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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:20 pm

Moving over to a Mac......Probably!

OK, I'm not looking to open up the debate on Mac vs PC, please see the many millions of threads elsewhere for that! I think the time has come for me personally to move over to a Mac. This will be a difficult move having always been PC but I think Mac better suits my needs.

I currently use CorelDraw as my main program, I understand that I can run WinXP with Win software through Boot Camp or Parallels but will this be as quick (or quicker?) on the Mac? I will make the move over to Adobe software however.........

Version 4 of CS is very expensive, can I get CS 1 or 2 that will be more than adequate? I worry that replacing all my software will cost a small fortune.

I currently run my Epson printer for sublimation through my PC. Will the transition affect this? I'm thinking about setting up profiles etc. on the Mac.

I'm sure I have 1000's of questions but will continue my research to answer a few for myself! Lastly........

It's looking like a 20" iMac will be my best bet. £1000 new or £600+ 2nd hand off eBay. Any decent deals around?

Appreciate anyone's advice.....and once again, please don't use this thread to open up the V's debate!

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:29 pm

Ask yourself WHY? does a mac suit your needs..
what advantage will it give you over a pc?

yes, an old arguement, and just by asking you have opened the debate once more :D

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:30 pm

No no no, I can't open up the debate again! I've argued for years in favour of the PC but after thinking long and hard for several years I really do think it's time!

Please, no more debates!

Justin :-(

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:33 pm

So why?

no debate, just asking why you think you need to change to mac

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:37 pm

Stability being a major factor. I want an OS other than Windows and having experimented with the likes of Ubuntu etc. whilst finding it brilliant, the compatibility just isn't there for software/printers etc. So the only real option is Windows....a debate in itself! So a Unix based OS sounds to be a far better option.

Viruses/Security issues, should spend less time firefighting on a Mac.

Basic but important....Mac takes up less room, tends to be quieter, less heat etc.

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:44 pm

so now we are debating :D
I have never had a virus problem or security issue with my pc,
And stability is fine, even macs can crash,

less room? not really an issue for me, and noise/heat depends on the specs, I have a super quite case, lots of cooling and no noise.

So again, why do you think you need to change?

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:47 pm

Sorry
Buy a mac
it will save a thread that will go on for ever....
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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:48 pm

Nope, not debating! Spent many years building and maintaining PC's, making them quicker and quieter....now it's time for something different. Maybe in 12 months I'll say it was a mistake and come back to PC's....maybe not!

Maybe I should look again at PC's....NO NO! Not debating ;-)

Just looking for input from folk who use Macs please! :-)

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:49 pm

See...I still got dragged in!

Cheers Peter.

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:51 pm

Sorry again Justin.
the mac users will agree with you, so no debate
like I said, just get on with it

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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:10 pm

Having been brought up on PC's I eventually tried out an I-mac thinking that, as all my customers were supplying artworks in different formats I needed a mac. Very pretty operating system and it looked good on the worktop, BUT! lack of software, compatibility issues and the fact that the PC would open anything I threw at it I decided that my venture into Macs was a waste of money. Never looked back since :D :D .
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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:14 pm

With Macs you get a lot less hassle. No problems with drivers conflicting with each other and no compatibility glitches.

Unlike the pigging PC that runs our JV33 that can't run in hi-res screen mode for more than a couple of days at a time without reverting to lo-res.

Whatever you plug in to a Mac just works. Seamlessly and flawlessly.
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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:15 pm

having been an avid pc ... heavy pc person over the years... i find the mac really good now but lacks a decent corel verson
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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:17 pm

John Childs wrote:With Macs you get a lot less hassle. No problems with drivers conflicting with each other and no compatibility glitches.

Unlike the pigging PC that runs our JV33 that can't run in hi-res screen mode for more than a couple of days at a time without reverting to lo-res.

Whatever you plug in to a Mac just works. Seamlessly and flawlessly.


why dont you run the jv33 on your mac then? :D
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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:25 pm

Because I would have run run Windows under emulation for the RIP, which rather destroys the point.
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Post Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:59 pm

John Childs wrote:With Macs you get a lot less hassle. No problems with drivers conflicting with each other and no compatibility glitches.

Unlike the pigging PC that runs our JV33 that can't run in hi-res screen mode for more than a couple of days at a time without reverting to lo-res.

Whatever you plug in to a Mac just works. Seamlessly and flawlessly.


obviously not the case then :D

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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:01 am

Peter Normington wrote:obviously not the case then :D

Nice try, but you're not winding me up tonight. :D
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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:16 am

Just as as I thought, this thread is getting away from my original quesions! Maybe I should have just said "I'm getting a Mac, here's my questions" :-)

If anyone can answer without dragging me or anyone else into a debate that'd be great ;-)

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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:50 am

Hi,

I have seen a mac operate faster and RIP images faster through an installation of ONYX that was running from XP in bootcamp.

It was tested against a PC of higher specs too. There does not seem to be any shortage of people testing Windows running on a Mac and finding it outperforms a PC of similar specs.

I have used PC for years and made the switch a couple of years back to Mac. Sure there are some issues with various software that may or may not run on a Mac, but for me, Mac was a good choice and I'm fairly confident that anyone with an open mind would not regret the change in the long term.

Im not interested in getting into the debate, but I have reasonably high qualifications in networking, computer programming and have worked as a PC technician for various companies, and to be honest, I'm regretting not making the change a hell of a lot sooner. What's right for me may not be right for someone else, but I certainly urge anyone to at least give it a go at some stage, at a bare minimum it will increase your computer knowledge..... right??

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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:57 am

Oh yeah...

Macs are selling more now than ever and have an enormous market share, so you can all but forget any compatibility issues for a very large percentage of current hardware. Also, there are plenty of crafty Mac programmers that have a life mission to make a lot of older hardware compatible through updates and patches in software.

Again, I dont want to debate with this, but the reality is that a large portion of PC haters were PC users for a long time.I'm not sure the same can be said for Mac though..... ? Something to think about???
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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:11 am

Used both PC's and Macs and I have to say when I opened my own place it had to be the Mac, just so much easier to use and a lot less hassle. I don't think there's much of a grey area between them anymore.
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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:17 am

Macs forever

There are so many positives to using Macs, we have both here and I spend 70% of my IT time fixing the PC's from viruses no matter how up to date my checkers are, the Macs just plug and play no messing around with IP addresses or network configs, they are just much more user friendly. Just a pity they are twice the price or I'd find a way to have them run my Rolands Pro's and Accounts software.
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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:31 am

Re: Macs forever

Alex Tucker wrote:I spend 70% of my IT time fixing the PC's from viruses no matter how up to date my checkers are,


70%?? :o
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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:39 am

why don't you use both that's what i do :D
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Post Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:43 am

just 70% of my IT time Harry not 70% of my actual in work time :-) I rarely have to fix anything on the Macs.
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Post Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:15 am

I am in the same situation but before i buy a mac for a lot of money I'm going to install vmware and put mac osx on my dell laptop. I find a good tutorial if anybody is interested, you just need a sse2, sse3 compatible processor.
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Post Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:03 pm

Justin, all our work are done on Mac. We have one quad core PC for running Wasatch rip and to converting corel draw files from clients. We recently installed Shiraz 6.6 rip server on the Mac so we are now running our large printers directly from a mac. If you have decided to switch from PC to Mac just go for it. The only draw back is that if you were using Corel Draw on PC, Mac verson up to v11 only. So consider either Adobe Illustration or Freehand.

The 20" iMac is a good machine but consider the MacPro for greater expansions. Or an alternative to iMac you could try the new Core2duo Mac mini. It has enough power to run any professional applications, very affordable, and connects to your existing monitor, keyboard and mouse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJpZGeihy0s
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Post Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:13 pm

Andre Woodcock wrote:Justin, all our work are done on Mac. We have one quad core PC for running Wasatch rip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJpZGeihy0s


Wasatch is coming to Mac :D
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Post Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:29 am

That's great news Adriano. Looking forward. I was looking for a Mac Base RIP and had a choice between Shiraz, SAI Photoprint, Caldera and I went for Shiraz Server.
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Post Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:07 pm

A few years ago, I bought a macbook pro because I used them for work, I always had it running on Windows until I got a virus on it, I wiped all the pc aspect off and really got into the mac, realizing its great for everything and not just the design field. They are so easy, after a couple of months you'll find your way around so easy, Even the preview software can be really helpful in our field, Converting files is easy.

The mac mini's are superb, We replaced all of our G4's with them and they can take anything you throw at them, I know Apple have refreshed them and they are a little more expensive, However, You can build them to a spec on apples web site.

On a side note, They are great for home entertainment, All I have is a mac mini under my tv with the wireless keyboard and mouse, Its fantastic, Once you get the apple remote and start using front row you wont look back.

In the time I've worked in the office with macs (6 years) all I have ever had to do was beef up the hard drive on a 10 year old mac, How many Dells can see through 10 years and only need that?

Their customer support is brilliant, Any quiries, just unplug it, Take it to an apple store and they will take a look without any charge.

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