The steps on this page are for installing an Academic license of Land F/X. Follow these steps if you plan to use our software as a student or faculty member at an approved academic institution, or if you're an IT administrator who is only setting up one or two Land F/X workstations in a lab.
Step 1: Prerequisites
You will need the following information to use the Academic version of Land F/X software:
Land F/X Support ID*
*You should have received your Support ID in an email to your school email address (.edu). If you have not filled out our Academic Request Form, please do so now to have your Support ID emailed to you.
A compatible version of AutoCAD (full or student version).
Land F/X is compatible with AutoCAD, F/X CAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, or AutoCAD Architecture, version 2017 or newer.
Land F/X is not compatible with AutoCAD LT.
Installing on a Mac?
Land F/X is Windows-only software. To run it on a Mac, you'll need Parallels and Windows installed.
Are you an IT administrator who wants to install Land F/X quickly on a large number of workstations in a lab? Follow our university lab installation instructions.
Step 1: Download the installer
1A. Right-click the Land F/X Installer download link below.
1B. Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" from the menu that appears, and save the file to your desktop.
Step 2: Install Land F/X
2A. Go to your desktop, and locate the file setup_FXServer_singleuser.exe if you saved it there. If you clicked the link directly, this file will likely be in your Downloads folder.
Double-click the setup_FXServer_singleuser.exe file and proceed through the installation steps, paying special attention to the screens pictured below.
2B. You may see the screen pictured to the left.
Click Install to begin the installation process.
If you've already installed Land F/X on this computer, you won't see this screen.
2C. Enter your Support ID* when prompted.
*You can find your Support ID in the Academic Approval email you received from Land F/X. This email will have gone to your school email address (.edu).
"The Wizard was interrupted"
Did you receive this error after entering your Support ID? Solution >
2D. Destination Folder
During the Destination Folder step, you will be asked where to install the LandFX folder. We recommend keeping the default location of C:\LandFX.
Click Next when finished.
What is the LandFX folder?
The LandFX folder contains all the files and data that our software needs to use, as well as any custom content you create. Our installer will create this folder automatically in the location you choose. You are free to keep it in the default location of C:/LandFX (directly on the C: drive of your computer).
2E. Database Installation
During the Database Installation step, select Local Data.
Important: Make sure to select the Local Data option. Otherwise, you run the risk of others seeing, and possibly changing, your projects.
Click Next when finished.
"The wizard was interrupted" error?
Did you receive this error message when selecting a database type? Solution >
Step 3: Connect Land F/X to AutoCAD
You'll now configure Land F/X to work with AutoCAD by installing the F/X Workstation component.
Step 4 (If Applicable): Install the Land F/X Plugins for SketchUp, Rhino, and/or Revit
If you plan to use 3D modeling software, download and install the Land F/X plugin for each of the following programs you plan to use:
Step 5: Set up a backup system for Land F/X
It's extremely important to implement a good backup system for the Land F/X database.
Our extensive Learning Resources section includes everything you need to know about our software, with resources ranging from instructional articles to short Power Tip videos, in-depth webinars, and more.