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Old 08-10-2006, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have used the Windows versions of Photoshop since it came out, but just ordered a new Mac. Yes, I am switching after all these years! The new Intel processor will run the couple of Win programs that I need. My questions to you G1 readers:
What other Mac programs should I be looking for? I would appreciate your advice. I am interested in opinions on databases, presentation and other programs that might relate to photo business. I am all set with Photoshop and QuickBooks.
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ps. Adobe was nice enough to cross-platform upgrade my CS2 and only charged me for shipping! I was quite pleased with that.
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Re: Getting a Mac
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Of course the MS Office suite is a good bet and as for the photo management I use the iView Media Pro tools. Hope that helps.

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Re: Getting a Mac
Old 08-11-2006, 12:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For a database Filemaker Pro is great. If you're looking beyond PowerPoint for presentations check out Keynote as part of Apple's iWork package. You can download a free demo of Filemaker from the website (www.filemaker.com) and an iWork demo probably came with your new Mac.

I'm still using a PPC Mac and the only downside to the new product line is no Intel-native version of Photoshop yet.
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Re: Getting a Mac
Old 08-11-2006, 04:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey enjoy your Mac!! Will also say add iView Media pro. It is awesome to use
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Re: Getting a Mac
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Thanks everyone.

I will check out these programs.

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Old 08-11-2006, 10:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Once you're on a Mac, it'll be really hard to go back! As a designer, I started out on a Mac IIx in the late eighties, and even though I've been forced to use XP machines at work for the last several years, I still find it more comfortable to use the same Adobe applications on my iMac at home.

People will recommend Microsoft Office products, but you only really need them if you have to exchange files with a Windows office user. And if you're using CS2, there isn't a whole lot more you need, except maybe Corel Painter and Corel Knockout. InDesign can't be beat for page layout, and for web work I still find GoLive alot easier than Dreamweaver--maybe that'll change now that Adobe will start merging the macromedia products into their interface system.

Good luck and have fun with the new machine! I'm sorry you'll have to give up crashes and virus problems, but them's the breaks!
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I personally use Aperture and love it....Not sure what else there is that will do what Aperture does....Maybe someone else can comment on that.
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Re: Getting a Mac
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If you're planning to shoot tethered you might want to consider Capture 1 Pro.
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Howdy,


Without any doubt, chack out Adobe Lightroom, in my opinion much better and much faster then Aperture, it's also free, for the moment, cause it's a Beta version.Version 4 is just released, what you can do with Raw files is just amazing non-destructive power. Since I've been using Lightroom, I sometimes don't need Photoshop at all.

One thing though, make backups! Since it's a beta version you never know.


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Thanks everyone for the comments.
Still going through a little learning curve, but generally I'm extremely pleased.

Using CS2, MS Office, iWork, so far. Found DiscCover, a nifty little program for DVD/CD labels. Am probably going to check out Lightroom soon. Still looking for a good database to catalog years of negatives and slides (suggestions? I know it will be a good winter task.)

Question: On the PC I used Real Optimizer, a program from ACDSee designed to convert large quantities of JPG files to a more compressed, web-ready version. It would generally reduce a 200-200K file down to 60-80K, and allow me to dial in the quality setting so it would still look good on the net.

What Mac program do you folks use to do the same thing?

Thanks again,

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