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curly87

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hi,

i have been using a pc or windows based system for many years and i am very experienced in the system and such... however i am thinking of getting a new laptop soon.... for school and for photography work amidst other work...

should i get a mac book pro? or a top of the range laptop from sony... or smth else that is portable?

what are the pros and cons of using a mac and why do ppl choose to use mac over pc for photo work?


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d3athjam

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For photo related work, I would recommend macs as for beginner level, you could start using iPhoto (bundled) for simple touch up. For advance stuff, photoshop runs way faster on a mac (bonus if you're buying the new macbook/pro) and Apple Aperture only works on mac.

Anyway why not get a mac and install windows inside? The fastest Vista on a notebook is tested to be on a MacBook pro.
 

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Once u go Mac u'll never go back ;) Get a Mac and forget about installing Windows in it. I'm using a MacBook and installed Photoshop to edit my photos and never experienced any system hang or virus attack. Another thing is u'll be surprised with the boot up time compared to Windows.
 

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Mac is good. But it can be very troublesome if you frequently share things with your friends... Many applications compatible with Windows are not with Mac.

Tried Mac OS for a few months. Liked the interface a lot, but a little troublesome. Little things like FTP clients, Live Messenger (have alternatives), and other stuff. If you can live with it, go ahead! :)
 

issic

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Get a Mac! You wun regret it. Mac OS is so much friendlier than Window. :thumbsup:
 

aHxi-o

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mac mac mac!
im using an imac for slightly more than a year and i really liked it; no virus, no comp hangs, quick startup, wonderful interface. macbook shud be the same too.

i use iphoto to edit photos and it's real easy and fast. adobe is fast on macs too (i was on a PC before and used PS on both platforms). lightroom is on pc and mac, but aperture is only on mac.

almost everything that run on windows can be run on mac too, but may need 3rd parties converters/softwares and stuff, which can be easily found on the www. there are lots of mac-equivalents waiting out there to be used only.

i multitask quite a lot on mac and the processing speed is really good. the speed is almost the same as a year ago. windows fails terribly at this.
 

curly87

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oo... i see... but is the learning curve hard? i mean... i wun know wat short cuts are what... and how to do this or that... will be like a com noob all over again.... but will really consider a mac book pro.....

hmmz.... ok what are the down side of a mac? ;p
 

yamcake

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ya i agree mac all the way.. for the software design.. :thumbsup:
though sometimes ya, the mac hardware breakdown quite easily..
 

Big Kahuna

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It depends....I am stuck with Windows because my company VPN won't work on anything else :lovegrin:

Stability wise my IBM X31 is rocking steady and the speed is sufficient to my need.....I have never kena computer virus in my entire computing life because I do not surf prono and download illegal songs :sweatsm:
 

David Kwok

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It depends....I am stuck with Windows because my company VPN won't work on anything else :lovegrin:

Stability wise my IBM X31 is rocking steady and the speed is sufficient to my need.....I have never kena computer virus in my entire computing life because I do not surf prono and download illegal songs :sweatsm:
You don't need to download porn or illegal songs to get virus :) There something called worm too :) Not to mention buffer overflow and man other unorthodox techniques that can make your system works on something you are not aware of :)
 

Big Kahuna

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You don't need to download porn or illegal songs to get virus :) There something called worm too :) Not to mention buffer overflow and man other unorthodox techniques that can make your system works on something you are not aware of :)
Man....you are much qualified than my boss whom doesn't even know how to cancel off the sticky key and yell for worms :thumbsup:
 

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I have both Mac and PC.

To be fair, although I tried to convince myself that windows (XP) was fine, once I used a mac, all the problems of windows became so much more apparent. However, I run photoshop on the PC. Why?

Cost.

When I decided to build a uber comp (12-18 mths ago) for photoshop, I needed memory and i needed storage. I run off 4GB high speed RAM (yes i know XP can only see 3GB but these "gaming" level high speed RAM came only in matched pairs...:)) and 4 hard drives totalling 1.75TB of storage (500GB x3 for data storage/ backup + a seagate 250 GB 10000rpm Raptor to run windows and the primary programs/photoshop). To do this on the mac meant that i could not get the imac but needed the mac pro. Total cost of mac (w/o monitor) to get near my desired config was around $6000+, granted it was dual processor (dual duo back then not yet dual quad) and ECC memory which is not faster but more stable. My cost to build the pc at Sim Lim, $2500 and that's with gaming RAM, a swanky Cooler Master Cosmos case etc....:)

My custom $2500 PC outstrips my $2099 Mac Book in CS3 by some margin (you will only see it if you deal with files above 100MB, most of my working psd files are between 150MB to 800MB)

If $$$no issue, go for Mac.
If you only shoot JPEG and do very basic editing, go Mac.
If $$$ is an issue and you shoot RAW, convert to TIF to edit and keep your working psd files, then PC right now still has a better price to performance ratio.
 

kandinsky

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Mac or PC, doesn't really make a difference to me.
I use both, and like both.

I can say that I would definitely be more 'proud' of carrying a mac around to client meetings :D
But both do the job equally well for me. Apps I use can be found on both platforms.
I tend to think it's the user, not the machine.
 

curly87

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guys, thanks for all the replies....

ok... i think i will think more about it.... i am afraid to take the plunge into using a mac... scared i regret and it will be quite a hefty regret..... i dun wanna buy smth tat i dun like.... but yea... i think i will go think more and maybe go to sitex and see can press press on some of the macs or not... :D

oh and thanks again!!
 

Prince

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I have been using windows for editing more than half my life. Recently, I got myself a MBP and I am thrilled. I am able to see a more distinct colour gradient and depths on my MBP. But, when I attempt to use an external monitor via VGA (not DVI), quality drops.

Squall is right, editing raw may take up a lot of sys resources. I usually take up 3gb of ram (with a 512mb video) when I am editing. Maybe I am using an external harddisk and surfing at the same time. But 2gb of ram is not enough I guess.

Actually I only got my MBP 2.5ghz at only 2.6k. But it is not the newest model. If budget is tight, wait for the new models and grab the old ones - and be fast!

I have both Mac and PC.
My custom $2500 PC outstrips my $2099 Mac Book in CS3 by some margin (you will only see it if you deal with files above 100MB, most of my working psd files are between 150MB to 800MB)

If $$$no issue, go for Mac.
If you only shoot JPEG and do very basic editing, go Mac.
If $$$ is an issue and you shoot RAW, convert to TIF to edit and keep your working psd files, then PC right now still has a better price to performance ratio.
 

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ortega

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colour management is built into the OS and is more robust on a Mac, and if you are shooting for the creative industry, we are mostly using macs and you will be more sure that what you see on your screen will be what we see on our screen. if you understand colour management
 

jopel

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colour management is built into the OS and is more robust on a Mac, and if you are shooting for the creative industry, we are mostly using macs and you will be more sure that what you see on your screen will be what we see on our screen. if you understand colour management
all my pc monitors (HP DreamColor LP2480zx ) colour sync with the Mac which also hooks to a HP DreamColor LP2480zx . :bsmilie:
 

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