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I'm almost reluctant to post this notice in case I jinx us; but following two foiled attempts earlier this month, we think we're finally able to take a little beach holiday for the next few days.  I'll still be online, but not as regularly.  I thank you for your patience.  Damien.


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  1. Well I may be sticking with a Mac. Changing now sounds like it might be a big pain. I did read the info about purchasing a laptop and what to look for and I’m assuming now your prices are in US funds because the prices I’m getting are WAY higher! But it also seems like the price difference between Macs and others isn’t as great in Canada as elsewhere.
  2. Brian....sorry but just to clarify....are you saying that I won't be able to open my images that have been edited with my Mac unless I buy special software that will convert them?
  3. You just reminded me of another question. I see a lot of laptops advertised as for "gaming". Does that matter to me? I see the one you recommended is a gaming laptop.....so is this something I should be looking for specifically (as long as it meets the other requirements of course)?
  4. Thanks Brian. It might not be a good time to buy a new laptop but one of these days my old one is going to die. Editing is already a challenge and I close everything but Photoshop. But I have had it for 6 years and I use it a lot! So I really can't complain. What if I switched to something other than a Mac? Do you have any recommendations? Will I have problems opening files that have been produced on my Mac (I'm pretty sure the answer to this will be yes). More importantly....will I have any problems opening/editing images that have been edited on my Mac and saved on my Lacie portable hard drives? So I'm looking for at least 16gb ram but 32 would be better. A 500 gb hard drive but 1tb would be better. Anything else I should be looking for specifically? What do I look for re the video card?
  5. Hi Brian! I have a Mac laptop running Catalina 10.15.6 and Photoshop 21.2.0. It is over 6 years old, and has 8GB of RAM. Its hard drive has 102GB free out of 251GB. It's slow. I keep getting error messages re memory. Maybe 6 years ago when I bought it, it was good enough to run photoshop....at least they told me it was. Now it's not. My photoshop screens keep turning gray or I get gray squares on top of my image. I am looking at getting another Mac Laptop. This is the one I am thinking of buying https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/buy-mac/macbook-pro/13-inch-space-grey-2.0ghz-quad-core-processor-with-turbo-boost-up-to-3.8ghz-512gb# I would love to hear your opinion on the above choice. And I have a couple of questions/concerns: 1. Do I need to upgrade to 32gb? 2. And, as a photographer that sells prints, do I need to be concerned about this feature "It supports P3 wide colour for even more vibrant greens and reds and with sRGB. And every MacBook Pro features True Tone technology. The white balance automatically adjusts to match the colour temperature of the light around you--for a more natural viewing experience." 3. Is there anything else about this mac that would concern you or that you would recommend? Thanks Brian, I appreciate your help!
  6. Brian, when I am editing is it better to be working directly from my external hard drive? Or is it better to save the image on my Mac (in one of the Alias files?), then when finished save on my external and delete from Mac?
  7. Well that was easy! At least, the creation of aliases was easy. Next, saving the old stuff on a portable drive to free up some space. 🙄 Thanks again Brian!
  8. Sounds like a good project for tomorrow; it's supposed to be a rainy day! Thanks Brian.
  9. Thanks Brian! Yes I have learned that the 8GB of RAM is an issue. Might invest in a non-mac laptop just for editing and keep my mac for emails, documents, etc. because unfortunately with my laptop I cannot add RAM to it. I do use CleanMyMac v 4.6.3. Thank you so much for all the information about how the desktop works and about aliases.....I had no idea! This will be tomorrow's project!
  10. I have a Mac laptop running catalina 10.15.4 and Photoshop 21.1.2. It is over 4 years old, and has 8GB of RAM. Its hard drive has 94GB free out of 251GB. The last time I shut down was last night. I run a cleanup program about once a week.
  11. I didn't know any better, I've been saving files to my desktop. Lots of them. Not photos generally, just other stuff. Everything is organized in folders so can I just copy/paste the folders over to my "documents" on my mac, delete the ones on my desktop, and everything will be copacetic? My mac does run awfully slowly, but it is 6 years old!
  12. Thanks Brian. I finally received confirmation from both airlines that I should be able to take my MacBook pro aboard so I won't need to use the iPad at all. Thanks for your help!
  13. Oh.....I don't use the app Photos normally and I wouldn't edit in it. But I would have to upload my images into Photos then onto my portable hard drive. If I edit any at all, it would just be to put in Facebook and I would use photoshop (then likely re-edit properly once I got home). I'll contact Adobe.
  14. Hi Brian, I normally work on a MacBook pro using Bridge and Photoshop and I store all my images on a portable hard drive. Next month I am travelling and some airlines are not allowing any MacBook Pros either as carry-on or in checked luggage because some of them had an issue with the battery getting too hot and catching on fire. So I thought I would use my husband's iPad to facilitate the transfer of photos from my camera to my portable hard drive and also to edit the occasional image...but I can't seem to get Photoshop installed on it as part of my Creative Cloud membership. I log into Creative Cloud on the iPad but when I click on "get" to download Photoshop it certainly appears that we're going to be charged for it. So I have two questions.....Is uploading my raw images to the "Photos" app going to degrade my images at all? And how do I get Photoshop installed on the iPad as part of my Creative Cloud subscription? Thanks Brian!
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