why MAC?

Started Apr 14, 2012 | Discussions
Rhine1 New Member • Posts: 6
why MAC?

hello everyone,

first and foremost I posted a question on the PC board asking why one would go to a MAC after using PC for many many years.

This post here goes to you MAC users (maybe more to ones that have some over from PC in the past few years)

My question is simple..why would I switch to a MAC? My PC runs fast, have the software I need/want paired with a high res 30" monitor I get the grafics (that MAC has always had an edge on pc's in the past) but really why would I go to a MAC?

I am in the market for a new computer now and doing the research

I do not play games on the computer I use it for Lighroom/photoshop

Rhine.

Conchita Veteran Member • Posts: 9,914
Re: why MAC?

If you are happy with windows there's no reason to switch to a Mac (not a MAC, which is something else).

imagethemomentstudios Junior Member • Posts: 32
Re: why MAC?

Rhine1 wrote:

hello everyone,

first and foremost I posted a question on the PC board asking why one would go to a MAC after using PC for many many years.

This post here goes to you MAC users (maybe more to ones that have some over from PC in the past few years)

My question is simple..why would I switch to a MAC? My PC runs fast, have the software I need/want paired with a high res 30" monitor I get the grafics (that MAC has always had an edge on pc's in the past) but really why would I go to a MAC?

I am in the market for a new computer now and doing the research

I do not play games on the computer I use it for Lighroom/photoshop

Rhine.

for your needs the main differance is a mac can use hardware more efficantly for adobe software and the such so it will run these programs quicker in the mac os than identical pc. i is basically the kurnel in which mac is based off, it also has less virus, malware and also is a more stable system.

btw i am an it specialist by trade and have used every version of windows from 3.5-8. i use mac for my editing and design needs and win7 pro for everything else. also mac can be duel boot so that u can use both systems at the same time.
any questions just ask

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Phil BH Contributing Member • Posts: 593
Re: why MAC?

The only reason to switch is if it fits your needs better , or if you like it better.

For me, I was looking to replace a computer that ran XP. I didn't like Vista, and Windows 7 was just coming out. My video editing program, Media Studio Pro, was bought by Corel and they no longer were developing it, so it wasn't supported under Windows 7. I was going to have to buy a new editing program for one, so I figured I could use iMovie until I did.

I also needed to replace my external sound card, which used a PCMCIA slot since most computers didn't have anymore. The included sound for the Mac did a decent job in comparison to the PCs I found that had the other features I was looking for, and it included Garage Band, which I could use for the music I needed for my work. It isn't the best, but it worked well enough and so far, I haven't had to buy something else.

I also wanted Bluetooth and firewire, in a 13 inch screen laptop and the Macbook pro had that. The PCs I looked at with the same features, of which there weren't a lot, were physically larger than the Macbook Pro and cost the same. True, I could have found a PC cheaper, but not with Bluetooth and firewire, and in a nice small package.

Windows had become annoying to me, it was intrusive. I want to use the programs, not hear from the OS on a regular basis. Yes, I turned off as many of the "warnings" as I possibly could. I still find Windows to be annoying. I am not a newbie either, I started with a TRS-80, did DOS, have been with Windows since 3.0, did OS2, Linux, built computers and did troubleshooting and consulting on the side. I like the command line and with the Mac the command line is very powerful.

The Macbook Pro has proved to be very durable, in part due to its aluminum case. I travel all over the world and haven't been exactly kind to it. I usually shove it into a backpack on top of my camera gear, in a bag not designed for computers. In fact, I'm flying to Fiji today.

I am looking for a cheap PC for use outside when I do astroimaging, but for it I only need the basics, I don't need firewire or bluetooth. I simply need a screen, hard drive, usb port and the ability to run (cough) XP or Linux. I still like PCs.

I was able to run any Windows software I wanted using Parallels so I wasn't losing anything. I am still amazed at how well Windows XP runs on Parallels along side my Mac programs. Over the past few days I have had Windows running while rendering a video, while working in Lightroom and CS5 along with surfing the net. Everything just worked. I did upgrade to 8GB of RAM.

The Mac boots much faster than any version of Windows I have used. Mine boots in less than a minute, around 40-45 seconds usually. Of course I have installed a Momentus hybrid drive so it has a small SSD as well as the hard drive. Before that drive, it still booted in about a minute. I usually simply shut the lid of the Mac and let it stay in standby. As soon as you open the lid, it's ready to go. Windows doesn't work quite so quickly, even in standby mode. I rarely need to reboot the Mac.

I never like the way Windows programs put files everywhere. Mac programs install much cleaner and are easy to uninstall. There is no registry program to deal with. If you ever have to reinstall the operating system, you don't have to reinstall all of your programs, the install has a utility that searches for existing programs and it does a good job of setting those programs back up. It is similar to the way OS2 was in that regard. It also came with Timeline which works very well for backups.

When I added up the price, and the benefits, I went with Mac. I am very happy I did after over two years. There are some great PCs out there. Both platforms work, you just have to figure out what works for you.

Phil

chris1952 Regular Member • Posts: 204
Re: why MAC?

There must be hundreds of threads on this and nothing has changed in the last few weeks or is likely to change in the near future - millions of people have moved to Mac because "it simply works". I never hear of people wanting to move back.

Some of it is to do with attitude. Try Microsoft support versus Apple Care.

More and more it is to do with the seamless integration with other stuff - I tunes, I books, I pad, I phone, Time Machine, etc etc.

The programs you mention will work on Apple too. The only reason for not switching would be to save money - pcs are often cheaper, but then they also tend to cut some corners when you take a really close look.

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Moofner Regular Member • Posts: 351
Re: why MAC?

Because Windows stinks like something the dog did.

Always has, always will.

talmy
talmy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,320
Re: why MAC?

I feel more productive on my Macs. I use Windows (and Linux) as well, and just find myself more productive with a Mac.

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probert500 Senior Member • Posts: 1,373
Re: why MAC?

chris1952 wrote:

There must be hundreds of threads on this and nothing has changed in the last few weeks or is likely to change in the near future - millions of people have moved to Mac because "it simply works". I never hear of people wanting to move back.

Some of it is to do with attitude. Try Microsoft support versus Apple Care.

More and more it is to do with the seamless integration with other stuff - I tunes, I books, I pad, I phone, Time Machine, etc etc.

The programs you mention will work on Apple too. The only reason for not switching would be to save money - pcs are often cheaper, but then they also tend to cut some corners when you take a really close look.

I use macs but here's a difference: Windows supports older machines - they might be craptastic (or not) but in a few years your mac will be a very nicely built doorstop.

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seeblue Senior Member • Posts: 1,674
Re: why MAC?

Mac: superior sales support, training/help resources, physical "store", warranty support, industrial design and styling, and ecosystem (iPhone, iPad, Mac, iCloud, etc.).

Edvinas Senior Member • Posts: 2,812
Re: why MAC?

seeblue wrote:

Mac: superior sales support, training/help resources, physical "store", warranty support, industrial design and styling, and ecosystem (iPhone, iPad, Mac, iCloud, etc.).

Macs are anything but industrial design

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Edvinas Senior Member • Posts: 2,812
Re: why MAC?

Rhine1 wrote:

My question is simple..why would I switch to a MAC? My PC runs fast, have the software I need/want paired with a high res 30" monitor I get the grafics (that MAC has always had an edge on pc's in the past) but really why would I go to a MAC?

I can see no rational reason for you to switch to Mac. You would be fine both with Windows PC and with Mac.

Don't believe fanboys claiming that OSX is more stable, faster and superior in all other ways - it simply isn't. There are areas where Windows are a little bit better, there are areas where OSX is a little bit better, however both of those OS are modern, very stable and very capable.

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webfrasse Veteran Member • Posts: 3,917
Re: why MAC?

Edvinas wrote:

seeblue wrote:

Mac: superior sales support, training/help resources, physical "store", warranty support, industrial design and styling, and ecosystem (iPhone, iPad, Mac, iCloud, etc.).

Macs are anything but industrial design

Yeah, Dell, that's design! They win all the awards...

Edvinas, can you define industrial design for the rest of us? Furthermore, what makes you the judge?

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Ed Rizk Senior Member • Posts: 2,690
Mac is superior.

I used Macs when they first came out. I switched to Windows in '97 for compatibility reasons. After 12 years, I still hadn't gotten used to the worthless system. The computability problems had been solved so I switched back. I have only met one person who switched to Mac and then went back to Windows. He's weird.
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Edvinas Senior Member • Posts: 2,812
Re: why MAC?

webfrasse wrote:

Edvinas, can you define industrial design for the rest of us? Furthermore, what makes you the judge?

It's the device designed to be used in industrial environment.

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Edvinas Senior Member • Posts: 2,812
Another worthless Apple fanboy post...

Ed Rizk wrote:

I used Macs when they first came out. I switched to Windows in '97 for compatibility reasons. After 12 years, I still hadn't gotten used to the worthless system. The computability problems had been solved so I switched back. I have only met one person who switched to Mac and then went back to Windows. He's weird.

It's not Windows that are worthless. It's your post.

However you could make it more worthy by pointing out what exactly makes Windows "worthless".

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linetest Regular Member • Posts: 308
Re: why MAC?

I started with DOS 3.0 and up to Windows 7. Both have benefits. Some things I need Windows for, that simply will not be available for Mac for various reasons. But, after Intel chips went into Macs I start dabbling. I use Windows and Mac at work. I can deal with both. Home? All Mac. As I have gotten older, I don't enjoy tweaking much anymore. My Mac wakes from sleep 100% of the time. Windows? Well, sometimes. Not a slam against Microsoft, they have to deal with thousands of components. Mac works great because the hardware is VERY, VERY, limited. It's a take or leave it thing with Apple. Aggravating as heck, buy if you take it, it works. Bleeding edge tech? Heck no, but stable. I still like "pushing the envelope" with a Windows box, but I cannot describe how easy the Mac system has been. After 20+ (TRS-80 anyone?) years with these things, I'll take the Mac and just work rather than tweak and update. Might be an age thing.

Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 14,293
Re: why MAC?

Wikipedia wrote:

Industrial design is the use of a combination of applied art and applied science to improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, and usability of a product, but it may also be used to improve the product's marketability and production.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_design

United States Department of Labor (Occupational Outlook Handbook) wrote:

Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Arts-and-Design/Industrial-designers.htm

seeblue Senior Member • Posts: 1,674
Re: why MAC?

+1. Thanks. Apparently that term was "lost in translation".

Peter Rongsted Senior Member • Posts: 1,641
Re:Its up to you

You should use the one you like best. Both Lightroom and Photoshop will run fine no matter what you select. Its really a matter of taste. Just like some prefer Nikon and others like Canon.

If you don't like to go mainstream then get a Linux box

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Najinsky Veteran Member • Posts: 5,739
Because you asked.

Change is good, and curiosity is good.

Macs have enjoyed a resurgence over the last ten years or so for a number of reasons:

  • The media centric G4 PowerBooks became the go-to portable of choice for travelling media pros thanks to light weight, bright hi res screens, fast ports, long battery life, usable trackpad and a suite of sophisticated pro media Apps. They got the job done with minimal fuss and trouble shooting.

  • The huge success of iPod and later iPhone made people curious about Mac computers and willing to give them a shot. Thanks to the media centric focus of the iLife apps a lot of people found they could do almost everything they wanted right out of the box, while pros had access to a suite of pro Apps to deal with more serious work. The overwhelming experience of switching was very positive with extremely high user satisfaction.

  • Macs have been winning, or top two, in reliability and user satisfaction awards for as long as I can remember seeing such awards.

This growth and prominence in user satisfaction has obvious gotten the attention of the curious, hense posts like yours.

You can research all you like but you will only find that the vast majority of switchers are extremely satisfied, but all for their own personal reasons. And that's what it all comes down to, personal choices. You won't really know until you try. You can limit your risk in trying with Mac due to the fact it will run windows natively with bootcamp or virtualised using a range of products. If you don't like using it as a Mac, you just use it as a PC.

Macs include tons of design and innovation, much of which you don't see but which contribute to an easier, smoother and more efficient experience. PCs usually catch up and offer something similar for cheaper, but by then Apple has moved on again.

The latest (more noticeable) innovations include Thunderbolt, glass multitouch trackpads and huge battery life (on portables). Thunderbolt simplifies cabling and connectivity, the trackpads have to be used to really appreciated how much better they are, and battery life is obvious.

-Najinsky

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