Recommended Devices For Running the Tulip Player
  • 17 Oct 2022
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Recommended Devices For Running the Tulip Player


These touch-screen tablets, PCs, and enterprise-level computers have worked well for existing Tulip customers.

The Tulip Player is available for devices that are running:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Android
  • iOS
  • iPadOS

The Tulip Player can only be downloaded from the Tulip website. It is not available in the Apple or Microsoft App Store.

See this guide if you are interested in setting up the Player on your computer.

Windows System Requirements

  • The Tulip Player is tested on the Windows 10 operating system. While some customers have run it on Windows 8 and Windows 7, we recommend using Windows 10 or newer for all devices that are running the Tulip Player. If you plan to use plug-and-play devices, that functionality has only been tested on Windows 10.
  • Tulip requires a 64-bit processor. Please note that 32-bit processors or 32-bit versions of Windows are not supported by Tulip.
  • We recommend choosing a device with a touchscreen as most Tulip Apps are built with touch in mind.

While the Tulip Player is supported on most devices, the recommended devices are based on the bandwidth of apps you need to run. The more complicated the app, the more powerful hardware is required in order to run it smoothly and efficiently.

In addition, Vision will often require more hardware - a guide to recommended hardware for vision is available here.

Device Types

It doesn't matter what device type you run the Tulip Player on (tablet, all-in-one, standalone desktop, laptop, etc); what matters are the resources. You may have a varying experience based on the type of device you're using, such as a touch screen vs. a keyboard and mouse for user interface. Consider how you prefer to interact with your app when choosing a device to run the Tulip Player.

If you're purchasing new devices for use with the Tulip Player, we recommend using one with the following minimum spec requirements:

Windows

Spec Minimum Requirement
Hard Drive 256gb
Ram 8gb
Processor Dual-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i3
Operator System Windows 10/11
Peripherals (Optional) 2+ USB Ports, Integrated or External camera

Mac

Spec Minimum Requirement
Hard Drive 256gb
Ram 8gb
Processor Dual-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i3 OR Any Apple Silicon CPU's
Operator System macOS 11 (Big Sur)
Peripherals (Optional) 2+ USB Ports (or external hub), Integrated or External camera

Android

WARNING

Generally tablets lack the minimum hardware requirements to ensure good app performace in more complicated applications.

You can download the Player from the Google Play Store.

The Player will work on all Android devices with OS 5.1 or greater, although we cannot guarantee that it will be able to access your device's camera if you have non-standard camera settings.

iOS/iPadOS

Full guide to running Tulip Player on iOS and iPadOS

Notes on Thin Clients

It is possible to run the Tulip Player on a thin client provided that the following conditions are met:

  • The Application Data saved for the Tulip Player executable is persistent. When you first set up the Tulip Player, the device is "registered" to your account. If your thin client implementation clears all data across boots or logins, then this registration process will have to be done on every boot, and correspondingly, the Player will need to be reconfigured in the Tulip Platform every time. This is not a suitable situation for running a production implementation of Tulip.
  • All of the previously mentioned requirements in this article are met.

It's also important to note that some USB devices such as barcode scanners will not work as expected depending on the thin client implementation.

It is also possible to use a thin client with the web-based Tulip Player described in the iOS/Android tablet section above.

The best way to confirm whether or not the Tulip Player will work in your thin client implementation is to just try it out. The Tulip Player is available for download and trial instances are available at no cost.


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