I'll try the 256MB setting at start-up, but I would think we'd want to use as much as we could.
Ulf, could you give we users some tips on setting up an efficient amount, and the reasoning behind it
Also, one thing I liked in the Atari ST days, were the boot-up programs that allowed us to easily pick from various configurations, so that we could optimize our system for certain apps, if necessary. Memory was sooo precious in those days.
Even though today's computers are worlds bigger and faster, I'm stunned at the amount of stuff that gets loaded and runs at start-up these days. By the time we begin actually using it, a great deal of resources are used up. I know we can manually do this, but that's too tedious, and who knows what all those cryptic files are, anyway?
One thing I never hear about, are equivalent boot-up programs for today's computers. I often wish I could have a set-up for Calamus that only loads the bare minimun of "other stuff" so that we can devote our whole system to Calamus.
Does anyone know of, or use, such a program with Calamus?
I must admit however, that even with the ton of other stuff that is running, Calamus really runs amazingly fast --- there are barely any delays, even with huge docs.
I can only imagine what it would be like with more resources. Or, is this simply not needed with today's OS?
> One thing I never hear about, are equivalent boot-up programs
> for today's computers. I often wish I could have a set-up for
> Calamus that only loads the bare minimun of "other stuff" so
> that we can devote our whole system to Calamus.
You could try different accounts. When I work on my financial things, I log in with a lower resolution (bigger numbers on my screen), the financial program starts up automatically and the right printer is selected. All other software is put on the background or turned off.
When I work with Calamus, I allocate more memory to it and so on. And with the kids, their moves are restricted. One advantage over the Atari is that you can work with more accounts at the same time!
Also, (on Windows) when I use Calamus to print large quantities, I use a different temporary setup when I start it up, using the <control> key. When Calamus is busy printing, I can start up another Calamus to do design work or whatever. E.g. I use a different background-colour, so when I switch from one Calamus to another, I have a very positive indication on what Calamus is in front of me.
> Ulf, could you give we users some tips on setting up an
> efficient amount, and the reasoning behind it
I can hardly give the perfect advise but may be my own settings may help you understanding the reasons.
I run Calamus on a Win2000 PC with 2 GB RAM. In normal cases, I run Calamus with only 128 MB RAM. In the Calamus System Parameters module, I set both ST RAM and TT RAM to 1.024 KB (= 1 MB each). Please keep in mind that these values are portions of RAM which are not grabbed by Calamus but left for the OS or emulator which started Calamus.
Whenever I need more RAM (say for large images), I restart Calamus pressing [Ctrl] and assign more RAM, say up to 1 GB. More than 1 GB is not recommended as the TOS wrapper cannot manage more RAM right now.
Under Windows, I do not use the Calamus Virtual Memory. Instead, I use the Windows Virtual Memory (right click on Desktop > System parameters > Enhanced > Options > Virtual Memory) and use the recommended values from Windows. This give me a VRAM swap file of about 1.536 MB at the moment.
Mac OS X:
My G4 Mac comes with 768 MB RAM only. In MagiCMac X, I give Calamus a quarter (up to a half) of the available RAM. I don't use the Calamus Virtual Memory there too. The System Parameters settings are equal to those under Windows. That's all.