New library iMacs make life easier for Adobe-addled students

The newly instaled iMac computers on the campus of Central Michigan University include Adobe Creative Suite 6, which is software for graphic design, photo and video editing, as well as web development. (Katy Kildee | Staff Photographer)

Now that university officials have installed eight new Apple iMac computers on the second floor of the Charles V. Park Library, senior Lainie David sad she can get her work done for class.

“I had to go home every weekend to use my brother’s computer which had Adobe to do my assignments,” the Ionia native said. “It made my classes very challenging.”

The $13,500 iMac collection features the latest edition of software, which includes Adobe Creative Suite 6 – software for graphic design, photo and video editing, as well as web development applications.

The other computers in the library do not offer the Adobe CS6 package, making these new iMacs a welcome addition to the library computer hubs.

Jason Kiley, a program analyst for the library, is excited about the newest addition. Kiley believes the iMacs give students the chance to work on an operating system they’re comfortable with.

Although there are many students on campus who have Macbooks, students like David do not have Adobe CS6 because of how expensive the software can be.

Senior Noah Curtis, who works at MicroChips, which is an authorized Apple computer store located in the Bovee University Center, said MicroChips offers CMU students Adobe CS6 at a discounted price of $449, compared to the full price of $1,899 on Adobe’s website.

The Whitehall native said the discounted price was previously set at $200, but because Adobe raised their prices, the store had to adjust theirs as well. Curtis said the new iMac computers, which were installed in the fall, will be useful to students on campus, especially considering how expensive the software is.

“I think they have an easier use and access personally," Curtis said. "They are pretty expensive, but they don’t get viruses and will also last a very long time."

David, who is studying public relations, uses the software as a benchmark program for the majority of her course work. She said she agrees it was money well spent, and will offset the cost for students needing the software.

“It’s a good idea and is definitely worth the money," she said. "Many people, including myself, will put them to use"


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