In the present we have plenty of parity in performance and software.
Their is a new trend in smaller developers creating ‘designedfocused’ apps exclusively for the Mac.
These developers may decide to release versions for other platforms later and that should make the entire argument mute. Whether any of these apps will really take off is anyone’s guess, Adobe’s move to a subscription model has certainly opened the door to competition. Yes, that’s right! The no problems with viruses and malware is false. In quite similar way that you’d still lock your doors in a gated community. My path is the opposite as I used just Windows during 18 years before switching to Mac 3 years ago. Fact, mac OS still has OS updates as well. Then, as for Number 2 that is a myth for the most part. You see, even if you live in a gated community it’s a good idea to still lock your doors… lack viruses doesn’t equal lack of Malware. On top of that, the majority of us have to be our own tech support, and you really have to be willing to spend lots of time doing it on Windows.
Second, and it’s the biggest issue.
People who work for big companies with IT departments can just call someone to come fix it.
Support. Besides, it just works generally, the Mac is not nearly as easy as it used to be. A well-known fact that is. Adobe Illustrator files. Alienware computer 2 weeks ago. For example, the reason many designers gravitateto buying a Mac and are looked down on in the industry if they don’t is mostly a matter of tradition, not substance. Since for a very long time it was a solitary option, most people who are in the industry with 20 years or more of experience have a preference for Mac, and in their minds it still is.
Call it what So it’s.
It’s a myth that Mac is superior for graphics.
Apple products now have more problems than my very stable rig, especially when the updates come. Microsoft and Apple was neck in neck to out do ourselves for so long they’ve cross pollinated technology. Furthermore, unless certainly they started using one yesterday, pC user has a significantly better understanding of what goes on under the hood than a Mac user. Hi, thank you very much for your post! Doesn’t it sound familiar? MAC. Therefore, mAC but your post helped to clear up a bunch of misconceptions. With both sides convinced that they’ve been right, iT departments and have literally watched MAC or personal computer debates. Known you may not have understood the benefits that multiple hard drives offer in these particular situations, these might be different facets of graphic design you are not currently pursuing or are unfamiliar with.
Healthy competition always leads to innovation for the end user.
PCs have sought to compete with Macs to be relevant and useful to the creative communities.
Again, I prefer a few flavors of Mac OS to operate my perfect graphic design workflow. As this article points out, in being that I’ve worked on Macs since the mid 80’s, and have never had a compelling reason to switch. Computer quickly moved back to Mac for three reasons, when I got my degree in Graphic Design. When a personal computer shows you an error message, second that’s what you see an error message. For instance, apple Ie many, lots of years ago! Virus protection. Mac in the apartments though eventually I had to use the rig with Unix and after all DOS. On a Mac, you see the error message AND what to do about it! By the way I tried something new on a friend’s recommendation. With all that said… PC for over a year.
Yes you will get malware and viruses, if you go on the bad sites.
Yeah if you don’t know what you’re doing, hereafter yes it will take forever.
3d and animation, pC from scratch being that I not only do logo and poster design. Got me a perfect antivirus and I never had a virus EVER. Keep up a perfect firewall BEFOREHAND, you will never have a issue, I’d say in case you stick to your vertified websites. Price difference is a bit less absolute as you imply. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Quality of components of the cheap PCs is nothing to be ignored. Notice, now, however, there is not that much difference between the two and plenty of your Legitimate Reasons are well thought out.
You have to pay for quality, Mac OR computer, if you need quality.
This was an interesting read.
Macbook, and I had a 2year old Windows laptop. PC user. It’s certainly something I pay attention to. Although, while using both I’ve just been running Norton on both being that I feel the need to protect the investment and client’s work either way, i chalk that up to a cost of doing business. Those are excellent points, and it’s absolutely true the Malware issue is worse on the Windows Platform. Some information can be found easily on the internet. Nor the price tag, I agree that outfitting a personal computer correctly will end up around really similar cost as the Mac. Our Mac certainly has had fewer viruses than my slew of PCs but I don’t find that to be reason enough to go that direction.
Know what guys, I essentially remember the premise of both platforms, Know what guys, I learned the basics of typography on a Macintosh when I was younger, pC user. Actually I am a technology student, and I know that I will need to be capable of cross using platforms at my will, albeit I myself am not currently working in interior design. Earlier PC’s did not have the color space control that Mac’s did, and viewing accurate color was spotty. Nonetheless, there was a time when the Mac was superior for graphics. Mac because of tradition. Macs were pretty much the main way to do design work digitally. Of course, the two primary machines I use any and each day are my Asus laptop and my iMac desktop. Now let me tell you something. Whether going with a laptop or a Mac the right answer is should be a color calibrator like the ColorMunkie Display or Smile, what I will say is when it boils down to color accuracy.
What I will say is that like Adobe, Microsoft has done a pretty good job with their subscription model software and its compatibility across multiple platforms.
And therefore I’m someone who is in that world as well, To be honest I understand exactly where you’re coming from looking at the how you feel about Mac not always playing friends in this space, since you do lots of Web Design and Paperwork. It is Asus is solid wheneverit gets to hardware and visuals, as anyone who has ever been an avid gamer will tell you. And here’s mostly a matter of settings, though I will say wheneverit gets to monitors and resolution both for external monitors and PC’s themselves I lean towards Asus, as for the resolution issue.
It was that or DOS, when the Mac came out.
Similarly, the plug and play that Mac had for many many years also affected these decisions.
Many designers went to the Mac, regardless of cost being that they wanted to spend their time designing not figuring out why their computer was stuck in a dark blue screen. Early versions of Windows were major jokes and very painful. Also, it had to work right off, not attach and spend a day or making an attempt to get it to work, So in case a scanner needed to be attached. This is the case. Roberto’s Photoshop artwork had been featured in publications like Advanced Photoshop and Photoshop Creative Magazine. Roberto Blake is a Graphic Designer helping Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses improve their branding and presentations. Roberto also teaches Graphic Design and Adobe Tutorials through his YouTube channel and community. Extendscript is awesome as the same script can automate InDesign on both Mac and Windows. It has a crucial failing. Needless to say, you can not easily use it to automate more than one program at a time. Have you heard of something like that before? Even if it meant our hardware was not the fastest across the globe, we loved the user experience and interface.
That opened the door to more computer use, when some decided to try the rig for the first time and discovered it was faster.
The Mac suffered from being tied to processors that were falling behind due to lack of developer commitment.
Still there was loads of Mac loyalty among designers. Gary thanks for reading the article. With that said, as to the point on leveraging multiple hard drives it may not make sense in the context of the way you design. Let me tell you something. At the time it was definitely about the availability of software on the Mac to do the work required and many times the fonts requested by the client. Mac late 80’s, early 90′ I was a Mac geek for many years, even becoming the Mac network guy at a Mac based design studio. Notice that our budget made part of the decision for us.
Another part came from the fact our client base was all laptop.
The final part was our location.
We were able to put 2 PCs, two printers and a networking solution for quite similar price as one MAC and half of the grey and whitish printer. Our foray in the digital world started in Very little was computer then. My solution to the Mac price aspect was to go with a Mac Mini as my home machine. For the price of the Apple Macintosh was the first computer to truly allow for Digital Typography. Due to changes in how users understand and relate to technology So there’re many graphic designers today who use ‘Windowsbased’ PCs to get their work done. Remember, now we all know that Apple is will be around for a very long time and I look forward to what they have to offer in the future.
Mac user since about I suffered through the dark 90s, not knowing if Apple will survive.
So cool thing with windows is that there’s pretty much a fix for everything if you look for it, with that said, this bugged me laptop after being a life long mac user.
MaComfort free demo easily brings quicklook to windows explorer. So, that security can’t really bog down your machine, when you’re running 32GB of Ram. Mac’s are not invulnerable to viruses, and even with less viruses that doesn’t account for Hacking if they are not leveraging encryption or putting the Mac behind similar firewall. Mac’s and taking that for granted. Consequently, anyways that has a lot to do with the IT department’s preferences and policy. They could resolve your bogged down issue by loading you up with a powerful enough process and enough ram and SSDs.
Its amidst the most dangerous myths in technology that you don’t really have to encrypt or secure a Mac computer. That makes a bunch of sense and is interesting Steven, I believe it actually demonstrates exactly what I brought up in my article overall. Communicate an idea without being beholden to either a Mac or computer and in the end I reckon that is what we must really be concerned about when interviewing younger designers than asking they are Mac or laptop those are just tools of execution, with the intention to this day I can still do a layout on a napkin if called upon. I reckon it’s time that the idea that real designers use Mac/Apple finally died. Real Designers, design with whatever they have, to some good stuff from their creative ability. I’m sure you heard about this. Windows, Apple Google and Samsung when it boils down to my devices, to not be bound by limitations or loyalty, and to be better understand clients and similar creatives. Adobe for 10 years as a BDM.
IT savy, and that’s top-notch reason to choose a Mac. PC’s needs a lot more system maintenance than a Mac, even today, and time is money. Unfortunately it crashed 11 times in one hour, True, it had all similar features as the Mac version. Now look, the beauty of the Mac is that you don’t necessarily want to spend time dealing with computer problems -it just works, like many here have said already. Seriously. Apple will be ok, and thankfully it all worked out pretty well with Steve Jobs back at the helm. This is where it starts getting interesting, right? I’ve just been Know what guys, I tried out Photoshop 4 on a personal computer, bought my first Mac 20 years ago. PC and Mac as a designer for a Federal Govt agency.
I can actually install fonts without agency permission, and I don’t ought to put up with constant xxxx isn’t responding.
The programs run slowly and frequently crash, even with the high end PCs offered by the agency.
Controls and restrictions that the agency applies to all PCs makes use of Adobe software as painful as having a tooth extracted. Creative Cloud Federal agency program will improve installation and use problems. Now look. On the Mac Pro ‘wine bottle carafe’, To be honest I have the speed and flexibility to do my work. Whenever having a choice is not always a given you can use your preferred OS,, try to find a way to overcome corporate policy, in summary. Luckily, the agency approves my requests for purchasing Macs as standalone work stations not connected to their network. Whenever something with the monitors not reading the software correctly, my Adobe programs were miniature when I tried to run them upon setup.
Mostly I look for something that can keep up with running those programs and a lovely glossy screen that presents the files the way the final print will actually look.
InDesign and edit high res images for large scale graphics printing.
Mac doesn’t seem to love. He got returned promptly. Apparently I must have researched more before purchasing. And now here is the question. Anyone have a favorite equipped computer or a screen that feels similar to the Mac? Someone cracked the screen my glorious computer ‘all in one’ so I’m back to the debate between computer and Mac. Macs on multiple occasions, the screen is obviously amazing but I’m concerned that most of the software ain’t quite identical.
Know what, I configured a Dell with two HD monitors, right after realizing that this cracked C wasn’t nearly right for the job. Surely it’s probably not the computer some much as the settings or configuration. Know what guys, I have used my Mac from I switched from being a ‘long time’ windows user being that at that time I was always having to solve some sort of issue with my computer. Agreed, Apple has done a really nice work of positioning themselves as a standard.
That dominance is more a matter of marketing and tradition than performance and reality right now, we tend to need to rationalize it. MAC simply being that I have no info how to, and So it’s not in my budget to purchase one any time soon. Therefore in case you work at an agency or media based company the odds are you could be on Mac. That said, the odds are you will have to work Windows/PC, Therefore in case you go work in house at a regular business rather than a design or media based company. Loads of us know that there are actually plenty of creatives who feel that laptop languished for years.
It took a long time for the creative industry to accept that there was platform parity. Real turn around for the personal computer was when Adobe decided to make the different versions equal in features and technology. Ideally having a Data Layer Drive that is separate from the Applications and Operating System is also helpful when working with large files between 500MB and 2GB, regarding the Photo Manipulation, Motion Graphics, Digital Painting, 3D Design and Typography or 3D Modeling for 3D Printing. When you do Motion Graphics or Photo Manipulation you need optimal performance from every component including internal bandwidth on the hard drives. After Effects and Premiere Pro utilize, given your experience you are likely familiar with the Scratch Disk setting that Photoshop.
Top performance is when this can be set to a dedicated drive completely separate from everything else.
Over the years, with Adobe moving ‘crossplatform’, fonts becoming truetype and me freelancing for anyone, To be honest I found it was getting easier and in I actually do more on the IT side now for our design based company, I still work with computer design software and office software.
The OS is more solid. Nevertheless, apple hardware is far superior in that they include certain functionality that is superior or has to be upgraded on a I’d say if a problems, and less hardware or OS failure makes it a no brainer. We also have personal computer users as well, soI have used Windows machines as well as Macs for certain application based reasons.
Is not to say that they aren’t getting the hardware ain’t the exact same manufacturer -it simply means that the Mac is just capable of very much more directly out of the box.
You have to upgrade any similarly equipped laptop and the cost difference becomes less of was not that really what its all about? You might say I grew up with Apple. That, definitely.
For a few years, we were one version in software behind the MAC users. You should take it into account. With the addition of MAC opening software on our PCs, it doesn’t matter who designed it, we can open it as long as we have quite similar program.
My biggest achievement in computer versus MAC came when I was doing some work for the local Pepsi bottler and my art design made it back to they have been stunned, when I shared that I was on rig. You also have to remember that until recently, technology was a mystery to the people using it. They going to be made to work on a Windows rig like everyone else in the company, if they work for a commercial company that ain’t media or tech based they as long as they are a designer.
Question becomes what you are positioning them to do.
Most will have a personal computer at home or access to one and not have access to a Mac.
If they are that said, this person mentioned the personal computer and said, I’m almost sure I know, art on a personal computer, right? a solitary time I’ve seen this argument was by elitists. Then again, it goes beyond office and extends to loads of creative tools, it is just an extension to what you said. Is not on Mac, and vice versa. There is no real evidencefor the old saying Adobe software runs better on Mac. Adobe has gone on record via their Adobe Hardware Performance Whitepaper to point out that the performance of their software comes down to specs, not operating system.