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Requirements for CS4 Masterworks?

by SoJerGirl / November 30, 2009 10:38 PM PST

If someone plans to eventually use/incorp. all on CS4 - which MAC is the best purchase right now? Thanks in advance!

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Best machine for that version would
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 1, 2009 2:08 AM PST

be the MacPro with a load of extra RAM.

If you are only going to run one portion at a time, possibly two, then one of the new 27" iMacs would do. Add RAM here too.


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by SoJerGirl / December 1, 2009 6:43 AM PST

MacPro tower? I imagine that'd be pushing a book -Pro or not - no? Eventually would want both - but yikes - so expensive... (this CS4-- then 5 is gonna need mucho to run ...should add own extra RAM later?) Thanks...

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As mentioned,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 1, 2009 10:15 AM PST
In reply to: MacPro

the new iMac will also have the legs to run CS4 and will take a load of RAM as well.

Cheaper option.


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imac + ram
by SoJerGirl / December 2, 2009 1:23 AM PST
In reply to: As mentioned,

does look like a good option - but wondering about second display -- do current imacs have vga ports? does wacom ciniq hook up alright? u r like the first person EVER to answer my questions - THANK YOU!! Wanna get this purchase done soon - but without remorse... .

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imac screenglare
by SoJerGirl / December 2, 2009 1:52 AM PST
In reply to: imac + ram

issues have me apprehensive too...

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The new iMac
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 2, 2009 2:32 AM PST
In reply to: imac + ram

has a video output, it's not a VGA connection, but one that takes an adapter that can have DVI or VGA on the end.
"Mini DisplayPort output port with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately). 27-inch models also support input from external DisplayPort sources (adapters sold separately).
Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display
Check out the 27", gotta get it, here:

On the subject of the Glossy screen, under bright lights you will see some glare and reflection but, with controlled lighting and an image on the screen, the reflection is not that noticeable.
Personally, I don't have a problem with the glossy screen on my iMac.

Best place to check for the Wacom ciniq support would be Wacom themselves, but, because I'm a good egg, I took a look and it appears as though all the Cintiq tablets have OS X 10.6 drivers ready for download. Check out their driver download page here:

Good Luck


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Almost forgot
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 2, 2009 2:33 AM PST

Buy your extra RAM from a third party like Crucial or RAMJet.

Apple, like all the other manufactures, are very proud of their RAM and charge accordingly


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Great info...
by SoJerGirl / December 2, 2009 3:40 AM PST
In reply to: Almost forgot

thanks so very much for all your help! A good egg indeed! Happy

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