Pointwise Quick Start Guide
The current production release is
Pointwise Version 17.1 R4.
Before You Begin
New customers and evaluators:
and install the license server and Pointwise.
to upgrade Pointwise to the latest version.
1. DO THIS FIRST.
Watch this video of how to install the FlexNet License Manager and
Pointwise. Then walk through the steps yourself.
2. Verify Compatibility
Verify that your computer is compatible with Pointwise
Supported Platforms page.
3. Download the FlexNet license manager.
4. Install the FlexNet license manager.
Run the FlexNet installer.
On Windows, install FlexNet as Administrator. IMPORTANT:
On Linux, IMPORTANT: install FlexNet as root. do not
On Mac, IMPORTANT: install FlexNet as root. do not Accept the Right-to-Use license and use all defaults for the
5. Request, receive and install a license file.
Start your web browser and open http://hostname:8080 where hostname is
your computer's name. This is the FlexNet License Administration web
Click Administration and login using User Name = admin and
Password = admin.
Change your password.
Copy from the System Information tab the Host Name and Ethernet
Go to the
page on our website. Enter the information requested by the form. Make sure you paste
the entire contents of the Ethernet Address into the Host ID field.
After submitting the form, wait for an email to arrive with your
license file. (This may take several hours depending on time of day.)
Save the license file to disk.
Return to the FlexNet License Administration web page and go to the
Vendor Daemon Configuration tab.
Click Import License.
Browse to the location the license file was saved in Step 8. Click
6. Download Pointwise. 7. Install Pointwise.
Run the Pointwise installer.
Install Pointwise as Administrator/root. IMPORTANT: Accept the Right-to-Use license and use all defaults for the
8. Run Pointwise.
You are now ready to run Pointwise. Start by watching the video
Getting Past the Blank Screen.
9. Still Have Questions?
Additional detail on license management and installation is available
Pointwise License Management and Installation Reference Guide. [PDF]
A checksum file file for the downloads from this page is
available for your reference:
The files on this page are packaged with a Java Runtime
Environment (JRE). If your system already has a JRE that is
Version 1.5 or newer, you can download installation files
without a JRE from the
“No JRE” Pointwise download page.
Contact Pointwise's technical support team at
The terms of the agreement under which you may acquire the
right to use the software include the "Right To Use License"
attached hereto or accompanying the software. Your purchase, license,
receipt, or use of the software constitutes your acceptance of all
the "Right To Use License".
Please read the
Right To Use License.