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Standalone Dongle-based Installation - Geomatica Banff

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The purpose of this tutorial is to provide you with a friendly and easy to follow step-by-step guide for a dongle-based standalone installation of PCI Geomatica.

Step 1 – Software Installation 

Step 2 – Installing Drivers for a Dongle (Hardlock)

Step 3 – Requesting a License File

Step 4 – Importing a License File

Python Support in Geomatica Banff


To complete the installation, you will first need to download the corresponding files from our website which can be seen at the following link: http://www.pcigeomatics.com/Downloads

**Please note that the demo data for Geomatica is a separate installation from Geomatica

Step 1 – Software Installation

Launch the Geomatica executable that you previously downloaded.


The Geomatica Installation Wizard starts.

Click ‘Next’ to proceed.


The license agreement for Geomatica appears.  Please read through the agreement and select ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’ and then click ‘Next’ to proceed.  By not agreeing to the terms and conditions the installation will immediately cancel.


Depending on your current Python configuration you may receive the following window. This window will only appear if you have Python 2.7 already installed on your computer, such as if you are updating from Geomatica 2018 to Geomatica Banff. See Python Support in Geomatica Banff for more information on the change in Python versions in Geomatica Banff.

**Note – It is highly recommended that you use Python 3.5 as the next release of Geomatica will only support Python 3.5.


The Python Environment window now appears. This allows you to choose whether you would like to set up your Python environment to use Python 3.5 by default. If you un-check this option your current Python environment will not be changed.


The Installation Location screen appears.  Choose a destination folder to install the software, and then click ‘Next’.

**Due to certain read/write permission issues under the Program Files on Windows machines, the default installation location is the C: drive.  We suggest keeping this default installation path in order to run Geomatica.


For a Standalone Installation with a dongle, choose USB Dongle (local license) as the Licensing Mode, and click ‘Next’.


The installation is ready to begin.

Click ‘Install’.


Step 2 – Installing Drivers for a Dongle (Hardlock)

If you do not have the current drivers for the dongle (hardlock) they will be installed. If you have an older version of the drivers then they will be updated to version 7.6.0. You may see the following windows if you are updating drivers.

The Sentinel System Driver Installer welcome panel appears.  Please select ‘Next’ to proceed.


The license agreement for Sentinel System Driver appears.  Please read through the agreement and select ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’ and then click ‘Next’ to proceed.  By not agreeing to the terms and conditions the installation will immediately cancel.


The Setup Type screen now appears.  Please toggle the ‘Complete’ installation and select ‘Next’ to proceed.


Installation is ready to begin.  Click ‘Install’.


The Sentinel System Driver Installer is now complete.  Please select ‘Finish’ to proceed.


You will be prompted to restart your machine. For the time being please select ‘No’ and restart after the Geomatica installation is complete.


Step 3 – Requesting a License File

Now that the installation has completed you will need to request a license file, and then apply it to the PCI Geomatics License Utility.

The Geomatica Installation Wizard is complete.  Check “Yes I would like to launch the License Utility” and choose ‘Finish’.


The License Utility appears.  Send an email to the license@pcigeomatics.com  with the following information:

  • Name
  • Fingerprint and Dongle ID (From License Utility)
  • Customer number and/or company name 

You will then be sent a license file by our PCI Licensing team.

*Note, to take a screenshot, use CTRL+Print Screen.

**Geomatica comes with trial mode that automatically enables software functionality.


Step 4 – Importing a License File

Upon receiving your license file, save a copy locally into My Documents for easy reference. Click the Import button in the License Utility (accessible through Start > Programs > PCI Geomatics > Geomatica XXXX > License Utility). Navigate to the location of the license file and import it. The Package field will list all the packages you are entitled to with this license. 

The standalone dongle-based installation of Geomatica is now complete, and you may start using Geomatica.

For more information on purchasing additional packages please contact sales@pcigeomatics.com.

For any technical assistance you can always contact license@pcigeomatics.com or support@pcigeomatics.com accordingly.  Please be sure to include your customer number for easy reference, as well as all relevant screen captures.

Python Support in Geomatica Banff

In Geomatica Banff support for Python 3.5 has been added. The official End of Life (EOL) date for Python 2.7 is January 1, 2020 - https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0373/#update. As such, Python 3.5 is now the default version supported by Geomatica Banff. We highly recommend that users switch their existing scripts to Python 3.5 as the next release of Geomatica will not support Python 2.7. Information is available from the following link on the changes between versions and how to update Python 2.7 scripts to Python 3.5 - https://docs.python.org/3/howto/pyporting.html.

To help reduce the disruption to customer’s workflows, PCI has chosen to provide customers with the option to use Python 3.5, Python 2.7 (same as Geomatica 2018) or both Python 3.5 and Python 2.7. If you have Geomatica Python 2.7 scripts that you would like to continue using in Geomatica Banff, we would recommend choosing the “Install required modules for Python 3.5 and Python 2.7” option as this will allow you to run your Geomatica Python 2.7 scripts but also update the scripts to run in Python 3.5.

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