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Mac Centris 650: 1993
By the early 90s, Macs had become the go-to desktop publishing and design platform. Writer and editor Alyson Behr said that her first Mac "was the Macintosh Centris 650 that I used as a Creative Director to design magazine logos, feature spreads, etc. [I] also designed corporate logos, point of purchase campaigns. Photoshop v1, Illustrator and Quark early iterations were my tools."
She was in good company. Many others were using Macs with the exact same software for the exact same purposes. That wasn't enough to keep Apple afloat.
Power Computing Mac Clone: 1997
While Jobs was still out in the wilderness of NeXT, Apple decided to let other vendors make their own Mac clones. I reviewed many of these and I wasn't very impressed.
These rather drab devices did have one advantage: They were far cheaper than Apple Macs and they were very popular in their brief day. Once Jobs was back in the saddle, he killed the Mac clone business as fast as possible.
Power Macintosh 7300: 1997
By the late 90s, Macs began to have the horsepower they needed to really make their programs sing. Well-known technology writer and editor Esther Schindler recalled, "Although I wanted a Mac for a long time, I didn't NEED one. Besides, I was best known for OS/2 so it behooved me to to buy more systems that'd run that OS. But then OpenDoc was announced. We pitched a book about OpenDoc to our publisher, who loved it. That meant we needed a Mac, so we bought one. And now our office, the BitRanch, is nothing but Mac and a few Linux servers, and a Mac server as well."