Image Editing on Netbooks- Yes You Can


magixextremephotopackNetbooks are little notebooks with slightly underpowered components that scare those who need to do some heavy lifting. They are often touted for their web surfing capability and not much else, but with the right tools you can turn even lower-powered notebooks into good tools.

One of the heavier tasks that most wouldn’t think about trying on a netbook is image editing. I have heard multiple times that you wouldn’t run Photoshop on a netbook, and while that is probably correct, there is an alternative that is reported to work just fine on them. The folks at How To Be Mobile have shared a program that they successfully use on an HP Mini 2133 that others might want to give a try.

The Mini 2133 is even more anemic than most netbooks with the Via processor inside, yet the author states that MAGIX Xtreme Photo and Graphic Design 2 runs well on the Mini and provides full image handling features. They have a review of the program running on this netbook, so take a look and see if it might fit your needs.



Sheesh. I’m not worried about the CPU. I’m more worried about graphics card issues. Why hasn’t anyone addressed that?


Does anyone have a clue about how to install illustrator on an aspire one with a 10 inch screen?If you do,can you email me on
thanks for your time.


I need to know the exact same answer. I’ve spent like 3 hours of work time trying to get this answer.


PS — I don’t know what computer bubble you’re in, but I have never considered Image Editing a “heavy task”. If you’re doing extremely high-res filters and rendering, maybe, but are most people doing that kind of stuff? No.


I’m completely and utterly confused by some people’s perspective on Netbooks and processing power. Yes, they have a slower processor, but let’s get realistic. THEY WORK FINE for most things! I am running MySQL + Apache/PHP, Illustrator, Photoshop, all fine. I did upgrade to 2GB of memory (which, let’s be honest, is really what’s needed to do lots of things at once). A lower CPU is just that — slower — it doesn’t equate to not being able to do things. A few (or more) years ago, Netbook hardware was the norm for desktops and laptops and no one complained because it was the best available. Why does that suddenly mean things won’t work now? I bought my netbook for a recent 3-wk trip to Europe and it was great. Small, long battery life, etc — and I didn’t have to sacrifice a thing (well, smaller KB and screen of course) but otherwise, my dev environment was setup just the same and I could still work remotely w/o and issue. I’m not rendering graphics so Netbooks are just fine! I akin my point to how 10-15 years ago, slow CPU and low-memory servers were running all of the web sites of the e-commerce explosion just fine — and now people think that dual-CPU 2GB servers aren’t “enough”. It’s all perspective. Desktop computers that are being sold now are completely overkill for most peoples’ requirements.


This is a joke? I run photoshop 6 and 7 just fine on netbooks, I even run panorama blending software on it, which is more demading than photo edditing.

You just need to use tab to quickly hide/show controls.


I’m using PaintShopPro 7 (probably the best PSP version) on my Asus 1000h. It runs lightning fast and feature rich. In general, if netbook is not capable of doing serious work, it’s likely due to low screen resolution than the low performance.


e.g photoshop 5.5 runs awfully well as paintshop.
i have coreldraw 10/11 also running without the lightest problems ….


I run Photoshop on my Wind with 2GB RAM.

It works fine for me. I shoot RAW fairly often and have found plenty enough power to run it.

The limiting factor I find is the lower screen resolution, so I usually use it when attached to a monitor.


Gimp runs great on my Wind. Gimp can help a bit with the lower resolution since nothing is docked to your work space. I have the image full screen and alt-tab my various toolboxes as needed. Its not perfect, but it works when you need it.


what about simply using Picasa? odds are, if you using a netbook, you aren’t in the midst of a serious computing session to begin with.

then again, I don’t own a netbook so I really have no idea if it is “too resource intensive” or just right.

any thoughts?

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