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Old 03-08-2010, 07:48 AM   #1
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Default Can I get some advice about mac for a newbie?

Hi all,
I need to get a dedicated machine for desktop publishing. Ideally, I would have the ability to do page layout, graphics, etc on it. I've had nothing but pc all these years, but think it might be time to go mac.
That being said, what would you recommend for a first mac? I don't have an unlimited budget (ideally under 2k for the machine, don't know if that's realistic). I *think* I would like to be portable with a laptop. My main concerns would be the capacity to handle the programs to do page layouts and graphics. I'm thinking of using Quark Xpress, or maybe one of Adobe's creative suites.
Is there any source out there where I could simply get my mac and have them customize the software that I need? So many of them come bundled with a lot of stuff I would never use. I've been searching various etailers, including Apple, but none of them seem to offer that.
I am also open to suggestions for software. I have quite a bit of experience on pc with Microsoft based stuff, as well as a fair handle on Photoshop. I want to layout magazine and book pages, and possibly web pages. I'm OK with learning new software, but would prefer stuff that is somewhat user friendly.
And one last note, do I really need a mac after all? I hear they are the best for this application, but that could be changing too.
Thanks in advance!
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