Media centre for Escape - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Me | General Topics > General Escape
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-02-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,720
Media centre for Escape

Presumably, I will get the buyout the company is offering, since they have too many photogs and since it is by seniority in a classification, and I've got 40 years in, I am at the top.

That also means that this MacBook Pro and the Nikon d3 etc. will no longer be in my possession, so I'm thinking what to replace it with. I have no intention of spending any money on PhotoShop or Final Cut Pro or camera equipment. If I have to take a picture, I've got my Canon G11.

So, do I need a MacBook or would an iPad suffice for somebody that thinks there have already been too many pixels wasted on photography?

baglo
__________________

__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
bvansnell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2010 Escape 13
Posts: 431
Re: Media centre for Escape

Quote:
Originally Posted by gbaglo

That also means that this MacBook Pro and the Nikon d3 etc. will no longer be in my possession, so I'm thinking what to replace it with. I have no intention of spending any money on PhotoShop or Final Cut Pro or camera equipment. If I have to take a picture, I've got my Canon G11.

So, do I need a MacBook or would an iPad suffice for somebody that thinks there have already been too many pixels wasted on photography?

baglo
Glenn:

I have had a MacBook Pro for more than two years and would not be without it.

Ways in which I use it whether at home or when trailering:

1. keeps my file of photos tidy with iPhoto, and allows simple editing with Photoshop Elements (the poor man's Photoshop)
2. keeps me in contact with family and friends through email, Skype etc
3. keeps me in touch with the fiberglass community through forums
4. allows me to post pictures through Flickr and view those of family and friends
5. lets my wife and me watch DVD movies when we are camping (we don't have a portable DVD player in our trailer)
6. lets me search the world for information through Google using the great Safari browser
7. lets me pay bills and transfer money between accounts
8. lets me order stuff I need (or can rationalize) online through Amazon or similar sites
9. lets me load new software onto my camera and GPS unit

I don't have an iPad or a cell phone but somehow am surviving.

Brian

__________________

__________________
Brian

2003 Subaru Forester
2012 Toyota Highlander V6
2010 Escape 13 "Ladybug" Feb 2010
bvansnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 11:56 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,720
Re: Media centre for Escape

So, how much of that could I do or not do with an iPad?

Not having a USB port annoys me for a start...

baglo
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2010, 12:59 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
bvansnell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2010 Escape 13
Posts: 431
Re: Media centre for Escape

Glenn:

I am no expert on the iPad, but I found this article which discusses the iPad vs MacBook Pro -- MacBook Pro is the better performer according to it.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/...-ipad-failings

I suppose the choice depends on what you are expecting of the device: they are not meant to perform the same function. It probably also depends on what other products you already have. If you have a laptop already, an iPad might give you additional features. I don't think you could depend on an iPad alone.

Brian

__________________
Brian

2003 Subaru Forester
2012 Toyota Highlander V6
2010 Escape 13 "Ladybug" Feb 2010
bvansnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2010, 02:21 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
mosquitodirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 172
Re: Media centre for Escape

It really depends on what you want to do with the iPad. I have one, absolutely love it, but still need a MacBook. The iPad does Scrabble, email, web surfing, stargazing, movie watching, music, reading, bird watching, picture viewing, drawing, and most other things super well. The battery really does last a long time and charges quickly.

The MacBook stores the movies and is an easier portal for downloading and transferring photos.

Does that help?
__________________
Dirk
17' Plan A, '05 Nissan Frontier, canoe, dog.
Half-fulltimer
mosquitodirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2010, 09:41 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Vermilye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Oswego, New York
Trailer: 2016 Tacoma Off Road, 2017 21
Posts: 2,276
Re: Media centre for Escape

I currently use a MacBookPro as my only Mac computer.

The iPad may be fun, and certainly has some useful applications, however it won't (at least as yet) cut it as support for a camera. Although the camera adapter is available, it isn't a true USB port so you can't back up your data directly to a portable hard disk. The photo editing applications are fairly limited, and working with large numbers of images is difficult, at least compared to Lightroom or Aperture.

All in all, it is a very useful device, but I don't think it is ready to replace a laptop.

The hardest part for me would be giving up the D3!
__________________
Jon Vermilye My Travel Blog
Travel and Photo Web Page ... My Collection of RV Blogs 2016 Tacoma, 2017 21
Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2010, 09:51 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
thoer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Galesville, Wisconsin
Trailer: 2017 21 "Blue II" & 2017 Highlander XLE (previously 2010 17B "Blue" & 2008 Tacoma)
Posts: 3,955
Re: Media centre for Escape

Glenn I have to agree about the iPad probably not being all you would want. I have made the same consideration to try to be more minimalist in what we take along. FYI the latest version of PhotoShop Elements is quite cheap and has probably 80-90% of the full PhotoShop features - all I ever seem to need for home use. Honestly with most of my pictures I just use iPhoto now that it has stolen some editing features from Aperture and I love the way it helps me be organized.
__________________
Eric (and Mary who is in no way responsible for anything stupid I post)

SAE Towing Standard "Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." George Bernard Shaw
thoer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2010, 11:32 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
JeffZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 894
Re: Media centre for Escape

Macbook.. it just seems that it can do everything you'll want it to for basically $600 more and you'll probably keep at least 3-4 years.. over time it's like around $150 more a year to save you on some frustration level that the iPad can't meet (plus you may have to buy some additional attachments for the iPad to meet your requirements anyway..)

__________________
Former 17ft Plan "B" Escape
Toyota Highlander w/tow pkg


favorite quote: "Put the candle back"
JeffZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2010, 12:14 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Barneveld, Wisconsin
Trailer: 2010 Escape 17 B
Posts: 349
Re: Media centre for Escape

It seems we are sharing not only our taste for travel trailers, hihi! I have a MacBook Pro since 2006, and love it. I second Jeff's idea of looking into a MacBook instead the iPad. The iPad is just missing too much yet. I am sure though that a later generation iPad would do, but that is down the road!
__________________
2002 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport Edition (3.4L V6, 4WD)
"Cafe Egg" (2010 17B Escape)
gharms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2010, 12:50 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
medora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Three Oaks, Michigan, Michigan
Trailer: 2012 Escape 17B
Posts: 227
Re: Media centre for Escape

I also vote MacBook ... once you buy a keyboard for an iPad, the savings isn't that great. I think they're tremendous for urban use (subways, etc) and for toting on a plane, but if it's to be your primary machine ... not quite.

~e
__________________

__________________
Elizabeth & Dan
Oliver the 2012 17B
Fern the Golden Retriever
& Dovekie the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
medora is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.