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John Antoine Labadie wrote:
> > I'm interested in what brand/model computers art teachers use in
> > their = classrooms as well as what printers, digital cameras,
> > computer software, = etc. are most useful and appealing to students.
> > Which programs are = available for both Mac and PC?
> > Also do any of you use art graphic tablets such as Pablo or Intuos
> > or = Wacom type?
> > Thanks for sharing your experience in use of computers with me and =
> > others.
> > Carol
> WOW ... what a set of questions you have posed! You've hit at the
> center of many difficult problems, and decision, faced by those who
> would outfit digital studios.
> For 6 years I have run one such digital studio, in an Art Department,
> for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I can speak to
> what we do here.
> We have a major in computer graphics ... the basic program is now 6
> years old and we are now in our second year as a major. Our
> digital studio has Apple, PC and Unix and Amiga systems. Apple is
> preferred by many graphic designers and artists and i too vote for
> this OS as the most friendly and predictable ... so most of our
> studio systems are Apple: PMac 7100s, G3's (beige and B&W) and
> some of those funky imacs.
> In terms of software we use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe
> Illustrator and MetaCreations Painter for printmaking and various
> other programs for non-print uses: 3D, animation, and multimedia.
> Yes, we use Wacom tablets ... great technology! We also use digital
> cameras from Fuji, Apple, Nikon ... a digital camcorder from Cannon.
> More money gets more features. Technologies and interfaces change
> weekly (it seems).
> In the UNCP Digital Art studio, working with as many different
> platforms and a wide variety of manufacturer's tools for each type of
> peripheral is seen as good. For example, we have 4 types of
> scanners: Umax, Epson, HP and Apple. All have good points yet
> some are simply better than others. The same with printers. We have
> Apple B&W and Xerox color lasers and HP and Epson inkjets in both
> small and medium formats. All are tried, some are preferred for
> certain things. My experience is that digital folks, just like
> traditional studio folks, use what gets them where they need to go.
> Advice: Don't buy until you see something run for yourself ... have
> demos from tech reps as often as possible ... read lots of journals
> and ezines and go to techno conferences.
> Oh yeah ... have fun!.
> Hope this helps, John
> Dr.John Antoine Labadie
> Department of Art
> University of North Carolina-Pembroke
> Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
> fax: 910.521.6618
> wph: 910.521.6618
> "The art of progress is to preserve order amid
> change and to preserve change amid order."
> Alfred North Whitehead
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