New MacBooks for Design

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Yr Blues, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    Well, my first generation MacBook will be just as productive as the new one. I love everything about the new ones, but I'm leery of the consumeristic lifestyle—so, maybe in a year or two I'd buy it if I absolutely needed it.

    I would still be using my 12" if I didn't spill beer on it.

    I figure if I can't design as good as the designers from the early 1900s, the computer is the least of my problems.
     
  2. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    not wishing to be rude, but what is your point?
     
  3. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It's just an open-ended rant. Maybe I watched Slacker one too many times.
     
  4. stewartlittle macrumors regular

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    I dont know about the macbook, but i am considering the mbp for product/industrial design. I realize the gloss screen is going to be a hinderance, but they will have protectors for it to make it matte soon enough. I am basically chosing between the new HP 8530W, or the new mbp. Can't decide yet, i will be waiting until xmas to purchase to see what macrumors and others have to comment.
     
  5. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    What kind of programs do industrial designers use? Curious. :)
     
  6. stewartlittle macrumors regular

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    Well me personally, solidworks is the biggy, then photoshop and illustrator, some use alias, as well as rhino, pro e. That sort of stuff
     
  7. eclipse macrumors 6502a

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    Some mac-users on Slashdot started the whole 'gloss v matte' war up again, with some interesting comments. Everyone in design still insist that matte is more colour accurate?
     
  8. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I used to think that having owned the 12 inch, but I found that no matter where I print my work the final product is in the hands of the printer and never NEVER the way intended unless I go to the printer and work with their engineer.

    Accuracy and control does not make good design or art. Being prolific and fearless does make for good, exciting design.
     
  9. wheelhot macrumors 68000

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    I find it interesting though about the Matte VS Gloss debate, some pro photographers are saying they dont find gloss a problem whereas some do.

    Comon Apple, make it a non-reflective glass :D
     
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    I've been in the graphic design field for 17 years now, and "back in the day" we all worked on glossy CRT screens. Some used filters, but I never did, and never had a problem with color repro or glare.

    Fact is - people like to complain when they don't get their way. It's always the end of the world and the sky is falling. Designers will continue to design with glossy/glass screens if that's the only option avail.

    I could go futher and say 17 years ago, my frist design job, we didn't even have color monitors. We had the old Apple B/W monitors. You had to view the pantone color books and then use your imagination to see what those colors would translate to on your design.
     
  11. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    Glossy is not as big of a deal for me as the loss of the FW400 port. I use that ALL of the time on my MBP. That is a major loss to me.

    -mx
     
  12. jerryrock macrumors 6502

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    While the new MacBook has a new Nvidia 9400M video processor, it is still an integrated processor that shares memory with the motherboard. Advertised at 5X faster than the previous intel integrated solution, it is still only 1/2 as fast as the Nvidia 8600GT dedicated video card of the MacBookPro.

    The lack of a Firewire port is a problem for backup solutions like Time Machine
    that can bottleneck the whole system.
     
  13. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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  14. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    A physical reference is the only way to go, no matter what technology is out there.
     
  15. sarah3585 macrumors regular

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    Can anyone tell me if there are any benefits to having the better mbp graphics card when it comes to the adobe suite cs3/4? In particular photoshop, illustrator, flash?
     
  16. bigandy macrumors G3

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    *headdesk*

    The Pro has a FW800 port. Get a 400 - 800 lead. Problem solved.
     
  17. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    Great. Another thing for me to carry in my already overburdened laptop bag.

    -mx
     
  18. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    CS4 actually is accelerated via the graphics chip (GPU). Especially Photoshop. This is one of the big features that will eventually work it's way into all apps. Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) will also be GPU dependent.

    Also keep in mind that the built-in graphics share memory from the system so that becomes another drain.

    -mx
     
  19. sarah3585 macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the response! I'm glad I went for the mbp over the mb.
     

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