Okay, seriously. What can the Macbook handle?!?! Apps!?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by -Josh-, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. -Josh- macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    I keep hearing, "The Mb is absolutely great for surfing the web and instant messaging, checking your email, ect"..

    Seriously? a $1,500 blackbook can do just that?
    I don't play games, so that's not an issue. but how about making music? Music band, garage band, photo editing, photoshop? is it JUST casual things?


  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    It's fine for photoshop, I use mine for it. It handles music and all that too. The only weak spot it has really is gaming and programs that require a dedicated graphics card. :)
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I'm just going to talk about Photoshop...

    Fact is, is that using Photoshop can mean anything from making a small little avatar or some web graphics — something you can do on an iBook or Mini — to making huge 16bit CMYK layered high-res files that can run into many hundreds of kilobytes, if not gigabytes.

    I have a MBP 2.33, 2gb RAM and it's not great for the kind of Photoshopping I need to do as a professional designer. However, that's mostly due to not being maxed out on the RAM and having a slow drive in there, something which will be fixed.

    I think the Blackbook would be a great machine, but you need to get plenty of RAM in there and if you can afford to wait for a bit, we might see new releases either very very soon, or early next year.
  4. juxtaposer macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2007
    In A Field
    As far as Audio apps go, I have Logic Studio 8 running on a C2D Macbook and it does everything just as well as you would want. The HDD might need an upgrade to 7200rpm if you're recording a lot of live instruments at once. But other than that, all of the plugins work perfectly well. With Logic audio editing on these newer machines I think the only thing that can give you any problem would be getting a sub-par audio interface.
    Hope that helps :)
  5. Cerebrum macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2006
    Boston, MA
    If you use photoshop often, it'd just be best to run with 2 gigs always.
  6. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    I used my MB (before I upgraded to MBP) for the following:

    • Final Cut
    • Motion
    • Shake
    • GarageBand
    • Photoshop CS3
    • Call of Duty 2

    Performed like a beast, I was actually quite impressed.
  7. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Pretty much anything short of serious pro apps will run just fine, and even those will, but just a bit sluggishly or with some other (mostly just annoying) limitations.

    My rule of thumb: If I require everyday use of more than a couple apps that cost more than $500 each, then I'm going Macbook Pro.

    My 2.16 Blackbook is my everyday road machine, doing light audio & video production, running dedicated custom Windows apps in Parallels for demo & training to multiple shares, and managing a stupid amount of multitasking without breaking a sweat.
  8. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    My blackbook hasn't had a hick up with anything i've used it for.

    I have used Logic Pro 8 and Abelton Live with no problems. Plug ins and Virtual instruments like Stylus RMX and Absynth 4

    Games like Lego Star Wars and Civ IV

    PhotoShop for all normal tasks.

    So far i've yet to be held back at all with the Macbook, other than some games...

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