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6th-Mar-2009 11:21 am
I am considering getting a 24" iMac. I currently use a PC.

Work - Primary Applications:
Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash)
Open Office (Writer, Calc)

Personal - Primary Applications:
Open Office

Does it make sense to move from my PC to a Mac given what I typically use for both home and work?
6th-Mar-2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
I would say so. Open Office, particularly, makes it easy, as does pidgin.

The Adobe suite is the one you'll want to read very carefully about - I'd go to the adobe web site and see if you can suss out the latest versions for mac. I know more about the production suite than I do the designs suite.
6th-Mar-2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Am I looking for something particular regarding version info for the Mac? I'm not sure what you're warning me about here.
6th-Mar-2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, if it says CS4 of each app works on Mac and PC, you're golden. I'm saying I haven't looked into it. I know for certain that Premiere CS4, for instance, won't currently run in Linux.

Simply that of all the software you mentioned, the one I'd worry about (besides maybe Outlook) is the adobe suite.
6th-Mar-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)

The move was predicated on me researching Adobe Creative Suite 4 - Design Premium upgrade. It was conveyed to me that it was the same price to upgrade for PC or to Mac. All versions are CS4.

It seemed straightforward, which is why your caution threw me off guard. I think I'm in the clear on versions,
6th-Mar-2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it is - I was saying I did not know the answer to the question I was asking - just to a tertiary question (linux). :)
6th-Mar-2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Never a problem for me to double check to make sure I'm on the right track!
6th-Mar-2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
i go back and forth between both, as i'm on a PC @ work, and a 20" iMac G5 (it's 3 years old this month) at home. i have very little problem going between the machines, and i actually have *more* advanced software at home (thanks to, er, um, torrents) than i do at work. my biggest "problem" is that we use Publisher a LOT here (yea yea i know) and there's no equivalent for Mac.

when i made "the switch" the biggest adjustment for me was the little things, like where the maximize/minimize buttons are and things like that.

which Ipswitch program? their site doesn't say much about whether it's Mac or PC, but there are other programs that play well on the Mac - Transmit and FileZilla are my faves.

i think you'll like a Mac - it's pretty and shiny and those 24" screens are omg to die for! but my gut is that you can probably get a helluva lot of a PC, memory, and external storage for less money.
6th-Mar-2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
ipswitch is the least of my worries...it's just a file transfer program.

I'm not so concerned about getting more for my money from a PC when a Mac is designed to do the graphical work. I'm thinking that it's the right tool for the right job. And, as Brian has shown me, with VMware, I can run anything on the Mac that I'd need from the PC world. The best of all worlds, I think.

And for $1499 for the 24" screen, it's a helluva value.
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