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emanelfy Calculating status...
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Nov 24, 2012 2:51 PM

I had a few questions regarding software/programs/apps for Apple computers.


I am a third year Graphic Design major deciding between buying a new Macbook pro or a Windows 8 PC. In terms of the technical specs and hardware, it seems that I can get a faster and more durable system with greater processing speed, ram, hard drive space etc… by going with Windows for the same price as getting a MacBook pro.


Besides the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, are there other programs or developer tools etc I might need to know and have within the industry that only run/work better on Macs?


For a long time, Apple was far advanced in terms of its hardware and computing capabilities. Now it seems that Microsoft has caught up, and even exceeded in many ways. However the majority of people are still turning to Apple, so I feel like I may be missing something?


I was wondering if there were any other important factors and attributes, like software for example, that would be better if I went with a Mac instead of a PC.


Thanks in advance for your time and help!

MacBook Pro
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,555 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 3:01 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    It seems you have your mind made up so there is not much we can say.


    My only comment is read the reviews as to how Windows 8 will integrate into your workflow with the applications you plan to use. So far the reviews I have read have been less then stellar with its total dependance on touch screen on tablets.



  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,555 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 3:24 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    I am a photographer and the reason I used Macs since the late 80s is because I found the applications on the Mac to be easier to use.


    I had to use a Windows laptop at work. I was asked to create a web page for the team. I found I could develop the web page so much faster on the Mac then Windows laptop even with the double testing both on the Mac and Windows laptop that I did all on my work on the web page on my home Mac.


    Web development software on Windows claimed to be WYSIWYG but it wasn't even close. On the Mac, however I set things up that is what I ended up with on the web page.


    I also found the Windows software had a habit of putting all kind of extreneous code in to my web page and made it almost impossible to follow accepted industry standards instead of the Windows pseudo standards.



  • bigluc23 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    Well with a Mac you have not to worry about viruses, trojans, and all that malware. All your applications and their data, are stored in the application folder. There is no need to clean registries or do mantinance, anything that needs to be done is done for you. I've had my Mac 3 years now and the only mantinance I've had to do was occasionally repair disk permissions, but even then that was just a routine test, and it found nothing wrong. Basically as a busy student, with a Mac you won't have to worry about being blue screened or getting infected or something.


    Many Windows 8 PCs may have faster harware, but Apple uses it's hardware more efficiently, so effectively it runs smoother. I run a few CS6 applications, sometimes multiple at the same time, and have no trouble.


    And also, the screen is pretty color accurate.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 4:35 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    You aren't missing anything using a Windows PC. Except the cost of a Mac for lower specs.


    If you buy a Business class PC from almost any seller, Dell, HP and the like, they are still offering Windows 7.


    There is Nothing Special about a Mac, except the cost. And Mac do get Malware. Since no one writes viruses for Mac, at this time, you won't get one of those. But it really depends on how you use your computers. I've been running Windows for years without any AV software and have NEVER been infected with anything.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,555 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 4:45 PM (in response to bigluc23)

    You stated; "All your applications and their data, are stored in the application folder."


    Personally I never do that I always define folders for my project and force the applications to store their data instead. I find that by keeping my project files apart from the applications it keeps things more easily managable to me.



  • chipperz Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 9:35 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    Macs are better built.  The construction is solid with metal vs. plastics.  An advantage with the Mac is that you can also run Windows programs on it by using a virtual machine config such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion or you can use tha Apple supplied Boot Camp to run Windows.  I find the Mac is easier to use and holds up better than a Windows machine over time.  I have been with the Mac since 2002 and have always been extremely satisfied with the quality and build of the Mac and the applications for it.  I never plan to return to Wndows, nor do I plan to run any Windows programs on my Mac.  I have found Mac programs for every use I have needed.

  • bigluc23 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 9:52 PM (in response to chipperz)

    This. Plus Apple has great support. Even if you don't buy Apple Care, which I highly reccomend they do, I've had several friends get low cost or free replacement parts for things that have gone wrong (as they do in every computer, i.e. fans).

  • bigluc23 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 9:55 PM (in response to Shootist007)

    There are many people trying to write malware for Macs, because they are starting to take up a more prominant share of the comsumer market. OS X is just more secure, and harder to crack into. The one virus that did get into some Macs one time was a Java security hole, and even then Apple patched it very quickly. While as on Windows there are many security holes and such that can be breached easily by downloading a file. Trojans have been known about for a long time yet Microsoft has no prevention against them.

  • bigluc23 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 9:56 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    While I'd love to debate Mac vs PC more, this is a support forum. What was the Origonal Poster's main intention for support in posting here?

  • Keyfox11 Calculating status...
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    Nov 24, 2012 10:54 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    I have been an Apple user since spring of this year. The only problem I have with Apple is the price of their products. Other than that, they are very solid and stable, physically, hardware and software. I have never had my MacBook Pro crash and never had a virus or other malware. While I feel the user interface is simpler there is somewhat of a learning curve if you are used to Windows. I am and I didn't have too much trouble. Each display is individually color calibrated so you will have excellent color reproduction for your graphics and photos. Everything I want to do with a computer can be done on my Mac with the exception of Alibre Design. Overall I am very happy with my purchase and I am sure you would be too if you took the time to learn OSX. I don't plan on going back to PC.


    P.S. bigluc23 is right. Apple has 5 star support. I am very impressed by that. They really stand behind their products.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,885 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 11:00 PM (in response to emanelfy)

    OK - so my 2¢... I've been in the graphic arts business for over 30 years. The first computers that we put in were Mac's. Windows was long behind in the graphic arts field at this time (1986-1987) although we did have IBM as a client and had to use an IBM machine to produce their employee newsletter.


    But Windows machines have caught up - and now the biggest question is which OS you'd rather run - Windows or OS X? I've stick with Macs throughout the decades except when forced to use Windows machines (as in the case with IBM) and have never had any problems. As a graphic designer, I just prefer the 'look and feel' of OS X over Windows machines. I use a lot of Adobe software and have for years - it just seems better on a Mac - but primarily because of the OS.


    I wouldn't look at is as Mac vs. PC, but rather Windows vs. OS X... which is the simplest to use? In my mind, it's OS X. Most of the graphic design applications are now cross-platform and that's really the only difference.



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