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XV4 Workstation Required Configuration

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A Q++Studio Workstation is a relatively high-performance PC on which QuarkXPress and the Q++Studio run, connected to a database server that is located either on a local network (LAN) or remotely via the internet (WAN).

 

For more details on the various possible work configurations, see network architecture.

 

The specifications for Q++Studio Workstations are:

 

Platform

Q++Studio Workstations must be installed on a physical PC-based computer (not a Virtual Machine and not on an emulator such as Parallels).

Processor

Pentium Quad-Core processor 2.8 GHz.

RAM

8 GB (16 GB is optimal)

Operating System

The recommended version of Windows to use with the XV4 64-bit version of Q++Studio, is Windows 10 64-bit (more details).

 

See also: QuarkXPress/Windows compatibility and InDesign/Windows compatibility.

Screen

A 22 inch display with a screen resolution in between 1366x1200 and 1920x1200 (optimum).

 

Another, costlier, option is to use a screen with a resolution of 2560x1440, as long as the screen is at least 30 inch in size.

 

Avoid higher resolution screens, such as 4K or 8K screens, as they are very expensive, and additionally require an expensive graphics card, and, most importantly, make many programs' dialogs, such as Q++Studio look very small.

Disk Space

100 GB of free disk space

Network

A good quality gigabit network card.

Bandwidth

For LAN connections, bandwidth requirements are negligible.

 

For WAN connections (users connecting to the server via the internet), in typical use, a workstation uploads about 25 MB per day to the database server and downloads about 100 MB from the database server. This translates to about 45 KB/s available upload speed and a ping of less than 40 msec to the remote database server.

Security

See anti-virus and firewall settings.

Separately Purchased Software

QuarkXPress

 

To use QuarkXPress to generate diaries and calendars, using Q++Studio, you need a valid license to use, and a properly installed and activated copy of QuarkXPress 8-2020 (see the Operating System section, above, for a list of the versions of Windows compatible with different versions of QuarkXPress).

 

Currently (June 2021), the recommended version of QuarkXPress to use with the XV4 64-bit version of Q++Studio is QuarkXPress 2018 (with the 64-bit version of Windows 10), which has all the advantages of the excellent 2017 version, but also handles large font families with multiple font styles, in particular as it will allow you to select print-only fonts using the new font list editor.

 

InDesign

 

To use InDesign to generate diaries and calendars, using Q++Studio, you need a valid license to use, and a properly installed and activated copy of InDesign 2020 or 2021.

 

You will also need a separate license for the InDesign version of Q++Studio (if you are not already running the multi-site version of Q++Studio).

 

Initially, InDesign 2020 will be the recommended version of InDesign to use with Q++Studio XV4.

 

To allow technical support to assist you, if needed, please install the commercial version of TeamViewer exactly as described here, using the download links of that page.

 

See also: database server configuration,, file server configuration.

 


Topic 180255, last updated on 14-Mar-2021