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Pc Or Mac For Digital Imaging?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography

PC Or Mac For Digital Imaging?

I had the “Should I use a PC or Mac for digital imaging” question brought up to me recently. It seems like when people start to get more serious about digital imaging, this question always comes up. So, what’s the answer?

A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far, away, if you were going to do any kind of digital imaging, you were going to do it with a Mac. Plain and simple. PCs were for “business use” and Macs were for imaging.

Times have changed. Macs have gotten better at office-type applications and PCs are up to par with digital imaging.

When you look at the bottom line, the type of machine (PC or Mac) isn’t as important as the hardware behind it. As long as you have plenty of RAM, lots of processor speed, a high-powered video card, and a hard drive with gobs of storage space, you’re good to go.

In addition, the vast majority of the really great imaging software will run on both PCs and Macs. You really don’t need to worry about having one machine or the other because you can’t get the right software.

That said, most of the software that doesn‘t run on both platforms will run on PCs. Plus, PCs can generally be had for less money, and in a lot of cases PC software is more readily discounted. I know from owning a Mac, finding any software for less than full retail isn’t easy.

Finally, since you’re reading this newsletter, you’re probably more familiar with a PC than a Mac. I know it took me awhile to “adjust” to the Mac when I first got it a couple years ago, but on the rare occasions I use it I can manage. (Our Mac has actually been relegated to my daughter for her schoolwork and playing online games at – what can I say? I’m a PC guy at heart.).

So, there you have it. My slightly-biased-towards-the-PC opinion on all this. Hey, it’s hard for me not to have a little bias, being the Windows tip guy and all :-) However, I want to stress that as long as the machine is powerful, you can do digital imaging just fine no matter if it’s running Windows or OS X.

~ Steve

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