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Using a netbook to keyword and upload?

I’ve been training my partner to do my keywording and uploading to stock libraries, but the old iBook she’s been using only has a 30GB hard drive, and so is not up to the task. We could get a MacBook for her to use, but we need to buy a netbook to use whilst we’re traveling and hotdesking in cafes, so would be happier to just buy one of those if it could be used for the task of keywording and uploading to our stock sites. It would also be useful if it could run Lightroom, as that is what we do our keywording in.

Any thoughts? Anyone using one for this purpose? I

by Ando Perez at 2009-01-29 20:13:24 UTC Alicante , Spain | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Bump.

Curious for any feedback from those using a netbook in the field. I’m considering an Asus to run PhotoMechanic and Photoshop (Elements to keep it minimal). But don’t know if those two apps would overpower the netbook.

by Michael A. Mariant | 02 Feb 2009 05:02 | San Luis Obispo, United States | | Report spam→
I have one on order, coming this week (Insh’allah!). I ordered the Acer Aspire One with 8.9 inch screen (and 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, XP Home OS, and six-cell battery). It cost about $360. I think the last PC laptop I had only had 1 GB of RAM initially and I could run Photo Mechanic 1.0 on it, and maybe an earlier version of PS (though I know at some point I increased the RAM to 2GB). I know Bill Putnam got a netbook as part of a deal he had on a desktop processor, so I suggest you PM him and ask if he has tried Lightroom on it and otherwise whether he has any experience keywording with it.

by [former member] | 02 Feb 2009 14:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I posted a reply in an earlier thread (http://www.lightstalkers.org/laptops-for-travelling-photographers) about the MSI Wind that I picked up a few months ago.

I’m shooting raw and editing in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS3. I’ve got 2gb of ram, but I’m regretting not putting in a larger hard drive. It came with an 80gb drive, but I think you can get one now with a larger drive. Storage space aside, I’m really happy with this machine. Lightroom can lag a bit (takes a couple seconds to load an image while editing) when it’s creating previews, but on the whole the performance is pretty good.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

by T.J. Kirkpatrick | 03 Feb 2009 10:02 | Goma, Congo (DRC) | | Report spam→
I’ve been using an Asus EEE PC for a couple of months now. It’s light enough to carry around everywhere as a notepad for word processing, internet and so on. Small keyboard makes it easier to type (don’t have to stretch my fingers too far!).
But I’m not happy with it when it comes to photos. Vertical resolution of 600 is just not enough! For instance, I can’t use Camera Raw plugin, because the buttons are unreachable. I cannot even install Canon camera software, because it refuses to go with this resolution. I can still use Photoshop in spite of its warnings.
Another issue with the screen is image quality. I can’t even begin to compare it with Macbook screen. The dark areas of photos seem to be just solid black!
Bottomline, I can’t recommend this laptop for photos.

by Marina Gorobevskaya | 03 Feb 2009 13:02 | Almaty, Kazakhstan | | Report spam→
Thanks for the feedback on this. Going to spring for one when we get back to the UK in May. A few more out since this post. Looking to Hackintosh it. It will be handy too whilst my MacBook Pro is in for a major service. Will feed back here when I have it up and running.

by Ando Perez | 27 Mar 2009 10:03 | Tarifa, Spain | | Report spam→
I have gotten the netbook I described above, and I have mostly used it for field file management, with Nikon Transfer, View NX and Capture NX 1.0 (mostly the first two). I did not have any illusions about serious photo editing with this, though the image in both View and Capture is just fine if rather tiny to my ever-aging eyes.

I do know that a number of people are running Lightroom in their netbooks without material problems. And mine has three USB ports, so getting significant storage by attaching an external “pocket” drive such as a Passport (WD) or a FreeAgentGo (Seagate) is not a problem.

So for me my netbook is a great field computer (and I just schlepped the thing all over Vietnam…lots lighter than my regular laptop!).

by [former member] | 27 Mar 2009 13:03 (ed. Mar 27 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Ando Perez, Writer & Photographer Ando Perez
Writer & Photographer
Brighton , United Kingdom
Michael A. Mariant, Photographer Michael A. Mariant
Photographer
San Luis Obispo , United States
T.J. Kirkpatrick, photojournalist T.J. Kirkpatrick
photojournalist
New York, Ny , United States
Marina Gorobevskaya, photographer Marina Gorobevskaya
photographer
Almaty , Kazakhstan


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