Quick Start Guide: Installing ThermoFisher Scientific Software via CADpass Client Secure Connection

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CADpass Client Secure Connection (will be referred to as CADpass Client or CADpass in this document) is a utility provided by CMC Microsystems that creates a secure connection between client PC’s, workstations, and computer sessions, and the CMC managed CNDN infrastructure.

The following information will help you download, install, set up and use ThermoFisher Scientific’s Avizo and/or Amira with the CMC License Management System. These instructions are for a Windows 10, 64-bit operating system. CMC Microsystems offers limited support for LINUX installations. Contact CMC Microsystems for more information.

Prerequisites for Installing Avizo and Amira with CMC License Manager System (LMS)

You must meet the following criteria before installing Avizo and Amira:

  • Students must register with CMC at:
  • Faculty supervisors can subscribe through the CMC subscription page at:
  • You must have administrator rights for the computer on which you are installing this software
  • You must have a unique login name (LINUX or Windows) that does not contain a blank space. The following are examples of unacceptable login names: admin or administratorcmcmgrrootstcmgrsupersysadmuserownerstudentguesttemp, and system.

System Requirements

Software and hardware requirements are listed on the ThermoFisher Scientific website.

Setting up CADpass Client for Use with Avizo and Amira

CADpass Client is a CMC Microsystems’ license access client and is used by subscribers across Canada to connect to our secure license server(s).

  1. Follow the instructions in the quick start guide to download and install CADpass Client.
  2. Start CADpass Client and then log in using your CMC Microsystems Username and Password.
  3. When the CAD access window appears, double-click ThermoFisher Scientific.
    A red checkmark appears next to the entry, as shown in Figure 1. Leave this checked while you are using the software.

Figure 1: The ThermoFisher Scientific Selection in CADpass Client

Obtaining the Software

You will find links the latest Amira and Avizo releases on the CMC Microsystems’ website:

Installing the Software

  1. Download the Amira Amira Avizo 3D executable file for your operating system.
  2. To start the installation, double-click this executable file. For example, AmiraAvizo3D-2022*-Windows64-***.exe.
    Note: This particular file name is for the Windows 64-bit version. The file name will be different for other operating systems.
  3. From the main page Welcome to the Amira Avizo 3D Software Setup Wizard, click Next.
  4. In the License Agreement window, read the Software End-User License Agreement (EULA). If you agree, choose I accept…, and then click Next. Otherwise, end the installation session.
  5. In the Information window, read the relevant important information if desired, then click Next.
  6. In the Select Destination Location window, choose your desired directory location to install the software, then click Next.
    It is recommended to keep the default path.
  7. In the Select Components window, choose the desired components that you want to install, then click Next.
    It is recommended to choose Typical Installation from the drop-down menu. For more information about these features, contact
  8. In the Select Applications to Setup window, choose which applications to install and click Next.
  9. In the Select File Associations window choose how to open each type of file listed in the drop-down menus and click Next.
  10. In the Select Desktop Shortcuts window choose which applications will have desktop shortcuts and click Next. The Amira Avizo 3D software will begin to install.
  11. The Thermo Scientific License Manager Setup window will appear. Click I Agree to continue with the installation. Click Cancel to end the installation. 
  12. The Choose Install Location window appears. Set a destination folder and click Install
  13. Once this installation ends, the Completing Thermo Scientific License Manager Setup window is displayed.
  14. Choose Run Thermo Scientific License Manager and click Finish. You can restart your computer after you have set up your licence access.

Setting Up Amira Avizo 3D License Access

The following steps describe how to connect your Avizo software to the CMC License Management Server (LMS).

To set up your license:

  1. Make sure to start CADpass Client as described in the section Setting Up CADpass Client for Use With Avizo and Amira.
  2. In the Thermo Scientific License Manager window select Activate. Choose the License server option. 
  3. For License server, enter and click Save. See Figure 2 for an example of a successful connection.

Figure 2: Connecting to CMC’s Amira Avizo 3D Licence Server 

The License Manager will now allow you to run the software. In Figure 3 you will see the main window of Avizo 3D. 

Figure 3: The main window of Avizo 3D software

More information about Avizo, Amira and their license features is available on the ThermoFisher Scientific website:…

Other Resources

ThermoFisher Scientific provides resources for learning to use their software. Read about applications, visit the company’s Learning Center, and browse software training via these links:

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