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|Operating System||32-bit & 64-bit||64-bit only|
|Walkthrough Export Formats||.AVI||.MOV .MP4 .M4V|
|Hardware Lock Security Option||Yes||No|
|.WMF, .EMF Support||Yes||No|
If you are thinking about purchasing a new computer to run Chief Architect, here are some things to keep in mind while shopping around:
64-bit operating systems are able to access more memory than 32-bit operating systems. All Mac systems we support are 64-bit. Some PCs are only 32-bit. With 64-bit systems you are able to work with larger, more complex models. It will also allow more applications to run at the same time as Chief Architect. 32-bit operating systems only make 3 GB of memory available to applications. 8 GB is a good minimum memory size (16 GB even better) for a 64-bit operating system.
A video card with more than 2 GB of dedicated onboard memory can improve your 3D rendering and response times. Ray Traces and Artistic Rendering Techniques (Watercolor, Line Drawing) are performed by your system CPU not your video card. The number of processor cores available is the most important factor in improving the speed of ray tracing and artistic rendering. Memory and CPU speed are also factors that can contribute to improved performance. A multi-core system, such as a system that uses a quad-core i7 processor, would be a good choice.
Chief Architect's tabbed window interface allows you to take full advantage of multiple monitors to expand your workspace and increase productivity. When adding monitors, make sure that your graphics card supports multiple monitors.