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I keep hearing that if you're going to do serious work with graphics, design, et cetera, you should get a Mac.

What are some actual differences between the latest Mac OS X and the latest Windows in 2010 that would make it better to work on Mac OS X if you will be working with graphics and design?

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This is a subjective question. – Josh K May 11 '10 at 17:56
+1 it's not a subjective question. He's asking about "what that argument is about" not "Do you think Mac is better than Windows for graphics?" – Dan Rosenstark May 11 '10 at 18:04
@Josh K - No, it isn't. Mac up until recently had a different internal architecture, which was better fitted for the mentioned (it still differs in some aspects). – Rook May 11 '10 at 18:05
@Idigas: What aspects? And are they still there? – Svish May 11 '10 at 18:20
PowerPC was never better fitted for Adobe apps. Adobe pairs very well with Mac operating systems and hardware because it's designed that way. Then they are taken and squeezed on to the windows platform. There might not be visible changes but there are readily apparent performance ones. – Josh K May 11 '10 at 20:24
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I use both Mac and Windows. Overall I would prefer to work on the Mac, but with Windows 7 the differences are getting to be razor thin. Adobe used to have serious issues on Windows, but those are entirely gone. The Mac/Win versions of Adobe's CS5, for example, are only related to the differences between windowing and menu handling on each platform.

There are only a few areas where there exist clear advantages for one side or the other now.

Advantage Mac

  • The finder window column view
  • Folder shortcuts that are part of the window frame, not a list, and are hence easy to drag/drop to, etc.
  • Control-arrow changes your window set (I can't remember what this is called atm, although I use it every day).
  • Some really decent Mac-only apps. Also, iTunes is way faster.
  • Better mouse "feel" for doing graphics. More precise control, better start/stop easing.
  • You can run Windows on Mac, but you can't run a Mac on Windows.

Advantage Windows 7

  • Edge-resizable windows (I mean, come on, this is just better)
  • The Taskbar implementation has finally beaten out the Mac's dock
  • Better implementation of mouse right-button
  • More software to select from, and almost everything you want to use has a Windows version at least; many, many useful programs have no Mac ports.
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+1 for Windows 7 taskbar. I would kill to have that on my Mac. – Kevin L. May 11 '10 at 19:56
What programs do you need on Windows that aren't available in comprable Mac programs? – Josh K May 12 '10 at 1:55
I'm not saying there aren't comparable programs. I'm just saying if you have favorite programs on Windows they won't necessarily have ports on the Mac. I've gotten used to WinMerge, for example, and it's not ported to the Mac, so I have to use DiffMerge. Not bad, just different. I like it best when I can use programs that have identical versions on either system, like the Adobe products or, say, ActiveState's KomodoEdit. – Robusto May 12 '10 at 12:34

It's a perception that was objectively true back in the days when desktop publishing was an emerging field and ColorSync was an amazing new technology, but these days it's largely a question of preference. I, and many others, find the Windows versions of Photoshop and Illustrator utterly bizarre and non-conducive to productivity. People who've never used anything else will have a different opinion.

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"utterly bizarre and non-conducive to productivity"? what do you mean by that? I have used Photoshop on both windows and on mac, and I saw no real difference. – Svish May 11 '10 at 17:55
As for me I had plenty of trouble adjusting to the Mac version of PS since keyboard shortcuts for the menu and individual controls in dialogs (something I used heavily back then) didn't exist ;). +1 for the answer though, since it's by now really a non-issue unless you're dependent on Apple Foobar Pro software which doesn't exist for Windows. – Joey May 11 '10 at 17:56
I absolutely disagree with you, from my little time with PS on a mac I found myself pining for a taskbar again. Which just proves your point - it's all preference these days. – Phoshi May 11 '10 at 17:56
Yeah, keyboard shortcuts and differences like that is an issue. But like @Phoshi, that is only about preferences and what you're used to. Which is exactly my point and why I am asking if there is any real differences. – Svish May 11 '10 at 18:17
Josh K's answer (in comment#3 to your question) - essentially, "once, but no longer" - sounds the most reasonable (ignoring, for the moment, that it undercuts his criticism 2 comments earlier...) – JRobert May 11 '10 at 23:34

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