Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:28 UTC
Apple When Apple introduced the latest incarnation of its iMac G5 product line, the reactions were almost exclusively those of praise. They had managed to make the iMac G5 even thinner, while at the same time upgrading its specifications. Apple also introduced Front Row, a remote control, and a built-in iSight camera. MacSupport was so kind as to provide OSNews with this new iMac G5; here are our findings.
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by biteydog on Mon 9th Jan 2006 14:44 UTC in reply to "RE"
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2005-10-06

Why do Graphic Designers still prefer Macs?

PCs - Quality cases - yes.
Stylish cases - I've yet to see one.

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by kiz01 on Mon 9th Jan 2006 17:45 in reply to "RE:Re"
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2005-07-06

I've got a Silverstone LC03 case and it's definately stylish. It has a black aluminum front with doors to cover the disk/CD drives and usb/firewire input as well as a piano black cover for the rest of the case. It basically looks like a super hi-end piece of home theater equipment which is exactly what I want out of it.

Don't get me wrong, I think the iMac case is quite stylish but don't assume that you can't get a stylish pc case. You just need to know where to look (hint: not Dell or HP).

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by Johann Chua on Mon 9th Jan 2006 17:58 in reply to "RE:Re"
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2005-07-22

Graphic designers prefer Macs because of the software. The industrial design is icing on the cake.

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by Wintermute on Mon 9th Jan 2006 18:11 in reply to "RE:Re"
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2005-07-30

This is a gross overgeneralization. Are you trying to say, that only Apple is capable of making stylish cases? I think this sort of attitude is demonstartion of the effectiveness of Apple marketing and how then can make people see value where there is none. Just because a case has an Apple logo, that does not make it stylish.

And you graphic designer arguement is pretty simplistic. How you considered that maybe all these graphical designers were simply lured by Apple's niche position or their elitist marketing? Or maybe these designers were just being pragmatic, and chose make because of the software?

However you look at it, a PC builder can beat a Mac on all qualities, from performance/style/price. The only good thing about the Mac is that it comes pre built, but thats about it.

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by Tobbe on Mon 9th Jan 2006 19:54 in reply to "RE[2]:Re"
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2005-07-06

As both a Mac- and PC-user I think there's more to the story here.

If you haven't actually owned a Mac, or used one for a longer period of time, I guess it's pretty hard to see why you'd want to pay big bucks for something that just looks good, compared to the powerful PC you'd get for the same price.

I think the answer lies both in the quality of the machine itself and in OS X. You can't run OS X on a regular PC today (legally). And when using OS X on a Mac it doesn't take long until you realize that OS X actually is designed to go with the Macs - the design of the interface actually extends beyond the display. The machine itself feels well-built and everything just works, just as OS X.

As a graphic designer / web developer I can just as well use the Adobe software-suite on my Windows machine, sure. I just really prefer to do it on my Mac. I'm really amazed over the fact that they've managed to create this extremely pleasant desktop environment that somehow manages to suit both computer newbies and power users.

Compared to OS X, XP really (and then I mean *really*) shows its age. The over-all feeling of quality you get with a Mac is hard to beat and I get the feeling that most anti-Apple complaining in these forums haven't actually tried the Apple products seriously.

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by sp29 on Mon 9th Jan 2006 19:11 in reply to "RE:Re"
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2006-01-04

Why do Graphic Designers still prefer Macs?

PCs - Quality cases - yes.
Stylish cases - I've yet to see one.

Better color pickers for one have always been on Mac OS built right in the OS. Software from the OS, to the apps are seamless, it makes workflow more effect.

Some real Mac strengths, Apple, Mac OS X, Final Cut, Motion,Garageband Studio Artist,Safari and one of the best HD editng apps under 500 bucks, iMovie HD, also engergy savings under X for laptops.

My pc strengths, Intel/AMD(faster developement), that's why I own a few new ones, Adobe/macromedia.

I'm about 70/30 or more on the mac side when i develope.

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by Snooks on Tue 10th Jan 2006 12:55 in reply to "RE:Re"
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2006-01-10

Macs have multiple advantages over PC's for graphic designers some of which have already been mentioned. The one PC only users always miss is the ability to smoothy multi-task between multiple apps due to the multi-threaded nature of OS X/Unix. Dual core PC's with Windows aren't even close. They will get better as the OS is optimized for dual core and apps too but thats going to be awhile. Also the general high quality of software on the Mac is a real advantage. Interesting how PC only people rant about Macs when they have no idea what they are talking about. Use one for a week and you will see the difference and maybe not be so insecure about your PC.

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