What are the hardware requirements and options?
The SheetSim-SHOTS software version 7.0 will run on a PC with Windows 7 or 8, 32 or 64 bit. Most modern computers can run the software. Four mg of memory is the minimum, eight mg of memory is recommended. The display adapter is very important. The best configuration is to use simulators with two monitors. The graphics card must have two display outputs (two VGA outputs or one DMS-59 output with a Y cable). Some examples of cards that work with the simulators:
◾ Graphics card MATROX G450 Dual Head,
◾ ATI Radeon X1300 Pro PCIe (256 MB), nVidia FX-5200 or similar
◾ NVidia FX-380
A minimum screen resolution of 1280x1024 is required for the Heidelberg interface.
Why are two monitors better than one?
We strongly recommend that you use the “twin monitor” configuration. If two monitors are hooked up simultaneously, the user sees the press console and print units on one monitor and the print copy on the second monitor. If only one screen is hooked up, the user must click on the hidden window to see the print copy. The display of the print copy then occupies the screen until the user asks to return to the press console/print unit view. To use the twin monitor configuration, you will need a second monitor and a graphics card that supports two monitors
Can I install my simulator on multiple computers?
The software can be installed on multiple computers, however the number of simultaneous users is dependent on the number of licenses purchased. The software license resides on network connected computer, and any other workstation must be able to access the license through the network.
Can I run the simulator on a MAC?
Simulators can be run on a MAC using a dual boot Windows 7. This is possible with the latest OS system from Apple (OS X Leopard with boot camp boot loader). However, this is not a recommended and not supported by Sinapse.
Does the simulator mimic a particular type of press?
The simulator has two graphic interfaces, the newer Heidelberg and the original generic interface. The generic press based on the common features of a six color commercial press. The multimedia feature can be used to customize or present the actual parts or components of your press to the trainee.
Can I customize the simulator?
The simulator can be customized in several ways. The trainer can create custom exercises and choose any of the variables and the sequences in which the print faults and problems occur. The hourly cost of the press and materials can be customized, along with the consumable cost and the amount of time that is assigned to actions taken by the student. For example, if the trainee stops the press and changes a blanket, the cost of the blanket and the time taken to change the blanket will be included in the trace file or log generated for the exercise. Any type of multimedia supported by Windows can be included with many different components of the press. This includes videos of procedures performed on your press or text lists of your SOP for a particular task. When the trainee passes the mouse over a component of the press containing multimedia, the mouse cursor turns red and a right click will display a list of multimedia available for that component of the press. Your own jobs can be used as the print copy that is displayed as the job being run on the simulator. This is done with the Print Copy Generator and Photoshop.