Who's still doing paid work on a G4?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Bibulous, Mar 3, 2007.


What do you do your Paid work on ?

  1. G5 or Intel

    38 vote(s)
  2. G4 or earlier

    69 vote(s)
  3. other

    2 vote(s)
  1. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005
    Just wondering who is still doing paid work of any kind (print, web, code) on a G4 or slower machine?

    (besides me, print work on G4)
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I voted G4 mainly because that's what I'm working on right this minute at home as I write... a dual 1.42 with 2gb of RAM on which I'm drawing diagrams which illustrate social networking in Illustrator CS1 for a 40pg 2-colour publication which I'm working on in Quark 6.5 on Tiger.

    My main work machine in the office/studio is a dual 2.5 G5 with 2.5gb RAM, but I work flexible hours and can work from home if I want, which I often do, including at 1am on a Sunday morning. :rolleyes:
  3. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I support them, along with g3 and teachers teach with/off them.
  4. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    I'm on my G4 mini w/ 1Gb ram, listening to radio on iTunes while recording with radiolover, using lightroom, pse4, iPhoto, and bridge, while mail and iCal are open and, of course, Safari. I must admit that my workflow has improved dramatically since installing desktop manager... I can't wait for Leopard!:)
  5. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    Most of my work isnt paid, Mainly homework however i get comissioned occasionally. I use a macbook (Wish it was pro) for photoshop and some 3d work.
  6. jamesi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2005
    Davis CA
    i do all my work on my pb, but before this i used a powermac G3 to do ALOT of video editing which was awful needless to say but i was able to use a dual 1 gig quicksilver for my larger projects. i love that machine and the design of the case
  7. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    My main machine is an MBP, but I do a lot of on-site freelance on spare G4s. My back-up desktop is a G4, and the only reason it gathers dust is because it's in the basement. Banished by the new baby.
  8. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    My Powerbook is perfectly fine for all my paid work, email etc.

    I also edit films and make dvds on it as part of my job. (dvds of workshops, people signing etc).

    iMovie HD and iDVD are fine on it, tho processing scene transitions, effects, and encoding for high-quality DVDs take a while.

    It's still a lovely machine and does almost everything I want.

    The main problems are mechanical

    - Firewire port is burn-out, am using a PC card for firewire, but it won't work with Target mode, which is a pain for backups (until Leopard comes out.)

    - the internal cable to the LCD is wearing through inside the hinge - blacking out the bottom 2 inches of the screen. I've already had it replaced once - cost £150, and it is wearing through again. My PB is now almost non-portable, as I try to close the lid as little as possible.

    - the DVD burner is becoming unreliable with modern media

    - often it won't wake from sleep caused by low battery (even if fully recharged).

    Am waiting for santa rosa to come out before jumping to a Macbook. (that's my excuse anyway).
  9. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    I do all my work on G4s or G3s from my home. I run a small computer reselling business and my main unit is the Dual G4 Gig-E in my sig. My Powerbook comes with me to school, and I do all my essays, powerpoints, etc. on that. My next upgrade is going to be to an Aluminum G4 powerbook at some point, when I get enough money to buy one.

    G4s are not dead in any respect (other than maybe intense graphics) in the business world.
  10. emorydunn macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2006
    Austin Texas
    I only have an iBook G4. I do mostly volunteer work, but some of it is paid. I do photoshop, html, and even some 3-D modeling all on my iBook.
  11. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I'm using a MacBook (Intel) as my main workhorse now (mostly web programming), but I did use an iBook G4@800MHz until May last year (and for a week just before Christmas when the MacBook needed service), and would probably still use that if the hard disk hadn't started to act up on me (ironically it still works, but since I didn't have any backup machines I couldn't take that chance as I depend on it for work, so I got the MacBook). Apart from a bit lack in (internal) hard drive space, the iBook was (and is) more than powerful enough for my use with its maxed out 640 MB RAM...
  12. D0ct0rteeth macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    Powerbook 1.67 here.

    But I ALWAYS use a previous gen laptop. I never buy the cutting edge tech hardware.
  13. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    At work I plod away on my little Dual 867 G4 Power Mac. I'm quite attached to the little chap, actually. :eek:
  14. Cheese macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2002
    In the refrigerated section at your grocer
    I still use the G3 iMac DV400-- sometimes. But I do most of my work on the Rev A. G5.
  15. ahuman7341 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2005
    Fairbanks, AK
    I don't do any paid work but for yearbook at my school we use iMac DV 400's with CS1.
  16. JMax1 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2006
    Harlem, NY
    At work we still use an Apple //e every day to run music learning software. The machine is oldern than me, and it stilll works flawlessly. Some of the floppy disks have seen better days, though.

    Most kids ask if it's a microwave and why the screen is only green and black.
  17. thomasp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    I use a 15" 1.5GHz G4 Powerbook (well, try to - the trackpad sensor has broken so I'm getting the intermittent sleep issue) as my computer, and my dad who's a professional photographer with a Canon 1DS uses a dual 867MHz MDD G4, although it looks like that's going to be upgraded soon when he buys a new camera...
  18. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2004
    PB 17" 1.33
    A lot of Keynote & Powerpoint work.
    Some videos.
    Some website work.

    In the corporate world - both Australia and UK.

    As with many people (high-end graphics & video notwithstanding) the processor speed is not as important to me as the thinking process and the ability to get stuff done effortlessly and seamlessly.
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Like others, I wasn't super sure how to vote. I do most of my clinical computer-based work at the moment on computers the hospital owns, which are Windows PCs and Windows Server thin clients of various vintages. I do most of my research work on my iBook G4. I use my iMac G5 almost purely for leisure activities.
  20. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    1 - 17" PB 1.33 G4 2 GB RAM
    2 - 1.42 Dual G4 2 GB RAM - one at office, one at home.

    Tons of print and video work. All machines are still workhorses.
  21. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    up until this past november, i used a 1GHZ TiBook for everything (InDesign, Illustrator, FCP,. After Effects, FontLab), now i use the MBP in my signature, and i have access to a G5 at the office i work at.
  22. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    video transfers, photo slideshows, audio transfer on a g4 mdd dually 1.25 w/2 GB RAM and plenty of HD space.

    loud, but a great machine :)
  23. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
    Any of my paid work is done on my iMac G4.

    (And I still even use my G3 iMac for audio recording and video work.)
  24. n8mac macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2006
    I guess it depends on how you define 'paid work'. We use a G4 400mhz tower as our office computer at work. We just stepped out of the dark ages and went from OS 9 to tiger and from 26k dial-up to 3.0mb dsl 4 months ago, and it's like a new machine! (maybe someone should start up an OS 9 in use thread:D ). I can't believe how well tiger works with the second slowest G4 out there! I only get the beach ball when rapidly switching from app to app. And that's with only 640mb ram!

    It's used for office type things like internet but sometimes I fireup Quark 4, photo elements 2, freehand 9, and use the old scanner. But there is talk of a used dual G5 for video editing:) .

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