Collaborative Design Technology Requirements

We recommend purchasing your laptop online from the KCAD Apple Store.

Be aware that you are not limited to these requirements and larger or more powerful Apple laptop will work as well.

The minimum system requirements for this program:


  • Microsoft Office for Mac
  • Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 or 6 Design Standard

Optional Software

  • Windows 7 64bit (Mac OS X 10.8 or higher Required)

External Accessories

  • At least a 1TB External Hard Drive or larger for backup and storage of files

Recommended for Protection and Security

  • Laptop bag or cover for your computer
  • Portable laptop lock

Software Ordering

  • Some software can be ordered directly from KCAD at a reduced cost for students
  • Go to the Technical Support Page for more information or visit Ferris’ Adobe CC for Students page to purchase software.