Considerations for Using VisuMath with Windows Vista
VisuMath is developed for Windows XP but most of the functionality is also available when run on Windows Vista. There are, however, some special issues we advise Windows Vista users to take into consideration.
- It can happen that buttons and other objects occuring in toolbars (for instance in the OpenGL option) do not vanish completely when switching to another toolbar. This, however, does not influence the working of VisuMath. If one finds this behavior annoying, one should consider to disable the visual themes of Vista when working with VisuMath. This can be done quite easily as follows:
This must be done once. Hereafter, VisuMath should run without visual themes and consequently without refreshing problems.
- Select the VisuMath 3.0 icon and right click it with the mouse
- Go to "Properties"
- Select the tabsheet "Compatibility"
- In settings, check "Disable Visual Themes"
- Exporting animations to an avi-file does not work with Vista, because of main differences w.r.t. video between Windows XP and Windows Vista. This, however is the only part in the program that is not functional for Windows Vista.
- Windows Vista requires quite a large amount of memory on its own to run. Combined with VisuMath 3.0, and depending on the models that one wants to visualize, the system can become slow if only 1GB of memory is present. This is because Vista will switch constantly to the slower external memory. Windows XP is less demanding when it comes to memory, therefore resulting in smoother operation. The advice for smooth working with Vista is to increase the internal memory to 2 or 3GB. Also, by concept, Windows Vista handles OpenGL applications differently compared to Windows XP. Roughly, additional internal translations are made by Windows Vista to visualize OpenGL related material. This translation process, although quickly performed, slows down the visualization process slightly.