Comprehensive Creative Suite 6 Hardware Requirements, for Windows and Mac OS

April 23rd, 2012

[UPDATE – Would you like to run Adobe CS6 on new Microsoft Windows 8?  See here for the latest.]

[UPDATE – Want the best configuration out there for running Creative Suite 6?  See CS6 System Recommendations: Beyond the Minimum.]

[UPDATE – Mac OS X v10.8 “Mountain Lion” is out and there are no known issues reported with Adobe CS applications… in fact this operating system upgrade can improve performance and stability with CS6, CS5.5, and CS5.]

[UPDATE – Wondering about CS6 support for the new MacBook Pro Retina Display, and other HiDPI screens?  See this news from Adobe.]

Get Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 / Photoshop Extended CS6 System Requirements

Photoshop CS6 runs 64-bit native on Mac OS X, Microsoft® Windows Vista®, and Windows® 7 platforms. It can also run in 32-bit mode on Windows platforms, including Windows XP (although Photoshop Extended’s 3D features and some GPU-accelerated functions are not available on XP).  64-bit users should realize noticeably greater gains in perform­ance, in some cases as dramatic as ten times the 32-bit speed.

See Adobe’s quick reference guide to video card usage in Photoshop CS6, including tested and recommended graphics cards, minimum display requirements, and GPU settings.

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however Photoshop CS6 will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Adobe says that CS6 will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 (1280×800 recommended) resolution display with 16-bit color and 256MB (512MB for Extended) of VRAM
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 (1280×800 recommended) resolution display with 16-bit color and 256MB (512MB for Extended) of VRAM
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive

See here for updates to Photoshop system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Dreamweaver CS6

Dreamweaver CS6 System Requirements

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended); Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1; or Windows 7
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display with 16-bit video card
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6 (included)
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for HTML5 media playback

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6 or v10.7
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1.8GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display with 16-bit video card
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for HTML5 media playback

See here for updates to Dreamweaver system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Illustrator CS6

Illustrator CS6 System Requirements

Illustrator CS6 runs 64-bit native on Mac OS X, Microsoft® Windows Vista®, and Windows® 7 platforms. It can also run in 32-bit mode on Windows platforms, including Windows XP. 64-bit users should realize dramatic gains in per­formance over the 32-bit speed.

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however Illustrator CS6 will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  • 1GB of RAM (3GB recommended) for 32 bit; 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended) for 64 bit
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Some features in Adobe® Bridge rely on a DirectX 9-capable graphics card with at least 64MB of VRAM

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive

See here for updates to Illustrator system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get InDesign CS6

InDesign CS6 / InCopy CS6 System Requirements

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however InDesign CS6 and InCopy CS6 will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using them on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 1.6GB (1.3GB for InCopy) of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files
  • Some features in Adobe Bridge rely on a Direct X 9-capable graphics card with at least 64MB of VRAM

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 2.6GB (1.8GB for InCopy) of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files

See here for updates to InDesign/InCopy system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Flash Professional CS6

Flash Professional CS6 System Requirements

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however Flash Professional CS6 will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7
  • 2GB of RAM (3GB recommended)
  • 3.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6 (included)
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for multimedia features
  • Some features in Adobe Bridge rely on a Direct X 9-capable graphics card with at least 64MB of VRAM

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6 or v10.7
  • 2GB of RAM (3GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for multimedia features

See here for updates to Flash Pro system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Flash Builder 4.6

Flash Builder 4.6 System Requirements

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista® Ultimate or Enterprise (32 or 64 bit running in 32-bit mode); Windows Server® 2008 (32 bit); or Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit running in 32-bit mode)
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 1.5GB of available hard-disk space (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6 (included)
  • Eclipse 3.7 (for plug-in installation); the following distributions are supported: Eclipse IDE for Java EE and Java Developers; Eclipse Classic, Eclipse for PHP Developers

Mac OS

  • Intel® processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6 or v10.7
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 1.5GB of available hard-disk space (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • Eclipse 3.7 Cocoa version (for plug-in installation); the following distributions are supported: Eclipse IDE for Java EE and Java Developers, Eclipse Classic, Eclipse for PHP Developers

See here for updates to Flash Builder system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Fireworks CS6

Fireworks CS6 System Requirements

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however Fireworks CS6 will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows 7
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×1024 display with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6 or v10.7
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×1024 display with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive

See here for updates to Fireworks system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Premiere Pro CS6

Premiere Pro CS6 / Encore CS6 System Requirements

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 requires a 64-bit operating system. (See how to tell if your PC is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows, or how to tell if your Intel-based Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.)

Windows

  • Intel® Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit)
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (DVD+-R burner for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance; see the latest list of supported cards

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (SuperDrive for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance; see the latest list of supported cards

The list of graphics cards that are compatible with Premiere Pro is updated on a regular basis — see here for updates to system requirements including the latest roster of supported cards.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get After Effects CS6

After Effects CS6 System Requirements

Adobe After Effects CS6 requires a 64-bit operating system. (See how to tell if your PC is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows, or how to tell if your Intel-based Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.)

Windows

  • Intel® Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit)
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 3GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation from DVD media, if applicable
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer; see the latest list of supported cards

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space plus 2GB of space for optional content; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation from DVD media, if applicable
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer; see the latest list of supported cards

See here for updates to After Effects system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Audition CS6

Audition CS6 System Requirements

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however Audition CS6 will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Windows

  • Intel® Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • 1GB of RAM; 2GB for HDV and HD playback
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft WDM/MME
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation from DVD media, if applicable
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • USB interface and/or MIDI interface may be required for external control surface support (see manufacturer’s specifications for your device)
  • Optional: Optical drive for CD burning

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 1GB of RAM; 2GB for HDV and HD playback
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system; optional GPU for optimum video playback performance
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation from DVD media, if applicable
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • USB interface and/or MIDI interface may be required for external control surface support (see manufacturer’s specifications for your device)
  • Optional: Optical drive for CD burning (SuperDrive recommended)

See here for updates to Audition system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Prelude CS6

Prelude CS6 System Requirements

Windows

  • Intel® Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 3 or Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features

See here for updates to Prelude system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get SpeedGrade CS6

SpeedGrade CS6 System Requirements

Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 requires a 64-bit operating system. (See how to tell if your PC is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows, or how to tell if your Intel-based Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.)

Windows

  • Intel® Core i7 processor with 64-bit support
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit)
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • 1680×1050 display required; 1920×1080 display and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1GB of VRAM recommended; see the latest list of supported cards
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation from DVD media
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface
  • Optional: For SDI output, NVIDIA Quadro SDI Output card required

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • 1680×1050 display required; 1920×1080 display and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1GB of VRAM recommended; see the latest list of supported cards
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation from DVD media
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface

See here for updates to SpeedGrade system requirements and more detailed information on video hardware compatibility.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Story CS6

Story CS6 System Requirements

Windows

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7
  • 512MB of RAM recommended
  • SVGA 1024×768 display
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or 9, Firefox 3 or 4, or Chrome 9
  • 512Kbps or faster Internet connection required
  • Browser SSL support, JavaScript support, and cookies must be enabled
  • Adobe Flash® Player 10.1 software required

Mac OS

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.5.7 or v10.6
  • 512MB of RAM recommended
  • SVGA 1024×768 display
  • Apple Safari 5, Firefox 3 or 4, or Chrome 9
  • 512Kbps or faster Internet connection required
  • Browser SSL support, JavaScript support, and cookies must be enabled
  • Adobe Flash® Player 10.1 software required

See here for updates to Story system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Edge Animate

Edge Animate System Requirements

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 or Windows 8
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 200MB of available hard-disk space
  • 1280×800 display with 16-bit video card

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7 or v10.8
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 200MB of available hard-disk space
  • 1280×800 display with 16-bit video card

See here for updates to Edge system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get Adobe Muse

Adobe Muse System Requirements

Windows

  • 2.33GHz Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon® 64 2800+, or faster processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 3; Windows Server® 2003 or 2008; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64-bit editions) with Service Pack 2; or Windows 7
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Adobe AIR® 3.1

Mac OS

  • Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Adobe AIR 3.1

Note: Windows 2000 and PowerPC® for Mac OS are not supported.

See here for updates to Muse system requirements.  Adobe online services that integrate with Adobe Muse are available only to users 13 and older and require a broadband Internet connection and agreement to additional terms.

Get Acrobat X Pro

Acrobat X Pro System Requirements

Windows

  • 1.3GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 3 (32 bit) or Service Pack 2 (64 bit); Windows Server® 2003 (with Service Pack 2 (64 bit); Windows Server 2008 (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows Server 2008 R2 (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows Vista® Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 2 (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows 7 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 1.9GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×576 screen resolution
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9; Firefox 3.6, 4, or 5; or Chrome
  • Video hardware acceleration (optional)

Mac OS

  • Intel® processor
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8, v10.6.7, or v10.7
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 1.2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 screen resolution
  • Apple Safari 4 for Mac OS X v10.5.8 and v10.6.7; Safari 5 for Mac OS X v10.6.4 and v10.6.8

See here for updates to Acrobat system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.


Get CS6 Design Standard

CS6 Design Standard System Requirements

The specifications below are for if you wish to run all products within the suite – see the individual listings above for each application’s minimum requirements.

Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 run 64-bit native on Mac OS X, Microsoft® Windows Vista®, and Windows® 7 platforms. They can also run in 32-bit mode on Windows platforms, including Windows XP (although some GPU-enabled features are not supported on XP).  64-bit users should realize noticeably greater gains in performance, in some cases as dramatic as ten times the 32-bit speed.

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however the CS6 Design Standard suite will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  • 1GB of RAM (3GB recommended) for 32 bit; 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended) for 64 bit
  • 8.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 256MB of VRAM
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 7GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 256MB of VRAM
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files

See here for updates to Design Standard system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get CS6 Design & Web Premium

CS6 Design & Web Premium System Requirements

The specifications below are for if you wish to run all products within the suite – see the individual listings above for each application’s minimum requirements.

Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 run 64-bit native on Mac OS X, Microsoft® Windows Vista®, and Windows® 7 platforms. They can also run in 32-bit mode on Windows platforms, including Windows XP (although Photoshop Extended’s 3D features and some GPU-enabled features are not supported on XP).  64-bit users should realize noticeably greater gains in performance, in some cases as dramatic as ten times the 32-bit speed.

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however the CS6 Design & Web Premium suite will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  • 2GB of RAM (3GB recommended) for 32 bit; 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended) for 64 bit
  • 11GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display (1280×1024 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6 (included)
  • QuickTime7.6.6 software required for HTML5 media playback and multimedia features
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 9.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display (1280×1024 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for HTML5 media playback and multimedia features
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files

See here for updates to Design & Web Premium system requirements.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

Get CS6 Production Premium

CS6 Production Premium System Requirements

The specifications below are for if you wish to run all products within the suite – see the individual listings above for each application’s minimum requirements.

Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 run 64-bit native on Mac OS X, Microsoft® Windows Vista®, and Windows® 7 platforms. They can also run in 32-bit mode on Windows platforms, including Windows XP (although Photoshop Extended’s 3D features and some GPU-enabled features are not supported on XP).  64-bit users should realize noticeably greater gains in performance, in some cases as dramatic as ten times the 32-bit speed.

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however the CS6 Production Premium suite will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 require a 64-bit operating system. (See how to tell if your PC is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows, or how to tell if your Intel-based Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.)

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor with 64-bit support; Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor required for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore; Intel Core i7 processor required for SpeedGrade
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit)
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 10.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM; 1680×1050 display required and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended for Speedgrade
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (DVD+-R burner for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime and multimedia features
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance in Premiere Pro; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface for Speedgrade
  • Optional: For SDI output, NVIDIA Quadro SDI Output card required for Speedgrade

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 10.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM; 1680×1050 display required and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended for Speedgrade
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (SuperDrive for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime and multimedia features
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance in Premiere Pro; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface for Speedgrade

The list of graphics cards that are compatible with Production Premium is updated on a regular basis — see here for updates to system requirements including the latest roster of supported cards and more detailed information about video hardware compatibility.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

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CS6 Master Collection System Requirements

The specifications below are for if you wish to run all products within the suite – see the individual listings above for each application’s minimum requirements.

Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 run 64-bit native on Mac OS X, Microsoft® Windows Vista®, and Windows® 7 platforms. They can also run in 32-bit mode on Windows platforms, including Windows XP (although Photoshop Extended’s 3D features and some GPU-enabled features are not supported on XP).  64-bit users should realize noticeably greater gains in performance, in some cases as dramatic as ten times the 32-bit speed.

Windows Vista is not officially supported, however the CS6 Master Collection suite will run on Vista and Adobe does not restrict users from installing and using it on their Vista systems with Service Pack 2.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 require a 64-bit operating system. (See how to tell if your PC is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows, or how to tell if your Intel-based Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.)

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor with 64-bit support; Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor required for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore; Intel Core i7 processor required for SpeedGrade
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1; Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit) required for Premiere Pro, After Effects and Encore; Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 required for SpeedGrade
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended) for 32 bit; 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) for 64 bit
  • 14.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM; 1680×1050 display required and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended for Speedgrade
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (DVD+-R burner for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6 (included)
  • Eclipse 3.7 (for plug-in installation of Flash Builder); the following distributions are supported: Eclipse IDE for Java EE and Java Developers; Eclipse Classic, Eclipse for PHP Developers
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features, multimedia, and HTML5 media playback
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance in Premiere Pro; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface for Speedgrade
  • Optional: For SDI output, NVIDIA Quadro SDI Output card required for Speedgrade
  • Optional: 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended) for video products

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 15.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files; 10GB recommended
  • 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM; 1680×1050 display required and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended for Speedgrade
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (SuperDrive for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • Eclipse 3.7 Cocoa version (for plug-in installation of Flash Builder); the following distributions are supported: Eclipse IDE for Java EE and Java Developers, Eclipse Classic, Eclipse for PHP Developers
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features, multimedia, and HTML5 media playback
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance in Premiere Pro; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects; see the latest list of supported cards
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface for Speedgrade
  • Optional: 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended) for video products

The list of graphics cards that are compatible with Master Collection is updated on a regular basis — see here for updates to system requirements including the latest roster of supported cards and more detailed information about video hardware compatibility.  Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and/or access to online services.

See Also

The CS6 Product Matrix and CS6 Price Sheet. Or, get notified to instantly download a free trial for any of these products.

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