Isadora 3 will run on almost any contemporary Mac or Windows computer, however, your system requirements may vary based on the scope of your project. 

Supported Operating Systems

Isadora 3 is supported on Windows 10 (64-bit), macOS 10.11 (El Capitan), macOS 10.12 (Sierra), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.14 (Mojave), and macOS 10.15 (Catalina). macOS Catalina requires that you use Isadora 3.0.6 or later. 

Minimum System Requirements

These baseline specifications will provide reliable performance with video playback, video effects, live video capture, and output to one or two displays. 

For HD video playback: 

  • Dual-core 2.0 GHz i5 Intel processor or equivalent 
  • 4 GB RAM 
  • Intel or AMD Processor with 64-bit support 

Recommended Specifications for eight or more channels of HD video playback, 4K video playback, or outputting to multiple displays:

  • Quad-core i7 Intel processor or equivalent (or greater) 
  • 16 GB RAM or greater 
  • Dedicated AMD or NVidia graphics card 
  • Solid-state storage drive with a 1500 mbps transfer rate or higher 
  • Intel or AMD Processor with 64-bit support

We recommend you carefully research computer equipment to find the best option for your project needs and budget. If you’re looking for help finding the right computer, feel free to post on the TroikaTronix community forum to ask for suggestions. Many Isadora designers and artists have found success using a wide range of computer hardware and are eager to share their knowledge. 

Isadora 3.0.6 and macOS Catalina (10.15) 

If you are running macOS 10.15 Catalina, you must work with Isadora v3.0.6 or later. Earlier versions of Isadora 3 and Isadora 2 are not supported on Catalina. 

We are confident to recommend Isadora 3.0.6 to Catalina users who are developing new pieces, or using it in workshops or teaching environments. 

However, like many industry leaders, we strongly advise you to hold off on upgrading to Catalina if you are working in a professional performance environment. Because of substantial changes to security protocols in Catalina, and because of numerous, serious issues this new version of macOS exhibited during its development cycle, we feel you should wait for a few more updates to come out before you make the switch. 

Unsupported Hardware Platforms 

Isadora is not supported on tablet devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro, Linux machines, systems which run macOS on non-Apple hardware, and computers with ARM processors. 

Isadora is not designed for use with external graphics cards (eGPUs) or machines that have multiple discrete GPUs. 

Running Isadora on machines utilizing unsupported hardware configurations may have unexpected and undesirable results in terms of performance and usability.