Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by HH2, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. HH2 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2009
    Hi all,
    Hope I'm in the right thread here, but I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice on running CS4 with a macbook...namely, how effectively will it work? I have a 3rd gen ('07) which I'm upgrading to 4gb ram, which I think will be enough, but I'm wondering if the graphics processor will be up to snuff.

    I'll be using Photoshop and Flash, primarily. I'd prefer to try CS3 (I've been told it's more stable) but it's pretty hard to find these days.

    Any thoughts? Thanks.
  2. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    CS3 Would be the better choice. There are web sites online where you can still buy it.

    CS4 will run, but that integrated GMAx3100 vid card may struggle a bit. It'll be fine for all the basic stuff, but if you're looking to use a lot of filters or 3rd party plug-ins it'll be slow.
  3. HH2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2009
    Thanks. I think CS3 would be the safer choice as well, but it's getting scarce. If you have any suggestions on where to find it, please feel free to let me know.

    The only reason I'm considering 4 is because of a student discount.
  4. Mr. B macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    currently using cs4 on a 2.0 ghz macbook from 2007.

    Have 4 gigs of ram and a 320 gig 7200 rpm hard drive.

    cs4 runs beautifully, can handle *much* larger files more easily than cs3 could, and the graphics card is more than capable enough in performing the little tricks needed.

    no matter what I throw at it cs4 doesn't crash.

    also filters are terrible.

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