Generally speaking, all Alventis products should work with
no problems on any computer that can comfortably run Windows. Each application
needs enough disk space, enough memory, enough display space and colors,
a pointing device, and enough processor speed. We will attempt to quantify
all these items below.
Operating system. Any version
of Windows should work: Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP/Vista have all
been successfully tested. It is impossible to test all versions of Windows
with all possible combinations of system software installed, but we don't
expect any problems under any "flavors" of
the above. Our software does not explicitly depend on any versions of
any system components, such as Internet Explorer. The only exception is
that the HTML-based User's Guides that come with each product rely
upon the Microsoft HTML Help application, which is available on all systems
where Internet Explorer 3.0 or later has been installed. If you are using
Windows 95 or NT 4.0 with no Internet Explorer, you will need to install
the HTML Help application, available free of charge on the Microsoft Web
site under the name "HHUpd.exe". Lastly, we recommend using
a version of Windows built around the NT platform (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Vista,
and later) since these OS's are significantly more robust than Windows
Disk space. Each product
requires about 20 MB of hard disk space minimally. This does not include
any data you may store in Alventis Database or projects you may create
in Button Workshop, so plan according to the volume of the data you intend
to enter or import. Note that data may reside on a disk or disks other
than the one where you install the applications.
Available memory. Alventis
applications are fairly compact, but they do benefit from having 20
to 30 MB of RAM allocated to them. If you have no problems running Windows
and opening several mid-sized applications, Alventis programs should be
Display resolution. 800x600
is a minimum, and that - assuming you are using "Small Fonts" (96dpi).
Higher resolutions are highly recommended if you want to be productive.
Display considerations obviously do not apply to the server (which is
part of the Alventis Database Enterprise Edition).
Display colors. Alventis
programs need a minimum of 16-bit color. True color (24-bit or 32-bit)
is recommended. Note that Alventis Database will work with 256 colors
as far as data operations are concerned, but all formatting that has anything
to do with color is likely to have display problems, such as non-standard
colors displayed as gray. Which is why this mode is not officially supported.
Processor speed. Many operations
don't require much CPU performance, while some are fairly computation-intensive.
We consider comfortable performance at the level of Intel Pentium II 300
MHz. Alventis products will certainly work on an older Pentium CPU, and
may even run on a 80386, but we consider a Pentium-class CPU (or equivalent)
as a sensible minimum. As always, the faster - the better.
Pointing device. Alventis
products require a mouse or a similar device for some of their features.
A keyboard is obviously required as well.
Connectivity. This requirement
is only applicable to Alventis Database. When using client/server mode,
Alventis relies on the TCP/IP protocol to communicate with the Server,
so you will need a functional and properly configured TCP/IP stack to
use the client/server mode of operation. If you can access the Internet
from your copy of Windows, your configuration most likely meets the requirements.