I'm Getting into Web Design

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by AndresT107, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. AndresT107 macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2008
    Hi My name is Andres and i was just wondering i am planning on get a macbook but a refurbished one. Im planning on getting the lower end model but I am just getting started on web design. The question i have is it going to be sufficient enough with the task Im going to be doing. Meaning Multi-Tasking

    The list goes like this
    Photo Shop
    HTML Editor
    Video Editing
    Just To Name A Few
  2. snessiram macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008
    Andres, it will be more than fine! Take at least 2GB ram though. The only thing you could worry about is the screen. The resolution is relatively low and the colors aren't really good. I however think that, if you feel the need to, buying an external monitor might be a better investment then "upgrading" to the macbook pro (unless you're planning on being on the move all the time).
  3. tiartrop macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    Should be enough.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the screen though, since the majority of people who will be reviewing it (I assume you'd go public with it) are probably not using mac.

    With my previous white macbook I had 4 GB installed and I normally multitask (Photoshop, Illustrator, Firefox, iTunes, and messenger) with ease. :D
  4. Prekesh macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2009
    Would be perfect for what your going to be doing, i would suggest getting more RAM so you can run VM's to test your sites on a wider range of web browsers through windows as well as OS X.
  5. therealdt macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2008
    northeast region

    wat? why when someone is about to buy a Mac, there's someone who will say something about windows. almost every broswer can be install on a Mac, I think Chrome is the only one I know of that's not.

    to OP: max out the Ram and if you can't go, 2GB
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Get 4GBs of RAM; that's like nothing compared to the price of Photoshop.
  7. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    ... and almost every web developer knows that you need to test your work on IE, which 70%+ of the world uses...
  8. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    At this point, 58-80% use IE regularly (depends what stat tracker you use), and it seems that number is dropping month by month. You do make a good point though, as IE 8 is going to wreck havoc on many-a-site with it's deeper roots in abnormal rendering and whatnots.
  9. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2007
    Yeah, you'll be fine. Photoshop starts up and runs very smoothly on the MacBooks. I would also suggest adding more RAM. I have 4GB now, but when I had the stock 1GB I was still able to multitask with very little lag.

    I really like Coda. If you don't know about it already, check it out. It's a text editor, CSS editor, and FTP application that will keep track of changes and upload them automatically. It's pretty cool, and there's so much more to it too.

    Also, like someone else mentioned, if you don't have access to a Windows computer, then you will most certainly need to install it on a virtual machine (Sun's VirtualBox is free) or use Boot Camp to install Windows natively on your hard drive and dual boot. Both will require that you purchase a Windows license.

    If you're making sites for the average computer use this is what they will be using, and as unfortunate as it is, you'll have to test in Internet Explorer. There are tutorials that will show you how to install multiple versions of IE so you can test IE6, IE7, and probably IE8 on the same Windows install. I'd also recommend installing Windows versions of Firefox and Safari. Even though they are also on the Mac, you might run into a few issues on different OSes (usually the way form elements are displayed).
  10. snessiram macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008
  11. merlinaut, Apr 30, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011

    merlinaut macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2011
    Getting into Web Design on a MacAir? No.

    In a word, No.

    I'll concede the thinness is good for travel(!) but every task you try to do takes forever if it can even be done at all.

    When I streamed the Eagle nest or if I watch any video on Safari, I cannot do anything else- or only v-e--r-r-y slowly....

    It only has one port! Even if you just STORE video(and some types of software) it slows the computer down.

    You need an external drive for reading or burning DVD's.

    The person who thought I'd love this obviously meant to lighten my travel load and/or slow me way down on the inter-webs LOL. Why didn't I check this all out for myself?

    When I found out about its limitations, he said, "Oh! I thought you didn't back up, much." Hello? I back up EVERYTHING.

    Had to get battery replaced at shop and it still made no difference; if anything, worse.

    If I were doing web design on this I'd be a basket case!

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