Adobe Systems Incorporated has put out a press release this morning announcing worldwide availability of its Creative Suite 6. Mac users looking to employ the studio kit require a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support.
The tech specs page for Adobe’s new CS6 holds the system requirements for both Mac and Windows users.
On the Apple side, Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard is the minimum OS requirement. OS X 10.7 Lion is also supported and perhaps even recommended.
4GB of RAM is required to have a decent experience with the suite, though 8GB is recommended by Adobe. You’ll need 15.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation and additional free space during the process.
Adobe cautions that CS6 will not install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage mediums.
Further storage is required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files - around 10GB is recommended, meaning you’ll need to have at least 30GB free when commencing installation to ensure you don’t incur any problems.
Moving on to the screen requirement, users will need a 1280x900 display with 16-bit color. For Adobe SpeedGrade, an 1680x1050 display is required and a second professionally calibrated viewing display is recommended. The graphics solution backing your computer must boast at least 512MB of VRAM and the system must also be OpenGL 2.0–capable.
A DVD-ROM drive or SuperDrive is required for burning DVDs and a Blu-ray burner is needed for creating Blu-ray Disc media.
Mac customers will further require Java Runtime Environment 1.6, as well as.Eclipse 3.7 (Cocoa version) for plug-in installation.
Apple’s QuickTime 7.6.6 is needed for QuickTime features, multimedia, and HTML5 media playback.
Finally, a dedicated GPU card is recommended for optimal performance in SpeedGrade and for GPU-accelerated features in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Adobe recommends some specific solutions, including NVIDIA Quadro 4000 or other Adobe-certified GPU cards with at least 1GB of VRAM.