No, miniCAD is suitable for use by anyone. miniCAD can be used to accurately design or map any 2D object. (With a range of sub millimeter to over 100 kilometers.) miniCAD provides a terrain model tool to map 3D contours and perform solid object volume calculations.
miniCAD, in trial mode, is only to be used for evaluation purposes. At the end of a trial you may select Student mode and use the program indefinitely. (Some features will be restricted). For commercial use you must apply for a subscription. Free Professional licences are available!
If you are a student (full or part time) OR wish to use the program for non-commercial activities you may apply for a free Professional licence. These licences will be automatically renewed each year. (This offer is subject to the miniCAD Terms and Conditions agreement.)
The trial version will expire after 14 days or 30 program starts. If a later version is available you may download and start another trial. To continue using the program switch to Student mode or apply for a subscription.
To preview Student mode go to Tools >> Options >> Preferences and select the Schools checkbox.
To register miniCAD start the program and select the menu option Help > Register. (You must be connected to the internet.)
Enter your details. The Email and Mobile (or PIN) combination are used to link your registration to your annual subscription.
Once registered proceed to the website and apply for a paid or free subscription.
You need to restart miniCAD before your subscription will commence. If you have any problems check:
When you install miniCAD you have an option to view a report that details the .Net programs installed on your computer. In most cases on Windows 7 and 8 you may already have the correct framework installed.
From Release 193 on miniCAD now requires .Net V4.5. Because this version is not supported on XP computers it means miniCAD 6 no longer supports Windows XP. In addition if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 and are running .net V4.0 you will need to visit the Microsoft Website and download V4.5.
If the miniCAD program reports “Unable to Initialise.” you have an early (or no) .Net installed. If this occurs visit the Microsoft Download site, install .NET and then rerun the miniCAD setup.
If the miniCAD program starts and opens a job but the screen is black: You have V4.0 and need to install V4.5 (or later). If this occurs visit the Microsoft Download site, install .NET and then restart miniCAD.
The miniCAD settings and licence information are stored in minicad.config.xml. If you share this file between multiple PC's, via your network or Dropbox, you can have multiple machines running under the same licence key. Each machine will have its own unique machine key. e.g.
I have 3 PC's and have applied for a 3 licence subscription on the website.
1. On the first PC. - Start miniCAD. - Register the PC using your email/Mobile(PIN) combination. - Use Tools Options to point the config.xml to a shared location on your network.
2. On the next PC. - Start miniCAD. - Use Tools Options to point to the same location as PC No. 1 for minicad.config.xml. - Register the PC using your email/Mobile(PIN) combination.
3. On the next PC. - Repeat PC No. 2 steps.
miniCAD requires a Windows PC running the .Net Framework V4.0. Windows 7, 8 and Vista and XP (Service Pack 2 ). As a guide ensure you have 4mb RAM. If you work with many images you may need more ram.
The miniCAD setup program is used for new installs and to upgrade an existing install. Run the program and follow the prompts. The latest version will be installed over your current version without effecting your settings and data.
Each time you install a new miniCAD release the setup files are stored on your hard disk. This enables you to revert back to any release previously installed. You can also install a prior release directly from the website. To revert back to a release from your local hard drive follow these steps:
NOTE: Your settings and data are uneffected by this procedure.
The XML file miniCAD.config.xml arrives on your computer in the Program Directory. Prior to miniCAD Version 126.96.36.199 it was updated in place. From Version 5 it was copied into the (yourWindowsUsername)/AppData/roaming/mapsoft/minicad.60 folder. Any views saved will also be placed in a /views folder under (yourWindowsUsername)/AppData/roaming/mapsoft/minicad.60 folder.
In miniCAD 6 you can use Tools > Options to change the location of the miniCAD.config.xml.
Note 1: Under XP this folder is called 'Application Data'
Note 2: Under Vista and Windows 7 this folder is called 'AppData' and is hidden by default.
Note 3: Prior to Version 188.8.131.52 these files are updated in the c:/(program files)/mapsoft/minicad5 folder. NOTE: Windows 64bit will not allow this location to be used.
Note 4: Using V5 and V6 on the same machine.
Because of changes to the registration system you should move the minicad.config.xml file as soon as you install V6. (in most cases it will be done for you) V5 will then use the old location while V6 uses the latest. (Use Tools > Options to change the location of the miniCAD.config.xml. It will be copied for you if it does not already exist in the new location.)
In version 5 new layer attributes were introduced to avoid the display of point attributes in selected layers. (cross, code, height or number.) When opening older jobs (from Version 4) you may need to reset these flags. Go to Layers and select all (ctrl-a) and then set the attributes to display.
Point code: TEXT is another new way to disable cross printing and display. When used the point attributes will not be displayed or plotted. TEXT is the default point code for the Rectangle and Pencil tool. See Tools > Options > Preferences.