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ArchiCAD 8 System Requirements

Operating System:
For ArchiCAD r1:
Microsoft Windows® 2000 Professional/XP Professional
For ArchiCAD r2 and later versions:
Microsoft Windows® NT 4.0/2000 Professional/XP Professional

MS Internet Explorer 4.01
(MS Internet Explorer 5.5 (or later) recommended)
QuickTime 4.0. (QuickTime 5.0 recommended)
Macintosh® OS 9.2.2/OS X.1/OS X.2
MS Internet Explorer 4.5 or later

QuickTime 4.0 (QuickTime 5.0 recommended)
CPU:
Intel® Pentium, Celeron or compatibles


Recommended:
Intel® Pentium III, Pentium 4 or later; AMD® K7 Athlon, Duron, Thunderbird or later.
Power PC
Power Macintosh G3 or G4

Recommended:
Power Macintosh G4 [or later].
RAM:
512MB minimum

Recommended:
more than 512 MB
Hard Drive Space:
500MB minimum free hard drive space required for full installation. Free hard disk space after installation dependent on model complexity, more than 1 GB recommended for complex 3D visualization. 500MB minimum free hard drive space required for full installation. Free hard disk space after installation dependent on model complexity, more than 1 GB recommended for complex 3D visualization.
Note: UNIX formatted HDs are not supported.
Video Card:
The required minimum is a 24 bit True Color display adapter with 1024 by 768 pixels(*) resolution.

Recommended:
Standard Open GL cards with onboard video memory of 64 MB.
Video Card Test Results
The required minimum is a 24 bit True Color display adapter with 1024 by 768 pixels(*) resolution.

Recommended:
Standard Open GL cards with onboard video memory of 64 MB.
Video Card Test Results
Display:
17" high-resolution multisync monitor minimum.

Recommended:
19" or larger.
Memory Settings:
Turning on Virtual Memory can boost the performance of ArchiCAD (and is required by Windows).
Mac OS 9.2.2: we recommend to use the system's default virtual memory settings.
Plotter and Digitizer Drivers:
All major plotters, printers and digitizers can be driven directly from ArchiCAD and PlotMaker, including Benson, Hewlett-Packard, Calcomp, OCE, Graphtec, Houston, EnCad, Roland, Summagraphics, Selex, Texas Instruments, Mutoh, Mimaki, Versatec, Xerox and Wacom. No additional software is required.
(*) Note: ArchiCAD 8.0 can run on a display with a resolution of 640x480 pixels / 16 color (sometimes it has to be started in VGA Mode for verification purposes) but some dialog boxes do not fit on the screen, thus making the proper usage of the program impossible.