Adobe CS3 - and a macbook?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Anderson3133, May 26, 2008.

  1. Anderson3133 macrumors regular

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    I know most of you guys won't recommend it, and that is most likely because it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card and such. But I want to know is it bareable for someone who will just use it here and there? I only plan on using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, and Fireworks on a new Macbook (Penryn). Or if you have anything else to add, feel free. Thanks!
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Why would you fork out that much money if you rarely use it? Why not go for cheaper/free alternatives?
     
  3. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    I used CS3 on my 12" PowerBook, no problems. Until I spilled beer in it. :mad:
     
  4. Anderson3133 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ouch. The one thing that actually sucks about beer.

    I already have these programs, I just wanted some information about how it would run on a 2.4 Ghz 2GB 160GB HDD Macbook. Thanks
     
  5. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    Ya, I'm normally very good at not spilling stuff, but a strange fly landed on my arm and I try to shake it off beer in hand. Such a fluke. A Shiner Bock, too.
     
  6. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    The performance on my (slower) 2.16GHz MacBook is quite acceptable.

    Be aware, however, that there are issues with 10.5 and InDesign, including a possibility that the whole app will just quit out on you. This is acknowledged as a bug by Adobe, with no workaround and (currently) no suggestion that a fix is imminent.

    (And I didn't see it listed in the fixes coming with 10.5.3, either, although that was from a very quick scan down the list.)

    That said, for some reason I found InDesign the least useable of the CS apps on the MacBook for reasons of screen space. YMMV.

    Cheers!

    Jim
     
  7. Laco macrumors 6502

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    I use photoshop on my 2.16 macbook and it works great.
     
  8. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    I use CS3 Design Suite on my MacBook (see sign.) and it works really well. I use up to 3 of the apps at once along with itunes, safari, etc. Works great.
     
  9. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    I use Photoshop on my MacBook a lot (base model Penryn, latest rev) and its fine.
     
  10. jerryrock macrumors 6502

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    There is no Adobe acknowledged bug with InDesign CS3 and OSX10.5. Individuals have had problems with InDesign since Tiger it has nothing to do with Leopard. It has been working flawlessly on both my MacPro and MacBook Pro running OSX10.5.

    It is still my opinion that the MacBook is not ideal for graphic applications like Aperture and Adobe Creative Suite because of the integrated graphics card with shared memory. Newer graphic applications like Photoshop CS3 Extended and Flash take advantage of Open GL API which is not available in the MacBook. You should buy with the knowledge that Photoshop CS4 will utilize the video card's GPU to a an even greater extent for 3D integration.
     
  11. tersono macrumors 68000

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    It will work just fine. Frankly, the biggest limitation is the screen resolution, but if you can lived with the slightly cramped screen size, you'll have no problems - whilst a MBP has faster video, the difference isn't going to be that significant in normal use.
     
  12. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    Well, gosh, jerryrock, you seem awfully sure of yourself on that point.

    http://www.adobe.com/support/docume...02/Adobe_InDesign_CS3_5.0.2_Update_ReadMe.pdf

    Shall I quote from that document, since checking a simple fact seems to be something you appear unwilling to do ...?

    I can confirm that 10.5.2 has certainly not rectified this issue for me, and I look forward to your apology on this matter.

    Regards

    Jim
     
  13. jerryrock macrumors 6502

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  14. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    I can't let that pass, Jerry, because it is a positively disingenuous way to present what both you and I said above.

    I did not say "don't install CS3" as you claim, I said that the OP should be aware that there is a recognized and unaddressed bug that can see InDesign quit unexpectedly under 10.5. I did not say don't install it, I said be aware of it.

    To this, Jerry, you responded:

    This statement is absolutely and demonstrably untrue, and I expect an apology from you for it.

    Please note that the item you link to above is dated November 2007, whilst the InDesign CS3 update documentation that I linked to is dated January 2008. In short, the more recent document explicitly acknowledges that the bug still exists and specifically states that Adobe believes that the issue is Apple's responsibility to fix.

    So, I say again, to the OP: be aware that there is a chance that InDesign will not be entirely stable under 10.5. Better to be over-cautious than lose potentially valuable work.

    Cheers

    Jim
     
  15. ninabmmuclt macrumors newbie

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    1.5 years later...

    I am having this problem - InDesign not even starting up under 10.5.8 on a MacBook. Ideas??


    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Nina
     
  16. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    i have a white macbook with the intel GMA graphics cards. it runs A-OK just make sure you have at least 2GB of RAM. i ahve 4 in mine and it works like a charm :)
     
  17. ninabmmuclt macrumors newbie

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    it does have 2 Gig RAM - but that shouldn't be the issue, as LR and PS and AI run just fine...

    I really don't understand... so frustrating!!!
     
  18. mojopixel macrumors 6502

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    You'll be fine with that setup - I bought my MacBook in February 08 and I am able to run InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and iTunes all at the same time and I have had no problems so far, although I did upgrade to 4GB RAM :cool:
     
  19. JoeDRC macrumors 6502

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    I'm running all of CS3 on the macbook in my sig. it runs fine just make sure you have enough RAM
     
  20. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3G 16GB: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7C144 Safari/528.16)

    I run CS3 on a Rev A MacBook Air and it does much better than I'd expected.
     
  21. Dal123 macrumors 6502a

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    I run Photoshop CS2 suite on my Mac Book G4 1.33 Ghz processor with Quark Xpress 6.5 and everything is alright though now and again it can get confused and sometimes quark hung itself.
    I think 6.5 is not intended for OS X 10.4.11 and these are the problems but all in all its pretty good. I upgraded to 2GB ram and that was really worth it. Just wish I had a bit of a quicker processor is all.:)
     

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