[alt-photo] Re: Mac upgrade choices for digital photo files

Gordon J. Holtslander gjh at shaw.ca
Thu Aug 12 06:34:51 GMT 2010

If you use external devices like drives and scanners you may want to 
wait until Mac offers a system with USB 3 or Firewire 1600 hardware. 
Data transfer rates would be significantly faster.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usb_3#USB_3.0

No definite information from Apple about when they will start putting 
USB 3 hardware in their systems.  There are rumours that the next Mac 
Pro's will have it.


Dianna Rust wrote:
> I need to upgrade my Mac and am not sure what would work best, given budget
> considerations.   For years I have used a (now vintage) Mac G4, which is
> getting too old, too full and far, far too slow.
> Photographically I need to be able to bring in a scanned image, which could
> be from an 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 negative.  I will be using Photoshop  to make
> enlarged digital negatives that will be in the region of 16 x 20 at about
> 360 dpi.  However, I may occasionally want to try making a file that would
> enlarge an image to, say 36" x 48" at 360 dpi, so I can have a high end
> printer make me a digital image.   This would not be often and not many.
> I have looked at the Pro Macs and could stretch my budget to about $2,000+,
> while sticking with a very large Apple monitor I already have (the old
> kind!).  My other thought is whether I could use an iMac for my purposes.
> I do already have one or two fairly large capacity external hard drives that
> I store my images on.
> There¹s also the question of whether I could work with a Power Book.   I¹d
> have to hook that up to a large monitor, mouse etc, though it would be a
> little cheaper than a desk computer.  I¹m not, however, very likely to use
> it other than at my desk.
> Does anyone have any suggestions/thoughts, please.  Thank you.
> Dianna
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Gordon J. Holtslander
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