I worked for years with Macintosh -programming custom system. In those days the Mac was used almost exclusively by Graphic designers for printing so I was kind of an odd bird. I wasn´t before I met an professional graphic designer who didn´t use Mac, and when I heard all his well thought out reasons and background I understood that the Mac isn´t a good system even for the graphic work. Twice the price half the performance.
To begin with people doesn´t really understand the difference. PC is an open system, Mac is a closed. That means that Microsoft has to make 10 000 drivers where Apple can make one. That also means that with PC you are a free man. With Mac you are a subject. The late Steve Jobs was a control freak who rather have his teeth drawnout than release some software documentation. BTW when you make a new computer the software is more important than the hardware and when the Macintosh was build Microsoft had more people on it than Apple. Without Word and Excel and the rest of the Office suit the Mac never would have lifted. So Microsoft did the bear part of it.
To use Mac means that you are left behind. Everything comes late in the Mac world, if at all. 3ds max doesn´t run on Mac and now Marvelous Designer for Mac is two years late. Macintosh is not for professionals it is for girls and people who think they can have everything easy. Real men (and women) use PC. For more controll.
Wow. I cannot even count the ways that post made you sound like an asshat. Since I´ve seen you around various boards for years, I´m pretty sure that´s not how you intended it to sound. Next time please take breath and re-read before you hit submit. I´d really appreciate it.
A few things. Windows started as a hybridized, slapped on interface that was designed by Bill Gates to make a PC work like a Mac. Gates started out programming for a mac environment but didn´t want to have to program to the tighter Mac standards, so he switched to PCs and proceeded to release incredibly buggy software which people have been suffering with for decades now. And I do mean suffering. Think about Vista for a few minutes before you respond. THAT was suffering. And the Office suite hit its´ peak 2 versions ago. Each version since then has been less integrated and with worse design and implementation of even the good things they implemented. The MAC versions, on the other hand, have had better implementation and better interfaces. They even integrate a bit better (still not as well as the Office 2k version but better then their Office 2003 and 2007 counterparts). On the other hand, iWorks exports to the Office suites and is highly integrated... A version or two more, and they should be on par with everything MS Office has to offer.
In the meantime, Mac has worked to enable Mac users to not only be able to continue to use Mac software but to also interface with PCs and run their software. Like getting the Pentium chips and being able to install 2 operating systems simultaneously, so we can switch back and forth.
Being a real woman, a graphic artist (both 2D and 3D), and a designer, I use a Mac both personally and professionally. So does most of my entire company´s production department. Sometimes it is a PitA, but for the most part we are more productive and happier about it than when we were all on PCs. Even if it gives our IT department fits. =D