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It doesn't matter the specks. ArcGIS is a 32bit app and DWG files run very slow at the best of times. I run into this on my powerfull workstation all the time. Some complex drawings will not even open. It really depends in the actual source drawing file and whether the drawing was constructed properly and has been properly managed and is clean to begin ...
Its not inexpensive eqipment and it has some limitation but it works in cases like in your question, you could find all details here: Ground-penetrating radar Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is a geophysical method that uses radar pulses to image the subsurface. This nondestructive method uses electromagnetic radiation in the microwave band (UHF/VHF ...
That depends on a lot of things. But if all your data is 20 mb you shouldn't need very much of anything. Maybe java and geoserver will need some ram to feel good. But PostGIS shouldn't need any more than the OS needs for such a job. So if you run some Linux distro I don't think you will find a computer that can't handle that load. Maybe 1 GB of RAM is ...
In my opinion no amount of screen calibration will help with this issue. After some testing, it seems like the only way to see these small labels in more detail before exporting the map is by zooming closer in the Print Composer. Even 1pt sized labels become readable that way.
What OS are you running? Windows, Mac OS and Linux all have ways of optimizing the display, which can sometimes make a huge difference to text rendering. Your OS will likely have a way of temporarily enlarging the display to view detail. It sure beats using “Zoom Previous” all the time on a complex QGIS map. If you can borrow or buy a screen calibrator, ...
I think, buying big monitors are not a solution for this kind of problem. If you are serious about the quality of printed map I suggest you to use any graphics or design software (ie. Abobe Illustrator). Assign each set of lebels to different layers according to their font size. Try Avenza's Map Publisher sometime.
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