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Old 7th of May 2012 (Mon)   #46
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I wonder -- aside from the partisan bickering, is the OP getting any useful help/info?
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Since most plugins and programs I have (exept for "Aperture") are available in PC. Should I stick with iMac (cost almost double the price) or cross the floor to PC? I know there are pros and cons for everything. Thanks for the input.
What software?

For instance: a Lightroom license is cross-platform.
PSCSx is not. So you'd need to cross-grade or buy a new version…


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Old 8th of May 2012 (Tue)   #48
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Anyone who tells you to choose PC over Mac, has probably not spent much time with a Mac or seen the benefits of OSX. I have been a radical PC supporter for 14 years of my life. I even used to say things like "mac sucks", e.t.c.. But 3 years ago I decided to give Apple a chance. Now I'm on an Imac and a Macbook pro, and I never look back.

My office run both PC's and Mac's and by far people like working on the Mac more. They are fast, reliable and stable.

Sure, PC might be good for gaming and such things, but for work and photo editing, Mac is the way to go.

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I use a PC for all of my photography work and a MacBook pro for dj'ing.
If you can build your own pc then go for it and save yourself up to 50% or so depending on what type of hardware you desire.
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Anyone who tells you to choose PC over Mac, has probably not spent much time with a Mac or seen the benefits of OSX. I have been a radical PC supporter for 14 years of my life. I even used to say things like "mac sucks", e.t.c.. But 3 years ago I decided to give Apple a chance. Now I'm on an Imac and a Macbook pro, and I never look back.

My office run both PC's and Mac's and by far people like working on the Mac more. They are fast, reliable and stable.

Sure, PC might be good for gaming and such things, but for work and photo editing, Mac is the way to go.
My PC's have been fast, reliable and stable for as long as I can remember. I think the last time I had any sort of crashing was Windows 98, and it was driver issues which was the fault of a 3rd party (Creative). I ran Win2K a lot and had a month-long 3D animated movie rendering going on a PC at one time and it never crashed.

Contrary to this, when I was forced to have to use Macs they were slow and crashed a lot - especially in Photoshop.

Sure, Mac might be good for looking nicer on your desk and add to your feng shui or whatever, but for doing actual work and photo editing, PC is the way to go.
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Contrary to this, when I was forced to have to use Macs they were slow and crashed a lot - especially in Photoshop.
The word forced makes this statement interesting. If forced to use something you are 'against' your going to look for things that make it look bad right? Same if you put all the Mac users here on a PC, they'd pick the crappy Windows OS apart.
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The word forced makes this statement interesting. If forced to use something you are 'against' your going to look for things that make it look bad right? Same if you put all the Mac users here on a PC, they'd pick the crappy Windows OS apart.
I preferred to use my PC since it was faster, however in the classroom all they had was Macs so that's what I had to use. I wasn't really forced physically or anything lol. Anyway, the experience was maddening. They had Wacom's and simply making a stroke with the pen would take 5-10 seconds for it to show up on the screen, Photoshop crashed a lot, all sorts of crap.

I would have been fine using them if they had been similar in speed and reliability to my PC. And it wasn't just one - everyone had these problems. I had no need to look for things to make it look bad.
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I've been using Macs with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet for years and I've never had such a problem.

In addition, one area where Macs exceed Windows is in gpu image processing. Aperture is faster than Lightroom and Pixelmator is faster than Photoshop. Both apps make extensive use of the gpu cores and vRAM such that if you have a decent graphics cards they can do just about any rendering in real-time.
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See this thread about PC builds
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=576828
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I have both, but for photo and video editing I prefer to work on my mac, mainly because of the reliability, speed and pleasant workflow experience.

The more I use my mac, the more I hate my PC. :P I only use it for games nowdays.
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I preferred to use my PC since it was faster, however in the classroom all they had was Macs so that's what I had to use. I wasn't really forced physically or anything lol. Anyway, the experience was maddening. They had Wacom's and simply making a stroke with the pen would take 5-10 seconds for it to show up on the screen, Photoshop crashed a lot, all sorts of crap.

I would have been fine using them if they had been similar in speed and reliability to my PC. And it wasn't just one - everyone had these problems. I had no need to look for things to make it look bad.

Well PC or MAC....school computers are like rent-a-cars. They work great when their new, but a lot of wear and tear gets put on them fast. I remember back in high school kids would have competitions to see who could break the computer first. I remember one day a kid opened as many windows as he could. When the teacher caught him he said he was making a collage hahah
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About 6 years ago I was soooooo anti mac. I used to think F Mac their too expensive for the same things. Then for some reason I bought a 17" macbook pro(about 5 years ago) I couldnt Possibly go back to a windows system. Macs are just plain easy! Their nice to look at, better to work with, and with the exception of one of my hard drives being replaced I've had ZERO issues with my macs. I've had 2 imacs 1 15"macbook pro, 1 17" macbook pro & a 13" macbook. Thats unheard of for a PC. Seems like I had to fix something every few months on every PC I've had.Even with the same hardware, mac just uses it so much more efficiently.

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Anyone who tells you to choose PC over Mac, has probably not spent much time with a Mac or seen the benefits of OSX.
A serious question if I may - what benefits?

I have PC and a Hackintosh so use both Win7 and OSX and am familiar with both but I am very interested to understand what benefits you see in OSX.
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A serious question if I may - what benefits?

I have PC and a Hackintosh so use both Win7 and OSX and am familiar with both but I am very interested to understand what benefits you see in OSX.
They last! yes, Mac might be twice as expensive, but when you have to trouble shoot the PC atleast twice in the first year while the Mac can be used without issue for YEARS to come, that alone is worth the hefty price tag.
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My desktop is a $900 i7 quad with 12 gig of memory.

My monitor is a $900 27 inch hi-res IPS panel.

They just happen to be in the same box and that box has an apple on the front.

When I got it I took it out of the box, plugged in the power, and within 10 minutes I was up and running on the internet. There was no un-ordered software to be deleted, no trial packages, no virus sales pitches, and no issues with transferring data from my PC. What was installed worked as advertised. And as a long time PC user that was more than enough to convince me that my move to an iMac was good for me.

When the new OS X Lion system came out I bought it online, downloaded it, and installed it. No reformatting my HD and no loss of data.

When my HD died it took the folks at the Apple store 2 days (one of those a Sunday) to get it fixed and back to me. It took another few hours to bring all the backup information in from my TimeMachine drive and I was back up to where I left off.

Are they trouble free? Get real, what is today? Expensive? Yup. Worth it? You bet!
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