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There are many attributes that define how good a monitor is, but the most important ones for graphics work tend to be: Colour accuracy Gamut Contrast There are others (e.g. response time, refresh, etc. that tend to be relevant more for gamers). IPS is frequently preferred by graphics professionals because it has superior colour accuracy and contrast to TN ...


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Depends a lot on a range of issues: 1) sheer vector data density - if it's a truly huge number of points and vectors, Illustrator will bog down. 2) some of the the specific effects applied to given layers - some of the rasterized effects can cause huge loads. 3) worth checking whether your Illustrator is running in GPU preview or CPU. 4) also look at how ...


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I think the proper shape for a piece of hardware is to show a shield alone or with a tick to show that this hardware is secure and protected Using the thumb up or tick alone is more for showing the right option more that show secureness


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I don't do much collaborating at my workplace (single in-house designer), but I still use BitTorrent Sync to sync design files across multiple devices; namely my NAS, dedicated server, and my primary machine. I have also used it for collaborative projects in the past and have found it to be very convenient. Our network consisted of 5 machines for 3 people: ...


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I've been using a 16,4" laptop for a bit over 2 years now. What I considered for the purchase of my system were my typical working conditions. In my case: I needed my own computer I had to be able to work in different locations No workplace I was going to work in, was going to have a dedicated workstation. So I could not rely on getting more than ...


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I have a project that does just this. (With a slightly different model tablet). See here . The steps include: installing four pieces of custom software on the main Windows PC: a virtual network serial port, an alternate Wacom driver, a VNC server, and a batch file to simplify connection. replacing the operating system of the tablet PC with a custom .ISO ...


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Historical reasons only – plus a side dish of "backward compatibility". The original PC keyboards were very much 'typewriter-like'. Also, in the original ASCII set there were no 'fullwidth plus', 'minus', and 'multiply' symbols. The common MS-DOS 'extended ASCII' set contained a proper 'divide' – but only in certain codepages. (Only a guess, but it can be ...


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A part of my answer is also included in: What computer hardware matters to a graphic designer? I look mostly at screen-resolution (the higher the better, although not for reading) Decent amount of RAM Consider batterylife vs performance (CPU and GPU) and weight. I work freelance and typically a few days in a row with daily commutes. So I work at a lot of ...


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Make sure to look for the following: Shocks ease of flow from fully compressed and fully extended. Check the shock within the flood area. This is where you flood the screen with ink before you lay it down on the garment. Make sure the shock doesnt lock up or fall. Check the bolts on the clamps to make sure they aren't stripped. Test the clamp with a ...


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It makes minimal difference in terms of distortion. Unless you do a lot of perspective correction for architectural shots and the like I wouldn't worry about that at all. If you work on critical work though you might want to make sure it is an IPS Panel with AdobeRGB, I don't believe Samsung makes any that are. If you don't work on highly color critical ...


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Where I work, we work across network using a central hub (switch system) and Virtual machines hosted on the network. I don't know much of the IT behind it, but what we use is akin to a basic windows folder structure. It's fast, but it isn't great for organization or security. I wanted to add, that while we use VMs and a central file system for storage, ...


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From user experience, I would not recommend to use metaphors in specialized software. Users need to be concentrated on specific tasks and metaphors require some mental work which can be distracting. For sure, people can addict to anything and don't pay attention anymore, but I think more "clear" icons will increase usability.


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Taking a slightly different approach, if you plan on using this for freelance work, make sure you are charging enough so you don't have to skimp on things like hardware. Running a business takes money, and part of that money is equipping yourself with tools. Hardware, software, and everything else you need in your office. When you add it all up, chairs, ...


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Not to get into a war with PC VS Mac but my main station at home is a custom built PC. I learned how to build them about 5 years ago and I follow a few computer forums. It has proven a learning curve but the reward and price has far out weighed the cost I would have spent. To date I have built 7 PCs all of which are running AMD/ATI. I do like the Intel ...


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The answer is a big it depends. Most design and coding work can probably easily be done on a five-years-old computer, in particular if you do not need fancily looking operating systems or similar stuff with no direct relation to the work. However, in both professions you can reach the point where computational power begins to limit your capabilities. For ...


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I believe the posts referencing "professional" equipment may be a realistic expectation, based on the work being produced. The complexity of projects I accept is heavily dependent on my equipment. In my day job I publish high-quality, hard-bound books. I run a MacPro3,1 from 2008 with two four core 3.0GHz Xeons (8 cores total), 24GB RAM, a 128GB boot/...


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I have had some success in using an older pen based Tablet PC to act as a digitizer for a Windows 7 desktop. The method here shares the tablet PC's inbuilt wacom digitizer over the network as a virtual serial port, thus the desktop recognizes it as a digitizer tablet. VNC is then used to push the display back to the tablet PC (which is then scaled) creating ...


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lets start: I'm an amateur artist as well, but managed somehow to get a lot of equipment xD. I haven't tried those tablet pc's but I have a Cintiq UX21, Intuos3 A4, and a few bamboo's. By my experience I would tell you to get a intuos, 3 or 4. Why? Those laptops as suggested on the comments won't run the creative suite or corel painter properly, even if ...


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I am not sure where to start here, as you say, you are not looking for a "Professional" tool, so your idea of what works for you will be different from others. I recommend that you go ahead and buy the machine you are looking at and give it a try, it will be great if it works for you, and if it doesn't you can re-sell it again quickly and get most if not ...


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I can't work with only a laptop. In fact, I can't get much done on a laptop at all other than general project management and communications. And that really has little to do with eyesight or anything physical. I simply feel like I'm working on a post it note and can only do so much. A laptop is livable with a second monitor connected and a WACOM tablet ...


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There is no need to spend more than 150$ on any single component, with the exception of the monitors. In 3 years, your purchases will be .25x the price per component and you can re-up on the parts that lack. Future proof has never been a real consideration except for stock brokers and lawyers who don't know any better. Even with 30 browsers tabs, this sort ...


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To answer the question, I don't believe that this exists. I can't find anything about pressure sensitive trackballs. Unfortunately if you want an input that is pressure sensitive then tablets are probably the best way to go. The only thing I could think of is trying to use a trackball and a tablet simultaneously (using the pen for pressure, and the ...


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I don't think using a metaphor is a bad idea. Metaphors have been used historically on software developing tools. Processes like "compile" or "debug" and and virtual objects like "stack" or "cache" have to be represented by a metaphor because they do not have a real shape. Industrial metaphors like the ones you mention in your question are very common on ...


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Two things to add to what everyone else has already said: As the questioner says, people tend to instinctively love tablets or hate them. For a lot of people who don't take to them, the problem stems from the disconnect between the hand and the screen. Until recently, the only alternative to this was the very expensive Wacom Cintiq range, but if you're also ...


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We have a small design practice (2-3 people at the moment), and have tried some systems / services that may be of help for your situation: AeroFS Tried it for some time, worked well, but it kept giving errors on startup (mostly on Windows) and I would have to stop it and restart it after rebooting. On the other hand is free for local sync up to 30 users, ...


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This is not a complete answer. But here it goes a generic one. 1) Memory matters. So look for at least 8Gb. 2) Probably the safest bet in brute force processor now is i7. Look for the biggest number of the series. For example a i7 3xxx is third generation. A 4xxx is fourth and so on. The newer the better and cooler working environment. Some process use ...


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This is from my experience and my experience only. I have been using pen and tablet since 2006 now and cannot use anything else right now. I had a pen that wasn't wacom and wasn't fully satisfied with it so I got a wacom the first chance I had. It is different from using a mouse and it will take time to get used to it but i reckon that if you insist in ...


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