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The following are the minimum system requirements for Studio 18.

Exceeding the minimum hardware 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 18 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 18
Processor type and speed64-bit Intel processor.
RAM

Minimum 8 GB RAM.

Graphics card and video driversA recent Mac® using NVIDIA, AMD, 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 2015.3, CC 2017 and CC 2018 (*)

From Studio 18.0.1 onwards, CC 2019 is supported and CC 2015.3 is dropped.

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


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.

(*) More information on supported Illustrator versions can be found in the following knowledge base article: KB193116287: Do the Esko plugins (DeskPack - Dynamic Content - Studio) support the latest Adobe Creative Cloud release

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
10.14 (Mojave)(tick)
10.13 (High Sierra)(tick)
10.12 (Sierra)(tick)
10.11 (El Capitan)(tick)
10.10 (Yosemite)(error)

10.9 (Mavericks)

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10.8 (Mountain Lion)

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10.7 (Lion)(error)

More information on MacOS support can be found in this knowledge base article: KB191642592: Do Esko products support the latest macOS Release

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 are not supported.

Minimum requirements for Studio for PC

Minimum System Requirements for Studio 18
Processor type and speed

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

RAM

Minimum 8 GB RAM.

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 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.

Internet connection

10/100/1000 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 2015.3, CC 2017 or CC 2018 (*)

From Studio 18.0.1 onwards, CC 2019 is supported and CC 2015.3 is dropped.

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.

(*) More information on supported Illustrator versions can be found in the following knowledge base article: KB193116287: Do the Esko plugins (DeskPack - Dynamic Content - Studio) support the latest Adobe Creative Cloud release

Supported Operating Systems

Windows 10

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

See KB170993458: Which versions of Windows 10 are supported? for more detailed information on the specific Windows 10 versions we support.

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 Vista (all editions)
  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2012 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)
System Requirements
Applies to

Studio Essentials

Studio Advanced

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