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The following are the minimum system requirements for ArtiosCAD 14.1.2. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running ArtiosCAD on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

Minimum requirements

Minimum System Requirements for ArtiosCAD 14
Processor type and speed

Intel® Core 2 Duo: 2.4 GHz, 2.4 GHz, required.

To fully take advantage of the 3D Data Exchange module, x86 64-bit processors are recommended, especially for importing files of over 100 MB in size. You will need to consider the 64-bit processors for future releases of ArtiosCAD.

ArtiosCAD is still a 32-bit application. All other uses other than 3D Data Exchange modules will require at a minimum x86 32-bit processor. ArtiosCAD will still run on a 64-bit processor but as a 32-bit application.

RAM4 GB minimum

Available hard drive space

  • You need at least 10G free disk space for the ArtiosCAD application and 1G free disk space on the system partition (C:\)
  • If you are using the ArtiosCAD Enterprise client, please reserve an additional 100GB minimally, 200G ideally, for the ArtiosCAD application on the partition which contains the users system profile. This is typically (but not guaranteed to be) on the system partition.
    • ArtiosCAD enterprise utilizes a local cache (Projects on My Computer) and an offline synchronization location which are stored in %LOCALAPPDATA%, and the temp directory to unpack HTTP data which is located at %TEMP%.
    • If Projects on My Computer are not purged at some regular interval, please consider 200G (or more, if the user likes to work offline with many projects).
Graphics card and video drivers

ArtiosCAD 3D requires a display adapter that is OpenGL and Direct-X compliant.

ArtiosCAD 3D Designer, 3D Connection and Animation require a display adapter with 256 MB or more video RAM. The more powerful the card, the better the 3D experience will be:

  • 512 MB video RAM is optimal for lightweight 3D uses
  • 1 GB or more is required for solid imports and animation

If CAD-X is used in a server environment, the graphics card must still match the above memory requirement. Server-class machines generally do not have high quality or memory graphics cards as standard issue.

Minimum screen resolution1024 x 768 resolution at 16-bit color depth.
I/O Ports and input devices

If you purchased the ArtiosCAD Rubber Nesting feature, ArtiosCAD requires a USB port.

A 3-button mouse is recommended. A 2-button mouse can be used with feature limitations.

Internet connection

TCP/IP v4 required. TCP/IP v6 is not supported.

ArtiosCAD Enterprise 14 uses HTTP as its core communication protocol. For optimal performance, do not drop HTTP to a lower quality of service (QOS), or at least ensure that HTTP traffic directed to the enterprise web server receives higher network priority.

For multi-site enterprise deployments, where a site will communicate with the enterprise frameworks at WAN speeds:

  • T1 (1.544 Mbits/s) is required.
  • T3 (44Mbits/s) is optimal.
  • When deploying fractional T1s for cost considerations, expect lower performance.

Parallels Desktop or VMware® Fusion® is supported, but please be aware that Esko doesn't test all combinations of Mac® OS X and Parallels Desktop/VMware® Fusion®.

Only on an Intel® Mac®. Some limitations apply. Direct3D is the preferred 3D rendering mode.

Mac® Bootcamp has been tested to a certain point but is not officially supported for this ArtiosCAD release.


A situation exists by which HP machines configured with the UEFI firmware crash with a blue screen when ArtiosCAD is installed. At the moment, this is known to happen on HP machines only and is a system crash. Until Esko can investigate the situation, the suggestion would be to build HP machines with the legacy BIOS.

Refer this articles Installation causes computer to crash with Blue Screen error for description and resolution.

Supported Databases

On 64-bit operating systems

ArtiosCAD Standard Edition installs Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Express 64-bit Edition for new installations.

A localized SQL Server express 2012 must be installed on the same localized operating system.

For example: a German-language SQL Server 2012 must be installed on a German-language operating system. A German-language SQL Server 2012 cannot be installed on a French operating system.

There are some exceptions to this rule:

  • The English-language SQL Server 2012 can be installed on any localized OS.
  • A localized SQL Server 2012 can be installed on an English OS, provided the MUI pack has been configured properly.

See for more details.

On 32-bit operating systems

For new installations on a 32-bit operating system, you will need to download SQL Server Express 2012 32-bit edition from the Microsoft website and manually install and configure your database before ArtiosCAD can be installed.

The DBA must create an instance called Esko, set the sa password to XXXXXX (redacted for security), create a case-insensitive database called ArtiosCADdb and an ODBC entry called ArtiosCAD pointing to the Esko instance.

Change password

After building the database, use DataCenter Admin to change the sa password.

Before you start the installation of SQL Server 2012 on the database server, ensure that your operating system has been updated with the latest Windows service pack, and that it has all Windows Updates applied. During the installation process, SQL Server 2012 will connect to the Windows Update site and verify whether the operating system is up to date before it completes the installation. If the operating system is not up to date, this will result in a very long SQL Server 2012 installation time.

ArtiosCAD also supports:

  • Microsoft® SQL Server 2008, including 64-bit version
  • Microsoft® SQL Server 2005, including 64-bit version
  • Oracle® versions 9i or newer

Unsupported Databases

The following databases are not supported:

  • Microsoft® SQL Server 7, 2000 and MSDE
  • Microsoft® Access
  • Oracle® 7.3.2, 8, and 8i

Supported Operating Systems

Recommended operating systems are highlighted in green in the tables below.

If an operating system is not listed here, it is not supported. Do not try to install ArtiosCAD on a computer running an unsupported operating system.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard (error)

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard (error)

Windows 10 (with limitations.  See Esko ArtiosCAD knowledge base for ArtiosCAD installation on windows 10).

Windows 10 Home(tick)(tick)
Windows 10 Pro(tick)(tick)
Windows 10 Enterprise(tick)(tick)