Post # 1
Husband will be doing graphic design/layout for his new job. We need a new computer but don’t know which one to get, Mac or PC. I believe Macs are better (& own a mac) but the issue is compatibility because the publication’s main computer & everyone who sends stuff in does so by PC. We’d be getting ads & articles & pics & pdfs sent via PC & then have to send the final product to the main computer & printer, which is a PC.
I know sometimes PC vs Mac can mess things up & if it wasn’t compatible, the entire publication wouldn’t print correctly (a new one a month).
Has anyone had issues with transferring things from PC to Mac? When I took my 1st indesign class, there was an issue because we did things on a Mac but used a PC printer & nothing printed right. This was like 5 years ago, so maybe things are more compatible now?
Post # 3
I do this all the time and it is only an issue with Microsoft Office (occasionally – and only really in Powerpoint – especially if you have embedded animation), and anything dealing with Flash (since Mac doesn’t support Flash). Anything that is a JPEG, PDF, etc is a universal file type and should be fine. That’s amazing that a graphics company uses PCs. My brother is a graphic designer and every place he has worked only uses Macs (so much more graphics friendly!
Post # 4
I’m a graphic designer and only work on macs. In general macs are considered industry standard for graphic designers however, of course, not all companies use them so there are exceptions. Like crayfish said, there will be issues with MS Office programs, but this happens from PC to PC as well. To be clear, mac’s DO support Flash, iPhone’s don’t support Flash. But like crayfish said, anything that’s a universal file type will be just fine.
Post # 5
awesome! Thanks @crayfish & also @lc2be. Very helpful! He’s going to use my mac for a test run just to be sure everything goes over ok (plus we can’t really afford a comp this month). But I’m sure it’ll be no problem using a mac now & that’s what we’ll get soon enough. Plus I already have mac programs, so no new programs to buy :).