I invested in a MacBook Pro 17″ to better handle Aperture, Lightroom, and other demanding apps. In the process, I’ve become hooked in Universal Binary software. So much so, that’s all I want on my MB Pro. But can man live by UB alone?
Why do I even care? Quite frankly, I like the way the software runs on the MacBook Pro. It launches quickly and performs with the speed I expected from this computer. Yes, I could run non-UB apps under Rosetta (MS Word, Photoshop, etc.), but why do it if I don’t have to?
For imaging software, the situation isn’t bad. iPhoto 6, Aperture, and Lightroom are my core apps, and they are UB. Photoshop CS and Elements are not. So I’ve rounded out my toolbox with LiveQuartz, EasyCrop, iPhoto Library Manager, and Boinx’s FotoMagico… all Universal Binary. And, I haven’t forgotten about the versatility of Apple’s Preview for lots of imaging tasks.
For word processing, I’ve stuck with Nisus Writer Express and Apple’s Pages to handle my Word docs. TextEdit can read them too. And every computer should have a copy of TextWrangler on it. MarsEdit is my blogging software of choice right now. FireFox and Safari are just fine as my web browsers.
I was happy to discover that Epson had released UB drivers for the R2400 printer, and Canon posted a UB version of its driver for my little i80 inkjet printer. Those are now installed and running beautifully.
My MacBook Pro isn’t my everyday lug-around laptop yet, but I’m feeling like it could be. Often, when I’m doing intensive production work on it, I’ll take breaks to check mail, browse the web, and work on O’Reilly projects. So far, a Universal Binary existence is working just fine for me.