AF users pick Apple software

The Apple computers each have 128M of RAM. One has a 2G hard drive and the other two
have 1G, Sistrunk said. The Power Computing clones all have 64M of RAM and 1G hard drives,
he said.

The designers use Adobe Systems Inc. Illustrator 7.0, PageMaker 6.0 and Photoshop 4.0;
Macromedia Inc. FreeHand 5.0; and Microsoft PowerPoint 5.5 and 7.0.

One of the three PowerCenter PCs runs Windows NT 4.0 Server to link the computers in a
10-megabit/sec EtherTalk network.

Sistrunk said the group hasn't had any problems networking the Apples through NT. He said
he likes the NT Server folder that allows users to download their e-mail messages, and he
called NT "a transparent mechanism" to the Macintosh operating systems.

Power Computing of Round Rock, Texas, licensed the Macintosh operating system from Apple
to install in its PowerCenter computers. However, Power Computing now has discontinued the
132-MHz model used by the graphics designers.

Government Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va., is Power Computing's General
Services Administration schedule holder. Sistrunk said the Air National Guard bought some
of the computers from GTSI and some from Falcon Microsystems Inc., which GTSI acquired.

Sistrunk started working with Apples about four years ago. 

He said the Air Force has standardized on this platform for graphics design. Occasionally,
though, upgrades in Macintosh and Microsoft Windows software have caused trouble for the
graphics designers.
 


"The upgrades are not always on the same level or parallel," Sistrunk said.
"They usually have backward compatibility, but you have to treat them as more
advanced. 

"You have to know the applications, and sometimes it's best to save work in a former
version."

Sistrunk and his group keep consumables, inventories and time-tracking records in Claris
Corp. FileMaker Pro databases.

They have set up a 100-MHz Zenith Data Systems PC running Windows 95 as a self-help
computer where guard employees can make their own transparencies using Microsoft
PowerPoint and other applications.

The group's peripherals include Iomega Corp. Jaz and Zip drives for removable storage, a
Hewlett-Packard Co. LaserJet 4Si monochrome printer and ScanJet 4c scanner, three Eastman
Kodak Co. ColorEase PS 8600 printers, and Polaroid Corp. Digital Palette and SprintScan
scanners for 35-millimeter slides.

They also have Iomega Bernoulli 200 series external drives, so "we can work on three
different things at one time," said Gwendolyn Pierce, a visual information
specialist.

Sitting at 17-inch monitors, the graphic designers make posters for events such as an
on-base chili cookoff, Black History Month and Hispanic History Month.

Pierce recently made a full-sized poster promoting ecological awareness.


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