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InDesign CC 2019 on a tablet / mini laptop

Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2019 May 18, 2019

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I currently use Id, Ps and Ai on a MacBook Pro for putting together my 84-page print publication. As I am planning a long trip away from home, I'd prefer not to have to carry the extra 3kg that all that technology entails.

While I know there are apps for most of the Ps and Ai functionality (at least the bits that I mostly use) I'm not sure about Id. I am aware that Adobe Comp can do page layouts, but that doesn't appear to allow for multiple pages, which is obviously necessary when laying out text for multiple page articles.

I think I could go the MacBook Air route, but even that is a little on the heavy side - I am carrying my pack EVERY DAY so every 100g counts!

So, my question is: What is the smallest, lightest equipment that you are succesfully running these three apps on?

Thank you!

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May 18, 2019 May 18, 2019

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Anything smaller/lighter would require you to move to Windows.

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May 18, 2019 May 18, 2019

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I'm happy yo consider that. What are your experiences and suggestions, please?

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May 18, 2019 May 18, 2019

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The choices are too many to mention but I’m quite happy with my HP Spectre x360.

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May 18, 2019 May 18, 2019

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Thanks Bob, that is what I am looking for - recommendations based on personal experience rather than the sales talk.

Are you using all three of the programmes - Id, Ps, Ai?

Just had a quick look: at 2.17kg, the 15.6" is a non-starter; and the 13" is actually heavier than the MacBook Air.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 18, 2019 May 18, 2019

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Take a look at the Surface devices.

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May 18, 2019 May 18, 2019

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Ah yes, MUCH lighter, thank you! So how about your usage, for print publication?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 19, 2019 May 19, 2019

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My HP has 16GB RAM, an 8th gen i7 and 500GB SSD. It's quite fast and I love the entire ecosystem with a touch / Windows Ink capable display.

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May 19, 2019 May 19, 2019

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I agree with Bob--Microsoft Surface computers are really nice. I have a 16 GB RAM/1 TB drive model and it can run anything my MacBook Pro can.

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Community Beginner ,
May 19, 2019 May 19, 2019

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Thanks IDEAS-Training,

Have you personally used your HP Surface Pro with the full functionality of CC 2019 Id, Ps and Ai, to create a print publication - not just as an add on for some tasks that you then return to a 'real' machine to finish off on?

Sounds like I'm banging on, b ut it is imprtant to understand that it will be my ONLY platform, I won't have the luxury of using a laptop or desktop at some stage.

Cheers, Lynda

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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Hi Lynda,

 

Two years on from your query, I'm wondering if you can say how you got on? I am also thinking of getting a tablet that I'd need to use Indesign and Photoshop on. Do you have any advice for me? Thanks!

 

Gavin

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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Hi Gavin

Apologies for taking aso long to reply - I didn't spot your comment until today! I'm still working on the Macbook Pro as I'm not yet in true 'travel' mode - and who knows when I will be able to resume that lifestyle!

Cheers, Lynda

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LEGEND ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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