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Old Jun 12th, 2019, 02:08 PM   #11
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All my business stuff is in OneDrive which Iíll put on a USB-C thumb drive. My video editing stuff will be on an external hard drive. The video editing is not a huge part of what I do, itís only to create little 30 second promotional videos and occasional videos up to 10 minutes long for my YouTube channel.

I already have Appleís 2 TB plan because I love my photos on the cloud.

Part of me is also wondering if I should just get a PC for half the price. Some calculation software I run needs Windows and I do want to acquire Revit as well. But then I cringe at the last time I went PC instead of Mac.

My old iMac will remain for media storage and for the kids to use.
Personally I would be shopping around the PC world as well for the simple fact that you can upgrade and add when needed. Lenova looks like they have some solid laptops.

Does Apple's storage plan work on PC? I guess it must but do you lose functionality if you were to start doing everything in Win 10?

You can certainly get a much better specced laptop going away from Apple, especially if you factor in you can upgrade the RAM yourself and many of them will allow up to 64 gigs of ram opposed to Apples cap at 32 gigs.

The benefit of the Mac though is you can run Windows as a virtual machine and essential get 2 computers in one so stay with the app you are familiar with while getting the functionality of Windows for the apps that require it.
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Old Jun 12th, 2019, 02:18 PM   #12
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Personally I would be shopping around the PC world as well for the simple fact that you can upgrade and add when needed. Lenova looks like they have some solid laptops.



Does Apple's storage plan work on PC? I guess it must but do you lose functionality if you were to start doing everything in Win 10?



You can certainly get a much better specced laptop going away from Apple, especially if you factor in you can upgrade the RAM yourself and many of them will allow up to 64 gigs of ram opposed to Apples cap at 32 gigs.



The benefit of the Mac though is you can run Windows as a virtual machine and essential get 2 computers in one so stay with the app you are familiar with while getting the functionality of Windows for the apps that require it.

I wouldnít use iCloud Drive on a Windows machine, I prefer OneDrive for all that.

I prefer AutoCAD on Mac too. AutoCAD on Windows is a mess. My last PC was a nightmare. Plus I would have no idea how to video edit on a Windows machine. So that brief thought is out the window.
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Old Jun 12th, 2019, 02:45 PM   #13
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I wouldnít use iCloud Drive on a Windows machine, I prefer OneDrive for all that.

I prefer AutoCAD on Mac too. AutoCAD on Windows is a mess. My last PC was a nightmare. Plus I would have no idea how to video edit on a Windows machine. So that brief thought is out the window.
What software are you using for video editing? I am pretty sure Adobe Premier is for both Mac and PC if you are using the Adobe CC
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Old Jun 12th, 2019, 03:18 PM   #14
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Plain old iMovie lol. Thereís no PC equivalent to it that I know of.
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Old Jun 12th, 2019, 03:31 PM   #15
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Plain old iMovie lol. Thereís no PC equivalent to it that I know of.
yah, they still have the best free video editing software... at least they did last time I worked on some videos and that was a few years ago. I do remember preferring the older version of iMovie to the newer versions, it either gave me less control or just changed so much I did not know how to do what I normally did with ease.
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There was a time period that I didnít like the new iMovie. I think they added most of the old functions back, or Iím just used to it now.

Iím now considering buying a 2012 non retina MacBook Pro which I can kit out with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD. I donít need the space but itís nice to have. Or maybe see if upgrading my iMac to 16 GB of RAM does much although I still have a severely underpowered CPU with half the processing power of a 2012 MacBook Pro and less than 1/3rd that of a 2017 MacBook Pro but it lets me defer things for a little while.
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There was a time period that I didnít like the new iMovie. I think they added most of the old functions back, or Iím just used to it now.

Iím now considering buying a 2012 non retina MacBook Pro which I can kit out with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD. I donít need the space but itís nice to have. Or maybe see if upgrading my iMac to 16 GB of RAM does much although I still have a severely underpowered CPU with half the processing power of a 2012 MacBook Pro and less than 1/3rd that of a 2017 MacBook Pro but it lets me defer things for a little while.
It wonít increase your cpu power but adding an SSD will breath new life into the machine for day to day snappiness.
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Would be nice but getting into the iMac looks complicated. I did a hard drive upgrade in a 2006 iMac and yea not sure if Iíd do that again. Weíll see.

I might defer my decision for a little bit.

Just wondering, is RAM still important with SSDs?
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I already have Appleís 2 TB plan because I love my photos on the cloud.
Youíll be happy to note that in the upcoming MacOS, you can actually remove local files manually [EDIT: Meaning files in iCLoud drive], leaving just the cloud copy. So after a backup has run, you can remove what you donít need at hand and save a ton of space.

As for a windows laptop; itís been my experience that though they are cheaper initially, they cost more in the long run. Youíll likely go through more than one in the time youíd have had the Mac, not to mention the lovely performance loss of running a pretty much required anti-virus(and the expense associated with that.)
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IMHO:

1/ macOS is a big part of the reason I stay with Apple. I'm well versed in both platforms, and the choice to me is clear.

2/ a non-Retina screen, to me, is a major step backwards. You'll appreciate the extra real estate, as will your eyes. It's not immediately very noticeable, but going back to a standard screen after using a Retina for awhile is a jarring experience.

3/ ssd gives you speed, but absolutely nothing is as good as maxing out your RAM... that's the space where your computer "thinks". You can flip through the pages of a book as fast as you like, but if your eyes & brain can't make sense of what's going by, all you've done is give yourself a little breeze.
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