My sales rep suggested I look at the trial of Freeflow Core. He seemed to think it would run from my pc workstation. I tried to install it, and it shows I need IIS 7.0 and apparently SQL as well.
Does it need a dedicated box or should it run from my regular workstation Core i5?
We have switched from mainframe printing to PDF printing. The PDF's are very large and high volume. Saving a 300mb PDF via adobe PRO, results in a 10hr conversion, but only a 30mb file (which the size is good, conversion time is bad). Adobe did a lot of Consolidating duplicate background pages, and consolidating duplicate fonts. Fonts are embedded on the pdf's, and they all have some sort of from flash on each page (logo, notice, etc).. I print around 120,000 images a month.
Is it worth my time to set up a special pc to handle Freeflow Core, and trial it?
The system requirements for production would mandate a dedicated server. If you are evaluating the available functionality (vs job processing performance) I would suspect a workstation would be ok.
That said, the install instructions do not cover desktop operating systems so that may be somewhat challenging to configure. Also, if you are going through the trouble of getting IIS and SQLS up and running you might as well install on a server platform so you can get a better sense of job throughput and what sort of hardware you will need for production.
We have customers reaping very sginificant benefits from the simple-to-implement automation that FFCore offers. I have a biased opinion but in think it is very worthwhile to do a proper evaluation.
My trial install is hanging up at Database Settings. For Administrator Account I use my normal PC logon (which is admin) and password.
Database Instance I'm using SQLEXPRESS with host name of localhost.. I get error "Unable to confirm database connection. Please check database setup and try again.)
The Administrator account is not the windows administrator but the SQL Server administrator (the so called 'sa' account). The password for this account was defined during SQL Server installation.
The Administrator field needs to say 'sa' (without the quotes) and the password needs the password you defined when installing SQL Server.
If do you do recall that password then log into SQL Management Studio and reset the password for the sa account.