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What is the minimal hardware configuration required to run KitchenDraw?
The basic configuration is a PC with
a PENTIUM IV processor with
- 256 Mb of RAM
- a hard disk with 5 Gb of free space,
- a 15 inches display with a resolution of 800x600
- an A4 ink-jet printer,
- Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4 or 2000.
The recommended configuration is a PC with
a PENTIUM IV 2000 processor with
- 512 Mb of RAM
- a hard disk with 20 Gb of free space,
- a 17 inches display with a resolution of 1024x768
- an A3/A4 ink-jet printer,
- a 3D graphic adapter if you wish to use the "Walkthrough" facility,
- Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4 or 2000.
If you intend to regularly produce "photorealistic" images with KitchenDraw, we advise you to choose a hardware configuration at least as powerful as the advised configuration described above.
How much disk space does KitchenDraw require?
In addition to the KD50.EXE file you can download from this site and which uses about 11 Mb, the installation of KitchenDraw requires approximately 50 Mb of disk space. This includes all catalogs and textures.
Each project file (scene) you create then occupies an average disk space of 80 Kb.
How long does it take to become a good KitchenDraw user?
Between 5 and 10 hours are necessary to follow the tutorial present in the On line training section of this site.
After only ten project files, you will notice marked productivity gains.
After a score of project files, you will be a KitchenDraw addict!
Do you clock up hours while KitchenDraw is open but not actually used?
No! Your time account is debited in 5-minute increments and only when you activate KitchenDraw planning functions. So you can stop using KitchenDraw and speak with a customer without having your time account debited.
Also, you do not pay anything when editing catalogs with Mobiscript.
Do intensive users find KitchenDraw too expensive?
An average KitchenDraw user typically has a consumption of 30 hours per month, amounting to some 350 hours per year.
Considering the free hours you are allowed after the first 200 hours paid (1 free hour for 2 hours paid), the annual cost rises to around R 7000 – just about the maintenance fee for a competitor software... but without the initial investment.
Intensive users and points of sale with several sales assistants are naturally allowed a greater number of free hours, dropping the cost to as little as R 15 per hour.
Even more significant is the cost per project file. This is where you realize how little KitchenDraw will cost you!
It takes approximately an hour to complete a project file. So the cost per project file ranges between R 15 and R 40!
Furthermore, there is no cost-per-user component, many users can share your available credit hours.
What happens when your time credit is over?
When your time account is empty, KitchenDraw disables any access to its planning functions.
You can still open your project files or create new ones, but in the pricing mode only.
Of course you can still access the dialog box enabling you to load hours.
To reach this dialog box, choose the Load hours of use command in the "?" menu.
Up to what point can the generic catalog be customized?
KitchenDraw is supplied with a generic catalogue of kitchen cabinetry including a large variety of kitchen units and front models.
You can use this catalogue as is because the dimensions of the units can be modified just before placing them
If you wish to avoid modifying dimensions each time you place a unit, you can create a new catalog. Use Mobiscript'’s "Save As" menu option to save the generic catalog under a new name, and then adapt its "technical constants" to your needs. "Technical constants" means the standard depth and height of the cabinets, their default altitude and the dimensions and positions of some of their parts.
Adapting the "technical constants" constitutes the first level of customization. This is very easy and very quick to do, and already makes the catalogue much easier to use.
After this first step you can continue personalizing the catalogue according to your requirements and to the amount of time you are ready to devote to it. In time, you will have the complete and precise manufacturer catalogue. This is done by removing unwanted objects or models, changing the order of the cabinets, adding new cabinets or models, modifying the references, descriptions and prices, etc.
You can create a new cabinet by writing a small script describing the make-up of the new cabinet from the "spare parts" contained in the base catalogue: boxes, fronts, shelves, etc.
Is Microsoft Word required to edit or print out estimates?
No! You can print estimates directly from KitchenDraw.
However, the documents that KitchenDraw generates in Microsoft Word are of better quality and more flexible since you can personalize them, or even create new ones.
How many KitchenDraw users are there?
Although KitchenDraw is quite a new concept, it is based on a proven technology and has been tested for several years. There are some 5,000 points of sales in the world currently using KitchenDraw technology.
KitchenDraw is not available in my language; is it possible to translate it or to get it translated?
Yes! KitchenDraw can be fully translated, as well as the catalogs that are provided with it and this can be done directly inside KitchenDraw!