Mac vs. PC platform
February 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm #66943
I am curious which platform most of us are working on–Mac or PC? I am using a Power Macintosh G5 with Adobe CS3, and at USDA this is the default platform for designers in all agencies. But IT support is not good, and since we do not have network access, I am posting to this group via my PC. We have a contractor specializing in macs who stops by every couple of months for maintenance, since IT is unfamiliar with the mac platform. Are others in similarly uncomfortable positions? We are told the mac is the industry standard in our profession, but many government IT operations are particularly unfriendly to it, citing security concerns. Unfortunately, there is no government wide solution on how to deal with macs on a network, and we at USDA do not even have a shared solutions among our many agencies.
February 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm #66967
Currently, I also use a PC with Adobe CS4 at N.O.A.A., but I do prefer the Mac. Like you, we are encouraged to use the PC since I.T. supports that platform. I don’t find much difference in the Adobe software between the two platforms, so I don’t complain much about it, with the exception of some font usage. Then, I just convert the fonts to curves if the project is complete and that issue is solved. But, for now, I’m just happy to have a job in this economy, so PC it is!
My home will always have a Mac. I’m the I.T. support there, and I find it easy to use.
March 5, 2009 at 10:18 am #66965
We use Macs, but have Windows boxes available for translating files, email and web. 12 years ago the old IT staff came in to collect specs for replacing our old Macs. When they saw that we had over 100 thousand Mac Pagemaker native files they told us we could keep out Macs, but with no support.
I won’t get into the security issue…it’s a cop-out reason.
March 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm #66963
Our IT Video division uses Macs, but our webmaster, and graphic designer uses PCs.
April 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm #66961
Michael McCarthy, APRParticipant
We just recently added Macs to an all PC environment. Our video producers use them as wellas two graphic artists. For many years we were told Macs could not work on our networks, but they found a solution – a software that translates between Macs and the netowrk, and we now have all our Macs on our network, sharing files with the rest of us on PCs, and using our Lotus Notes e-mail system. There’s still a few loose ends to fix, but so far we have not hit any stumbling blocks.
May 4, 2009 at 6:04 pm #66959
I’m using a PC with Adobe CS3 at MSPB along with Acrobat Pro 9 and Nova Development’s Photo Explosion. My IT tech personally recommends and uses a MACs although we don’t have MACs here at MSPB.
June 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm #66957
Generally speaking, IMHO, I think it’s not so much that Mac’s cause a security issue, but that IT departments have very little understanding of them.
Like Lisa, my own department does have a Mac for video-editing purposes only, and I can carry a Mac to work (but not plug it into the network). I do prefer to stick to using the Adobe suite on a PC though, since it allows me to move files through the network easily.
Having said that, I understand that there is an agency here in Singapore that primarily issues Macs to its staff. See Design Singapore (http://www.designsingapore.org/). To bridge the gap to the legacy PC-based applications, virtualization (Parallels?) was installed.
July 25, 2009 at 3:20 pm #66955
I always worked on a Mac (ad agencies, Web design shops, prepress, etc.) until I took the position at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. When hired, I was informed I would work on a PC, as everyone else did, and that the IT department would not support Macs. I was also told I couldn’t use Quark, which was the industry standard page layout program at the time. I was given a choice of Pagemaker (!) or the newly launched InDesign. Of course, I chose InDesign. I found the transition from Mac/Quark to PC/InDesign to be remarkably easy.
July 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm #66953
My shop uses Mac G5’s with CS 3 suite for Graphics but the entire agency outside of the graphics office is on PC. We do have a few PCs available to cross check our work to insure it will not change (ie: fonts, etc) when used on a PC. My web team all uses PC’s with CS 3 with the exception of one person. Having both systems in the office allows us to check work that will be used on both platforms. For the most part it has not been an issue but the occassion problem arises, typically when we are against a deadline. Go figure!
March 28, 2010 at 12:10 am #66951
I have 10 plus yrs as a designer and this is a on going issue. When i first started at the newspaper as a graphic designer, we had 1 Mac and 6 PC’s in the design dept. We shared the same design files on the one network we were able to open and close save and edit all shared files. Before leaving, the whole dept as converted and i went back last month to drop of some info for one of the reporters and the whole newspaper was converted to Macs. What a beautiful site!
The IT guy said his job was so much more simpler and those calls late at night have been drastically reduced. The equipment to run the whole process was reduced down to 2 small racks, not the huge room full of equipment as before.
I think it is a mind set the IT guys have with Macs. One of the large printing business I use to print big jobs…80% Macs. I agree with your comment “Mac is the industry standard in our profession”.
It is best to have one of each when designing websites.
I can use both Mac and a PC but prefer the Mac, why? It just works, not sure what security issues they are referencing, but majority of the viruses focus on PC’s. In defense of the IT guys they have a system and are familiar with what it takes to maintain it day in and day out.
I am going to copy and paste your comment to him and ask him his spin on it, he has worked both sides of the fence.
March 28, 2010 at 12:13 am #66949
“it’s a cop-out”, I agree.
December 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm #66947
I know this is an old thread but I was reading along and saw Charles Duggan mention “I think it is a mind set the IT guys have with Macs.”
That could be partially true, sure.
I’ve worked with many in IT department over the years and the common consensus is that they are all educated on a Windows environment and switching over to Mac would require extensive re-education to learn that environment or would require them to find employment elsewhere. So, I wouldn’t expect them to ever push Mac’s too hard. I know I wouldn’t if I were in their position. Even if the will to learn is there, Education in Mac networking and security isn’t readily available in smaller areas.
Other than that, most IT professionals that have had a chance to dive in to the Mac OS seem to like it and a few of them have even bought Mac’s for the personal use at home…
January 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm #66945
hi! i know this is an old post… smile! i work as a graphic/web designer for GSA in atlanta. we use pcs (windows xp) and of course have great IT support – fully loaded systems with plenty of ram, upgraded video card, dual dell monitors… we are running adobe cs4 (waiting for our upgrade). other than the keyboard short cuts, (and always using open fonts), i do not notice much difference working within applications. i was fortunate to attend the adobe max conference in l.a. last october – which was SUPER!!! and wanted to mention that in the adobe premier computer lab i attended, the classroom was split equal between pcs and macs. thanks!
ideo) that i participated in, the classrooms were split half pcs and half macs. (and i fought and fought for a mac when i first started out in GSA, but only pcs were supported… i think the software is briding the gaps
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