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The "Essential Information" guide has details of how to install and license the VisualSoft Suite, and also how to setup and use some of the most important components.

The VisualSoft Suite uses some features which are not automatically installed as part of Microsoft Windows.  These are required and must be installed on your computer before you can you run the applications of the VisualSoft Suite.  There are three different ways to do this:

Method 1: The prerequisites can be downloaded using the links below. After they have been downloaded install them yourself, one by one, by double-clicking on each one in Explorer.

Method 2: Download the files using the links below and place them all in the same folder as the main VisualSoft Suite installation program before you run it. The VisualSoft installer will automatically find and install the prerequisites.

Method 3: Make sure that your computer has internet access while you run the VisualSoft installer. The prerequisite files will be automatically downloaded an installed as needed.

Note that for VisualSoft Suite 10.4 the prerequisite download files for Windows 7 32 bit and Windows 10 64 bit are the same but there is a slight difference in how you need to install Microsoft SQL Server Compact on the 64 bit OS.  In later releases of the VisualSoft Suite there may be more OS related variation in the prerequisites so please check these pages again before upgrading to future versions.

Required Files

Name File download links
Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 for Windows Desktop SSCERuntime-ENU.exe
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package (x86) vcredist_x86_14.0.24215.1.exe
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) vcredist_x86_9.0.30729.6161.exe
DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010) directx_jun2010_redist.exe
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 (or newer) ndp48-x86-x64-allos-enu.exe

If using Visual3D-Inspector, or the 3D Structure View in VisualEdit / VisualReview then you also need the files below.

 
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) vcredist_10.0.40219.exe
Autodesk Design Review SetupDesignReview.exe

 

The VisualSoft Suite uses some features which are not automatically installed as part of Microsoft Windows.  These are required and must be installed on your computer before you can you run the applications of the VisualSoft Suite.  There are three different ways to do this:

Method 1: The prerequisites can be downloaded using the links below. After they have been downloaded install them yourself, one by one, by double-clicking on each one in Explorer.

Method 2: Download the files using the links below and place them all in the same folder as the main VisualSoft Suite installation program before you run it. The VisualSoft installer will automatically find and install the prerequisites.

Method 3: Make sure that your computer has internet access while you run the VisualSoft installer. The prerequisite files will be automatically downloaded and installed as needed.

Note that for VisualSoft Suite 10.4 the prerequisite download files for Windows 7 32 bit and Windows 10 64 bit are the same but there is a slight difference in how you need to install Microsoft SQL Server Compact on the 64 bit OS.  In later releases of the VisualSoft Suite there may be more OS related variation in the prerequisites so please check these pages again before upgrading to future versions.

Required Files

Name File download links
Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 for Windows Desktop.  NOTE: When manually installing this on Windows 10 64 bit please be sure to extract two installers: one 32 bit (x86), and one 64 bit (x64).  You must run BOTH when installing on Windows 10 64 bit. SSCERuntime-ENU.exe
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package (x86) vcredist_x86_14.0.24215.1.exe
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) vcredist_x86_9.0.30729.6161.exe
DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010) directx_jun2010_redist.exe
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 (or newer) ndp48-x86-x64-allos-enu.exe
If using Visual3D-Inspector, or the 3D Structure View in VisualEdit / VisualReview then you also need the files below.  
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) vcredist_10.0.40219.exe
Autodesk Design Review SetupDesignReview.exe