System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2012 Service Pack 2 or R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • 64-bit Windows operating system required

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Graphics card that supports DirectX11 minimum
  • USB port for hardware key
  • Minimum display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Internet and email access for program installation, program updates, and technical support
  • Adobe® Reader for program documentation
  • Network licensed Zemax requires TCP/IP network
  • Multi-core processors with a minimum of 2GB per core recommended for optimal performance
  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel or equivalent trackpad

Optimum Hardware Specification

OpticStudio is very efficient code and will run on quite modest hardware (see the minimum specification above). But it is also a big number-crunching application capable of handling extremely large problems, Bigger and better hardware always traces rays faster, but there are sensible choices you can make to spend your budget wisely. 

.NET framework

OpticStudio requires the latest .NET framework. The installer will download and install any necessary Windows components for you automatically. 

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003

Mac OS, Linux, and Virtual Machines

OpticStudio is intended to run on the above listed windows platforms, many users run OpticStudio on Linux, Unix, and BSD based operating systems like Mac OS through the use of virtual machines that can provide the windows environment needed for OpticStudio. More information can be found in the KBA How to Run Zemax on an Intel-based Apple Mac Computer.