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puma
Posted 31/10/2010 - 22:18 Link
I have a PC NOT a Mac, but I constantly get told to invest in a Mac as it is much better for my use with photography! But i dont know why!What do you all think? And what do you use Pc or Mac? And why?
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woodworm
Posted 31/10/2010 - 22:29 Link
If your PC does everything you need then don't worry about it.

I use a PC (Windows XP and Windows 7) - I can edit photo's and video easily and without any issues and I'm sure I could if I had a Mac.
techno-terminator
Posted 31/10/2010 - 22:36 Link
BTW - it's not a MAC - it's a Mac - just for the sake of accuracy
puma
Posted 31/10/2010 - 22:43 Link
techno-terminator wrote:
BTW - it's not a MAC - it's a Mac - just for the sake of accuracy

Sorry i guess your a Mac user
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techno-terminator
Posted 31/10/2010 - 22:45 Link
I'm sitting looking at a PC at the moment
let the education continue

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Aero
Posted 31/10/2010 - 23:06 - Helpful Comment Link
Years ago, the Mac was the only serious choice for photo editing or graphic design. I don't think this has been the case for a long time but have at least two friends who swear it still is. Either will do the job equally well given the right software, IMHO. Price and software compatibility have kept me in the PC camp.

Al
williamk
Posted 31/10/2010 - 23:07 - Helpful Comment Link
Haven't posted for some time - but thought I would throw in my penny's worth
I have been a Mac user for years and perhaps a little biased - but in my opinion it is like comparing milk with cream - compared to using PC's ( and I do at work ) using a Mac is shear pleasure and in my opinion more stable, more intuitive/productive, better looking, better built etc etc etc
To be fair though - I suggest you find a good Apple Dealer and ask for a demonstration related to your main requirements - you might be pleasantly surprised
prsjnb
Posted 31/10/2010 - 23:58 - Helpful Comment Link
Puma wrote:

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I have a PC NOT a Mac, but I constantly get told to invest in a Mac as it is much better for my use with photography! But i dont know why!What do you all think? And what do you use Pc or Mac? And why?

Have used both platforms (PC from Windows 3.1 and Mac from OS6.0) over many years. Originally a staunch devotee of Macs and the Apple OS but with the passage of time my antipathy to all things Windows has dissapated. It remains the case, IMHO, that Apple produce some of the most visually appealing 'one-box'solutions but this comes at the expense of cost, flexibility and, to an extent, easy upgradeability, although things have improved considerably since the switch from Power PC to Intel.

These days, I use exclusively Windows (dual boot XP 32-bit and 7 64-bit) because I like to custom build my own PCs. Reliability (hardware and software) is not an issue, in my experience, if you subject your PC (Mac too, I imagine) to routine maintenance, just as you would (should) a car and are very careful about what you download and install on it!

Keeping a beady eye on the Linux alternatives, however, as I fancy running a completely 'open-source' machine. All that is stopping me at present is the need to run certain educational software for which no Linux version exists.

For photo-editing I use PSE (8.0) and have just purchased Lightroom 3.2 and both run smoothly and reliably on my current PC. Of the the free/less expensive alternatives I have tried Photofiltre Studio and Paint.net, both of which are excellent programmes but not quite as 'user-friendly' as PSE. I have also dabbled with the GIMP, which is an amazing programme, even in its Windows guise, and one that I might have settled for if it wasn't for the fact that as a teacher I was able to buy a copy of Lightroom for £70.00.

Jon
Don
Posted 01/11/2010 - 01:48 Link
they say "Get a mac" but it's a trap......
I now have four and hope to buy another next year......

you can't stop at one.
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Smeggypants
Posted 01/11/2010 - 06:06 Link
puma wrote:
I have a PC NOT a Mac, but I constantly get told to invest in a Mac as it is much better for my use with photography! But i dont know why!What do you all think? And what do you use Pc or Mac? And why?

Mac's aren't better for use with photography at all. I've never heard so much BS.

PC v. Mac wars are childish and so passée.
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Smeggypants
Posted 01/11/2010 - 06:08 Link
williamk wrote:
Haven't posted for some time - but thought I would throw in my penny's worth
I have been a Mac user for years and perhaps a little biased - but in my opinion it is like comparing milk with cream - compared to using PC's ( and I do at work ) using a Mac is shear pleasure and in my opinion more stable, more intuitive/productive, better looking, better built etc etc etc
To be fair though - I suggest you find a good Apple Dealer and ask for a demonstration related to your main requirements - you might be pleasantly surprised

Macs aren't more stable. I used Windows XP for 9 years and it didn't crash once. I now use Win 7 and it's never crashed.

So yes you're biased.

There's no difference between Mac v. PC in terms of performance
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MattMatic
Posted 01/11/2010 - 06:39 Link
I use both

PCs for as long as can remember (been programming for PC since DOS 3.1 )

Mac for the past 18 months.

What do I prefer? Mac for everything I can, and PC for the rest
But you can use either - it's up to you

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DoctorJeff
Posted 01/11/2010 - 08:50 Link
And here's another vote for BOTH!
Of course, none of them (two PCs and two Macs) are brand new, and the operating systems are not brand new, but the boot times are faster with the Macs. Cannot see any difference when photo-editing, but the comparison is not fair (450 mhz Mac versus 2.4 Ghz PC), and I use a PC for convenience.
Go back 20 years or so, and every psychologist involved in vision research ran a Mac, because they were far superior to the PCs of the day for displaying graphic images. In fact it was almost impossible to even find experimental software for the PC.
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Pentaxophile
Posted 01/11/2010 - 09:28 Link
You will be running exactly the same software on a mac and will have to pay more for equivalent performance compared to Windows PC. I use a mac for work and PC at home. I've had photoshop crash without warning at work many times, never at home! The mac user interface is also annoying- can't maximise windows, resulting in a confusion of open windows behind the one you are working on. Windows is clunky but easy to use.
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zebrasas
Posted 01/11/2010 - 09:32 Link
I have had both Mac(g4) and pc (still got mac mini) and there is no diffrence except that a mac looks more stylish and is a bit quicker(maybe), but i just had built a pc(£600) that is just as fast and reliable as a mac for half the price, and adobe seems to backing pc more now and as adobe is our main software provider these days I will be sticking with pc. It is more versatile cheaper and just as reliable. As other members have said few years ago the Mac was superior and no problems with viruses, never had any anti virus on my mac but having said that I dont have any anti virus on my pc laptop now for nearly 2 yrs and never had a problem ( maybe lucky) I just format my pc when it gets slow, takes about 2hrs and then its like new and fast.
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