updated: 16-Dec-2011

 Copan Lite

Installing or Updating


Note that the first time you set up Copan on any computer, you are said to be Installing it, and any time you put a different version of Copan on the same machine, you are said to be Updating it (in which case, you can skip steps 1 and 4 below).

How to Install Copan

Please follow these instructions carefully. (Steps 1 and 2 may done in reverse.) If you're having trouble, contact support@underhill.ca with the exact details of what works and what doesn't.

1. Request a password (or software key)

If you haven't already done so, request a password from www.underhill.ca/software/copan-windows-software-key.

An eight character password (e.g., "secret39") will be emailed to you. You should receive it within a few seconds. If you don't, maybe you didn't enter your correct email address or maybe automatic mail from our mail server to your mail server is blocked.

2. Download the installation software

If you haven't already done so, download the latest version of the installer: Visit www.underhill.ca/software/copan-windows-download and download the install package, CopanLite.setup.exe, to (anywhere on) your computer.

If your download tool happens to strip off the ".exe" extension from the Copan.setup.exe filename, be sure to add it back before you run it. (You may need to change the show file extensions setting in your folder browser.)

3. Run the installation software

Open or run the CopanLite.setup.exe file and follow the simple setup instructions. The installer will place various files in your program folder (usually C:\Program Files\Copan 11.11\), and will create some shortcuts. If you know what you're doing, during the installation process, you may choose to install Copan in an alternative location or to turn off certain installation options. (If you change your mind, you can always uninstall then reinstall.)

The resulting folder and file configuration should look something like this:

Folder Contents
C:\Program Files\Copan 11.11\ User Manual file folder.
User Manual.pdf adobe document.
Copan.exe application.
unins000.exe application.
dd_alloc.dll, dockwnd.dll,
msvcirtd.dll, msvcp60d.dll, and
msvcrtd.dll application extensions.
CopanKey.bin file.
EULA.txt text document.
C:\Program Files\Copan 11.11\
User Manual\
Various other file folders.
Various .html documents.
Various other files.

The installer may also place various files in your Documents (or My Documents) folder (see § File Locations).

4. Initialise Copan

The first time you run Copan, you'll be presented with Conditions of Use which you must accept.

After accepting the conditions of use, enter the eight character password that was included in the email.

Be careful to use it exactly as is, without the enclosing double-quotes. (Copy and paste works best.) If the password is not entered correctly you'll get an Invalid Password message.

If you get that message and you're sure that you're entering it correctly, you probably have an out-of-date version of Copan, or at least a mismatch between your Copan and your key. Try re-downloading it from us and re-installing it (steps 1 and 2 above).

How to Update Copan

The procedure for updating Copan is the same as for installing, except for the following:

Moving Auxiliary Files

Prior to version 10.08, the default location for the Auxiliary Files folder was the Program Folder, which usually changed with each installation, and the program installer would always suggest that you move your auxiliary files from an earlier program folder to the latest one. Since version 10.08, however, the default location for the Auxiliary Files folder is now in a more stable location, the Initial Project Folder. If you haven't yet done so, consider moving your auxiliary files, one last time, to a more stable location.

updated: 16-Dec-2011