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Set Top Box purchase advice
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Xmpie or Fusion Pro
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New Windows 10 PC
by Farabomb
September 19, 2018, 11:51:52 PM

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Illustrator for prepress.
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September 18, 2018, 03:32:12 AM

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Indesign Spontaneous Swatch Change
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September 13, 2018, 05:52:20 PM

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Adobe InDesign / Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro
Last post by scottrsimons -
If you are anywhere close or are already going to Print18 in Chicago, I know FusionPro will be there, since their headquarters are located in Illinois. It's a good chance to talk to the nerds. And I'm sure if you contact them before the show, they can arrange a hands on demo there.

Well it's about a 7 hour drive from here so unless my boss springs for a flight, hotel room, meals and an extra day off I won't be going. Thanks anyways.

Plus, I'm not sure if I could cross the border to the US these days. I smoked potatoes about 30 years ago.

* now it's fixed. They won't know a thing.
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Windows / Re: New Windows 10 PC
Last post by Farabomb -
Well you convinced me to at least look at Dells when I go to get another laptop. I second the windows pro option as well. The home versions are always crippled in the most annoying ways.

I picked up a 500g samsung 860 EVO for $91 on amazon about a week ago. It's one of the best SSDs out there. There is also a pro version that wasn't worth it for my application but you may want to look into it if it helps with AutoCAD.
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Windows / Re: New Windows 10 PC
Last post by Joe -
Windows 10, even if you buy a clean retail version, has the MS Office bits embedded in it. It isn't installed but the installer begs you to run it. First thing I do is uninstall that.

The only AV is the built in Windows 10 Defender and the only other software Dell puts on it is their recovery, diagnostics, support and driver update agent. All other stuff is from Windows 10 itself.

I have bought and setup 12 of these since the first of the year here at work.



Edited to add: These are PC's that have MS Windows 10 Pro. Not that crappy Home version which I believe does have crapware/junkware.

Tracy if you get the Dell make sure it has Windows 10 Pro on it. I've been buying the 3050 model with an i5 CPU and 8 GB of RAM. These are for office use. Not heavy duty stuff. Usually around $529 - $589. Tracy since you are going to be using AUTOCAD I would get one with the i7 CPU and at least 16 gb of ram. It will cost more but will be worth it. As farabomb said....get one with an SSD in it if you can afford it. A 500 GB SSD can be had for around $100. I saw a 1 TB on Amazon for $198 a couple of weeks ago. Also if you get picky with the specs I just mentioned you might have to order it direct from Dell as newegg.com usually just has the generic office PC's.
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Windows / Re: New Windows 10 PC
Last post by Farabomb -
Nothing a nuke from orbit fresh install won't fix. In fact my new one was a HP open box from BestBuy. They neglected to reset the password or give me one so I was locked out of my brandy new laptop. A few hours later and fresh install and it was mostly good to go. After I cleaned up some of the bloat still left.

You're telling me that dell ships totally clean, not even a trial of office or anti "virus" software installed? Not sure I can believe that.

My next computer will be a self built one even if it costs more. My last build is over 10 years old and has been underwater while running and is still fine. Yes, some parts have failed like RAM but since I buy Corsair I have a lifetime warranty. Last time they asked if it was OK to double my RAM because they don't make a kit that small anymore.
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Windows / Re: New Windows 10 PC
Last post by Joe -
I'm not a fan of windows 10 so far. Nothing seems to be where it should be and since this is also a tablet I get extra bullshit. One day I booted it and the desktop was replaced by a bunch of tiles. Seems it somehow went into tablet mode and I had no idea.

Newegg and microcenter are my goto places for PC stuff. I'm not a fan of Dells because they are the ones I've had the most problems with. HP has been my choice lately. Are you getting a desktop or a laptop? Some of the newer laptops are pretty beefy and should have no issue running AutoCAD. Make sure with whatever you get to have a SSD and max out the memory. Either have it speced that way (more expensive) or add it later. My new laptop was slow as shit with the stock HDD but the SSD made it worlds better.

Joe's idea of a 8g thumb drive is a good one. I use them as well but instead of throwing them into a drawer, I tape them inside the case if it's a desktop. For laptops I use micro SD cards and stick them in the external enclosure I use for backups and storage.

HP, Toshiba, Lenova, Acer, and anything not named Dell are dead to me because of all the crapware they put on their machines. Dell's are lean, clean, and mean.
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Windows / Re: New Windows 10 PC
Last post by Farabomb -
I'm not a fan of windows 10 so far. Nothing seems to be where it should be and since this is also a tablet I get extra bullshit. One day I booted it and the desktop was replaced by a bunch of tiles. Seems it somehow went into tablet mode and I had no idea.

Newegg and microcenter are my goto places for PC stuff. I'm not a fan of Dells because they are the ones I've had the most problems with. HP has been my choice lately. Are you getting a desktop or a laptop? Some of the newer laptops are pretty beefy and should have no issue running AutoCAD. Make sure with whatever you get to have a SSD and max out the memory. Either have it speced that way (more expensive) or add it later. My new laptop was slow as shit with the stock HDD but the SSD made it worlds better.

Joe's idea of a 8g thumb drive is a good one. I use them as well but instead of throwing them into a drawer, I tape them inside the case if it's a desktop. For laptops I use micro SD cards and stick them in the external enclosure I use for backups and storage.