Smode Designer License

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Deliver world-class live experiences. On-time.

Smode Designer is the end-to-end toolchain for live professionals.

It integrates seamlessly content creation, stage simulation, and playback, achieving real-time performance at every step of the process.

Unleash your creativity and watch it unfold live on stage: don’t let rendering times get in the way of the perfect show.

Important: Smode Designer is locked by a Wibu CodeMeter dongle. You might already own one, for instance if you already use Notch, Touch Designer, or a similar tool.



Smode runs on Microsoft 64 bits operating systems. Supported versions are Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. A minimum of 1 Gb of system disk space available. A modern 64 bit CPU is recommended with at least 8 Gb memory:
  • Intel Core i7 or greater
  • AMD Turion or Opteron family and greater
A modern graphics card is needed with at least 4 Gb of memory. GPU needs to support at least OpenGL 4 and DirectX 11:
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 980 or greater
  • NVidia Quadro M5000 or greater
  • AMD FirePro W8100 or greater
  • AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT or greater
Intel, Matrox or other GPU are not yet supported. You need to ensure that your operating system and your graphics card drivers are up to date. A fast SSD drive is recommended for high performance video streaming.


How is Smode Designer license stored?
  • If you use similar tools (Notch, Touch Designer, etc.), you might already have one. If you order a license without a dongle, we will search for an pre-existing Wibu CodeMeter dongle in our customer database, and we will generate a license update for it. If we can't find your one or in case of ambiguity, we'll drop you an email to ask.
What's new in Smode Designer? With this big merge of all our previous products, you can now:
  • Create your own stage, simulate video projectors, LED structures, architectural & complex mapping,
  • Synchronize with timecode, make cue lists, control with DMX ligting consoles,
  • Interact via position tracking protocol such as BlackTrax, OptiTrack, PosiStageNet or Augmenta,
  • Remote control other instances of Smode Designer via the Smode-NET
  • And of course, you can import all your previous compos and projects in Smode Designer
What are the usage limits of Smode Designer?
  • Smode Designer video inputs and outputs, as well as DMX/Art-Net/sACN outputs are watermarked, so that you can prototype your show in real conditions until last minute. When you are ready for playback, you need to buy I/O channels unlocks, for as many inputs and outputs as you need.