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Color Factory system requirements

Color Factory system requirements and pre-installation notes.

Hardware

  • Minimum 1 2.5 GHz Processor. More cores or physical CPUs are better.
  • Minimum 2 Gb RAM for Color Factory exclusively. Depends greatly on the size of images being processed. For example, a 1GB PSD may require 10GB of available physical memory. See Scalability section below for details. 

Operating system

64-bit Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2 or 2008 R2

Note: 64-bit versions of Color Factory (version 8.0 build 800 and up) only support Windows Server 2012 and 2016. 32-bit versions of Color Factory (before build 800) also run on Windows server 2008. Current and future releases of Color Factory are 64-bit only.

Important: The service account running Color Factory's processes needs local administrator privileges.

Software components

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5.1

These software components will be installed automatically if they are not already present on the system.

A note on scalability

Due to the scalability of a Color Factory installation, system requirements will vary greatly depending on the type of system you are setting up. The below specifications outline the software required to run Color Factory. If you need help choosing hardware for the installation you should consult your FotoWare Certified Partner.

RAW file support

Color Factory can use the Adobe DNG converter to process RAW files. An advantage of this is that all corrections made to the RAW file in the Photoshop Camera RAW module and Lightroom are reflected in the output file. 

Simply download Adobe DNG converter from the Adobe website and install it on the server. Then restart the Color Factory service to start using the DNG Converter to process RAW files.

Optional add-ons

Ghostscript, Adobe Distiller Server or PStill required for certain vector file formats.
Microsoft Office 2007 / 2010 / 2013 required for certain document file formats.

About logging

All FotoWare applications report to the FotoWare Log Server which is installed alongside the server application. The communications between the server application and the log server uses UDP port 7000. Since the communications takes place internally on the server, you do not need to open UPD port 7000 in your firewall. However, you should be aware the Microsoft's DNS server can be configured to use arbitrary ports for communications, which could potentially distort communications with the Log Server if it should come to use UDP port 7000. Hence, you should make sure to block the use of port 7000 in the DNS server and make that port exclusive for FotoWare applications.

Limitations

Color Factory can use Windows system notifications to receive information about files that are added to its processing queues as it happens. This functionality is only available with NTFS file systems. Color Factory can of course utilize any type of file system that Windows will allow it to access, but it will then rely on polling the channel folders regularly to search for new files to process.

Important note about file systems

Color Factory can use file system notifications to receive information about files that are added to its processing queues. That way, it can pick up new files that enter the processing queues immediately. This functionality is only available by accessing the shares over the SMB protocol, or when accessing local drives on the Windows server. Color Factory can of course utilize any type of file system that Windows will allow it to access, but it will then rely on polling the channel folders regularly at a preset interval to discover new files to process.

It's also possible to send files to Color Factory via the FWP protocol (IP) from FotoStation.

Learn more about storage systems in a FotoWare systems.

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