Why are Macs better than a PC

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by tweek, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. tweek

    tweek Well-Known Member

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    Within this context. Stupid question if ever there is one but someone asked me this question and i had problems answering. The OS is better but other than being stable, secure and malware free what makes a Mac a better platform to do graphics, DTP & video than a PC?

    So - here goes out the challenge... demonstrate to me how and why it is better to run any of these "graphics, desktop publishing or video titles" on a Mac vs an equivalently powerful PC?
     
  2. hannibal

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    graphics, desktop publishing, videos? better? demo?

    one word: iLife = the integration, the ease of use, and it's right out of the box, built into Tiger (10.4.6)

    i have yet to see that even in an equally powerful PC. :D
     
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    tweek Well-Known Member

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    Other than iLife. Why do media types stick to Macs? Other than the stability, security and user-friendliness of the thing.
     
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    because the machines look so damn good. thats why.
     
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    your whole system doesn't crash when you get too impatient waiting for a rendered file and you start playing with another program.
     
  6. mattoy

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    reliability is to mac while pc is to mass production. but with the advent of the intel duo core...the whole pc vs. mac will be a thing of the past...more people will see the advantage, if not the whole picture that macs are just for a selected few. Besides, macs are better than pc's because we make computing look good! I look good in white, i don't know about you...hehe...
     
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    it just works.
    no drivers.
    no pop ups.

    for graphics, mac does the computing part all by itself. i dont have to worry how much ram my mac needs to render this huge tarpaulin for example.

    forget about argueing mac as the superior computer, and dont act like they do. :)
     
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    simple.
    fast.
    :D
     
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    very well said... faster, plug &play, excellent graphics, reliable, simply COOL :)
     
  10. Tantantiniiin

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    because the some of the latter G5 models can be put on sale at 99% off (see new Mwarehouse price list) 1mac G5 2.1ghz at P990 only -- SWEEEET!!!

    (dang, they changed the price, tsk)

    To answer the question in this thread, its worry free connections, and security from virus attacks. Lastly, people would tend to not borrow the mac bec theyre not familiar with it.
     
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    Because I can still run OSX 10.3 on my 8 year old iMac that's why. Try running Windows XP on an 8 year old PC.
     
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    But getting new PC that runs XP is relatively cheap. With enough RAM an 8-year-old PC can run XP. Probably not very fast even with all the eye candy witched off, but then people have been crazy enough to run XP on a 486 (just to show it can be done; runs too slow to do anything useful). And there are curent Linux distos optimized for older rPCs.

    Upgrading video cards on most older PCs is easier and cheaper than for most desktop Macs. The PC I'm using now (Pentium III-750/320MB RAM/80GB HDD/8MB video) is running on Ubuntu 6.06 and upgrading to a GeForce FX5500 would let me enjoy most of XGL's features (already tried it using a GeForce 2 MX400 w/ 32MB).

    Setting up PCs is generally more work, though.

    In a lot of ways the PC is inferior to a Mac or any other integrated hardware/software packages like the Amiga or Atari ST, but the "open box" approach to hardware eventually won out over the Mac's initial "closed box" (in stark contrast to the Apple ][, which at one poiint had over 50% of the personal computer market).

    Sure Macs typically have less need for add-on cards (built-in Ethernet, modem, Firewire), but if you do you have to get a Power Mac. The newer iPods don't have Firewire capability (for space reasons due the ultra compact design), but a lot of older Macs don't have USB 2.0 and no way to upgrade for all-in-one models. It might be acceptable to use a shuffle or nano on USB 1.1. but I doubt that's the case for the video iPod.
     
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    what really sold mac to me was it's software's integration to it's hardware. unlike in windows, you got lots of videocards to choose from and you don't know how it would perform in one application, which drivers to get, if you're getting most out of the card, etc etc. in mac - you don't have to worry, you're sure you're getting the best performance from your hardware on any specific software... ofcourse now comes the issue of intel based macs and apps running on rosetta, but in time. :D
     
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    no firsthand experience working extensively with graphics applications, but from what i've seen and heard from the artists i work with, they can work for 2 straight days without restarting or shutting down. they simply put their macs to sleep when they take breaks and it wakes up right away once they have to start working again. sure makes beating deadlines a breeze! ;)
     
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    wahahaha 990 bucks! dang that would make an interesting discussion when you get there!
     
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