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EcoDesigner Demo Limitations?

genarch
Enthusiast
I built a very simple model to test EcoDesigner, running ArchiCAD in demo mode. However, when I click 'Start Evaluation' nothing happens! Is this a limitation of the demo mode?

Edit: A little more than 'nothing' happens. I see a progress window that says "Energy balance simulation in progress... Please wait..." Then it goes back to the EcoDesigner window without displaying any results from the evaluation.
Mac OSX 11.6.8

AC26, Artlantis 2020, TwinMotion

iMac Pro 2017 / 8-core 3.2 GHz / 32GB RAM
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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
[Message delayed a day or two due to forum problem...]

I unplugged my WIBU key so that both AC 12 and ED are running in demo mode.

I am unable to assign alternative U values to fills, but am able to get a model that will evaluate by assigning cut fills to elements that correspond to fills in the ED database that have U values.

Once that is done, the Start Evaluation button is enabled, and clicking it gives me a report, after a brief pause. Perhaps your building is really complicated. See if you can get the demo to do something with just a 4-wall box.

Model Review comes up - but you are unable to reassign surface functions in the demo.

The report that displays has a diagonal stamp through it that says "Demo version. Save, copy and teamwork functions are disabled."

So, basically, it gives you a way of seeing what all of the dialogs look like, but not really doing much.

Karl
One of the forum moderators
AC 27 USA and earlier   •   macOS Ventura 13.6.2, MacBook Pro M2 Max 12CPU/30GPU cores, 32GB

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