i am currently a 100% pc user (except for iphone) and am thinking of switching to an imac. have been hearing very good things about it, from how it renders colours brilliantly, the ease of use of programs and strong builtin antivirus protection.
however, i am concerned that using a pc laptop (to download travel pics into when on the road) will pose compatibility problems with a mac desktop. for example,
1) i was told that hard disk drives have to be reformatted to be mac friendly, and may not work for a pc.
2) also, i have a pc-to-pc data transfer cable that transfers data pretty fast and well between my two pc laptops currently. will this also work for pc to mac transfers?
3) i would have to buy one pc version of photoshop and one for mac.
4) not sure if web-downloaded programs (eg. bittorrent, limewire, picasa etc will have a mac version?
i thought of switching laptops to mac too, but ipad just doesn't cut it without a usb port to transfer photos into. plus it doesn't have enough hard disk space. the macbook is too heavy and large for travel, so would prefer to stick to my trusty netbook.
if i were to stick to a pc desktop, would look for something imac-ish ie. all-in-one screen desktop, >21" monitor, dual-core minimum and lots of RAM. anyone have suggestions?
well i'm probably not the first person to face this dilemma, so hope amongst clubsnappers there are one or two of you who have successfully surmounted this problem.