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jogley
Sep 21, 2011, 10:42 PM
I am looking to get a Macbook Air to be a secondary machine to run CS5 when away from home. Mostly light Photoshop work, Illustrator, and some Dreamweaver. Any suggestions which model to purchase? I would like ultra portable, and am not sure if I would like the 11" or 13" model. I don't need a workhorse. Is the i5 the best option? (as opposed to a Core 2 Duo refurbished?)



fireworksdesign
Sep 21, 2011, 11:05 PM
get the i5 13inch version


I am looking to get a Macbook Air to be a secondary machine to run CS5 when away from home. Mostly light Photoshop work, Illustrator, and some Dreamweaver. Any suggestions which model to purchase? I would like ultra portable, and am not sure if I would like the 11" or 13" model. I don't need a workhorse. Is the i5 the best option? (as opposed to a Core 2 Duo refurbished?)

rosemary1
Sep 21, 2011, 11:10 PM
I have the 11 inch i5 and it runs Photoshop CS5 without any trouble. I don't have Illustrator or Dreamweaver installed.

aeboi
Sep 22, 2011, 12:17 AM
13" i5

alecgold
Sep 22, 2011, 01:00 AM
11/i7/4/256 and it runs perfect.
But the 13/c2d-2.13/4/256 also runs it quite nice.
Darn, even my old white macbook C2D-1.86/4/250-HDD does the job.

So a lot of options are open, but you do notice the difference between C2D and i7 quite well. OTOH, if you use it just for showcases/presentation/minor adjustments onsite, the difference between i5 and i7 is not that big.

AlanShutko
Sep 22, 2011, 10:14 AM
My rev c MBA runs CS5.5 perfectly well, and I've used Dreamweaver, Flash, PS, Illustrator, and InDesign. Anything you buy now will have the horsepower required.

It's sometime challenging on Dreamweaver and Flash to get them absolutely happy on a small screen, so I'm not sure how the 11" would do. OTOH, they have a "small screen" workspace now, and that helps.