PC to MAC?
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04-10-09, 01:01 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Yes i changed three years back, but i still keep a windows pc for office work. As for the Imac its a good media hub that is what it was designed for, not really designed for serious photo editing. The screens aren't great as the light isn't even from corner to corner which is a problem if you are serious about colour profiles etc. The new glass shiny screens are pretty awful, i had the last of the lead based ones which i believe to be better. As for positives, photoshop wont boot you out, OSX is a rock stable platform, as for the transition it might feel strange at first but after a weekend of long use you will feel right at home.
If you go for the IMAC go for the bottom end version and upgrade the RAM yourself, its so easy and RAM is pretty cheap these days if you buy direct from crucial- as for the other specs in the more expensive machines, they look impressive on paper but the bottleneck in processing with be your hard drive, so peeing into the wind springs to mind, an increase in RAM is probably the only thing that will bring performance to an imac.
Dont buy an imac now, wait for the current product cycle to end, there might be a new line up for Christmas, id expect better graphics card higher bus speed and maybe a larger hard drive. If you do go for one now make sure it ships with OSX.6 i.e. snow leopard, some ship with OSX.5- leopard and a 60% discount voucher on the new OS which is superior aswell as freeing up GB's of space on your HD.
Not sure if i have painted an entirely positive picture of apple. I love my imac, and i would not edit photos on any other platform, i love the stability it brings, i love the simplicity of OSX i love all the free software in the mac community including photoshop plugins, i love the fact that virus's dont attack you, and i adore apple's aperture say what you will of lightroom i have tried it and frankly i hated its guts, but aperture is a true marvel and a bargain considering its price and the improvement it will bring to your workflow. I am not a mac fanboy there are serious weaknesses to an imac, its not perfect and i am tired of people saying they are, i just want to give you an honest view as i would hate for you to get your imac and be disappointed.
Best of luck with your purchase.
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