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SketchBook System Requirements

To ensure Autodesk SketchBook runs to its potential, please ensure that your hardware meets the minimum recommended SketchBook system requirements.

If you are looking for what’s new and known issues for Autodesk SketchBook for Enterprise, tap here. If you are looking for installation instructions, see Installing Autodesk SketchBook for Enterprise.

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Windows 10 (v.1.8)

Supposed OS: Windows 10
The following devices are currently supported:

  • Huawei MateBook
  • Lenovo Yoga
  • Surface Pro 3 and 4
  • Surface Book
  • Surface Studio
  • Wacom MobileStudio Pro DTH-W1320
  • All PCs running Windows 10 – Wacom Intuos Pro/Cintiq tablet required.

MAS (v.8.6.1)

  • Mac OS X 10.11, 10.12, and 10.13
  • 2.4 GHz Intel
  • 4 GB of Memory
  • 256 MB Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 support
  • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features

Windows (v.8.6)

  • Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit), Windows 8/8.1 (64 bit), or Windows 10
  • 2.5 – 2.9 GHz of Intel or AMD CPU
  • 4 GB of Memory
  • 256 MB Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 support
  • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features

Mac (v.8.6)

  • Mac OS X Sierra (10.12) and High Sierra (10.13)
  • 2.4 GHz Intel or higher
  • 4 GB of Memory
  • 256 MB Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 support
  • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features

Android (v.4.1.5)

  • Android OS 4.0.3 and higher
  • Optimized for phones and tablets
  • Supported styluses: Samsung S Pen and Wacom Stylus for Cintiq Companion Hybrid

Chromebooks can run the Android version of SketchBook Mobile from the Play Store. Though we recommend using a tablet, due to the Chromebook’s a lack of drivers, you won’t experience pressure-sensitivity, which is one thing that sets SketchBook apart from other drawing apps.

IOS (v.4.3)

  • iOS 10.0 and later
  • Optimized for iPad 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE
  • Optimized for iPod touch (6G)
  • iPad mini 2+, iPad Pro, and iPad Air

Autodesk® SketchBook® for Enterprise (v.2019)

To ensure Autodesk® SketchBook® for Enterprise runs to its potential, please ensure that your hardware meets the requirements listed for your version of Autodesk® SketchBook® for Enterprise and operating system:

  • Mac
    • Support Mac OS X Sierra (10.12) and High Sierra (10.13)
    • 2.4 GHz Intel or AMD CPU
    • 4 GB of Memory
    • 256 MB Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 support
    • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features
  • Windows
    • Windows®7 SP1 (64 bit), Windows®8/8.1 (64 bit), and Windows®10
    • 2.5 – 2.9 GHz of Intel or AMD CPU
    • 4 GB of Memory
    • 256 MB Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 support
    • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features

System requirements for purchased versions

Click here to see system requirements for purchased versions of SketchBook

Autodesk® SketchBook® for Enterprise (v.2018) To ensure Autodesk® SketchBook® for Enterprise runs to its potential, please ensure that your hardware meets the requirements listed for your version of Autodesk® SketchBook® for Enterprise and operating system:

  • Mac
    • Support Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11), or Sierra (10.12)
    • 1 GHz Intel or AMD CPU
    • 1GB of Memory
    • 256 MB Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 support
    • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features
  • Windows
    • Windows®7 SP1 (64 bit), Windows®8/8.1 (64 bit), and Windows®10
    • 1 GHz of Intel or AMD CPU
    • 1GB of Memory
    • 256 MB Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 support
    • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features

Android (v.3.0)

  • OS version Android 4.0 or above (including 5.0)
  • mdpi – 320 dpi and above

We currently do not support Nexus 9 (64-bit) devices

iOS (v.3.0)

  • iOS 7.0 or later
  • the app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad 2, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Air

Windows (v.7 and 7.2) 

    • 1 GHz CPU1 GB of RAM   
    • Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 or Windows®8    
    • Graphics card capable of 1024 x 768 display, 128 MB RAM    
    • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features.

Mac (v.7 and 7.2)

    • Mac OS X, Version 10.8 and greater
    • 1GB of RAM
    • Graphics card capable of 1024 x 768 display
    • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features. 

Mac App Store (v.7 and 7.2)

    • Mac OS X, Version 10.8 and greater
    • 1GB of RAM
    • Graphics card capable of 1024 x 768 display
    • We recommend that you use a pressure-sensitive tablet and pen for basic features.

Known Issues

The following is a list of known issues:

Windows Only: You upgrades your Windows OS to 8.1 and you Wacom devices aren’t working properly.
Solution: Re-install your Wacom drivers.

Windows Only: Windows OS and scrolling up and down
Some users may experience the following:

You are on Windows OS and when you try to scroll up or down in the UI, using a pen, instead of scrolling, something else happens.
Why: Windows OS (Control Panel > Pen and Touch > Flicks) Pen Flicks function is ON, which causes the system to flicker.
Solution: Turn off Pen Flicks or if you use a Wacom device, install the latest driver. When you do this, the feature is automatically disabled.

Mac Only: You are running on Mac OS 10.9 and SketchBook starts up from the Home Screen. This is the same with other applications.

Mac Only: You have the SketchBook Mac retail version and Mac App Store version installed side-by-side and cannot launch the Mac retail version.
Solution: Re-enter the serial number when launching Mac retail version.

You have Screen Word Fetching on in some translation application and cannot sketch in SBP when in full screen mode. 
Solution: Close SBP and exit Screen Word Fetching, then reopen SBP.

You created a PSD file with a color set for the Background color layer. When you save the file and open it in Photoshop, the background color is lost.
Solution: In your SketchBook Pro file, either save it as a TIFF or create another layer for the background color and save it as a PSD. The background color layer of a SketchBook Pro PSD file is dropped when opened in Photoshop to avoid a conflict with the Photoshop background layer of a native PSD file. TIFF files with a background layer don’t have this issue.

The installer does not obey the OS native language
Example: You want English; however, instead, the installer obeys the Standards and Formats language setting (Control Panel > Regional and Language Options) and French appears.
Why: The Standards and Formats language setting is set to French. Many users who use an English OS often set their regional language to another language, so that they can properly view formatted documents in that language.
Solution: Since SketchBook is language agnostic, you can edit your preferences and set the language you want.

    1. Select Edit > Preferences > Language (After application restart).
    2. Select a language from the pull-down menu.
    3. Click OK.
    4. Restart your machine for the change to take effect.

Install SketchBook

Please check out the Having Installation Problems On Windows? for a step by step guide to installing SketchBook on machines and devices.

  1. Download the Autodesk SketchBook executable file.
  2. Dbl-click the file.
  3. Follow the installation instructions.

Improving performance

To improve performance, try the following suggestions:

  • Right-click on the SketchBook application icon to select Properties. In the Compatibility tab, click Change settings for all users. In the Settings section, check Disable desktop compositing.
  • For Windows users, select Edit > Preferences to open the Preferences window. In the General tab, in the Graphics section, deselect Enable Rotate Canvas. Click OK.
    For Mac users, select SketchBook > Preferences to open the Preferences window. In the General tab, in the Graphics section, deselect Enable Rotate Canvas. Click OK.
  • Restart SketchBook to improve performance.

NOTE  When Enable Rotate Canvas is deselected, Rotate Canvas is not available.

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Updated on May 10, 2018

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