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How to Install The Drafting Assistant

This is the guide on how to install The Lode Data Drafting Assistant.

This document was written to guide the user through the installation of version 10.40+ of The Drafting Assistant. The guide can be used to install most of our previous versions as well as future versions.

This guide will be updated to reflect only significant changes in future releases of the program.


The Drafting Assistant is a program build on top of AutoCAD, thus your system should meet the minimum requirements specified by your version of AutoCAD.

As of this writing version 2023 is the current minimum specs your system should meet.

AutoCAD 2023 requirements

Other Requirements:

  • Windows 10 (64bit)
  • USB Hardware Lock/Key
  • AutoCAD installed

AutoCAD Secondary Installer

AutoCAD must be installed before trying to install The Drafting Assistant. You also need to start/launch AutoCAD to ensure that it has completely gone through the setup process. This is especially important if you install AutoCAD as another user and then switch profiles. AutoCAD will not be recognized as installed unless you've ran the secondary installer for that user profile.

Step 1 - Download Files

Download the program installation files.

When you purchase or upgrade your Drafting Assistant program Lode Data will provide you with a download link.

Save the ZIP file to a folder on your desktop.


The Drafting Assistant has multiple installation files that depend on what version of AutoCAD you use. You'll need to verify that you download the correct files for your version of AutoCAD.

Step 2 - Unzip Files

Unzip the installation files to a folder on your desktop.

In our examples we'll be installing Drafting Assistant 10.40 for AutoCAD 2020. So our install folder is at desktop\10_40\2020. There should be ~ 5 files in the folder related to the install.

Step 3 - Select Setup

Having Admin privileges may be required to install the program. Please consult your IT department for assistance.

  • Left Click on setup.exe to select it
  • Right Click and select Run as administrator

Step 3 Run as admin

  • Select YES to allow the program to run with admin privileges

User UAC

<!-- Update UAC png to reflect selection to YES -->

Step 4 - Start Install

The installation wizard will open to begin the installation select Next.

Welcome Wizard

Step 5 - Lode Data License Agreement

Read the Lode Data License Agreement and select Yes to agree to the terms of use.


Step 6 - What's New

Read what's new in the program. This list highlights bug fixes and new features that have been added for your specific version.

Select Next.

whats new drafting

Step 7 - Select Features

Select the features you'd like to install with the program.


✔ Sample Files

✔ Fiber Module

select features

Sample Files

✔ Selected by default

This option will install our sample files. Consider installing these if you are new to the program and plan to go through the manual or training.

Change Default

The default location of the sample files is in the user's documents directory. You may want to change the directory. The files should be installed in a directory where the user has proper read/write permissions.

Fiber Module

✔ Selected by default

This option will install our Fiber Module. If you only purchased the Drafting Assistant you will want to un-check this option.

Fiber Module Error

If you do not un-check this option and your USB key does not have a Fiber Module serial number your user will get an error when they start the program.

To resolve the "Security Device is not mastered for this product" error you'll need to uninstall the Drafting Assistant and repeat these steps. Making sure to un-check Fiber Module at this step.

Step 8 - Destination Folder

C:\Program Files\Lode Data Corporation

Default location where the program is installed. You do not need to change this setting 99.9% of cases.

Select Next.

destination folder

Step 9a - Optional Features

C:\Users\<user-name>\Documents\Lode Data Projects

If you selected to install our sample files from step 7, you'll be prompted to install them to the default location. Otherwise you will not get this window.

Select Next.

sample files destination

Step 9b - Copy Files

The program confirms that all the file locations you selected in previous steps are listed.

Select Next.

copy files

Step 10 - Setup Process

The setup process shows the status of the installation with the progress bar.

setup status

Step 11 - Installation Wizard Complete

Select Finish to complete the installation.

wizard complete

Step 12 - Attach USB Hardware Lock/Key

Attach the USB device that Lode Data Corporation provided you. This is a blue USB device. The device must be attached to a USB port directly on your computer. Using a hub or any other 3rd party device may cause the device to malfunction.


For more information on your USB Key, please visit our USB Keys FAQ.

Lode Data Corporation also offers a keyless network version. This license is reserved for customers with 20+ licensing.

Step 16 - Launch Program

Design Icon

You should now have the Drafting Assistant icon on your desktop or start menu. Double click on the program to open and begin working with the program.