10.0791 imaging hardware and software

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 09:41:22 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 791.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Nico Weenink <noki@worldonline.nl> (42)
Subject: RE: 10.0757 imaging hardware and software?

In my last query on this message I recommended Adobe Photoshop and
CorelDraw 5 as software. There are just a few things I would like to
say/remind you of. CorelDraw 5 is not as stabile as Adobe Photoshop. It
often happens that the computer simply stops working. The only option you
have then is: close all programms, turn down your computer and start
again. On the other hand: CorelDraw is quite an easy program to work with
and it has lots of great tools.

> The particular aspect of the project of most concern at the moment
> viewing files up to about 1 MB or so and manipulating them to some
> e.g. changing brightness and contrast, enlarging portions, excising
> and the like. At the moment nothing very much more sophisticated than
> is envisioned. The images are of manuscripts. For present purposes we
> no control over the production of the images, but these are of reasonably
> high quality.

> Hardware. My inclination would be to recommend a 200MHz Pentium system,
> RAM, with a fast video card containing at least 4 MB onboard RAM, and a
> 17-inch monitor. The primary question here to my mind is the brand and
> characteristics of the video card. Your opinions, please.

The 200MHz Pentium will do, but maybe it's better to use 64MB RAM when you
are going to use CorelDraw and a scanner (for instance the Hewlett Packard
HP4P). If you are running Windows, CorelDraw AND scannersoftware the system
probably will going to stutter a little. Besides: working with 64MB RAM
will be much faster.
Most of the time scanners are sold with a whole bunch of software and tools
for free (!). Maybe it's handy to compare prices of both software and
scanners with software.

Good luck,

Nico Weenink
University of Utrecht
The Netherlands