Virginia Tech’s Department of Art & Art History
is requiring the new 17-inch PowerBook for all of their incoming students in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Art History.
“This is the fifth year of our Apple PowerBook requirement,” Scott Chandler of Virginia Tech’s Art Department told MacCentral. “The PowerBooks are an essential tool for our students in print design, interactive design, and core curriculum classes. Last year most of our students converted to OS X, ahead of a majority of the faculty. This year we’ve finished that transition, getting faculty updated as well as all three departmental computer labs.”
This year the faculty unanimously supported the continuation of both the Mac OS requirement and the laptop platform requirement. Airport networking went from a suggested component to a required one, as well.
“Our first requirement in 1998 was for a PowerBook G3 with 192 MB of RAM,” Chandler said. “Our newest machine offers 1.6 times the screen real estate, 15 times the internal storage, internal Firewire, Wi-Fi compatible networking and a DVD-burner in a package that weighs one pound less than that first required Mac.”
He added that school officials feel that the 17-inch PowerBook will have a feature set that not only meets students’ immediate needs, but provides them with a viable machine for their entire time spent at Virginia Tech. The higher learning institution, located at Blacksburg, Virginia, is home to eight colleges and a graduate school.