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Purchasing a Computer

Recommended hardware and software for graphic and visual communication design:

Apple Macintosh is the standard computing platform in professional graphic design practice. It will be a great advantage to you to have your own computer. There is tremendous demand on our Macintosh labs during the school year. The Computing and Engineering building has wireless networks throughout and Ethernet ports are available. The Art building has a Macintosh Multimedia Digital Lab open to the University population.

Below are computer hardware and software suggestions:

First choice:
Apple MacBook Pro

  • Comes with 2gb of RAM then buy additional 2gb from different vendor.
  • This model can also have a second screen (larger desktop) for the dorm if budget allows.
  • Some students have liked the model with the larger 17 inch screen though it cost more and is not as portable.

Second choice:
Apple MacBook

  • Comes with 1gb of RAM then buy additional 1gb from different vendor.
  • Lower cost than MacBook Pro, but has a smaller screen.
  • This model can also have a second screen (larger desktop) for the dorm if budget allows.
  • Good choice if your budget is tight.

The primary software we use is the Adobe Creative Suite 5.
One source for hardware and software is the University Bookstore Computer Sales department 509.359.4228.

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