PLAXIS 2D CONNECT Edition V21 Update 1 allows the conversion of older files from PLAXIS with our CONNECT Edition. This means that older PLAXIS files with the *.P2D can directly be converted to PLAXIS 2D CONNECT Edition V21 Update 1 right from the Input program! This is possible since the release of PLAXIS 2D CONNECT Edition V20 Update 2.This includes files last saved in PLAXIS 2D 2010, 2D 2011, 2D 2012 and PLAXIS 2D Classic, all with the file extension *.P2D.See also Video: PLAXIS 2D Classic Converter for CONNECT
For the legacy versions (PLAXIS 2D 2019 and older), read the information below.
All dongle/hardware lock (HWL) based versions of PLAXIS 2D/3D are treated as "V8i SELECTseries 10" according to Bentley's Support Policy. This means that Bentley will discontinue support for hardware lock based versions of PLAXIS after December 31, 2021. This includes PLAXIS 2D 2019 and older, and PLAXIS 3D 2018 and older.
To see the benefits of the latest versions and how to get the latest version, please see PLAXIS CONNECT Edition: upgrade from Hardware lock to Flexible licensing
The procedure of converting projects created with PLAXIS 2D Classic, PLAXS 2D 2012 or an earlier version (with extension .P2D) for our legacy versions (PLAXIS 2D 2019 and older) can only be done with PLAXIS 2D AE. Since it is inconvenient to switch between installed versions constantly, you may use this tip to have both versions (2D AE and the latest legacy version of 2D) available in your system:
Conversion from 2D Version 8/9 [Tips and Tricks]
Conversion of PLAXIS 2D files [Tips and Tricks]