macintosh really better?

United States
April 10, 2007 9:24am CST
i'm pretty much a dyed-in-the-wool PC artist, although many of my friends are jumping off to mac,mainly out of frustration with the "new" windows. from what i've heard of vista,i don't think i ever want it at this point. if you've had experience with both,do you really find that mac is better?is there really that much difference between the two?
5 responses
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I only joined the rest of humanity and taught myself computers three years ago....I had two incentives to do so--I love children's books and often would go to the children's section of the library..lo and behold they even had computers there you could sign up for to use...well, it kind of irked me that I would see five year olds in front of computers...I figured if THEY could do it so can I..actually kids probably understand computers better than us old folks! The second was I am a Die hard Lord Of The Rings fan..and I wanted to join the official fan club..and you could only do it on-line--so one day at the library,...I took a deep breath, and signed up for computer use at one of the computers--well I do have to admit..the first two weeks were weird and I probably exasperated those poor souls who had the misfortune to be near me as I would be asking them every five minutes..."How do you do....that...this..?" Well I turned into a geek..completely addicted..but no money to get one of my own...until recently...so I did learn on PCs...Then when I finally did have the finances to get my computer everyone but everyone I knew said that since I was a photographer that Mac was the way to go...so got my Mac computer...W..e...l..l.........okay here's the lowdown...I do love my Mac..but they are finicky at times...it is a different breed of computer...and even the keyboard it a tad different...I am still learning a Mac's peculiarities..as far as graphics it is superior to a PC...also as long as you don't hook up with anything Windows related --which my particular computer IS capable of since it has a Duo Core Intel processor, you are virtually virus free since it's usually only PC users who have to worry about that--BUT as far as being a word processor....it does well, can't use that word..hehe...Microsoft Office is superior there...rather than my Text Edit..but I can also get IWorks which is fairly similar..One great advantage...the processor is actually IN the monitor itself..no separate monitor...the hard drive is in the monitor, the CD/DVD drives so it takes up a lot less space than PCS-- The bottom line....Macs are usually considered superior if you are anykind of artist..even a musician..you probably could orchestrate a symphony,,and it does have iTunes where you can download music, videos --for a price of course..The majority of film movie editors and special effects people ALL use Macs....When I told someone I was getting a Mac, he laughingly joked that I was joining the "snob" crowd...LOL It's really up to the individual person..there are sadly a lot of limitations on Mac...there are a lot more software available for PC users than Macs.....but Mac makes up for it by having it's own version of some of the software..like Apeture..a superior type photoshop and photo organizer--which I don't have yet...will get..and on and on. Uh--does this answer your question???? LOL
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• United States
11 Apr 07
apeture?i'm going to have to check that out-you have me curious now:) i've gotten two positives on the video/music end.. i'm gonna have to see if i can find somewhere to test graphics on-it could just be do-able
• United States
10 Apr 07
It actually depends on what you're using a computer for. I have hardly any MAC experience, but I have friends who prefer MAC's. I also have friends who hate them. At one time, whenever Apple upgraded their systems, software companies that wrote programs & software for MAC's ended up having to scrounge around rapidly to update their software. This meant that if you've bought a new MAC to replace your older one, you ended up having to upgrade all the software as well. If you're using a computer to mix music & record a CD for release, however, a MAC is a lot better for a job like that.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
that's true-i would have to change out my software. rrr..seems like bill gates has got you no matter what.
@namd3r (395)
• Canada
10 Apr 07
I would suggest just trying out both systems. Not buying them, just try them out. I tried Vista and was blown away by it. I think in the end, it will all boil down to personal preference.
• United States
10 Apr 07
i might go to the local comp store up here and see if they have a tester set up yet.best way to judge,i guess. thanks for your response :)
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Macintosh is pretty good for day to day stuff like web browsing and typing. They are also pretty good for music and video work. There are many problems with Macs though. Most programs are designed for Windows. The Mac equivalents are more expensive and harder to find. Macs also have very limited upgradability. Most Macs being sold now use Intel Core 2 Duo processors. That's good, but it means they also have Intel Graphics, which are terrible. As a result, not only will it be difficult to find compatible games, you won't have a graphics card powerful enough to play games.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
urgh.sounds like you gain one thing,and lose another. if it has a problem with games,it sounds like it might have a problem with rendering then too.
• Canada
10 Apr 07
Never owned a Mac, but a couple of my friends swear by it, seems the Vista has a lot of bugs that need to worked out before its a effeciant operating system...I am quite happy with what I have now..windows XP does all I want and more...seems the Vista is just a little fancier and has only a couple of new features, although I havent seen it yet..
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• United States
10 Apr 07
the thing that scares me is the lockout vista supposedly has if it sees a change it doesn't like.. that could be real bad depending on what you use the computer for..