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That’s awesome, Natalya – thanks again! I feel more confident about the purchase knowing it’s all working smoothly for you. 

-Erica

> On Oct 15, 2018, at 11:25 AM, Natalya Zahn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> No problem, Erica!
> I decided on the 2.6 GHz i7 - the i9 is faster, but it’s also so brand new that I had heard there were issues with it being so fast that it ran too hot and caused problems… Unless you’re doing complex rendering or something that requires intense computing speeds, the i7 should be more than enough to run the Creative Suite. *That was behind my personal choice - you should certainly look further into the i9 if you’re interested in it!
> 
> I also went with 32 GB memory; I knew I didn’t NEED the next step up, and it would have added more money than I personally wanted to spend.
> 
> It used to be that as an artist and graphics professional, I asked more of my computer than the average user - meaning buying the very tip top that Apple had to offer was quite necessary. But today, the capabilities of these machines - if they’re fully tricked out - actually outpaces what even I need, and as long as I have a “Pro” vs something like an Airbook, I can get things done beautifully and efficiently. You do want to keep all your connecting devices (like Wacom tablets, scanners, printers, etc) in mind (hence the adapter cables) and do driver updates so software is current, but most if not all things should still be compatible.
> 
> Hope that helps!
> -Natalya
> 
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> Natalya Zahn
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>> On Oct 14, 2018, at 4:19 PM, E. Beade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Hi Natalya, 
>> 
>> Thanks so much for sharing your experience - this is a huge help! I’m especially glad to know about needing the conversion cables and that your Wacom tablets are working well with it. (I used to feel I was reasonably knowledgeable about these things, but a lot has changed in 7 years! Now I’m a bit lost.) 
>> 
>> Would you mind also sharing which processor your machine has and the amount of memory you went with? I’m glad to hear that Adobe CC works so well and speedily (that would be a dream) and don’t want to underestimate what’s needed to make things run smoothly. 
>> 
>> Thanks!
>> 
>> Erica
>> 
>>> On Oct 14, 2018, at 1:21 PM, Natalya Zahn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi Erica,
>>> 
>>> I recently upgraded my old MacBook Pro (about 4 years old) to a new MacBook Pro - not by choice, the old one was behaving erratically - and I’m loving the new machine so far. My Adobe CC apps all open swiftly, and as long as you stay on top of software updates for them, there shouldn’t be any glitches. 
>>> 
>>> I’m not crazy about the touch bar over the keyboard on the new machine, but it’s not optional; and be aware there are ONLY new USB-C ports on the new laptops - 4 of them, but only them, and a headphone jack, so factor in a handful of conversion cables to your total price tag (I have THREE: a single Apple USB-C to old USB cable, a 3rd party USB-C to VGA, and a 3rd party hub that has a few old USB ports, an HDMI, and a micro SD card slot).
>>> 
>>> I connect my MacBook to a Wacom Cintiq - there were always some oddities about the way my old laptop connected to the Cintiq, but the new machine works perfectly with it, as well as my portable Wacom Intuous tablet. I’m afraid I don’t have any recommendations on external monitors.
>>> 
>>> Enjoy the new machine once you’ve got it all set up!
>>> -Natalya
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Natalya Zahn
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>>>> On Oct 13, 2018, at 4:39 PM, E. Beade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Hi Everyone,
>>>> 
>>>> I’m looking into replacing my 7-year old MacBook Pro which tends to creak pretty slowly along with Adobe Creative Cloud and now seems to have a dying graphics card. (I use it on a very nice old Apple monitor, which, sadly, I don’t think will work with a newer machine). Could anyone suggest a good MacBook Pro configuration that will run well with Creative Cloud (I mostly use Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver) and a compatible monitor with reasonable color accuracy? I’d love to hear what your experiences have been with recent hardware upgrades. 
>>>> 
>>>> Many thanks and best wishes, 
>>>> 
>>>> Erica
>>>> 
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