Apple Computer was once the number one choice for the design professional, but having owned my new G5 (pictured) for just over three weeks, I am no longer sure it is the dedicated and reliable designers’ tool that Apple produced in the recent past.
I work to very tight deadlines and I don’t have time to figure out why my new G5 doesn’t function like previous Apple models.
From first impressions, it seems to me that Apple has created a very expensive PC with the kind of look and functionality that can only be aimed at the home user, including features such as a ‘Mickey Mouse’ desktop design and ‘genie effect’ collapsing menus which, quite frankly, make me giddy. I’m sure gimmicks like this would be great for 12-year-olds.
It’s a simple thing, but what I really wanted and expected was a sophisticated, lightning fast machine with a ‘superdrive’ that, for instance, writes and actually re-writes CDs.
The G5 I am using also insists on re-naming my Photoshop files, when I’m not looking, by adding a ‘jpg’ extension. This little innovation would be great, if I hadn’t saved the images as EPSs.
Maybe when I’ve burned myself out on my deadlines I’ll find the iTunes and DVD movies useful.