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