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    I'm hoping that santa will be kind as my laptop is on it's last legs.

    I need something for editing lots of photos and the normal internet stuff. My preference would be for a macbook because it's portable too- but is this going to be good enough for the photo editing.

    Jon was thinking it would be better to get a Mac and then a cheaper laptop for taking away- what do you think?

    my other question is aperture- is this better than photoshop? i have lots of actions that i use in photoshop that i have downloaded, can you get actions for aperture? or would i have to buy photoshop for mac?

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    Generally speaking, desktops are better suited to serious image editing than laptops. They tend to have faster hard drives which because they put out more heat, can't be easily used in laptops (Though there are exceptions!).

    However, the imac tends to pretty much be a macbook in a larger shell so unless you're going to a mac pro, I don't think there's a LOT to choose between the macbook and imac. As you say, the macbook is nicely portable too and good for showing images to clients.

    You can also swap out the hard drive in the macbook and replace with an SSD drive which will be much faster.

    So I'd say macbook if you're ok with the screen size. Beware, imacs and macbooks are widely rumoured to be undergoing updates very soon.

    Final word on this one, the macbook PRO is, in my humble opinion, the best laptop ever made including all linux, windows, mac ones. It's simply superb in every way. So have a look at them as well (they now start at 13" though I prefer the 15 or 17).

    Aperture is for a different purpose than photoshop really. Aperture is an image cataloguing, and brief post production application. Photoshop is WAY more capable in the image editing arena, not even comparable in that regard. So both have their place.

    If you're looking at Aperture, also have a look at Adobe's lightroom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 169226
    Final word on this one, the macbook PRO is, in my humble opinion, the best laptop ever made including all linux, windows, mac ones. It's simply superb in every way. So have a look at them as well (they now start at 13" though I prefer the 15 or 17).
    What Keith said!

    Also, don't sell iPhoto short. If all you're looking for is a cataloging application that provides a segway into external advanced photo editors, iPhoto ain't bad and it comes on all Macs. If however, you need advanced photo processing workflows, Aperture or Lightroom are probably your best bets!

    Tom (... but you knew I'd say that already, didn't you?)

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    Macbook pro rocks my world

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    best machine I have ever owned

    ONLY thing is look at the peripheral leads - the ONE area macbook seem to be a little remiss( pause for slap from the macboys) is the lack of USB ports - on my macbook pro I had to buy a card that gave me another 4 - but then I have specialist needs - nowadays most people can connect to their mouse internet and printer wirelessly

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    brilliant thank you both, i thought that aperture was like photoshop- i'm relieved to be honest that i don't have to learn a new editing programme! i was looking at lightroom but can't justify the cost atm.

    so if new imac/macbooks come out will i be able to get a bargain do you think?














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    Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 169230
    so if new imac/macbooks come out will i be able to get a bargain do you think?
    I've never really managed it. Apple run down inventory of the old units well before they introduce the new ones, so there aren't THAT many of the older ones around by that time. Even so, the old ones tend to have 50 or something knocked off them, it's never really a bargain.

    The one place you may pick up something good is in the Apple refurb store. Those are units that have been sent back to apple inside the allowed time for a refund. They're checked over, refurbed and everyone who's bought from there has told me that the units look brand new. Some good deals there and when a new model comes out, people who just bought the old one often send it back.
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    even second hand ones aren't cheap ;)

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    If you purchase a refurbed one, is it covered by a new warranty, or is it subject to the previous (expiring) warranty?

    I'm always very leery of refurbished equipment, but Apple really has such a good reputation I might take a chance. Herself is wearing me out with "I need a Mac!" :D






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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 169234
    even second hand ones aren't cheap ;)

    :D
    true but well worth it I'm sure you'd agree :D


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink, post: 169236
    If you purchase a refurbed one, is it covered by a new warranty, or is it subject to the previous (expiring) warranty?

    I'm always very leery of refurbished equipment, but Apple really has such a good reputation I might take a chance. Herself is wearing me out with "I need a Mac!" :D
    They get a full 1 yr warranty and you can extend it by buying an applecare warranty which can be worth it (If you have anyone in your family remotely involved in education, you'll get a huge discount on both the unit but even more importantly on the applecare!!!)
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