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Why is a Mac better for graphic design?

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I've been on PCs all my life, used Macs all through school, and now own a macBook which I dual boot between Mac OS Lion & Windows 7. I can honestly say that they both do the exact same things. Whichever you get used to is what you'll prefer.

If you can't get a mac or a PC to do what you require, it either can't be done on a computer, or you haven't bothered to look it up.

Smaller software selection on the mac (mentioned in an answer below) is not due Apple just being pickier; it's due to more people programming for windows because more people have windows machines. Less choice is never a better thing, except when it comes to viruses.

As for the "easier renaming" thing mentioned below, to me this puts the person's entire answer into question. If you want to rename a file on the PC, you hit F2. It's that easy. The person didn't know this and didn't bother to research it. People like this should not be answering questions as if they know something.

HONESTLY, and in closing, If you're not into shopping around and finding the very best item to suit your needs, just get a mac. The hardware is great, and you can boot to windows if you have software that needs to run in it.
If you know what you're looking for and have specific hardware or software needs, you already know you need a PC. They're both good at what they do.


Why I think the Mac is better for graphic design:
1. It's better with large files and folders containing a lot of large files, especially the ones I deal with--I regularly deal with 1.5GB Photoshop files. That's not a typo--a gig and a half for ONE file, and sometimes I have a folder with 20 copies of that file in it. This much traffic will choke any PC I have ever seen. The Mac just whips right through it.
2. A lot of programs on the PC--CorelDraw comes to mind quickly--keep all their data internally as RGB and convert to CMYK when you print. That's an okay workflow fifteen years ago, when everything was sent to imagesetters separated. Nowadays, all workflows are composite and if you dump an RGB file into a composite workflow the colors will come out really strange. I did an experiment with my workflow--I took two copies of a file, converted one to RGB and one to CMYK, and ran them side-by-side on cheap vinyl. You'd have sworn they were completely different files.
3. It's easier to rename a file in the Mac Finder than it is in the Windows Explorer. It sounds petty, but when you've got 500 files in a job and they've all got weird names, being able to rename them quickly is a godsend. On a Mac I can hit down-arrow, press Return and type in the filename I want. If I press down-arrow and hit Return on a PC, the file opens.
4. Only the best software finds its way to the Mac. I was in an electronics store one day and looked at the "graphics" software. They had six different greeting card programs, nine different fake page layout programs, a whole slew of digital camera photo editors... Right now you're saying, so what? Well, the "so what" is that there are freelancers out there attempting to make a living with this garbage. They'll get a job that should be set in something real, like InDesign, and attempt to set the thing in MyPageCreator or whatever. Then they dump the files it creates on production and tell them, "here you are, you make it work." And you've got your boss, and HIS boss, and the person who's paying for you to print the magazine, drumming their fingers on the lid of your half-million-dollar platesetter which isn't running because every time you send a MyPageCreator file to print it crashes the whole machine. And you can't get it out into something like Illustrator because the one time you tried it, it managed to shove ALL the type on the page into a column one letter wide. Yes, I'm production-centric here but the point is clear: you can't select the wrong tools if you run a Mac because they don't make them for the Mac. There are advantages to not having quite as wide a selection of software.
5. Macs handle type better.
6. It's easier to find graphics-specific tech support if you've got a Mac. It is EXTREMELY rare to find a Windows IT guy who knows anything about this very complex software. If you find someone who really knows graphics, he's probably running a Mac.
7. Macs produce cleaner PostScript than Windows machines do. All high-end graphics output devices run the PostScript page description language. Windows PostScript can totally hang a RIP; Mac PostScript runs much more cleanly.


The original answer is more accurate than the second one.

Notice that the second answer doesn't provide any factual, objective, information like the age of the PC or the Mac or the type of processor or graphics chips that they use. Go to any major PC manufacturer website and build a PC or windows laptop with the same hardware and capacities of any mac and you will find that apple sells antiquated hardware at premium prices.

I am close friends with a graphic designer who bought a mac only because his school uses macs and he needed to have his work in mac formats. For serious work he used his custom made PC running similar software at much faster speeds than any mac for a fraction of the price.

MAC = HYPE! do your homework. Musicians and Artists spend little time researching what they buy. There too busy making wonderful art.

MACs don't get viruses and are less likely to get hacked because most hackers and virus makers live in emerging nations just joining the information age and because macs are ridiculously overpriced. A PC is a much more cost effective medium for victimizing unsuspecting computer users in the western world. As these foreign nations develop their middle class and Macs become more cost effective Apple will lose this major selling point.

Nope, the 2nd answer is right on. I have worked as a production artist for over 15 years at ad agencies and production houses. Started doing graphics in a hybrid PC/Mac environment and even back then on a Performa Mac running some version of OS9 the Mac was smoother running Adobe products.
Over the years as my career progressed, I found myself in only Mac environments where I couldn't compare against the PC until now.
I worked in print production my whole career and only recently was hired to do production at an entirely web based design company. They have us working only on a PC. We are running XP. I have no idea how anyone can say this is a superior work environment. I have to restart my computer at least once a day. It gets choked up working on simple 72 dpi images. I would cry if I had to open a 1.5 gig file like I used to do in my print production days as the 2nd answer described.
I have to keep multiple programs open at a time. On my Mac that was never an issue. I could run photoshop, illustrator, InDesign, Quark, Word, Excel and a web browser all at the same time, constantly get back to my desktop and work happily all day without interruption. Not now on the PC. It is infuriating. If I keep half of these programs open and try to work back and forth between them all it cannot handle it. Plus, now I am not even running as many graphics programs. Usually I only have photoshop open along with excel and a web browser. It is amazing to me how often Excel will shut down the whole system. Excel! A program that was made by a windows based company. Excel kills my PC more than anything. Photoshop is so clunky and unnatural in a PC environment. It just feels wrong. Retouching is a joke on a PC. Photoshop is this wonderful intuitive program that is so smooth and easy to work with on a Mac. You put it on a PC and it looses all its wonderful benefits. I would cry if I had to do major high end retouching on the PC. I would quit my job if they asked me to do it.

Macs superiority for graphic design is a no brainer.
PCs should just stick with business and get out of the graphic design industry completely. Course if you need excel in your business you may want to get a Mac too. Apparently excel is much too complicated for a PC to handle either.


Once again the prior post gives no specifications about the PC he is comparing to his mac. A 64 bit windows based PC with the same hardware as a Mac and some free anti-virus software like AVG will blow away any Mac in any practicality or number crunching test you throw at it.

Actually that he is a she. Why does it matter what specs are given? I am in a internet advertising agency, they have high end computers. My PC at work is 64 bit and it is running XP on it and it is totally up to date with all the virus software and is running Adobe CS3. This isn't some crappy machine.
YET- it can't do half of what my Mac Book Pro can do plus my Mac Book doesn't need the virus software!
Our IT department uses Macs, our IT director wishes he could update the whole company to Macs. The only reason we have PCs is because they are cheap, but not 1 single person believes they are better.


Short answer: They aren't. There are no significant differences between Macs and PCs at this point, the hardware is largely identical, and frankly, the same amount of money will buy you more PC than a Mac. Answer: Here is the deal. Myself a Im a graphic artist. They are BOTH equal!! Maybe before in the cavemen days MAC were different, better. Now with the processors PC have they are EQUAL to MAC. If you like MAC then get a MAC or PC get a PC, but to say one is better for this or what NO!. I had old PC for 10 years and it run Photoshop NO PROBLEM at all!. Now I have a MAC why? Because I got a newer ADOBE software. Like someone said before up top. You can get MORE PC than a MAC for the money. We have Both at my work MAC and PC both run the programs great, also both has issues. Now let me say this. LOOKS no question MAC wins every time!!!!! If you like a better looking computer get a MAC! LOL
Thanks for the feedback!

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