Computer Software for Steel Professionals

Downloading the Structural Material Manager Demo

You may download a fully-functional Structural Material Manager demo from the E.J.E. Industries, Inc. Web site.

Before beginning, let's get an overview of the procedures that will be followed. You'll be using your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) to download a new Structural Material Manager system from our Web site. The new system is stored in the form of a program named Demo.Exe. You'll simply use your browser to save this Demo.Exe program to some location on your hard drive. Later, you'll run Demo.Exe, and it will allow you to install Structural Material Manager.

It is important to note that the PC on which you run Structural Material Manager and that on which you access the Internet need not be the same. You can download Demo.Exe on a PC that has Internet access, copy it to some sort of high-capacity media (perhaps “burn” it to a CD or save it to a USB Flash Drive), and later bring that media to the PC on which you want to install the Structural Material Manager demo.

Now that the overview has hopefully familiarized you with the basic strategy, follow these steps:

1) Demo recipients who already have some version of the Structural Material Manager demo installed and wish to upgrade it do not need to remove the current demo before loading the new one. All jobs you currently have in the previous demo will still be accessible after installing the new one. If you value the jobs that were typed into the previous demo, you should back them up as per Section 13-7 of the Structural Material Manager User's Guide. This will protect you in the event of difficulty in loading the new system.

2) You can download the Demo.Exe file either from our FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server or our HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) server. If your particular system has trouble obtaining the file from one server, simply try the other. Click on the link of your choice below:

3) Clicking one of the above links should open the "Save As" dialog for the Demo.Exe file.

It is possible that rather than opening the Save As dialog, your browser instead asked whether you want to run Demo or save it to disk. If this sort of question appears, choose to save the file to disk. Upon choosing this option, the desired Save As dialog should appear.

4) We'll assume that you now have the Save As dialog open. Before actually saving the file, pay careful attention to the following:

  • The drive and folder, such as "My Documents" on Drive C:, in which the file is being saved. Your Windows Desktop makes a good choice as a place to save the file, as Demo.Exe will be easy to later find there.
  • The name under which the file is being saved. This usually will be Demo.Exe, but it is possible that your browser will substitute some variation of this name.

After noting the above items, and changing them if desired, click or press whatever button (usually "Save") your browser requires to begin saving the file.

5) Once the download is finished, close the Save As dialog (if it did not close automatically), and exit the browser. The Internet phase of the process is now done.

6) Most users probably downloaded Demo.Exe to the hard drive of the same machine on which they will install Structural Material Manager; this is the simplest case, and you may simply proceed to the next step if this indeed describes your situation. If necessary, however, computer-literate users can copy Demo.Exe from the hard drive to a CD, USB Flash Drive or other high-capacity media which can later be brought to another PC. No specific directions will be presented here on how to do this since the required procedures vary greatly among different hardware and software combinations. Copy Demo.Exe to such media at this time only if necessary (perhaps because you don’t have Internet access at the machine on which Structural Material Manager is to be installed).

7) At the Windows desktop, click the Start button, and select the Run item in the menu that appears. Click the Browse button, and navigate through the drive structure until you find the folder in which Demo.Exe was saved. Click on the downloaded file, Demo.Exe or whatever name your browser may have substituted, in order for it to execute.

Windows may ask for permission to run the Demo.Exe file. After you grant such permission, the Structural Material Manager demo’s setup utility will automatically appear.

8) If an error message appears upon executing Demo.Exe, then the downloaded file is probably corrupt. If you do get an error message, simply download the file again. Note that it makes sense to switch to a different E.J.E. Industries server if you are experiencing problems. For instance, if a download from our FTP server did not work, try clicking on the link to the HTTP server the next time.

If downloading Demo.Exe a second time does not eliminate error messages, interference from an antivirus program is likely the source of the problem. A "false positive" has probably occurred, and the file is being treated as though it is infected despite the fact that it is not. Temporarily disable your antivirus program's realtime protection (disabling for 15 minutes will be much longer than needed), and try the download again.

In extreme cases of interference from an antivirus program, you can try downloading the Demo.Zip archive rather than the Demo.Exe self-extracting installer. Some antivirus programs will give .Zip files less scrutiny than their .Exe counterparts which makes this worth a try. Demo.Zip is available from both the FTP Server and the HTTP Server. Unlike Demo.Exe which can be run directly, the contents of Demo.Zip will need extracted to some location on your PC. You may wish to extract the numerous files cotained therein to the "Downloads" area of your PC or some other temporary location. Regardless of where you extract the files, SetupSMM.Exe is the program you'll then launch.

Structural Material Manager demo CDs supplied by E.J.E. Industries, Inc. contain a setup program for the Adobe Acrobat Reader software; Acrobat Reader serves as a viewer for the system’s on-line documentation. Acrobat Reader is not present in the Internet-supplied Demo.Exe archive…the resulting file would just be too large for many users to download! If you need this additional component, simply download it separately by visiting our Software Downloads page (click the link below).