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Platforms

Cradle-7 is a client-server product that contains client and server components. All Cradle components support Windows and Linux, as defined below. You can install Cradle clients and servers on any combination of platforms. You can install Cradle onto physical or virtual servers and desktops. You can copy data from Linux to Windows and vice versa; the format of all Cradle data, including Project Databases (PDBs), are identical on Linux and Windows systems.

 

Any Linux with a version 2.6.32 or later kernel, examples of supported versions are:

  • Debian 6 or later
  • RedHat Enterprise 6 and later
  • Ubuntu release 10.04 and later
  • CentOS release 6.0 and later
  • Oracle 6 and later

To install the X11 FreeType-based font drawing library by either:

  • sudo yum install libXft - for Redhat Enterprise Linux and CentOS
  • sudo apt-get install libxft2 - for Debian-based systems

To install the required ODBC libraries you can use your Linux distribution package manager. For example:

  • sudo yum install unixODBC - for Redhat Enterprise Linux and CentOS
  • sudo apt-get install unixodbc - for Debian-based systems

unixODBC v2.3.7 is supplied with most of the latest versions of Linux. Some earlier versions of Linux may not include this version of unixODBC. If you are running on an earlier Linux version that does not include unixODBC v2.3.7 you can download and build it from https://www.unixodbc.org.

Also, tar version 1.22 or later is required for its support of long pathnames.

The Cradle download file contains both 32‐bit and 64‐bit distributions. The installer will automatically choose the distribution to match your Windows and Office installations. However, if you have 64‐bit Windows and 32‐bit Office, then you must choose the 32‐bit Cradle distribution, or Cradle's support for Office will not be installed.

The supported versions, and the minimum service pack (SP) needed, are:

  • Windows 7 with SP1 or later: 32‐bit and 64‐bit
  • Windows 8.1, 32‐bit and 64‐bit
  • Windows 10, 32‐bit and 64‐bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 or later, 32‐bit and 64‐bit
  • Windows Server 2012, 64‐bit
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, 64‐bit
  • Windows Server 2016 64-bit

Note that the following are not supported:

  • Itanium and ARM processors
  • Windows RT (phone and tablet) editions

If using the Cradle Web Services Interface (WSI) via CURL you must ensure ALL Windows updates are applied.

The supported versions, and the minimum service pack (SP) needed, are:

  • 2007 with SP3 or later, 32‐bit
  • 2010 with SP2 or later, 32‐bit and 64‐bit
  • 2013 with SP1 or later, 32‐bit and 64‐bit
  • 2016, 32‐bit and 64‐bit

Cradle will only integrate with Microsoft Office on Windows. Cradle has integrations with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Project.

Please note we also support Office 365 but we do NOT support UWP versions of Office, such as Office 365 on demand from the Microsoft store.

  1. PDF viewer, any Acrobat or Acrobat Reader version 8 or later are needed to be able to link to a specific page in a PDF file, or to link to a region in a page.
  2. Web browser:
    • Chrome, latest version preferred
    • Firefox, latest version preferred
    • Internet Explorer, latest version preferred

Note: Microsoft Edge is currently supported in Windows 10 (creators edition build 1703) or later.

The minimum and preferred hardware recommendations for Cradle are:

The Linux Hardware Requirements are:

  • CPU* - minimum 32/64-bit Intel or compatible
  • Memory - 256 MBytes
  • Disk space - 750 MBytes
  • Swap space** - 25 MBytes / user1, minimum 40 MBytes
  • Screen - 1024 x 768 resolution
  • Mouse: 2 button

* 64-bit Intel Itanium processors are not supported. ARM processors are also not supported.
** Users are either Cradle tool users, or users of the Cradle Web Server (CWS)

The Windows Hardware Requirements are:

  • CPU* - 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • Memory - 2 GB of system memory
  • Disk space - Approx 1 GB for installation, extra hard drive space required for projects.
  • Screen - 1024 x 768 resolution
  • Mouse: 2 button

* 64-bit Intel Itanium processors are not supported. ARM processors are also not supported.

Please note that for server hardware you will need to consider the number of Cradle users who will connect to the Cradle server components and any remote desktops that may also be run on the server. Please contact 3SL to discuss your requirements. More details are available in the Cradle System Administration Guide that can be downloaded from the documentation area.