ElectroPlan in the Cloud
Here are a few options to operating ElectroPlan using various Cloud and On-Line Services …
Run ElectroPlan on-line using ERICOM® Desktop – This service allows you to run any Windows application, including ElectroPlan, in your browser from any operating system (Windows, MacOS, Linux) and using any end-user device, or use a Remote Desktop Connection for Windows or Mac.
Click here for more details about ElectroPlan on ERICOM® Desktop
Click here for more details about ElectroPlan with Cloud Drives
These options have the following advantages …
- Share your work between computers.
- Share you work with colleagues.
- Run ElectroPlan on a non-Windows computer. (ERICOM® Desktop – see below)
- Ensure your ElectroPlan files are safe from computer malfunctions.
- Access your ElectroPlan files from any location.
Run ElectroPlan on-line using ERICOM® Desktop
The image below shows ElectroPlan running full screen in a browser with the main tool-bar (with the blue frame) floating to give maximum height for the plan area. The grey/pink/yellow tool-bar below and to the right of the floating ElectroPlan tool-bar is the ERICOM® Desktop tool-bar menu with icons to access various Desktop functions.
This remote desktop option takes ElectroPlan off your PC desktop and allows it to be run …
- in an internet browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera)
- on any computer (PC, Mac, iPad, Chromebook)
- regardless of the operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
The ERICOM® Desktop environment is a remote Windows desktop which can also can link to your cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive or Box) or you can upload/download files directly from your PC desktop. (see the icons on the desktop tool-bar)
If you want to pursue this option with ElectroPlan please follow the link above for more information about ERICOM® Desktop.
Also, please contact us at ElectroPlan and let us know about your experience with ERICOM® Desktop, including any problems, as we are keen to ensure ElectroPlan users benefit from having ElectroPlan as an on-line application.
ElectroPlan functions in the same way as it does on a Windows desktop with performance very dependent on your internet connection speed.
ElectroPlan on ERICOM® Desktop…
Opening Screen after sign-in…
This is the ERICOM® Desktop with no applications running except the Desktop Explorer.
It shows the applications you have installed as well as the default applications, Chrome, Adobe Reader etc. You can install other Windows applications besides ElectroPlan.
The Explorer windows is located on D:\ElectroPlan which is the preferred location for the installation of ElectroPlan to avoid any permissions issues which can happen with an installation on drive C:
If you connect to the desktop using Remote Desktop Connection for Windows or Mac your own PC’s drives and folders will be shown inside the Explorer making files transfers easy to accomplish.
If you need any assistance with, or have any questions about setting up ElectroPlan on ERICOM® Desktop please contact us at ElectroPlan.
If you want us to set ElectroPlan up and configure for you we can do that and invoice you for the time involved.
Some – How To’s for getting started with ElectroPlan on ERICOM® Desktop.
Installing or Upgrading ElectroPlan
The files you download from the ElectroPlan website to install or upgrade ElectroPlan need to be located on the ERICOM® Desktop environment so they can be run to install or upgrade ElectroPlan. Here are a couple ways to do that ….
Direct Upload from your PC …
- Use the Upload Files icon on the desktop tool-bar to upload the file from your PC to the Downloads folder under Favorites in the Windows Explorer.
- Open the Downloads folder and double click the file to start the install or upgrade process as if you were working on your own PC.
Download the install or upgrade files directly using the Chrome browser which is already installed on the ERICOM® Desktop.
- Navigate the browser to electroplan.co.nz and go to the Free Trial or Upgrade pages and complete the entries in the right hand sidebar.
- By default the download will be saved to Downloads under Favourites.
- Click on the Explorer icon in the lower task-bar and find the Favourites >> Downloads folder and double click the downloaded file to start the install or upgrade.
NOTE: The recommended install location on the ERICOM® Desktop is D:\ElectroPlan
Make sure you select this location at the third screen in the install or upgrade process (after the License Agreement) …
Once you have completed the installation process the ElectroPlan icon will appear on the desktop and can be run ant time, providing the desktop is running. See the ERICOM® Desktop website documentation on how to administer your desktop.
Entering your ElectroPlan Registration into your on-line installation in ERICOM® Desktop
- (1) From the email you received from ElectroPlan, copy and paste the details to the ‘Registration Details’ tab in the ‘Tools and Settings’ window.
- (2) From the email you received from ElectroPlan, save the attached file ElectroPlanRegistration.TXT to the D:\ElectroPlan folder while ElectroPlan is NOT running and then start ElectroPlan. The registration details will be read from the file on start-up and saved when ElectroPLan is closed down.
ElectroPlan with Cloud Drives
Follow these steps to add access to Dropbox or Google Drive to your Windows Desktop ..
Download the Windows client software to your computer.
For Dropbox use this link … Download Dropbox or google “Dropbox on Windows” or similar.
For Google Drive use this link … Download Google Drive or google “Google Drive on Windows” or similar.
Once you have downloaded the client software and run the install process you should see Dropbox or Google Drive within Windows Explorer under Favorites. If you click the Dropbox or Google Drive entry under Favorites you will be taken to the drive contents under your Windows user login name.
There are two options to using ElectroPlan with Cloud Drives … “Live Mode” or “Backup Mode”
All ElectroPlan files are located on the Cloud Drive folder.
Typically the path to ElectroPlan as seen within the Windows file system is something like the paths below.
Dropbox …… C:\Users\<UserLoginName>\Dropbox\Electroplan
Google Drive …… C:\Users\<UserLoginName>\Google Drive\ElectroPlan
ElectroPlan is run from this location by creating a shortcut to the application file ElectroPlan.exe in the ElectroPlan folder, or you can use any other method within Windows for starting applications.
As ElectroPlan has started from the Cloud Drive Folder, all the file updates that occur as the system runs, are updated over the internet to your Cloud Storage.
To set this up …
Install ElectroPlan on the Cloud Drive Folder directly
Copy your existing ElectroPlan system and all files and folders from the installation on your computer’s hard drive to the Cloud Drive. Typically this will be the folder C:\ElectroPlan (by default) or some other location chosen at the time of installation of ElectroPlan. Once the files have been copied to the Cloud Storage be careful NOT to run ElectroPlan from this local hard drive again as the file content there will be more and more out of date as you work from the Cloud Drive. Delete any shortcuts that point to that location and set up new ones for the new Cloud Drive.
The response time for file based activity will vary according to your internet connection speed.
All ElectroPlan files are located on your computer’s hard drive, ElectroPlan is run in the normal way from your hard drive exactly as per the standard install procedure.
When you have finished an ElectroPlan session the ElectroPlan folder and all sub-folders are copied to the Cloud Drive – effectively creating a backup of your ElectroPlan files in the Cloud.
For either mode your ElectroPlan files are available on line for you to access from another computer either directly (Live Mode) or after being copied from the Cloud Drive to the other computer’s hard drive (Backup Mode)
For information on how to copy files and folders using various copy methods, please consult Windows documentation on line. (Google “windows copy folders” or “xcopy” for a command line based option)
Updating to a new version of ElectroPlan
When new versions of ElectroPlan become available you can do the update in the normal way the only thing to be aware of is to navigate to the correct folder to install the upgrade.
At the third screen in the upgrade process (after the License Agreement) click the browse button and navigate to the Cloud Storage Folder. The path will be similar to that shown in the image with your login name and Dropbox or Google Drive.
For multi-user situations all users should be out of ElectroPlan when the update is done and should find that are on the latest version of ElectroPlan without having to to the upgrade on their computer.