2.2 Ghz Macbook good for graphic design?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrorange216, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. mrorange216 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2008
    I bought a macbook last november after the most recent upgrade and I was wondering if anyone had any experience running graphic design programs such as Quark or InDesign on them? I have just decided to take some graphic design courses and I want to know if my machine can handle what I'll be working with. Your thoughts and comments would be appreciated.
  2. Stratification macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2005
    Spokane, WA
    I haven't run those two in particular, but I run Photoshop, Illustrator, Firefox, and Flash on mine regularly with no issues. It should handle it just fine.

    EDIT: It did make a huge difference though when I upgraded from 1GB memory to 2.5GB, that would be worth it if you haven't done it yet.
  3. uNext macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2006
    i have used the 2.2 macbook pro to work on a couple of websites and numerous photos etc.

    I noticed no lag or slow workflow.
    I personally think is pretty good.

    It did slow down when i was working on video
    dont know if it was the 2.2ghz processor or the 128mb of video.

    but overall i think is good for graphic design.
  4. Foxglove9 macrumors 65832


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    I use a 2.16 Ghz Macbook for graphic design (quark, illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, etc..) and it runs well. The only thing I would suggest is upping the RAM to as high as you can get it, that'll speed up photoshop considerably I noticed.
  5. djejrejk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    I use InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop CS3 with my 2.33 MBP with no issues.. a 2.2 MBP should do the job despite the slower GPU as Adobe software is more processor intensive (vs. progs like Aperture which is more reliant of GPU).
  6. digitalpencil macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Rarely run Quark as I hate it with a passion but inDesign runs great alongwith the rest of CS3 (excluding DW but that's down to **** code). As for the RAM upgrade, agreed.. maxing will always help but this is largely contingent upon the size and complexity of images you're working with i.e. pshop files with 100s of layers etc. or huge ID docs that are converted to print-res PDF.. I would say, that given your starting out, the 2gb should be fine as I don't envision you'll be working with these complex files but play it by ear, if things start to chug, consider an upgrade ;)
  7. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    A 2.2 GHz MacBook Pro with 128MB of VRAM would be a good choice for graphics design and photo editing. Mine handles working with large resolutions files (10,000 x 6,000) without an issue, never slows down.
  8. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    If I was going to use a Macbook for design I'd pickup these extras;

    Good quality monitor
    Fast external HD for Backups
    Max the RAM
  9. Fezzasus macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    I use mine with photoshop, indesign and illustrator very often. As mentioned above, I also use mine with 4 GB ram, an external monitor and external backups.
  10. mrorange216 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2008
  11. Fiasco macrumors regular


    Dec 1, 2007
    New York, NY, USA
    It will run fine... just max out your RAM for best performance. I use CS3 Suite on my MacBook without a hitch. Specs in my sig.
  12. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    I work with the same programs and it works fine. If you plan on having several programs open at once get a good amount of RAM, I would say at least 2GB. But, you'll have happy with the MB.
  13. ColonelSmith macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    InDesign runs great! Jut make sure it's CS3. Older versions are sluggish.

Share This Page