The following steps will install a trial of F/X CAD 2021 and Land F/X – including the Irrigation, Planting, Site, and Details tools – using Cloud Data.
Important: F/X CAD is our version of AutoCAD for Land F/X users.
If you are planning to use Land F/X with an existing AutoCAD installation on your computer, follow our installation steps for either:
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 Land F/X installation and projects. 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.
Installing on a Mac? You'll need to install virtual software such as Parallels or VMware Fusion and a Windows operating system first.
Before installing F/X CAD 2021, verify that you do not have:
- AutoCAD or F/X CAD 2021 installed on your computer – even a trial version. Check for and uninstall existing versions of AutoCAD or F/X CAD 2021.
- A previous version of the Land F/X Workstation installer on your computer. Check for and uninstall the Land F/X Workstation installer.
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 2021 Installer download link below.
F/X CAD 2021 Express Installer - 64 bit Only (1.27 GB)
Updated Nov 12, 2020
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 fxcad2021.64.express.
If you clicked the download link directly, this file will likely be in your Downloads folder.
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
You'll be brought to the Browse for Folder dialog box (pictured below). Browse to your LandFX folder, select it, and click OK.
Multi-User Land F/X: Your LandFX folder will be on the letter drive you mapped in Step 2 above.
Single-User LandF/X: Your LandFX folder will likely be on your computer's C: drive.
- If you are able to browse to and select a legitimate LandFX folder, the F/X Workstation installer will copy into that folder and run automatically when you click OK. If so, you can then move on to Step 4: Install Land F/X.
- If you can't locate your Land F/X folder, click Cancel.
You should now be able to proceed to Step 4: Install Land F/X.
F/X Workstation is already installed. Please uninstall it from Programs and Features.
Did you receive this message, and the installer cancelled and closed? Here's what to do:
2. Double-click the F/X CAD installer file (fxcad2021.64.express) again, and install F/X CAD. You should now be able to complete the installation.
Other errors or issues?
- F/X CAD not installing correctly, or shutting down after installation Troubleshooting steps >
- A red "NO" sign to the left of the F/X CAD checkbox Solution >
- Please install DirectX before installing AutoCAD 2021 Solution >
- Error message containing the text /SecondRun and /FirstRunThreadld Solution >
- Install Incomplete. Please click the link to open a webpage to wrap up your installation before continuing. Solution >
- Menus not loaded. We were unable to automatically set the appropriate menus for this F/X CAD installation. Please click the link below to visit our guide to do so. Solution >
- Unable to Set License Type. F/X CAD Prep failed to set the License Type automaticaly. You will need to select Enter a Serial Number on license selection dialog manually. Solution >
Step 4: Install Land F/X
4A. You'll now be brought to the Land F/X installer. Proceed through the installation steps, paying special attention to the screens pictured below.
4B. Enter your Support ID* when prompted.
*You or your office will have received your Support ID in an email from Land F/X.
"The Wizard was interrupted"
Did you receive this error after entering your Support ID? Solution >
4C. Destination Folder
During the Destination Folder step, you'll be asked where to install the LandFX folder. Our installer will create this folder automatically in the location you choose.
Click Change to select a location for the LandFX folder.
The LandFX folder will need to be shared on your network, so make sure it's in an appropriate shared location and your users have full read-write permissions for that location.
Click Next when finished.
- This location needs to be accessible through a mapped letter drive on all workstations. How to map a letter drive to your LandFX folder >
- Don't see the letter drive for your LandFX folder when browsing? Here's what to do.
- Do you have many remote users? Consider putting the LandFX folder in a shared online location using a third-party service such as Dropbox, Google Backup and Sync, Onedrive, or something similar.
Step 5: Open F/X CAD and get started
5B. You should now see the Product License Activation screen.
Click Run to begin using F/X CAD.
Important notes on activating F/X CAD:
If you've purchased F/X CAD, we've sent a request to Autodesk to send us your custom Serial Nunber and Product Key. We will email you these items upon receiving them. You can then proceed to activating F/X CAD 2021. Please note that the activation process for F/X CAD 2021 is different from previous versions.
Once you begin using F/X CAD or click Activate, your F/X CAD installation will lock after 30 days unless you complete the entire activation process. In the meantime, you can continue to click Run on this screen to use F/X CAD in trial mode.
On how many computers can you install one license of F/X CAD 2021?
Please also note that Autodesk has stepped up its enforcement of the policy that one license of F/X CAD 2021 is only to be installed on one person's work computer and home computer or laptop, and only one of these installations may be used at a time by that person. When a purchase happens for F/X CAD 2021, whether it is an upgrade or first-time purchase, 1 license = 1 serial number = 2 installations (home or laptop) per user. More information
If you see the Let's Get Started screen, pictured to the right, instead of the Autodesk Licensing screen, click the Select button under Enter a serial number.
You can then proceed to our steps to activate F/X CAD 2021.
• Issue: Error message: This product is not registered. Please reactivate it by typing REACTIVATE.
Solution: Reactivate your installation, then restart F/X CAD.
• Issue: When you open F/X CAD, do you not see your Land F/X ribbons, tools, or menus?
2. Still don't see your Land F/X ribbons, tools, or menus? Get the latest Land FX ribbons.
• Issue: You received an error message similar to the following: Unable to establish an Internet connection to the registration server to validate your Support ID.
Solution: You may need to disable a firewall on your computer before you can license our software.
Ready to see F/X CAD 2021 in action?
- Watch our brief Power Tip video on What's new with F/X CAD 2021.
- View our in-depth webinar on F/X CAD 2021.
We also have an extensive Learning Resources section covering everything you need to know about our software, with resources ranging from instructional articles to short Power Tip videos, in-depth webinars, and more.