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MacBook Pro - Adobe CS3: Macbook VS. Macbook Pro


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I hate to bring up this up but i'm ready to pull the trigger on a purchase. How would the two books compare using CS3? MB 2 GHz C2D w/ 2Gb ram VS MBP 2.16 C2D 2Gb ram.

The programs i use in the suite are Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Most of the time i have all these open plus the usual Mail, iTunes and Safari. You think the macbook can handel all these programs opened? Thanks!
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I hate to bring up this up but i'm ready to pull the trigger on a purchase. How would the two books compare using CS3? MB 2 GHz C2D w/ 2Gb ram VS MBP 2.16 C2D 2Gb ram.

The programs i use in the suite are Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Most of the time i have all these open plus the usual Mail, iTunes and Safari. You think the macbook can handel all these programs opened? Thanks!
Well the MBP has a larger screen for a start which for anything design oriented is always going to help. The slightly faster CPU won't make a huge difference, but if precious seconds matter to you, you may appreciate it, and I don't think the GPU is used extensively for any of these apps.

The MBP is a better machine overall, so all else being equal, get this. Having said that, a MacBook could handle all of those programmes, it'd just get crowded on the screen.

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If these apps don’t require the GPU that much I think I will go with the macbook cause of the portability. I do have desktops at work and home so the screen size shouldn’t really matter. I was just worried about the intergraded video versus the ATI chip in the MBP. Thanks!
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Yeah the intregrated chip only really effects 3d rendering and the new Final Cut won't run on integrated chips but for what you've listed it should be fine. I purchased a macbook with 2gigs of ram mainly for use with photoshop so I could have a good portable to edit pictures while away from home.
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With 2GB of ram you should be able to run CS3 fine on a MacBook.
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Here's what I recommend:

2GHz Core 2 Duo w/ 2GB RAM + the Cinema Display of your choice!

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I think either would work well as long as you have at least 2 Gig of RAM installed.

I have CS2 running on the MB Pro and it is works well, cannot wait to pick up the CS3 to run natively and see what improvements in speed there are.

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Here's what I recommend:

2GHz Core 2 Duo w/ 2GB RAM + the Cinema Display of your choice!
i read that the MBP can power a 30"+ display. what's the max screen size the macbook can output? i do have a 32" LCD TV with a rez of 1366x768 that i would love to use with it.
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I was running CS2 with 1GB RAM on a Macbook and it was crap. I was editing a file 100-150MB and it would lag. I blamed it on the integrated graphics chip. I also ran the iTunes little visualizer at full screen w/o anything else running and it maxed at 30fps. I sold it and got the iMac 20". Not that comparing the two is very equal but w/ 2GB RAM and the 128MB vid card, photoshop is a breeze and iTunes visualizer tops out at 62ish FPS.
Go with the MBP. You will be so glad you did, trust me. It's worth every penny!
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I was running CS2 with 1GB RAM on a Macbook and it was crap. I was editing a file 100-150MB and it would lag. I blamed it on the integrated graphics chip. I also ran the iTunes little visualizer at full screen w/o anything else running and it maxed at 30fps. I sold it and got the iMac 20". Not that comparing the two is very equal but w/ 2GB RAM and the 128MB vid card, photoshop is a breeze and iTunes visualizer tops out at 62ish FPS.
Go with the MBP. You will be so glad you did, trust me. It's worth every penny!
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Bryan,

CS2 runs in emulation which is very memory-intensive. Add to that a large file, and it's a recipe for lag. However, I wouldn't put that down to a video chip at all. If you had added a 2nd gig of RAM you'd likely have had a better time. Alternatively, you might have had better luck with CS3 (even the beta that was available for the past 6 months or so, assuming it worked for you).

The iTunes visualizer, though, is definitely a test of 3D hardware. So of course you got lower speed out of the integrated solution.

Anyway, glad you're happy with the iMac.

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I think its best to go for the macbook as thats what i went for and i do the same work as you using photoshop i also do 3d work and the macbook runs everything fine with no problems my friend had a pro the same one you are looking at and is planing to sell it as he wants the smaller screen of a macbook and as you can go to 3gb of ram in mb or mbp there is not much of a diffrence in performance.

so the main thing is what feels right i love my macbook glossy screen for photoshop work it just looks grate when you show a client also i use a 32" hdtv for a monitor if i want some thing big to look at.

also the basic size of the macbook is grate its nice and small and light to carry about all day.
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thanks for all the input guys. i just placed an order for the macbook and at newegg i got 2 gigs of ram ($117 shipped + $40 rebate!). Now the waiting game -_-
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I was running CS2 with 1GB RAM on a Macbook and it was crap. I was editing a file 100-150MB and it would lag. I blamed it on the integrated graphics chip. I also ran the iTunes little visualizer at full screen w/o anything else running and it maxed at 30fps.

okay, i just got my macbook 2ghz C2D w/2gig ram today (!!!!!) i ran the visualizer on itunes and got 60 to 63 FPS. so it seems like the video memory is not that much of a factor when it comes to itunes. my extra gig of ram has to be the big difference. anyways i am very satisfied with my purchase and cant wait till i install CS3
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