posted on Feb, 19 2012 @ 02:21 PM
Well, it's that time and I can delay no longer. I'm in Graphics Design Technology for a couple years to AA and I'm staring at an Adobe nag screen
for my trial ending in 3 days. Actually, this doesn't even leave time for at least one of my assignments before it goes Kaput. So, it's decision
time. Money isn't the issue within Student pricing and given the choice between Standard and Premium versions of CS5. However... I'm asking for a
bit of feedback if anyone can help decide a couple other issues before I take a plunge of several hundred dollars for a suite of programs.
* First... Photoshop CS5 vs. Photoshop CS5 Extended. Whats the real difference to a GDT student like myself? I can read the feature comp list well
enough, but as a student...this isn't necessarily helpful. For the couple hundred bucks between Standard Design and Design Premium suites..this is
probably the biggest difference that has my attention and hesitation? I'm new this semester to graphics programs much beyond Print Shop or MS
Paint..so be gentle..I really am a bit lost in this area.
Classes use Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, BTW.
* Second... I use high end Macs in the GDT labs at the school. I'm using Macs exclusively, in fact. I've been a PC guy since about the time I
stopped playing text RPG's on APPLE IIe's way back when...so it's all a new experience. It's very similar while using the same software, of
course. However, it's just different enough in little things like font compatibility and subtle aspects of control and layout to add one more layer
of headache while trying to focus on the primary course material I'm there to learn. I'd love to remove the transition between PC an Mac I have to
mentally go through every day right now. I'm also coming to understand Mac will be my world for graphics once out of school and doing this
professionally. (Am I wrong on that?)
Here is the question on that. Money is flush for the Adobe software short of the master suite. The same is nowhere near true
for buying a Mac
for the house. I have a very solid, powerful machine sitting here that would seem to pass the hardware checks for compatibility with a 'Hackintosh'
install of OSX. I'm willing to invest a fair degree of time and effort...and I definitely know my way around the technical/IT side of the hardware
and config of PC's. So...Is it worth it?
Is anyone here actually using a 'Hackintosh', have been using it for a period of time and consider it to have been well worth the time and effort to
get operating? I'm hoping someone can save me trial and error if I'm only going to end up thinking it as a mistake in the end.
Thanks in advance for anyone who can help on these couple questions.