It sounds like you have a PowerMac G4, which isn't a bad computer, and if it is running OS X then you're doing pretty good. If you don't have graphics software for your PC either then you're really starting from scratch. In that case it's a good time to do some research and look at both sides of the divide. 

Macs are not just for graphics. That is a common misconception. In fact I would argue that Macs are a better all around computer (though Frank might debate me on that). The big exception being if you need to play the latest and greatest video games, but I'm guessing that's not your primary motivation. Much of your platform decision is up to personal preference, but there are definitely some differences that could influence you from a business perspective. In an effort to prevent the impending platform debate I'll stop there. You can send me an email off list if you would like to hear more about the wonders of the Macintosh. :-)

I can't think of any reason for you to get Photoshop on both computers. Even if you want to continue using your PC for other applications you could easily do all of your Photoshop work on the Mac; then just transfer the finished images to your PC if you need to insert them in other programs. You could even network the two computers together without much trouble. That way they could both be online at the same time, and they could each see the other's hard drive to copy files back and forth. I've done this at home with three computers (including a PC) and a printer, all networked together. 

Even if you decide to stick with your PC I'd still keep the Mac and learn how to use it. It's a good skill to have; especially in our industry.

Jeremy Stoller
Senior Graphic Artist
California Science Center
(213) 744-2532
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> From:         SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- on behalf of lindsey dearnley
> Reply To:     SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration-
> Sent:         Friday, May 14, 2004 4:18 PM
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> Subject:      Re: Mac or PC?
> Yes, I would like to work on location in a studio of
> some sort.   so that are all mac?
> But, as jeremy said, I dont want to buy photoshop for
> both the systems though and I never got to grips with
> the mac.   Macs seem to be good for graphical
> software, but its my perception that the PC is a
> better all round computer.
>    Looks like its leaning towards me keeping the mac
> now (which is dissapointing, I was looking forward to
> going on a spending spree in PC world!)
>  --- Frank Ippolito <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Hey
> Lindsey,
> >
> > Jeremy is right. If you are comfortable with one
> > sytem over the other, then
> > there's no reason not to stay with it. The only
> > reason it might be
> > advantageous to go with MAC is if you hope to work
> > ON LOCATION at a graphic
> > design studio- as they are still almost all MAC and
> > they expect someone to
> > be proficient with that OS upon walking into the
> > door. If you are going
> > freelance, this will not matter.
> >
> > These days you will hardly return your investment by
> > selling a used
> > computer. Instead, you might consider putting a 2nd
> > machine to use. If you
> > are interested in animation, for instance, you could
> > through all the
> > horsepower of one machine into that chore. And while
> > it is whiring away and
> > rendering a scene, you could use the 2nd machine for
> > web research or
> > e-mail. An added bonus of this approach is that you
> > won't be going online
> > via the machine that has all your sensitive and
> > valuable files onboard.  If
> > you are simply doing illustration work thus far, you
> > could still consider
> > using one machine strictly as a scanning station and
> > print server. This way
> > you aren't left holding the ball while waiting for> 
> > those chores to finish
> > before getting back to work.
> >
> > Frank
> >
> > >  I own both a mac and PC.  Unfortunatly, I dont
> > own
> > >any software, such as photoshop for the mac, and it
> > >isnt connected to the net, so its been a bit of a
> > >white elephant really.  I was planning on selling
> > it
> > >any buying a more powerful PC that the one i have
> > now
> > >so I can get software such as illustrator/photoshop
> > >and alike for it.   However  Im quite sure most
> > arts
> > >industry jobs use Macs rather than PCs, and its the
> > >arts industry that Id like to break into.   So,
> > >Question:
> > >  Would it be more advantagaous for me to sell the
> > mac
> > >and upgrade the pc and get photoshop for that, or
> > keep
> > >the mac, learn to use it , conect it to the net and
> > >get the software for that instead?
> > >
> > > thanks
> > > lindsey
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
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