Program Technical Requirements

Students are required to have the following hardware and software:

Mac Computer Requirements PC Computer Requirements
Macbook, Macbook Pro or iMac with OS 10.6 (X) or higher Windows XP (32 bit) or Vista (32 or 64 bit) or higher
Pentium III or better 1 GHz processor
4GB+ RAM 3GB Ram (32bit Windows)/4GB (64Bit Windows)
250 GB+ HD 160 GB or higher HD
Ethernet, Wi-Fi, cable, or DSL broadband connection Ethernet, Wi-Fi, cable, or DSL broadband connection
AnyConnect VPN Client software in order to access course reserves via UF Library (click here for step-by-step guide and download) AnyConnect VPN Client software in order to access course reserves via UF Library (click here for step-by-step guide and download)
Safari 4.0 and/or Firefox 3.0 or higher browser(s) Internet Explorer 7.0 and/or Firefox 3.0 or higher browser(s)
USB headset with microphone USB headset with microphone
Windows: soundcard with speakers and microphone or headset (or telephone for Telephony users)
Plug-ins: Mac supplied Java and PDF reader (no download needed), Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, Windows Media® Components for QuickTime or Flip4Mac Plug-ins: Java 1.5 or later (Windows users can use only the 32-bit version of Java, not the 64-bit version), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player

Please see the UFIT Student Computing Requirements page to ensure that your computer system meets the specifications outlined there. For further information, visit the UF Computing Help Desk’s FAQ. For up-to-date browser compatibilty information, visit the Help Desk’s Supported Browsers page or the Canvas Help Center.


Recommended Software and Hardware

In addition to the minimum requirements, we recommend the following software, applications, and services

Mac Computer Recommendations PC Computer Recommendations
Safari 8 and 9/Firefox 46 and 47 IE 11 and Edge/Firefox 46 and 47
Ink jet or laser printer Ink jet or laser printer
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac or later (to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) *Note: Using Apple’s Pages or Keynote software is not advised* Microsoft Office 2007 or later (to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 or higher or Photoshop Elements Adobe Photoshop CS4 or higher or Photoshop Elements
Adobe InDesign CS4 or higher or other Desktop Publishing Program for Mac Adobe InDesign CS4 or higher or other Desktop Publishing Program for PC
Adobe Acrobat Reader or Professional 9 or later Adobe Acrobat Reader or Professional 9 or later
Skype (free download) Skype (free download)
Virus protection software Virus protection software (e.g. Avast Antivirus free home edition)
Apple Care IrfanView (free download) or other image viewer/editor/converter software

Note: The preferred computer for the art education program is an iMac G4 or other newer Macintosh model. However, students with PC computers should not have any problems completing course assignments.

For more technical support information and help, contact the UF Help Desk:

Website: http://helpdesk.ufl.edu
Email: helpdesk@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 392-4357

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