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    third_shift|studios TPF Noob!

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    holy cow, apple's Mac Pro is looking super expensive and i'm vering toward an iMac...BUT i dunno if it's gonna be worth it? Can you guys tell me what you're working on and if you feel shelling out the extra coin for an expandable computer is worth it? Mac haters stay out please.
     
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    depends on what your intent of usage is. I have a 20" 2.4 gHZ iMac with 4GB RAM and it works amazing for what I do - which is edit 50-100MB TIFF files. I don't usually do much larger, but even a 200MB TIFF composite is pretty comfy.
    if you're doing video or digital MF, the Mac Pro might work better, but I really can't say for sure. the computer I have now is the most power I've had in a Mac, and it's pretty hard to complain about.
     
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    The Mac Pro seems to be made for high end video, 3d, and motion graphics these days. Like TV network or movie graphics. If you're just processing photos or doing still graphic design (print or tee shirt logos for example) then an iMac would be plenty of power.
     
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    One other thing to consider: The iMacs have a glossy screen. This means reflections, and in my experience a less-than-accurate display even after calibration. You could certainly add an external display to it though (and still save over a grand).
     
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    GREAT REASPONCES! thanks guys. yes, i dont' get into much animation any more. I'll play with flash sometimes, but that's only on certain occasions. I'm more worried about paging through InDesign documents or juggling between InDesign/Photoshop and Illustrator. I might go check out the local apple store and see what's up
     
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    That won't be an issue if you've got enough RAM. My coworkers on iMacs (I have a Mac Pro here) generally have Photoshop and Illustrator, along with a minimum of 3 other ram hogging programs open at the same time and don't complain.
     
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    SOUNDS GREAT! thanks!
     
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    The glossy screen is an option.
     
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    I was a PC user for the last 10 years and about a year ago sold everything and purchased an iMac 20". It is a great computer, and just "works"! With the price of memory so cheap I'd go with 4gigs. I also have a 24" external monitor hooked up so I run dual screens and the main monitor is the 24".
     
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    Not on imacs... I wish it were, I hate it. My coworker's computer looks like a mirror if he's working on a logo that's black.
     
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    Not on the new iMacs. I don't think it's even an option on the new MBPs (except the 17"). I guess Apple has gone for appearance over functionality for this generation.
     
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    that's really only an issue if you're facing direct light, or are outside. I have mine facing away from the windows, and the colour fidelity is dead on.
     

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