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    XP and Adobe Creative Suite ??
    Hi - Which level of Windows XP -- Pro or Home to be used with parallels desktop would be sufficient? i always got the xp pro version due to the increased security, however, i've read that the security is much better with macs. will probably go with parallels desktop.

    also - is 2.4ghz processor acceptable for the adobe creative suite apps?

    it'll be used on a secured home network and standalone.

    any input would be helpful. thanks

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    XP and Adobe Creative Suite ??
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    If you are connecting the Virtual PC-running Windows to the Internet, whether through Parallels or not, you run into the same security risks as a PC user. If you are used to XP Pro, then get XP Pro.

    Adobe apps will run perfectly fine on a 2.4 machine. Just make sure you get CS3, as it is a Universal app and will run natively on the newer Intel processors. If you get CS2 and a new Mac, Adobe apps will run under Rosetta emulation at non-optimal speeds.

    Also, try to get a Mac with a dedicated gfx card (i.e. NOT a regular MacBook) if you plan on doing a ton of work with Adobe apps. The extra gfx horsepower will go a long way.
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    i'm sorry snoslicer8, i'm technologically-challenged plus i do not know anything about adobe creative suite, other than my daughter will probably need it and it'll be cs3.

    i'm looking at the MacBook Pro at the apple website. will this have the gfx card needed, or should i plan on an add-on?

    sorry and thanks.

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    XP and Adobe Creative Suite ??
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    The MacBook Pro line all have dedicated GFX cards (NVIDIA). The base model 15" has a 128 MB card, and the higher 15" and 17" models have 256 MB cards.

    The iMacs and Mac Pros all have dedicated GFX cards.

    The MacBook line (NOT MacBook Pro) all have integrated GFX, so they slow down a bit when running GFX intensive apps.
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    oh, ok, then should be ok. another dumb ??. can aol run on a mac? (not the www.aol.com via IE, the one you load from their cd).

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    XP and Adobe Creative Suite ??
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    Yes, AOL has a Mac version of their software. It should be available from (yep, you guessed it) AOL.com.
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    great, my daughter will be happy.

    thanks again.

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    XP and Adobe Creative Suite ??
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    BTW, are you speaking of the AOL software, like get online/do e-mail/web-browsing, or are you talking about AOL Instant Messenger (AIM chat)? If you're speaking of AIM, Macs come with iChat, their native AOL IM software, and you can also download a multi-system IM client for free called Adium. The actual AOL IM software FROM AOL is quite poor compared to the available alternatives, IMO.
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    thanks for the info. at this point, i'm just trying to 'replace' her dead pc with the mac. daughter uses aol (the version you pay for) that includes IM. i'm trying to figure out what her needs will be so we purchase the appropriate mac. the only thing i have settled on is that it needs to be a laptop/notebook and needs to be as seamless as possible.

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