A sour note in the PC to MAC transition?
Yes I own registered versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Indesign CS2. Yes I have a registered copy of MS WinXP Pro. Yes I want to continue to run them on the MAC next year under Parallels. And yes, it just occurred to me I probably can’t: > $$$
My Adobe Creative Suite is under an academic license, purchased when I was teaching at Radford, and probably not along an upgrade path. And besides, at least Photoshop wouldn’t even let me put a copy on my laptop. I’m thinking now my one installation is all I get, so just copying the Windows version to the MacPro is not gonna happen. Add $1k to the cost of the upgrade expense. Ouch. Better to upgrade PS to the MAC version; limp along with InDesign from upstairs when I have to.
Windows XP came on the dell. I have a disk, of course, but I will have to purchase a new package–less than $100.
I did stop by Computer Pros in Roanoke last week and decided I could cut initial cost by using my current 19″ monitor and sound system and use some dinky speakers and get a smaller inexpensive LCD monitor for the PC that will go upstairs for Ann to send email. That lessens the sting a little.
Now the matter of when. My hope is to hunker down for three months (Jan-March) on this book project. Do I want to add the learning curve and the back and forth between PC and Mac in the middle of what should be a focused effort without distraction? Or will the Mac make the process easier after a week of learning my way around?
This is no small matter making a transition of this extent and kind after 20 years of habit and ease in the frustrating PC rut I’m in. I’ll be glad when I’m on the other side of it, the checks have cleared, and Im’ feeling like I made the right decision for the long haul.