'Windowing' programs

From: Owen Robertson <univac2_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Thu Aug 15 02:39:01 2002

on 8/15/02 2:22 AM, Patrick Finnegan at pat_at_purdueriots.com wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Owen Robertson wrote:
>> on 8/14/02 4:47 PM, Will Jennings at xds_sigma7_at_hotmail.com wrote:
>>> Who says a PC is a computer? It's just an Intel marketing gimmick... From my
>>> experiences doing tech support, I shudder to imagine the general populace
>>> using real computers... And macs are OK if you run Be on them.
>> I run Be on a crappy Intel system. Be is a good OS, but not very useful.
>> Thank you thank you THANK YOU Steve for telling them NOT to buy Be!!!
>> Anyway, I prefer going months without a crash with Mac OS X (10.1) than
>> having post 95 versions of Windows crash every couple of hours.
>> Plus I like being able to run text-based UNIX programs, X based apps,
>> Windows programs, Mac OS Classic, and Mac OS X programs, all on the screen
>> at the same time, and all of them feeling pretty snappy. On a G4, anyway.
>> Wouldn't try it on a G3. Would any PC users out there like to take the
>> Photoshop benchmark test against my 800Mhz TiBook? Hmm... Anyone? :-)
> Assuming that Photoshop for the PC is dual-proc capable, I'm sure my Dual
> 1.466GHz athlon could beat it hands-down. Maybe I just have too much
> faith or just know how crappy the PowerPC Price/Performance ratio really
> is.

But you're overlooking one important thing here. Photoshop is optimized for
AltiVec (Velocity Engine, as Apple calls it). That gives it a tremendous
speed boost on G4 systems. And if you run it on a dual processor G4, it
really screams. No matter how many platforms Adobe ports it to, Photoshop
is, and will always be a Mac application. Processor performance and
everything else aside, Photoshop is deisgned from the ground up for the Mac,
and adapted to run on Windows.
> Who has a copy of the benchmark?

Oh it's easy to come buy. Apple uses it frequently to promote the G4. Mac
publications, Adobe, etc, all use it. According to MacAddict:

A 2-pixel Gaussian Blur, using a 95MB image, with Photoshop 7 and Mac OS X
on an 800Mhz TiBook (Titanium PowerBook G4) takes 14 seconds.

Not bad for a portable. But even if you system outperforms mine, which being
DP it might, mine is much more stable, and looks infinitely cooler. :-)

Owen Robertson
Received on Thu Aug 15 2002 - 02:39:01 BST

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