The following are the minimum system requirements for Studio 12.1. 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.

Minimum requirements for Studio for Mac

Minimum System Requirements for Studio 12.1 (Mac)
Processor type and speed64-bit Intel processor.
RAMMinimum 1 GB RAM, recommended 4 GB RAM.
Graphics card and video drivers A recent mac using NVIDIA or AMD/ATI graphics chips is supported. A minimum of 256Mb of video memory is required. When in doubt, please use a free trial of Studio to check compatibility with your system.
Internet connection10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.
Software Dependency

Studio requires Adobe® Illustrator® CS5, CS5.5, CS6 [1], or CC.

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

Studio Designer is also available in ArtPro 10 or newer.  

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

10.9 (Mavericks)

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10.8 (Mountain Lion)

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

The server versions of these operating systems are not supported.

Mac 10.9 Mavericks support is from v12.1.2 onwards.

Minimum requirements for Studio for Windows

Minimum System Requirements for Studio 12.1 (Windows)
Processor type and speedx86-32 or x86-64 compatible dual-core processor (Intel or AMD), minimum dual-core.
RAM

Minimum 1 GB RAM, recommended 4 GB RAM.

For more info 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 1GB 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 driversOpenGL compatible 3D graphics board with frame buffer support.  When in doubt please use the free trials.
Internet connection10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol, TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.
VirtualizationParallels Desktop or Vmware Fusion can be used, but not all functionality seems to be working due to restrictions in the virtualization software.
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.
Software Dependency

Studio requires Adobe® Illustrator® CS5, CS5.5, CS6 [1] or CC.

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

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

Supported Operating Systems

Windows 8

Edition32-bit64-bit
  SP1 SP1
Windows 8(error)(error)(error)(error)
Windows 8 Pro(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows 8 Enterprise(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows RT(error)(error)(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(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows 7 Enterprise(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows 7 Ultimate(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)

Windows Vista

Edition32-bit
  SP1SP2
Windows Vista Starter(error)(error)(error)
Windows Vista Home Basic(error)(error)(error)
Windows Vista Home Premium(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows Vista Business(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows Vista Enterprise(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows Vista Ultimate(tick)(tick)(tick)

The Windows XP 64-bit editions are not supported.

 Windows XP

Edition32-bit

 SP1SP2SP3
Windows XP Home Edition(error)(error)(error)(tick)
Windows XP Professional Edition(error)(error)(error)(tick)

The Windows XP 64-bit editions are not supported.

Unsupported Operating Systems

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

Studio Toolkit for Labels (Mac and PC)

Studio Toolkit for Boxes (Mac and PC)

Studio Toolkit for Flexibles (Mac)

Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves (Mac and PC)

Version12.1
Last revised 10-June-2014