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post #81 of 184
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

I'm so tired of fan boys who think...

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I know that I can't use a glossy screened iMac because working with one is like trying to see through a window into a dark room from the outside on a sunny day and that makes my head feel like it's going to explode after a half hour or so of struggling to see around the reflection.
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What do you know?

I know that your problem stems for your bias with that glossy screen. All those rants you offer could be satisfied with getting pass those rationalizations about reflects that are in your head by buying an iMac. The truth is the screen is bright enough that when its on you don't see any reflections. Besides it's a lot cheaper to buy an add-on anti-glare screen than to switch over to PC if you can't seem to kick the glaring psychosis.

I know denial when I see it.

btw: I'm no fanboy. I'm just another creative director like you except I use an iMac for everything you said you did.
post #82 of 184
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Originally Posted by silverpraxis View Post

I want Apple to release a 30' LED iMac quad-core with a new complementary 30' LED Cinema Display! The ports on the back... I'll let you guys take a whack at it.

I definately second that. A 30" quad iMac would make me whip out the good old card.
And if they make the back of it silver like the new 24" screen seems to be, and keep the keys on the keyboard white, I'll even applaud them.
post #83 of 184
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

This is the flaw in the imac. It's essentially a vertical laptop anchored to a desk. It's appeal is footprint and price. Price only because as Mac's go, it's a desktop that doesn't cost as much as a Mac Pro. Price is high for what you get. Put the guts in a more practical but still small horizontal format. Divorce if from the built in monitor (really a bad idea if you weigh the merits of a computer and a monitor connected like Siamese twins). The iMac has the shortcomings of a laptop and missing the power of a desktop crammed into a bizarre hybrid that doesn't use the best of both. WTF? Lose the built in monitor, make the guts accessiblenow you have the computer everyone wants. I have no idea why apple hasn't done this. Remember the IIci? Take that format which today's technology could make considerably thinner and smaller, there you have itgold for Apple share holders and customers alike.

I had a CI2 and the a digital audio tower after that but never expanded either other than RAM. I have an recent iMac now and it's all I need. I love it. However I see your point and hope for you guy hoping for a mini tower that Apple will in the future will feel your pain and expand the mini into something like the CI2 was.

But I bet the mini lovers would complain it is too big though!
post #84 of 184
So, here's a question from a newbie. I've used PCs ever since about 1990 when I actually enjoyed messing around with DOS and dialup BBSs, but I've always been fascinated by the simplicity and coolness factor of Macs, especially since I inherited my mom's old Powerbook 180 and a Mac Classic. Our PC is outdated, and after buying a laptop with Windows Vista last year and experiencing constant Microsoft frustration (), I'm ready to switch. With three little kids and a somewhat grueling work schedule, I have no time to screw around getting things to work.

The question is this...should I buy an iMac now, or wait for the update? I almost bought one a few days ago, but held off after perusing this site and Macrumors.com. If the new screens will be significantly better or the new processors/chipsets/etc. will be significantly faster, I suppose I should wait. On the other hand, if the new version ends up being more expensive, or if it lacks FireWire and I end up wishing I had that (I have no idea...my wife and I will really just use this as our basic home desktop computer), I might end up kicking myself that I didn't buy now.

If I do buy one before the update, I probably won't shell out the dough for the 24" screen (I looked at both at Fry's Electronics and realized that even the 20" is huge and pretty to me, moving up from an old-school 17" non-flat-screen monitor). Macmall has some pretty decent rebates right now...plus no sales tax...and I'm tempted to bite.

(Is it rude to ask for advice like this? First post, you know. )
post #85 of 184
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Originally Posted by Koukalaka View Post

So, here's a question from a newbie. I've used PCs ever since about 1990 when I actually enjoyed messing around with DOS and dialup BBSs, but I've always been fascinated by the simplicity and coolness factor of Macs, especially since I inherited my mom's old Powerbook 180 and a Mac Classic. Our PC is outdated, and after buying a laptop with Windows Vista last year and experiencing constant Microsoft frustration (), I'm ready to switch. With three little kids and a somewhat grueling work schedule, I have no time to screw around getting things to work.

The question is this...should I buy an iMac now, or wait for the update? I almost bought one a few days ago, but held off after perusing this site and Macrumors.com. If the new screens will be significantly better or the new processors/chipsets/etc. will be significantly faster, I suppose I should wait. On the other hand, if the new version ends up being more expensive, or if it lacks FireWire and I end up wishing I had that (I have no idea...my wife and I will really just use this as our basic home desktop computer), I might end up kicking myself that I didn't buy now.

If I do buy one before the update, I probably won't shell out the dough for the 24" screen (I looked at both at Fry's Electronics and realized that even the 20" is huge and pretty to me, moving up from an old-school 17" non-flat-screen monitor). Macmall has some pretty decent rebates right now...plus no sales tax...and I'm tempted to bite.

(Is it rude to ask for advice like this? First post, you know. )

Apple sells refubs.

They are excellent values. When the new ones come out they may get even cheaper. I would wait and see what the new ones have to offer. Then decide between new or refurb.
post #86 of 184
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Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post

I know you weren't talking to me but ...

As an owner of a recent MacPro I think you are talking nonsense here. The only "empty" space in the case is for expansion cards, every other section is 100% utilised. One could argue that the average user doesn't need to put in many expansion cards since there basically aren't many cards that go in there anyway, but it's not like it has dozens of open slots either.

It also makes no sense to ask that they remove the cooling fans or the holes that make the case run so cool and silent. Do you actually desire the thing to run hotter or be noisier? That's crazy-talk!

You are actually arguing for that stupid X-Mac/mini-tower in this "redesign" aren't you?

Nah, I don't want an x-mac, I want a true tower, but the original G5 dualie case needed a lot of extra space for the extra fans and whatnot, along with the cooling system. You didn't say if you said one, but I did, and trust me, it was quite a huge deal at the time. I'm not saying you could fit the Grand Canyon inside the thing now, I'm just saying that the original design was specific to a specific need that is no longer the hurdle it was. Of course I don't want a louder and hotter machine, I thought it went without saying. I'm just saying it's been a while, and I'm sure there is some dead space and optimization that could be done on the design which was created for years-old obsolete hardware.
post #87 of 184
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

Create the affordable mini tower we desperately need.
Dear Steve J,

Get your head out of your tuchus, stop making toys and computers for super rich yuppies or super computers for the highest of high-end pros exclusively, and come back to us pro designers and photographers in the middle who have been supporting Apple since there was Apple. You are systematically removing our workable options or pricing us into no other choice but to switch, and not the way you want. It's not the pudgy PC guy who is trying to banish the Mac kid that is costing you sales. It's YOU who are banishing me from being able to make my next computer another Mac. Your killin' me dude, and not softly.

I'm afraid Steve's head is so far up that hole that he cannot hear us. The thousands upon thousands of DTPs, musicians et all who supported AAPL during the tough times because the boxes were the best were just stepping stones, and, face it, we've been stepped on.

We've been replaced by millions upon millions of low-end relatively wealthy consumers who just want to listen, watch and email.

Just ask yourself what ever happened to AAPLs font implementations - Font Book? Yeah, that's nice... But where is the better built-in version of Suitcase?

I'd wager, if SJ were able to send out emails to all AAPL users on the question of an expandable headless pro box, the overwhelming response would be "no buy". Those few multiple thousands of users who would answer "yes buy" would be overwhelmed.

In a few years on the current course, only the laptops will remain - 1st to go the MacMini, 2nd Mac Pro, and last the iMac.

All this driven by bottom line considerations, and the ever-decreasing proportion of pro users to consumers.

My 2 cents - using Macs since 1988
GCS
post #88 of 184
Boy this sure makes any options for MacExpo interesting?

If they in fact announce new iMac's this year what will they announce at MacExpo?

- New Desktop units safe bet
- New iPhone - that's just a phone and nothing else just maybe
- New Product(s) a given
- Updates to any and all other products not done in 2008 yep
- New software / updates to current software yes, but of course
- Something ground shaking maybe new management team, or spokesperson very likely

Oh, did I mention, new displays

Or course this is just my opinion.

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post #89 of 184
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

I know that I don't need, nor can continue to pay for all the power, 4 hard-drive bays, 2 optical slots, or more PCI slots, etc. than I can use that come with the tower whether I want them or not.
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I know that although feature for feature, the Mac Pro is comparatively priced to a similarly priced Windows uber-workstation, that I can no longer afford an uber workstation be it Mac or PC.
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I know that the iMac is not useable for me. I know that I need a headless computer that allows me to choose the monitor I need and that isn't tricked out with more than I need or can afford.

i 100% totally agree with all you said, and what to reiterate especially the points above. just throwing in my support, AND frustration. i dream of a macpro half-tower. give me 1 superdrive, 2 drive bays, 4 slots for ram and 2 card slots. i am considering a macpro - but, really, other then adding whatever totals 8gigs of ram, the rest of it will remain empty. huge waste of space (and my money). i will not buy a new mac pro until there is such a machine. until that time, ebay here i come.
post #90 of 184
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Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post

That's why I moved into the sales side of selling Apple...

You should really make that your sig.

That way, instead of people thinking that you have your head up Jobs' a** because of fanboyism, they'll know that you have your head up Jobs' a** because of profit.
post #91 of 184
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

There are uses for videographers who need portability and access to vid cams or high-speed large capacity storage (think corporate events or trade shows that are documented on the fly and need fast transfer, a bit of quick down and dirty editing, and disc of video generated on the spot for techs to shuffle off for onsite duplication or attendees to walk away with).

The videographers I use wouldn't be caught dead with anything less than a Macbook Pro fully loaded. Otherwise, they would have to drop their charges. Or raise them because it took longer to edit their work.
post #92 of 184
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

What do you know?

I do know that than $4 grand G5 Tower would not be a bad down payment for an entry level Mac Pro at $2299.

I do know that it is more economical to have a local trade printer output colour prints especially if you can't charge back the bad copies directly to the client.

I do know that it was more expensive to have a colour printer in-house, attempting to match the desktop, maintaining, calibrating, servicing, purchasing, inventorying and storing ink supplies, as well as and controlling outputs/costs than going outside.

I do know how to set up our monitors and/room so that reflection or glare is not a problem.

I do know that the Apple displays are at the near top of the quality pile and I do know that the best of them are a lot more monies (I bought a few).

I do know that a Macbook Pro can do everything that any 2 year old or older Mac Pro could do better and faster.

I do know that G5 of yours can do everything most studios can do today. Lets face it, Michelangelo wouldn't trade his hammer and chisel for a pneumatic today even if he got it for free.
post #93 of 184
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Originally Posted by pixelcruncher View Post

The 8-core mac pro was introduced in April 2007. Keeping my fingers crossed for an update soon.

Nehalem (Bloomfield) is coming in November. MWSF09 may be the best place for a Mac Pro update with Nehalem. 2-processors, 8-cores, and 16-virtual cores of goodness. It is going to be the biggest leap in x86 performance since the introduction of the Core 2 Duo.

And I agree with the others. The Mac Pro industrial design is getting old, old, old. Lets hope for a new industrial design.
post #94 of 184
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Originally Posted by spikeme View Post

i posted this idea in another threadbut PLEASE i need a new MOUSE or a new keyboard with a multitouch trackpad like the logitech one....

So have Ibut

It is a known fact, that there are not two-like finger prints. I would say that for 'hands' or 'fingers' as well. Especially when we all use them differently at one time or another.

I look at mice or keyboards like I look at mitts and gloves.

I go to a golf store or pro shop for golf gloves; a sporting good store for a baseball mitt, another department for a hockey gloves, a department store for dressier leather gloves, a ski shop for skiing and well there is work and the seasons to contend with.

So for a computer mouse and keyboards, there are the Apple Store, Best Buy, etc.

And like the gloves, their usage and the size and shape of my fingers and hands are the determining factor in my final choice. Price? No. They just have to fit like a glove.

When I think about it, I have spent more time picking out from $50-120 mice then I have buying a $2000 set of golf clubs.
post #95 of 184
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Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post

Or maybe... I'm just hoping, hoping that there is at least *some* firewire on the iMac 20" !!! I mean, it's 20", for crying out loud!!

I think Firewire will stay in the iMac. Mac mini on the other hand, FW will be gone if it is refreshed. The current version has a FW400 port and a FW800 port. They'll probably reduce to 1 FW800 port.

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By end of November (yup, I think it is a few weeks away at least), the iMac will be updated, such that the design will be the same but the chipset/CPU is MacBook/Pro like you mention.

For the size of the 20" and 24", motherboard modifications will be hella easy in comparison, Apple just has to put in the new circuitry instead of "precision engineer" the motherboard.

iMac 20"
Same form factor and ports
2.4GHZ and 2.53GHZ
Nvidia 9400M (256MB Shared)
1GB DDR3 RAM (2.4GHZ) or 2GB DDR3 RAM (2.53GHZ)

iMac 24"
2.53GHZ and 2.8GHZ
Same form factor and ports
Nvidia 9400M + 9600M GT
(256MB VRAM and 512MB VRAM)

The current iMacs range from 2.4 GHz to 2.8 GHz on 1066 FSB, with a 3.06 GHz option for the 24". They also all have discrete graphics: Radeon 2400 XT for the base 20" and Radeon 2600 Pro for the high 20" and the 24". GeForce 8800 option for the 24".

The iMacs are currently spec-ed higher than the MB/MBP with the exception the GeForce 9600. The industrial design isn't going change, so lets hope Apple goes quad-core with Nvidia GeForce 9600 GPU all around with a 9800 as an option.
post #96 of 184
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Originally Posted by wilco View Post

You should really make that your sig.
...That way, instead of people thinking that you have your head up Jobs' a** because of fanboyism, they'll know that you have your head up Jobs' a** because of profit.

LOLs to those that think I'm raking in the cash. It's a matter of survival. Ask any Apple reseller, or even anyone working at an Apple Store. They probably ain't doing it *for the big bucks*. Most of us in the Apple sales biz could probably make twice as much doing MCSE or I don't know, corporate Dell accounts or somethin'...

When you have to explain for the 1000th time what the hell OS X is and why you can't play Crysis on the Mac Mini, you sure as hell ain't doing it for the juicy profits (if any)...

I'm definitely got my head up Job's a**, but I'm searching for pennies here.
post #97 of 184
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Originally Posted by ThePixelDoc View Post

Glad to have made someone laugh... it's sure hard to from my side looking at the F-ugly in AI right now. Makes me actually take back my comments about glossy screens on another thread here, and ruin my Eizo with some spray gloss. My ugly mug is better than staring at this stuff and wondering what to do!!!! GAWD I could just friggin' scream

OKay...did that and freaked my cat... I feel better now 'cause I can do something else, like coax him outa the tree for the next hour

PS: so what ya do now? HELP!

An art director at an interactive design studio thingy in San Francisco told me several years back, about some agencies that are "like prostitutes". It opened my eyes... I was like, you mean you could actually *choose* what projects to take on?

Similarly in recent times, my manager talked about purposely quoting higher for certain business, so that you'd "turn it away" without blatantly telling the client you're too good for them.

As for your current predicament, I don't know what to say, except, sometimes, people just want to see what they want to see. It's not *your* ugly creation, it's somebody else's desires. You could always try educating them on design principles, but if you're staring at cheesball gradients then that could be a very long process.

Here's an idea, try to convince them that everything will look 10x better if it was all purely in Silver coloured tones...

Good luck...
post #98 of 184
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Originally Posted by FlashmanBurgess View Post

I know you don't want to get into a pissing match with me, I know that much. The idea that you've forgotten more than I've ever known about design software makes me giggle. Bring it on old man.

You appear to be quite pleased with yourself. I know you might want to consider improving your reading comprehension and retention skills because you're giggling at something I didn't write. But OK, that too, I probably have forgotten more about design software than you've ever known. Probably because a good part of what I learned way back when is irrelevant today and needed to be purged to make room for more, but it got me from there to here.

Your cocky arrogance makes me giggle. One day, you'll learn that you never know as much as you think you do. That will be the day you know something important. It appears that day is a long way off for you, whipper snapper. Now take your ball and get off my lawn before I call your mother (shakes fist while standing in front yard wearing boxer shorts, brown shoes and knee high black socks).
post #99 of 184
Might Apple "Brick"-ify the Mac Pro? Imagine a pro-level Mac but made out of Aluminium Unibody

Then Apple should just frickin' license out the current Mac Pro design to PC manufacturers.

As some posters pointed out in different threads, PCs, especially higher-end ones, don't come anywhere close in terms of their case designs. We're talking really ugly, cheap-looking stuff.

I took an old PowerMac G5 case, got slicing through it here and there, and fit PC components in. Despite some not-so-aesthetic cut marks and so on (I am no Dremel king), it still looks better than most PC builds on the market.

I think you're correct, the Mac Pro case as it stands is seriously over-engineered. Take an old case, and even at the cheese-grater holes, try to cut through it with whatever tool you fancy. You'd be surprised at how bloody tough it is.

The PowerMac G5/Mac Pro is a benchmark in desktop computing.

What will a Mac Pro Unibody design look like? Now *that* will be an interesting area of future speculation, perhaps.

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Originally Posted by rpsx View Post

i 100% totally agree with all you said, and what to reiterate especially the points above. just throwing in my support, AND frustration. i dream of a macpro half-tower. give me 1 superdrive, 2 drive bays, 4 slots for ram and 2 card slots. i am considering a macpro - but, really, other then adding whatever totals 8gigs of ram, the rest of it will remain empty. huge waste of space (and my money). i will not buy a new mac pro until there is such a machine. until that time, ebay here i come.

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Originally Posted by Leppo View Post

Nah, I don't want an x-mac, I want a true tower, but the original G5 dualie case needed a lot of extra space for the extra fans and whatnot, along with the cooling system. You didn't say if you said one, but I did, and trust me, it was quite a huge deal at the time. I'm not saying you could fit the Grand Canyon inside the thing now, I'm just saying that the original design was specific to a specific need that is no longer the hurdle it was. Of course I don't want a louder and hotter machine, I thought it went without saying. I'm just saying it's been a while, and I'm sure there is some dead space and optimization that could be done on the design which was created for years-old obsolete hardware.
post #100 of 184
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Originally Posted by Leppo View Post

I know you weren't asking me, but I think the G5 Mac Pro case is just way too big.

You got that right! You could add a herd of turtles and still have room for a game of touch football. I have always thought Apple's floor-standing computers were larger than they have to be. I mean... Come on! If it is technologically possible to build the tiny Mac mini, why on earth does the "pro" model have to be twenty times larger???
post #101 of 184
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Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post

An art director at an interactive design studio thingy in San Francisco told me several years back, about some agencies that are "like prostitutes". It opened my eyes... I was like, you mean you could actually *choose* what projects to take on?

Similarly in recent times, my manager talked about purposely quoting higher for certain business, so that you'd "turn it away" without blatantly telling the client you're too good for them.

Maybe this is an aside, I don't understand how you got this tangent.

But don't you have to turn away at least some work to survive? If you try to be all things to all comers just invites problems, or even try to do something that you can do but only with questionable profitably. There is an adage, you can be a jack of all trades, but will be a master of none. You end up being a charity because the money offered isn't necessarily worth the work or headache required to do it. Some customers are more problematic and time consuming than others as well, especially if they're wishy-washy, argumentative or just being unrealistic. Some people accept a deal but then later try to expand what they want you to do without paying any more, or dicker you down after the fact.

Sorry if all that is confusing. If you haven't been on the "other" side of the equation, but it's something I've seen and heard about in different specialties and industries.

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Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post

Might Apple "Brick"-ify the Mac Pro? Imagine a pro-level Mac but made out of Aluminium Unibody

But that's even less necessary and useful than it is for the iMac. Mac Pro doesn't have any rigidity problems in the least bit. It's tougher to make the much thinner notebook cases rigid, and thus more justifiable.
post #102 of 184
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Originally Posted by alansky View Post

You got that right! You could add a herd of turtles and still have room for a game of touch football. I have always thought Apple's floor-standing computers were larger than they have to be. I mean... Come on! If it is technologically possible to build the tiny Mac mini, why on earth does the "pro" model have to be twenty times larger???

For the most part, the pro tower design doesn't make compromises that sacrifice speed or capabilities for size. The mini is the polar opposite, it doesn't compromise on size, but does on speed and capabilities. Looking at the layout in the Mac pro, maybe it can be 3"-4" shorter if you only took two HDDs and one optical drive. Dropping a CPU doesn't seem to offer much space savings here. Switching to notebook hard drives and optical drives would allow it to be smaller, but that's compromising speed or capacity on the hard drives, choose one, and they are generally more expensive parts to generally get lower performance.

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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

Ever heard of freelancing? All you need is the right computer, a home office, and talent (and of course luck and connections).

Let's say you're the lucky artist who can combine artistry, a brain for complex software, and can find a niche market3D artist. Work at home in your 3rd bedroom and enjoy your spouse's health insurance. You want the power of the tower but small.

I've had to work out of my bedroom at times, the size of the tower wasn't a problem.
post #103 of 184
My mini core duo is getting a little long in the tooth. A slight upgrade would be appreciated. I use mine for running an HDTV. A little faster processor speed, say 2.4, and a fixed digital output port so I don't get kernel panics. I need firewire for eyetv and usb for my other tuner. 4GB of memory is fine, user upgradeable. 320gb 7200 drive would be fine. HDMI port would be nice, although the DVI port works for me. Blu-ray drive option would help. Please don't kill it.
post #104 of 184
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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I do know that than $4 grand G5 Tower would not be a bad down payment for an entry level Mac Pro at $2299.

Except that Mac Pro is more than I need. A great deal on a Porche when all you need is Honda is not a very good deal. Think about it. Graphics card, bus, cache etc. aside, my G5 processor of yester-year is comparable to a current mini. Every year computers get exponentially more powerful. If you need a mid level machine, but buy the high level one instead, you are paying a premium for technology that is on it's way out the day you buy it. It's also an opportunity cost. Buying a workstation today when you don't need one means you can't buy the lower end model of the future as soon, the low end of the future will be more powerful than your workstation of today. Buying more than you need in the way of a computer is a really dumb move, in essence you're buying an over abundance of current technology which hampers you ability to buy future technology at a much cheaper price per performance. When you think of the number of computers you will buy over a lifetime, you see that continually buying more computer than you need is a fool's errand. This is not coincidence, it's Apples marketing strategy.


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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I do know that it is more economical to have a local trade printer output colour prints especially if you can't charge back the bad copies directly to the client.

Depends on the nature, volume, turn around and purpose. If someone is in your office and wants to walk a way with something, you need a printer in house. If you need to deliver comps in short turn around, you need a printer in-house. If you need to see your own work printed as you're designing so you can get a real world ideal of how it will look at scale and printed, you need a pinter in-house. If you just want to print a binder insert for presentation materials when you need it, you need a printer in-house. Do you really know of any body doing graphic design that can function without a printer of their own? Not replacing a printer I need when I need to so that I can buy a computer that's more than I need is, well, stupid. Again, it's about buying what you need when you need it, not being forced to adjust your needs to fit what a company wants to steer you towards buying.

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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I do know that it was more expensive to have a colour printer in-house, attempting to match the desktop, maintaining, calibrating, servicing, purchasing, inventorying and storing ink supplies, as well as and controlling outputs/costs than going outside.

See above

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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I do know how to set up our monitors and/room so that reflection or glare is not a problem.

You know how to set YOUR room up so that it is not a problem. Can you move the door and windows in my room? I'm not going to black out my room so that I have to work in a cave just so I can buy a monitor I don't want in the first place. Anyone who says universally that they can control all lighting situations has never seen all lighting situations. You might want to visit some forums around and see how many designers don't want a glossy screen, anecdotally, it's the majority. Bottom line, you can't tell me what is comfortable for my eyes. Did you know that glossy screens are officially considered to be a health hazard in Europe? I guess a continent full of people are simply clueless. Many many companies offer the monitor I want. If apple insists on putting the monitor I can't use on an iMac, than they are making their computer useless to me. They have lost a sale. Put the iMac specs in a headless computer that lets me use whatever monitor I want or need. It's a computer Apple can sell to more people. It's also the thing just about every editorial page on Mac oriented mags have called for.


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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I do know that the Apple displays are at the near top of the quality pile and I do know that the best of them are a lot more monies (I bought a few).

You might want to google issues with pink casts, uneven color, and compare warranties. Again, I don't want a glossy monitor. For just a bit more, I can get a monitor that is suited for digital pre-press. I don't need that at the moment. I have a monitor. I don't want to buy another monitor built into an iMac to get the iMac guts that I want. A monitor will last a long time. How well your monitor and how well your computer continue to fit your needs aren't on the exact same time frame. I don't want the decision of when to replace my computer to tied to whether or not I need a new monitor or vice a verse. That is just plain dumb. Again, Steve J likes the iMac because it's a good idea for Apple, it's not such a hot idea for users if you look at it logically.


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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I do know that a Macbook Pro can do everything that any 2 year old or older Mac Pro could do better and faster.


I don't want or need a laptop. If you need that portability, great. If you don't you are paying a premium for miniaturization that you don't need. Also google laptop issues. You will find that laptops have a much higher rate of failure. Ahem, glossy screen again.

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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I do know that G5 of yours can do everything most studios can do today. Lets face it, Michelangelo wouldn't trade his hammer and chisel for a pneumatic today even if he got it for free.

I don't paint murals on cathedral ceilings for a living, I use a computer. Adobe Director 11, no longer works on PPC, Latest version of After Effects, no longer works on PPC. Latest version of ZBrush 3 (that I waited over a year to finally be released) doesn't work on PPC. The list will only get bigger. It doesn't matter to me what most studios are doing. What matters to me is what I am doing. No offense, but It doesn't matter to me that you like the reflective screen either, great for you that you do, you lucked out—Apple is making the stuff you want. What if they went the route that I like, you'd be out in the cold using the dull old matte monitor I prefer. The point is, it isn't a frivolous preference. It's major, so Apple should offer their customers a choice. What matters to me is that I can run the software I need to run on the equipment that suits my needs. When OS X 10.6 comes out, my PPC won't run it. When the next version of Adobe products come out, my PPC won't run it. Apple and Adobe will make my G5 PPC (top of the line when I bought it with the top of the line price tag) virtually unusable. I don't want to replace it. It works just fine. If it were up to me, I'd use it like I use my car. When it stops running or becomes too costly to operate, I'll get another one. Which brings me to my original point. Buying more computer than you need when you buy it is not a good idea because future technology is cheaper. Your not really dealing with the cost of any single computer. You are dealing with the cost of ALL the computers you will buy. You want to maximize your total purchases over time.

This is my problem with Apple. They are not making the computer most designers want because they want all designers to buy more than they need whether they need it or not. The iMac is designed to wow consumers with a shiny screen and a cool form factor to warrant a premium price and to push designers towards the Mac Pro and the highest price tag. Apple has adopted the marketing strategy of steering customers to the next highest price level rather than offering products that actually give you a choice to fit your needs. Why do you think the mini has not gotten a refresh in so long? It's because as far as computing power goes, the mini with a decent graphics card and more RAM is a computer that a lot of people now paying 3 times as much for the entry Mac Pro would buy instead. If I can run large photoshop files on my 2 gig G5, I can work with large files on a Mac Mini if it had the same RAM and a dedicated graphics card. I could keep the monitor I have it runs just fine. Of course, Apple wants me to buy the Mac Pro. That's why the iMac is what it is. Apple itself has recently stated they need to move to a lower profit margin. They would be much better off having at least one computer that's sales are driven by volume, rather than having their entire line driven by premium.
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Nehalem (Bloomfield) is coming in November. MWSF09 may be the best place for a Mac Pro update with Nehalem. 2-processors, 8-cores, and 16-virtual cores of goodness. It is going to be the biggest leap in x86 performance since the introduction of the Core 2 Duo.

And this is why I'm wondering why people see an iMac release soon and not a Mac Pro. Macworld (as many people have kindly reminded me in the past) is more consumer oriented. So why not a Mac Pro now, and an iMac then?
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The 8-core mac pro was introduced in April 2007. Keeping my fingers crossed for an update soon.

The 8 core mac you're talking about was a processor drop in, a single price point added above the rest of the line. *nothing* changed in the configuration other than a new, very expensive processor addition. Not the bus, not the ram, not the disk, not the vid cards, not the optical drives or ports, *nothing*.

It wasnt even a speed bump per se, just an added processor config. That's not a refresh. The first real update to the mac pro was indeed 17months later, the jan '08 model I have sitting under my desk right now
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post #107 of 184
I agree with GMHut (post #18).

I have been an Apple user/fanatic since 1990... which means I know the frustration of being an Apple devotee; and it means I have been through the "dark years", when there were daily predictions of Apple's death. As a side note, I still maintain that it was the loyalty of Apple's users alone that kept Apple alive during those years, not anything the company did.

Now on to the point: Apple has had The Macintosh for 24 years, and the best they have done is 8% market share?! That's pretty embarrassing. You gotta NOT want to sell computers to have only 8% market share after 24 years with a dramatically superior product the whole time.

Hey, anybody wanna "storm the gates"? Anyone ready to pester the crap out of Apple?

Hombrephaty
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I agree with GMHut (post #18).

I have been an Apple user/fanatic since 1990... which means I know the frustration of being an Apple devotee; and it means I have been through the "dark years", when there were daily predictions of Apple's death. As a side note, I still maintain that it was the loyalty of Apple's users alone that kept Apple alive during those years, not anything the company did.

Now on to the point: Apple has had The Macintosh for 24 years, and the best they have done is 8% market share?! That's pretty embarrassing. You gotta NOT want to sell computers to have only 8% market share after 24 years with a dramatically superior product the whole time.

Hey, anybody wanna "storm the gates"? Anyone ready to pester the crap out of Apple?

Hombrephaty

You're going to have to literally, physically, storm the gates. They're feed back policy states they do not except suggestions or feedback about anything other than their current offerings and presently available features. In short, they tell you not to bother making feature or product requests or basically suggestions in general because they will be ignored.
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I have heard that the new iMacs could incorporate LED displays and even there will be a version in black. Somebody knows anything about
that?

http://applediario.com/2008/10/18/ha...-de-los-imacs/
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The 8 core mac you're talking about was a processor drop in, a single price point added above the rest of the line. *nothing* changed in the configuration other than a new, very expensive processor addition. Not the bus, not the ram, not the disk, not the vid cards, not the optical drives or ports, *nothing*.

I could care less, I'm just hoping for new Mac Pros with the Nehalem release in mid-November. Apple does *something* to their Mac Pro line more than once a year. Hoping they do *something* in the next month.
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If Apple were preparing a Mini refresh, I would have thought we would have heard some solid rumours by now, weve had nothing at all really....since the last update.

I really am starting to think it's not going to be refreshed.

The Mac mini needs to be updated so it can get the mini DisplayPort so users can buy a Mac and the new 24" Cinema Display. My guess is Apple has already redesigned the Mac mini and they are just waiting to release the specs to whatever factory will be making it. If it doesn't get a mention at MWSF2009 then it will get a silent update and we will hear about it through the grape vine.
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This is the flaw in the imac. It's essentially a vertical laptop anchored to a desk. It's appeal is footprint and price. Price only because as Mac's go, it's a desktop that doesn't cost as much as a Mac Pro. Price is high for what you get.

I've never been bothered by the price. Yeah it is high but not excessively so.
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Put the guts in a more practical but still small horizontal format. Divorce if from the built in monitor (really a bad idea if you weigh the merits of a computer and a monitor connected like Siamese twins).

Really you don't need to do that. It is not the concept of the iMac I object to it is he construction of the unit that bothers me. Give me an iMac with room to service with standard components and I'd be much happier with what Apple offers.
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The iMac has the shortcomings of a laptop and missing the power of a desktop crammed into a bizarre hybrid that doesn't use the best of both. WTF? Lose the built in monitor, make the guts accessiblenow you have the computer everyone wants.

No then you would have the Mini. What Apple needs to do is to find a way to upgrade the performance significantly while keeping thermals under control.
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I have no idea why apple hasn't done this. Remember the IIci? Take that format which today's technology could make considerably thinner and smaller, there you have itgold for Apple share holders and customers alike.

Now that is a throw back. Again this is a bit like the Mini. Apples problems of late have been letting form overtake function on many of its products, with the Mini being a good example. Imagine what the Mini could be in an even slightly larger case.

The good thing with Apple's new note book releases is that they seem to be paying a little more attention to function. Yes I know about firewire, but if one can remove that concern from their evaluation of the Mac Book I think people will see that it is a very innovative and highly functional machine.

Now could Apple re imagine the iMac in that manner - I don't really know. I do know that for me personally they are a hard sell as they are today! Like many I want a machine that meets varying needs and and frankly Apple just doesn't have a low end offering that addresses this.

Dave
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Really you don't need to do that. It is not the concept of the iMac I object to it is he construction of the unit that bothers me. Give me an iMac with room to service with standard components and I'd be much happier with what Apple offers.
Dave

The issue is that there is no headless midrange product. I already have a two monitor set up. There's no point in buying a third monitor in the form of the one built into the iMac (plus I don't like that monitor anyway). The specs of the iMac minus the monitor fit my needs and price. Even if I didn't already have 2 monitors, I wouldn't want the monitor attached to the CPU. I've never had a CPU that's outlived my monitors in usefulness or longevity and I want the option to deal with replacing monitor and CPU separately. The Apple CPU has what I really want, the Apple OS. A monitor is a "free agent".

Apple should make the Mini big enough for a normal dedicated graphics card and more memory (it could still have a very small footprint). Or, Apple should offer a new product in the form of a midrange headless mac. To use a political analogy, Apple's pricing and product lineup is like our current political system. It has much to offer if your on the far end of either spectrum, if you're in the middle, you have to pick a party that doesn't fit your philosophy or choose not to vote.
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Think about it, don't you get a slight flutter of kinship when you see someone sitting there with a Mac laptop?


I used to.........but not in the last couple of years. It used to be the tool of professionals. If you saw someone with a mac, you knew they were doing something that might warrant a conversation. Now it's just the cool thing to have.

On the other, the benefits of a Mac ubiquity have been great, wider support from the developers of hardware and software! Plus as a stock holder, I've loved the bump[and split] since 2001 when i began to purchase.

So I guess maybe I shouldn't complain \
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An art director at an interactive design studio thingy in San Francisco told me several years back, about some agencies that are "like prostitutes". It opened my eyes... I was like, you mean you could actually *choose* what projects to take on?

Similarly in recent times, my manager talked about purposely quoting higher for certain business, so that you'd "turn it away" without blatantly telling the client you're too good for them.

As for your current predicament, I don't know what to say, except, sometimes, people just want to see what they want to see. It's not *your* ugly creation, it's somebody else's desires. You could always try educating them on design principles, but if you're staring at cheesball gradients then that could be a very long process.

Here's an idea, try to convince them that everything will look 10x better if it was all purely in Silver coloured tones...

Good luck...

A definate thank you for your reply and concern! Actually I'm under contract to a number of print and packaging houses as a freelancer/small biz for many years now. As far as I'm concerned, definately the way to go. When I was starting out and taking individual clients, I got tired of spending my time training the clients, and ran into the same problems as you stated to get rid of the few (many?) "time and money wasters".

Actually, all in all I can't complain, considering I make many times what my employee colleagues make... and yes, I do have the ability at times to refuse a project (however I'm very loyal to my contract, as well as to my colleagues, knowing "someone's gotta do it").

Regardless, training essentially print salesmen to be design "Account Execs" has been futile in most cases... most will take any and everything to get the comm.... and that's where we as designers get stuck in this kind of setup, as a middleman to keep both the salesman happy and the client... and turn out decent designs to keep up our image both for the company as well as ourselves for future marketability.

Sorry for the off-topic post... just wanted to say thanks again to the other concerned designers.\\\\

PS: GMHut... great posts and writing style!!! Your bustin' me up with your replies.... especially the wipper-snapper one! Funny stuff! Keep it comin' and stay pationate Ol' colleague... it's what makes us old designers marketable, and dare I say, special. That headless Mac is gonna come some day... some day...
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post #116 of 184
I hope the firewire ports survive the refresh...
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I have heard that the new iMacs could incorporate LED displays and even there will be a version in black. Somebody knows anything about
that?

http://applediario.com/2008/10/18/ha...-de-los-imacs/

AWESOME black iMac mockup there. If it were true... Damn... Nice stuff.

The base of the new iMacs will probably be a little more sculpted like the new 24" LED Cinema Display. The current iMac base looks a little chunky, perhaps. In this anorexic IT world.
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Get the new entry-level 15" MacBook Pro ... ... You can add the 24" Cinema Display if you want some nice TV/big screen viewing on your desktop locations somewhere down the line...

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So, here's a question from a newbie. I've used PCs ever since about 1990 when I actually enjoyed messing around with DOS and dialup BBSs, but I've always been fascinated by the simplicity and coolness factor of Macs, especially since I inherited my mom's old Powerbook 180 and a Mac Classic. Our PC is outdated, and after buying a laptop with Windows Vista last year and experiencing constant Microsoft frustration (), I'm ready to switch. With three little kids and a somewhat grueling work schedule, I have no time to screw around getting things to work.

The question is this...should I buy an iMac now, or wait for the update? I almost bought one a few days ago, but held off after perusing this site and Macrumors.com. If the new screens will be significantly better or the new processors/chipsets/etc. will be significantly faster, I suppose I should wait. On the other hand, if the new version ends up being more expensive, or if it lacks FireWire and I end up wishing I had that (I have no idea...my wife and I will really just use this as our basic home desktop computer), I might end up kicking myself that I didn't buy now.

If I do buy one before the update, I probably won't shell out the dough for the 24" screen (I looked at both at Fry's Electronics and realized that even the 20" is huge and pretty to me, moving up from an old-school 17" non-flat-screen monitor). Macmall has some pretty decent rebates right now...plus no sales tax...and I'm tempted to bite.

(Is it rude to ask for advice like this? First post, you know. )
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I hope the firewire ports survive the refresh...

I now have a bad feeling about the FW ports on the 20" iMac...
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So, here's a question from a newbie. I've used PCs ever since about 1990 when I actually enjoyed messing around with DOS and dialup BBSs, but I've always been fascinated by the simplicity and coolness factor of Macs, especially since I inherited my mom's old Powerbook 180 and a Mac Classic. Our PC is outdated, and after buying a laptop with Windows Vista last year and experiencing constant Microsoft frustration (), I'm ready to switch. With three little kids and a somewhat grueling work schedule, I have no time to screw around getting things to work.

The question is this...should I buy an iMac now, or wait for the update? I almost bought one a few days ago, but held off after perusing this site and Macrumors.com. If the new screens will be significantly better or the new processors/chipsets/etc. will be significantly faster, I suppose I should wait. On the other hand, if the new version ends up being more expensive, or if it lacks FireWire and I end up wishing I had that (I have no idea...my wife and I will really just use this as our basic home desktop computer), I might end up kicking myself that I didn't buy now.

If I do buy one before the update, I probably won't shell out the dough for the 24" screen (I looked at both at Fry's Electronics and realized that even the 20" is huge and pretty to me, moving up from an old-school 17" non-flat-screen monitor). Macmall has some pretty decent rebates right now...plus no sales tax...and I'm tempted to bite.

(Is it rude to ask for advice like this? First post, you know. )

Besides refurbished also check out their clearance section after an upgrade- the previous models (factory fresh) at a price reduction . Price reduction not as much as refurbished but cheaper nonetheless.
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