Installing the Ansys version of OpticStudio

This article describes the installation of the Ansys version of OptiStudio and links to configure access to an Ansys license.

Authored By Don Dickinson

Important note before beginning

This applies only to those who will use an Ansys Flexlm license. Ansys versions of Opticstudio will not work with legacy Zemax licenses. Legacy Zemax versions of Opticstudio will not work with Ansys licenses.

If you are activating a legacy softkey license or possess a red USB license starting with T or L (like L100000) on this machine, see this article.

If you have been assigned a network license starting with T or L (like L100000), see the "Installing on the client machine" section of this article. If you are accessing a network license that contains a 5 digit number (22000-40999) see the "client" section of this article.

Prerequisites

The install process requires administrator rights to properly install all components, rights and prerequisites.

A 64 bit Intel or AMD Windows 7, 8 10 or 11 system (or equivalent Server 2012 or higher) is required. NOTE: Apple M1 based CPU's and WIndows ARM releases are not supported. 

Installation

First, download the Ansys Zemax Opticstudio version from the Ansys download page or your Zemax Profile, Next, launch the installation file.

You will get the following screen. Read therough and select "Agree" to the license terms. Click Install to begin. 

 

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Next you will get a Windows UAC prompt to allow the program to make changes. Select Yes,  as this is required to allow access to the license. 

 

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The installation will continue with the prerequisites and application files.   

 

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Once setup is complete, then you may close the install application. 

 

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Starting Opticstudio

From the Start menu open the "Ansys Zemax OpticStudio" folder to find this version of OpticStudio. 

 

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Once the application launches, it will copy the OpticStudio DATA files including samples and catalogs. These are copied to your Documents folder in a subfolders called Zemax by default.

If you are upgrading and have specified a different DATA location, it will use the existing one.
  

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If the application starts, you are done!

Configuring a license

If you get a license error or are brought to the License Utility app, you will need to configure your machine to access an Ansys license. See this article for license setup details.

 

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