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The Great Debate - PC Vs Mac


Greg

Active Member
#1
What design forum would be complete without the age old debate of PC Vs Mac?


Which do you use? One or both?
Which do you prefer and why?

I'm currently working on a PC, although at my previous workplace worked on an iMac, must say I was very impressed with the reliability and speed as it was my first experience of using a Mac for real/live projects, apart from a regular freeze/crash when leaving Illustrator CS2 open for a long period of time without using it (that was on an Intel iMac).

Would like to get a Mac for my freelance work in the future, but the price has always limited me from that option. I think I would need to focus on a lot more print based work to warrant the extra spend, as the majority of my work as a freelancer tends to be more web based.

Does anyone here work on a Mac with a Windows OS running? Would be interested to hear how you find it, if it's stable/reliable?

Thanks,
Greg
 
#2
I use a MAC and have converted my two co-workers to the dark side also..haha

In all serious I think that not only does Apple provide a more stable operating environment but one of the other main things is the software. The software for mac just seems to work. Right from the old drag and drop installation thought to streamlined processes and cross software integration.

Its funny that although there are tens of thousands more pieces of software for the PC every piece of software that I use for my Mac seems to deliver a better user experience, Its as if the software engineers have sat down and thought about the logical process of doing things where as with a PC you seem to have to go round the houses to get similar results.
 

Greg

Active Member
#3
As I mentioned in my first post I found using a Mac things did just seem to work (with the exception of the Illustrator bug I mentioned). It's interesting that you guys all use Mac's as a web design & development company it seems to be tradition to use PC's, do you run the Windows OS on any of your machines Nathan? How do you find cross browser testing with the Mac, presumably you have access to the same browsers/or if not tools to check things?
 
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mrleesimpson

Guest
#4
I use a iMac at a contract job I do and a PC (with two monitors I might add) here at home, and to be honest I like the change.

Its nice to work on the Mac some days and the PC others, mixes things up a little bit.
 

Greg

Active Member
#5
Welcome to Design Forums Lee! Don't forget to post an introduction ;)

mrleesimpson said:
Its nice to work on the Mac some days and the PC others, mixes things up a little bit.
Do you have similar work on both Lee?
Or is one used more for print work over the other, etc?
 
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mrleesimpson

Guest
#6
Nope the same work on both...

...and to mix it up even more they're running different software and different versions of Adobe CS. So on the Mac I'm working with CS3, Textmate and Console and on the PC I'm working with Dreamweaver, CS2 and FTP.
 
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mrleesimpson

Guest
#10
Greg said:
Cool, so in the sense of writing website code do you prefer Mac for the availability of Testmate over PC and working on Dreamweaver?
hmmm. I think again its just a case of change is as good as the rest.

TextMate is far better becuase its simple and it lets you know where you are with code, but I tend to use a cut down version of Dreamweaver anyway (no default code, no tabs, file managment or snippit boxes) so its just a case of where ever I am.
 

Mike

Senior Member
#11
I bought a Mac mini yesterday to do some Dev work on,

first time i will have ever used one so it could be an interesting experiance!

Any tips on programs etc to get?
 
#12
Mac / PC... it doesn't matter. Both are just as capable.

PCs are cheaper, like for like, of course but if you want all the "glitz" and eye-candy of a Mac then knock yourself out.
 

Jazajay

Active Member
#16
To me it has to be the PC.
If a part goes it's just sssssooooo much cheaper and a 5 min walk up the road to get the part as well.

Mac well.....I would be waiting for a while, and I would have to hope it didn't get damaged in the post, if it did it would be an even longer wait time which would be an issue if it was my server.

That said I love the monitor for the MAC.

Here's a question can I use the monitor for the MAC on my PC?

Jaz
 

philjohns

Senior Member
#18
I use/have access to both however I primarily use my imac for EVERYTHING other than checking a website in IE which is where I use a cheap laptop! haha

Ive had my imac since the beginning of this year and hope to never go back. I'll only use a windows computer for checking a website.

The speed is incredible and everything is layed out in such a more logical way I feel.

Oh - and it looks so much better on my desk!

Ok - Im not one for saying that a designer must work on a mac to be a good designer - I hate people that say this - and I know that some of the best designers work on windows.
Personally i think its a choice that only the user can make - for me its going to be mac all the way now - I know some people however who ahve tried macs and sold them 4 months later....

Completely a Personal Choice!
 

Jazajay

Active Member
#19
@Bluecube
Why thank you for your sarcastic answer Bluecube, it is very much appreciated. :D
I have just never owned 1 and is something that I was curious about so thanks for clearing it up for me. lol

Jaz
 
#20
it wasn't sarcastic, i tried to reply with "Yes" but it wouldn't let me reply with a message under 10 characters so i change it to "erm...Yep... " :)