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Author Topic: Do you use Mac or PC for your photography/creative art workflow and why  (Read 31383 times)

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« Reply #125 on: February 10, 2009, 15:46 »
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I use a PC...I have never like Mac. I used them quite a bit in college and I always felt like I was trying to write with my left hand (im a righty)


« Reply #126 on: February 11, 2009, 13:06 »
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I definitely stick with a PC. I have no problems using a Mac, but I find them rather awkward. It's really what people are used to. However, I must agree with people saying that PCs are much more versatile. And there's too much unfounded hype around Macs in recent years, which is really Steve Jobs' marketing genius.

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« Reply #127 on: February 12, 2009, 04:17 »
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That's why 90% plus of creative pro's use Macs? They're just taken in by the hype? Yeah, right! The problem is that large numbers of stock contributors are amateurs who naturally gravitate to PC's because they can upload their holiday snaps and play WoW. They're not serious users, in a pro sense. If you're an amateur, use a PC, if you're a pro a Mac-sorted!

« Reply #128 on: February 12, 2009, 07:58 »
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That's why 90% plus of creative pro's use Macs? They're just taken in by the hype? Yeah, right! The problem is that large numbers of stock contributors are amateurs who naturally gravitate to PC's because they can upload their holiday snaps and play WoW. They're not serious users, in a pro sense. If you're an amateur, use a PC, if you're a pro a Mac-sorted!

Hahahaha. Well, Macs are for sissies, and PCs are for real men.  ;D

bittersweet

« Reply #129 on: February 12, 2009, 09:12 »
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I saw a very cute PC commercial last night. It was a little girl uploading photos from her camera and emailing them to her mom. At the end, she said "I'm PC and I'm 4 years old."  ;)

« Reply #130 on: February 12, 2009, 10:48 »
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I am a Mac user, though I have been a die-hard PC user for most of my professional career. I have always wanted a Mac, so I made the switch about a year ago. No regrets so far - I love it!

However, I'm not getting rid of my PC. The Mac still isn't "natural" to me yet, and it seems I can work faster on a PC because of the little differences I'm so used to. For example:

1). The file browsing mechanism on the PC is much better than the Mac
2). Mouse/pointer action on the Mac is different than the PC, and I'm still trying to get used to it. It's ultra sensitive, and I had difficulty doing technical pixel-level work at first. But I'm getting used to it.

But I like my Mac, and I'll definitely buy another when this one wears out.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2009, 10:49 by Norebbo »

« Reply #131 on: February 12, 2009, 18:08 »
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Most of the creative pro's may be using Macs. But using a Mac is not going to turn you into a pro. Your photographs won't look better because they've been processed on a Mac, or worse if you're using a PC for that matter.

« Reply #132 on: February 13, 2009, 04:29 »
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1). The file browsing mechanism on the PC is much better than the Mac

You should spend some time learning file browsing on Mac: coming from Windows, I would say that you may miss many extremely useful tips & tricks concerning file browsing on Mac.

* Spring loaded folders.
* Keyboard navigation
* Expos
* Drag & Drop with Open/Save dialog
* Spotlight search in Finder or in Open/Save dialogs
* QuickLook
* etc.

I would not argue whether file browsing is better on PC or Mac, but there are some extremely useful features on Mac which have no equivalent on PC.

« Last Edit: February 13, 2009, 04:32 by araminta »

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« Reply #133 on: February 13, 2009, 04:54 »
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I'm about to switch over to a Mac after many years of using PC's, and my reason is very simple, I'm fed up of my computer decided whether something will work or not for no reason other than to annoy me.

I use a Wacom tablet, last month I was using it to edit a photo, I closed the photo opened another one and all a sudden a box came up saying there was no driver for the tablet, and yesterday for no reason the buttons I've got assigned to the tablet stopped working yet they were working fine two minutes ago!

Same thing has happened with my iPod, Photoshop and other software.

I've done a lot of research before deciding to switch, one thing I've found is that you'll come across thousands of people who swear by their PC's but you'll also come across hundreds who have had problems with them, I have never come across anyone who's ever said their Mac did anything other that what it's supposed to do - that's good enough for me.

For me price, looks and whether you like the Mac interface is subjective, I just want a computer that does what it's meant to.

« Reply #134 on: February 13, 2009, 07:08 »
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I used to use a mac for years for graphic design and in the mid-late 90s it was the best choice for that type of work. But now PCs have caught up in performance and can deliver that at a fraction of the cost of a Mac. I switched from Mac to PC in 2003, I actually had both machines for a while but found I never switched on the Mac so focused on the PC and have saved a fortune in hardware over the following years. Windows (XP and Vista) has never crashed on me, while I still have nightmares about the 'frozen wristwatch' from my Mac days.

« Reply #135 on: February 13, 2009, 08:59 »
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while I still have nightmares about the 'frozen wristwatch' from my Mac days.

Ever heard of MacOS X?

Comparing XP/Vista with a pre-OS X Mac is somewhat unfair, isn't it?



« Reply #136 on: February 13, 2009, 10:13 »
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while I still have nightmares about the 'frozen wristwatch' from my Mac days.
Ever heard of MacOS X?

Comparing XP/Vista with a pre-OS X Mac is somewhat unfair, isn't it?

I'm sure the Mac OS has improved considerably. I'm just explaining why I switched (crashes) and why I'm not going to switch back (value for money).

« Reply #137 on: February 13, 2009, 10:16 »
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You should spend some time learning file browsing on Mac: coming from Windows, I would say that you may miss many extremely useful tips & tricks concerning file browsing on Mac.

* Spring loaded folders.
* Keyboard navigation
* Expos
* Drag & Drop with Open/Save dialog
* Spotlight search in Finder or in Open/Save dialogs
* QuickLook
* etc.

I would not argue whether file browsing is better on PC or Mac, but there are some extremely useful features on Mac which have no equivalent on PC.



Oh, I agree - those features are very nice and useful. I love Expos! I guess it's because I've been a PC user for so long that I really miss the "Windows Explorer" type of file navigation. It's been a core part of my workflow for years, so it's hard to break out of it.

I'm slowly getting used to the Mac way of doing things, though.

« Reply #138 on: February 13, 2009, 11:13 »
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while I still have nightmares about the 'frozen wristwatch' from my Mac days.

Hahaha, oh yeah, "the spinning pizza of death" (Mac OS X equivalent of frozen wristwatch). I have nightmares about that as well.

« Reply #139 on: February 13, 2009, 16:27 »
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Hahaha, oh yeah, "the spinning pizza of death" (Mac OS X equivalent of frozen wristwatch). I have nightmares about that as well.

The "spinning pizza" (a.k.a. "rainbow wheel") is not similar to the "frozen wristwatch": it indicates that an application is not responsive currently, but it never hang the system or other applications. You can still work in other applications, no problem. It is thus a problem with an application and not the OS.

« Reply #140 on: February 13, 2009, 16:36 »
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And there's too much unfounded hype around Macs in recent years, which is really Steve Jobs' marketing genius.

Don't agree.

The current hype is not due to Apple marketing genius, but to Microsoft failure with Vista: PC users finally start considering Mac with an open mind and understand now that it is indeed a very nice alternative to Windows.

Everybody should be able to choose based on facts: until recently, PC users were not interested in knowing facts about Mac: they were just sure Windows was the only choice thanks to Bill Gates marketing genius... until Vista and Steve Ballmer came  :D



« Reply #141 on: February 13, 2009, 17:08 »
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I totally agree with Vista being a major flop. I'm definitely not updating my XP until they come out with a new OS.


« Reply #142 on: February 13, 2009, 19:14 »
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Vista is a memory eater because all of the zillion "content protection" features in it. Right after the start, some Indian tailors downsized (removed all the copy-protect junk) it and the Indian Vista can even run fast on 512M RAM. You can't find that one in Western stores, but it's all over China and Asia, for a couple of bucks.

I heard from a friend in Shanghai the Indians downsized the new Win7 beta already and it's all over China, 2 weeks after the launch of the beta.

Most businesses and power users still use XP pro. That's a very stable OS - now. The problem is you can't buy XP any more, so everybody that wants to install it on a fresh PC (removing the preinstalled Vista) has to rely on Rapidshare or a friend's "share".
« Last Edit: February 13, 2009, 19:18 by FlemishDreams »

« Reply #143 on: February 15, 2009, 10:54 »
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LOL, I want one  ;D

Man, someone seriously has too much time on their hands.
That was a very expensive production to put together just for a chuckle.

(Typing this on my Dell Laptop Core 2 duo 2.4GHz with 3 GB of ram. Soon going downstairs to my Mac Pro desktop 2.8 quad core Xenon with 8 GB ram to do some serious image editing).


 

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