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There is no difference, it comes down to personal preference. You're going to spend a lot of time at your computer, you should love it. You don't have to justify your love to anyone


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Get the cheapest 27" iMac and you have one device with a big screen, high resolution and total silence. Haven't seen the same as PC version anywhere, although there might be. You can also install Bootcamp to run Windows or even something like VMWare Fusion to run MacOS and Windows at the same time.


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Speaking for myself and the designers/developers I personally know... After working for many years on both Macs and PCs, the windows operating system simply doesn't run with the same stability. (I won't get into why that is, as that's not the question asked) This is why a designer will gladly pay a noticeably larger price tag for an apple computer. You ...


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Without Apple there would not be Desktop Publishing as we know it. Macs for a long time where the only game in town (wayyyy back). I think designers and creatives feel a loyalty to a company that has given them some of the most important tools in their toolbox. Folks also appreciate the innovative attitude of Apple and their belief that design is an integral ...


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Hollywood runs on Linux, even Pixar does that. Just because for rendering graphics to hard disk, you don't even need a GUI, well, a headless CPU will do the work. So, as long as Linux is capable of execute the same rendering frameworks over the same CPUs / GPUs. It is cheaper. Mac are used for the creative phase. Any other OS is used for mass-production. ...


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Have you ever installed graphic drivers on a pc? DTP tools? I had a vinyl cutter, never did get it working right even though it was supposed to be a postscript printer. Depending on your suite you have to install all sorts of stuff that may or may not all get along. It can still be a real challenge. Coming form the world of linux, a lot of the mac gets in ...


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Arguments about quality, total cost of ownership, ease of use and style aside... Historically, the Mac was the only choice for serious, professional DTP and Pre-Press. This was down to its 'WYSIWYG' screen, availability of good software and the far superior font rendering the Mac offered over the PC. Nowadays it's true to say that the PC has caught up a ...


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Super stable, great ui, great file management and storage, superior graphic engine and advanced graphic memory usage and threading.


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Other answers have covered the history well. It is agreed that today you can setup a PC or a Mac to work just a well for graphic design work. So let’s think about a few other things… There is a factor of control, in a lot of companies all PC are “owned” by the IT department and they try to make everyone have a standard PC, with a standard setup. You ...


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From my experience, Macs are widely used in the graphic design industry for two main reasons: i) Mac OS was easier to use than Windows or Linux in the past. To a lesser degree it still is. ii) Apple gives great attention to the visual design of its products. This appeals to people who are interested in the visual aspect of things such as graphic designers. ...


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Two things not mentioned in other answers that were keys to establishing the Mac as a DTP platform in the early days: The original Mac supported PostScript out of the box due to a brilliant collaboration between Adobe and Apple, so that it could provide hinting for low-resolution output on screens and laser printers (300 dpi is low resolution in ...


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Price is not the issue: Here is why: Let's say a mac cost $4000.00. Let's say you use it every workday for 3 years, that's 780 days So without counting your software or electricity, something you have to pay anyways no matter what hardware you buy : $5.12usd/day == $0.64/h As you can already see, most freelancer make far more then $0.64/h Now, if you do ...


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This seems to be a question that is difficult to avoid opinion, so given that caveat here is a series of my opinions, much of what is based in fact hopefully. Mac is a well written operating system which is similar to Unix, which is probably the most solid OS which has been emulated by Mac and Linux and has stood the test of time. It is also an OS they are ...


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Fonts Mac OS X arguably comes with better fonts out of the box, but people can argue about this. Where it has a clear advantage, though, is management and ease of use. The built-in font chooser on a mac is leagues ahead of what you get in Windows programs, and the built-in font manager is simple and powerful (for some purposes you still need 3rd party ...


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Price is not the issue. High end hardware comes at a high end price. Apple's hardware is high end because it is intended for performance purposes. Similar quality PCs typically sell at a similar price point, minus a few bucks for their lower status in the market (but not much). Don't forget about resale value. If you are a freelancer (there are many in the ...


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Super short answer: History. In 1984, when the Mac was launched, it was the first computer that was ideal for desktop publishing needs. This included a GUI, WYSIWYG drawing tools, decent typographic tools (for the time) and a nice relationship to the laser printer (The Apple LaserWriter). It got a foothold, and that's that. Today, it's just a preference. ...


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I think a lot of the legacy reasons have been established here, so I won't address that. I recently purchased a new computer (after asking this community about what hardware matters to a designer), and I went with a Mac Mini. My full-time job for four years had me working on a PC, I like Windows 7 just fine, and I'm comfortable with Ubuntu as well, so when ...


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as a designer that uses BOTH Mac and PC for designing. i'll admit that OSX runs much smoother and more reliably than Win 7 or 8. on similarly spec'd machines. the main advantage is color, well use to be color, if you look in any design program you'll see color profile "Adobe RGB (1998)" all mac monitors stuck to this for years as its standard, allowing the ...


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There's a seperate question on which is better: Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software? For the question of why Macs are more popular, there's a very simple answer: Almost all art colleges and design schools bought Macs back in the days when Macs were unquestionably better for design (Alan G's and Horatio's answers below detail how) Art ...


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The main reason for Apple having a large design presence is "tradition." Apple went all out inserting their computers into the design school workflow as far back as the late 1980s. Because of this, the OS became the standard target for prepress and commercial printing hardware and the Windows versions of the drivers for these RIP devices (etc) was a ...


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I believe many years ago Mac were better suited to Graphic Design. I remember hearing about the screen being superior at least. These days there is no difference as the majority of features and software are comparable. I think once you establish yourself in an industry as the go-to brand, old habits die hard. It is like Bing trying to compete with Google - ...



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