When launching Substance Designer for the first time, you will encounter the activation wizard (even if you are running the trial version).
3 choices are available:
- Evaluate this product: this will generate a licence file based on your hardware which will be valid for the next 30 days.
- Activate using licence file: if you have downloaded a *.key license file from your account page on our website, you will be able to load it in the next step
- Activate using your account: if you choose this option, the next step will ask for a login and password in order to be able to automatically retrieve a license file.
It is possible to manually activate Substance Designer by placing the license.key file in this folder: C:/Program Data/Allegorithmic/Substance Designer/license.key
Make sure that the file is called license.key
The license location can be changed from its default to a custom location by defining an environment variable.This variable must be a direct path to the file itself.
The environment variable is: SUBSTANCE_DESIGNER_LICENSE