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Why are Macs better for Graphic Design than WinPC's?
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Nov 14, 2006, 04:12 AM
 
I know that Macs are the computer of choice for graphics designers, but aren't programs like Photoshop readily avalible on PCs as well? What advantages do the Macs have over PCs when using Photoshop?

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Nov 14, 2006, 05:18 AM
 
preference....

or you could argue that macs are more intuitive... more like an artists mind...


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Nov 14, 2006, 05:26 AM
 
They stay out of your way, and let you get down to your work. More intuitive allowing for more time on the art and less on how would go about getting ready to do that art (from the tool aspect).

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Nov 14, 2006, 05:37 AM
 
Better font handling and built-in system-wide color matching (via Colorsync) are two big reasons.
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Nov 14, 2006, 06:36 AM
 
This question was easier in the early-mid 80's. Try making a newspaper with DOS. Anyone remember fixed-width fonts? or better yet, remember when there was no other option?
     
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Nov 14, 2006, 07:09 AM
 
It's also a bit of a historical thing. Thanks to PostScript and PageMaker, Macs had the better cards in the desktop publishing game when it started, and thus became the de facto standard in the industry. The guy who developed what became known as Photoshop developed it on Macs.
     
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Nov 14, 2006, 11:40 AM
 
okay, just now - I was trying to edit a file in CS2 Photoshop on a new PC with 2G RAM and when I tried to zoom in i just got screen artifacts (like the window was in a hall of mirrors). Moved it over to my old 1.25 GHz G4 powerbook with no problems.

the PC is just flaky, everything requires reboots, monkeying and fiddling to get things to work. mac is smooth like butta. this is my experience with doing anything on windows vs mac. Is it not yours?
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Nov 14, 2006, 11:51 AM
 
It was because of Fonts, software and colour accuracy.

Right now it is mostly because the artistic crowd don't want to be seen as PC drones, the gamma on a mac is 1.8 and not 2.2 so you can see more details in dark colours and better colour matching.

Also pretty much all print houses are Mac based so if you want things to go smoothly it is better to do it all on a Mac.

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Nov 14, 2006, 06:52 PM
 
The Mac platform isn't inherently better, it's just got a history in the industry. That's why the shift from 9 to X was such a big deal (and subsequently, the shift from PPC to intel has been a little shaky too). The print industry needed their stuff to work. Those shifts were risky because the industry could've jumped ship.

Fortunately they didn't.
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Nov 14, 2006, 06:53 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dark Helmet View Post
It was because of Fonts, software and colour accuracy.
Still is. If you have an investment in type, you don't really want to switch to Windows.
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Originally Posted by davesimondotcom View Post
Still is. If you have an investment in type, you don't really want to switch to Windows.
Well I was talking more about when there was no PC photoshop/quark and windows had shitty font files for the pickin.

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Nov 14, 2006, 07:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dark Helmet View Post
Well I was talking more about when there was no PC photoshop/quark and windows had shitty font files for the pickin.
Not that anyone cares. I still see Papyrus used to excess around here.
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Nov 14, 2006, 07:16 PM
 
One (two) words: ColorSync

Not to mention you won't have any problems with printers if you only use Macs, you may run into problems with some printers if you use Windows.
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Nov 14, 2006, 07:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
One (two) words: ColorSync

Not to mention you won't have any problems with printers if you only use Macs, you may run into problems with some printers if you use Windows.
Pretty much, and for the moment, until CS3, intel macs are at a performance disadvantage, but that will change.
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Nov 14, 2006, 08:38 PM
 
Macs still have better WYSIWYG because the entire graphics system is based on PDF.
     
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Nov 14, 2006, 08:43 PM
 
Originally Posted by chabig View Post
Macs still have better WYSIWYG because the entire graphics system is based on PDF.
Adobe's licensed a lot of their technology to Apple and is actually apart of their OS. The integration is great from a designer's standpoint. You can create PDF-X documents from almost any program just from the Print dialog!
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Originally Posted by indigoimac View Post
Pretty much, and for the moment, until CS3, intel macs are at a performance disadvantage, but that will change.
I think CS2.5 (UB version of CS2) is coming out pretty soon as an interim solution until CS3 hits the market.
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Nov 14, 2006, 08:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
I think CS2.5 (UB version of CS2) is coming out pretty soon as an interim solution until CS3 hits the market.
The CS won't be UB until CS3
     
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Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
I think CS2.5 (UB version of CS2) is coming out pretty soon as an interim solution until CS3 hits the market.
I am pretty sure that they said they were waiting for CS3 already. After Adobe announced an app that was Intel-only, this became no surprise at all.
     
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I am pretty sure that they said they were waiting for CS3 already. After Adobe announced an app that was Intel-only, this became no surprise at all.
Ah. I heard rumors of a CS 2.5. Oh well.
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Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Ah. I heard rumors of a CS 2.5. Oh well.
It isn't all bad news.

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If you don't feel like reading it, skip to the benchmarks. It seems that Apple has done more for Adobe than Adobe has done for Apple, at least lately.
     
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Nov 14, 2006, 09:44 PM
 
Actually, there's one other reason that Macs have retained their lead in these fields, and it has to do with a little-known feature of the OS: AppleScript. It doesn't get a lot of press, but it sees a lot of use in many shops for automated workflow tasks. This sort of thing is possible on Windows by scripting through COM, but for some reason it's just not as popular there. It may be that the makers of these apps just don't do much with COM scripting support, since AppleScript has been around for longer.
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Nov 14, 2006, 09:45 PM
 
Macs are more designer friendly. Less frustrating little things popping up. And then there's features like colorsync, exposé, actually in general the windowing system just feels better. It's hard, it just feels better on a Mac. In all honesty though it comes partly from the fact that Macs feel better for a lot of things for creative people, and the industries where there were at one point more reasons to work on a a Mac, still keep them because the Pros don't want to switch to systems that don't feel as nice.
     
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Originally Posted by Millennium View Post
Actually, there's one other reason that Macs have retained their lead in these fields, and it has to do with a little-known feature of the OS: AppleScript. It doesn't get a lot of press, but it sees a lot of use in many shops for automated workflow tasks. This sort of thing is possible on Windows by scripting through COM, but for some reason it's just not as popular there. It may be that the makers of these apps just don't do much with COM scripting support, since AppleScript has been around for longer.
Not to mention Automator that lets even novices make decent AppleScripts.

A quick search on Google found tons of Photoshop & Illustrator Automator scripts.
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Nov 14, 2006, 09:57 PM
 
Photoshop is much quicker I've noticed on old Macs than on old PCs. Try Photoshop CS on a 400MHz G3 vs a 400MHz PII. It's much quicker.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 01:36 AM
 
I have a single example from today how Photoshop annoys the sh*t out of me on a pc: When I clicked the zoom button so I could see the whole picture to compare it to another version I had open at the same time, it maximized it instead. Real useful. *grr*

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Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
Photoshop is much quicker I've noticed on old Macs than on old PCs. Try Photoshop CS on a 400MHz G3 vs a 400MHz PII. It's much quicker.
That particular argument is obsolete now. Aside from EFI, the hardware is the same now.
     
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Originally Posted by dndog View Post
I know that Macs are the computer of choice for graphics designers, but aren't programs like Photoshop readily avalible on PCs as well? What advantages do the Macs have over PCs when using Photoshop?

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Nov 15, 2006, 11:47 AM
 
macs are art themselfs, design consious and "they just work"
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 12:59 PM
 
Designers, as such, are more apt to appreciate a well designed operating system. That, and just the general entrenchment from the days when Windows was not a viable option.

The thing I most despise about Photoshop on the PC is how it hogs the whole screen, so that you can't get to your desktop. And file navigation on Windows machines is arcane. Everything seems to be some sort of alias, and it's hard to tell where, exactly files are really stored, so moving files around from internal to external drives & such is more troublesome. (To me. don't flame me.)
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Originally Posted by chris v View Post
The thing I most despise about Photoshop on the PC is how it hogs the whole screen, so that you can't get to your desktop. And file navigation on Windows machines is arcane. Everything weems to be some sort of alias, and it's hard to tell where, exactly files are really stored, so moving files around from internal to external drives & such is more troublesome. (To me. don't flame me.)
I totally agree, the file management on windows does not feel as straight forward as it does on the Mac for me.

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Nov 15, 2006, 01:47 PM
 
Has anyone mentioned the Mac's superior implementation of cut and paste, and drag and drop? It's common on Macs to use several apps at once, taking advantage of each app's specific strengths.

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Nov 15, 2006, 02:16 PM
 
Using photoshop without Expose is a nightmare. I do it all day at work and hate it.
     
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Hi, all!

Other than the reasons mentioned in the responses, I'd like to add that the Mac's document-based approach versus Window's window-based approach is far superior. Having a document (such as a photo in PhotoShop) and pallets, in my opinion, beats having one entire window in which everything happens, especially when working with two monitors.

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Originally Posted by chris v View Post
The thing I most despise about Photoshop on the PC is how it hogs the whole screen, so that you can't get to your desktop.
If you're talking about parent windows, those you can (finally) get rid of for the most part in Photoshop CS. The whole idea of parent windows is arcane and backwards and should have been shed from Windows a decade ago. If you mean the way palettes remain on screen even when you're not in the application, that's still an annoyance with Photoshop for PC.

And file navigation on Windows machines is arcane. Everything weems to be some sort of alias, and it's hard to tell where, exactly files are really stored, so moving files around from internal to external drives & such is more troublesome. (To me. don't flame me.)
I honestly have no idea what you're talking about here, as files are wherever you put them on a PC, the same as a Mac. Maybe things that 'look like aliases' are missing file extensions? This used to be a PC-only thing (with Microsoft dumbly having extensions inviable by default) but these days OSX can freak out just as badly with missing or incorrect file extensions.

I actually find browsing photo directories easier on a PC than a Mac, as Windows will display thumbnails always, whereas on many occasions I find there are none in a folder of files on the Mac, depending of course on how they were saved. There are also times when I notice some serious lag in updating file changes with date/time in the Finder, whereas the PC updates such info instantaneously.

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That particular argument is obsolete now. Aside from EFI, the hardware is the same now.
AltiVec is awesome. While SSE/2/3 is more featured, it's also a lot slower. I'm gonna miss AltiVec.

The PowerPC was/is a great chip design. It's too bad there wasn't a big enough computer market to keep it competitive.

Maybe someday IBM and Intel will get together and have some kind of convergence with the two chip designs. It sure would be cost effective.
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Expose, Expose, Expose. life saver right there.
     
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Expose, Expose, Expose. life saver right there.
I have to say that if there is one really annoying thing about my job, It's that I reach for my function keys to get access to different windows, and stop myself short realizing that I need to collapse a bunch to get access to the desktop, or cycle through to find what I'm looking for. Maybe I'm just used to the Mac too much, but this feature is definitely one that I cannot live without.
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Whay are Macs better for graphics?
More like why do PCs suck.

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Originally Posted by dndog View Post
I know that Macs are the computer of choice for graphics designers, but aren't programs like Photoshop readily avalible on PCs as well? What advantages do the Macs have over PCs when using Photoshop?
Mouse ballistics are more natural.
No app is an island - Interaction with other apps is more reliable (drag and drop, file types, etc. more universally supported), interfaces are more consitent, and Apple's Finder is much easier for managing your files.
Networking is easier - A lot of graphic designers collaborate and end up sharing a lot of files.
Colour matching works better.
Fonts work better/look better.
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i think its because the graphics designers like the way the macs are designed.. they look "neat".. and i suppose designers like things "neat"

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I forgot about mouse feel. Windows mice drive me nutty!
     
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Im not exactly pro at PS or anything but i can say the colors on macs are more precise than pc's other than that i see no difference really.
     
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Oh, we were talking about graphic design were we?

Hehe. But yeah, seriously work with CS on both windows and a mac and you'll easily see what's the best.

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I believe it is because people with a strong inclination to art have no developed ability to use a computer. Mac OS X has a very simple interface that people who put their efforts into art, appreciate.
     
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I believe it is because people with a strong inclination to art have no developed ability to use a computer. Mac OS X has a very simple interface that people who put their efforts into art, appreciate.
Since I work at a school, I can tell you there are Math teachers who have absolutely no idea how to use a computer...

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Since I work at a school, I can tell you there are Math teachers who have absolutely no idea how to use a computer...

...come to think of it, that could just be teachers in general.
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I'm a designer and have to occasionally use the single PC in our office to check the behavior of website we design (that's another issue). The PC (this one at the moment is brand new) is so clunky I don't understand why they are still more popular than Macs. I'm not even using serious apps, just browsers, and the experience is awful. I can't comment with the authority of those above, but just from a visual and physical interface experience, the PC is no where near as pleasant to work with.
     
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