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Apple Mac mini (November 2018)

True desktop-class performance..

Apple Mac Pro (December 2019)

Workhorse desktop tower..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (late 2016)

Touchbar, wide gamut, unrivalled SSD..

backup

Protecting your data from drive failures, theft, fire, flood, and dinosaurs..

Using Apple Time Machine for Backup

How to use Apple Time Machine for Data Safety.

Apple 2017 iMac Pro

High-end computing moves to the iMac form factor..

Apple 2017 iMac 5K

Even better than the 2015 model..

Apple Dec 2013 Mac Pro

Choosing among 4/6/8/12 cores, GPUs, memory, flash..

2013 Mac Pro Performance

Performance of the 2013 Mac Pro..

Upgrading Your Mac

When and Why to Upgrade Your Mac..

Optimizing Photoshop CS5 Performance

The best hardware and configuration for Photoshop CS5..

Optimizing Other Photography Software

Speedups for working with images..

Optimizing Mac Performance

Learn about Activity Monitor and understand how CPU cores, processes, memory use, and software scalability affect performance..

Mac Performance 101: Cores, Processes, Memory

Monitoring tips and application CPU core scorecard..

How to Buy / What to Buy

Nuts and bolts of buying a Mac, and recommended extras..

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Special Report: Upgrade Now or Wait?.

Apple Mac Pro Westmere 4/6/8/12-Core (Aug 2010)

Choosing among 4/6/8/12 cores, and is 2010 Mac Pro faster or better than 2009 model?.

Shootout: 8-core 2.93GHz or Quad-Core 3.33GHz?

Why 4 cores are often faster than 8!.

Apple Mac Mini (Late 2012)

Apple’s first USB3 MacMini..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina Quad-Core (June 2012)

Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pro Retina Display..

Apple MacBook Pro Quad-Core (February 2011)

A review of Apple’s first quad-core laptop..

2010 MacBook Air for Photographers?

How does the 2010 MacBook Air fare in the context of photography?.

Mac Pro Memory

2009/2010 Mac Pro Memory — How Much for Performance?.


Blog posts

2019

2019-12-18 2019 Mac Pro: Most likely Slower than 2019 iMac 5K Unless Gobs of Memory or GPU or CPU Cores are Used

2019-03-24 An eGPU is Useless for Photoshop and Lightroom Unless...

2018

2018-12-20 Apple 2018 Mac mini: Substantial Performance Gain over the Fastest 2017 iMac 5K

2018-03-07 iMac Pro 18-core Rocks Delivers Unprecedented Performance Gains for Adobe Lightroom, Trouncing the 2017 iMac 5K

2017

2017-07-16 Apple Bug? 2017 MacBook Pro Has Impaired Performance Using Apple Power Brick vs OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock + Why Does 800% CPU Usage Go Into Idle Clock Speed Mode?

2017-07-16 Adobe Lightroom Performance: Inefficiencies Could be Fixed

2017-07-14 2017 iMac 5K vs 2015 iMac 5K : Lightroom Import, Generate 1:1 Previews + Lightroom Export Full-Res JPEGs

2017-06-13 Apple Photos: Bad Idea + Downloading Images from iPhone/iPad/Other Devices using Apple Preview

2016

2016-12-03 2016 MacBook Pro: Cannot Sustain Performance Under Load

2016-12-01 Photoshop + Lightroom for a Year for $88

2016-12-01 2016 MacBook Pro TESTED: Lightroom Import RAW Files

2016-11-01 2016 MacBook Pro: the 16GB Memory Limit in the + CPU Speed vs Other Macs

2016-11-01 2016 MacBook Pro: What Options I Ordered, and Why

2016-05-17 When Software Crashes It is Immensely Frustrating: Why is Lightroom Crashing?

2015

2015-11-11 JPEG Batch Output in Photoshop and Lightroom: Rainbow-Beachball Hang Requiring Force Quit

2015-10-15 Reader Comment: Adobe Quality Control an Issue?

2014

2014-06-27 Apple to End 'Aperture' Support

2014-04-14 Reader Question: Upgrading Video Card for Adobe Lightroom in 2009 Mac Pro

2013

2013-12-22 Making an Old Dog of a Laptop Run Like a Young Puppy, Make Lightroom or Photoshop Fly

2013-12-18 2013 Mac Pro: Which CPU and GPU?

2013-10-22 Notes on the Apple 2013 Mac Pro

2013-10-07 Fast iMac or Mac Pro?

2013-10-02 Prices Drop a Little: Toshiba 3TB Hard Drives + OWC Mercury Accelsior PCie SSD

2013-07-29 Faster Workflow, Faster Lightroom, Faster Photoshop?

2013-07-13 Defrag or Upgrade to Faster/Larger? (Lightroom, Aperture, etc)

2013-05-08 Adobe Creative Cloud: Reader Comments

2013-05-06 Adobe Clouds Software Choice (Adobe Creative Cloud Only Going Forward)

2013-02-18 How to Speed Up Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

2012

2012-06-20 Understanding Photoshop and Lightroom Behavior with the MacBook Pro Retina

2012-06-20 Understanding Photoshop and Lightroom Behavior with the MacBook Pro Retina

2012-05-25 How Long to Convert 500 Nikon D800 14-bit NEF to JPEG?

2011

2011-06-18 Which Mac Pro for Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.x?

2011-03-03 Tests of 2011 MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 4-Core vs 2010 2.66 GHz 2-core, Mac Pro

2010

2010-11-06 Case Study: Upgrading the 2010 MacBook Pro for Photoshop and Lightroom

2010-11-05 Adobe Lightroom 3.2 bug for image Import

2010-11-05 Adobe Lightroom 3.2 Import bug solved — aliases and symbolic links followed as “subfolders”

2010-10-29 MacBook Air — Comparing to MacBook Pro 13"

2010-04-22 RAW file processing on Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 with Lightroom, Aperture, CaptureONE Pro, DPP, NX2

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