Help - Activate Extension

Each serial number that authenticates a license for a Manifold System extension product has a limited number of activations. Therefore, it is critically important for users to read and understand both the Activation Keys and Serial Numbers topic as well as the Installing and Activating a Manifold Extension topic before using the Help - Activate Extension command.


The Help - Activate Extension command is used to turn on the Business Tools, Geocoding Tools or Surface Tools optional extensions to Manifold System. When Help - Activate Extension is launched, the system will close any open projects and raise the Extension Activation dialog to allow entry of a serial number or a serial number and an Activation key. The system will then shut down Manifold so that Manifold may be re-launched with fresh activation information. When Manifold is re-launched it will automatically be reconfigured so that the activated extension will be fully enabled. Before using this command, it is wise to check the Help - About dialog to see what Manifold System edition and extensions have already been activated on the subject system.


There is no need to specify which extension is being turned on, since each serial number contains coded information specifying the extension that it activates. For example, if you license the Surface Tools package from you will receive a Surface Tools serial number. Entering that serial number into the Extension Activation dialog will automatically turn on Surface Tools.


Just like the serial number used to enable Manifold, serial numbers for extensions typically allow a temporary period of usage, normally 30 days, without requiring an Activation key. This preliminary operation period allows time for users in remote areas to acquire an Activation key while still being able to use the extension. While an extension is operating on serial number alone the Help - About dialog will report how many days are left on that serial number before an Activation key is required.




Serial number

A serial number authenticating a license for the desired extension. Serial numbers must match the release level of the host Manifold System installation. For example, when installing Surface Tools in a Manifold System 7.00 Professional Edition installation, a Manifold 7.00 Surface Tools serial number must be used. A 6.50 Surface Tools serial number won't work.

System ID

A "fingerprint" for this particular machine's hardware and software configuration that uniquely identifies this computer system. The System ID is automatically generated by Manifold and cannot be edited. It can be copied by highlighting the System ID and using CTRL-C or by right-clicking on the highlighted System ID and choosing Copy in the context menu.

Activation key

An Activation Key fetched using the serial number and System ID. Activation keys may be fetched automatically if the computer is connected to Internet, or they may be fetched manually. After a period of 30 days from the date the serial number was issued, an Activation key is required along with the serial number to activate an extension.


Accept the serial number and (if entered) the Activation key.


Abandon the activation process.

Get Activation Key via the Web

After entering a valid serial number, press this button to fetch an Activation key automatically if the computer is connected to the Internet. When this button is pressed, Manifold will take the Serial number provided together with the System ID and will connect to the Manifold key server via the web and request an Activation key for that Serial number and System ID.

Caution: gettng an Activation key via the Web will use up one of your five activations. Do not fetch an Activation Key unless you are ready to immediately activate the extension for permanent use on this computer.

If all five activations already have been used up, or if the serial number is not valid, getting an Activation key via the web will fail.




If you have several Manifold System licenses you can determine which serial number was used on a particular system as well as which extensions, if any, have been activated by launching the Help - About dialog.


See Also


Activation Keys and Serial Numbers

Installing and Activating a Manifold Extension