"if you use pro apps hold on getting intel iMac" why?

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  1. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

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    most reviews I read say that if you use photoshop or anything like it hold off on getting an intel iMac till they software becomes universal, how about someone like me, I have a PowerBook G4, which isn't all that great with using Final Cut, I have always been planning on getting an imac, it will be the only purchase i'll make on a mac desktop for at least 3 years, why should I hold off on buying? will a second revision be better in handling this kind of software?
     
  2. milky23 macrumors regular

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    I think they say this because the *software* isn't ready yet. I'm thinking the hardware is fine. Can someone back me up?
     
  3. solidbreakz macrumors regular

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    Your Logic is on point. No pun intended. :D
     
  4. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    ...you lucky SOB... jk dude seriously thats amazingly good luck,... I wonder if I send my ibook back with an issue will they replace that with a macbook... hmmmm
     
  5. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Final Cut will be universal in March. I do not see any reason not to buy it now. You will have a few weeks to wait for the Universal binaries, but what is two weeks?
     
  6. emaja macrumors 68000

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    It is because the "pro" apps are not universal binaries yet and they will not run through Rosetta. If you use the pro apps, you simply will not be able to run then on your Core Duo Mac.

    You can buy it now, but get the universals when they are released. It will cost you more money, but Apple is offering Final Cuta "cross-grade" for $49.

    It's your call.
     
  7. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    They do run under rosetta, Apple just does not advertise it. (although i am sure it is slow.) But, the universals are almost out anyway.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=1612101&#1612101
     
  8. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    Anyone else think that its pretty jacked up for Apple to charge $50 for the same damn program or "crossgrade" after the user just bought a machine worth a couple grand?

    Damn Steve throw them a bone for gods sake.
     
  9. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    As someone who uses the pro apps heavily, I'm waiting until I see some solid benchmarks until I buy a Mac Book pro. I have a loaded Quad with 6GB RAM and a 7800GT GPU, so that'll hold me for another year or so, but I need a faster Powerbook. A buddy of mine who was at Macworld said that Photoshop runs on the Macbook Pro at about the speed of the current Powerbooks, so we'll see.
     
  10. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    I see your point, but for some perspective, those of us who spend $1300 on software and another $4000 on the hardware to run it nicely can drop a measly $50 for a crossgrade.
     
  11. M. Malone thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks guys, what about reliability? I'm not gonna be a lab rat by buying one of the beginning intel imacs am I? the kind that has the little glitches that needs to be recalled.??
     
  12. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    That would hold me for at least five years easy. But I understand if you are a power user who demands all the machine can give.
     
  13. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    High definition video editing, rendering, and encoding... I need all the power I can get.
     
  14. 53buick macrumors member

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    I can't imagine any laptop topping that for a while. that's a crapload of memory!
     
  15. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

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    So I have the cs2 suite, and I have been patiently waiting for the widescreen ibooks. If they come out, then I can't use my creative suite? I have to buy all new software?
     
  16. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a

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    pro apps

    pro applications are not yet universal, and they will not work under rosetta. but boy once they go universal, intels WILL SCREAM!!!
     
  17. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

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    So by that, you mean I will have to buy all new software correct?
     
  18. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    It still cost them something to make the universal programs (in time spent on making them work and testing). $49 doesn't seem much, especially considering the price of those programs.
     
  19. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    The new Barefeats benchmarks suggest that the Intel iMac CoreDuo runs Photoshop in Rosetta as fast as the Powerbook G4 1.5GHz. Both scored 61s to run the MP-aware tasks in PS (same test done at two different times, mind you). That is still a bit slower than the iMac G5, and considering the task is multi-core aware, the Intel iMac SHOULD smoke the PB and G5.

    Conclusions: exactly what SJ said in the keynote (for once!). If you're a pro who demands that PS be as fast as possible right now, the Rosetta emulated version isn't going to cut it. But the speeds are decent and you'll get by (i.e. if you dont mind the speed of PS on a 1.5GHz G4 Powerbook, you'll be fine on the Intel iMac/MBP under Rosetta).

    The PS Universal Binary should FLY on these machines. Oh, and if all you need to do with PS is a little basic photo editing, GraphicConverter is already out as a UB, so you're good to go.
     

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