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
  • 4GB+ RAM
  • 250 GB+ HD
  • 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)
  • Safari 4.0 and/or Firefox 3.0 or higher browser(s)
  • USB headset with microphone
  • Plug-ins: Mac supplied Java and PDF reader (no download needed), Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, Windows Media┬« Components for QuickTime or Flip4Mac
  • Windows XP (32 bit) or Vista (32 or 64 bit) or higher
  • Pentium III or better 1 GHz processor
  • 3GB Ram (32bit Windows)/4GB (64Bit Windows)
  • 160 GB or higher HD
  • 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)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 and/or Firefox 3.0 or higher browser(s)
  • USB headset with microphone
  • Windows: soundcard with speakers and microphone or headset (or telephone for Telephony users)
  • 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
  • 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*
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 or higher or Photoshop Elements
  • Adobe InDesign CS4 or higher or other Desktop Publishing Program for Mac
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or Professional 9 or later
  • Skype (free download)
  • Virus protection software
  • Apple Care

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.

  • IE 11 and Edge/Firefox 46 and 47
  • Ink jet or laser printer
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or later (to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 or higher or Photoshop Elements
  • Adobe InDesign CS4 or higher or other Desktop Publishing Program for PC
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or Professional 9 or later
  • Skype (free download)
  • Windows Moviemaker (free download)
  • IrfanView (free download) or other image viewer/editor/converter software
  • Virus protection software (e.g. Avast Antivirus free home edition)

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