SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

All of our software is available for both Mac and Windows platforms with minimal hardware requirements. No keyboard is necessary for most of our software products - only a mouse, trackball or trackpad and clicker. This makes them ideal for use in a kiosk environment. Only MediaShow requires a high-end computer to run at its best. However, the higher the processor speed and the more memory you have installed on your computer, the better your experience will be!


  MAC WINDOWS
Operating System OSX 10.4 - 10.8 XP, Vista*, 7*
Installed RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Minimum Display 1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Internet optional (for updating only) optional (for updating only)

* SPECIAL NOTE FOR WINDOWS VISTA & WINDOWS 7 USERS: You must be an Administrator with UAC (User Access Controls) disabled to use the update features of the software (see the FAQ for more details)

SPACE UPDATE

Space Update requires 1 GB of free hard disk space for a full install, or 130-350 MB free for each individual stand-alone module (Sky Tonight is the largest because of the sky-view files included). The first time you install Space Update, a high-speed internet connection is essential to download sky movies for a specific latitude or year not included on the disk. Both real-time images and instructive sample images are provided. Web references are always available, so that a visitor can learn more on his or her own. The system is all "point and click", with no technical ability required. Reading level is middle-school, although even non-readers enjoy the simple navigation and gorgeous imagery. The software is easy to use - each image can update on demand with a single click, like a browser, but since it is a captive program, it is safe for unsupervised use (the visitors are not allowed unlimited access to the often inappropriate material on the web). Included on the CD-ROM are stand-alone versions of each of the modules, plus a linked version of the total Space Update program. The architecture is simple and open - users can easily find the images or movies on the CD and use them in creating curricula or student reports. Museums can order special full-screen versions that blank out the menu bars, keeping the users from accessing the desktop.


EARTH UPDATE

Earth Update requires 600 MB of free hard disk space for a full install, or 60-120 MB free for each individual stand-alone module (Sky Tonight is the largest because of the sky-view files included). Both real-time images and instructive sample images are provided. Web references are always available, so that a visitor can learn more on his or her own. The system is all "point and click", with no technical ability required. Reading level is middle-school, although even non-readers enjoy the simple navigation and gorgeous imagery. The software is easy to use - each image can update on demand with a single click, like a browser, but since it is a captive program, it is safe for unsupervised use (the visitors are not allowed unlimited access to the often inappropriate material on the web). Included on the CD-ROM are stand-alone versions of each of the modules, plus a linked version of the total Earth Update program. The architecture is simple and open - users can easily find the images or movies on the CD and use them in creating curricula or student reports. New topics can be added easily at any time


MEDIASHOW

MediaShow can be used on a machine with the requirements above, but is designed for high-end computers, as its intended use is for showing high resolution full-dome video files in a multi-display environment. A computer that can support video mirroring or dual-displays is required (1920 x 1080 pixels is the maximum resolution of the full-dome video files). We recommend the following system minimums:


  MAC WINDOWS
Operating System OSX 10.4+ XP, Vista
Installed RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Minimum Display 1400 x 1050 pixels 1400 x 1050 pixels
Video NVIDIA card with 512MB+ NVIDIA card with 512MB+>