1.3. Minimum Hardware Requirements

Minimum hardware requirements for the computer Showeditor should run on, are:

  • Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7 - 32 or 64 bit version, Windows 8 - 32 or 64 bit version)
  • CPU: Pentium 4, 1GHz or faster (a faster computer allows for smoother laser output)
  • 500 MB working memory or more
  • 5 GB memory on hard drive and memory for the shows (possibly less)
  • Sound card
  • Graphics resolution minimum 1152 * 864 pixels (otherwise parts of the software window are not visible), installed openGL driver
    Attention Netbook user! Some Netbook displays may not meet the minimum resolution specifications! Make sure to use a proper laptop/netbook for best user experience!
  • LAN port 100MBit

Suggestions:
Two screens simplify the work with Laserworld Showeditor – we suggest using a second screen, at least for programming. It simply makes things much easier.

It’s difficult to specify the “ideal” setup for running Laserworld Showeditor. Some users work with Showeditor even on different operating systems (MAC and Linux, both with emulators). The program is created for Windows XP (service packs 1 to 3), Windows Vista (SP1 and SP2 with 32 or 64 bit) and also for Windows 7 and Windows 8 (both 32 and 64 bit versions). Also many computer systems with Macintosh operating system with Windows emulation are possibly able to run the program. However, Laserworld does not provide any support for Showeditor installations on non-native Microsoft Windows systems.

The more DACs are controlled from one computer, the more “power” is required.

 

“Comfortable Working”:
The laser output is calculated in real time. Dependent upon load of the computer it could happen, that animations will show short stops or will hang up. Therefore we recommend a better equipped system than the above described minimal requirements.

To run a laser show with 4 independent projectors and DMX as well as video output via video projector and sound you should have at least an Intel Core Duo with 2 GHz CPU, 2 GB RAM, and a fast hard drive. A separate graphics board also makes sense (better than on-board graphics).

 

Laserworld Showeditor can control up to 16 output cards simultaneously. It is possible to even control more laser systems individually by configuring the output matrix appropriately. The following show setups have been tested with good results:

  • 16 ShowNET interfaces, each connected to an RGB projector.