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The following are the minimum system requirements for Studio 16. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running Studio on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

Studio 16 consists of:

  • Plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator:
    • Studio Designer
    • Studio Toolkit for Boxes
    • Studio Toolkit for Labels
    • Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves (only available in Studio Advanced)
    • Studio Visualizer Plug-in

  • Studio Toolkit application
  • Studio Viewer application

Minimum requirements for Studio for Mac

Minimum System Requirements for Studio 16
Processor type and speed64-bit Intel processor.
RAM

Minimum 8 GB RAM.

Graphics card and video driversA recent Mac® using NVIDIA, AMD/ATI, Intel® HD and Intel Iris Pro graphics chips and supporting OpenGL 2.1 (or newer). A minimum of 512 MB of video memory is required. When in doubt, please use a free trial of Studio to check compatibility with your system.
Internet connection

10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.

Software Dependency

Studio requires Adobe® Illustrator® CS6, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2015.3, or CC 2017.

Adobe® Illustrator® CC 2017 is supported from 16.0.2. From 16.0.2 onwards, CC 2014 is no longer supported.

3D PDFs from Studio Designer require Adobe® Reader 8.1 or newer for viewing.

Studio Designer is also available in ArtPro 10 or newer.  

minimum screen resolutionThe Studio Toolkit application needs a screen resolution of at least 1680 by 1050 pixels.
VirtualizationUse within Parallels Desktop, VMware® Fusion® or any other virtualized environment is NOT supported.

Supported Operating Systems

Recommended operating systems are highlighted in the tables below.

If an operating system is not listed in the tables below, it is not supported. Do not try to install Studio on a computer running an unsupported operating system.

Mac OS

EditionClient OS
10.12 (Sierra)(tick)
10.11 (El Capitan)(tick)
10.10 (Yosemite)(tick)

10.9 (Mavericks)

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10.8 (Mountain Lion)

(error)
10.7 (Lion)(error)
10.6.0 - 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)(error)
10.5.0 - 10.5.8 (Leopard)(error)

The server versions of these operating systems are not supported.

Mac® computers using GeForce 8600M GT graphics hardware are not supported, as many of them have serious stability issues under heavy graphics load.

Mac® Minis, Mac® Books and iMacs® using Intel® embedded graphics are not supported.

Minimum requirements for Studio for PC

Minimum System Requirements for Studio 16
Processor type and speed

x86-64 compatible dual-core processor (Intel® or AMD®), minimum dual-core.

Please note that from 14.0.2 onwards, Studio Toolkit and Studio Store Visualizer are 64-bit applications and thus only run on a x86-64 compatible dual-core processor. The 32-bit version of Adobe® Illustrator® is not supported.

RAM

Minimum 8 GB RAM.

 For more information about memory limitations in Windows® operating systems, please consult this table.

Available hard drive space

  • System drive
  • Data drive
An NTFS volume is required. The software takes maximum 1 GB of disk space. But take into account the need for storage of temporary and production data. A backup solution is strongly advised.
Graphics card and video drivers

A discrete graphics card using NVIDIA or AMD/ATI graphics chips and supporting OpenGL 2.1 (or newer). A minimum of 512 MB of video memory is required. When in doubt, please use the free trials.

AMD/ATI FireGL boards are NOT supported.
Internet connection10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.
Virtualization

Use within Parallels Desktop, VMware® Fusion® or any other virtualized environment is NOT supported.

FileserversAll Esko applications running on Windows® OS can use data that is available on network shares. These shares need to be on Windows® or Unix/Linux (using SMB) file servers. Mac® OS X (version 10.3.x; 10.4.x; 10.5.x; 10.6.x) data servers are also supported, but with limitations. These are standard limitations encountered when connecting to a Mac® OS X server from Windows workstations or servers. They are related to losing resource forks of the MAC®-application data when a Windows® component moves or copies data.
minimum screen resolution

The Studio Toolkit application needs a screen resolution of at least 1680 by 1050 pixels.

 

windows display scalingonly 100% is supported.
Software Dependency

Studio requires Adobe® Illustrator® CS6, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2015.3, or CC 2017.

Adobe® Illustrator® CC 2017 is supported from 16.0.2. From 16.0.2 onwards, CC 2014 is no longer supported.

The 64-bit version of Adobe® Illustrator® is supported. The 32-bit version of Adobe® Illustrator® is not supported.

3D PDFs from Studio Designer require Adobe® Reader 8.1 or newer for viewing.

Studio Designer is also available in Esko PackEdge 10, Plato 10 or newer.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows 10

Edition32-bit64-bit
Windows 10 Home(error)(error)
Windows 10 Pro(error)(tick)
Windows 10 Enterprise(error)(tick)

Windows 8.1

Edition32-bit64-bit
Windows 8.1(error)(error)
Windows 8.1 Pro

(error)

(tick)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise(error)(tick)
Windows 8.1 RT(error)(error)

Windows 8

Edition32-bit64-bit
Windows 8(error)(error)
Windows 8 Pro(error)(tick)
Windows 8 Enterprise(error)(tick)
Windows RT(error)(error)

Windows 7

Edition32-bit64-bit
  SP1 SP1
Windows 7 Home Basic(error)(error)(error)(error)
Windows 7 Home Premium(error)(error)(error)(error)
Windows 7 Professional(error)(error)(tick)(tick)
Windows 7 Enterprise(error)(error)(tick)(tick)
Windows 7 Ultimate(error)(error)(tick)(tick)

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
System Requirements
Applies to

Studio Essentials

Studio Advanced

Version16
Last revised 07-Feb-2017

Useful Links

Software downloads: mysoftware.esko.com

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