OpenGL 3.3 or higher is required

Programs that issue this message require your graphics card to support OpenGL 3.3 or higher. The error may appear when displaying the 3D view within the programs:

The requirement of Open GL 3.3 is an increase of the program requirements and allows much faster viewing than previous versions.

OpenGL 3.3 was released on 11 March 2010, together with OpenGL 4.0. The difference between these specifications is that OpenGL 3.3 can be used with GPUs earlier than OpenGL 4.0. Since then, 6 new OpenGL specifications have been released, so CYPE software is currently one of the least demanding on the market.

If this message appears, Windows should be kept completely up to date and the drivers for the graphics card should be updated. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Check your computer’s graphics card

To identify your computer’s graphics card, go to the Windows “Run” dialogue box by clicking Start > Run. Then type in dxdiag and press Enter. This accesses a diagnostic tool that displays information about your computer, including the graphics card.

To do this, go to the Display tab, where the information about your graphics card can be found in the Device section:

2. Download and install a driver for your Open GL 3.3 or higher compatible graphics card

Once you have found the model of your graphics card, go to the manufacturer’s website and download and install a driver for your model of graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.3 or higher. This will usually be the most recent driver available but this is only sometimes the case.

The latest drivers from leading graphics card manufacturers can be found at:

For more information, please contact the manufacturer of your graphics card.

3. Switching graphics card

If your computer has several graphics cards (one of them may be built-in), you can switch graphics cards, using the other available graphics card (especially those marked as “high performance“) for CYPE programs. Once the change has been made, close all running programs and reopen them so that they run with the high-performance GPU.

This process may vary depending on the card and the device used. More information on how to carry out this process can be found via this link.

If none of your graphics cards supports OpenGL 3.3 or higher, a physical change of graphics card should be considered. NVIDIA (GeForce) or AMD cards are generally recommended.