System Requirements

Our recommendations and minimum system requirements are meant to provide general guidelines for running PrintFactory.

For hardware, we recommend systems that meet or exceed the specifications listed below.

For operating systems, these specifications are the currently approved and tested versions.  Therefore please do not install a new version of operating system if it is not listed as this means it has not been approved and may contain issues which affect the operation of PrintFactory.

For best stability and performance we strongly advice that the PC running the RIP has no third party applications installed on it.

Having third party applications installed might interfere with the RIPs performance and functionality and hinder our ability to troubleshoot and fix problems should they occur.

Admin rights for the logged in user are required to assure full functionality of the software.

If in doubt please contact support.

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 7 – 10, Server 2008 R2 (64bit), Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
    • Memory: 8 GB
    • Hard Disk: 160 GB SSD
  • macOS® 10.14 – 10.15, 11 (Big Sur)  (Note: macOS® 10.13 is supported until V6.4.5)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
    • Memory: 8 GB
    • Hard Disk: 160 GB SSD

These specs are designed to provide an indicative guide of the required hardware requirements but depend heavily on amount of printers attached and size of jobs to be processed.

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Max 2 Printers with 1 Simultaneous Ripping process per Printer

  • Windows® Windows 7 – 10, Server 2008 R2 (64bit), Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 2.7 Ghz and above
    • Memory: 16 GB
    • Hard Disk: 500 GB SSD (SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s) Controller)
  • macOS® 10.14 – 10.15, 11 (Big Sur)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 2.7 Ghz and above
    • Memory: 16 GB
    • Hard Disk: 500 GB SSD

This can be a desktop workstation.

Medium

Max 2 Printers with 2 Simultaneous Ripping process per Printer

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Max 4 Printers with 1 Simultaneous Ripping process per Printer

  • Windows® Windows 7 – 10, Server 2008 R2 (64bit), Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8700 Processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 16 GB
    • Hard Disk: 500 GB SSD (SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s) Controller)
    • Optional:
      • Dual Disk Configuration – separate controllers:
        • Disk 1 – OS 128GB SSD (SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s) Controller)
        • Disk 2 – PrintFactory Work Folder 256GB SSD (SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s) Controller)
  • macOS® 10.14 – 10.15, 11 (Big Sur)
    • Processor: Intel® Xeon E5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 16 GB
    • Hard Disk: 500 GB SSD

This can be a desktop workstation.

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PrintFactory supports VMWare vSphere Hypervisor configurations.  Please contact PrintFactory support to discuss individual specifications.

Please bear in mind that any virtualised RIP’s will need to have at least the equivalent specification of virtual hardware shown above available in each VM instance, also note that if the virtual environment is connected to a SAN or NAS via fibre channel controllers enough bandwidth should be made available to support the read/write requirements of the work folder.  This can be mitigated by using a local RAID (0 or 5, though RAID 0 is preferable) or single SSD disk as the working disk(s).

To achieve a successful virtual PrintFactory environment a number of factors need to be considered including specification of VM instance, backbone bandwidth, storage (SAN) I/O bandwidth/latency.

That said if the VM is configured to pool the total resources of the bare metal great performance can be achieved.

Supported web browsers for Job Ticket and Job Nest preview

Following web browsers are supported for Job-Ticket-preview and Job-Nest-info:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

Spectrophotometer Support

  • Barbieri
    • Spectro LFP
    • Spectro LFP qb
    • Spectro Swing
    • SpectroPad
    • Spectro 50xy
  • X-Rite
    • i1 Pro
    • i1 Pro v2
    • i1 Pro v3
    • i1iO
    • i1iO v2
    • i1iSis
    • i1iSis XL
    • i1iSis v2 (5.0.14 on)
    • i1iSis XL v2 (5.0.14 on)
    • SpectroScan
    • SpectroLino
    • SP62
  • ColorScout A
  • EPSON SpectroProofer (built-in)
    • IL20 unit
    • IL30 unit
  • HP DesignJet (built-in)
Updated on May 27, 2021

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