1. Are you transferring print quality photos between the file server and your computer? (these files are often HUGE)
Yes, the originals are print quality (anything up to 20mb) so, as I'm working the web side I usually have to batch process everything in photoshop to be smaller before I transfer them. This still isn't an ideal situation, especially when you need something of decent size/quality, but it's the best I have.
2. How does your company transfer projects to the printer?
ISDN line connected to the Mac network. They also use several external print design companies too.
Unlike my pc, the mac doesn't collapse when I drag a photoshop image into freehand :). The mac handles fonts 1000 times better then the Windows machines, although font corruption is my worst enemy.
I've never had a problem with the Windows machine falling over, But the Macs seem to fall over all the time (this could just be something to do with our setup, but it's still REALLY annoying when you have a deadline and the macs are locking up once every couple of hours). Same with fonts, never once had a corrupted font.
The other reason I really dislike macs (and this is a personal opinion, so no flames please) is that if you're doing something simple like transfering files, the whole thing will freeze up until it's finished (at least on the PPCs.
I know the PC doesn't REALLY multitask, but at least it makes an effort to PRETEND! :)
4. Are you doing web graphics?
Yes, There's just me and a co-ordinator doing the whole web thing for the company.
And yes, I'm running NT, which to be really honest.. has so far proved to be pretty stable. Except when I try to drag a huge and complicated vector between programs while having a load of other things open at the same time... To which it tries and then just gives up about half way through from exhaustion or something... "Hey!.. Listen to that Hard Disk GO!!" :)
6. Finally, a Mac based image server? what were they thinking?
Well, this I think was because when they set all that stuff up, The web wasn't even known about in 'suit' circles (I wish it had stayed that way). And as the print-based side of the company all used macs, I guess it was logical for them to use Macs for the image servers.
I'm still puzzled as to why they won't link us up to them somehow though.... Oh... wait... that might cost MONEY!... can't have that can we?
I must admit that the G4s are pretty nifty though from what I've seen, not that they're ever available to use (damned print designers hogging them :) ), I have to go on the old PPCs
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