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Using HydroCAD in a computer lab
We offer several alternatives for installing HydroCAD in a computer lab or classroom.
Option 1: HydroCAD Sampler
The free HydroCAD Sampler is an excellent solution for individual use by students on their own computers. Although the Sampler may also be used in a computer lab, it requires individual activation on each PC, and has a runtime limit of 60-minutes per session, which may be inadequate for certain teaching situations. To avoid these restrictions, the following options may be preferable for a lab situation.
Option 2: Standard HydroCAD program
For instructors or computer labs we generally recommend a full 20-node HydroCAD system. This provides ample capacity for most educational purposes, with the flexibility to upgrade to a larger capacity if required. If several people need to use HydroCAD at the same time, such as a computer lab, we offer significant quantity discounts for multiple licenses, in addition to a 25% educational discount.
Software installation takes just 60-seconds per PC, and the setup program has a "silent install" capability for automated setup of an entire lab. Rather than having to activate each PC, HydroCAD uses shared license information stored in a network folder. This provides considerable time-saving in setting up a lab, and provides all the power and features of a full HydroCAD program.
The standard HydroCAD license includes 90 days of Deluxe Support, including phone and email support, plus free updates (software maintenance.) After 90 days you can extend your support plan for another year, or purchase updates on an as-needed basis.
Option 3: Metered HydroCAD usage
Metered usage provides all the features of a full HydroCAD, without the need for activation or license sharing. Each time you start HydroCAD, just enter your login details and the usage is charged to your account. Accounts can be configured for a specific class, project, or student, providing full access-control and accounting.
The metered version can be used on an unlimited number of computers, provides a full 1000-node capacity, and includes updates and support at no additional cost. You pay only for the hours you use. And educational users are eligible for significant discounts, making this an excellent solution when funding is not available for a standard permanent license.
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