System Requirements for Alphacam and Part Modeler

Minimum Specifications

  • 32 or 64-bit Intel Pentium 4 processor (2 GHz or faster), Intel Xeon, Intel Core, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, AMD Phemnom or later, in single, dual or quad core versions
  • 2 GB for Windows Vista/Windows 7 and 4GB for 64-bit operating systems

To make the most of background processing and multi-threading, we recommend a 64-bit operating system and 2GB RAM for each processor as a minimum. 

- OpenGL compliant
- Minimum 128 MB memory for wireframe systems
- Minimum 256 MB memory for solid model systems
- 32 Bit Colour Depth

  • 10 GB free disk space for the Alphacam installation
  • Graphics card

We recommend NVIDIA and AMD (ATI) Workstation graphics cards and that the latest WHQL certified driver for the card is installed.

  • 17" Colour monitor (1280 x 1024 screen resolution)
  • Mouse including wheel (Intellimouse)
  • SpaceMouse/SpaceBall (optional) - these devices are only supported in the 32-bit version of Simulator not 64-bit
  • Network card
  • Internet Explorer 7 or above
  • Internet connection for license activation/updates
  • USB port for the Alphacam security key (unless using keyless licensing)

Supported Operating Systems

We recommend you install the latest service packs for the supported operating systems.

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business*
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise*
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

*Installations on Windows Vista require SP1 we recommend you install the latest service pack.

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise

When installing on Windows Vista or Windows 7:

We recommend that you update to the latest security key drivers (if a security key is fitted). You may experience problems with the driver supplied by your graphics card manufacturer - check for the latest driver updates on the web site for your card.

Notes

  • Alphacam will install and run on 64-bit versions of these operating systems, where applicable (note however that Alphacam is a 32-bit application)
  • Alphacam and Part Modeler will install and run on the 'home' editions of these operating systems. However this is not recommended and we cannot guarantee to fix any Alphacam or Part Modeler issues specifically related to these operating systems
  • The Sentinel RMS license server runs as a system service on Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003,Server 2008 and Windows 7. Sentinel RMS network licenses can be installed on virtual servers provided that they are locked to a Safenet Computer ID USB key. Standalone (single seat) Sentinel RMS licenses cannot be locked against the new keys for use on a virtual server
  • It is not recommended to have multiple Alphacam versions installed on the same computer when the user has limited rights or UAC is ON as this may potentially cause problems with Simulator (More info)
  • Windows XP is no longer supported by Alphacam but, for this release, it can be installed on Windows XP although a Warning Message will be displayed. Future releases will not allow installation on Windows XP
  • Windows 8 RT is not supported by Alphacam
 
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