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mac vs pc


shalik 4 35 United States
25 Jun 2010 4:23AM
which is better w/ PS CS5?

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mlewis 10 1.5k United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 5:27AM
Whichever one you find most comfortable using. PS works the same on each platform.
25 Jun 2010 8:44AM
I've just had to re-equip with computer kit and have to say there's very little difference nowadays, the new breed of Macs are lightning quick as are the PC's, their both using Intel chips and fast processors now, the only difference is the OS isn't at all clunky on Mac but personally i find it is on PC.

Software's your main issue, if you've been PC based previously and go down the Mac route you'll need all new software and likewise Mac to PC.

jk
marc484ie 8 31 1 Ireland
25 Jun 2010 9:16AM
I prefer PC as if something goes wrong it can be fixed cheaply and technicians are readly. Unlike MAC. I'm a computer technician myself and work with both platforms.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
25 Jun 2010 10:08AM
It's a bit like the Canon v. Nikon argument. It comes down to loyalties and what you already have. Toss a coin, make a choice and then stick with it.
TTT 13 559 Germany
25 Jun 2010 10:09AM
"An Apple a day keeps Windows away"
25 Jun 2010 10:11AM
I've been a PC user since I can remember. Lately, I have been recording music with Pete on his Mac. Although I feel there are some serious usability flaws with OSX in some cases, I feel strangely drawn to wanting to use it more and more. It depends really, for me, a PC works better for techy stuff, but in my opinion Macs are really good for creativity (ie: graphic design, audio recording, etc). But there is a learning curve.
cameracat 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
25 Jun 2010 1:31PM
This question really needs some basic clarification.

First the term Mac vs PC, All " Personal computers are PCs, Be they made by Apple running the Mac Operating system, Or a Dell ( among many ) Running a Microsoft Windows Operating system.

So basically there is no such brand or make that can be called a PC, Because collectively they all come under this term, First coined by " IBM " many many years ago, Well before anyone else was even in business......Grin

So to correct that misnomer, The Mac you are referring to is an " Operating System " as loaded onto personal computers made by " Apple "......Smile

The so called PCs that your referring to are the other brands of personal computer made by " Dell " IBM " HP " Compaq " far to many to list, As well as the " Custom Computers " again made by a myriad of specialist ( and private ) builders, Who tailor their machines to your exact requirements, Many of these will be loaded with the Microsoft Windows Operating System, But there are other Operating Systems available such as " Ubuntu " Linux " to mention a few.

Where it can all get a tad confusing is that Apple choose to use the word iMac for their computer models, Quite why they have to use the " i " in front of everything is beyond me, Its supposed to mean " Internet " ......Smile Come on Apple get real its the year of our lord 2010, There is no longer a need to inform everyone that you have finally made a machine that " Can " actually get on the Internet, .....Its all a bit of an " iFad " a bit like calling a portable radio a wireless........Grin

So having got that little niggle sorted, The short answer is buy whatever you like in the way of a computer, Because fact is it makes no difference to the end product.

As for whats better at running Photoshop CS5....? The short answer is a computer that meets the basic system requirements as laid down by " Adobe " ......Smile

Its all there on the Adobe site, It separates the Windows spec from the Mac OS spec, So you really can't go wrong, A couple of minutes reading is all thats required......Sad


Quote: "An Apple a day keeps Windows away"


Probably posted by another witty Apple Mac user.....Sad Not funny or original, But you gotta get your kicks somehow......Tongue

System Requirements for Adobe Photoshop CS5.


Quote:I've been a PC user since I can remember


Careful David, Before you know where you are you'll be lusting after " French Cars " & " Pentax Cameras " .......LOL......Smile As if....Wink
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
25 Jun 2010 3:43PM

Quote:First coined by " IBM " many many years ago, Well before anyone else was even in business.....


Well, technically, before there were PC's, small computers were referred to as 'microcomputers' - a term which encompassed a whole bunch of 8-bit devices, including the Apple II. I honestly can't remember if the Mac (no capitalisation fer gawd's sake as it's NOT A BLOODY ACRONYM!!!!! (ahem)) was referred to as a micro or simply as 'Macintosh'.

Anyway, for the record, Apple were already in business when the IBM PC came along and were doing very nicely thankyou.
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
25 Jun 2010 7:23PM

Quote:But there is a learning curve.

In using the Operating System or the Applications ?

Actually, I am not so sure there is a learning curve.
I used Windows OS at work for many many years then bought a Mac with OS X for home use and found no difficulty at all.
( Wish the same could be said in going from a film camera to a digital one Sad )
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 8:14PM
Reference the terminology, we had microcomputers of various brands, but IBM marketing made their IBM PC the standard, although it probably wasn't the best. Then they lost the legal arguments about reverse engineering, so other companies produced IBM PC Compatibles. About that time Apple brought out the awful tiny screen Macintosh which some people loved because it had a mouse and nice graphics. And games.

We said mac as short for Macintosh, and PC as short for IBM PC Compatible.

Life's too short to keep typing International Business Machines Personal Computer Compatible, and I've never heard any better ideas, so I stick to PC.


The big difference between Mac and PC surprisingly turned out later on, people sent their old PC to landfill, but old Macs were often recycled as fish tanks.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 8:15PM

Quote:As for whats better at running Photoshop CS5....? The short answer is a computer that meets the basic system requirements as laid down by " Adobe "


I would go for one that exceeds the minimum requirements by as much as possible Wink


Quote:Anyway, for the record, Apple were already in business when the IBM PC came along and were doing very nicely thankyou.

Yup, back in the days of the Apple II and Visicalc...and 2 Steves at Apple (I've always admired Woz - struck me as the really smart one of the two).
After that it was a roller coaster ride.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 8:18PM

Quote:I would go for one that exceeds the minimum requirements by as much as possible
That is a very good point, with or without a smiley.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
25 Jun 2010 11:37PM

Quote:

Anyway, for the record, Apple were already in business when the IBM PC came along and were doing very nicely thankyou.



Absolutely correct.

The first "personal computer" I bought was an Apple. That would be about 1979 and it had a single 5" floppy disc drive and no hard disc. The next one was a Wang that had twin floppy drives - one for the program software and one to hold the data. At that time "Big Blue" (IBM) were rubbishing the concept of personal computers and insisting that mainframe was king. (Interestingly, my IBM mainframe at that time took up the entire basement of my council offices in an air-conditioned, anti-static environment, and had less processing power than my iPhone has today!)

About 1981 IBM relented and brought out their IBM PC running on a CPM operating system. They then upgraded to the AT (or was it the AX?) employing MSDOS operating system. Then a lot of IBM clones came out, some using CPM, some using CPM+ and some using either MSDOS or the superior DRDOS. Just like Betamax video recorders and BSB satellite TV, the technically superior Digital Research product DRDOS hit the skids because of the sheer marketing power behind MSDOS and the Microsoft Rules the World syndrome was born.

For a while Apple were in the shadows but, gradually, they regained popularity with graphics designers and their ilk.

But virtually all business applications were run on PCs (or to be pedantic about it, on IBM-compatible PCs)

But the clear differentiation was established - between Macs and PCs. Yes, technically, the Macs were personal computers but PC meant an IBM compatible and Macs were not PCs. Now that Apple are using Intel processors, I suspect the difference might begin to disappear.

But, as I said earlier, each "type" has its loyal devotees and, in reality, you pays your money and you takes your choice.
newfocus 8 644 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2010 11:21AM

Quote:Whichever one you find most comfortable using. PS works the same on each platform.


I've used both extensively and yes, that's true. I find the Mac a little faster, more reliable and more productive so it comes down to whether it suits you and whether you value that enough to justify the extra cash, but both are fully usable and neither is perfect. My ideal would be for Adobe to start supporting CS on linux. I know it has a geeky reputation but once you have it set up it's easily the fastest and most reliable OS I've used. And free.

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