CS3 on Macbook (1st Gen)

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Merser, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. Merser macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2006
    First off, I know this has been asked before but I could not find a satisfactory answer. If I am about to invest bookoo bucks on this freaking software I want to make sure I can run it well.

    I am thinking of picking up a copy of Adobe CS3 Design Standard (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) for my 1st generation black macbook.

    I have read quite a few postings of people that run CS3 on their Core 2 Duo Macbooks, but remember, the 1st generation ones are just Intel Core Duo 2.0ghz.

    I have upgraded the RAM to 2gb.

    Will I be able to run these programs smoothly? If they are going to be choppy I guess I'll be force to get, dare I say it...., a PC version for my desktop.

    Anyone out there running CS3 on their 1st gen blackbooks?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2007
    The Core Duo Macbooks are very capable machines. With 2gbs of ram, Photoshop should fly. There is no reason why your year old hardware should not run Photoshop perfectly. If you are really that concerned, download the trial from adobe.com.
  3. creator2456 macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2007
    I second using the trial to see if your system can handle it, although I don't see why it shouldn't.
  4. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    i ran it on a mac mini 1.66 with 1.25 GB of ram without any problems at all.
  5. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    I have an "old" black macbook just like you described, 2 GHz Core Duo, upgraded to 2 GB of RAM. It runs CS3 just fine. Download a trial version to see if the speeds are acceptable to you, but coming from CS2, CS3 was immensely faster.

    I don't expect you to have any problems.
  6. Merser thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2006
    AHH Good to Hear. I had heard about some issues with CS2, I am glad to hear that its been resolved with CS3 native support.

    Thanks again all for your responses. I know it was a silly question but I had to make sure.

    Since this will be my first time using this software to its full extent I wasnt sure how to gauge "fast" is "fast" while running the demo version.

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