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Hardware

Photoshop takes full advantage of fast Macs and PCs—the faster the better—but the speed of the computer is only one part of the equation. Even the fastest computer available will seem sluggish if you don't have enough RAM, and Photoshop refuses to work at all if you don't have enough hard disk space. How much is enough? It depends entirely on the size of the files you're working with, and the kinds of operations you're carrying out on them.

Choosing a Platform

Discussions of Macs vs. PCs usually tend to degenerate into “my Dad can beat your Dad”—they produce a lot of heat, but little light. We're firmly convinced that price and performance are at parity on the two platforms. The Mac has richer support in terms of plug-ins and color measurement equipment. The PC has a greater range of general business software.


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