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)
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. ...
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 ...
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 typesetting ...
They're familiar. Designers tend to use Macs, so when they want to put a mockup on a screen, it's the first that would come to mind.
They're popular. Sure, Windows has more market share. But can you name a single model of PC that's super popular? What about an all-in-one desktop? What about an external monitor?
They're good-looking. Macs have a reputation ...
*Disclaimer: I've been a Mac user for more than 20 years and still use a Mac daily. That being posted, I have clearly seen Windows close the gap in the areas where Apple was the frontrunner and the preferred system for designers.
15 years ago, using Windows was, at best, a lesson in frustration where design was concerned. There was a time where the Mac was ...
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 - ...
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 ...
When saving images as .jpeg you always lose information. The dialog basically asks you how much information you would like to lose in favor of smaller size on disk (1 = most loss, 100 = least loss). There is no way to tell what you originally selected and the only use would be to have a history of your workflow because this loss is irrecoverably applied to ...
When evaluating graphics software for pixel art this is the kind of tools I'm looking for:
The most well known software that is also great for pixel art is Photoshop.
If you don't have access to it and are looking for the next best alternative, look at GIMP. I've been happily using it on Macs since around 2010 and it has everything you need for pixel art. ...
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 ...
Preview is simply a terrible PDF viewer. It has many rendering issues with PDFs.
Preview is designed by Apple to view PDFs for average home end-users. It is not designed to be a professional PDF viewer. Apple simply appears to not be concerned with many rendering issues in Preview where PDFs are concerned. What you are describing I'd actually call one of ...
It seems that Apple has intentionally locked down the default system font.
However you can download a development version of the font which you can install in addition to the system version. It has tight licensing restrictions, mockups only, but that's all I needed it for, so this solution worked well for me.
More detail can be found on Ask Different.
For the mathematical formulas, I would definitely use LaTeX, since it gives you high quality typesetting for math stuff. You don't have to install LaTeX yourself if you don't want to, because there are online LaTeX renderers which let you export the result to e.g. pdf.
Therefore, if you go to this site and enter the correct code for your formula
While the other answers are accurate, the real explanation is far easier:
What's a windows laptop look like? What's an android phone look like? What's an Apple laptop look like? What's an iPhone look like?
There you have it, two of those you could visualize, two you couldn't. You might have ideas about the Windows and Android look ...
Wow. I'd love to know exactly where that was*. I used to live (35 years ago) in Oulton, right next door to Woodlesford. I don't recall ever seeing that on my travels, presumably long demolished.
Gimp has a plugin called Resynthesizer, which can be used as a 'heal' tool. It's included in the build if you use the version of Gimp from https://www.partha.com ...
PikoPixel is a free pixel-art editor.
Easy to use
Supports multiple layers
Customizable canvas background
Hotkey-activated popup panels
Export upscaled images
Runs on OS X 10.4 Tiger & later
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 ...
Yes! You can do this from command line (using the Terminal app) with ImageMagick.
After you install ImageMagick, navigate to the directory where your picture is located and run the following command:
identify -verbose yourimage.jpg | grep -i quality
Where yourimage.jpg is the name of the image.
And you should get the value which indicates the image ...
There is a QuickLook plugin that lets you preview .woff from within finder. Finder should be able to preview .ttf natively. I'm not sure this is enough for testing. You can take a look and verify they are working fonts, but not much more.
Another option is a Drag & Drop font testing page from Pablo Impallari. Drag the fonts from your desktop and you can ...
Resetting your preferences may fix your problem.
This will remove any custom settings that you have set up in your application
Hold down AltCtrlShift while starting the program.
Hold down CommandOptionShift keys while starting the program.
If you are concerned about resetting all of the preferences, you can reset the settings ...
I can tell you that the Optima Regular that came with my Mac is definitely the Roman weight. I'm using OS X 10.8, AKA Mountain Lion. It's possible, but rather unlikely, that older versions of OS X came with a different set of weights.
Some additional background, if you're curious:
Mapping names to weights will vary a bit depending on the history & type ...
I think this question has been asked before but I haven't found it yet and if you do a google search for wireframing tools or mockup tools you will get a huge list to go through. That said some people use Omnigraffle for mockup which if I had to use I would.
framebox (which is online)
Depending on ...
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 ...
Your best bet is to look at open source software.
For fonts, take a look at the excellent selection at fontsquirrel
For editing the illustrations, you can take a look at Krita or GIMP
For laying out the book, Scribus might be a good bet.
1. Use a font manager.
I use FontExplorer X Pro and have no trouble viewing web fonts. The newest version has some new web specific features for simulating different OS and browsers for seeing how your webfont will look on different systems. Any decent font manager should let you see web fonts, at least to some degree (FontBook is not a decent font manager).
After months of researching I have found many solutions to this problem.
You need to search for the PostScript name.
Windows font manager does not search for it. That's why it doesn't show up when you search for it. Don't worry, there's a way around that!
Option 1 (Nexusfont )
Download nexusfont (FREE)
(Optional) Uninstall all fonts except for Windows that ...