What is required to make use of the new features ZionWorx 2014 offers?
Processor: Intel i5 (or AMD equivalent) or faster
Graphics: Dedicated graphics card with at least 1GB video memory. Two monitor outputs are required for presentation.
Operating System: Windows Vista* (SP2), Windows 7*, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10.
Hard Disk: 500MB free space
For Microsoft PowerPoint® integration (optional): A full version of Microsoft PowerPoint® 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016. Note: The 32-bit version is required for full integration. The 64-bit version will partially integrate but it is not recommended.
* Please note that Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a "Home Basic" edition which does not support all the Windows features used by ZionWorx. "Home Premium" is therefore the minimum edition required.
"Will it run on a computer with lower specs?"
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on the intended usage of the software. ZionWorx has been developed to run efficiently on lower performance computers but it is still a graphically intensive program.
If you want to simply show static images with text overlaid then you will probably have no issue on a computer with less RAM and processing capabilities.
If you are looking to get into using video, live camera feeds and video backgrounds, then the most important component will be the graphics card, because of the intensive visual processing that ZionWorx does, followed by RAM and processor.
We would recommend downloading the ZionWorx trial and testing it in your environment before purchasing.
"Will it run on an Apple computer?"
ZionWorx is a Windows application and does not run natively on MacOS. Technically it is possible to use ZionWorx with an Apple computer however you need to use either Bootcamp or virtual machine such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop. All those options does mean you would need to have a Windows license available to create the Windows installation.
Bootcamp certainly works just like Windows with dual screen etc however doesn't run within the MacOS environment. VMWare Fusion can run using dual display in full-screen mode. It doesn't yet have full support of DirectX9 drivers so there is a black box showing in theme editor but the main output window displays correctly. VMWare Fusion also has the option to run in full screen mode across multiple displays which means that ZionWorx will make use of both displays as expected.
We haven't tried Parallels Desktop yet with ZionWorx but expect it would give much the same experience. It is worth trying both to see which software suits you best. The benefit of VMWare and Parallels is that you don't have to leave the MacOS environment to run ZionWorx.
"What do you mean by a dedicated graphics card?"
Laptops are often built for power-saving and portability which can compromise on performance. Typically this will be achieved by the use of an "integrated" graphics card which shares the memory (RAM) of the computer. A "dedicated" graphics card has its own processor and video memory and will generally give higher performance than an integrated graphics card and is certainly worth spending extra for.
Desktop computers can have integrated graphics cards as well which are directly built onto the computer motherboard, however it is a lot easier to purchase and fit an additional graphics card for a desktop and the price to do so is very reasonable.
If in doubt seek advice before making a purchase. You can also try ZionWorx 2014 on a similar specification PC and see how it performs before committing to any purchase.
"Which version of PowerPoint do I need?"
ZionWorx integrates seamlessly with Microsoft PowerPoint® 2007-2016 allowing full use of PowerPoint features i.e. all transitions and timings.
Note: 64-bit installations of PowerPoint are not recommended and do not fully integrate with ZionWorx (though are usable). You can uninstall and reinstall the 32-bit version of PowerPoint using the original installation media.
"Will it run on my existing PC?"
If your existing PC runs Windows XP (or earlier) then no. We have made use of new features that Microsoft introduces with more recent versions of Windows so that means the minimum operating system is Vista with Serivce Pack 2 applied. As Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows XP from April 2014 it would be worth considering upgrading if you are still running this operating system from a security and maintenance point of view.
If you are running a recent version of Windows then the best way to answer this question is to try it out. ZionWorx 2014 will run on lower spec machines, however you may find some of the more intensive graphics functions such as text over video doesn't perform as well. You are welcome to download and use ZionWorx 2014 for 60-days to evaluate it with full functionality. Please visit the Downloads page to get your copy.