What's your setup?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Yr Blues, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    What kind of graphics are you into and what's your setup for both hardware and software?

    I do print design with a first generation MacBook, CS3, and an HP LaserJet B&W tabloid printer.

    I want to buy a cheap tabloid color inkjet eventually.
  2. geerlingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2003
    St. Louis, USA
    I hope you've maxed out your RAM!

    I use iMac 2.8 w/ 4 GB RAM & CS3 for most of my design work, but for mobility, I use an aluminum Macbook (used to use a Pro, but the Macbook is a little easier on the shoulder, and I LOVE the glass trackpad). I also use Aperture for my photography - especially on the MacBook.

    The 24" screen on the iMac is gorgeous, and surprisingly pretty good for print work. I wish it weren't glossy, but one can't have everything!

    Someday I'd like to get a Mac Pro with something like 32 GB RAM, that way I can run Windows XP, Vista, OS X, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Aperture, Pages, Safari, FireFox, iTunes (gotta have the 'tunes!), Mail and iChat all running speedily at the same time. (Sometimes I also open up GarageBand and Final Cut Express, when I'm working on multimedia projects).
  3. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    FYI: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=441213

    granted that thread started in Feb so people may have changed their stuff by now :) our studio does 90% print design with some motion graphics and occasional video work. this is my post from that thread with a couple of additions, nothing has changed other than a new iPhone and a couple of TB of external drives:

  4. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
  5. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    oh, don't get me wrong.. i only actually USE maybe, 10 different typefaces in a year. but i HAVE a bunch, 95% of which are not active :)
  6. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    At work (print & web design, light video):

    Mac Pro Quad-Core 2.8GHz, 6GB RAM
    Dual 20" ViewSonic displays (pipe dream is a single 30" ACD)
    Wired Apple Aluminum Keyboard
    Wired Mighty Mouse*
    HP Photosmart C4480 All-in-One (mainly for scanning)
    HP Color Laserjet 3600
    Adobe CS3 Design Premium
    Final Cut Express 4
    iWork '08

    At home and on the road (freelance print & web design):

    iMac 24" 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM
    Wired Apple Aluminum Keyboard
    Wired Mighty Mouse
    MacBook (white) 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM
    HP Photosmart C4480 All-in-One
    22" Gateway widescreen display (adding soon as 2nd monitor for the iMac)
    Adobe CS3 Design Premium
    iWork '08
    MobileMe (mainly for iDisk)
    VMWare Fusion (adding soon for web testing)

    *I really need to get a tablet but our budget is pretty tight right now. Any suggestions for a good, inexpensive one would be appreciated.
  7. tominated macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
    i do a little web design using my half dead core duo 20" imac. I'm saving for a new macbook and a 24", but i haven't had the time to do any sites thanks to school.
  8. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    What kind of graphics are you into?
    Mainly interaction design now days, and more recently user-product interaction.

    What's your setup for both hardware...
    I've always maintained a modest core hardware arrangement, whenever I've needed additional processing power, the most cost effective way is to just lease it and bill it.

    • Apple MacBook Pro
    • Apple Cinema Display
    • Apple Aluminum Keyboard (Wired)
    • Apple Mouse (Wired)
    • Western Digital Studio Edition II's

    And software?
    And my software requirements have slimmed even more since the last thread, too.

    • Adobe CS4 (Acrobat, After Effects, Flash, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) handle the core creative work.
    • Adobe Director 11 (still the best rapid prototyping tool)
    • Coda & MAMP
    • Processing/Wiring and Arduino

    Misc software such as Linotype FontExplorer X, Microsoft Office 2008 and Roxio Toast 9 Titanium also have a role in my workflow. LEGO's Digital Designer and Google Earth fill any playtime.
  9. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    What kind of graphics are you into.

    Production and layout (six 500-page annual cruising guides).

    What's your setup for both hardware and software?

    (2) 24" iMacs
    (2) 2.8 GHz Octo Mac Pros with 30" cinema displays
    (1) 17" MBP
    (1) 17" iMac
    (1) Xerox Phaser Printer
    (1) X-Serve Octo

    And a bunch of other stuff.

    We use the Creative Suite to do everything.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Copied bold header from iGary

    What kind of graphics are you into.

    Document forgery and photograph manipulation.

    What's your setup for both hardware and software?

    17" MacBook Pro + 20" Dell S-IPS display.
    Keyboard and mouse.
    3 TB external HDDs

    Xerox 6350DP for drafts and proofs.
    Canon i9900 for photographs and stuffs.

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