This article addresses the question of whether it is possible to use the Artec Studio software on a Mac (e.g. MacBook Pro).
Photo by CyArk, from the Ancient Corinth digitization project (link to Google Arts & Culture 3D Archive).
- The Artec Studio software is not [yet] available for Mac OS.
- The most popular approach is to run Artec Studio on Windows via BootCamp. In this scenario, all algorithms of Artec Studio, including 3D-capture with both the Artec Eva and Artec [Space] Spider will work as intended.
- Artec Studio does not work on a virtual OS inside Mac OS (e.g. through Parallels, VM Ware etc). On a virtual machine, the graphics card performance is very limited and therefore many functions/algorithms will not perform as intended.
We have tested several hardware configurations of MacBook Pro 15'' laptops.
The following hardware suits our minimum requirements and provides a good performance overall:
- MacBook Pro 15-inch (2018)
Processor: 2,9 GHz Intel Core i9
RAM: 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics card: Radeon Pro 560D 4096 MB
Older models with the following configurations also offer adequate performance:
- Processor: Intel i7-4960HQ @ 2.60 GHz
- RAM: 16 Gb (enough for Eva, might not be enough for Spider; of course it depends on the scanned data size)
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M or AMD Radeon R9 M370X
In case you experience any issues with your Artec 3D scanner or require technical assistance with your device or Artec Studio, in the first instance please contact your local Artec dealer/distributor directly. You can also contact the Artec Support Team by clicking on "Submit a request" button on the bottom right part of the screen or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org