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Perfect Desktop Publishing System

tomfromboston
The list author says: "Now that you've decided you want the perfect desktop publishing system, you may be asking 'what computer? what software?' If like me you had no place to turn (back in the ancient days of 1995), you probably spent countless wasted hours searching for the right answers. Look no further. Having been in the print and web design biz for 15+ years, you can benefit from my years of experience."
Apple Mac Pro MB871LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)
Apple Mac Pro MB871LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)
"The more powerful the better. For ease of use and to show you're serious about what you do, nothing beats the Mac Pro."
Kingston Technology 8GB Kit (2x4 GB Modules) 1066MHz DDR3 SODIMM Notebook Memory for Select Apple iMac's and Macbooks KTA-MB1066K2/8G
Kingston Technology 8GB Kit (2x4 GB Modules) 1066MHz DDR3 SODIMM Notebook Memory for Select Apple iMac's and Macbooks KTA-MB1066K2/8G
"Get as much as your budget allows! Comes in all sizes but must be installed in pairs. You'll be happy you did."
Dell 3007WFP-HC 30-Inch LCD Widescreen Monitor
Dell 3007WFP-HC 30-Inch LCD Widescreen Monitor
"The only monitor better than the Apple 30" monitor. Trust me on that one."
Apple Cinema 30-inch HD Flat-Panel Display M9179LL/A (OLD VERSION)
Apple Cinema 30-inch HD Flat-Panel Display M9179LL/A (OLD VERSION)
"What's a great computer without a great monitor? Don't want the Dell, then this'll do."
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection Upgrade from CS4[OLD VERSION]
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection Upgrade from CS4[OLD VERSION]
"Contains all the software you'll ever need and then some. Can't go wrong (think of the price as an investment in your future). They also make cheaper collections, so get the one that's right for you, and your budget!"
Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Large Format Photo Printer (C11C698201)
Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Large Format Photo Printer (C11C698201)
"Of course you'll need a great wide-format inkjet printer to show your clients proofs and keep your print portfolio up to date. Epson makes the best, but the inks can get expensive. Print sparingly."
HP CP2025N Color LaserJet Printer
HP CP2025N Color LaserJet Printer
"Sometimes printing with an inkjet is overkill. So every office needs a color laser printer. They're fast, simple, and great for draft color proofs. Stick with HP. When you run out of toner, just buy another one. Yeah, they're cheaper that way."
Quarkxpress 8 Single User for Mac/win Education Only [Old Version]
Quarkxpress 8 Single User for Mac/win Education Only [Old Version]
"You'll need this for clients who have existing files in this old-industry format. Has been replaced with InDesign by most serious print designers. You can purchase an InDesign plug-in that opens Quark files. Your decision."
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for the Macintosh
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for the Macintosh
"This little bugger will scan docs, photos, and business cards. If you need super high-quality scans, bring your photo(s) to Staples and have them do it. You'll wonder how you lived without this. Fast, easy, great quality and software."
Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX for PC and Mac
Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX for PC and Mac
"Best mouse for the Mac, bar none. Apple's mighty mouse can't hold a candle to this wonder of electronic bliss. Pricey but worth every penny."
Spyder 3 Elite
Spyder 3 Elite
"Absolutely the only way to ensure that the color you see on your monitor will match the printed item. Easy to use and amazing."
Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARS
Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARS
"With four hard-drive bays in the Mac Pro, why not add more memory…especially with prices dropping every few months. A great size for storage-intensive tasks like video production and music composition, as well as a back-up disc for Time Machine."
EVGA 01G-P3-1080-TR GeForce GTX285 for Mac 1024 MB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1080-TR GeForce GTX285 for Mac 1024 MB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
"With 1024 MB of memory, you'll never have to wait for Photoshop to redraw an image, or watch your screen flicker while playing those FPS games."