Any Amateur and/or Pro webmasters use iMacs?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by KonichiJ, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. KonichiJ macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    Just curious if any web designers / webmasters here use an iMac.

    What software do you use?

    How many gig ram do you have?

    Just bought my iMac 21.5" during lunch, can't wait to get off work, take it home and crank it up. It'll be replacing a Dell XPS M1530 Laptop.
  2. yotd macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    I run a few sites. Nothing serious, get a few hundred visitors a day. Purely amateur.

    I use a Mac for everything. In terms of design, I use Inkscape, a bit of Gimp and TextMate as my editor. Cyberduck for sftp.

    But for the actual interesting bit (hosting during development, Django and Lighttpd) I find it much easier to run up a Linux instance in a Sun VirtualBox virtual machine (getting mac ports of some software can be a pain). And it's more sensible to have the same environment in development as production.

    Edit: Mac mini 2 Ghz and 2 Gig
  3. KonichiJ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    First time I've heard of Sun VirtualBox. Forgive my ignorance, do you have a multi-boot setup or does it run in the background.
  4. yotd macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    VirtualBox is a Virtual Machine host, like VMWare (which I'd recommend but haven't used at home). You get a virtual computer hosted with your 'bare-metal' machine. You can run a GUI and have a linux (or whatever) graphical session in a window. As it happens, I run Ubuntu Server so there's no graphics to look at, it just looks like another terminal window. So no dual boot, it's a machine-in-a-machine.

    The great thing is you can pause VMs easily and move them around because they're just files. For certain working styles, VMs can be very useful indeed.
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Dreamweaver. Flash. Photoshop. Illustrator.

    Doesnt everyone?

    Is there anything that could do better?

    For a bunch of 72 dpi web graphics ram isnt a big deal.

    If you want to add more to your iMac, another 4 gigs (to bring you to 8) is about $100, seems like a no-brainer to me
  6. yotd macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
  7. KonichiJ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    Thanks for the responses. I'm trying to figure out if I want to invest the time/money into Illustrator....I'm kind of a one man band when it comes to my websites....taking on logo and graphic creation will take away from other to-do things.

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