"Special" usecase? Will the MBA handle this?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mike8833, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    #1
    Hey, i've been out here on the forums trying to find someone who might have at least almost the same use case like me.

    Since there's a lot of photographers, writers, designers and so on, i feel a little left aside and stuck with 0 info.

    I have an iMac 27" 12GB Ram 3.1GHz Quad i5 from 2011 and it performs quite well for my needs. (8300 points GeekBench 32 bit)
    (might use this one as a monitor in the future)

    i'd like to have a tiny thing that will serves me well, while laying / walking around mostly (avoiding back pain after a long work day 0o). I have an Ipad and its nice but when you really like to create/work its quite limited.

    to cut a long story short:
    I'd like to know if either of the 11"/13" > both maxed out will handle this:

    IWork (often)
    Creating PDF's (Adobe Reader, Abbyy Finereader OCR!, Scannersoftware) (Often)
    maintaining huge iTunes Library (200gb) (very often, music only)
    - Itunes
    - SongGenie
    - CoverScout
    Scanning Images, resizing them, editing (no professional use) (often)
    - Scannersoftware
    - Preview
    Renaming a bunch of files at the same time (seldom)
    - Core Renamer
    Iphoto (often)
    Ebay selling software (seldom)
    Genealogy software
    Mail
    Copying my original Blu Rays to my Nas (and keep them elsewhere, so they're safe)
    - Therefore Parallels with Windows 7/8 (often, because of accurate CD copies for iTunes)
    Plex (a lot XD)
    Mindmapping Software (a lot)
    Safari (24/7 XD)
    Banking Software
    Download software
    Toast 11 !!
    Time Machine of course
    VLC
    and other apps and little helpers, that i think might fly anyway on these machines :D

    Most of those Apps will be used side by side and running simultaneously.
    for example: (Safari, Itunes, Win7/8, Preview, Mail)

    I need them maxed out firstly because i don't want to bite myself afterwards if i buy the lower processor (did that with the iMac)
    And secondly i neeeeeed 512 at least for proggies, PDF's, Photos, Apps a.s.o
    because this should my all my life on 1 machine, like my imac is now.

    PS: should i wait for SSD prices to come down????

    I would gladly appreciate your opinions and insights if you might have already tested some of this before mentioned Software :D

    Thanks in advance
    Mike

    :)
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    #2
    "Special" usecase? Will the MBA handle this?

    All of the things you mentioned require pretty trivial specs to accomplish. You won't have any problem with the Air.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

    #3
    :eek: :D

    Thank you :D. I mostly fear, win8 (prallels) and copying a blu ray over...may take some time... (no encoding whatsoever; new container like mkv okay but no trans/encoding)
     

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