FIDIC Electronic Files installation guide

FIDIC Electronic Documents | Package Contents Explained

After the successful purchase of a FIDIC Electronic document you will be able to download an archive from your account which may look similar to this:

The archive will contain a set of files with this overall structure:

Encryption | Digital Rights Management Protection

All the files marked with _enc in their name are encrypted files. (enc = encrypted). FIDIC uses a 3rd party software to protect the usage of its electronic documents via a set of tools referred as DRM (Digital Rights Management). FIDIC Official DRM provider is FileOpen Systems.

FileOpen Systems provides a set of free plug-ins and viewers that can be used to access documents encrypted with the FileOpen software. These include plug-ins for Adobe Acrobat™ and Reader™, and standalone viewers for handheld platforms.

You need to install the FileOpen plugin to access all files marked as _enc. Note that installation of the FileOpen Client software is not sufficient to enable opening of documents, the publisher's permission is also required, but this has been dealt with in the purchase transaction when you acquired specific rights to open a document on one or more computers, for a specific period of time, for a specific number of concurrent users and with various print permissions.


FileOpen | How to Install

In order to install FileOpen you have to go to this page

The page looks like this and you will need to download the installer which applies to your type of operating system.

You have to download the installer fit for your operating system and then install the FileOpen software like you would do with any software on your computer (EXE file for Windows system and DMG files for Mac systems).

Typically, Windows users must have PowerUser (or Administrator) privileges to run the installer, though all that is really required is write-permission to the Acrobat plug-ins folder. Encrypted files are supplied on condition that users undertake best effort to install using full local administrator rights for the FileOpen installer. This is required in order to protect FIDIC’s Intellectual Property in an effective way.

After the successful installation of FileOpen you can go an open the encrypted files. (files with ENC termination). Access rights for the encrypted PDF document are automatically installed on the user's computer when the document is opened while the user is online.