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|Subject:||RE: Hardware Question|
|From:||Steve Whitlatch (swhi...@getnet.net)|
|Date:||Apr 19, 2005 12:52:44 am|
Wanted to gather general ideas regarding a good windows based PC hardware configuration for doing Framemaker/Adobe on.
Since you have posted to the docbook-apps mailing list, I am interpreting this as a question about the hardware needed to work with DocBook in FrameMaker.
Structured FrameMaker + DocBook XML + a bunch of SVG graphics + all FrameMaker book files open at the same time runs fine on my system, which is a dual 733 PIII system with 1GB of ram. You can probably get a much more powerful system off of ebay for less than $500.
The only caveat I found with structured FrameMaker's performance is the number of PostScript fonts one has activated. I can't say with certainty what number is too high. It probably depends. However, I can say with certainty that on my system activating more than about 1000 PostScript fonts severely degrades performance in structured FrameMaker. Performance did not degrade when a similarly high number of TrueType fonts was activated; the performance problem did not affect unstructured FrameMaker; and FrameMaker was the only application on this system affected by this high number of PostScript fonts performance problem.
My solution was to simply deactivate most of this system's PostScript fonts.
Frame dosnt support dual processors or does it?
I think that FrameMaker is not multithreaded, but my only evidence is watching the CPU monitors in Windows TaskManager.
How much memory is good?
It depends on how many things you do at one time. If you limit yourself and work with simple graphics, an amount as low as 128MB or 256MB could suffice, but your system might run slowly. 512MB is probably enough for most uses, 1GB is better, and rarely would one need more than 1GB. It just depends on what you do.
Video card choices?
An older nvidia card with as little as 32MB of RAM works just fine. For example, a 32MB Quadro2 MXR can probably be had off of ebay at some very cheap price (I would guess $25, or less, just guessing). The card is more than adequate for DocBook XML in FrameMaker.
FrameMaker slows a bit when scrolling by SVG graphics, but not too badly.
Thank you for your time,