VantagePoint

Operating Systems - VantagePoint works on Windows 7, 8, and 10 platforms. VantagePoint has a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version.  The 64-bit version of VantagePoint requires the 64-bit version of Windows.

Installation on Windows Server is not supported. Other operating systems (e.g., Macintosh OS X or Linux) are not supported.

  • While not a requirement for running VantagePoint, some of our Visual Basic scripts require Microsoft Excel (2003 or later).

Processor - Intel i3 or better, or similar non-mobile processors.  The faster the processor, the better the performance.  VantagePoint will use multi-core processors to improve performance of many operations. 

Memory - The minimum recommended operating RAM is 4 GB.  With 64-bit VantagePoint, a minimum of 8 GB is recommended.  

The available physical RAM has the biggest impact on VantagePoint performance.  VantagePoint files can be quite large and it is much easier to work with them if they can be loaded into RAM.  If the operating system has to use Virtual Memory to load a file into VantagePoint, performance will be slower.

On a 32-bit Windows Operating System, the 32-bit version of VantagePoint can use up to 2GB of RAM.  On a 64-bit Windows Operating System, 32-bit VantagePoint can use up to 4GB of RAM.

The 64-bit version of VantagePoint can use much more RAM.  The exact amount depends on the specific version of the Operating System.  For most professional versions of Windows, 64-bit VantagePoint can use at least 128GB of RAM.  Some versions of Windows allow much more.

Disk Space - VantagePoint itself uses about 700MB of disk space. This does not include the disk space needed for your data files, which can be quite large - typically no less than 5MB/1000 records.

Since VantagePoint files can be quite large, a fast hard drive reduces the time required to load the file from storage to RAM. Standard drive sizes are usually more than sufficient for VantagePoint file storage. If you are planning to work with large files on a regular basis, it is helpful to have two separate hard drives - one for the operating system and one for storage. We have found that the Windows operating system tends to severely fragment large files over time which slows down performance. If the operating system is on the first drive and data is stored on the second drive, then the files are less fragmented. (In theory, partitioning a drive should work but we have found that a second drive performs better than a single drive with two partitions.)

Display - Graphical and tabular outputs of VantagePoint require a minimum of 1024 x 768 screen resolution.

Data - In addition, VantagePoint requires that you have access to sources of bibliographic data and database definition files for these data sources. Database definition files are available for many popular databases and custom definition files can be coded for virtually any structured text database.

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