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    The transfer of internal forces from RFEM or RSTAB into SHAPE‑THIN is only possible with the administrator rights. It is unfortunately not possible to only provide the access for specific folders, etc., as this process intervenes more deeply in the operating system.

    However, it is also possible in SHAPE-THIN to import ithe nternal forces from RFEM/RSTAB without using the "Import Results from RFEM/RSTAB" function. The following options are available:

    Inserting Internal Forces via Clipboard

    • In RFEM/RSTAB, select and copy the corresponding internal forces in the table (see Figure 01).
    • In SHAPE-THIN, you can then paste the internal forces in the table (see Figure 02)

    Inserting Internal Forces via Excel

    • The internal forces can be exported to Excel in RFEM/RSTAB. If you only want to export the individual tables, you can use the Excel button in the table toolbar to open the function. To transfer several tables to Excel at once, use the menu option File → Export. Then, you can select the relevant tables in the dialog box. In Excel, you have to adjust the order of the table columns according to the column arrangement in SHAPE‑THIN (see Figure 03).
    • In SHAPE-THIN, you can then use the "Export/Import Table" function by using the Excel button in the toolbar of Table "3.1 Internal Forces" (see Figure 04).
    • In the dialog box (see Figure 05), select the "Table import" option and the setting "Import table from active workbook." Before you run the import, open the Excel workbook. If the "Import table from active workbook" option is not selected, RFEM imports the worksheet with the name "LC[LCNo.] - 3.1 Internal Forces."
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    The installation of the Dlubal Software programs RFEM, RSTAB, SHAPE‑THIN, and others, require the administrator rights. It is recommended to use the administrator rights as well when starting the software for the first time. If there is no error message is displayed, you can also assign the rights for running the Dlubal Software programs to other users. User rights can only be assigned by the administrator.

    Rights for Folders

    A user of Dlubal Software programs needs write and read access permissions for the following folders:

    • Dlubal Software program folders RFEM 5.xx, RSTAB 8.xx, SHAPE‑THIN 8.xx, RX‑TIMBER 2.xx, etc. By default, they are located in the directory C:\Program Files\Dlubal (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Dlubal for SHAPE‑MASSIVE).
    • Dlubal Software master data folder General Data. Each program has the own master data folder. You can find the folder in the directory C:\ProgramData\Dlubal.
    • Folders of Dlubal Software projects
    • Folders of temporary files. By default, these folders can be found in the directory C:\Users\"login name"\AppData\Local\Temp\Dlubal. The path of the working directories can be checked in the Program Options dialog box in RFEM/RSTAB (see Figure 01).

    You can assign the rights using the Explorer: select the folder and open the properties. In the Security tab, you can then define full access for a User group or for a selected user, for example (see Figure 02).

    Rights for Registry

    In addition, a user needs the write and read access permissions for the following registry entries:


    These rights can be assigned in the registry editor, which can be opened by entering regedit in the start menu text box. Set the path and select the DLUBAL entry. Using the menu "Edit → Permissions," you can the define full access for a User group or for a selected user.

    Find more information in the video User Rights.

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