Originally Posted by bjBuddy
First time poster to AppleInsider. Very empathetic to the OP. My wife and I are not professionals in the graphics/photo business. We don't do 3D modeling, or architectural renderings, or 3D protein molecular epitope mapping. But we do a lot of hobby type work including photos, videos, movie editing and DVD burning etc. We have a lot of pics ... easily more than 100k of pics (don't know the actual GB size. (Currently use Aperture 3 and iPhoto). I have been an Apple user since the early 80's, through many itterations from an Apple 2e through our current Macbook Pro i5 (8GB ram). This last weekend my wife (who is pretty knowledgable re Macs) edited and burnt a 13 min iMovie. She spent the better part of Sat and Sun! (sad) She endured numerous crashes ... more than 50 through the process. Soon we wish to start a project of scanning over 50k of slides. So you got the picture
... whenever we visit the Apple Store and tell our need we are always pointed to an iMac or MacBook and invariably we soon find the system lacking in capability. Enter the wonderment of: "Are we Mac Pro candidates?" We are ardent Mac users. I refuse to entertain the thought that a PC would be the machine we need (over a Mac). So could it be that after more than 3 decades of Apple experience we still need remedial help? ... just self deprecating ...pls don't flame me too hard
or is there a need for a capable machine (like a Mac Pro light) and OS for us types? Could the issue be the OS? Currently running the latest version ... Lion.
We welcome helpful advice regarding our next upgrade.
Hi, was going to comment on your username but I'm sure you get enough ribs about that.
On a more serious note, honestly, I do not believe you need a Mac Pro.
Let's look at the hardware. For $1,899 you can get a 21" iMac.
2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
1TB Serial ATA Drive
AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB GDDR5
SSD (solid state drive) and RAM makes a ~massive~ difference. Even on my paltry Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz 13" MacBook Pro 2010 driving a 20" Apple Cinema Display, because I have an SSD and 8GB of RAM, last night I had a massive number of apps open, including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Bridge, FTP, etc, with tons of windows open, as well as VMWare running Windows 7.
The above iMac with a suitable non-glossy external 25"+ monitor would be perfectly fine, I reckon.
What you would need to do is replace the hard disk with a dual-300+GB SSD with RAID for workstation-class speed, and use an external FW800 RAID storage for backup and possibly a scratch disk, depending on size of files.
Next, let's look at the software. iMovie is not really industrial strength. Final Cut Pro X or Premiere is probably better. Same for photos. If the Aperture workflow goes well, that's great, if not there's Adobe or other solutions.
Lion 10.7.3 seems fine, with almost all my apps and tons of Adobe CS4 apps I have no issues, including running Windows in the background.
It sounds like you have some system and software issues, and perhaps need to use more industrial-strength software.
Please feel free to post back here. You can post support questions in the Genius Bar section of this forum: http://forums.appleinsider.com/forumdisplay.php?f=8
All in all, I don't think it is a hardware issue, it's a system, solutions and software issue. Going to a PC would probably drive you mad.
If you had the right advice and someone understood your workflow, you could definitely do alright with the latest iMac, that's some pretty capable hardware. Maybe try a Apple Reseller that caters for pros in your area instead of the Apple Store.