To throw a bit of heresy into the mix, is Apple still the way to go for image processing ?
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Subject: Re: New Mac for editing and Photoshop alternatives?
I should also mention the i7 imac option that offers the inbetween. You might not need the screen but it offers faster processors than the mini (last time I checked) and photoshop is miserable utilizing anything past 4 cores anyhow, and for many tasks, beyond 2 cores doesn't make any difference. You could keep the screen to gather all your procrastination and file browsing aids.
On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 4:19 PM Andrew Bruce <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Really it depends how processor and speed-intensive your workflow is, the amount of time saved by using a computer with a faster processor and more RAM quickly adds up when batch-developing many big raw files daily or especially when rendering 3D files. The top-of-the-range Mac Mini has a 3.0ghz 2-core processor and 16gb RAM, while the top Mac Pro has a 3.5ghz 6-core processor with 64gb RAM, the Mac Pro will also be able to utilise the GPU to speed up processing using Open-CL technology, so a pretty significant jump in speed.
If you're used to working on a machine with standard spinning hard disk drives then getting a new mac with a standard SSD or PCI-E mounted SSD will make the biggest difference though, the speed difference is night and day.
Another option is an upgraded Mac Pro 5,1 from somewhere like CreatePro https://create.pro/
You can reasonably easily get these older 5,1 Mac Pro's to run just as fast as the newest 6,1 Mac Pro's for less than half the cost
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Subject: New Mac for editing and Photoshop alternatives?
My old 2008 Mac Pro looks like it might be on the way out, it's my main edit machine, but I have a Mac Mini as my tethered machine in the studio.
I have been looking at replacing my Mac pro with a new one but am wondering whether I should just get a Mac Mini, it seems just as capable running Capture One and for the small amount of work Photoshop does.
Whilst on Photoshop is anyone using Affinity Photo? I have it at home and for my limited needs would seem to be a viable alternative to Photoshop. It has been Apple's app of the year in the past and is developed in Nottingham.
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