ThinkGeo UI Controls
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ThinkGeo UI Controls
ThinkGeo Open Source
Help and Support
Note: The page covers ThinkGeo UI products at version 10.0 and newer. For versions 9.0 and earlier, please see our Product Center 9.0 guide.
ThinkGeo Product Center is an application that serves as a central point for customers to install, evaluate, purchase, and activate ThinkGeo products. It aggregates some of the ThinkGeo Wiki's most valuable content, including code samples, videos, and product guides, to provide customers with an easy way to install, learn, and work with ThinkGeo's mapping UI components and SDKs.
Here's where you can download the version of Product Center that suits your development environment:
Starting from ThinkGeo UI 10.0, the ThinkGeo Product Center is included in NuGet packages. You can find it in the following places:
To locate ThinkGeo Product Center in a NuGet package. Right-Click on the solution that you are working on and select “Open Folder in Explorer”. The file explorer will pop up. You'll find Product Center under packages\ThinkGeo.MapSuite.ProductCenter.10.0.0\lib\net45.
We invite you to check out our esay-to-follow video guide to getting started with ThinkGeo Product Center:
The application presents ThinkGeo's entire array of ThinkGeo Products as a grid of tiles. When you click on a product, a wealth of information about it will appear. From there, you can:
When you install ThinkGeo Product Center, you automatically install the core components needed for all of the Map Suite controls and components. This way, there is nothing additional to be downloaded whenever you want to try any edition of Map Suite.
To start an evaluation, simply click on the “Start Evaluation” button at the top of the window.
You will be prompted to login to your ThinkGeo account. If you don't have an account, you will be able to register for free. In addition to Map Suite evaluations, your free account lets you post in our discussion forums, get one-on-one help at our Customer Portal, and more.
Your evaluation gives you 60 days of complimentary access to every feature of your chosen Map Suite product, during which an “Evaluation” watermark will be displayed on all of your maps. If you are considering a purchase but need more time to evaluate, contact ThinkGeo to request an extension. Extensions can be processed right from within Product Center. Your ThinkGeo sales representative will give you further instructions.
Note: Starting or extending an evaluation will require to you provide Windows administrator credentials to complete the process. Make sure you say “Yes” to the Windows User Account Control prompt.
If you are using the ThinkGeo Product Center on a computer without an Internet connection or if your computer is behind a proxy or firewall that is unable to reach thinkgeo.com, please click “Activate Offline” button on the upper right-hand corner of Product Center to start or extend an evaluation. For complete instructions on this process, see the Map Suite Offline Activation Guide.
If you would like to purchase a developer license for a Map Suite product, simply click the “Purchase Online” button on the product's Overview tab. You'll be taken directly to ThinkGeo's online store. Each developer license allows one developer to work on a Map Suite project and enjoy full debugging capabilities in Microsoft Visual Studio.
Once you've purchased a developer license, it's easy to activate it right from within ThinkGeo Product Center. Simply log in, and Product Center will indicate which products you have licensed by displaying “Purchased” on the product's tile. When you click on that tile, instead of a “Start Evaluation” button, you'll see an “Activate License” button. Click it to activate your full developer license.
Note: Activation will require you to provide Windows administrator credentials to complete the process. Make sure you say “Yes” to the Windows User Account Control prompt.
Finally, ThinkGeo Product Center will offer to automatically download the full assemblies for the product you've activated, and we recommend that you do so. Referencing these assemblies in your projects will remove the “Evaluation” watermark from your maps.
If you are using the ThinkGeo Product Center on a computer without an Internet connection, or if your computer is behind a proxy or firewall that is unable to reach thinkgeo.com, you must use the Map Suite Registration Builder Tool to activate a product license. This is true for both developer licenses and production server licenses. For complete instructions on this process, see the Map Suite Offline Activation Guide.
In most cases, you will not need to input your serial key directly – the Product Center application takes care of all developer license activation and deactivation. However, you can still find your keys on the Activation History window of each product you have purchased. Simply select a Map Suite product, then click the “Activation History” link near the top center of the Product Center window. The Activation History window will appear.
In addition to showing you a list of all activations and deactivations for your serial key, the key itself will be displayed in a text box that you can copy from.
You can deactivate a product license at any time, freeing up that license for later reactivation on the same computer or a different one. As an example, you may have several developers working on a Map Suite project, each with their own developer license on their computer. If one developer leaves the project and another joins, you may need to deactivate the first developer's license and reactivate it on the new developer's machine. The Product Center application makes this easy.
Simply click “Deactivate License” to deactivate and free up your license. Then, install and launch Product Center on another computer, log in, and click “Activate License”.
Most Map Suite products offer a wealth of code samples, templates, and videos that will help you quickly start developing with Map Suite and demonstrate how to implement powerful and useful functionality. You can view these resources by clicking on the tabs just beneath the product name in the middle of the Product Center window.