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Posted on Tue, 1 Jul 2003 at 14:22



I need some advice. I need to buy a new computer for our screen printing shop for graphic design and I really don't know if it matters that much whether I get a Mac or a PC. I know people have very touchy feelings on this subject, but I have been reading that it really doesn't matter all that much and I want to know if it is true. I know all the issues about which platform we are most comfortable with. I want to know if one really does more than the other, and if so, what it is that it does so much better.

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Anonymous says: Hi Gala, I use a PC but it's just what I started with and that is what most of the industry uses. There is a larger variety of software available for the PC but there is a program to allow files from ...

Hi Gala,

I use a PC but it's just what I started with and that is what most of the industry uses. There is a larger variety of software available for the PC but there is a program to allow files from one to be transfered to the other. I don't know if they have all the bugs worked out of it yet. Some say the Mac is easier than the PC to do graphics with and some say the mac's days are numbered. As you said, it depends on who your talking with. I use Corel Draw V6 & V9. Hope this helps. Have a BLESSED day.

God Bless You

Don

posted on: Wed, 07/02/2003 - 12:24pm
Anonymous says: Dear Sir or Madam, As a software developer (and also consultant on networks and hardware) I would like to offer my opinion: Both options (PC vs Mac) are excellent options but there are pros and cons on ...

Dear Sir or Madam,

As a software developer (and also consultant on networks and hardware) I would like to offer my opinion: Both options (PC vs Mac) are excellent options but there are pros and cons on both, it is up to YOU to decide which "pros" you would benefit more from, here is a short list for you to consider:

1- The Mac is definitely more oriented towards high resolution graphics but still, the peripherals and software that would be compatible with MOST of the PC world out there are still "not great" and not that many.

2- The PC (Windows based) is more versatile and probably the most "common" standard with most companies and chances are (should you ftp files with your customers) that anyone you deal with outside your company will be PC/Windows based, however the Windows base usually requires that you acquire additional software at an additional cost.

3- Depending on your internal needs (network, sharing etc) you might find the PC/Windows option more convenient and a lot easier to supply, maintain and upgrade.

4- The MAC will eventually be more compatible (already in progress) with the world at large but they do have a lot of "user-friendly" advantages.

I hope this helps you.

Roch Giroux, I.Eng.,B.Sc.

posted on: Mon, 07/07/2003 - 9:08am
Anonymous says: I have a very large screenprinting company and deal alot with designers and artists .I use a pc at home but a mac at work. I have to say that the mac is more stable of a system for the screenprinting ...

I have a very large screenprinting company and deal alot with designers and artists .I use a pc at home but a mac at work. I have to say that the mac is more stable of a system for the screenprinting industry, at least it is here in california. You dont need any special program to convert files to use on eachother if you use freehand or illustrator on say for ex: a pc you can open the same file on a mac if you have one of those programs that it was created in.Open up the program then go to open file and select it,and it will open. But I will say using a mac in this industry is much better

Eric

posted on: Wed, 07/09/2003 - 3:10pm
Anonymous says: I have received a copy of Mr. Mintz's reply to this message and, if you have read my previous reply, I basically agree with him. As a "developer" I don't get to "use" and evaluate a each system in every ...

I have received a copy of Mr. Mintz's reply to this message and, if you have read my previous reply, I basically agree with him.

As a "developer" I don't get to "use" and evaluate a each system in every detail, on a daily basis, I simply made comments based on the common and well-known characteristics of each platform.

As I suggested previously, each system have "pros" and "cons" (and Mr. Mintz is a good example, using a PC/Windows at home and a MAC at work) and it is up to the user to decide which "pros" are more advantageous to him/her.

It is a well-known FACT that the MAC has much better resolution for graphics display and if that requirement is the most important factor (it might well be in the screen printing business) then it becomes the obvious choice. If OTHER factors come into play such as "universality", price, software compatibility then the PC/Windows based is not a bad option either.

I would, in all fairness, make such a decision based on USERS comments (such as Mr. Mintz) and their experience which would normally reflect the "reality" of day-today operations of a system. Like they used to say about Elvis: 20 million fans can't be wrong! *smile*

Sincerely,

Roch Giroux
Argee Software.

posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 5:44am
Anonymous says: I would have to disagree with the resolution statement. Screen resolution is dependent on a) video card and driver b) Monitor My Compaq , with an Nvidia ...

I would have to disagree with the resolution statement.
Screen resolution is dependent on a) video card and driver
b) Monitor

My Compaq , with an Nvidia 64m video card can show resolutions higher than the human eye can discern. And if we are talking print quality, it is dependent on the output device.
I am a freelance artist and would not use a Mac simply because they are not
high level user friendly. If you enjoy restarting 10 times a day, rock on. My computer is on 24/7 and is stable as Gibralter, running XP PRo.Argee Software wrote:

posted on: Thu, 08/07/2003 - 9:31pm
Anonymous says: If you choose Mac... Good luck, how many of your customers do you think use Mac? maybe one out of a hundred. PC=reliable PC=100% supported PC=Compatible w/ 99.9 of the new software PC=Parts? even in ...

If you choose Mac...

Good luck, how many of your customers do you think use Mac?
maybe one out of a hundred.

PC=reliable
PC=100% supported
PC=Compatible w/ 99.9 of the new software
PC=Parts? even in the Pharmacy

and the list goes on an on...

look on ebay for
"Color Separations w/Photoshop"
Great for the beginner and the experienced printer that can do separations in house.

posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 1:31pm
Anonymous says: I would have to disagree with your statements about resolution. You can run at 800 or 1600, the real test is the resolution that your screen actually displays. MAC displays at 72 pixel per inch (72 dpi), ...

I would have to disagree with your statements about resolution. You can run at 800 or 1600, the real test is the resolution that your screen actually displays.

MAC displays at 72 pixel per inch (72 dpi), in the printers world there are 72 Points per inch.

PC's display at 96 pixel per inch (96 dpi), while you are seeing an image in higher "SCREEN" resolution, the MAC matches extactly to what you get when you out-put your job.

In case you haven't noticed, when you increase the resolution of your computer (ie: 1020 x 768 to 1200 x 1600) the images don't get "SHARPER" they get "SMALLER".

As for high level user friendly, you labeled yourself an ameteur with that statement.

Larry

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