or getting left behind?! I have a very modest setup in comparison to many, but I'm able to turn the work around quick enough so I'm more than gainfully employed most of the time. I have an Intel Mac running Quark XPress 7.3, Illustrator and Photoshop CS2 which is OK (Mac has 2Gb RAM) but alongside that I run an OS9.2 G4 tower (1.25GHz) running Quark 4, Illustrator 9, Photoshop 7 Up until now, I've preferred Quark 4 as opposed to 7 - it simply screams in comparison to 7, which feels slow and bloated. Illustrator 9 also seems quicker, although Photoshop is a lot more whizzy on the iMac. Quark produces a relatively small artwork size, with all the pictures and links managed properly and I find it a joy to use - a bit limited in terms of larger format work, but it does the job well. Artwork files are generally sent off to print as press-ready PDFs and I very rarely have to send files out that aren't generally emailable (10Mb+) Now I've recently been receiving, from various sources, artwork files produced in Illustrator - personally not my choice as a page layout tool (I belong to the Quark = page layout, Illustrator = vector work, Photoshop = bitmap work school). BUT they have all had pictures embedded, with artwork files in excess of 1Gb each!!! Now unless I have an Octo-core Mac Pro (which I don't), it makes working on these files p-a-i-n-f-u-l-l-y slow, and RIP-ing them to the printer I have is just marginally successful. PDFs fit for print come in at 50+Mb - and here's the best bit - they are press ads!!! I've had large 48-sheet poster artworks come across like this as well, but there are images in these things that are reproducing at in excess of 3000dpi! Are people getting lazy when it comes to artwork production, or is this a new trend..?