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Ken Latman
MacBook for Photoshop
on May 16, 2007 at 2:18:03 pm

We are building a semi-portable photo studio and I am conflicted as to which Apple MacBook or MacBookPro configuration to go with. Any suggestions is welcome.

In the first corner I am looking at the Black MacBook:
Monitor size 13"
Processor 2.16ghz
upgradeable to 2GB of RAM
on board graphics card of 64MB
160GB HD
8X DVD burner

In the other corner the MacBookPro 15"
Monitor size 15"
Processor 2.33ghz
upgradeable to 3GB of RAM
dedicated graphics card of 256MB
120GB HD to start
6X DVD burner

Now all we are really going to do is take pictures with our Canon Rebel and have them download to the computer. We do not need to retouch but would like to use Bridge and display results onsite.
Is the Pro over kill or is the MacBook too little?

It is hard to compare for one, how does CS3 run on Intel based MacBook. I have nothing really to compare to. I'm running CS3 on a G5 with a 64MB graphics card and Bridge is slugish with lots of images. On my Quad Core Intel based mac it flys.

Another suggestion I got was just go with the lowest end MacBook. Are there any pros in the field the have a suggestion?

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Richard Harrington
Re: MacBook for Photoshop
on May 18, 2007 at 3:07:12 am

Go for Pro...

I have both... but the graphics card in the regular MacBook is pathetic...

Only use that machine for basic tasks and writing (but like its small size)

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Re: MacBook for Photoshop
on May 24, 2007 at 2:41:40 am

If you're doing Photoshop on a Mac go Pro, you need the screen size and graphics card.

Go to it has heaps of good photoshop/photography forums and plus there's a few bonus for mac users.

If you're in the market for a new Macbook Pro wait till after WWDC07 (start of June) because Apple updates their product on a 180 basis and the Macbook Pro and the iMac are well past this so update will be very shortly.

Also check out the following links, great Mac purchasing tip'n'tricks:

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