System Requirements

Here's what you need to run DynaSCAPE applications
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Requirements

DynaSCAPE Design System Requirements
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 7, XP (32 or 64-bit operating systems)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or later
  • Install Windows with the English version or set the language to English (may need to download a language pack)
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 recommended)
  • 4 gigabytes (GB) of system memory (RAM)
  • 1GB GDDR5 or HBM dedicated video card with support for DirectX 9 graphics
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 9 or later (Google Chrome recommended)
  • Internet connection (updates and access to the online plant database)

Microsoft Office Suite 2003® (or later) software is required for exporting materials to Excel® and Word®. Adobe Reader® software is required for exporting plant picture catalogues.

Common Graphics Cards that meet the recommended requirements

AMD Radeon Models: 7800, 8700, R7 240-265, R7 360-370, R9 270-295X, R9 380-390X

NVidia GeForce Models: GTX 560-595, GTX 650-690, GTX 750-790, GTX 950-990

Running DynaSCAPE on a Mac computer

DS|Design can be run on a Mac computer but not in the native Mac environment. There are several products available that allow you to install a Windows Operating Systems (XP, Vista or Win 7) on a Mac computer. The three best options to consider are Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion.

Click here to read more about running DS|Design on a Mac


New! Settings and Requirements for DS|Design v6

DS|Design v6 now has options to use either your computer’s CPU (Default – Software rendering) or using your computer’s video card (Hardware rendering) to render the drawing page graphics. If your computer has a good video card you can switch to Hardware rendering through the Performance Options panel found under the Environment menu in DS|Design. (click here to see the release notes for v6)

Windows Themes:

Vista and Windows 7 users will experience the best performance using one of the Windows “Aero Themes”. The “Basic Themes” do not perform as well.

Click here to learn how to change your Windows theme to Aero

Display Settings:

Currently DS|Design v6 works best at the default DPI settings. We plan on providing more flexibility in a future release, but for the time being you will probably find you need to set your DPI settings to the default. To do this, follow the instruction for Windows 7 and Vista below.

Windows 7: Set your Windows Display to Smaller – 100% (Default). DS|Design v6 will not run correctly if you changed your settings to Medium (125%) or larger (150%). If you try to run v6 with your display set to 125 or 150%, DynaSCAPE will warn you to change it to the default

Vista: Set your Windows Display to Default Scale (96 DPI). DS|Design v6 will not run correctly if you changed your settings to Larger Scale (120 DPI) or to a Custom DPI.. If you try to run v6 with your display set to 120 DPI or a custom DPI, DynaSCAPE will warn you to change it to the default (96 DPI).

Click here to learn how to change your Display Settings to Default

Video Cards for Hardware rendering:

Although we cannot guarantee which video cards will result in optimal performance, a 1 GB dedicated video card (separate from the motherboard) with support for DirectX 9 graphics is recommended if you plan to use Hardware rendering. If you are using a lower end computer or laptop with an integrated (onboard) video card, there may be some blurriness in the middle of the drawing window. If your drawing window is noticeably blurry in the middle of the screen, the following suggestions may provide an improvement:

  1. Update your video card drivers
  2. Upgrade your video card to a mid (or high) range dedicated video card ($50-$100)

Recommended Printers for Design & Color

Canon imagePROGRAF 610 (24″ wide)

Canon imagePROGRAF 710 (36″ wide)

DynaSCAPE Color System Requirements
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (32-bit or 64-bit operating systems)

  • Install Windows with the English version or set the language to English (may need to download a language pack)
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 processor recommended)
  • Minimum 4GB RAM
  • Free disk space available – 250MB
  • 1 GB GDDR5 or HBM Dedicated DirectX 9 Video Card (NVIDIA recommended)

Common Graphics Cards that meet the recommended requirements

AMD Radeon Models: 7800, 8700, R7 240-265, R7 360-370, R9 270-295X, R9 380-390X

NVidia GeForce Models: GTX 560-595, GTX 650-690, GTX 750-790, GTX 950-990

Recommended Printers for Design & Color

Canon imagePROGRAF 610 (24″ wide)

Canon imagePROGRAF 710 (36″ wide)

Horticopia System Requirements
System Requirements Recommended
Processor 2 GHz or more
Main memory (RAM) 1 GByte or more
Hard disk space 2 GBytes of hard disk space, plus 2 GB/Library
CD-ROM and DVD drive Required only during installation
Video adapter Display of 65536 colors or more
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768 or more
Windows compatible sound card/subsystem Optional, required to hear botanical names and background music
Printer Optional, but a printer driver must be installed even if no physical printer is being used
Operating System Windows® XP, Vista, Server 2003 or later