Im fairly new to using lightroom . I am looking at purchasing new computer in near future.
I am used to windows based computers - I have used Lightroom on Mac and PC with no apparent differance.
I would seem to me that the Mac platform is more stable than windows and the retina display is just the best. - and as such leaning towards the Mac at the moment.
Any feed back or advice would be appreciated in assisting making the decision .
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It makes no difference. Just get the computer you want - it probably won't be long until hi res displays are on PC laptops too.
I use Mac-PC equally and notice no stability difference whatsoever. Look too at the "Lightroom 4.0 running slow thread" where again there's no pattern. There are occasions when I feel Adobe doesn't have the same urgency to fix things that aren't right on the PC that it would fix if they also affected Mac users (keywording list length - unfixed, old IE browser in Web - fixed in 4, moving multiple folders - fixed in 4) but these are rare.
I would definitely consider trying Lightroom on it before you commit, if possible. Sometimes Macs have trouble running Lightroom, sometimes Windows computers do - it's luck o' the draw... I'd hate to see you buy a new computer, then have to revisit this forum and add to the thread: "I just bought a new computer but Lr4 not running so good on it..." - chances are that won't happen, but ya never know til ya know... Maybe Adobe knows whether the odds for success are better on Mac vs Win - but I sure can't tell... (I use win7/64, and Lr4 is fast on it, but it does crash sometimes - Lightroom I mean, not the computer).
The only signficant difference, functionally, is that the Mac version of Lightroom does not support keyboard accelerators for plugin functionality. That's a "don't care" if you don't use plugins much, but for me, it's actually quite a big deal, since I use dozens of plugins in the course of my work.
I was under the impresion that Windows 32 bit PC's coudl not use more
than 4 gig RAm, where MAC's can use any amount?
If that fact is true, it immediately puts MAC's in a leading role for
using LR4 as it demands so much RAM.
"If that fact is true, it immediately puts MAC's in a leading role for
using LR4 as it demands so much RAM."
No it doesn't. It just means someone should choose Windows 7 64 bit or Mac in preference to 32 bit Windows.
Apparently that's sowing fear, uncertainty and doubt.
Not sure why you would say that johnbeardy, but it's slightly sarcastic
and unnecessary. There is an issue there and it's up to the OP to find
out what may or may not affect them.
When I asked about Mac's I had to research what programs I use
regularly would not work on a mac, and forums were a help to some extent.
The guy asked for help, I offered some, if you don't like it, ignore. If
you must comment, try hard not to embarrass yourself by being
The problems you described as "new" were valid five years ago, but hardly so today unless a wouldbe upgrader has some irreplacable hardware or some obscure software that hasn't been updated in five years. I know of no current 32-bit Windows applications that won't run on 64-bit Windows with the only limitation being that they can use no more than 4GB of physical RAM, no matter how much is available. Actually that is stil 2GB more RAM than they could use on 32-bit Windows.
Rob Cole wrote:
. Sometimes Macs have trouble running Lightroom, sometimes Windows computers do - it's luck o' the draw...
How true. I hesitated to buy LR 4 because of all the reports of it being slow, because I have an inexpensive Windows 7 64 bit computer bought at a supermarket discounter with only 4 GB RAM. To my great satisfaction LR 4 works perfectly and is really fast.
To my great satisfaction LR 4 works perfectly and is really fast.
Good to hear.
It seems to me that, on average and relatively speaking, the newer higher-end computers have more trouble running Lightroom than the medium-end (although maybe it's just that the people with new computers complain more when it's not working well).
4GB of RAM is enough if you aren't editing in Photoshop with a slew of layers at the same time... 6GB is better, but more than that doesn't help much. I ran Lr2&3 with 3GB ram for a long time, without much problem, as long as no other RAM hungry apps were competing.
Lr4/PV2012 rocks! (if its running well, and after you learn it).
Welcome to the fold .