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OpticStudio Legacy Version System Requirements

This article contains an archive of the legacy system requirements and related information for previous OpticStudio releases. It applies to perpetual versions of OpticStudio that are installed locally (on-premise). For later releases or the online version of OpticStudio, see this page: System Requirements

General Hardware Requirements for all OpticStudio releases
Operating System Requirements And Other Prerequisites
License Type Compatibility Chart
Mac OS, Linux, and Virtual Machines
Legacy versions
License Compatibility

General Hardware Requirements for all OpticStudio releases.

  • Intel or AMD processor. Multiple core processor recommended for optimal performance. 
  • 2GB system memory. 2GB per processor core recommended for optimal performance.
  • Graphics card that supports DirectX 11.0 and 512mb Video RAM.
  • Disk drive with 2.2GB space free for the initial download and installation. 100GB free recommended for working and temporary files.
  • Minimum display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (Full HD 1920x1080 recommended)
  • Internet and email access recommended for updates and support but not required. 
  • Adobe® Reader or compatible application for program documentation
  • Network licensed OpticStudio requires TCP/IP network
  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel or equivalent trackpad

Operating System Requirements And Other Prerequisites

The below chart gives details of system requirements and prerequisites for OpticStudio. 

General notes
  • OpticStudio 15.5 Sp3 was the last to offer both a 32 bit and 64 bit release. OpticStudio 16 and up requires a 64 bit CPU and OS.
  • OpticStudio 16.5 Sp1 was the first release that no longer supports Windows 8.0 and requires 8.1 (due to the switch to .NET 4.6.2).
  • The required .NET and Directx versions will be downloaded automatically when installing OpticStudio if not already on the machine


License Type Compatibility Chart

OpticStudio has changed to new license methods since it was originally released. This chart gives a comprehensive list of what versions support each license type. 


Mac OS, Linux, and Virtual Machines

Although OpticStudio is intended to run on the Windows platforms listed above, you can run OpticStudio on Linux, Unix, and BSD based operating systems like Mac OS by using a virtual machine with a Windows environment. More information can be found in the KB article How to Run OpticStudio on an Intel-based Mac Computer.