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Todd...our school has two Mavica 83's, and I'm ordering the 88 for just our
art department next year. I teach k-12 art, and in that one is computer
graphic arts...which includes using the digital camera.
I have the kids take pictures of each other's portrait at a higher
resolution, then use Adobe Photoshop on the Macs to create imaginative
personaes...including distortions, etc; They learn to use layers, tool
I only fear that including these images on display sparked such interest
that I may be overloaded next year in student numbers for the classes. We
are a small logging community school, and our best computers in the labs
have only 32 ram and we can't afford to go up to 64ram which Photoshop 5
requires. So...we think (hope) we just found we can network license our
existing Photoshop 3.0 and will have 10 computers for students to use next
year....$1400 to license them.
As for which is better...there are Photoshop versions for both the Mac and
PC's...and Corel Draw rates right up there as an incredible graphic arts
software program. While Photoshop & Macs remain the art standard...more and
more tech ed classes are using PC's because businesses use the PC as their
standard, and tech ed often engage in the business end. Consequently, many
large school's tech ed classes use the Corel Draw programs.
I think its what you like and get used to. I have a PC at home, with
photoshop on it, then work with the Macs at our school. I do find that the
Macs are a bit tempermental..almost if possible, "moody."
Also...perhaps its just our system, but networks don't always allow for user
friendly applications. For example, on my PC, I can minimize and keep
several programs going at once so that I can move back and forth at
ease...highlighting, copying, pasting...etc; such as Photoshop, Power
Point...and the internet. Not so on our network. I have to save, close
down the program. Open another program I want and call up the file, work
with it there...save, close down, re-open the other. A real pain.
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