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MAC's vs. PC's for Digital Photography

MAC's have traditionally been preferred for computer graphics and imaging by professionals. Are Windows based PC's currently an equal or a good choice for digital photography? If so, what are the suggested minimum system requirements and other considerations?

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3/6/2005 11:06:36 AM

Tony Sweet
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  All that matters is the speed of the computer and which system you know already. And with computers, as with everything else, you get what you pay for. The more you spend, the more you get. But, for openers, you'll need a tube monitor like a Lacie blue 19 or 21", at least 1G of RAM and the ability to burn cd's and dvd's. Although it used to be the case that designers prefer macs, macs and pc's are both very present in the art world.
Although I use a mac, pc's are equal and a bit less expensive. You will also need Photoshop Creative Suite and a good word processing program.

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3/6/2005 2:18:28 PM

Roy Blinston
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2005
  I disagree with the... "all that matters is the speed". Any professional Mac user will tell you that is not their main concern. I have used Macs since they hit the market (1984). I love them. I am a professional graphic designer. In Australia any "studio" that has kicked off using PC's has folded within 6 months (ie: a studio producing outside work that is, not their own design work or in-house publications). The main difference between Macs and PC's is their "environment". The way they behave (not the speed). One gets far less "hassles" using a Mac. They are very productive (not by their speed) but by the environment with which they work (the System and all things related).
Design software was traditionally written for Macs only... these days the main programs are now on PC's (ie: FreeHand, Ilustrator, Quark, In-Design, Photoshop).
However, PC's are still DOS based (which is a cow in graphics) and also suffer badly from viruses and other really bad things. The whole system becomes "quirky".
If you are serious about what you are doing in graphics and photo editing... forget PC's. These days the prices are almost the same. The other day a friend told me bought some whiz bang PC full of rubbish free software (playtime stuff)... that cost him more than a decent Macintosh. Crazy.
If the pennies are bothering you... buy a PC (if that is more important to you).
Be prepared to disk out lots for the professional software. Most PC users fall over when you tell them some of the software prices (they are still thinking in penny-pinching PC mode). If you are serious (and want to go professional in whatever it is you are doing) ... get a Mac (dont even think about it).

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3/7/2005 5:52:27 AM

Chris J. Browne   Calibrated CRT Monitor
Macintosh Power PC with OS 9
(OS X is a dog and to similar to PC)

Photoshop 3, 4, 5, 6 all are great
and cheap on ebay. . .they still work
very similar. . .unless you need
16-bit/48-bit support. . don't spend
the $$$$. Work your way up. . .used macs and photoshop will run under $400
then buy a NEW monitor. . .Calibrate it.

I am forced to use PCs at work with Photoshop and they dog out every other function. . .The Mac just keeps going on 1/2 the ram and 1/2 processor speed and does the job faster. . .

Chris Browne

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3/11/2005 8:52:43 PM

  use to be mac was the better, but PC's caught up and their even now. Just get what you already know

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3/11/2005 9:05:00 PM

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