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    I use a PC but I have always heard that when a Mac comes to graphic design and some other general stuff, it wipes the floor with a PC. Why is this so? Is it a myth?

    If someone could please explain the benefits of a Mac over a PC that would be great, thanks.

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    Mac = more expensive, often lower quality control than with a major PC manufacturer (Dell, IBM, etc), but a very complete package. e.g. a very nice laptop or desktop, if you lucked out with the quality.

    OSX seems to be a more consistent user interface than with Windows, and certainly a prettier one, but if you're into Photoshop, a $3000 dual G5 versus a $2000 dual opteron really isn't a question in my opinion. I bought a Powerbook because I wanted one, not that they were clearly superior in anyway. For the same price I could have gotten a decent pc laptop *and* a new desktop.

    Things do just work in OSX. But I can make things work in WinXP or Linux too, so that aspect doesn't play a significant role for me.

    Then again, I regularly use WinXP, OSX, and Debian Linux on a day-to-day basis, which makes me pretty platform-agnostic.

    Some would say Apple is less evil than Microsoft, but I think relative to the size of their customer base, they are about as evil if not more. See iPod batteries, poor Powerbook construction, etc etc and their responses (lack thereof?) to such things. As well as their lawsuit against a teenage apple fan who posted stuff people sent him on thinksecret. Apple's just less evil in my opinion because they have less people to be evil to. Doesn't stop me from buying their products though.

    In any case, if you are not *nix-savvy, but need a secure, usable, consistent environment, then OSX is definitely the way to go. Otherwise, if price is a primary factor, then just stick with Windows. If you don't want to support the evil empire, then pirate Windows and hold a double standard, or install Ubuntu Linux and read man pages for a week until you are god of the command-line.

    My 2 cents.

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    I think it depends on your point of view - if you want a rock solid, reliable OS, the Mac OS X is the way to go. Security is also better over windows as most of the viruses and spyware etc around is targeted and written for the windows platform.

    However, windows software is cheaper and easier to get hold of (more freeware etc). Macs are more expensive than windows, but have their own unique style.

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    Both are equally as good as each other. Mac's are more expensive, but can accomplish a lot of tasks quicker than a PC twice as powerful could however, the opposite is true for the PC also.

    It depends on what you want to use it for really... but I'd say Macs are better.

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    OS Architecture

    I can use a Mac or PC with equal ease. If you were to look at the first version of windows it was nothing more than a front end for DOS (Disk Operating System). Windows 95 is nothing but a half *** pirated Mac environment. Microsoft then added a bunch of crap to it which slowed things down. Mac OS is very simple in make up which makes it much faster and more stable than Windows. The reason graphics are so much better is because in a Mac OS there are many much less steps to carry our an operation than in a Windows situation. It's kind of like a 4 cylinder car vs a 12 cylinder car. Both can do 100 miles per hour. However, the 12 cylinder car can get there faster because everything it needs for speed is included. The 4 cylinder car has to use everything it has to do 100 miles per hour. Graphics are all about how fast a computer can do math. So, the easier it can do math the faster it can update, refresh and output to the screen.

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    There is only one further thing I can add - Macs rule

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    My Reasoning:

    I prefer Mac OS X over windows, because I found it far more stable and reliable in certain situations over PC's running Windows. However, there are reasons where PCs are more suitable - for instance, you can't exactly go out and purchase mac hardware and build a mac from scratch in the same sense that you can with a PC. Also there are a wider range of operating systems available for PCs, so that is another advantage - like Windows, Linux, Unix etc). As I say, there are several advatanges of having a Mac, and several for having a PC.
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    Statements like that are quite immature. There are many factors that make PC's a much better choice than a Mac.

    Push come to shove, they are both good, neither "superior" over the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    I think it depends on your point of view - if you want a rock solid, reliable OS, the Mac OS X is the way to go. Security is also better over windows as most of the viruses and spyware etc around is targeted and written for the windows platform.

    However, windows software is cheaper and easier to get hold of (more freeware etc). Macs are more expensive than windows, but have their own unique style.
    This was about PC and Macs, not windows and macs so I'd like to point out Linux. The more popular distros now will work the way you want right out of the box without reading pages of man pages. Take ubuntu, it comes installed with open office, firefox, gaim, the gimp, several multimedia players, basicly everything I needed. Anything that isn't installed has step by step tutorials from the website that you download.

    "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it.."

    You can't get better support then with the Linux community. They are always willing to help you with an issue that comes up.

    So, personally, I would get a pc put a linux distro on it, and I have the advantages of a Mac without the cost.

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    I wouldn't call OSX rock-solid. Whenever I'm doing stuff over the network I have to relaunch Finder every 15 minutes or so. Finder loves to hang when connecting to AFP or SMB shares that may or may not be there.

    And OSX is bloated. Yes, you heard me. WinXP about as fast on a 1ghz Duron 256mb RAM setup as OSX is on a 1.5ghz G4 512mb RAM. GNOME on the Duron is even faster. Quartz Extreme is a nifty way of speeding stuff up though, and it does help a lot. But a lot of the dragging operations are *incredibly* slow on OSX, especially when dealing with large selections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkd
    I wouldn't call OSX rock-solid. Whenever I'm doing stuff over the network I have to relaunch Finder every 15 minutes or so. Finder loves to hang when connecting to AFP or SMB shares that may or may not be there.
    I'd call Os X rock solid, but not Finder, it also hangs when dealing with sleeping external HDs... Well, occasionally, but with the amount of use mine get, it's about everyday.

    As for why Macs are better for graphics/video editing, it's the software available and the processor architecture.

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    I prefer Mac OS X over windows xp. Although I find windows xp easier to use sometimes, I prefer OS X overall because of it's stability and UI design - also I have had problems with finder in the past - especially when I was accessing stuff off my pen drive.

    ~Jamie.

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    Hi all, Nice comments given so far. I've only been on a Mac once and then I didn't really do anything except admire the interface. But I found some interesting reviews at CNet

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