Considering using macs only for production work?

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by Paul_the_6th, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. Paul_the_6th

    Paul_the_6th TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    I am an experienced PC user (around 12 years) so I'm equiped with more than enough knowledge to deal with any situation which a pc might throw at me, but with the introduction of intel macs, bootcamp and a little experience with macs in college, I'm tempted by the mac mini intel duo with bootcamp.

    Basically, I'm thinking of moving all my digital creative work such as photography (photoshop etc), graphic design, web design and radio work to a mac platform as I've only good things about how macs handle such work. With bootcamp, I'd stil be able to run all my favourite windows only apps.

    Has anyone made a transition similar to this/is planning on doing one soon?

    are there any unusual factors which I haven't considered? would it really benefit me in having all my digital creative work on a mac platform?
     
  2. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,237
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Rochester, NY Velocity: Unknown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    There is much less of a difference between the various operating systems now. It used to be pretty biased: Windows for office work, Apple for media, and Linux for coding or servers. Now each is a lot more well-rounded.
     
  3. Arch

    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2006
    Messages:
    8,487
    Likes Received:
    102
    Location:
    locked in the attic
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I agree with mark..... i still have a mac, but now i do all my design work on a high spec pc....... plus all my software is now pc based..... so although i too have considered a newer mac, it would be very expensive to make the complete transition now...... its up to personal preferance of course..... and there was a time i turned my nose up at pc's for media use..... i was a mac fanatic.... but there arn't many dividing lines anymore.
     
  4. kelox

    kelox TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2005
    Messages:
    1,434
    Likes Received:
    24
    Location:
    Coming to you live from Planet MAXXUM, home of the
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    get the mac, it'll crash...well never.
     
  5. morydd

    morydd TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2006
    Messages:
    499
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Chicago
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Or keep your PC hardware, save yourself a grand, and switch to linux. It'll crash... well never. :wink:
     
  6. GrfxGuru

    GrfxGuru TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2006
    Messages:
    808
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Texas, USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I run both, only recently have I entered the Mac world. My idea was based on pretty much using the Mac for all my creative stuff - visual and audio whilst keeping the PC's for my software development and other activities.

    So far it is working out pretty good with the exception that my audio creation still pretty much takes place on the PC until I find the right breakout box to attach my studio monitors too on the iMac.

    If you are thinking Mactel be warned that Photoshop and other Adobe tools will be annoying sometimes until they release the new UB versions (filters can seriously slow it down). That said it can be used to get work done, but for now I'd say keep that PC around :)

    You may also want to consider Parallels virtual workstation rather than Bootcamp, I have found it to be surprisingly impressive when it comes to running XP Pro SP2 at a decent speed.

    Regards,
    Peter Witham
     
  7. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,237
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Rochester, NY Velocity: Unknown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    There's also BeOS.
     

Share This Page