Anyone using new MBA 13 with CS5?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by AlvinNguyen, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys,

    I'm using my MBP 17" i7 2.3 with 8gb RAM and my primary use is CS5. I normally don't run any other app while running Photoshop. I shoot in RAW but do all my conversions before i bring the files in CS5. By the time they're in CS5 they're usually 10-15mb JPEGs.

    Is there anyone working in CS5 wit these files that can advise? I want to see the feasibility of switching to the Air for weight savings and portability and then get a cinema display instead.
     
  2. stevenpa macrumors 6502

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    My air is supposed to arrive today. Will run CS5.5, lightroom and other software like that tomorrow most likely.
     
  3. AlvinNguyen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :D Excellent, crossing my fingers that it works well for you :)
     
  4. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    cs5 work fine on the 2nd gen! the i5 should be smoother!
     
  5. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Lightroom I would like to know how well it runs. What model did you purchase?
     
  6. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    Dude you got the newest air(2 of them)! Why don't you install it and let us know how well it runs!
     
  7. addoh macrumors newbie

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    I also want to know this!
     
  8. fotuwe macrumors member

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    using CS 5.5 (mainly Photoshop) for heavy postprocessing on RAW images.

    Works great :)
     
  9. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Photoshop runs fine on both. But speed increase can definitely be seen on i7. Importing and feels much speedy.
     
  10. vladi macrumors 6502

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    Watch out for possible RAM issues if you are compositing big formats for print or work in 3D or just running multiple files at the same time. Also GPU acceleration is questionable, it might work right and it might not.

    But you know whats biggest con running CS5 on MBA? Small screen.
    Please take care of your eyes people. Smaller the screen greater the strain on your eyes. MBA/MBP screens are really bad when it comes accurate colors (in case you need it).
     
  11. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    i5 or i7?
     
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  13. stevenpa macrumors 6502

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    i5, 256 SSD. Good to hear the software runs well. Going to be trying both in OS X and Windows 7
     
  14. askrib macrumors member

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    I've got a 13" i7 256ssd. I installed cs5 master. It all runs smooth. LOVE this computer.
     
  15. simon77 macrumors newbie

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    Check this video review. At about the 8 minute mark she does does basic RAW processing on file sizes similar to yours. Looks good!
     
  16. vow macrumors member

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    I'm using LR3 and PS CS5.1. Both work like a charm on my i7 MBA so far. I'm coming from the 2010 MBA and my Photoshop actions run much faster now. I haven't noticed too much of a difference in LR3 yet, although I'm sure rendering previews after a session will be much faster now.
     
  17. AlvinNguyen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Any new update guys? I'm about to pull the trigger in a few days. My MBP 2011 17" 2.3 i7 is great but it's been giving me way too much headache later (overheat, thermal failure, etc) so I'm getting a new replacement from apple and I'm going to sell that. I think the Air should be good enough based on the benchmarks but I'd like some hands on reviews from you guys first. Thanks! :D
     
  18. stevenpa macrumors 6502

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    Lightroom works great and CS5.5 photoshop has been working well as well. No problems so far but haven't been doing much other than light photo editing and one or two gifs. Acrobat X has had some lag on some files (~2-3mb) so I'm not sure if it's a bug or compatibility issues.
     
  19. LeakedDave macrumors regular

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    Last year's MBA Ultimate ran CS5 really well.

    This year's MBA Ultimate runs it faster.

    Any other questions?

    Oh, and I always leave Photoshop running in the background. And I've never needed to close any apps to improve performance.
     
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  21. AlvinNguyen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What apps are you running along with cs5? I usually will have iTunes and safari open and sometimes even my mbp 17 will lag which is odd. Have you tried editing with more than one image?
     
  22. LeakedDave macrumors regular

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    o_O

    6-8 images open in photoshop. Tons of Safari tabs. Maybe Vuze running in the background, MSN Messenger, iTunes is always open, I usually have Eclipse running, and sometimes I'll fire up Parallels while all this is going on. No lag. Play some Quake Live with all this including Parallels running, no lag.

    Stream a 1080p YouTube video... no lag. Add in using TeamViewer on top of it all, still no lag. Maybe fire up a blu ray in VLC media player and start playing it... No lag.
     
  23. AlvinNguyen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're doing this all on the current 13"? What specs? :eek::eek::eek: sounds like it's doing a hell of a lot better than my 17" MBP i7
     

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