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I am new to web design, to begin. I have a four-year old PC with Vista. I will be purchasing CS5 at a great discount through my college. Since I will be replacing my computer with something faster, I was hoping to get some tips from seasoned experts in the field of web design. Is there any great difference creating web pages, using Adobe CS5, on a Mac vs. PC? Is one machine used more that the other for very obvious reasons? If I am going to replace the computer anyway, I figure now is the time to learn it all at once if necessary. Thanks for the tips to come

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  • Profile picture of the author RichKent
    Hi and welcome. I've used both, however I currently use a MBP i7 w/high-res anti-glare screen. What sold me was the screen itself. While the 'glare' screens look ok in the showroom, for doing web design in mixed environments (I work/travel) the anti-glare high-res screen in the Mac can't be beat. I've never seen a PC that comes close.

    From a functionality standpoint they're pretty similar. When I was used to using PCs, the Mac felt awkward, now it's the other way around. Some of the functionality is different.

    The only other major difference is that Photoshop on PC seems to crash more than on my Mac. I lost my work plenty of times on the PC (save plenty!), but rarely have that problem anymore. Maybe once every 3 months.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author JacksSmith
    I think Mac is very much good for designing. It is the best quality product from Mac that offers to many features.
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  • Profile picture of the author joe12joe
    As long as you are using Adobe CS5 for designing, it doesn't matter if you are on a PC or Mac. I would not recommend you to use MAC as you are new to designing, you wont be able to concentrate on designing as you would be feeling bit odd all the time. You may try it later on when you feel, you are expert in your skills and now you can try to learn something new such as a MAC.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus Johnston
    I'm working with both and I have to say that if you only look at Adobe CS5 you won't experience much difference. The only thing is that MAC is overall a bit more stable and is less sensitive to Adobe CS5 crashing. And I seem to work quicker on a MAC since MAC OS X works with so much useful keyboard shortcuts!
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  • Profile picture of the author warrior me
    Thanx for the tips. Adobe CS3 is the program I am learning on now, so really have no real others to compare. But, as I said, I will need to replace my machine within the next 60 days. I just like to use my precious time economically.

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Site87
    I've worked with both as well and haven't had much issues with either.
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  • Profile picture of the author bertyounger
    Just keep in mind that CS5 is a bit resource hungry so whatever direction you go make sure to add a lot of RAM. If PC go 64-bit rather than 32-bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Site87
    Originally Posted by warrior*me View Post

    I am new to web design, to begin. I have a four-year old PC with Vista. I will be purchasing CS5 at a great discount through my college. Since I will be replacing my computer with something faster, I was hoping to get some tips from seasoned experts in the field of web design. Is there any great difference creating web pages, using Adobe CS5, on a Mac vs. PC? Is one machine used more that the other for very obvious reasons? If I am going to replace the computer anyway, I figure now is the time to learn it all at once if necessary. Thanks for the tips to come

    Cheers
    Hi warrior*me!

    I have been doing web design for 5+ years now and I feel 100% more comfortable with a PC platform. Not just for design, but for navigation and user experience. I used to be familiar with CS in both platforms and from my experience there isn't any difference with creatign websites on either. Except for browsers. You would still want to make sure to test all browsers on both platforms.

    PCs are usually cheaper with more ram and hd space. You would find more software / freeware for PC. PC's are cheaper to fix.

    Macs are more secure. People who go with Mac LOVE them. They LOOK awesome. Most design companies require Mac knowledge.

    Hope this helps...
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  • Profile picture of the author rajnish357
    I personally use cs2 on my vista pc and it is working absolutely fine for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author jake28
    I would agree with previous comments. It really is personal preference, these days there really seem to be limited barriers with either comp.
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  • Profile picture of the author stealthpromo
    Mac/PC couldnt matter less, its all about your design chops
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  • Profile picture of the author Technista
    How about Mac AND PC? With any intel Mac, you can install windows via a Bootcamp partition on your hard drive and access them simultaneously with software like Parallels or VMware.

    I am primarily a Mac user who occasionally needs to use software only available for PC, so this has worked out well for me.

    My experience with Adobe software on both platforms has been excellent. Any gui differences between the two can be easily mastered. If you can, try Adobe's 30 day trial on a Mac before you make a decision on which platform to buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    Personally I think most people are comfortable with what they know best. If you learned on a Mac that is likely the best choice and if you learned on a PC that may be the best option.
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    • Profile picture of the author genius007
      I am using CS4 on my PC and it is working perfectly.
      My configurations are:
      2.4 GHz Core 2 duo
      360 GB Hard Drive
      2GB RAM
      OS Windows 7
      I have used Mac too, and in my point of view there is not any problem with both for using Adobe Photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author lovelystar
    Core 2 Duo is the best PC i am using that for more then 3 years its working great
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Phantom
    I use PC and am very happy with that

    None of the Adobe Programs seem to crash
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