EDS System Requirements
Elecdes Design Suite is designed to run on the same platform as used by your existing CAD software.
Minimum and Recommended System Requirements
(Supported Operating Systems)
|Windows 7 (SP1)||Windows 10|
|CAD Software||See Supported CAD Software||AutoCAD 2015, or later|
|CPU||Intel or AMD dual core||Intel or AMD quad core|
(plus space for projects, drawings, and any additional symbol libraries)
|GPU (for Elecdes)||Any GPU capable of running your CAD software in 2D mode||Discrete Nvidia or AMD workstation class GPU|
(Certified for your CAD software)
|GPU (for Paneldes)||Any GPU capable of running your CAD software in 3D mode|
|Screen Resolution||1280x800||1920x1080 (or better)|
(for Instrument Manager)
|Microsoft Office 2003||Microsoft Office 2010 (64bit), or later|
|Note: If you use a 64bit operating system, we recommend you use a 64bit edition of Office (2010 or later)|
(for Instrument Manager,
|SQL Server 2000 (SP4), or|
Microsoft Access (with restrictions)
|SQL Server 2008 R2 (or later)|
Supported Operating Systems
EDS supports the following Microsoft operating systems:
Windows 7 (SP1)
EDS requires the Microsoft DotNet Framework v4.0 to be installed. The EDS Installer will attempt to install the DotNet Framework v4.0 if it is not detected, but it is recommended to install this manually before installing EDS. Available on the EDS installation media or from Microsoft.com.
32bit Operating System Limitations
32bit versions of Windows operating systems have a limited amount of memory (RAM) that each application can use. This limit is typically 2GB.
If you are working with large projects and encountering performance issues or memory errors on a 32bit Windows, you should consider switching to a 64bit version of Windows. This will allow EDS applications to use as much memory as you have installed in your system. Windows 7 64bit with at least 8GB of RAM is recommended for large projects.
Supported CAD Software
Elecdes and Paneldes require one of the following CAD applications:
AutoCAD 2010 – 2022 (including derivatives, such as AutoCAD P&ID, Plant 3D)
GStarCAD Professional 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
AutoCAD 2015 or later is recommended.
Supported Drawing Formats
EDS supports the following AutoCAD DWG file versions:
2000 (Some features are not supported in this drawing format)
2004 (Some features are not supported in this drawing format)
Supported Database Engines
Database Editor, Ebase, Catalog, and Global Editor use the DBASE 3 database format (stored as *.DBF files)
Instrument Manager and Cable Scheduler can use the Microsoft Access database format (stored as *.MDB or *.ACCDB files) or can connect to Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (or later).
Note: SQL Server Express is free and suitable for small and medium sized project databases.
Note: SQL Server 2000 requires Service Pack 4 or later.
Access Database Restrictions
To support multiple users in Instrument Manager when using an Access Database, the database file (.mdb or .accdb) must be stored on a networked Windows file share. Cloud file storage solutions such as OneDrive, Google Drive, Autodesk Docs, and BIM 360 are not supported.
Access Databases do not support any form of network file share replication. If multiple users to connect to the same Access database but on different replica instances, then data loss is likely. Replication is typically transparent to users, so check with your IT department before using an Access database in a multi-user environment.