Installation and Licensing


The installation of Spec-TRACER includes:

  • Spec-TRACER Client – The Spec-TRACER Client is the main tool which facilitates the requirement engineering activities such as capture, management, analysis and traceability.

  • Spec-TRACER Administration Center - The Administration Center allows the user to perform administration tasks such as repository and project creation, addition of groups and users, rights management, baselining and baseline comparisons.

  • Spec-TRACER Reports Manager – The Report Manager is a tool for editing, viewing and customizing reports making it easier for users to be able to implement their corporate standards regarding reporting and documentation formats.

Software and Hardware Requirements

The minimum hardware and software requirements to use Spec-TRACER 2013.05 are as follows:

  • Java Virtual Machine: The supported versions are 1.4 (32 bits) and 1.6 (32 bits)

  • PC Pentium or higher with 1GB free space in the Hard Disk Drive.

  • RAM memory: 1GB is the minimum required (2GB is the recommended). For huge repositories and projects management, 2GB is the minimum required.

  • Operating Systems:

    • Microsoft Windows 2000

    • Microsoft Windows XP

    • Microsoft Windows Vista

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003: 32 and 64 bit

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008: 32 and 64 bit

    • Microsoft Windows 7: 32 and 64 bit

  • Disk space: 10 MB free

License Installation

Spec-TRACER uses a floating license on Windows machines. A floating license is a network configuration (multiple users) based on a license started on a remote machine (license server) running on the Windows, Linux, or UNIX platform. The floating license requires the license file. The license contained in the license file can use the FLEXid number of the USB keylock connected to the server's USB port or the hostid of the server's Ethernet card number (except for UNIX machines). For more information about how to set up a Floating license, users can refer to Floating License Setup.

Installation Procedure

Users can obtain the latest version of Spec-TRACER from the Aldec website. Once the latest version is obtained, users can follow the steps below to install Spec-TRACER.

  1. Execute the setup.exe file.

  2. The Aldec Spec-TRACER Setup window will appear. Click Next.

  3. Accept the license agreement and click Next.

  4. Users can specify the name and company to personalize the installation. Click Next.

  5. Select the folder of where Spec-TRACER will be installed and click Next. By default, the folder is C:\Aldec\Spec-TRACER <version_number>.

  6. Click Install.

  7. Click Yes to accept the license agreement for Microsoft Visual C++

  8. Spec-TRACER will take a few minutes to install. Once the installation has finished, users have the option to read the release notes. Click Finish to complete the installation process.

    Users can launch the Spec-TRACER client using the icon on the desktop.

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