Are Macs better than PCs for photography work? If so, why?

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Questions thread
MikeFromMesa
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Re: Are Macs better than PCs for photography work? If so, why?
In reply to fyngyrz, Apr 1, 2013

fyngyrz wrote:

One thing about a Mac (OSX) is that you can run Windows and/or linux in a VM. You can't legitimately run OSX under Windows.

So while you can run any windows program on a modern Mac, you can't run any Mac program on a Windows machine.

But the purpose of buying a Mac machine so you can run Windows software in a VM eludes me. If I want to run Windows software I can do that on a Windows machine. A more important question would be - What software can I run on a Mac that I cannot run on a Windows machine. Clearly Aperture, but what else? And is there software that runs on a Mac that does not have a superior alternative that runs on a Windows machine?

All of these run just fine in a VM on a Mac. No need for a dedicated Windows machine there.

As above.

Au contraire. I run Microsoft's Visual Studio on the Mac doing C++ development. Works great. I do Windows software work there. No reboots, no inconvenience, just click and run within a Windows virtual machine.

Interesting. I did not know that. Thanks for telling me. It is never a bad day when I learn something I did not know.

No question about it. But that your wife found an unfamiliar environment... unfamiliar... is hardly relevant to the OP's question, is it?

I was not responding to the OP's question but to the comment by hjr13. I was just pointing out that the Mac OS is not intuitive to some people who have no problem with Windows.

Once someone *is* familiar with OSX, it is pretty much a doddle to get around in, certainly more so than Windows. But if it's Windows someone needs, OSX doesn't get in the way -- it make it downright easy.

I worked in software development for 25 years on a lot of different machines - proprietary hardware, Unix machines, Windows machines, Macs and others. I was (and still am) familiar with OSX and I don't personally think that it is easier than Windows and certainly not easier than Unix to get around and "do stuff".

As with all of this sort of stuff it is a matter of personal opinion.

The real trick with OSX is if you don't know your way around, then you're not the one to be picking computers or software. Because like any computer, you can end up with something underpowered for your needs, missing critical software, lacking information you need to be successful, etc.

This is no one's fault other than Apple's (and Microsoft's, when it's Windows we're talking about) but it's a fact: If you have good advice and guidance, success is a great deal more likely.

Of course. This is generally true of technology of any sort.

The bottom line, though, is that a Mac, running OSX, is a terrific platform for running all three of the most common operating systems. Simultaneously. Because of this, right now, in the hands of someone who know what they're doing, it's the most capable platform, hands down.

I do not wish to get involved in what often becomes a "religious argument". In all of my time doing software development I have run into enough people who were (and are) OSX fanatics. That is fine for them and I am happy if they are happy. I am not saying that the Mac, running OSX, is not a "terrific platform" but so is a PC running Windows if it is used properly. And, for that matter, so is a PC running Linux.

If what someone wants is a capable machine, then it is hard to beat a 5 year old PC running Unix.

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