Manifold GIS

How to Activate a Manifold GIS License

From there I see the question in Google Analytics very often, so let's talk a while to smoke from this.

1. Download Manifold

image It is not possible to download Manifold as in any other brand, unless you pay with your credit card ($ 245 dollars) the person version, then before the 30 days reports that you are dissatisfied and return the silver.

So you have the installation program. If you are satisfied, then you will have made a good investment.

Another way to acquire it is with those who have bought it, since it is necessary to activate licenses to use it, I do not see much problem that someone shares the program. But if you are seriously thinking about acquiring it, I don't see why you ask me to send it to you.

2. Activate Manifold

Once you pay, what Manifold sends you is a link to download the program and a “serial number”, similar to this:


With which you are entitled to five activations no matter what machine you do it.

It means then that each activation of the Personal version costs you $ 49, not bad considering that a software within 5 years will be obsolete and taking into account that Windows dumbass  it will work for you but it will force you to format the machine from time to time ... once a year would be the last straw.

To activate an extension, the program is installed and when you run it for the first time you get this window.

Activation manifold gis

In the first space is written the "serial number" that Manifold delivers in the purchase, the second is a blasphemous number that only Manifold knows how it is generated where the data of the equipment is identified. Seeing the "help / about" I see that it collects the CPU model, type of windows installed and I don't know what else.

Once the “serial number” is entered, the “get activation key via the web” button is pressed and that causes a number to be generated in the third space. This process can also be done on this Manifold page, entering the data manually, and on this page you can see how many activations are available.

Note that if you uninstall the program does not lose the activation, so when you install it again the system recognizes that there is already an activation available; However it is advisable to save the three data in a file.

If the machine is formatted and windows are reinstalled, the activation is lost although I have known that it is possible to recover that activation ...

If you have already lost your five activations, I recommend that you wait for the 9x version of Manifold, which is scheduled for the end of 2008. Migrating from a version costs $ 50 during the first 60 days of launch and that will cause you to have five activations again ... good tactic to clean up obsolete licenses.

In case the system does not respond from the client application, in many cases it happens because there is a Proxy of means or by restrictions of the firewall, it can be done From the online application, Including both the serial number and the System ID



3. Enable extensions

image To activate the extensions it is done in “help / activate extension”, they are the same numbers that are received when buying the extensions for geocoding, sourvey tools or business tools.

Manifold always sends a number, but if you want an original CD, ask for it and for $ 11 it will come to your home to paint. That CD that ironically only has one page of instructions with three red phrases saying:




3. Pirate Manifold

image Negative, that doesn't make sense. If you are going to do GIS, and charge for the product or your company is interested in Manifold to produce profits, I do not see why not buy a license that It costs $ 245, Especially if you work on a computer that cost $ 500.

So to get rid of this bad practice, I don't recommend hacking Manifold. To avoid this problem, the long-haired creators of this application made sure that whoever shares their "serial key" is selling their soul to the devil because they will steal their activations. I insist, as far as I know no one has made a keygen to hack Manifold, and I hope they don't.

If we respect this principle, we all ensure that Manifold will remain low cost.

Ah ... it seems very high $ 245 dollars, then use GvSIG That it will not cost you anything to install it, you will have to learn how to use it.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. Hello Alveniz, The connection to Google Maps is blocked, Google closed the access and as I read in the forums has not been possible to solve. If you can Open Street Maps, Yahoo Maps and other services but not to Google.

    That extension of connecting to Google is not from Manifold but an extension developed by the community.

    The basic license of Manifold does not bring analysis Analysis of networks, for it uses an extension called Business tools, that does matters of optimization of routes analysis of networks. Nor is it much compared to the Arc GIS extension called Network Analysis.

  2. Greetings.

    In the actuality if I acquire a license of maninfold, it is possible to connect to the images of google maps, besides that you can say about the handling of this soft in comparison to the Network analyst that I use, does almost the same thing?

  3. Thanks g !, if Virtual Earth could, in the forums read something like that about Google Earth.

    And with respect to the reproyectar already I could do it.

    Thanks again.

  4. Did you connect to Virtual Earth?
    I understand that there were problems only with Google Earth, because Google changed some things to avoid what Manifolds were doing. In the forum there is a whole issue about this.

    With the reproyectar:
    You load the layer, and you assign projection and original datum. That is done by touching the drawing, right button and assigning projection.

    Then, right click on the drawing and choose the option “change projection” and choose the new datum.

    all the best

  5. Hello g !, I have two doubts one is that it has been impossible for me to connect to the images of google earth and google maps, I followed literally what it says here on your page as specialized forums in Manifold. The other thing that I have not been able to catch as it is done is to be able to reproject and make a change of datum.

    I hope you can answer these doubts. first of all, Thanks.


  6. Already solved according to the forum of manifold, there are some .dll files in the bin folder of Postgres that are necessary to copy in the installation directory of manifold.

    Thank you!!

  7. You know I have problems connecting Manifold with postgres/postgis, I get the following message “Can't establish connection to datasource”.

    You have some idea of ​​what it can be. I have already made this type of connection with GIS desktop opensource (Udig, Gvsig, Qgis and Kosmos), with which I have not had any kind of problem.


  8. Yes you can.
    Of course, with the warning, the activation is lost if you format the machine.
    If on one of your 5 machines you must format, that license was lost and if you want to install again you must buy another license, which would have other 5 activations available.

  9. And can be run on five different machines at once ???


  10. No, it's just that you get a license key (this is not the activation key).

    Until that date you have 5 activations, when you install the program and use it for the first time you follow the process indicated above, connected to the Internet you get an activation number that is associated with the number of your machine.

    You can also do it not from the map but from the page that you indicated there.

    When you're going to do it with another machine, it happens the same.

  11. Thanks g !, I have another query, How solid the other 4 activations, since only one email arrives ?.


  12. I think it's almost immediate from one day to the next.

    All licenses, including enterprise, are for 5 activations, that is, you could use it only on one machine, and have 5 activations available for you in that machine you have to format.

    Or you can install it in 5 different machines, using an activation in each of them.

  13. I have a question about how much time it takes to buy the program via the internet until the activation key arrives via e-mail.

    The other, the enterprise version for how many machines is possible to use the license ??.


    Thank you

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