Is the G5 the top choice for design professionals?

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.

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.

Alan Clarke

Creative director

Firefly Design

Plymouth

PL20 6DZ

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