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Video Card Requirements and OpenGL

Many onOne products utilize OpenGL to enhance the performance of the preview area. OpenGL is graphics language that allows applications to perform work in the video card directly, rather than using only the CPU (processor) of your computer. This allows applications to make fast and fluid changes. This makes tools like the MaskingBrush and the MaskingBug to work.

However this means that your computer’s video card needs to meet certain requirements to use onOne products. Most video cards manufactured in the last three years meet these requirements.

Note: Certain Intel® HD Graphics Cards do not meet the minimum system requirements for video cards.

  • 1280×800 Minimum Resolution
  • 256 MB dedicated video RAM
  • Full OpenGL 2 compatibility
  • Millions of Colors

Much of todays modern graphics software, including tools from onOne and Adobe require OpenGL 2.0 (see Adobe’s  Open GL article here for Photoshop CS6). This means you need to have a video card that supports this, plus the most up-to-date drivers from the card manufacturer. Just because your video card meets these requirements doesn’t mean that the driver you are using takes advantage of them. Its important on Windows computers to update the video card driver frequently. Below are instructions on how to tell if your video card supports OpenGL 2.0 and how to update your driver to the latest version.

Click here to view how to check your video card for OpenGL 2.0 support.

Click here for instructions on updating your video card driver.

How to update video card drivers

Note: Please contact the video card manufacturer for technical assistance when updating the video card drivers.

Instructions for updating the drivers on Windows Vista, 7,  & 8

1. To look up your video card manufacturer and model, choose Start, and then type dxdiag in the Search and press Enter.

2. This will bring up the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window.

3. Click the ‘Display’ tab at the top.  The ‘Name’ field will show the video card manufacturer and model. Here is an example below.

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4.  Please go directly to the manufacturers website to download and install the the driver update specific for your model.

www.amd.com (ATI Radeon)

www.nvidia.com (GeForce, Ion, Quadro, etc)

We do not support Intel® Graphics cards.

 


Check your video card for compatibility with onOne Software (Windows only)

Most video cards manufactured in the last three years meet these requirements.

  • 1280×800 Minimum Resolution
  • 256 MB dedicated video RAM
  • Full OpenGL 2 compatibility
  • Millions of Colors

It is important have the latest driver installed. Click here to view instructions for updating the video card driver.  

Identify your dedicated video memory (VRAM): Right click on your desktop > choose “Personalize” > click “Display” bottom left > click “Change Display Settings” upper left > choose “Advanced Settings” on the right… This new window will display your dedicated video memory.

Confirm Open GL 2.0 or higher: You may download the OpenGL Doctor application by clicking here. Once you run this application, it will show which version of OpenGL is supported. Please see the example image below (OpenGL support is shown in the red box).

 

For information on all video card requirements and OpenGL, please click here. onOne products utilize OpenGL 2.0 or higher and VRAM to enhance the performance of the preview area.   This allows applications to make fast and fluid changes. This makes tools like the MaskingBrush and the MaskingBug to work.

Much of todays modern graphics software, including tools from onOne and Adobe require OpenGL 2.0 (see Adobe’s Open GL article here). This means you need to have a video card that supports this, plus the most up-to-date drivers from the card manufacture. Just because your video card meets these requirements doesn’t mean that the driver you are using takes advantage of them. Its important on Windows computers to update the video card driver frequently.