There are two types of installations for Manifold: Windows Installer installations and Portable installations. Portable installations are used for new, "Edge" builds that test the latest features. Windows Installer installations are used for Base builds that have been in use for a few months.
Manifold products are 64-bit products that require 64-bit Windows.
Recommended for beginners: A Windows Installer package uses Microsoft's Windows Installer facility to install, modify, and to uninstall programs. The Manifold Windows Installer package will install any required Microsoft prerequisites if those are not already installed on your system. When Manifold is installed by Windows Installer, it will appear in the Windows Start menu of applications.
After installation, save the installation .exe file. You may need it later to uninstall or to repair an installation.
Launch Manifold from the Windows Start button.
For more experienced users: A portable installation is a .zip file that unzips into a fully-functional package that requires no installation. Portable installations require manual installation of Microsoft prerequisites if those have not already been installed on the computer.
The easiest way to install Microsoft prerequisites is to first install Manifold using a Windows Installer package for Manifold. You can then uninstall Manifold and the prerequisites will remain.
Launch Manifold from a portable installation by double-clicking the manifold.exe.
If you no longer want the program on the system, simply delete the .zip file and any unzipped folders and files that are no longer desired.
The first time Release 9 is launched it will raise an activation dialog. Enter your serial number and press the Accept button to activate the license. Your computer must be connected to Internet to activate. For details, see the Activation Guide web page. Information on managing activations is in the Manifold Activation topic.
To work with Esri Mobile Geodatabases, PostgreSQL, or MySQL, you must install optional files.
From the Product Downloads page for Manifold, download the open_source_db_64.zip download. Unzip the zip file that is downloaded, and place the resulting opt folder in the extras folder in the Manifold installation folder. That provides support for PostgreSQL and MySQL.
To enable work with Mobile Geodatabases, you must also install an optional, external SQLITE3.DLL file that may be obtained from the official sources for SQLite and SpatialLite:
Place the SQLITE3.DLL file in the extras folder in the Manifold installation folder.
When re-projecting a component, Manifold can use high-accuracy conversions that utilize transformation grids including NADCON5, NADCON, HARN NADCON, and NTv2 grids, for some regions in the world. The high-accuracy conversions require download and installation of an optional grids.dat file. The grids.dat file is an optional file because it is 379 MB in size and most users do not use it.
Most users will re-project components using default conversions, and thus do not need the grids.dat file. Those users who want to use transformation grids can download and install the grids.dat file. When the grids.dat file is installed, the conversion options to use high-precision transformation grids automatically will become available for coordinate conversions that can use them.
Download the grids.dat file from the Product Downloads page. Install the grids.dat file by placing the file in the extras folder of the Manifold installation folder. The file must be placed in the extras folder itself and not within a subfolder of the extras folder.
The grids.dat file is included within the Base Plus installation zipfile for Release 9.
Manifold uses English by default. Change the language by providing a localization file. A localization file is just a small file like ui.fr.txt (for French) that contains translations for user interface words from English to the desired language. Download a collection of localization files in the ui.zip file.
Change the language:
For details and information on creating new localization files, see instructions in the Localization topic.