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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 13:46 
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All the machines in this thread are more than capable. I think unless portability is the main goal you'd be better off with the iMac for photo editing.

I think so too, I'd hate to have to work on a laptop all the time because it's so uncomfortable but I have a pinched disc so I'm never comfortable. She definitely seems to be favouring a laptop though and if I do manage to find some studio space for her to rent then I can see the benefit of being able to take her computer with her. It's baby and child photography she's been doing and I think she's imagining scenarios where she's at the studio waiting for someone to arrive and able to do some editing on the computer. Then do the majority of the computer work back at home connected up to a good monitor with a proper desk workstation setup.
If I get her a laptop and she starts to find it sub optimal, I'll just have to get her the desktop at some point down the line as well. All that does is help to justify me deserving a new Xbox, PS5 and every hardback D&D book published so far ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 13:57 
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Fair enough, I see your real motives now :D

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 23:50 
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Does a Macbook connect to a non Apple monitor ok?


Make sure it's a modern monitor with at least DisplayPort and you should be ok.

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I've not had any problems running this MBP with a couple of Dell Ultrasharp monitors (and/or my old but trusted thunderbolt display), so it's worked pretty well for me. I can't really talk about any other monitors, or newer stuff so YMMV.

Be aware that small laptop storage drives are very easy to fill up quite quickly...

I think that whatever you opt for, it will work and will be just fine but maybe that's making it harder to decide as there's not one single clearly superior/inferior way.

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BeeX advice thread going as they always have and always will do :D


Yes I did feel a bit like that as I was writing about external monitors but I do like having my dual monitors at work :)

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 0:49 
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I'm disappointed we're onto the second page and so far noones recommended an xbox 360.

Which is clearly the most suitable suggestin.


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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
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Sir Taxalot wrote:
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BeeX advice thread going as they always have and always will do :D


Yes I did feel a bit like that as I was writing about external monitors but I do like having my dual monitors at work :)

Nothing wrong with that at all, I have external monitors running from my iMacs at work and home. The more screen space the better. Not sure how the new MacBooks screens are these days for their viewing angle, my old MacBook Pro wasn't that hot though.

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I'm disappointed we're onto the second page and so far noones recommended an xbox 360.

You scrubber.

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
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Should I be paying attention to this email Apple just sent me?

https://www.apple.com/uk/macbook-pro-13/


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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:39 
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@Zardoz What graphics tablet do you use for digital art?


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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:17 
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@Zardoz What graphics tablet do you use for digital art?

I bought an XP-Pen Deco 03. https://www.storexppen.co.uk/buy/deco-03.html

Very nearly paid £100 on a Deco Pro that was on sale but this came up for £40 on eBay. Takes a bit of brain training and tweaking but I use it without thinking as an input device now. There are cheaper models with same sensitivity but without the hot key buttons (barely use mine) but the scroll wheel is what I wanted for the zoom/brush size function.

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:35 
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@Zardoz What graphics tablet do you use for digital art?

I bought an XP-Pen Deco 03. https://www.storexppen.co.uk/buy/deco-03.html

Very nearly paid £100 on a Deco Pro that was on sale but this came up for £40 on eBay. Takes a bit of brain training and tweaking but I use it without thinking as an input device now. There are cheaper models with same sensitivity but without the hot key buttons (barely use mine) but the scroll wheel is what I wanted for the zoom/brush size function.

Thanks. I tried to google some yesterday and was baffled by the range and prices. Jen has been sketching a lot recently so it's in the back of my mind as something she might want at some point.


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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
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I did the same looking at Wacom pads, they were the only proper choice some years back but there are loads of manufacturers that trump them on performance and cost. This guy is good for impartial reviews on tablets etc: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClozNP ... zpGKC25s0A

There's one thing that does my head in, the driver doesn't always kick in at startup (sometimes hitting a button /jog wheel wheel will nudge it to life) so I still occasionally have to use a mouse to select my User at startup then it's away. Not a biggy, just a niggle and possibly something that will be fixed in a later update.

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
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I use the Huion kamvas pro 16, which seemed a better option than the xp pen equivalent.

Generally ok, sometimes hard to get the pressure being removed as smooth as pressure going on is. Still not as good as the wacom equivalent, although cheaper.


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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 16:32 
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Ah that's a display tablet, Dave. Mine is just a plain old slab.

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 16:51 
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Zardoz wrote:
Ah that's a display tablet, Dave. Mine is just a plain old slab.

I really couldn't get on with just a slab. I needed to see what I were drawing on. I know I'm far from alone there.


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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
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Mr Dave wrote:
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Ah that's a display tablet, Dave. Mine is just a plain old slab.

I really couldn't get on with just a slab. I needed to see what I were drawing on. I know I'm far from alone there.

Further to that, I wondered how you manage to pick up and put down the (pen) in the right place zardoz? Are you looking at the image when you do that? Or the pad?


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I use my third eye, becoming one with cyberspace, the pen becomes an extension of my digital self, the tablet surface a membrane of the virtual world.

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I just look at the screen.


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Also the on screen cursor appears as the nib is close to the surface so you can see where you're going to click/draw before contact is made.


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Do you stare at your mouse all the time? Huh, do you? No, you probably don't.

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Mac RMD
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Mr Dave wrote:
Zardoz wrote:
Ah that's a display tablet, Dave. Mine is just a plain old slab.

I really couldn't get on with just a slab. I needed to see what I were drawing on. I know I'm far from alone there.

Use the force, Dave!

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