I want to convert but can you reasure me?

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  1. Pinosaure macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone,
    My first post on the forum and i'de like to thank you for takeing the time to read my post :)
    I'le soon be in the market for a new computer and seeing as im currently at uni i want to get myself a portable. I want to get a 17'' MBP with the C2D chip. Now heres my dilema...
    I'm an archetictual studant and i use the following programs:
    Autocad, Archicad, 3D Max, Photo shop, Sketch up. With the addition of bootcamp and the opportunity to run these programs at native speeds it has really made me want to go mac(have wanted to for years but never like the idea of running my programs at a reduced pace), i was just wondering if anyone here has had any experiance with these programs on the MBP and if you have if you could share:)
    Well thanks again and i hope your all having a nice day, i look forward to reading your replys.
    Pinosaure ;)
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You should be fine. You might want to have a look at this thread for a little bit of insight on this issue.
     
  3. 5150 Joker macrumors member

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    Bootcamp still won't give you 100% functionality in Windows like a PC will. There's still hardware quirks that need to be ironed out so just keep that in mind before you "convert" to Apple.


    P.S. be sure you make your pilgrimage to the Apple mecca cube before converting. :D
     
  4. Pinosaure thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thankyou for the quick reply cowboy i will read that post right away :)
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    You should be fine doing those tasks under Bootcamp Pinosaure. :)


    Just go ahead and buy the 17" MacBook Pro- it will be one of the best purchases you will ever make. :)
     
  6. Pinosaure thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im not going to have all the money together untill feb/march so hopefully bootcamp will have sorted out all of the quirks buy then. I want to be 100% certain that ile be able to do all of my 3d work effiecntly otherwise im just going to have to get a dell :(

    Wey-hey u guys are fast hehe!
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Fortunately, Leopard (the next-generation OS X) should be released around that time, and it's supposed to include a well-integrated Boot Camp solution. So it will likely be an excellent product without as many concerns and updates as the current beta version...not that the current version is that bad.
     
  8. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    It's cool to find another architecture student here on MacRumors! I am currently finishing up my 5th and final year of architecture. I have been using an iBook G4 for almost the last 2 years, which made school a little rough. Our school focuses a lot on hand drawing and design so I was able to get away with an iBook. I entered architecture school already knowing AutoCad and I have a desktop PC so I am able to run more intense things like Sketchup and Photoshop on that. I am wanting to sell it and by a MBP though. My friend has the 20" iMac from about 9 months ago, which is now slower than the current iMacs and MBP, and he runs all those programs (except for 3D Max) and they run extremely well. The problem is, not all those programs are are universal yet. And as far as I know, the only one of those programs that won't run on a mac is AutoCad. So, if you don't mind ALWAYS being in Windows you'll be fine. I personally can't wait for all the universal versions and maybe running virtualization programs for AutoCad or something.

    Good luck with school
     
  9. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    In addition to what Cowboy said, leopard will be a wonderful improvement on an already wonderful OS. More importantly, I have had some experience with runing these applications and similar if not more complex applications on my Mac and have been beyond impressed at the speed and functionality. For example, I am involved in politics and we regularly use Arc GIS to create complex maps and orthotopography sets for evrything from crime analysis to likely voters. This application is analogous to what you will be using so I thinnk you will be very happy. It is great to have a sytem that can run what you are asking about and add in all the wonderful Mac graphics and functions.
     
  10. Pinosaure thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah hello there, wish i was in your position i.e nearly finishing lol where are you studying if you dont mind me asking?
    thanks buddy, nice to know that these pretty lil machines have the power we need :) Ile be happy to run windows for cad ect and use the mac os for recreation.

    Oh wow, ive had experiance with GIS befor and thats a very demanding program, very reasuring to here that it runs it well :) Feeling much more certain about my up and coming convert :)
     
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    yeh if your worried about getting mac then don't do it, why wast all the money if your not excited about it??
     
  13. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    I'm at Andrews University in Southwestern Michigan. We aren't a "typical" architecture school in that it focuses on traditional architecture and urban design (hence the hand drawing and design...). Because of this our projects look VERY different.

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    This is a project I did during my 3rd year. I designed and drew most of the elevation by hand and the floor plans in AutoCad. I then scanned/imported those images in to Photoshop to lay them out and printed it on watercolor paper on a plotter (it took me awhile to get it down to a science). Watercoloring is a fairly involved process, but doing it this way saves a lot of time. So my iBook was used to type papers and listen to music basically. But I plan to use the MBP to do much more.

    Where are you studying?
     
  14. Pinosaure thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm studying at the Eastern Mediterainan University of Northern Cyprus at the moment, but i plan to do my masters ether in Belgum, Spain or Turkey.
    Our course has quite alot of freedom really, If you want to use watercolours then they will allow you or if you want to use cad type programs for you presentation they will alow you. As long as you justify your reasons for doing so and they are to a certain standard.
    Your schools aproach sounds like a very interesting to me. Our school is making an effort to push us to newer forms or architecture but there a nice balence of the two, i think so anyway :)

    Nice presentation by the way, i can understand the amont of effort that undoubtably went into somthing like that ;)
     
  15. Pinosaure thread starter macrumors newbie

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    With my need for a new pooter becoming a greater need, what do you guys think about the macbook? Will a fully spec'd macbook be able to hack the programs that i am using? I think i know the answer but im hoping for a yes :D
     
  16. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    The only program I've used on the MacBook is Sketchup, but it was in windows because the mac version isn't universal yet, and it seemed to run really well. I only had a few minutes to play around so I made a sort of complex object with curved surfaces and then copied and pasted the heck out of it. It ran a lot better than I thought it would (I'm guessing it must use more processor power than the graphics card for the 3D stuff). It really depends on how complex your model will be, but it was running very well.

    The only reason I am not considering it personally is that it is replacing my desktop, and I can't live without Flight Simulator, which the MacBook would not be able to do. And the screen size is another issue. I've been using Dreamweaver and photoshop on my 12" iBook and it is a huge pain to see working on large documents. The 13" widescreen MacBook would help, but not as much as I want.

    I'm sure everything would run fine on the MacBook, just keep those in the back of your head.
     
  17. Pinosaure thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Huuum interesting, thank you adrian. I think its just best for me to live with the internet cafe's for a couple months and get myself somthing that i can use for the next 3 years or so. I geuss the lil macbook would be ok but i want more then ok! Plus the whole screen thing would annoy me, thanks for putting that to my attention.....Dam italian cars everytime i get my money together to buy a pooter somthing breaks grrrrrrrairflowmetergrrrrr:(
     

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