Installation Details

This topic will explain in detail, all the tasks that SuperPro Designer's installation script performs, and highlight what actions should be taken, if any error messages are encountered during installation.  


You must have Administrative Privileges in order to successfully complete the installation of all editions of SuperPro Designer (incl. the Evaluation Edition). That is required because the installation process needs to:
a) Copy in the system area of the PC the program files, and
b) Create entries in the system area of the PC's registry.


The following tasks are carried out during installation:


  1. Install the Sentinel Driver (applies to editions of the software that require a sentinel protection key)

  2. Select a Destination Folder and an Auxiliary (Aux) Folder

  3. Register the Necessary Data Sources (used by the program when in use) under the System ODBC Registry

  4. Copy the Application's Program Files

  5. Copy the Example Files & Other Support Files



Task#1: Install the Sentinel Driver (if you are using the protected edition of the software)

If you are installing a SuperPro Designer version that is protected by a sentinel key (dongle), the installation wizard will check to see if a previous installation of SuperPro Designer (or another program that happens to be using the same sentinel technology) has already installed the appropriate sentinel drivers on the target PC. If not, then the installation wizard will attempt to install the sentinel drivers (a pertinent message will inform the user about this process). This task will not be successful unless you have administrative privileges. If you currently don’t have administrative privileges, you should exit the installation program and either ask your system administrator to re-install the entire application for you. If you are simply installing a maintenance release, or an upgrade to your system that was properly functioning with a sentinel key prior to this installation, then this step will be skipped.

You should not plug in the sentinel protection key before the software installation process is completed. The proper time to insert the key is right before (or after) you attempt to start the application for the first time.

If the key is plugged in before its drivers are installed, it is possible that the subsequent installation of the drivers may not succeed, leading to failure of communication between the program and the key. If that is the case, you must re-install the sentinel drivers by explicitly running the "SentinelSetup.exe" program provided with your installation CD.


If you are experiencing problems related to the communication between the application and your sentinel key, after installation of the program was successfully completed, see Sentinel Troubleshooting or Common Startup Errors.



Task#2: Select a Destination Folder & an Auxiliary (Aux) Folder

The 'Destination Folder' is the location where you wish to have SuperPro Designer install its program files (.exe, .dll, and more). Typically such files are installed (copied) under Window's 'Program Files' folder. If you are installing SuperPro Designer on a Windows 8 (or 8.1) 64-bit, Windows 7 (64-bit) or Windows Vista (64-bit) PC, then it is recommended to install the program under the 'Program Files (x86)' folder (reserved for programs running in the 32-bit compatibility mode), since SuperPro Designer is not a true (native) 64-bit application.


Operating System

Default Destination (Program) Folder

Vista (32-bit), Win7 (32-bit), Win8x (32-bit)

C:\Program Files

Vista (64-bit), Win7 (64-bit), Win8x (64-bit)

C:\Program Files (x86)


You must have Administrative Privileges in order to be allowed to write under the 'Program Files' or 'Program Files (x86)' area of Windows.


The 'Auxiliary Folder' (or, 'Aux Folder') selection specifies a location where the installation process will copy several auxiliary (support) files required by the program. More specifically, once a location (folder) is provided, the installation routine will create the following sub-folders:


  1. "DBases": to copy all database files required by the program (see Task#3 )

  2. "Examples":  to copy all the example files supplied with the program (Task 5 or for more details Example Process Files), and

  3. "BatchSheet": to copy several MS-Word based forms used by the program when generating a batch sheet (Task 5) .


It is absolutely vital that the location you provide for the 'Aux Folder' be a directory that all users of the program have Read & Write privileges. If you are installing the program for just yourself, then it can be in any private location (such as "My Documents"). However, if you are installing the program for all users of the target PC, then it must be in a 'Public' or 'Shared' area of Windows. The installation routine will suggest the folder "Public Documents" under the "C\Users\Public" folder. If, for some reason, this area is either available on your PC or not accessible to all potential users of the program, or if you prefer a different common location for all, then you must select another suitable location (folder) during installation.



Operating System

Default Auxiliary Folder

All Supported: Vista,
Win7 (32-bit and 64-bit),
Win8x (32-bit and 64-bit)

C:\ Users \ Public \ Documents \ Intelligen \ SuperPro Designer \ v9.5


Please note that during installation, another folder (the "Temp Folder") will be automatically created for use by the application. This folder will be used for:

a) the creation of temporary files that may be generated during the normal operation of the application and

b) background saving of open (and unsaved) documents while you work, to protect you against accidental loss of data.

The default 'Temp' folder is created in a location that varies depending upon the operating system, but in both cases, the folder is (by default) hidden.


Operating System

Default 'Temp' Folder

All Supported: Vista,
Win7 (32-bit and 64-bit),
Win8x (32-bit and 64-bit)


C:\ Program Data \ Intelligen \ SuperPro Designer



Task#3: Register the Necessary Data Sources under the System ODBC Registry

SuperPro Designer uses at least one and optionally six other data sources. The first (required) data source, is "SPD System DB v9". It contains information about components, mixtures, heat transfer agents, etc. as data that are provided by Intelligen, Inc. The database file that contains all this information is "PDSystem.v9.mdb". Without proper access to this data source your SuperPro Designer program will not start. You will receive an error message indicating that the System DB Is Inaccessible.


The other five data sources that may be used by SuperPro Designer, are:

- "SPD User DB v9",


- "SPD Process DB v2",

- "SPD PPDS DB", and



The Data Source Names (DSNs) for the Evaluation edition of SuperPro Designer have an extra 'e' after "SPD xxx" in their DSN. So, the System data source name is "SPDe System DB v9" (for this major release); the User data source is named "SPDe User DB v9", and so on.


"SPD User DB v9" is a MS-Access database prepared with the same relational tables as the main ("System") database but without any actual data. It is ready to receive any user-supplied extensions to the system's database information. For instance, any user-introduced new components or mixtures (and their properties), or new heat transfer agents, etc. users will save them in this database. The file that contains all such information is "PDUser.v9.mdb". Even though after initial installation on a server machine, all logged users share the same user's database file, each user may (if needed) personalize his/her own copy of the database by copying the original file (as supplied with the installation CD) to a new location of their choice, and then, while running SuperPro Designer, access the dialog under Databank / Location, etc., and set the new location for their own User DB. For more details on how to personalize the User Database check out the help topic behind the menu option: Databanks / Availability, Passwords & Locations.


If you are installing the application on behalf of a group of computers (as part of a lab installation, or departmental installation), you must make sure that all registry entries created under "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ODBC\ODBC.INI" during installation of the program (see below), are copied under all of the potential users of the program, otherwise, the program will run fine, when the installer (Administrator) is logged in, but NOT when the other users are logged in.



The blue-highlighted entries MUST be reflected under all other users' profiles; the green-highlighted entries optionally, and only if the related databases are going to be used by the SuperPro Designer users (they are not needed during startup and users can set them up themselves after starting SuperPro Designer on their own).


The "SPD Process DB v2" database contains a repository of user-composed process descriptions (each in a .spf file). By depositing a process file into the Process DB, you make the fundamental description of your process available to all users who have access to that database (without really exposing your actual file – unless you allow it). As each process file can have certain keywords associated with it and a full description, other users of the database can search the database to find past process files that may have full (or partial answers) to new a new design challenge. The process database, will eventually allow users to store more data (such as equipment types and sizes utilized by the process, materials, etc.). Some of these extra pieces of information can also be used in the search criteria to locate a process record in the database (to come in a later version).

The third data source "SPD DIPPR DB" provides access to a small, demo version of the DIPPR data base (in relational database format) copied by the installation script. It simply demonstrates the ability of SuperPro Designer to access more component data, as contained in the commercial version of DIPPR. For users who already own a copy of DIPPR, linking to the DIPPR database is as simple as visiting the Database / Edit Location dialog in the program's main menu. If you don't have a copy of DIPPR and wish to obtain one, please consult SuperPro Designer's on-line help facility for DIPPR sales contact information.

Finally, the last two databases do NOT come pre-installed with SuperPro Designer. If a SuperPro Designer user has already purchased a license for the PPDS database, then it can be accessed by SuperPro. PPDS provides single component property data and binary (phase equilibrium) data. If you have a valid license for PPDS, you can visit the dialog under Databases / Availability, Passwords & Locations and hook-up your PPDS database files with SuperPro Designer's data sources for such data. For more details on how to accomplish this, simply click on the "Help..." button of the dialog.


Data Source Name

Database File Name


SPD System DB v9


Contains system data on components, mixtures, etc. Cannot be modified by users.
MUST be available (for read/write) at all times.
Database file provided and copied during installation.

SPD User DB v9


Contains user-specified extensions to the system database, such as user-introduced components, mixtures, heat transfer agents, etc. All users on a single machine installation may use the same file or each user may use their own file.
Does NOT need to be available at all times.
A template file (without data) is provided and copied during installation.

SPD Process DB v2


Contains database representations of completed design cases in association with keywords that can be used for future searches by other users in a corporation.

Does NOT need to be available at all times.

A template file (without data) is provided and copied during installation.



Contains a sample DIPPR database with few components and their properties. Shown as a demonstration of the ability of Pro-Designer to be able to use the commercial version of DIPPR (must be purchased separately).
Does NOT need to be available at all times.
A sample file is provided and copied during installation. Users must purchase full file by themselves.



Will connect to PPDS's single component database that contains pure component property data (Critical properties, Cp, Antoine coefficients, etc.).

Does NOT need to be available at all times.
No file is provided and/or copied during installation.



Will connect to PPDS's binary coefficient database that contains binary coefficients for popular non-ideal models for Vapor-Liquid equilibrium (such as Wilson coefficients, etc.)

Does NOT need to be available at all times.
No file is provided and/or copied during installation.

SchedulePro Recipe DB v1


Used to export scheduling and resource utilization data of a single recipe in a format that can be later imported by SchedulePro .
Does NOT need to be available at all times.
No file is provided and/or copied during installation.


The last data source mentioned above ("SchedulePro Recipe DB v1") will become available to SuperPro Designer users as soon as SchedulePro has been installed on their environment. Exporting a recipe to this database will allow SchedulePro users to import its data from within SchedulePro and possible combine multiple recipes in order to explore issues that may arise in multi-product manufacturing. For a more thorough analysis and evaluation of process schedules, users are strongly encouraged to evaluate the companion program from Intelligen: SchedulePro.


The location where the above files are copied depends on the selection of the 'Aux Folder' during installation. All above database files are copied into a "DBases" sub-folder under the selected Aux Folder. However, each end user of the program (on the target PC), will have a chance to relocate the files to an area of his/her own choice (possibly in a private area under their user domain) and direct the program to use that file whenever the application is started from that user's profile. For more information on how to accomplish this task, check the help topic behind the menu option Databanks / Availability, Passwords & Locations or see Databases: Availability, Passwords & Locations Interface.


If during installation the system data source ("SPD System DB v9") fails to register, then when you attempt to start the application, the following message will appear:

Note that failure to register the required data sources, is not the only reason that the above error message will appear.

For directions on how to create (or edit the properties of) the system data sources manually in your Windows target PC, please consult your Windows help facility (see accessing the ODBC Registry Applet).



Task #4: Copy the Application's Program Files

The next step during the installation process involves copying the necessary files needed for the program to properly load. All such files are copied under an area of your PC that is designated for such files (e.g. "C:\Program Files" or "C:\Program Files (x86)") and the Windows installer can't access this area unless the user is logged in with Administrative Privileges.


SuperPro Designer requires the availability of a temporary directory that can be used during normal operation of the program. The default temporary directory is also NOT user-selectable during normal installation. It defaults to a public area on the target PC, where all users are guaranteed to have read-and-write privileges. For example, under Win Vista (or Win 7) the location is under the "C:\ProgramData\Intelligen\SuperPro" (normally a hidden directory). If so desired, the folder to be used by the application for the creation of its temporary files can be assigned to another location. This can be accomplished from the File / Application Settings dialog of SuperPro Designer.



Task #5: Copy the Example Files & Other Support Files (Batch Sheet Forms)

The final task during installation involves the copying of all example files that come with the application, as well as many forms that can be used by the application to generate batch sheets. All these files should be copied in an area that is publicly accessible by all users of the target PC. For all supported Windows editions, currently the recommended location is:
"C:\ Public \ Users \ Public Documents \ Intelligen \ SuperPro Designer \v9.5".