An HP Laserjet printer on one fileserver provides one-minute proofs for any workstation user and an interface is provided to a Mac IIcx
for special projects.
But now, at least, I'm able to let some of that pent-up music dribble out in fits and spurts, since instead of buying another car to replace my late lamented vehicle I purchased a new Mac IIcx
computer along with Coda's Finale software.
I ran the programs on a Mac IIcx
with 4MB of memory and on three PC compatibles, a 16MHz AST 386-SX with 4MB of memory, a 20MHz PS/2 with 6MB of memory, and a PC clone with a 25MHz 386 and 4MB of memory.
With this package and a minimum of a Mac IIcx
with 80 megabytes of memory and eight megabytes of RAM, the desktop designer with a modem can call a prepress house and send files that will emerge as film via the Scitex system.
Using the test stack in HyperCard, it took fifty-five seconds to flip through all the cards on a Mac IIcx
, and 188 seconds to do the same on a Mac Plus.
These include IBM's PS/2 Model 70 and its revised RT line, AT&T's 6386 WGS, and Apple's growing Macintosh family, including the new Mac SE/30, the Mac II, Mac IIx and brand new Mac IIcx
introduced on March 7.
Hardware: Mac IIcx
with 5 megabytes of RAM, internal 80 megabyte hard drive, laser printer, 13-inch high resolution color monitor or black and white full-page display monitor, 300 dpi flatbed scanner, 2400 baud modem.
Although the Mac IIcx
and the PS/2 series have a lot of the input/output functions (a mouse connection, serial and parallel ports as well as others that vary by machine) built into the motherboard, anticipated library operations in the future need to be considered.