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is mac mini good for making apps?

05-09-2010, 08:57 AM
#1
Joined: Apr 2010
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is mac mini good for making apps?

I'm planning to get one soon so I need some expert opinion.
05-09-2010, 09:46 AM
#2
I'd have thought it'd be fine - although possibly a little slow depending on how complex the apps you're making are.

(I've used both a MacBook pro and an iMac and the only difference is how much patience is required imho)

05-09-2010, 10:17 AM
#3
Joined: Feb 2010
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Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to Touch Arcade! Hope you have a great time at your stay here! The forums are a great place to interact with consumers about your future apps. Hope to see you back here soon!
05-09-2010, 10:30 AM
#4
Joined: Dec 2009
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Originally Posted by Mondae View Post
Welcome to Touch Arcade! Hope you have a great time at your stay here! The forums are a great place to interact with consumers about your future apps. Hope to see you back here soon!
Kind of off topic, but yeah, welcome!

It is a little bit slower, than, say, a MacBook.
05-09-2010, 11:38 AM
#5
The mac mini will work fine. It just has to run the SDK. If you already have a faster Windows machine, you can do your content creation and editing on that if the mini is too slow. But it's obviously easier if you can do everything on one computer.
05-09-2010, 12:06 PM
#6
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 546
I have an older Mini (about a 1.5 years old, only 1GB RAM) and it works okay -- I've released several apps that I developed on it. I'm positive the newer Minis are more than capable. Mine is a bit slow at times with multiple XCode windows, Safari, etc... but it's good enough.

I agree having a second 'content creation' machine is a must (for instance if you're using Photoshop). I do all my content creation on my Windows PC and use Dropbox to sync with my Mac.
05-09-2010, 12:58 PM
#7
I bought my mini last November, and it works like perfection. However, I too do graphics on my PC, and transfer items manually via jump drive (hard labor, I know).
05-09-2010, 01:32 PM
#8
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Originally Posted by Eastbound View Post
I bought my mini last November, and it works like perfection. However, I too do graphics on my PC, and transfer items manually via jump drive (hard labor, I know).
You should really check out dropbox, which is INVALUABLE imo for using multiple machines. If you're unfamiliar with it (its free btw), its basically a system of sharing where you designate a folder on each machine to automatically upload and download anything you put in that folder. So if you put a file in your windows folder, then it will automatically upload to your mac dropbox folder, and vice versa.
05-09-2010, 01:47 PM
#9
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Originally Posted by Foursaken_Media View Post
You should really check out dropbox, which is INVALUABLE imo for using multiple machines. If you're unfamiliar with it (its free btw), its basically a system of sharing where you designate a folder on each machine to automatically upload and download anything you put in that folder. So if you put a file in your windows folder, then it will automatically upload to your mac dropbox folder, and vice versa.
Thanks, I'll definitely check it out. I knew there were applications like this that I probably should be using, I was just never bothered enough by jump driving to search for one.
05-09-2010, 06:02 PM
#10
The first thing I did after getting my mac mini was to upgrade the ram to 4gb. Just having a few windows open (xcode, gimp, and safari) with 1gb of ram would cause the hard drive to thrash. I also bought a 22" monitor and a comfortable, ergonomic chair.