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Buying a MacBook Pro. What software do I need?

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    I'm buying a 15-inch MacBook Pro next week. I'll be studying BA Textile Design as of September and I wondered if anyone could recommend software that I may need?

    Obviously, I'll be getting Office for Mac and I'm thinking of getting some of the Adobe software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but I don't know what versions would be best?

    Lastly, is it worth getting the new MacBooks with retina display, or am I better off with a normal one? Thanks!
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    Might be worth waiting until you're at university. They may offer it for free or at a reduced price. The Adobe software is fairly expensive. They'll also know what's useful and what isn't.
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    (Original post by antipathyx)
    I'm buying a 15-inch MacBook Pro next week. I'll be studying BA Textile Design as of September and I wondered if anyone could recommend software that I may need?

    Obviously, I'll be getting Office for Mac and I'm thinking of getting some of the Adobe software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but I don't know what versions would be best?

    Lastly, is it worth getting the new MacBooks with retina display, or am I better off with a normal one? Thanks!
    Yeah as the other guy said, once your at uni, you can use your id for a 15% discount.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Yeah as the other guy said, once your at uni, you can use your id for a 15% discount.
    I didn't think of this but good point, buy the macbook pro when you get to uni. You get a 15% discount at uni as Iqbal said.
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    Thanks for the help! I'll wait until I'm at uni to get the software. I've clarified with my nearest Apple store, I can already qualify for the 15% student discount with my university confirmation letter from UCAS, stating that I hold an unconditional offer.
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    (Original post by alexs2602)
    I didn't think of this but good point, buy the macbook pro when you get to uni. You get a 15% discount at uni as Iqbal said.
    u were talking about the software, thought u were talking about the apple discount
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    u were talking about the software, thought u were talking about the apple discount
    Yeah, I was talking about the software. I've never used the discounts but I know you can get discounted microsoft software.

    http://www.software4students.co.uk/t...graphic-design

    Wow, CS6 Extended for only £190! University may still have offers, but either way that's a great price.
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    (Original post by alexs2602)
    Yeah, I was talking about the software. I've never used the discounts but I know you can get discounted microsoft software.

    http://www.software4students.co.uk/t...graphic-design

    Wow, CS6 Extended for only £190! University may still have offers, but either way that's a great price.
    Some uni departments give it for free if it's a requirement and you can't afford it, or you can ask for support
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    (Original post by antipathyx)

    Obviously, I'll be getting Office for Mac

    Pages etc are better than office for mac
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    I think the best thing I've read for someone starting out with OSX is this. It was posted on reddit a while back and there's plenty more that people commented with. Yeah, its gonna take you a little while to wade through, but between those two links you'll have literally everything you need and it really is an excellent resource - even for someone who has been using a Mac for a long time.

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    Pages etc are better than office for mac
    +1 to that.

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