPath
Set the value as ‘true’ or ‘false’
CentralizedDataPath
Specify the path to your shared network location where the ProdLib libraries are located. It can be a mapped drive or an UNC path.

Creating the ClientSettings.xml file in the ProdLib binary folder requires write permissions.

2

Configuring the BIM manager’s seat

The BIM manager uses ProdLib to install and update libraries through Library Manager just like any user would do without the centralized data storage in use. The only thing that needs to be done is to tell the Library Manager where to download the libraries to. That can be specified by adding a data_path string value to registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ProdLib\ProdLib]
“data_path”=”\\machinename\sharename

Note: All users must have write and read permission to the Shared Network Location.

Problems?

Contact our technical support in case you have a problem or any questions.

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