So about 2 weeks back I made an investment in getting a new notebook. It’s been some time since my last upgrade and I’ve decided to try out Apple, or some would refer it as Macintosh. There were several reason that made me consider this slight “jump” from a windows environment to a mac. One was it was said and claimed to be more stable and somewhat virus free. The mac does have its’ own virus but they don’t have that many compared to windows. But what really attracted me the most was when I was previewing the new OS X – Snow Leopard (version 10.6) which fascinated me as I saw things working fast and all.
So I’m sure you’ll be asking now..so what does this have to do with photography? Well…to share how I did my assignment with almost 0 knowledge on how things work on a mac..I manage to install programs and deliver my slides/pictures and present my work to my client in this a matter of days after buying the mac.
Oh I also forgot to mention that I went to the mac for 1 very important reason…the “wholesome” factor. In macs you pretty much can do most of your stuff from right out of the box. If you purchase one now you get Ilife which has idvd, imovie, iphoto, garage band and iweb. I’ve seen garage band in action and I do write some songs on my own last time..it’s really impressive with how easy it is to use. Idvd is also awesome for making dvd and it doesn’t take long. Along side with the other application it really makes the mac a complete multimedia machine for those who wants to create simple videos,blogs,web pages and almost everything related to media.
There’s of course some bad points which i find it really annoying, the wireless device isn’t very strong. I’m getting constant disconnection at my home in certain areas. But overall it has been a good experience and now I see why the influence of mac is getting stronger among others.
For those who wish to get themselves a macbook pro for photography usage. I would say the minimal 2 GB ram isn’t really enough if you’re concern with speed. I think moving to 4GB would be better as I run lightroom 2.5 and also photoshop cs4.
Oh oh before I forget, you know notebook these days don’t give you a windows cd or dvd when you buy a new one now? Usually they come with a recovery disc that has some bundled junk in them. I’ve tested some brands lately, Toshiba, Acer, HP and IBM’s and I must say I don’t fancy any of them anymore. Reason to this is because most of the time they take too long just to reinstall a simple operating system, and what made me furious the other day was Acer recovery disc had the wrong drivers loaded on to them! So I’m forced to redownload the drivers from the internet..so what if I have not internet?
Mac hasn’t gave me this problem so far and mine doesn’t come with a recovery disc. I hope they maintain this as this would make me a life long supporter if they do.
To sum it up, it’s been a good experience so far being able to do most stuff on my mac without worrying about installing, finding and knowing which programs to work with which. Most programs are able to work with each other so it’s good and best of all things are made simple, so anyone can just pick up and produce professional looking work.
With this I end my sales pitch, I wonder if apple will send me some new stuff to test *hint hint*