CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER - Chapter I - pg 4
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CHAPTER I

THINGS YOU  NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUR COMPUTER HARDWARE AND C.P.M. SOFTWARE


1. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS.

    1.1. CPU  -
        We recommend an IBM clone PC with no lower speed chip than a Pentium 166.0
                        OR
               A Macintosh G3 running Virtual Windows 95 or 98.

    1.2 . RAM   -  You need at least 64MB of RAM.

1.3. Video Card  - You do not need more than an 8bit capable VGA video card, but you will be much more content with a SVGA video card with graphic acceleration and at least 4mb of RAM built into the card.

C.P.M. was originally designed on a 14" monitor and that will do the job, but we recommend a 17" monitor.

1.4. Pointing Device  - You will need a 3 button mouse.  We like to use a digitizer tablet/drawing pad with a cordless stylus for our regular work.  

For digitizing in exsisting patterns, you will need a “digitizing puck”.  If you are planning to "digitize" any patterns from books into C.P.M. you will need at least a 3 button digitizing "puck" mouse with cross_hairs and a digitizing tablet of at least a 12" x 12" size.  If you are planning to "digitize" full size pattern pieces or take patterns from  garments, you will need to have a digitizing table.

1.5. Plotter/Printer  - To facilitate plotting patterns C.P.M. already has drawing screens for E and D size architectural plotters. It will, of course, plot to any commercial plotter that has AutoCAD® drivers and/or Windows drivers.

The size E plotter is the most efficient size. Do not waste money on purchasing  "plotter paper". Brown craft paper, tag board or dotty paper can be purchased 48" wide and then cut into 38" wide lengths. This will give a pattern  page that is 46" x "36". A D_size plotter is the smallest size that still accommodates pattern layout in a reasonable way.  Some plotters are made to handle a continuous feed paper roll. Naturally this would be a wonderful feature, but it is not difficult or particularly time consuming  divide a cutting layout into E sized sections and plot them separately.

The ideal plotter for pattern making purposes is a 4 to 8 pen plotter, or, if you are