PDF Alchemist

Installing the Software

Installing the PDF Alchemist software is easy. We provide builds for Windows and Linux platforms.

PDF Alchemist is available for Windows and Linux 64 platforms in two versions, PDF Alchemist Pro and PDF Alchemist Premium. The two versions of the product offer the same features, but PDF Alchemist Pro is offered for sale as a single-user license subscription from our online store. Also, PDF Alchemist Pro installs with a license key that expires after a year of use, and then must be renewed.

PFD Alchemist Premium is offered with flexible licensing and pricing arrangements, if you need to use the product for large-scale processing. To purchase PDF Alchemist Premium, contact our sales staff via our website or using sales@datalogics.com.

You can also download and install for free a temporary evaluation copy of either PDF Alchemist Pro or PDF Alchemist Premium.

Note that the Windows installation program for PDF Alchemist adds the location of the PDF Alchemist executable to the PATH in the Windows Environment Variables, so you can run “PDFAlchemist.exe” from anywhere. For Linux, you need to manually add the location of the PDF Alchemist executable to your PATH variable.

Evaluating PDF Alchemist

Both versions of PDF Alchemist are available for a free evaluation period. You can download and install either version of the product from our website and enter the activation key when prompted. The installation process generates a license file in your working directory, and you will be ready to start using the software at once. You may return to our website to easily extend your evaluation license to an annual subscription for the Pro version. If you evaluate PDF Alchemist Premium, a Sales representative will contact you to discuss how you plan to use the product.

Note that if you don’t enter the activation key value when you first install the product, or enter it incorrectly, you will be prompted to enter the value again the next time you run the command line executable.

Linux Platforms

For Linux, the PDF Alchemist software release is packaged as a self-extracting .bsx file.

  1. Copy the installation file to the appropriate working directory on a Linux machine. From the Bash prompt, enter a command to run the file. It should look like this:

./setup_PDF_Alchemist_Pro_Linux64_2.3.0.bsx

or this:

./setup_PDF_Alchemist_Premium_Linux64_2.3.0.bsx

  1. For PDF Alchemist Pro, an End User License Agreement appears. You will need to type “y” to accept the agreement. No EULA appears for PDF Alchemist Premium.
  2. Enter the name of the directory where you want the software to be installed. If you leave this field blank, the product will be installed in a subfolder called “PDFAlchemist_Pro” or “PDFAlchemist_Premium” under the directory where the bsx file is stored. You might want to create a special subfolder for the product, and enter something like:

PRO_64

  1. You will be prompted to enter the activation key. Type or copy and paste the 16-digit activation key in this space.
  2. The installation process will copy the software files to the directory you selected.
  3. You should see a license file pdfalchemist_pro.lic, appearing in the working directory. Note that you will only see the file pdfalchemist_premium.lic if you are installing an evaluation copy of PDF Alchemist Premium.

Note that you can use the library file provided with the software installation package to build your own executable file for PDF Alchemist Pro, or the evaluation copy of PDF Alchemist Premium.

But you must generate a license file, and store that license file in the same directory where you place the PDF Alchemist executable that you create.

You can generate a new license file.  Run your new executable and enter the activation key again when prompted.

Or you can copy the original license key file to the directory where you store your executable.

If you later receive a new activation key for PDF Alchemist Pro, you will need to enter it as you did your original activation key when you first installed the product. Type or paste the key value as you did before. The system will create a new license file for you, and you can continue to use the product.

Windows Platforms

The Windows release of PDF Alchemist is provided as an executable file.

  1. Copy the EXE file to the directory of your choice and double click the file to run it.
  2. You will be presented with a License Agreement. Accept the agreement and click Next.
  3. You will be asked where you want to store the installation files, with a default depending on the version of the software you purchased:

C:\Program Files\Datalogics\PDFAlchemist Pro

C:\Program Files\Datalogics\PDFAlchemist Premium

  1. Enter the name of the directory where you want to install the software and click Next.
  2. A confirmation screen appears. Click Install. The installation process will copy the files to the directory you selected.
  3. Click Finish to complete the process.
  4. Enter the activation key provided. If you have purchased PDF Alchemist Premium, you will simply be asked where you want to install the software. The installation process will not prompt you for an activation key.
  5. If you install PDF Alchemist Pro, you should see a license file, pdf_alchemist_pro.lic, appearing in the working directory. You will only see the file pdf_alchemist_premium.lic if you are installing an evaluation copy of PDF Alchemist Premium.

Note that you can use the library file provided with the software installation package to build your own executable file for PDF Alchemist Pro, or the evaluation copy of PDF Alchemist Premium.

But you must generate a license file, and store that license file in the same directory where you place the PDF Alchemist executable that you create.

You can generate a new license file.  Run your new executable and enter the activation key again when prompted.

Or you can copy the original license key file to the directory where you store your executable.

If you later receive a new activation key for PDF Alchemist Pro, you will need to enter it as you did your original activation key when you first installed the product. Type or paste the key value as you did before. The system will create a new license file for you, and you can continue to use the product.