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Subject:Re: System Recommendations From:Virginia Day <Virginia_Day -at- DATACARD -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 13 Oct 1997 18:16:09 -0500
How do you obtain your CAD drawings? Do you need to run the CAD
application and do your own exports? If yes, your RAM and video RAM
seem low to me. Our drafters need 256MB of RAM (!) to open and
manipulate large assemblies. Ask your CAD folks what they run, then
ask to see an assembly, just to be on the safe side (if it takes
minutes to open, get more memory than they tell you to get). There
are some cool add-ons to CAD packages (such as animated videos of
assemblies being installed) that you might _want_ to run to enhance
those online docs. (Also ask if they are planning to upgrade/change
their CAD package.)
Also, are you planning on NT or Windows 95/97/98? Make sure your apps
are compatible--some are fussy. I have two hard drives so I can run
95 and NT (dual boot)--it's the only reliable way I can support the
apps we have on each platform.
My opinions, not those of my employer.
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Subject: System Recommendations
Author: Annalee Foster <scripta -at- GJ -dot- NET> at Internet
Date: 10/13/97 4:44 PM
I'm just getting ready to price a new computer and I thought I'd ask my
colleagues for recommendations on things like video cards, memory
Here is some background:
I currently maintain and create manuals in MS-Word (ick...) and I'm
planning to move them to Frame within the next year. Additionally, I'm
planning to develop them into online docs and do future projects as
The current paper documents are 200+ pages with screen captures, CAD
drawings, line art and photographs (memory hogs). Photographs will be
captured with a digital camera and manipulated with Photoshop and/or
At the moment I am looking at an Intel 233 Mhz Pentium II w/120 MB EDO
DRAM, an internal 512K L2 secondary write-back cache; STB ViRGE 4MB 3D
64 bit graphics card. Of course, CD ROM, modem, zip drive and the usual
Any other technology I should be looking at in terms of graphics, speed
or...? Something special required for online documentation (sans
Just curious what I might be missing from your various perspectives.