mac for college

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by theknowles, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. theknowles macrumors newbie

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    i am needing to get a new laptop for school/college in the next few months, i am definitely going to make the switch to mac and originally decided on a powerbook g4. i was wondering if it would be worth getting a macbook pro instead, but am worried as ive heard it will not run programe's such as final cut pro, and i was intending on borrowing my friends copy. they are both in my price range so what do you think would be better for me?

    i will be using it for video and picture editing, using programs such as final cut pro and photoshop along with many others.

    thanks for any help available
     
  2. NtotheIzoo macrumors regular

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    i have the powerbook g4 rev d, 12"...I love it...rev a tends to have problems and with the switch from powerpc to intel, they are likely to more issues...but i have to admit the dual core macbook pro would be simply sweet...
     
  3. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    Knowles -

    FC Pro should work with rosetta for the near term, but as the whole line is transitioning this year, it's likely that we'll see a universal binary version of FCP in the next few months. If you purchase a macbook pro and FCP, the only downside is that I understand there's something like a $50 software "trade" fee to move from the PPC version to the universal binary version of the software. Steve Jobs mentioned it in his Keynote and Molly Wood noted it in her recent comments on the CNET page. She makes a point about it here: http://reviews.cnet.com/4531-10921_7-6416107.html?tag=blog. I think the macbook pro looks like a nice choice, esp. going forward, for the speed gain, and b/c FCP will likely be running native on it very soon. Good luck.
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I would wait until the MacBooks start shipping and we start seeing first hand reviews of them. You might prefer a tried and true PB G4 as opposed to a possibly finicky Rev A MacBook.

    And if you have enough money to buy a brand new laptop I'm sure you can scrape together a few more bucks and get the edu version of FCP. FCP will run on a MacBook but you'll need the universal binary version.

    Glad to hear you are looking at a Mac. I really like the "spell check as you type" feature as spelling is not a strong point of mine.


    Lethal
     
  5. qzak macrumors 6502

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    no question, go for the Macbook Pro. if your gonna be using it for image and video editing, why would you say no to 4-5x faster? yes, its a rev A... but you have warranty for a year, more than that if you get Applecare, which you should for a rev A product. just my opinion....

    oh, btw... you may want to spell college correctly when you're there ;)
     
  6. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    But what good is a laptop (especially for school work) if you keep having to send off to Apple to get repaired? Now, hopefully the Rev A MacBook Pro's won't have very many growing pains, but sometimes slow and steady is better than fast and flakey.

    Like I said in my first post, if you can wait until the MacBooks start shipping so you can read reviews about them.


    Lethal
     
  7. theknowles thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yer im dyslexic , ive had spelling problems all my life...

    yer the macbook pro is 4x faster, but what use will that be when at the moment as ive heard it isnt going to be running professional editing programes untill the future. i would probley be able to pay for the programes, but ive recently just finished paying for the full adobe suite for pc, so getting it off my friend would be a great help
     
  8. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    I had speculated on Rosetta, but that won't work. Here's what Apple says - Intel version by the end of March.

    "Does Final Cut Studio run on the new Intel-based Mac computers?

    The current version of Final Cut Studio is not supported on Intel-based Mac computers with Rosetta. A Universal version of Final Cut Studio will be available before the end of March 2006. Universal applications are designed to run flawlessly on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers"

    From: http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/topquestions.html
     
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  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You should be able to work with Adobe on your current licence to get a Mac version for almost no cost at all, rather than using software that doesn't belong to you. If you contact them, several companies are willing to work with cross-platform trades.
     

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