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Does a Webdesigner needs a Mac?

  • # October 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I just googled the question above but didnt find an answer i am happy with. So may u can tell me why so many Webdesigner uses a MAC instead of a PC?
    Is it just because a Mac looks better or what? Are there some clear reasons for? And when there are reasons for, what MAC would u prefer for a webdesigner?

    i hope u can help me.

    Thanks for it..

    David

    # October 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

    As someone who has used a PC their entire life, but been using a Mac for the past year, I can say with some confidence that they are better in almost every way for design. What specific questions do you have? I’ll try to answer them for you.

    # October 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I want to buy a new pc and i am web designing for a couple of months. I learn very well, and i can make some money with my web designs. I know the techniques and just need to farm some skill. Due to my new passion, i want to have the best equipment i can get. I read many articles about this topic but i just want to know why so many Webdesigner, Graphic People and Web Developer are using a Mac? Is it just passion or what? I cant understand that there are no concrete reasons for? xD
    Excuse my english, it`s terrible, but i dont want to type everything into google translator :p

    # October 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I’ve had my mac for about 2 years now and I don’t think I’ll be buying a Windows machine in the future (unless something crazy happens…). You have to weigh up your options.

    One thing to think about is: Almost every designer has a mac, if you go to meet with a client and pull out a Windows machine they might not think you’re all that serious about your work! They might also think you don’t value your work enough to buy something as expensive as a Mac. There is a certain image you give to clients when you have a high end computer, it shows you’re serious and want the best tools to do your job, no matter the cost :)

    Other benefits are that Mac’s actually work, all the time. I’ve never had an issue in almost 2 years. They look amazeballs, they’re fast, long battery life (if you’re after a laptop) don’t need to worry too much about viruses, if you do have an issue, you can speak to a ‘genius’ whenever you want.

    The only real downside is the cost (to me anyway). But for me, I don’t mind saving up and spending big on something that’s going to outlast the equivalent laptop (by this I mean not get crazily slow after a year and need replacing…)

    Hope this helps!

    # October 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Also, there are a lot of great web developer software that are only available for Mac. That’s a big thing to remember too!

    # October 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

    The only overriding reason I can see (as a PC user) is that there is some design/development software (CodeKit for example) that isn’t available for non-Mac users.

    Where there is software available on both platforms then there is no effective difference (at least as far as I can tell). Does it LOOK better on a retina mac…sure, but then everything does. :)

    As to the question do you NEED a Mac….then the answer is NO.

    Do you want a Mac (and getting to relearn how things are just slightly different from the PC worls)…that’s up to you.

    # October 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I’ve used Windows all my life, started using Ubuntu 2 years ago and I’ve gotten a Mac about a month ago. I’m /for/ any Unix based operating system because it makes my development life very easy. OSx has got better application support than Linux which is why I did the swap. I was tired of having to run a virtual machine just to get photoshop working.

    But things are look for Linux, Steam beta for Linux was just released today. http://steamcommunity.com/games/221410

    tl;dr I like almost everything but Windows and OSx is well supported.

    # October 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I have to say the answer is NO. If you like Mac, that’s fine. If the programs you like run on Mac, that’s fine.

    However, I must **strongly** disagree with comments like “clients won’t take you seriously if you have a Windows machine.” Many designers use windows and do a great job. The OS does not make the designer. If you “have to have a Mac” to be a good designer, then you’re simply not that good a designer.

    On the other hand, if you’re serious about being a web *developer*, you need to have something *nix. : )

    # October 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I second that disagreement. But also know that colors don’t render the same on a PC compared to a retina display.

    # October 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Totally agree with the last two statements. For some reason, some people seem to believe a Mac will magically give them better design skills. If you have the skills you have the skills and your machine shouldn’t make a difference. I would use whatever you’re most comfortable and efficient on.

    # October 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I really need one right now…
    Why.. I think i solved this [problem](http://css-tricks.com/forums/discussion/20203/need-help-from-applesafari-users-#Item_2 “http://css-tricks.com/forums/discussion/20203/need-help-from-applesafari-users-#Item_2″)(“http://css-tricks.com/forums/discussion/20203/need-help-from-applesafari-users-#Item_2″), if i have one. :(

    # October 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Mac is an a nice looking machine for me. I has surely some good programs here and there but for the same money as their top product i can buy a pc that is twice as fast and better overall pc. Even build it myfelf. Lucas572, you are bs yourself. Overall is your skills that make it happen not you computer. And clients doesn’t care is you have a mac or pc as long you do your thing. That is what matter!

    # October 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    @ivovargas Sounds like you’re wanting someone to help you with your problem rather than contributing to the discussion with a valid point.

    # October 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    @ivovargas – troubleshooting and cross-platform compatibility is a separate issue. In that sense, *everyone* needs a Mac (and a PC, and a droid, and an iPhone, and a blackberry… Speaking of which, I saw a TI 99/4a at a thrift store last month. OMG I’ve never tested my websites on a 99!)

    @Splendor – if you’re looking for fast+inexpensive, go with linux. : )

    # October 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    yes, i’ve been looking at ubuntu for vfx, 3d rendering, do you have any good suggestion of system?

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