Hardware Requirements

MapScenes Forensic CAD:

Forensic CAD operates entirely within Windows and has no hardware requirements over and above those of Windows itself, except as noted below. We suggest the following basic system as a minimum for efficient operation:

In order to use the data collector communication features, your system will also need an external RS-232 serial port or USB connection.

In order to get printed output, you will require a printer or plotter configured to work in your Windows environment. We recommend obtaining the most up-to-date printer/plotter drivers off of the manufacturer's website.

Animation and point cloud modules:

This module runs as an add-on to MapScenes, so for the most part there are no hardware requirements other than those listed above. However, its rendering performance is directly tied to your graphics card.

Just like your system RAM, the more RAM your graphics card has, the faster it can render, which results in faster, smoother playback. Video cards that are optimized for video or games work best.

An important thing to note is that not all graphics cards have been tested with our rendering engine. For a list of graphics cards that have been tested, please visit Helpdesk for a list.

Software Requirements

MapScenes is designed for use with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Most of the functions and routines are called from pull-down menus or dialogue boxes that have been added to the CAD menu system. Command line entry and toolbars have also been included to allow faster entry.

When using a digitizing tablet, you will require the current WINTAB driver for your tablet, and it must be installed and configured in Windows.

Note: Windows XP and Windows 7 users must have Administrator rights to install.

Note for Windows 98 Users:

We no longer test on, or target, the Windows 98 operating system. We strongly suggest upgrading to Windows XP, Vista, or 7.