This document describes how to install or update APEX®, a product of Breault Research Organization, Inc (BRO). These instructions apply only to these 64-bit operating systems: Windows® 7 Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise; and Windows® 10 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise.
If you carefully follow the instructions in this document, the process should proceed smoothly. If you have questions or issues about installation, updating your current installation, or uninstalling APEX, please contact BRO Technical Customer Service.
The English and Chinese version of the document was updated for APEX 2016 V1. (June 3, 2016)
The document was translated into Traditional Chinese for APEX 2015 V1. (March 9, 2015)
The English version of the document was updated for APEX 2015 V1. (February 17, 2015)
The document was translated into Traditional Chinese for APEX 2014 V1. (September 23, 2014)
The document was significantly revised for APEX 2014 V1, due primarily to moving from hardware keys to a new keying system. The new APEX License Manager is introduced. Both existing and new users are advised to read the instructions. (August 25, 2014)
The document was reorganized to assist users in preparing for installation. See "Before Installing APEX" for clear instructions on prerequisites, including Sentinel driver installation. A note was added to restart the computer after installing APEX to register the license keys. (February 13, 2014) The Simplified Chinese version was updated February 24, 2014.
A new section was added, "Supported Anti-Virus applications". Users do not need to turn off any of the supported AV applications during installation of APEX. (January 22, 2014)
The localized version of this document for Simplified Chinese was updated for APEX 2013 V2R1. (October 17, 2013)
The localized version of this document for Traditional Chinese was updated for APEX 2013 V2R1. (October 8, 2013)
Updated graphics for APEX 2013 V2R1 release. (October 2, 2013)
Removed reference to Windows XP in the section, Installating APEX; localized versions updated as well. (May 7, 2013)
The localized version of this document for Traditional Chinese was updated, as noted in the April 25, 2013 entry below. (April 30, 2013)
Updated listing of supported operating systems, which are limited to: 64-bit Windows Vista (Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise), and 64-bit Windows 7: Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. (April 25, 2013)
The localized version of this document for Simplified Chinese was added. (March 26, 2013)
The localized version of this document for Traditional Chinese was added. (March 18, 2013)
This Note was added for APEX 2013 V1R1: "During installation, APEX stores its Optical Parts in a folder under, C:ProgramDataSolidWorksSolidWorks 2013design library. If you are using an earlier version of SolidWorks than 2013, be sure to add this path under Tools, Options, File Locations, Design Library to have access to all the latest parts." (March 5, 2013)
The Note on page 6 now reads: "APEX supports the current major release of SolidWorks as well as the immediately previous major release at the time of the APEX release. Beta versions of SolidWorks are not supported." (December 11, 2012)
This text was added for APEX 2012 V1R1: "Some antivirus software may prevent APEX from installing and/or functioning correctly." (November 1, 2012)
The document was revised for the APEX 2012 V1R1 release. As a result of APEX now being an add-in to SolidWorks, its installation is easier and faster. Please take the time to read the new instructions to assure a smooth installation. (October 2, 2012)
The document was reviewed for the APEX 2011 V1R1 release, and no technical changes were necessary. (January 3, 2012)
The document was updated to reflect changes in installation of APEX 2010 V2R2. The installation process was streamlined. (July 11, 2011)
Appendix B, Language Options, was added to this document for users who operate Windows in multiple languages. The preferred language in which you want to run APEX must match the Windows language setting before and during APEX installation. See this appendix for instructions. (March 23, 2011)