Having a missionary-type family, my family and I rely on the generosity of others to sustain our life in ministry to others. So much of our ministry in the gospel is done by freely giving through different skill sets we have learned over the years, like web design, graphic design, administration, etc.
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ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD
For quite some time I have known that I would be using Adobe InDesign to layout some gospel-centered print material. Not only that but my wife, Grace, is asked often to utilize her creative gifting through graphic design programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well as Richee. Adobe has recently released something called Creative Cloud where you can pay a monthly fee to use all their software or one program for a smaller fee. There is also an annual subscription to have access to all Adobe programs, which is cheaper (Creative Cloud Complete) but costs more upfront. Adobe will no longer be producing “hard copies” of their software where you can download a full suite and own it. There system is now subscription based, thus I am presenting this to you.
There is much work for the gospel we can do with a lot of the Adobe products. I have the ability to utilize 6 of the Adobe programs (which I do not have access to at this point) and could utilize more if access was given to all Adobe has to offer. Currently an annual subscription to Creative Cloud Complete is $50 a month (if paying for the annual subscription), coming to $600 for a year. Just to give perspective as to how much we could be using Creative Cloud, from October 2013-April 2014 I used Adobe products at least 30 hours a week. With full access to all Adobe products, I know that I would be using them more for the sake of the gospel. Right now I have canceled all my subscriptions based on not having the funds to pay several monthly costs to only have a few of the products.
If you would like to specifically support me in getting this software, please see my donate page to give. [/box]
AT LEAST QUAD-CORE APPLE COMPUTER
There is only so much my little 13 inch Macbook Pro can do related to some of the things my projects require.
For example, at the Daniel Training Network Conference in April, my computer had to facilitate the live high definition web stream for all those viewing online. The computer was running at the highest level allowed for 3 days straight, not knowing if it would crash at some point. The live stream went well but the recording of the live stream for our conference archives and online resources wasn’t the greatest. Completely due to my computer lacking in the ability to do so.
You might ask, “Why do you need Apple?” Great question. There are several reasons but mainly because it streamlines with all other products I have and a lot of the products I have to utilize at events, etc. Another advantage to Mac is the 3 year n0-questions-asked Apple Care that takes care of anything that happens to my computer and has been amazing to have for my last 2 Macbook Pros.
Almost every day during this last season of projects, my computer was running “hot” based on me doing so much on it at the same time. I really need a computer with “4 brains” (quad core) or more, instead of just “2 brains” (dual-core).
Prices vary on quad-core Apple computers but currently I could probably get a refurbished one at the level I need for around $2500. [/box]