ESRI introduces ArcGIS for AutoCAD

ESRI has launched a new plug-in application for AutoCAD(v2013 or 2014) that allows for you to access and create GIS data via services from ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS Online. From within the domain, access to GIS maps, map services, image services, and feature services are now made MUCH easier.


An additional selling point of the software, it allows you to edit data that’s been stored locally within the AutoCAD drawing itself or exported from ArcGIS for Desktop.

Both ESRI Desktop software and all Autodesk software are using the FLEXnet publisher for licensing. This allows sites that use both software to fully control and manage the access to licenses by using OpenLM Software.

Download ArcGIS for AutoCAD HERE

Download OpenLM HERE

Application Note 2036: Set ESRI ArcGIS licensing Level

Set ArcGIS Licensing level

OpenLM was originally written by ESRI ArcGIS veterans, and as such it still contains various benefits to ESRI users. One of those is the ability to monitor and control ESRI licensing level through the OpenLM EasyAdmin web application, and the OpenLM Agent client tool.

ESRI licensing level

ESRI implementation is unique in the sense that you can activate the ArcMap software in three different licensing levels:

  • Basic (Previously called viewer or ArcView)

  • Standard (Previously called ‘ArcEditor’)

  • Advanced (Previously called ‘ArcInfo’)

ArcGIS end users can set the licensing level before activating the software. If such a license is available, the software will start. In OpenLM version 1.8 we have highly enhanced the licensing level feature:

  • It is now possible to set the licensing level according to available licenses.

  • The user can choose whether to save the ArcGIS licensing level to the Registry, to do it on a user level, or on a system level (for all users – requires administrative permissions).

Setting the license level

In order to view the users licensing level, right click the OpenLM Agent icon. “Set ArcGIS License level” appears on the top of the pop-up menu (Marked by the red arrow).

the following window opens:

The three levels of licenses appear on screen; each with its availability indication.

Also, the mechanism for saving the licensing level is also provided:

  • User Env: A user environment specific for current user

  • System Env: Set the environment variable to all users (requires administrator privileges)

  • Registry (Default): Save the licensing level to the local registry.

Select the

  • Relevant license manager,

  • Required licensing level and

  • Required saving mechanism

and click the ‘Save’ button.

Hide ‘Set ArcGIS License Level’ from agents

The three usage license levels may be presented or hidden from the user according to the system administration policy. In order to prevent end users from changing the license level:

1. Open the OpenLM Easyadmin tool and press the Easyadmin start button (On the bottom left corner of the Easyadmin window). A selection menu pops up.

2. Select Administration. The Following window Appears

3. Select the Active Agent icon, and the “Extension Dedicated” tab. The following window appears:

Apply your decision to the “Hide Set ArcGIS License Level from agents” box;

  • Checked: The ArcGIS license level GUI is NOT presented to the end user.

  • Unchecked (Default): The ArcGIS license level GUI is presented to the user.

4. Click the ‘Save’ button.


Updates to the ArcGIS 10 and ArcGIS 10.1 deprecation plan


Well – The new ArcGIS 10.0 and 10.1 versions are already on deprecation schedule. ESRI has announced the deprecation of these versions, and blogged a plan to go with it.

The highlights are:

  • ArcGIS 10.0 is the last release with full Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support. With ArcGIS 10.1 we will no longer support VBA development.

  • ArcGIS 10.0 is the last release that the ArcObjects SDK for Microsoft .NET will support Visual Studio 2008.

  • ArcGIS 10.0 is the last planned release of ArcInfo Workstation.


You can read all about the updated deprecation plan on ArcGIS’s blog site:

Please make sure to keep up-to-date on the product and platform support plans. the latest version is apparently on:

OpenLM Active Agent’s “Set ArcGIS License Level” Tool

OpenLM for ESRI ArcGIS provides users with a wide range of tools that make it possible to enhance the usability of Desktop ArcGIS licenses.

With these tools, users can:

  1. Query license availability
  2. Check who is using licenses at any given time
  3. Get full details on license users
  4. Receive license-availability notifications when licenses become available
  5. Reopen closed projects
  6. Set the ArcGIS license level

This post focuses on the sixth item in the previous list: Setting the ArcGIS license level.

First of all, it is important to note that ESRI Desktop ArcGIS comes in three levels:

Viewer – While Viewer is a very powerful software package, it is entry-level software as far as ESRI ArcGIS Desktop is concerned. Also known as ArcView, Viewer allows users to view, edit, and analyze GIS data stored in files or SDE. The capabilities of this license level can be enhanced by using different extensions from ESRI or third-party developers.

Please note that Viewer, or ArcView, is called VIEWER in FLEXlm.

Editor – Editor provides users with the capabilities of Viewer as well as tools designed for editing spatial data. The tools of this level make the creation of map and spatial data in GIS easy; they can edit:

  • Geodatabase files and data
  • Multi-user geodatabases
  • Versioning
  • Raster data and vectorization
  • Advanced vector data
  • Coverages
  • Coordinate geometry (COGO)
  • Geometric networks

Please note that Editor is called EDITOR in FLEXlm.

Professional – Professional is the most powerful Desktop-GIS package from ESRI. The professional license provides users with all capabilities of the previous levels in addition to other features, including:

  • Advanced spatial data analysis
  • Geoprocessing
  • Data management

Please note that Professional is called ARCINFO in FLEXlm.

ESRI Desktop ArcGIS software allows users to switch between the different license levels by using ArcGIS Administrator software.

The tool pictured above allows users to switch between “Concurrent Use” and “Single Use” licenses. It also allows users to access the license-borrowing capability that was released with version 10 of Desktop ArcGIS.

To make changes in this form, users set values in the workstation registry. For example, entering HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\ESRI\License10.0\SOFTWARE_CLASS = Viewer into a workstation’s registry will set that system’s license level to Viewer (ArcView).

Set ArcGIS License Level
OpenLM Active Agent’s “Set ArcGIS License Level” tool provides users with a quick, easy-to-use method for setting their workstation’s license level; it uses an environment variable (ESRI_SOFTWARE_CLASS). When enabled, this tool allows users to quickly change their software levels without having to use the ArcGIS Administrator tool.

The possible values of the environment variable are:

  • Viewer – To use the ArcView license level
  • Editor – To use the ArcEditor license level
  • Professional – To use the ArcInfo license level

Using the environment-variables method provided by OpenLM Active Agent offers numerous benefits:

  • It is quick and easy (It only requires 2 mouse clicks)
  • It is a great alternative to granting users complete access to the ArcGIS Administrator tool
  • It provides the system administrator with an easy way to control users’ access to licenses

There is, however, one drawback to using the OpenLM Agent tool:

  • It may cause problems since it takes priority over the ArcGIS Administrator tool.

Disabling the OpenLM Agent Tool
If any problems do occur while using the OpenLM Agent tool, it can be disabled in two easy steps. First, navigate to the software folder, which is typically located in C:\Program Files\OpenLM\OpenLM Agent. Then, once in the folder, delete “plugin.xml.”

The next version of OpenLM Agent will provide built-in support for enabling and disabling extensions.

This post focuses primarily on OpenLM Active Agent’s “Set ArcGIS License Level” tool, but it also briefly covers the three levels of ESRI Desktop ArcGIS and ArcGIS Administrator’s method of changing license levels. The benefits of using “Set ArcGIS License Level” to change users’ license levels are discussed, and the methods used to do so are explained. Additionally, for system administrators who would prefer to disable the OpenLM Active Agent method of changing users’ license levels, there is a quick guide that can be followed to do so.

OpenLM Active Agent Version – Maintenance Release

Version of OpenLM Active Agent fixes a problem with the support for ESRI ArcGIS 10 new Base Map functionality. The ArcGIS new base maps functionality allows users to easily add base maps to the the view from online resources such as Bing Maps. We have received a report on problems using this functionality when OpenLM Active Agent is also installed. Version fixes this issue.

The new Active Agent is available for download in our website.

Upgrade can be simply done by installing the new version on-top of the existing one. Companies with many workstation should be using an automatic distribution methods. More information about quite installation methods can be found in this post.