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Install Land F/X with F/X CAD 2018 – TRIAL

The following steps are for installing trial versions of F/X CAD 2018 and Land F/X software. 


Step 1: Prerequisites

To complete this installation, you will need:

Your Land F/X Support ID*.

*You will have received your Support ID in an email from Land F/X.


The location where you will be storing your LandFX folder.

This folder will contain all data associated with your installation and your projects. In most cases, we recommend keeping our default location for your LandFX folder – directly on your C: drive (C:/LandFX). More information >


As an AutoCAD installation, F/X CAD requires a robust computer in order to function properly.

Take a look at our system requirements for F/X CAD.


Installing on a Mac? You'll need to install Parallels and and a Windows operating system first.


Before installing F/X CAD 2018, it's a good idea to verify that you do not already have AutoCAD or F/X CAD 2018 installed on your computer – even a trial version.

Follow our instructions to check for and uninstall existing versions of AutoCAD or F/X CAD.


If you are unsure of any of these items, please contact your IT administrator.

This installation is available as a 30-day trial. We are unable to offer extensions.

Step 2: Download and Extract the Installer

2A. Right-click the F/X CAD 2018 Installer download link below.


Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" from the menu that opens, and save the file to your desktop.
The installer is quite a large piece of software. Please allow 10 to 30 minutes for the download to complete.

2B. Go to your desktop, and double-click the file fxcad2018.64.1.exe. If you clicked the download link directly, this file wil llikely be in your Downloads folder.


A window will open and ask you to extract the downloaded file to a specific location. Click Browse, and select your desktop.


Then click Extract.

2C. You will now have a folder on your desktop named fxcad2018.64.1. Open that folder, then open the file named Setup.

At this point, you might see the following message: Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your PC? If so, click Yes.


Step 3: Install F/X CAD

3A. Click Install when prompted.

3B. Select I Accept to accept the agreement.


Then click Next.

3C. Make sure the following two options are checked:

F/X CAD 2018

I do not already have Land F/X


Important: DO NOT check the top option, I already have Land F/X. 


Make sure you've selected I do not already have Land F/X before clicking Install. If not, the software will not install properly.


Click Install when finished.


F/X CAD will now begin to install. Please allow between 5 and 20 minutes for the installation to complete.

Does the installer seem to be stuck? Or are you seeing a message about needing to close Windows Explorer? Try moving the installer window to the side. There may be a small window hiding behind it. If you see that window, just click OK to continue the installation. More information >

F/X CAD not installing correctly, or shutting down after installation? Troubleshooting steps >


  • A red X or "NO" sign to the left of the F/X CAD checkbox? Solution >
  • Error message: "Please install DirectX before installing AutoCAD 2018"? Solution >
  • Error message containing the text "/SecondRun and /FirstRunThreadld:"? Solution >


Step 4: Install Land F/X Server


4A. Welcome Screen: Click Next.

4B. Land F/X License Agreement: Scroll down and select I Accept if you agree.


Then click Next.

4C. Support ID: Enter your Land F/X Support ID.
You can find your Support ID in the Trial Approval or Purchase email you received from Land F/X.


4D. Product Activated: Click OK.

4E. Destination Folder: This folder path will become the location where all your Land F/X data and projects are stored.

For Single-User installations, we recommend keeping the default location of C:\LandFX\ – the C: drive on your computer. 

More information on the LandFX folder and where to place it


Click Next when finished.

4F. Database Installation: Select either Cloud Data or Local Data and click Next.


Which to choose?

We recommend Cloud Data for firms with a fast and reliable Internet connection, as well as offices with employees who plan to work remotely on home computers or laptops.


If your office does not have a reliable Internet connection, we recommend selecting Local Data.


For more information, see our pages on:


Still not sure which to choose? Ask your IT administrator.


4G. Ready to Install the Program: Click Install.
4H. InstallShield Wizard Completed: Click Finish.

Step 5: Install Land F/X Workstation

5A. Welcome Screen: Click Next.

5B. License Agreement: Scroll down and select Accept if you agree.


Click Next.

5C. Setup Type: Select which ribbon tabs will be visible in your installation.


For example, if you are installing Design F/X, you may want to select the Design F/X option so only the Admin, Site, and Details ribbons are visible. (With a Design F/X license, only these ribbons are functional, so you may only want these ribbons to be visible.)

You can always turn the visibility of specific ribbons on or off after you've installed. 


5D. F/X Server Network Location: In this step, you'll select the location of your F/X Server, which you set in the Install Land F/X Server steps above.


We recommend keeping the default location of C:\LandFX when installing the F/X Server. If you did keep the default location, simply click Next.

Don't know the location of your LandFX folder? Click the Can't locate your LandFX folder? button.

5E. Ready to Install the Program: Click Install.
Please allow a few minutes for the installation to complete.
5F. InstallShield Wizard Completed: Click Finish.


Issue: Error message: This product is not registered. Please reactivate it by typing REACTIVATE.

Solution: Reactivate your installation, then restart CAD.


• Issue: Don't see your Land F/X plugin anywhere? Is there no Launch Land F-X shortcut on your desktop?

Solution: Navigate to the C:/LandFX folder (or the location where your LandFX folder is stored) and run (double-click) the setup64/setup.exe file.


Issue: When you open CAD, do you not see your ribbons or menus?

Solution: Load the Land F/X menus manually.

Step 6: Open F/X CAD and Get Started

6A. Open F/X CAD.


6B. The Let's Get Started screen (pictured to the right) will pop up within your F/X CAD window. 


Select Enter a Serial Number.

DO NOT select the start a trial option.

Getting a blank Welcome screen? Here's what to do >

What's Next?


  • Your installation includes the Land F/X Welcome DWG, which includes some helpful initial instructions and links. To open it, double-click the Launch Land F/X icon from your desktop. 


  • Our Land F/X Trainer is a collection of brief, step-by-step videos that will help you get started using our software. Go to the Land F/X Trainer >


  • Land F/X

Our software tailors AutoCAD to the needs of landscape architects, irrigation designers, and other professionals. We automate your most tedious tasks and ensure accuracy, giving you more time to design.