Online Help for Chasys Draw IES: System Requirements

System Requirements


Chasys Draw IES is designed on the principle of universal compatibility, and in this respect, should theoretically run on any Windows-capable machine. However, image editors are by nature resource intensive applications, and therefore a line needs to be drawn somewhere. The following requirements are based on what would be required to run the software “comfortably” in “ordinary” usage scenarios.

Chasys Draw IES is coded in a blend of C, C++ and Assembly.

Processor (CPU):

Minimum: Core 2 Duo @ 1.8 GHz or equivalent dual-core with SSE2

Recommended: 7th Gen Core i3/i5/i7/i9 with 4 or more cores @ 3 GHz or higher

Chasys Draw IES is optimized for multi-core processors; some components will run faster with more cores while others will run smoother or more reliably. Up to 128 cores can be utilized.

Processors with faster buses and larger caches will yield higher performance. In particular, processors with built-in memory controllers will have a significant performance advantage.

Processors supporting the SSE2 instruction set will yield a significant performance benefit; in come cases as high as 300% the performance of an otherwise similar non-SSE2 processor. Some versions of Chasys Draw IES will not run on processors that do not support SSE2.


Memory (RAM):

Minimum: 1 GB

Recommended: 4 GB or more of fast DDR4 RAM or better

Triple/dual-channel memory configurations are highly recommended. Some components of Chasys Draw IES are “memory bound” and will therefore benefit more from faster memory (and memory bus) than from a faster CPU clock.

More RAM may result in higher performance.


Hard-Disk space:

Minimum: 100 MB for installation plus 2.0 GB free space for temporary files when running

Recommended: 5.0 GB or more free space with a Custom TEMP folder on an SSD or a separate high-performance drive

The installation drive should have a minimum write bandwidth of 50 MB/s. Most modern hard-disks can easily exceed 100 MB/s, so you need not worry about it. If you intended to do a lot of printing or complex projects with a lot of layers and many editing steps, lots of free space is an absolute necessity.

Never attempt to modify any of Chasys Draw IES data files manually. Doing so can damage the program and/or corrupt your data, and, of course, the author of this software shall bear no responsibility whatsoever for whatever damage you may incur as a result of such action. The software will do any necessary clean-up by itself on a periodic basis without external help.



Minimum: Monitor with a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 at 96 DPI

Recommended: 24" IPS LCD monitor with native resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher and full 8-bit addressing. Higher resolution required if DPI setting is increased from 96.

The User Interface for Chasys Draw IES is designed to fit monitors with a vetical resolution of at least 1024 pixels. The UI may not fit properly on smaller monitors. Also note that setting a higher DPI reduces the effective size of your screen; for instance, at 192 DPI, the minimum vertical resolution is 2048 pixels.

Monitors utilizing IPS technology are strongly recommended due to their superior color reproduction. If you intend to use live soft-proofing, it is strongly recommended that you calibrate your monitor.

The larger your monitor (in terms of resolution) the more powerful your computer needs to be, the reason being a larger display needs more data (in terms of pixels) to fill it.


Operating System:

Required: Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / Windows 7 / 2008 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 11

Recommended: Windows 7 or 10, 64-bit versions recommended

Chasys Draw IES is fully UAC compliant in Vista and above. Note that Chasys Draw IES will not work on Windows 95, 98, ME and 2000.

Although most parts of Chasys Draw IES run as a 32-bit processes, it is highly recommended that you run it on a 64-bit version of Windows. Doing so allows Chasys Draw IES to use its address space better, which improves performance when editing large images.

Windows XP support is specified as Service Pack 2, but some plug-ins may require Service Pack 3.


Other Requirements:

Up-to-date drivers for all your hardware, especially graphics
TWAIN and/or WIA drivers for scanning/imaging hardware
WinTAB drivers for Pen/Tablet digitizers
Bluetooth radio/dongle for Bluetooth features
Internet connection for web-based features



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