Installation

Installation files for the Vortex® Studio family of products are available from the CM Labs Account Page (https://www.cm-labs.com/account/).

Warning
It is a recommended best practice to install Vortex Studio software under the same Windows user account that you will use when running the Vortex Studio application.
Note
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 and 2015 Redistributable Packages are required for any Vortex Studio installation.
In some cases, if you already have the correct or higher version of the package installed, Vortex Studio will fail to install and prompt you to download a redistributable package. Trying to install that linked version will also fail since it will register as an older version than what you have on your machine. In this case, you must repair the redistributable package from the "Apps & Features" tool (in Windows 10), or the "Uninstall or Change a Program" page found via the Control Panel.

Vortex Studio Setup (VortexSetup.exe) is an executable that simplifies the installation Vortex Studio. It can download the necessary components and install them without interruption. This executable scans its current folder for any Microsoft installer file created by CM Labs and executes them in the proper order; inter-dependencies are managed without the user's intervention. Building an installation package is as simple as gathering the installers (.msi files ) into a single folder.

Vortex Studio Setup can install Vortex Studio either on a desktop computer or on a distributed simulator.

Note
Co-existence of Vortex Toolkit versions is supported (e.g., 2019a and 2019b on the same workstation).
Note
The Vortex Studio Licensing Tool is only necessary if you need to configure License Servers.

Desktop Installation

  1. Launch the Vortex Studio Setup file (VortexSetup.exe) to start the setup application.
  2. In the next window, click Install on Desktop.
  3. After reading the license terms and conditions, select the agreement box and click Next.
  4. In the next window, you will see a list of components available to install. Select all the components you want to install and click Next. Vortex Studio is the basic component that needs to be installed.
    Note
    You will also see a list of currently installed components that you can choose to uninstall.
  5. On the following Summary window, double-check your selections, then click Confirm.
  6. A status window appears, displaying global and partial progress.

At the end of the process, a summary is displayed.

Simulator Installation

Simulator installation is used to setup a complete distributed simulator. Vortex Studio Setup will make certain that all computers in a distributed simulator have the same Vortex Studio components installed. This is usually done on the instructor station of a distributed simulation.

Note
An Internet connection is required on the machine running Vortex Studio Setup but not on the other computers.
  1. Launch the Vortex Studio Setup file (VortexSetup.exe) to start the setup application.
  2. In the next window, click Install on Simulator.
  3. After reading the license terms and conditions, select the agreement box and click Next.
  4. In the next window, you will see a list of components available to install. Select all the components you want to install and click Next. Vortex Studio is the basic component that needs to be installed.
    • You will see a list of currently installed components that you can choose to uninstall.
  5. Select the computers from the chosen network interface where you want to install Vortex Studio. On remote computers, a window indicates that the Vortex Studio Setup client is communicating with the Vortex Studio Setup server.
  6. Click Select.
  7. Confirm the choice of components
  8. A status window appears, displaying global and partial progress.

After installation, a summary is displayed.

Note
VortexService must be running on all computers where distributed installed is needed. Initially, Vortex Studio must be installed manually on each computer of a simulator, and subsequent installations and upgrades can be done remotely with Vortex Studio Setup.

Linux Installation

To install Vortex Studio on Linux:

  1. Create a destination directory in your desired location.
  2. Navigate into the directory you just created.
  3. Enter the following:
    tar -xzvf /<your directory>/Vortex_Studio_*_x64_gcc48.tar.gz

See the Licensing chapter for information on how to activate your installation.