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Sandy asks…

Is it possible to run Solidworks with a non-workstation graphics card?

I have a laptop with and intel X3100 and a desktop with an ATI x1650 xt graphics, and I didn’t know if it would be possible as the solidworks website says it requires workstation graphics cards. I don’t know if it can at least do software rendering?

scottparat answers:

SolidWorks will generally run on any graphics card that supports OpenGL. For a production environment, using one of the “green-lighted” cards on their website is highly recommended.

Using a non-recommended card will typically result in reduced performance, which could include all or some of the following symptoms:
* Slow and choppy zoom/pan/rotate.
* Bad repaint (leftover highlighted objects, mouse trails, blank dialogs, etc.)
* Ghosting of document windows in the background showing through other document windows in the foreground.
* Frequent crashing.

The SolidWorks software will typically detect an unsupported graphics card and automatically enable “Software OpenGL” mode. This mode reduces the demands on the graphics hardware and driver, resulting in increased stability but decreased performance (slow/choppy). You can manually set this option by closing all open documents and going to Tools > Options > Performance, and turn on “Use software OpenGL.”

Finally, if you’re most interested in rendering (ray-tracing) using PhotoWorks, then the graphics card actually doesn’t matter. Photorendering is done in the processor. A fast, dual-core CPU, and a good amount of RAM will help your PhotoWorks usage, not the graphics card you’re using.

Ken asks…

What program is best to learn to become a website designer?

I am a graphic designer, and I do know how to create web graphics. I would like to learn how to creat websites. What programs would you recommend I learn? I have looked into classes in Dreamweaver, or Microsoft Frontpage. Are either of these good programs to use? I would also like to learn some HTML. I took basic programming classes in college, and found I had a knack for programming, so HTML might be a good thing to learn. Any suggestions on other programs? I do know how to use Photoshop to create web graphics.

scottparat answers:

Adobe products such as Photoshop and Fireworks CS3 are fantasic tools for graphic design. Remember it’s about creativity.

Web design (grahpics and html) is best learned using Notepad… Or programs like WYSIWYG.

I think you also need to familarize yourself with CSS — I do believe.

Others might have better advice for you tho.

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