Get up & Running

All you need to know to get PLA 3.0.5 up and running.

Getting started

Are you new to PLA 3.0? Get PLA 3.0.5 up and running in your environment in just four steps. The steps below cover the installation on a local system using a local database. For help on how to deploy PLA 3.0.5 in other scenarios, please consult our Installation and Licensing Guide.

  1. Install PLA 3.0 on a local system. (How-to Guide)
  2. Activate your PLA 3.0 license using a software key. (How-to Guide) & (Video)
    Note: Skip this step for the PLA 3.0 trial version.
  3. Create your first PLA 3.0 database. (How-to Guide) & (Video)
  4. Activate the add-ons you want to use. (How-to Guide)
    Note: If the computer running PLA 3.0 cannot access the internet, use a computer connected to the internet to download the required files. (Video)

Do you work with PLA 3.0.4, PLA 3.0.3, or an older PLA 3.0 version? With an active PLA Support Contract, you can update to PLA 3.0.5 free of charge. Simply install PLA 3.0.5 in your environment. Your existing license is automatically activated. For details on the new license handling and additional information on how to update to PLA 3.0.5, please go to 'Administration & Maintenance'.

Your first steps in PLA 3.0

Learn more about our document concept and about how to organize your data in folders using our Navigator.

  • Document creation and basic concepts (Video)
  • The Navigator (Video)
  • Folder Properties (Video)

Testing PLA 3.0

To test PLA 3.0 in your environment, we provide a trial version you can install and use for 14 days free of charge. The trial version of PLA 3.0 includes all the functionality required to analyze biological assays. To continue testing after the trial period has elapsed, you have to request an extension of your trial period.

  • Extending your trial period (How-to Guide)
    Note: When using the trial version, you cannot print out generated reports.

Installation and licensing

Do you want to install PLA 3.0 in a shared environment or on a terminal server? Are you using a Microsoft SQL database server? Do you want to activate your PLA 3.0 license using a hardware key?

Follow the links below to find details about the supported deployment scenarios, as well as additional information about our licensing process.