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    2nd hand Mac desktop to run InDesign

    Needed for a local scout group, to use for admin as well as producing promotional material with InDesign.

    Any help/ pointers/ advice gratefully received.

    Thanks.

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    Oh and they've mentioned a wish price of £800

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    Why does it need to be a mac? Do they already have InDesign for Mac? (As InDesign is available for Windows too).

    For £800, you could get a brand new Mac Mini - Configure - Apple Store (UK) and a monitor to go with it (although, obviously not a new Mac monitor, as they're ridiculous).

    You could probably even get a new 21.5" iMac for that price to be honest!
    Last edited by localzuk; 7th August 2014 at 03:51 PM.

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    I might have a Refurb mac Mini Going spare.

    They're about £340 Ex VAT. 2009 Model (Core 2 Duo 2GB, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 120GB SSD, DVD R/RW Mavericks)

    They're really nice machines.

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    They have nothing localzuk. The Admin has used a Mac before, is familiar with InDesign and has sold it (the idea) to the boss. The Mac mini spec seems good to me.

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    Ok, in that case you also need to cost up InDesign. You can get the official "CC" one for about £125 a year subscription, or £120 for a standalone CS6 copy.

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited by localzuk; 7th August 2014 at 04:09 PM.

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    That's great thanks localz!

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    2007 Mac Mini

    Any good?

    Ben

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    Thanks Ben. Looks a little low specced compared to the one above. I'm only going on win8 hardware requirements though.

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    A new i5 / 4gb / 500gb mac mini I just over £400 ex vat, add a non apple monitor / keyboard + Mouse and you can come in well under budget?

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve. Would people definitely not go bigger than the Mac mini then? I like the idea of an ssd and enough ram to make InDesign snappy. They're looking at open source everything else. I'm thinking Google docs/ drive... which should do for now. I don't know about a backup drive. Security would be an issue I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark View Post
    Thanks Steve. Would people definitely not go bigger than the Mac mini then? I like the idea of an ssd and enough ram to make InDesign snappy. They're looking at open source everything else. I'm thinking Google docs/ drive... which should do for now. I don't know about a backup drive. Security would be an issue I guess.
    A lacie or similar external hdd thats got two drives in raid one and lock it somewhere safe when not being used ??

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    Awesome thanks mac.

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    I was thinking a NAS but as a lot of other edu folk keep saying "A NAS Device is not for backup purposes" ......

    Just curious - data protection and other aspects - would using an external company / 3rd party company to do backups so googles back blaze ( which is cheap ) or if you google there are plenty of 3rd party companies who can do backups of the mac mini ( obviously this will require a good internet connection both up and download speeds / bandwidth and amount of data that you will be uploading / downloading etc )

    https://www.backblaze.com/mac-online...Fcrpwgodwn8AVw

    Best cloud backup services reviewed and rated | News | TechRadar

    Obviously if backing to an online external company as per above is out of the question then will have to be to a local device such as the Lacie Drive / NAS or something to that effect

    However as you stated above if its just documents then maybe google or dropbox to keep a safe copy / backup of said documents ?

    There is Own Cloud if there is a server you could use and set this up just as a thought : https://owncloud.com/download/?ref=a...FazItAodNxcAGg
    @Arthur / @seawolf - any other suggestions / thoughts or criticisms of my above thoughts lol
    Last edited by mac_shinobi; 8th August 2014 at 09:28 AM.

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    Thanks mac. The phone line isn't in yet but I'm expecting the broadband speed to be decent. Fibre is months off too if that's insufficient. I think I'll quote for the LaCie as well just to give them the option.

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