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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. This includes:

  • Debian version 4 or later
  • Fedora (RedHat) Core 1, 2 and 3
  • Tau Linux release 1
  • RedHat Enterprise 5 and later
  • Ubuntu release 10 and later
  • CentOS release 6.0 and later
  • SuSE release 10 and later

If you will display any Cradle UIs, you need 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

Cradle requires unixODBC v2.3.7 or later to be installed. To install unixODBC you can either download and build it from Or you can use your Linux distribution package manager to install the required libraries if v2.3.7 or later are available. For example:

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

Note: An ODBC library MUST be installed even if you do not intend to use ODBC, i.e. Oracle, MySQL, etc.

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

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 Office 365 on demand from the Microsoft store.

  1. PDF viewer, any Acrobat or Acrobat Reader version 9 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, version 9 or later (version 11 or later preferred)

The minimum and preferred hardware recommendations for Cradle are:

  • CPU: minimum 1 GHz, preferred > 2 GHz
  • Cores: minimum 1 core, preferred 2 cores for clients and 4 cores for servers
  • Memory available after operating system is running: minimum 250 MBytes, preferrred 500 MBytes
  • Disk: minimum 750 MBytes for the Cradle installation, and more space for databases, suggest minimum of a further 500 MBytes
  • Screen: minimum 1024 x 768, preferred larger than 1280 x 1024
  • Mouse: 2 button

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.