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Mac vs PC

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One of the most competitive tasks that every designer has to face eventually is the choice of his/her Desktop Computer. Starting from the Macs made by Apple which are mostly used in the design industry vs the PC (running Microsoft’s famous Windows Operating System) which dominates the market share.

pcWhen comparing these two titans to be used for design work one must consider graphics power, color quality, type, ease of use and availability of DTP (desktop publishing software). The handling of graphics, color quality and type is a major consideration in a designer’s job and Apple succeeds at improving factors such as these especially for our industry that’s why they are famous for producing ‘designer’s systems’. If you had to choose between the two on this aspect alone, Apple would be it! That sad the PC has also its fair share of the deal when it comes to quality but still lacks of that wow factor compared to the Mac. In Web Design both of these contenders are on the same level however make sure that you test your visuals on both platforms for compatibility issues that may arise.

As far as software goes there isn’t much difference either all major providers develop for both systems such as the must have Adobe (Creative Suite). Since the Mac is known to be the ultimate ‘designer’s tool’ there are quite some great applications that are Mac exclusive which we can’t live without like the iLife package but you should also know that mainly there is more software around for the PC than the Mac to be more specific in the gaming, architecture and 3D areas.

The Mac OSX in my opinion light years ahead from the PC famous Windows. The reason is because Apple builds its software around the average user rather then some IT Guru. If you never touched a computer in your life the chances of learning a Mac before the PC are amazingly high! but there might still be light at the end tunnel for Microsoft with the introduction of Windows 7. I have personally worked on it on various projects and I must say it gave me back confidence in the OS since I felt it was more stable and did not crash at all :) but no matter how much Microsoft updates there software they will never get rid of the biggest issue Windows has… Viruses! While the Mac gets a very little fraction of these infections the PC can’t live without an Antivirus software these days which as you might know eats up quite some memory.

pro-macSince nothing is perfect in life there is also a downside with a Mac… the price tag. While the price for the high end pro monster might be out of budget (who needs 12 cores anyway) for the average freelancer Apple has a vast range that can fit most budgets such as the iMac which is powerful enough for your design requirements. When funds are low or probably just kicking off your new biz you will do also quite well with a PC especially with the new Windows 7 as mentioned earlier. With some shopping around you can get a nice piece of hardware which certainly comes cheaper especially if you know how to assemble one. In the end neither the Mac or PC will effect your design/creative skills and no matter what you choose the output of your work will always remain the same.

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